Monday, May 30, 2005

Harris weighs future after session
JUNEAU - John Harris' first year as speaker of Alaska's House of Representatives started with a short-lived leadership coup and ended in the cross-hairs in the fight over two labor bills.

New workers' comp statute likely to see court challenge
JUNEAU - A two-year struggle by Gov. Frank Murkowski to change Alaska's workers' compensation laws passed the Legislature this year, but it could be a short-lived victory for the governor as many predict the new laws will be challenged in court.

Sewers should be a city priority
Wake up and smell the roses. The problem with that is there are quite a few places in the Juneau area without city sewer service available and what people wake up smelling isn't anything like roses.

List shouldn't be kept secret
Last week, I was dismayed to hear on NPR that the Department of Homeland Security was planning to exempt its "mega-database" from Privacy Act and FOIA requirements.

Mining problems are not so old
Chris DeWitt, in his May 24 My Turn, "Pseudo-environmentalists put wrong spin on mines," supports the Kensington mine by drawing a stark distinction between historical and "modern" mining.

Alaska loses visitors to bear, wolf hunts
We just canceled our reservation at the Denali Lodges where we had planned to spend our vacation this August.

Recognize heritage of Merchants Wharf
The April 24 Juneau Empire story on the history of the Merchants Wharf Building was indeed interesting, but was not accurate in stating that seaplane operations there ended in 1968.

Pro-choice is not anti-abortion
In response to Charley Larson's May 24 letter to the editor, while I do agree with his assessment that morality is relative, I disagree with his assertion that "pro-choice" is a euphemism "pro-abortionists use to feel better about themselves"

Skagway road worth an endorsement
It was very short sighted of the Assembly not to pass the resolution supporting the road between Juneau and Skagway.

Eaglecrest on the right track
The winter of 2003 was an extremely poor snow year for Eaglecrest, and overall revenue hit an all-time low of approximately $450,000.

Man burned when trailer explodes
Capital City Fire and Rescue crews took a man to Bartlett Regional Hospital late Friday afternoon after the small travel trailer he had been living in near Auke Bay exploded.

Santacruzan procession
Naida James leads a parade downtown on Sunday to celebrate Santacruzan, a historical festivity commemorating the search for the Holy Cross by Queen Helena and her son, Emperor Constantine the Great.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Looser regs for Chilkat vex Haines
Duck and Karen Hess warred with state biologists and environmentalists over permits for their large jet boats tours in the Chilkat River Bald Eagle Preserve for the last half-decade.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers

Juneau ceremony grants U.S. citizenship to 29 people
Clutching an American flag Friday afternoon, Guenter Math said it's great to be an American.

Photo: An incredible yarn
Fury Slevenger and Irvin Mazon, fourth-graders at Glacier Valley Elementary School, unravel a ball of knitted yarn Friday around the school's gymnasium.

Expert: Wal-Mart won't affect job market much
The face of Juneau shopping seems on the brink of change, but at least one person doesn't expect Juneau's employment picture to change much.

Parents challenge school-bus decision
It was a lovely spring morning for the children from Glacier View Mobile Home Park walking to school last week.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

New university resource
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh, right; Sandy Boyce, Alaska issues coordinator for U.S.D.A. Forest Service, center; and Brendan Kelly, dean of UAS arts and sciences, admire a book in the new natural resource collection in the UAS Egan library.

Businesses seek money for parking
Berni Hein says the only thing that hasn't changed in her 30 years working in downtown Juneau is that it's difficult finding a parking spot.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

My Turn: Fiscal responsibility eluded Republicans this session
Say you won the lottery. What would you do?

Empire editorial: City keeps mum about the future of its transportation
Among Juneau's overarching political issues, a proposed road from Juneau to Skagway is the blinding sun that local leaders won't gaze upon directly. Or is it the black hole where they think political careers go to die?

Look out for government control of preschools
State run preschools? Oh my! Is the sky really falling on our preschool-aged children?

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Center helps biologists understand moose needs
The moose were impatient for their supper.

Recreational Boost
The Tongass National Forest will receive more than a half-million-dollar annual boost to its chronically tight recreation budget, thanks to a controversial new fee program.

Outdoors Digest
Herbert Glacier Trail closed weekdays

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

2005 Spring Ding Salmon Derby standings
Here are the standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 1:03 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

JDHS softball seeded fourth for state tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team will defend its state title as a four-seed.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 5:19 p.m. on Sunday, May 29.

Much more than bike races
The Juneau Freewheelers are much more than a group of bicycle enthusiasts who like to time themselves in a race.

Despite challenges, state parks superintendent is unshakable
Whether it's presiding over an angry mob of riverboaters, harnessing the wrath of mad mushers or juggling the demands of raising twins, Anna Plager somehow always manages to keep her cool, most of the time with a smile on her face.

New workers' comp statute likely to see court challenge
A two-year struggle by Gov. Frank Murkowski to change Alaska's workers' compensation laws passed the Legislature this year, but it could be a short-lived victory for the governor as many predict the new laws will be challenged in court.

Harris weighs future after session
John Harris' first year as speaker of Alaska's House of Representatives started with a short-lived leadership coup and ended in the cross-hairs in the fight over two labor bills.

Rescued Canadian climbers recovering in Anchorage hospital
When ferocious winds ripped their tent and much of their gear off Canada's highest mountain, survival was no more than a distant hope for Don Jardine and his two climbing partners.

Freshman swims against political current
Interior Alaska sent a new face and a unique voice to this year's Legislature.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

State Supreme Court rules on senate vacancies
The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed an earlier ruling to allow on the ballot last November an initiative to change how Alaska fills its U.S. Senate vacancies.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Looking back on the session
At the close of the 24th Alaska Legislature's special session, the Juneau Empire asked the Juneau delegation to reflect on the year's achievements and difficulties.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

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