Tuesday, May 31, 2005

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.

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.

Tulsequah questions remain unanswered
Despite repeated requests from concerned residents and organizations for answers, information on several points regarding Redfern's Tulsequah Chief Project remains unclear.

The objective truth about abortion?
It seems to me that Sidney Heidersdorf (May 27, "The objective truth about abortion" ) is playing fast and loose with the facts when claiming to provide the "objective truth associated with abortion." Consider these facts:

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.

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.

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.

Cutting Senate would save money
The Legislature complains that the cost of state government is too high, and has passed SB141, a plan to reduce pension payments to future retirees.

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Harborview students find common bonds with Mexico pen pals
The kids from San Ildefonso Tultepec, Queréturo, Mexico, fish and sing and dance - surprising some Harborview Elementary School students who didn't expect to have so much in common with them.

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.

Honoring those who served
Remembering Vietnam veterans: Walter and Clara Sperl and their daughter, Moretta Rieger, visit the grave of their son and brother, Donald Walter Sperl, on Monday during Memorial Day services at Evergreen Cemetery.

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.

Businesses rise from ashes of 2004 blaze
Nine months after their livelihoods went up in smoke, some of the former tenants of Juneau's burned-down Skinner Building are back in business.

Final days of the spring derby
Shore and boat anglers fish for king salmon Monday at False Outer Point on Douglas Island.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

Cheryl B. Hull
Juneau resident Cheryl B. Hull, 59, died May 27, 2005, in Juneau.

My turn: Bible is a primer to English literature, American history
Teaching the Bible in public school raises ticklish problems.

Alaska editorial: Special session was not a waste of money
News stories about the Legislature's special session have usually included a mention about the daily cost, estimated at about $30,000.

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

Alaska editorial: A key to customers asking for wild fish
Alaska's Copper River salmon are making their usual spring splash in places where fine fish are sold

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

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.

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 1:26 p.m. on Monday, May 30.

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.

SportsDigest
Staff reports of sporting events

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.

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

Magazine heralds Yakutat as one of U.S.'s best surf scenes
Outside magazine named Yakutat one of the five best surf towns in America in its June issue, and that's just the latest honor for the Southeast town of 680 people northwest of Juneau.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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

Post office to begin testing Alaska mail for anthrax
The U.S. Postal Service has installed new equipment in Alaska that's designed to monitor mail for anthrax.

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.

Federal program designed to give women with businesses an edge
Entrepreneur Sharon Athas Cote sees a federal procurement program as a major building block for small firms owned by women like her who are fighting for lucrative government contracts.

Troopers charge four men for illegal bear hunt
Four men have been charged in an illegal black bear hunt on Prince of Wales Island after an undercover investigation by Alaska and Idaho authorities posing as hunters, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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