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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Oil execs: Projects hang on policy
Oil and gas executives say future expansion in Alaska largely depends on the state's ability to work out a sound fiscal policy that doesn't include higher taxes for them.

Alaska pollock fishery gets eco-label approval
The $750 million Alaska pollock fishery - the largest fishery in the world - has been approved for an eco-label, an industry group said Tuesday.

Business Digest
Staff and wire business reports from the state

Don't whine to taxpayers
As a concerned taxpayer (who pays almost $400 monthly property tax and lives on an unpaved street) I would like to throw my two cents in concerning the city employees being snubbed on this Reagan holiday.

Reagan years nothing short of scandalous
The University of Alaska Fairbanks should be ashamed for firing radio D.J. Scott Hornyak for remarks made on his radio program last week regarding former President Ronald Reagan.

Build a new, not another school
The votes were counted; the answer was no.

Lost, evil and clueless
I enjoyed reading Mr. Paul's "A never-ending war for self-determination" opinion piece, but I think "self-determination" as it is taught to us is the great lie.

No confidence in school management
The administration of Juneau-Douglas High School may not be able to maintain a safe environment, keep racist graffiti at bay, properly handle the retirement of a dedicated coach, or retain some well-qualified Native administrators and teachers, but at least it is capable of dramatically crushing a Christian rock concert.

City lost a chance to show generosity
I was seriously disappointed to read that the city of Juneau lacks the generosity to follow suit with the other government agencies (and tribal governments) in the United States by recognizing the one-time holiday in honor of Ronald Reagan.

Blaming it all on Reagan
A PhD in tripe is awarded to Daniel Buck for his ridiculous letter of June 15.

Parking officers do more than hand out tickets
I find the comments by David Newman in the June 11, 2004 letter to the editor concerning lack of downtown parking, very offensive.

A flawed school process
What was the city thinking, or were they thinking? The vote to build the Valley school lost by a 51 percent to 49 percent margin.

Redirect forest road funds
I recently found out that each year, Congress spends $36 million of our tax dollars on building logging roads in America's rainforest in Alaska.

Teachers, not buildings
After months of discussion, wrangling and an election, the School Board and the Assembly still don't get it.

Juneau boy flown to Anchorage after bicycle accident
A 9-year-old Juneau boy was in stable condition at an Anchorage hospital Tuesday night, a day after his bike ran into a sport utility vehicle near his Douglas Island home.

State to hold herbicide hearing today
A controversial proposal for aerial spraying of herbicides in Southeast Alaska is getting a second hearing today.

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

Honoring the Stars and Stripes
Jean Telford of the Juneau Emblem Club carries the colors during the Flag Day Ceremony on Monday at Marine Park.

Boaters upset about flat electric rate
Louie Pusich swears that he will use "every ounce" of electricity this winter since Juneau will start charging all boaters a flat electrical rate July 1.

Chamber forms new group to solve downtown problems
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce has formed a new committee that is prepared to seek more parking for downtown.

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

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

City looks at sports field, parking
The city will refine a design to build a sports field at Juneau-Douglas High School and add more parking in the area, possibly next summer.

School district says no to Montessori expansion
The Juneau School District doesn't plan to expand its Montessori program into a third classroom, administrators say.

All you need is friends
Amy Miller and Jeff Druia install trusses on Timi and Harry Tullis' new garage Monday on Lena Loop Road.

Man sought for rape at JDHS
An 18-year-old suspect being sought for an alleged rape at Juneau-Douglas High School is believed to have left town.

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

Assembly extends smoking ban to all bars
In three and half years, all the bars in town will be smoke-free, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday night.

Planners give Spuhn Island go-ahead
The development of Spuhn Island can go forward if it meets conditions that include providing electricity, parking spaces and docks or floats, the Juneau Planning Commission decided Tuesday night.

King, Haida marry
Erin King and Rick Haida of Juneau were married May 17, 2004, at Red Rock Canyon, Nev.

Beal, Dean to wed
Joyce Beal and Kevin Dean of Juneau will be married at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004, at The Little White Wedding Chapel, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Pets of the week
The humane society's pets of the week.

UAS honors supportive companies
The University Alaska Southeast Environmental Science program hosted a reception to thank four local helicopter companies and an engineering firm that have contributed considerable time, instruments, helicopter support and enthusiasm for the program's ongoing research projects.

Neighbors Digest
Staff and wire reports from our neighbors.

Miller, Jorgensen to marry
Dawn Miller of Juneau and Mike Jorgensen of San Jose, Calif., will be married at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004, at First Presbyterian Church, Skagway.

LaVigne, Scott to marry
Cindy LaVigne of Port Townsend, Wash., and Brady Scott of Olympia, Wash., will be married at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at Nuqua'lum on the North Fork in Maple Falls, Wash.

Thank you
Messages of thanks from the community, to the community.

Stanley D. 'Stan' Swanson
Longtime Juneau resident Stanley D. "Stan" Swanson, 81, died Monday, June 14, 2004, at his home in Juneau, with his family by his side, after a brief battle with cancer.

Stephanie Arnoldt
Juneau resident Stephanie Arnoldt, 54, died June 10, 2004, at her home in Juneau after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Charles 'Tex' Kaze Sr.
Former Juneau resident Charles "Tex" Kaze Sr., 78, died June 12, 2004, in Anchorage.

Time to support nationwide uniform social service number
A man I'll call Javier phoned the United Way office here in Juneau recently.

ASEA taking lumps in state agreement
The Alaska State Employees Association is presenting a contract to its members that will result in a significant reduction in the inflation-adjusted wages of the majority of state employees.

School Board needs to keep an open mind
The Juneau School Board wants nothing more than to build a second high school. But what it really needs right now is credibility.

Murkowski's special session is worth trying
Gov. Frank Murkowski's call for a special session on June 22 was a bold attempt to force legislators to deal with important business left undone when they adjourned on May 11.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Regional races reach record participation
For the first time in its 12-year history, the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay has reached its participation cap of 1,200 riders.

Sports Briefs
Staff and wire reports about sports

Troopers bust Russian cigarette operation in western Alaska
After receiving several tips that cigarettes with Russian writing were being sold in Marshall, the village law enforcement officer busted a local shop.

Sealaska reaps $29 million in profits in 2003
Sealaska Corp. made a $29 million profit based on $177 million in revenue in fiscal year 2003, primarily from a heavy return on investments and a vibrant timber market, spokesman Todd Antioquia said Monday.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state

Homer voters to decide whether to let big-box stores move into town
Voters were to decide Tuesday what exactly is too big when it comes to stores in the scenic, seaside town of Homer.

State fires two for grounding ferry
The Alaska Department of Transportation fired the captain and chief mate of the LeConte on Monday after determining they were at fault for grounding the state ferry on the Cozian Reef on May 10.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports across the state.

Sponsors want vacancy initiative on Nov. ballot
A group of Democrat lawmakers who want to prevent Alaska's governor from filling U.S. Senate vacancies asked Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Monday to keep their initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world

Three plead guilty on black bear poaching charges
Three Anchorage men have pleaded guilty to poaching black bears and trying to sell their gall bladders and other body parts, the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday.

Photo: Orphan pup
Charter boat captain Davey Lubin, center, along with Phil and Lisa Smith of Anchorage, watches a rescued harbor seal pup aboard the boat Esther G on Friday in Sitka.

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