Monday, December 13, 2004

Shift change bad for police morale
I am proud of my son and daughter-in-law. Both are Juneau police officers.

Reform vote grows
Final Alaskan election results offer hope to people who want political change necessary to get a fair share of windfall oil profits and to expand equal shares of oil wealth, with every Alaskan receiving free health care.

Without economy, history won't matter
"It's the economy, stupid."

City's time capsule hits tenth year
Melanie Brown didn't think she would live long enough to read the letter she wrote for a time capsule 10 years ago. It was intended for Juneau's children in 2094.

Campus lights
A student walking to the UAS Library on Sunday after sunset is greeted with an aquatic-themed light display.

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

Sonar search has found no trace of two missing men
An Idaho man using sonar equipment to look for two missing men whose boat capsized Nov. 20 near Horse Island said recent rough seas have made the search difficult.

Search for donors
The Salvation Army kettles are running low.

School district wants more personalized high school
The Juneau School District has begun to ask the public how to break up Juneau-Douglas High School into smaller learning communities.

A transplant anniversary
Keri Barham is always there for her little sister, Vicki Tomal.

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

Christmas tree outing
Tom Schwartz and Gretchen Anne Harrington, with their 1-year-old daughter, Annika, walk back to their North Douglas home Saturday after cutting a 4-foot jack pine for Christmas on their property.

Accused teen gains Internet notoriety
Juneau's most internationally famous resident may be a teenage girl from Craig lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

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

School report challenges stereotypes
Traditionally, because of students' test scores, educators and the public have associated poverty and certain ethnic minorities with poor school performance. It's called the achievement gap.

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

Tourist plans unlikely for warehouse
David Stone, vice president of consumer affairs for Alaska Electric Light and Power, said there are no plans to turn a company warehouse into a tourist attraction.

Jack Coogan
Longtime Juneau resident Jack Coogan, 81, died unexpectedly on Dec. 7, 2004, while inspecting a construction project in Juneau.

Renkes, Murkowski are victims
The Anchorage Daily News (and The Associated Press) implies that state Attorney General Gregg Renkes violated ethics rules during recent negotiations between the state and Taiwan on marketing Alaska resources.

Empire editorial: Who was doing Renkes' job while he was brokering deals?
Many questions remain about Attorney General Gregg Renkes' involvement in a billion-dollar coal deal between Alaska and Taiwan.

Cartoon by toe:
Cartoon by toe:

Vantage Point: Airport parking space decision misses mark
The Juneau International Airport administration's decision to charge $35 for monthly parking spaces rather than the same amount for individuals may have been well intended, but it still misses the mark relative to providing real relief for many airport employees and tenants.

Marked Mammals
About 75 Steller sea lions were crowded on the rocks at the haulout on Benjamin Island near Juneau, bellowing and roaring as they jockeyed for space.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in the Juneau area.

Web links
Web links for the outdoor enthusiast.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Hoonah sweeps Barrow for third place at state
While they didn't win a title, the Hoonah Braves gained a little redemption with their third-place finish Saturday at the Class 1A-2A-3A (West) state volleyball tournament in Anchorage

Blazer bench topples Jazz
Portland's reserves get credit for this victory.

Three Southeast wrestlers claim state crowns
One year ago, after Kake wrestler Matthew Ashenfelter finished sixth at state, he promised his coach, Rick Mills, that he would return to win a title.

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.

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.

CIFC wants Juneau to cough up more money
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team and its sponsor, the Juneau Youth Football League, will have to carry more of the financial burden for travel if the Crimson Bears are to remain part of the Cook Inlet Football Conference.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state/the Northwest.

New fast ferry christened
Catherine Stevens, wife of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, breaks a bottle of champagne over the bow of the fast ferry Chenega on Saturday at the Derecktor shipyard in Bridgeport, Conn.

Lawmakers, Murkowski to mull oil taxes
Record-high oil prices have staved off Alaska's budget woes for the coming year, but the state's projected $653 million windfall would have likely been more than $1 billion if not for what some are calling an outdated oil tax.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Palin, Croft call for expanded ethics investigation in case involving Renkes
A Republican former mayor and a Democratic state lawmaker have called for a formal state ethics investigation of both the governor and his attorney general.

Photo: Museum of the North
The University of Alaska Museum addition takes shape last week at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Weather stymies oil spill cleanup
With 24-foot seas and 50-knot winds continuing to pound the Aleutian island where a soybean freighter cracked in half, officials Saturday could take only a few small steps toward cleaning up the massive oil spill left behind.

Alaska's fishing jobs are going to nonresidents
Over the last two decades, people living out of state have come to dominate Alaska's commercial fisheries, with nonresident fishermen now accounting for the majority of both the weight and the value of the catch, according to a state study.

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

Program targets high Native tobacco use
At 74, Jane Green traveled the roughly 150 miles from her home in the village of Hooper Bay to the clinic here, alarmed by her racing heart.

Report says Lower Kenai waterways running warm
Lower Kenai Peninsula salmon streams are running hot, but not the kind of "hot" that would send anglers running to cast their lines.

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