Annexation threatens Funter Bay residents
I was raised in Funter Bay. My parents are two of only a handful of people who chose to build a life and career here, outside the auspices of city services.

Lawmakers overdue for a pay raise
Alaska is long overdue for increasing the salaries of legislators.

It must be mined
I really like the letter on Alaska mining.

Careful with playground plans
I read an article about a proposed community playground to be built at Twin Lakes in partnership with Leathers & Associates (Empire, Jan. 1).

Grateful for the privacy protection
In its editorial, the Voice of the Times (reprinted in the Juneau Empire Jan. 5), stated that the Patriot Act allows the FBI to "check on what books a suspect may have checked out of the library."

City moves on new sewer construction
Like the grumpy lady looking for beef in the old Wendy's hamburger commercials, many in Juneau have been asking: Where's the sewer pipe?

This won't hurt a bit
Arlene Crumrine, left, holds her dog, Tippy, still as Becky Hinman-Frank, a licensed lay vaccinator, gives him a rabies shot Saturday morning at the Gastineau Humane Society during a rabies clinic.

Photo: Start of a session
Rep. Eric Croft, D-Anchorage, left, speaks with Rep. Bill Stoltze, R-Chugiak/Mat-Su, on Monday during the first day of the legislative session outside the offices of House Speaker John Harris.

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

Resurrected diary tells of the tribulations at Treadwell
Ten years ago, Barry Kibler, now a 66-year-old retired truck driver in Carmichael, Calif., inherited his grandfather's diaries, detailing two trips he made to work at the Treadwell Mine in Douglas in 1903 and 1904.

Home Depot store issues go before planners Tuesday
Juneau community development staff is recommending the Planning Commission approve preliminary plans for a Home Depot store west of Costco in the Lemon Creek area, along with a request to have fewer parking spaces than the city normally requires of a retailer.

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

Commission to consider 'cableway tour experience'
A summer tree canopy "cableway tour experience" will go before planning commissioners Tuesday night.

Assembly OKs funding for Bayview sewers
It followed months of debate, but on Monday the Juneau Assembly made improving Bayview subdivision's wastewater treatment look easy.

Photo: For some, chancy - for others, not
Sabrina Jones rides a sled pulled by her father, Matt Jones, as Ginny Eckert skijors with their dog Koda on Sunday near Skater's Cabin.

Bank robber stole less than $2,000
A man arrested on a theft charge Friday night tried to leave town while carrying less than half of the money he is accused of stealing from a downtown bank, according to Juneau court records.

Photo: O Christmas Tree ...
Bob Chernikoff of Wallace and Sons tree service carries a discarded Christmas tree to a chipper Saturday at the city dump, where it will be ground up - along with a few thousand others.

Bayview pipe will run through state game refuge
The long-awaited Bayview subdivision sewer system may proceed to construction this year.

Photo: Rapprochement?
Not considered natural pals in the best of times, this gull and raven nevertheless share a perch Saturday at the Alaskan & Proud...

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Lawmakers take on the bridges
Alaska legislators launched into their session Monday by carving out a busy first week to include two hearings on controversial bridges for Anchorage and Ketchikan and a revived bid for a statewide competition to build a new state capitol.


Kenochewa 'Keno' M. Doty
Former Juneau resident Kenochewa "Keno" Michael Doty, 40, died Jan. 7, 2006, in Springfield, Mo., from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Levie Laniali'i Winn
Juneau resident Levie Laniali'i Winn died Jan. 5, 2006, in Juneau.

Annetta Mae Hollingsworth
Longtime Juneau resident Annetta Mae (Shanks) Hollingsworth, 76, died Jan. 3, 2006, in Juneau.

Bessie Kitka
Former Juneau resident Bessie Laverne (Naawaan Tlaa) Kitka, 82, of Sitka, died Jan. 1, 2006, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

Marcelle Louise Emerson
Juneau resident Marcelle Louise Emerson died Jan. 5, 2006, in Palmer.

Alaska Editorial: Valid change in initiative signature gathering
The difficulty that backers of some initiative petitions are having in gathering signatures is something to be applauded...

Alaska Editorial: ANWR fight delays aid for less fortunate
The pre-Christmas congressional battle over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge inflicted some heavy collateral damage on needy Americans.

My Turn: The reality of running the fast ferries in Alaska
In the ongoing debate over the usefulness or appropriateness of adding the fast vehicle ferries (FVFs) to the Alaska Marine Highway System fleet, it's important to distinguish between projected and actual operating costs and conditions.

Bears' junior varsity girls basketball team earns two victories against Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity girls basketball team wasn't the only local squad that had success Friday and Saturday in Sitka.

Having fun and raising funds
Teachers and faculty members from the Juneau School District braved the Treadwell Arena ice Sunday to take on the Crimson Bears' high school hockey team and raise money for Juneau-Douglas' inaugural season.

Fletcher earns 2nd place in World Cup
A second-place finish at a snowboarding World Cup event may have earned Alaska's Rosey Fletcher a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

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.

Iraq copter crash killed 4 Alaskans
Four Alaska Army National Guard soldiers were among 12 people killed in a Sunday helicopter crash in Iraq, according to the state commander.

Sitka blaze destroys resident section of historic hotel
Two dozen people were homeless after fire destroyed part of a historic hotel in downtown Sitka early Monday morning.

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Staff reports from around the state

Many lawmakers say they want to save $600 million
Many Alaska Republican and Democratic legislators will suggest this session saving as much as half of the state's expected $1.2 billion revenue surplus.

College Savings plan grows
More Alaskans as well as Americans outside the state are setting aside money to attend college through the University of Alaska College Savings Plan.

Commission calls for easier mine permitting
A mining advisory panel has called for the state to ease the mine permitting process.

Not your typical analyst
Neal Fried isn't your typical economist. While his signature bow tie screams "geeky numbers guy," Fried is one of the most sought-after analysts by public and private figures who want to know anything about the state's economy and its labor issues.

2 initiatives won't make it to this year's ballot
Two voter initiatives - to end aerial wolf control and limit use of pesticides in schools - won't make it onto the November ballot due to a lack of signatures, election officials said Monday.

Missile failures dim prospects
Many of the silos are in place, obscured by snow behind heavy barbed wire fences, void of the ballistic missile interceptors that are slow in coming to this windy range.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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