No reason to peer at signatures
I am dismayed and disappointed the Northwest Cruise Ship Association has chosen to challenge the signatures gathered for the cruise ship initiative, i.e.: Responsible Cruising in Alaska.

A terrible show
I wonder at times where the American people and media will draw the line between entertainment and downright voyeurism?

Sen. Stevens' bait and switch
During the recent election, Alaskans were repeatedly told that unless Alaska maintained its all-Republican delegation, Sen. Ted Stevens would be unable to deliver the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the generous federal appropriations to which Alaskans have become accustomed.

Not the issue
It was inevitable that someone would write the Empire comparing the expense of the Iraq war and the much smaller amount pledged as of now for relief to victims of the south Asian tsunami ("A more moral fight," Mark Stopha, Jan. 6).

A sick rewrite of Indonesian history
On tsunami aid to Indonesia, Associated Press reporter Denis D. Gray stated, "Washington imposed a ban on U.S. military equipment to Jakarta in 1999 after the Indonesian Army and pro-Jakarta militias killed 1,500 people in East Timor in a failed attempt to repress an independence movement in what was then an Indonesian province."

Measure requires voter approval of Capitol move costs
Alaskans would have to approve the costs of moving the Capitol even just a few blocks away from its present location, under a bill in the Legislature.

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

Angoon health aide to retire following 35 years of service
When she started working as a community health aide in Angoon 35 years ago, Jessie Jim worked from her own house.

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

Legislators start session
The smell of wet paint wafted through the halls of the Capitol last week as lawmakers and staff rushed to orientation meetings and receptions in preparation for today's kickoff of the 24th Alaska Legislature.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of non-profit local events.

Lawmakers eye gas line, weigh surplus
Construction of a natural gas pipeline and how to spend the state's projected oil surplus was on the minds of lawmakers Monday for the first day of the 24th Alaska Legislature.

Tongass land plan approved
Tongass National Forest officials said Monday they intend no major changes to the forest's 15-year plan despite intense pressure in Southeast Alaska to either restrict or increase timber sales in the 17-million acre forest.

Assembly OKs land negotiation with Home Depot
The Juneau Assembly moved forward plans to build a Home Depot store in Juneau, unanimously authorizing negotiations for a sale of city land.

Getting here from there
Old-timers may grumble that Alaska's growing population and modern conveniences have chipped away at its Last Frontier status, but try telling that to the state's lawmakers as they make their annual journey to the most inaccessible capital in North America.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of non-profit local events

Pable "Pabs" Aton
Former longtime Juneau resident Pable "Pabs" Aton, 72, died Jan. 3, 2005, in Renton, Wash.

Wendell K. Cary
Longtime Juneau resident Wendell K. Cary, 78, died Jan. 7, 2005, in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Gender representation in the U.S. Senate
Congratulations to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who on Tuesday was sworn in by Vice President Dick Cheney to a full term in the Senate. She is the first Alaska-born senator to represent the state in the chamber.

Alaska Editorial: Constitutional gimmicks aren't fiscal responsibility
Many Alaska lawmakers, especially in the Senate majority, would like Alaskans to believe that a long-term fiscal plan has to start with a constitutional spending limit.

How about adopting a child's perspective for the new year?
The day after her third birthday my daughter Rosie announced that she was done with her crib - the beautiful hand-made baby-jail without which she had been, until that day, unable to sleep.

Jazz beat Spurs to end 9-game losing streak
When Mehmet Okur's putback rolled in at the buzzer, the Utah Jazz celebrated as if they had just won a playoff series.

Local Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Moore claims crown in the Copper Basin 300
Allen Moore, a veteran musher from Two Rivers, claimed his first victory on Monday when he won the 2005 Copper Basin 300.

Results and rankings of local teams

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.

Millions on tap for pipeline training
The authorization of $20 million to train and hire Alaskans to build a proposed natural gas pipeline has state officials and trade organizations talking about how to spend it.

Photo: Chilling in Southeast
Sea birds walk on the ice in the boat harbor in Petersburg last week as a blanket of cold covered most of Southeast Alaska.

Critic of U.S. space weaponry to lecture
Space-based weapons, once the fantasy toys of science-fiction novels and robot cinema, are a very real part of the U.S. military's research and development plans, according to Victoria Samson, a research analyst at the Center for Defense Information in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Taxiing swans
A brace of trumpeter swans begins a running takeoff Sunday on the frozen waters of Blind Slough north of Petersburg, on Mitkof Island.

Liability dispute between landowner, feds delays search for agent orange
A disagreement between a federal agency and a private landowner over who will pay to move construction equipment is holding up the search for barrels of Agent Orange possibly buried in Tok.

Power outage throws Kaktovik into deep freeze
Hotel caretaker Arthur Smith crawled out of two down sleeping bags - good to 40 degrees below zero - to answer the phone Monday at the Waldo Arms Hotel in Kaktovik.

Postcards make a joke of proposed Juneau road
Opponents of a proposed road to Alaska's capital are trying humor to poke holes in support for the project.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

Proposals could boost subsistence opportunities
The Federal Subsistence Board will consider 15 proposals affecting fishing in Southeast Alaska when it meets this week in Anchorage.

Photo: State flag tribute at session opening
The Alaska Youth Choir sings "Alaska's Flag," the official Alaska state song, during opening day ceremonies Monday in the state Senate. The group also sang for House members

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