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.

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).

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

Fact not fiction about Gustavus
I take exception to Mr. Ben Brown's article on Gustavus (Juneau Empire, Jan. 4) wherein he portrays the community's relationship with Glacier Bay National Park, the Falls Creek Hydroelectric Project and the commercial fishing phase-out.

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

Planners OK zip line tour south of Douglas
While some told Juneau planning commissioners Tuesday night they think Mount Roberts or Eaglecrest would be more appropriate places for tourists to be gliding through the rain forest treetops, several Juneau residents said they are looking forward to Alaska Canopy Adventures' becoming a good neighbor to Douglas.

Middle schoolers to compete
Nearly 50 Juneau scientists will step out of their offices and laboratories today and go back to school.

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

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.

Assault gets man 4-month sentence
A former manager of the Nugget Mall Radio Shack said Tuesday he was "blown away" by a sentence that orders him to serve four months in jail for assault at the store.

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.

Commission reviews Home Depot plans
The Juneau Planning Commission discussed Tuesday night whether to approve a preliminary plan for a Home Depot store west of Costco in the Lemon Creek area.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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: Legislative reception
Laury Scandling, principal of alternative high school Yaakoosgé Daakahidi, speaks with Rep. John Coghill, R-North Pole, and Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, during the 21st annual Legislative reception.

The first cookies
yummy recipes...

A single, supreme four-letter word
And the Greatest of These ..." People who know me know that I am fascinated by words. Words - just words - words in all kinds of categories.

Edwards and Hanmer to marry
Chad David Edwards of Juneau and Denae Alice Hanmer of Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia, will be married March 11 in Merewether Beach, New South Wales.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau

Girl Scout cookie season is here
Girl Scout cookies will be sold until Jan. 29 throughout Juneau. More than 800 Girl Scouts throughout Southeast Alaska will be taking orders with cookie delivery in March.

Bartness and Reyes marry
Juneau residents Kari Bartness and Chris Reyes were married at 2 p.m. Dec. 10, 2005, at Valley Chapel. A reception followed the ceremony at the chapel.


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

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

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.

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

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

My Turn: Build joint garage and transit center downtown
The city's Americans with Disabilities Act Advisory Committee is charged to advise the Juneau Assembly on issues related to an accessible capital.

My Turn: Consider a compromise for the Juneau-Skagway road
Since the time of my first ferry ride up Lynn Canal in March 1976, I have been opposed to building a road through this magnificent area.

Juneau Bowling Center League Standings
from Sunday

Bentz signs with ChiSox
Chad Bentz, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, signed a minor league contract Saturday with the world champion Chicago White Sox.

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.

SE roundup: Wrangell girls earn a sweep of Metlakatla
The Wrangell High School girls basketball team earned a weekend sweep against Metlakatla over the weekend.

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.

Murkowski wants PR to guide nation
With Congress defeating a plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and removing earmarks for two projects criticized as "bridges to nowhere," Gov. Frank Murkowski used his State of the State address Tuesday night to express his frustration.

Guard members killed in chopper crash identified
Three Anchorage area men and a Washington state native were the four Alaska Army National Guard crew members who died in a weekend helicopter crash in northern Iraq.

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.

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.

Transport official explains shortage of funds
A state transportation official told legislators Tuesday that they shouldn't blame Alaska's two controversial bridge projects for the state's trouble securing funding for other long-awaited transportation projects.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Blue man busted after robbery
Memo to robbers: If you disguise yourself as a Smurf, make sure you wipe behind your ears afterward.

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.

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.

Photo: A point on the rim of fire
A steam plume drifts from Mount Augustine volcano last week west of Homer.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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

Lawmakers try to toughen pot laws
Lawmakers for the second year are trying to toughen Alaska's marijuana laws, but critics say state government should leave the little guy alone and go after commercial growers.

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