Plundering the planet
I am appalled at the caving in of Bureau of Land Management operatives to those who covet North Slope oil.

Time for state to repay its loan
I have read with great interest how the governor would like to spend $500 million on education and the Democrats want to save a like amount out of this year's $1.2 billion surplus we are enjoying because of oil's high price, currently in excess of $60 per barrel.

Look closer to home
I'm surprised the Empire printed Dave Lewit's letter of Jan. 17. First he equates Bureau of Land Management functionaries with Nazi war criminals, then states offhandedly that the vast majority of Americans aren't interested in North Slope oil.

Document fish harvest
It's imperative that skippers and crews document their participation in fisheries harvests.

Expecting recycling answers from city
Regarding the bottle recycling issue (Empire, Jan. 5), I presume, then, that there is no difference in recycling glass or just putting it my weekly trash barrel.

A threat to rights
I am writing to express my feelings about HF 3199, which would allow federal agencies to search for and document gun records without the approval of any court.

Juneau doesn't need this kind of 'neighbor'
Now let me get this straight. Wal-Mart and Sam's Club are no longer donating surplus food to food banks so that the food banks "can manage their resources better."

Keep the Cleveland Peninsula lands wild
This letter is in regards to the recent appeal of the Emerald Bay draft environmental impact statement's record of decision.

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

Southeast teen's murder trial to move to Juneau
The trial of a young Craig woman accused of murdering her mother more than a year ago has been moved from Craig to Juneau.

Hydro project ramps up south of Juneau
Construction could be launched in March on a privately financed hydroelectric project supplying power to the Greens Creek Mine and Juneau.

New measure looks to cut session
Alaska legislators have talked about trimming the session to 90 days for some 15 years, but this year a bill has pumped new life into the issue because it may require fewer votes to pass than previous proposals.

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

School board accepts budget and calendar
The Juneau School Board approved a new school calendar and finalized the current operating fund budget Tuesday evening.

Home from the war
Roger Smith and Leslie Watson of Kodiak welcome their son, Spc. Justin Smith, 20, home Friday at Fort Richardson.

UAS spring enrollment up 10 percent
An increase in spring enrollment numbers has given the University of Alaska Southeast another reason to celebrate its 50th year.

Photo: Enjoying the glacier
Hikers walk across frozen Mendenhall Lake on Monday. As serene and safe as the lake looks at this time of year, officials warn that some areas of lake ice may be thin

Photo: More eruptions
Steam and ash billow from Mount Augustine volcano Tuesday 75 miles southeast of Homer.

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

Tapping into Rev. King's vision
Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday was not a day off from work, but a "day on," according to an enthusiastic crowd that gathered at the Juneau Christian Center to celebrate the civil rights leader's life.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Teens talk, but not about depression
Depression is the hidden illness that teens don't want to talk about.

Photo: Star bright
Craig Southern, an ironworker with North Pacific Erectors, lays down a weld near the frame of a new building being erected on the old site of Alaska 2 Go (which has gone).

Photo: Star cast
Royal Caribbean Cruises has presented Northern Lights Junior Theatre with a $5,000 grant in support of the theater's work with local youth.

The Tao of the cat in a tree
The kids on Gastineau Avenue called the little cat "Raven" because he was black and perched in a tree.

Phillip Douglas Lent
Juneau resident Phillip "Phil" Douglas Lent died Jan. 3, 2006, in Juneau.

Curtis Jerome 'Jerry' Wood
Former Juneau resident Curtis Jerome "Jerry" Wood died Jan. 9, 2006, in Kamloops, B.C., after a brief struggle with diabetes and cancer.

John Allen Waid
Former Juneau resident John Allen Waid, 53, died Dec. 20, 2005, in Redding, Calif.

Lori Beth Stephens
Juneau resident Lori Beth Stephens died Jan. 13, 2006, in California following a lengthy illness.

In Monday's edition of the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity report, there was a scoring error.

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.

Juneau Bowling Center League Standings
Juneau Bowling Center League Standings

SE Roundup: Petersburg takes two from Wrangell girls
The Petersburg High School girls basketball team swept Wrangell in Class 3A action over the weekend.

Gregorie highlights Roughhouse card with win
Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge fell on Friday the 13th, eerily surrounded by a glowing full moon and the Augustine Volcano eruption.

Judge shoots down wolf control regs
A judge ruled Tuesday that Alaska's lethal wolf control program, under which hundreds of wolves have been killed, is illegal.

Photo: Home from the war
Roger Smith and Leslie Watson of Kodiak welcome their son, Spc. Justin Smith, 20, home Friday at Fort Richardson.

A young soldier's widow waits for the shock - and the reality
Sitting in front of a coffee table full of photographs on Saturday morning, Sarah Melson told a Valley love story.

FAA: AK Airlines safely maintains planes' jackscrews
The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that Alaska Airlines has safe procedures in place for lubricating jackscrews on its planes.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest

Sitka man asks state to allow bow fishing
After watching a school of chum salmon swim by his boat last summer, David Rice of Sitka got to thinking.

Hickel shares vision at conference
A state wealthy in resources held in common by residents should not be experiencing poverty, former Gov. Walter J. Hickel told delegates to the Conference of Young Alaskans.

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

Pension obligation bonds touted in committee
Alaska lawmakers looking for ways to pay for the state's underfunded pension plans heard a sales pitch for pension obligation bonds Tuesday.

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