Delegation's Abramoff connections disturbing
I think that all Alaskans should be concerned about the connections between Don Young, Ted Stevens and confessed felon lobbyist, Jack Ambramoff.

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.

Doing right wins the best public relations
Mr. Murkowski feels America's view of Alaska is "sorely distorted."

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.

Coeur has a strange way of agreeing
Coeur's latest ad campaign states in bold lettering, "Alaskans deserve clean water. We agree 100 percent."

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."

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.

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

Guardsmen to return Sunday
Juneau is preparing a hero's welcome for its citizen soldiers who return to the capital this weekend after a year's deployment at war in Iraq.

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

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Think snow, then taste it
Snow beard: Kane Ginter surfaces Wednesday with a snow beard after sticking his face into new-fallen snow in an effort to taste it.

Photo: Northern grace
Trumpeter swans fly along Blind River Rapids on Tuesday on Mitkof Island just south of Petersburg.

Photo: Twin Lakes hockey
Dane Harlamert dashes after a puck Wednesday on Twin Lakes as Robin Woodby skates in the background.

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 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.

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

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).

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.

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

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

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.

Alaska editorial: Governor's proposed campaign makes sense
Gov. Frank Murkowski, in his State of the State address last week, made a point to legislators that most Alaskans have made to each other over the years: "The nation's view of Alaska is sorely distorted."

My Turn: Allow afflicted babies a death with dignity
Ronald Reagan said, "I know that when the true issue of infanticide is placed before the American people, with all the facts openly aired, we will have no trouble deciding that a mentally or physically handicapped baby has the same intrinsic worth and right to life as the rest of us."

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

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

Bears look to get defensive against Kings
Fans can expect to see a little more defense in this weekend's Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's game against visiting Ketchikan.

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.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
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Juneau Bowling Center League Standings
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Sports in Juneau
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Lawmakers, oil firms at odds over Slope development, tax
A group of Alaska lawmakers and former Gov. Walter Hickel say oil producers are intentionally delaying construction of a $20 billion natural gas pipeline and the time has come to pressure them into a deal.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest.

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.

Ice carving festival is still in talks for 'Ice Age 2' opening
It won't quite be the star-studded premiere organizers of an ice-carving festival had envisioned, but the event will still feature huge sculptures of Scrat, Manny and other cartoon characters in the upcoming sequel to "Ice Age."

Southeast fishermen reach compromise on Taku fish
Southeast Alaska fishermen are getting down to the fine points on how to split up a lucrative fishery for Taku River king salmon.

Ketchikan sawmill closes, cites red tape
One of the few sawmills remaining in the giant Southeast Alaska rain forest has closed.

Legislators hear pitch for oil taxes
Countries with progressive production taxes are seeing huge cash influxes at today's sky-high oil prices, and Alaska is missing out by holding on to its antiquated tax system, Gov. Frank Murkowski's top oil consultant told lawmakers Wednesday.

Senate merges criminalizing pot, meth restrictions
Despite protests from Democrats, the Alaska Senate agreed Wednesday to merge the recriminalization of marijuana with restrictions on the sale of over-the-counter drugs used to make methamphetamine.

Ketchikan moves closer to building cruise-ship dock
Ketchikan is moving closer to building a new cruise ship dock to be ready for the 2007 cruise ship season.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

Drew, Truax to play mini-concert at Holy Trinity
Gold Street Music, the informal monthly gathering of musicians that's congregated on the first Saturday night of every month since October, will hold its first mid-month concert Saturday, Jan. 21, in the sanctuary at Holy Trinity Church.

JUMP festival time again
The Juneau Underground Motion Picture (JUMP) society's annual mid-winter festival opens at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at the Backroom at the Silverbow Inn.

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TRAPPED: Juneau residents build a replica of a centuries-old fish trap found in 1989
Basket-type fish traps played a crucial role in the foundation of Northwest Coast culture. They allowed people to gather pounds and pounds of fish for the winter, and therefore, establish semipermanent villages.

Volitar invades again
When Juneau musician Andy Engstrom last visited the remote mining post of Volitar, on his 2002 rock-opera concept compact disc "Murder, Mystery, Mayhem," the region was in dire straits.

'Seussical' the musical plays Juneau
Like Dr. Seuss himself, "Seussical," the two-act play that stars dozens of characters from some his most famous books, is short on dialogue, heavy on the lyricism.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Another second stage play at Perseverance
"TAPE," a one-act, three-actor play about two high school best friends from Michigan and their recollections of an alleged rape 10 years earlier, opens in Perseverance Theatre's Phoenix Room on Thursday, Jan. 19, for a six-night run.

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