Governor needs to address alcoholism
As a lifelong Democrat, I was skeptical when Sarah Palin was elected.

Say no to escalation of the war in Iraq
Soon a resolution stating the president is on the wrong track in sending 21,500 more American serviceman into harm's way in Iraq will be introduced in both houses of the U.S. Congress.

Tongass Forest needs a forward-thinking plan
The U.S. Forest Service recently released its draft forest plan for the Tongass National Forest.

Bible doesn't sanction same-sex marriage
I go to Floyd Dryden Middle School. I am writing a response to Jessica Rocco Humphrys' letter in the Jan. 12 Juneau Empire.

Coeur hired workers after getting permits
This letter is in response to the president of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's board of directors (Anissa Berry-Frick's My Turn in Sunday's Juneau Empire).

Alaska Constitution and natural resources
When It comes to Alaska's natural resources, one needs to go no further than our state constitution to realize the intent of the people of Alaska when it was ratified on April 24, 1956.

Quote out of context in Coeur advertisement
I would like to take this opportunity to correct an inaccuracy put out by Coeur d'Alene Mines' media department.

Ethics issues sweep over Legislature
Legislators are debating whether they should be forced to reveal details of outside "consulting" income, or whether such work should be banned altogether.

City puts residential land on the market
Forty-three city-owned residential lots at Lena Point go on the market starting today.

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

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

Activists rally against abortion
Participants face the Capitol on Monday as they listen to speakers during the Right to Life Rally.

Backstage changes make room for 24-7 legislative programming
Gavel to Gavel, which provides television coverage of state government, turned 12 this year. It looks forward to an adolescent growth spurt.

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

Ferries' future in hands of governor, new commissioner
While Gov. Sarah Palin's long-term plan for the state ferries is still in flux, observers say the few indications about the new governor's approach to the Alaska Marine Highway System are encouraging.

Juneau Digest
Juneau man dies in road crash in Hawaii, Police look into rash of house burglaries, Sunrise returns to Barrow in a dim show & Survey finds mercury in fish across West

Parents weigh in on education
Parent Robyn Holloway brought a mix of fear and hope to a public forum Tuesday night about Juneau high schools.

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

Lawmakers look into scope of climate change
A Legislature-appointed commission has slated 10 hours at the Capitol today to hear from state agencies, scientists and citizens about how climate change is affecting Alaska.

A photo caption on Page A2 in Monday's Empire incorrectly stated Gov. Sarah Palin's husband's name. His name is Todd Palin.

Megan Treston, of Juneau, is listed on the 2006 fall semester dean's list at the University of Portland in Oregon. She is a sophomore and majoring in nursing.

Photo: Big Campaign recruits Big Brothers
Big Brother Alan Steffert, right, and his Little Brother, Liam, pose at their first meeting in front of Rainy Day Books downtown.

Knowing when you need the church
A question that frequently arises in my mind is this: If the church on the corner in Douglas closed its doors one day, how many people would miss it, or even realize that it was gone?

Photo: Democratic Party donations
Rich Listowski, left, of the Greater Juneau Democratic Party, presents a $500 check to Glory Hole Director George Briggs.

Neighbors Digest
People for Peace sponsor rally against Iraq war Saturday, Alaska Youth Choir invites singers, 8 to 18, for May 12 concert, Parks and Rec takes shelter reservations beginning Monday, Housing First offers class on its Home Opportunity Program & Widowed Persons Service holds brunch Feb. 4 at Breakwater

Kevin Guy Wilson
Kevin Guy Wilson died Jan. 16, 2007, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He was 28.

Rita McLeod
Hoonah resident Rita Laura (Dalton) McLeod, died Jan. 17, 2007, in Hoonah. Her Tlingit name was Gun X Su Wa Tlex of the Yeil Kudei Hittaan (Raven Nest House), T'akdeintaan Clan and a Kaagwaantaan Yatxee. She was 63.

Margaret Leibowitz
Juneau resident Margaret Leibowitz died Jan. 12, 2007, in Juneau. She was 78.

Joanne Lennon
Juneau resident Joanne Marie Lennon died Jan. 20, 2007, in Juneau. She was 74.

My Turn: Coeur Alaska's reverse logic
Coeur Alaska's new series of ads asking the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to reconsider its lawsuit over the Clean Water Act raises some interesting points.

My Turn: Ferry system versus road
As a frequent volunteer in my son's classroom, I've come to realize that I can learn a few things myself. Many times, enlightenment comes unexpectedly, as it did for me last week.

SE hoops roundup: Wrangell stays hot with a pair of wins over Craig
Michelle Villarma scored 22 points and Courtney McCay posted 15 points and eight rebounds in Wrangell's 68-28 Saturday win over Craig in Class 3A girls high school basketball

Ouellette stands tall in goal for Alaskan Dames
Lisa Ouellette turned back all 12 shots she faced to give Alaskan Dames a 5-0 win over the Gold team in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's Tier B contest Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Photo: Out in front
The Island Pub's Marc Wheeler pushes toward the puck while the Kensington Goldminers' Ian Leary gives chase...

Snowsports corner: Juneau's storied Nordic history
• Editor's note: The author is a former member of the Juneau-Douglas High School ski team in the early 1960s.

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.

Study: More polar bears den on land
More pregnant polar bears in Alaska are digging snow dens on land instead of sea ice, according to a federal study, and researchers say deteriorating sea ice due to climate warming is the likely reason.

Oil refinery operations uninterrupted by small fire
A small fire that broke out at Alaska's largest crude oil refinery did not interrupt production and refining operations, officials said.

Princess Cruise Lines agrees to $755,000 fine in whale's death
Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to pay a large fine after one of its ships was accused of striking and killing a humpback whale near Glacier Bay in Southeast Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Permanent Fund returns 5.6 percent, Avalanche misses houses in Highlands, Police arrest man who was posing as a cop, Court limits parole eligibility for killer & Hunters again to try and get stuck trucks

Bush unyielding in address
Standing firm: President Bush delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Happy reunion
Alaska Air National Guard co-pilot Capt. Sharyl Worrell is greeted Monday by her niece, Annika Yancey, 8, at Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage.

Photo: Cultural award
First lady Laura Bush, right, congratulates Karlie Spud, second from right, and Kathryn Friedle, second from left, with the Tlingit Language and Culture Program of Haines, on Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C.

This Day in History
In Alaska the nation and the world

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

State lawmaker to provide peers' pipeline lessons
State Rep. Ralph Samuels may be an airline executive, but he's also among the few lawmakers who understands the minutiae when it comes to natural gas pipelines.

Ice blocks harvested for art championship
Volunteers are harvesting ice and gearing up for the World Ice Art Championships. That means the opening of the ice park and the reprieve of late winter cabin fever is only about one month away.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Alaska subsistence lawsuit
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit that claims the federal government unconstitutionally favors rural hunters and fishermen in Alaska.

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