No drinking at Capitol
Phyllis Lewis had a great point about how the legislators work long and irregular hours and how they may be identified and criticized if they were in public places drinking.

Road could improve locals' lives
The first time I was able to read a bumper sticker was about 25 years ago at Cope Park. "Build The Road" it read.

Don't block the mine
Prospectors first discovered gold in the Kensington area in 1887. A number of mines quickly opened and the Comet, Bear, Northern Belle and Kensington mines produced gold until 1901.

Isolation creates Juneau's lifestyle
I have spent my entire life here in Juneau. I don't like any part of the Juneau road plan. It's expensive, damaging and unnecessary.

What's behind recent wave of vandalism?
I have lived in Juneau for over 25 years. Recently, my vehicle has been burglarized three times.

Peratrovich led way
The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood honor the steps taken to end discrimination throughout Alaska taken by Roy and Elizabeth Peratrovich.

Happy hour at the Alaska State Capitol
After growing dissatisfied with the Juneau bar scene, I was happy to hear I can be hanging out at the Capitol drinking during poker night.

Road hearing reveals city's divided line
About 50 residents testified Wednesday night in the first of two Juneau hearings about the Juneau Access Project, a proposed 68.5-mile road from Juneau's Echo Cove to Skagway and the continental highway grid.

Bird deaths linked to salmonella
Jim Bentley doesn't have to meet any health department standards outside his West Juneau home, but he isn't sure that the bleach and blowtorch he's been using will keep his bird feeders clean enough.

Photo: Taking pride in Peratrovich
The Juneau Dance Group performs during the annual Elizabeth Peratrovich Day celebration on Wednesday at Tlingit-Haida Community Center.

All that a tourist needs
When I was a very young girl, my family, aunts, uncles and cousins often had picnics at the amusement park on Lake Coeur d' Alene. I especially remember the high Ferris wheel and the pink cotton candy.

Around town is a listing of non profit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Board wants diversity in proposed charter school
Juneau School Board members, considering a proposed Montessori charter school in work sessions this week, raised concerns about equity.

Assembly denies Spuhn Island appeal
The Juneau Assembly rejected neighbors' appeal against a planned Spuhn Island development, the city announced Wednesday.

Harborview Elementary students find that coffee, books go together
Some students at Harborview Elementary have created their own blend of Heritage Coffee, and they are selling it to raise funds to bring a New Hampshire children's author to Juneau.

Regents OK two new UAS programs
The University of Alaska Southeast will offer new certificate programs in drafting technology and pre-radiologic technology qualifications to help meet local work force demands.

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

Tanner, king crab prices likely to drop this season
The tanner and golden king crab seasons in Southeast Alaska are in full swing, but prices may not be as good as they were last year.

Four visions for Alaska's next capitol
After three and a half weeks to create a design, four architectural teams revealed their visions of a new Alaska capitol for the first time on Thursday, at the Baranof Hotel.

UA lab at Lena Point on hold
The University of Alaska has put on hold its plans to build a fisheries research center at Lena Point until it sees whether the state Legislature will provide more funds this session.

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

A farewell with friends, co-workers
The members of the Juneau Navy League held a reception Monday for Lt. Kyle Taylor (center). Friends and Department of Labor co-workers gathered at the Buoy Deck to wish him well.

Welch and James wed
Vicky M. James of Angoon and Dave Welch of White Sulphur Springs, Mont., were married Dec. 27, 2004, at Heritage Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Stitt and Foster marry
Juneau resident Teresa Ann Stitt and Phillip Allen Foster of Ruston, Wash., were married Dec. 14, 2004, in Las Vegas.

News from the Juneau area

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

Neitzer and Hosford Jr. wed
Skagway residents Adria C. Neitzer and Raymond D. Hosford Jr. were married at sunset, Jan. 3, 2005, in Maui, Hawaii.

My Turn: Time to settle Native claims
This My Turn is in regard to the landless issue on behalf of the aboriginal people of Alaska, particularly of those who were left out. It is in response to the recent and controversial Murkowski land liquidation article that was released in the news.

My Turn: Jet debate should focus on Public Safety needs
The mission of the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) is to preserve the public peace, protect life, property and wildlife resources - a daunting task.

My Turn: Plan to use helicopters balances safety, forest protection
The Alaska Region Forest Service and the Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station will begin a congressionally mandated, 10-year program to inventory and analyze Alaska's national forest wilderness areas this year.

Quest leaders reach Dawson
While his fellow Yukon Quest mushers slept along the trail, Skagway's Hugh Neff slipped by and was the first musher to arrive in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, on Thursday.

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.

Photos: Middle school wrestling
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Cameron Fronimos, at left on top, tries to pin Josh Hahn of Ketchikan's Schoenbar Middle School last Saturday in the 100-pound final of the Petersburg Invitational.

Little still in the lead at last report
All 19 remaining mushers were on the trail to Dawson on Wednesday, the fourth day of the 22nd annual Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Local Sports
Alaska Sportswriter Prep Basketball Polls, results of Southeast Road Runners' Sweethearts' Relay

Similar struggles
Being born with an underdeveloped right hand didn't keep Chad Bentz from fulfilling his baseball dream. Neither did club feet discourage Jim Mecir, nor extra fingers and toes stymie Antonio Alfonseca. All three relief pitchers made it to the big leagues, and none think of his birth defect as any big deal.

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 boys, girls heading to Fairbanks
Juneau-Douglas High School basketball teams will get their last taste of out-of-region competition before the postseason as the Crimson Bear boys and girls head north this weekend for games in Fairbanks.

Lathrop boys, girls overwhelm Juneau
Different season, same story.

Juneau girls jump up to third in poll
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team jumped up one spot in the latest Alaska Sportswriters High School Basketball Polls, released today.

ASMI revamps its mission, focuses more on advertising
After radical restructuring last year, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Board has drafted a new mission statement and will make consumer advertising a bigger part of its effort to market the state's seafood.

Ethics committee put on hold by Legislature
Alaska's Select Committee on Legislative Ethics has been unable to conduct business for more than a week because the Legislature has not appointed the members necessary to hold meetings.

Rep. DeLay: ANWR will be included in energy bill
U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says a national energy bill will contain a provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Governor floats plan for wastewater permits
The state should issue permits to discharge industrial wastewater into Alaska waters rather than have the federal government do it because the process takes too long now, the governor said Thursday.

Group petitions to list polar bears as threatened species
A conservation group filed a formal petition Wednesday seeking to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Humpy's T-shirt ends up on TV show
Like most matters on the treacherous tropical island of ABC's "Lost," the tale of how a Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse logo T-shirt arrived on the torso of one of the show's main characters was clouded in mystery.

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

Bill caps legal fees for suits in the public interest
A proposal by Gov. Frank Murkowski aims to cut the amount of legal fees the state and municipalities must pay under lawsuits deemed to be in the public interest.

Photo: Fast ferry launch
Derecktor Shipyards launches the M/V Chenega on Sunday in Bridgeport, Conn. It is the second fast ferry for the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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

Medicaid cuts could cost state millions
The federal government plans to slash the amount it contributes to Alaska's Medicaid costs beginning in October, which could mean a $53 million loss to the state next year and $73 million the year afterward, according to state estimates.

Staff reports from around the state

Photo: Saved by a smoke alarm:
Ruby Graham's grandson, Aaron Dasher, 7, left, holds up burned pages of antique children's books as Graham, right, pieces together the rest of the pages while rummaging through the remains of her home in Fairbanks.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

what's happening
Entertainment events around Juneau

Final preparations
Way back at Juneau's first Wearable Arts Show, in 2000, Thea Howard had the idea to construct a snowsuit out of marshmallows.

News of local arts

Students learn about Haiti's poor while rehearsing musical
Weeks before rehearsal started for "Once On This Island," the Juneau-Douglas High School spring operetta about a poor peasant girl on an unnamed island resembling Haiti, the 50-member cast set about studying Caribbean culture.

Designer brings mobile theories to Juneau
Teaching in North Carolina in 1996 and 1997, Los Angeles-based architect Jennifer Siegal began paying more attention to trailers.

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