'Smiler's Bones' leads pack of chapter books
New chapter books for kids are hitting the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Marine highway to nowhere
Recent proposals to close the Bellingham terminal of the Alaska State Marine Highway System threaten to make this a "highway to nowhere."

Killing sea gulls is no answer
I was appalled to read my newspaper Thursday morning and see the photo of the man stalking birds at the dump with a rifle.

Hydrotherapy is all wet
I just read the article on colonic hydrotherapy and am aghast at the thought.

Goose-stepping meth cops
Take a real close look at the governor's meth bill to ensure that there is no talk of a secret police force hidden in it, because the way Sen. Green is pushing that the law be left open-ended so they can change the wording at a whim without asking us scares me to no end.

Show the real America to world
This is a message to all my peers on a road to a new life.

Contempt for the Board of Game
Knowing Joel Bennett is the Alaska representative of Defenders of Wildlife, Wolfsong of Alaska and co-author of an initiative banning aerial wolf control, I was not surprised by the contempt he expressed for the current Board of Game (Feb. 3, 2006).

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

Photo: Big valley
A morning flight reveals a clear view Thursday over the Mendenhall Valley.

City sticks with fluoridating water - for now
The majority on the Juneau Fluoride Study Commission recommends against shutting down the city's public water fluoridation until members see a highly anticipated federal study next month, its chairman said Thursday.

Photo: Cutter call
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet leaves Juneau after making a port call this week.

Tommy Sands
Irish folk singer Tommy Sands is guardedly optimistic about the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Fast-food pickup
A bald eagle grabs some food Thursday from the waters of Gastineau Channel near the old Douglas Cold Storage dock.

News about the people you know

Student artists in the spotlight: Ellen Peyton and Hillary Buck
Highlighting Juneau's outstanding student art community

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks

James and Days to marry
Cassandra Dianne James and Robert "Rob" Bruce Days of Juneau will be married at 4 p.m., March 5, at the Chapel by the Lake Log Cabin in Juneau.

Neighbors Digest
Diabetic clinic to postpone opening until beginning of April

Photo: Helping to succeed
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School Principal Laury Scandling receives a $500 check from Juneau Rotary Club President Cliff Stone, far right, at a Rotary club meeting in January. The contribution will go toward the high school's Readiness Campaign.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Southeast Alaska Food Bank
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Charles Dean Snyder
Juneau resident Charles Dean Snyder, 90, died Feb. 23, 2006, in Juneau, following a long battle with Alzheimer's.

Carroll John Holst
Former Juneau resident Carroll John (Caje) Holst, 42, died Feb. 20, 2006, at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago.

My Turn: ACLU wrong about booze, everything else
The American Civil Liberties Union continues to pick the wrong side of nearly every issue it chooses to get involved in, whether it's defending the Nazis' right to march in Jewish neighborhoods or NAMBLA's right to advocate that adults commit crimes against children - raping young boys.

Alaska editorial: Tanker accident should serve as wake-up call
It is rare that one gets a second chance to avert a disaster, but in the case of the tanker traffic in Cook Inlet, that is exactly what just happened.

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.

Girdwood's Rosey Fletcher claims snowboarding bronze medal
Rosey Fletcher finally saw the big picture, then posted her first big-time Olympic result.

Top seed is on the line for Juneau
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball regular season is set to end in dramatic fashion this weekend.

Man indicted on weapons charges
Security Aviation of Anchorage and an Eagle River man were indicted by a federal grand for allegedly buying rocket pod launchers to be affixed to aircraft and not registering them with federal authorities, officials announced Thursday.

Writer of ethics bill unhappy with changes
A proposed law to place restrictions on speaking publicly about ethics complaints against state employees has been whittled down to where its author says he wouldn't vote for it in its current form.

Glennallen man arrested on charges of killing his wife in '97
A 32-year-old Glennallen man has been charged with killing his wife nearly nine years ago after cold case investigators revisited the death.

State slashes fast ferry winter runs
The fast ferries Fairweather and Chenega will not run their regional routes in Southeast Alaska and Prince William Sound next winter, and the state will not purchase two more such vessels, state officials have decided.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

18-ton test missile launched from Kodiak Island
A missile blasted off more than 100 miles into the atmosphere from Alaska's Kodiak Island Thursday in the first of several tests planned this year for the national missile defense system.

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