Abstinence is not the solution
In his new book "Our Endangered Values," former President Jimmy Carter, a born-again Christian, identifies the "pro-life" movement as being counterproductive to the goal of reducing abortions.

Lower Slate Lake needs protection
More than 30 years ago, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to protect our nation's waterways from acting as dumping grounds for industrial waste.

Timber sale would erode area's culture
With the proposed Emerald Bay timber sale, the Forest Service is attempting to erode its own self-regulating rules and regulations concerning environmental protections and procedures.

Ferry system was set up to fail
How amazing is it that the (Murkowski) administration now feels it is time to cut the fast ferries?

People should treat others with respect
Reading John Mielke's letter to the editor (Feb. 23) made me think about my friend, Sarah, who is happily married and living in North Carolina.

School contract wins OK
The Juneau Educational Support Staff union and the Juneau School District announced Thursday they have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement.

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

Photo: Something to smile about
Nikki Box, 5, skates near a large smiley face Thursday on Twin Lakes.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Oaxaca trip inspires Pie in the Sky
Juneau baker Andrea Mogil always wanted to experiment with chocolate beverages, but she didn't know where to start until she talked it over with some people she met during her interpreter job last year on a state ferry.

New road plan restores Sunny Point funding
Juneau's new Sunny Point intersection and bus replacement projects will get full funding later this year, thanks to a redirection of federal dollars previously earmarked for two controversial bridges at Knik Arm and Gravina Island.

Photo: A part of Juneau's history
Sen. Kim Elton, left, and Rep. Beth Kerttula, right, present Juneau historian, volunteer and author Willette Janes, center, with a Legislative Citation honoring her for 40 years of contributions to the people and history of Juneau and Alaska.

News about the people you know

Neutering male cats shouldn't make the strong men cringe
It's time to bring up a topic that makes strong men cringe: Neutering male cats. "Everybody knows" about the side effects of neutering a male cat.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Neighbor's mailbox
Props to the JDHS drama department

Student Artist in the spotlight: Hanna Rose Schempf
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Recreation access should be fair
Juneau is fortunate to have some very nice infrastructure, with facilities that benefit a large segment of the community.

Alaska editorial: Public needs time to consider oil tax
On a topic as important to Alaska as changing the way the state taxes the oil industry, the public needs to have confidence that any changes approved by the Legislature are indeed good for the state.

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.

JSC holds its first skills competition
The Juneau Skating Club held its first-ever Basic Skills Competition on Feb. 19 at Treadwell Arena.

State approval of herbicide spraying outrages Hydaburg
The state of Alaska approved a new permit Wednesday for a private trust set up by Klukwan Inc. to spray herbicides on nearly 2,000 acres of second-growth timber on Long Island.

State's N. Slope oil lease sale rakes in $31 million
A state oil and gas lease sale generated more than $31 million in winning bids for acreage on the North Slope and the nearshore waters of the Beaufort Sea.

Alaska 20/20
A quality-of-life checkup by nonprofit Alaska 20/20 has found that the state's economy continues to chug along, though its fiscal future is uncertain and its efforts to retain college students lag.

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

Ted Stevens abandons plan to increase tankers in Puget Sound
In an abrupt reversal, Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens said Thursday he will not pursue legislation that could have loosened a law limiting oil tanker traffic in Puget Sound.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photo: Trail mail
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Fabrizio Lovati from Vallee D'Aoste, Italy, signs a stack of mail during the Iditarod mushers' meeting Thursday in Anchorage.

Ferry chief: System needs to change
The state's ferry system chief says both roads and ferries are going to be needed to make the system less of a drain on the treasury and still transport residents through Southeast Alaska's archipelago of disconnected communities.

Man killed in shootout at Homer airport
A Minnesota man named in a federal drug conspiracy case was killed and his 2-year-old son critically injured in a shootout with U.S. marshals and police at a small Alaska airport.

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