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In Alaska

An invitation
According to Webster's Dictionary the meaning of democracy is "government exercised either directly by the people or through elected representatives; rule by the majority."

Curb medical costs
The rising cost of medical care in Alaska can be fixed by getting rid of our state's Certificate of Need laws.

More than 'convenient'
I read, with some dismay, the Sunday Empire editorial concerning Gastineau Channel dredging. Most of us outside the newspaper industry are unsure who exactly is writing this column.

More than force
Historically, continuously fighting war bankrupts and collapses a nation, except when fighting wars of conquest, where war booty and tribute can fund war with randy soldiers gradually repopulating places and armies with legitimate and bastard progeny.

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

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

Town hole: Prime lot sits idle since 2004 fire
Some Juneau residents who want downtown shopping, eating and parking to grow wonder why the vacant lot where the Skinner Building burned to the ground remains fallow nearly 19 months later.

Photo: An autographed copy
Cindy Dyson, of Glacier Park Mont., left, signs a copy of her new book "And She Was" for Paula Recchia during a reception Tuesday at the downtown Hearthside Books.

Photo: Advocating disability funding
Members of the Key Coalition rally Wednesday in front of the Capitol. The group gathered in Juneau to advocate for disability funding from the Legislature.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: How low will it go?
Nick Hetz walks under a thermometer on Marine Way that reads 8 degrees Tuesday while on his way to catch the bus in downtown Juneau.

Photo: Looking through the Glass
From left, Peter John Jr. of Juneau, Bernadine Shodda and Situk Harry of Yakutat, take a break from walking in the icy cold weather and look out over Juneau from the downtown library's stained glass window.

School budget up in the air
Although the Juneau School District is likely facing painful budget cuts next school year, only one member of the public attended Tuesday's meeting for public comments.

Playing with thick ice
Imagine going to an art gallery and watching the sculptures melt, marble dripping down Michelangelo's Pieta like tears or Rodin's Thinker shrinking slowly in the sun.

Boat launch fees double by 2006
Heavier launch fees may not have grounded boaters, but are one more burden weighing them down, a longtime Juneau fisherman said.

Photo: Frigid weather
Larry Streubek walks past icicles Wednesday along South Franklin Street. Streubek goes on his daily walk "no matter what the weather."

Juneau renovation projects rank high on state wish-list
Dave Newton has watched Auke Bay Elementary School change during his 13 years as principal.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Photo: Gift of giving
Wells Fargo community leaders Kathleen Vilandre and Joseph Everhart give a $7,433 check to United Way of Southeast Alaska President Jodi Kilcup, center.

Photo: Brownies give to a baby in need
Members of Juneau Brownie Troop 13 pose with a quilt and nurses from Bartlett Regional Hospital on Thursday at Sandy Beach.

Love yourself as you love your neighbor
In my tradition of faith, I memorized these verses as a child from the Gospel of Matthew 22: 37-39.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Irene J. Austin
Former Juneau resident Irene J. Austin, 77, died March 7, 2006, at the Pioneers' Home in Sitka, with her son and grandson by her side.

My turn: The state didn't pull a fast one on ferries
Once again, we in the Murkowski administration must take exception to misinformed editorial comment from the Juneau Empire.

My turn: Don't change AK Constitution to same-sex discrimination
Some members of the state Legislature want to put our Constitutional rights at risk through Senate Joint Resolution 20 and House Joint Resolution 32.

My turn: Holy Trinity was a special second home
Between 1940 and 1970 my family was active in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the historic and beautiful church that burned to the ground Sunday in Juneau.

My turn: Five senators worked to improve Patriot Act
A tenuous balance exists between efforts to safeguard our nation from would-be terrorists and protecting the civil liberties Americans have come to expect.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans should have chance to participate in oil tax deliberations
The scene Friday afternoon on Gavel to Gavel Alaska, the public service programming that shows the activities of the Alaska Legislature, wasn't good.

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

King reigns over the trail
Salem curled up beneath Nome's burled spruce arch, a ring of yellow roses around his neck.

King closes in on the finish line
The sled dogs of Iditarod musher Jeff King took a last long rest on beds of straw in the sunlit village of White Mountain on Tuesday before most of them trotted off to the finish line in Nome.

This Day in History
In Alaska

A conundrum: You say Capitol, I say capital, but which is correct?
The Alaska Capitol is in Juneau, while the capital of Alaska is Juneau.

Climber survives 100-foot fall
A Petersburg climber was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard from Devils Thumb on Tuesday after falling down a 100-foot crevasse, where he spent the night, according to Juneau friend J.J. Vollenweider.

Oil industry cries foul at tax proposal
Alaska's biggest oil companies reacted strongly Wednesday against a tax proposal they see as a shortsighted money grab by state government that may ultimately speed the decline of the North Slope's oil fields.

Oil company's ads oppose higher taxes
ConocoPhillips is taking the debate over raising Alaska's oil taxes to the airwaves with the message that such a change would discourage investment and do other harm to the industry.

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

Antitrust lawyer says big oil is blocking gas line
An antitrust lawyer working for the Alaska Gasline Port Authority says big oil producers have kept natural gas prices high in the Lower 48 by illegally blocking North Slope gas development.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Committee to stray from governor's oil tax plan
An outline of a committee substitute bill released Tuesday by the House Resources Committee showed that members plan to make significant changes to the oil tax bill, amounting to several hundred million dollars more than the governor's plan.

Cold Ordeal
A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter braved near-minimum flight conditions to hoist an injured climber to safety from a peak near Petersburg Tuesday afternoon.

Blind trust provision back in ethics bill

'Hair' gets a new 'do:
The free-love rock-musical "Hair" has never had much of a linear story since it premiered in October 1967, and that's much of its point. It was anti-establishment, anti-structure and anti-musical, and its anti-plot bounced from scene to scene to reflect the hazy, desperate, scattered spirit of the times.

Playwright Sam Shepard's 'Fool for Love' portrays a surreal West
Like many of Sam Shepard's plays, his 1983 "Fool for Love" includes a very real depiction of the American West with a surreal twist.

'Don Giovanni' comes together despite setbacks
Based on the legend of Don Juan and written by the Viennese composer Wolf-gang Amadeus Mozart, "Don Giovanni" is considered one of the greatest operas ever written.

BRAVE Monkey to play Alaskan
The four-piece band BRAVE Monkey began as an experiment two years ago, but has gradually evolved into a constant presence around town.

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