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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Not everyone is allowed to marry
It's always interesting to hear what an older Catholic man has to say about sex. Sid Heidersdorf, in his March 14 letter, lays down the well-tracked line, "... no sex before marriage."

Don't trust Northern Dynasty Minerals
I write to commend Sen. Ted Stevens for his recent thoughtful and courageous comments in opposition to the proposed Pebble gold and copper mine, which is, for many reasons, a really bad idea.

George W.Bush violates rule of law
Ever since the Magna Carta, a fundamental part of British and American law is that rulers are constrained - that kings or prime ministers or presidents or governors are themselves subject to the rule of law.

There was no 'undue influence'
I am a member of Tlingit-Haida who decided to vote as an absentee using a piece of paper presented to me by a candidate who is running for a position on the Tlingit-Haida Community Council. I have been following your news stories in the paper and am very concerned my right to vote is in jeopardy.

It's not time to build the Gravina bridge
"Never!" is the answer to the editorial lifted from the Ketchikan Daily News into the Juneau Empire opinion page on March 7 - "Not now, not ever!"

Photo: Handy hand-warmer
Sharon Tally helps load students onto the Eaglecrest Ski Area's platter pull with one hand while keeping the other warm with a cup full of hot chocolate.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Mad Hot Classroom
At Glacier Valley Elementary School, girls are wearing dresses, boys are clamoring to wear ties and the codes of dance-floor etiquette are trickling into everyday classroom behavior.

Police seek shooting suspect
Police have obtained an arrest warrant charging a 21-year-old man with four felonies relating to a drive-by shooting that occurred Sunday morning on Jennifer Drive in the Mendenhall Valley.

Living in the cross hairs
A rift is growing between hunters and homeowners who fear someone is going to get seriously injured if nothing changes at Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

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

Food for Life: Artichokes in the slow food lane
While winter has only just begun to loosen it's icy grip here in Juneau, a visit to the produce section of any local grocery store will provide you with harbingers of Spring. One sure sign of Spring is the appearance of artichokes in the produce case.

FYI
News about the people you know

Neighbors mailbox
A special thank you from the residents and staff of Wildflower Court to Stephen and Bonnie Pennoyer, for their endless support and assistance to our mission.

Knowing South Franklin, Front streets
I want to write a series of stories about our waterfront, in particular of some of the people who have lived and worked there over the last 126 years and of people who are neighbors today.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

A new generation of artists
Charcoal drawings, multimedia work, watercolor and traditionally inspired Native pieces made up just some of the nearly 200 pieces of local art that livened the Nugget Mall on Saturday and Sunday.

Franklin See Jr.
Lifetime Hoonah resident Franklin Nicholaia See Jr., 57, died March 14, 2006, of natural causes in Hoonah.

Alaska editorial: Arctic refuge critics mischaracterized exploration support
To read the special-interest objections to even discussing the concept of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, one would think the only people in favor of drilling were a select group of specific special interests that would especially benefit.

My turn: State refuses to answer our questions
Long Island is the backyard and food pantry for Hydaburg and for many others in the area, including Ketchikan.

Kake boys capture 2A regional crown
It was only natural that the Class 2A Southeast Conference boys basketball championship came down to a battle of the top two seeds.

Rain can't stop the Glacier Swim Club at regional meet
Juneau's Glacier Swim Club came to Phoenix looking to break some records and place in the top 16 at the Western Region Section Championships on March 8-12.

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.

Supplemental spending package headed for the House
A fast-track supplemental spending bill is headed for the Alaska House - about $25 million leaner than when it was first introduced by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Search for missing fishermen will resume
The Alaska State Troopers plan to resume searching for Juneau fisherman Rick Nebert and his crewman, Matthew Young of Sitka, who have been missing since their boat disappeared after a brief mayday call off Admiralty Island a week ago.

Legislation aims to help curb bullying
It may be the school bullies who have to watch their backs in 2007.

Committee to consider tax rate today
The Alaska House Resources Committee on Thursday took a crack at some bold changes to the governor's oil tax bill, including one that would save the state $300 million over the next seven years.

Photo: Icy conditions
Skipper Rod Schneider stands next to the ice-covered fishing boat Amatuli at Thomsen Harbor on Wednesday in Sitka.

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