Planning a road trip? Audio books might provide company
Getting ready for Spring Break? Kids' audio books might be just the thing if you are planning a trip!

Consider ferry service
The Department of Transportation is not only not listening to the many folks in Juneau, Skagway and Haines who are telling them we want more, and more reliable ferry service.

Wolves are more valuable alive
In a recent Fairbanks Daily News-Miner article, Coke Wallace (of Denali Saddle Safaris) the trapper responsible for the death of the Toklat alpha female wolf, is quoted as stating that her death was inconsequential.

Where's the inaccuracy?
This responds to the letter to the editor March 10, 2005, entitled "Empire should clarify its sources," in which the author accuses the Empire of "selective reporting" and implies that the Empire is guilty of "manipulation of factual information."

Lands bills should be blocked
I've been a resident of Inian Islands near Elfin Cove for 11 years and am strongly opposed to Governor Murkowski's University Lands bills, HB 130 and SB 96, in their current form.

We need to keep Social Security strong
We need to strengthen Social Security for our children and grandchildren. Social Security is one of the most successful programs in our country's history.

Abuse survivors deserved attention
In regards to the March 10, My Turn: "Sexual abuse survivors stigmatized by diagnoses" by Juanita J. Reese, I applaud you for printing this article.

Native opportunities to serve limited in Southeast academia
As a student who has attended college in a tribal college setting as well as at UAS, I would like to point out some facts.

Peace groups gather to mark anniversary of war in Iraq
A crisp wind stiffened American flags Saturday at Marine Park downtown as about 250 people gathered to mark the second anniversary of the Iraq war.

Getting the drift of Napakiak
If you ever go to Napakiak, a Yup'ik Eskimo village on the Kuskokwim River, don't fall for the "tradition" about biting the head of the first fish you catch.

State presses on as highway funds remain in limbo
Building a road from Juneau to Skagway may take longer than predicted.

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

Juneau Job Fair is hoping to make employment connections
The Alaska Job Center Network wants to make good connections at the Juneau Job Fair next Saturday.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Lake wolf apparently kills beagle
A wolf is a wonder to be enjoyed or a predator to be killed, depending on who's talking.

Boosters: Road will anchor capital
At heart, Juneau access is about security.

Skagway's next fork in the road
It's just after the lunch rush on a sunny winter afternoon, and Monday business at the Sweet Tooth Cafe is momentarily slow.

Bahais celebrate New Year
Near the end of 2000, Firouz Mehrabad, his wife, Sofia, and their three children fled Tehran, Iran, to stay with Sofia's brother in Minnesota. As Bahais, the Mehrabads were tired of the constant persecution they faced from Iran's Shiite Muslim government.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Boat fan's heaven
Connor Hoyt, 10, investigates survival gear inside a life raft on display by Allen Marine on Sunday as part of this year's Boat Show at Centennial Hall.

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

Johanna Dandoy
Former Juneau resident Johanna (Marvin) Dandoy died Jan. 18, 2005, at her home in Las Vegas.

Peter Barrett
Juneau resident, Peter Barrett, 30, died March 15, 2005, in a kayaking accident off North Douglas.

Lillian Hilda Lopez
Juneau resident, Lillian Hilda Lopez, 77, died March 13, 2005, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Joseph R. Kelley
Juneau resident Joseph R. Kelley, 75, died Feb. 28, 2005.

Empire Editorial: Build a public pool
Mendenhall Valley residents have waited years and decades for a swimming pool, and city officials have long considered it a priority.

Judicial council work should be commended
An advertisement in the Wall Street Journal March 9 listed Alaska 33rd in a list of "Best to Worst Legal Systems."

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

A listing of outdoor events in town

Snow report
As of Saturday, Eaglecrest Ski Area had 21 inches of snow at the base and 134 inches at the top.

In the spotlight
Biologists investigating a decline in Dall sheep in Interior Alaska suspected coyotes might be playing a role.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Edgecumbe boys win region title
From Barrow and Hydaburg, Shishmaref and Fort Yukon, Mount Edgecumbe High School's boys basketball players gathered at the start of the season as individuals and worked to create a team.

Hoonah boys basketball team falls in state title game
Strong shooting helped carry the Hoonah boys basketball team to Saturdays Class 2A state title game, but the Braves shooting touch went cold when it mattered most

Defending champs open with win
While most people were still cooking their eggs and hash browns Sunday morning, the Kake Tlingit Heat fired up their run at a second straight B Bracket championship at the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Hoonah Braves second at state
Strong shooting helped carry the Hoonah boys basketball team to Saturday's Class 2A state title game, but the Braves' shooting touch went cold when it mattered most.

Gold Medal back for 59th year
The 59th annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Basketball Tournament begins today at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym with games in the Mighty B and Legendary C brackets.

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.

Huna Totem Tribe cruises to victory in C Bracket
The defending C Bracket champion Huna Totem Tribe gained momentum for a repeat Sunday in the opening round of the 59th Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Kayhi boys win SE crown
The Ketchikan Kings posted their second straight Southeast-Class 4A boys championship in an overtime victory against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Friday, but their celebration didn't really begin for another 24 hours or so.

Crimson Bears get familiar opponent
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will face a familiar foe to open the Class 4A girls state tournament next week.

Mount Edgecumbe girls reclaim Southeast crown
Southeast-Class 3A girls basketball title games are becoming variations on a theme - Mount Edgecumbe vs. Petersburg.

Photo: In good cheer
Juneau-Douglas High School cheerleader Rachelle Albay, in midair, and her teammates on the ground complete a toe-touch basket toss during Saturday's Southeast Tournament cheer and dance team adjudication at Juneau-Douglas High School.

The return of the Kings
Trailing by 11 points at halftime of Friday's region title game against Juneau, Ketchikan boys basketball players gathered in the locker room and turned to senior captain Jesse LeBeau for inspiration.

Juneau girls beat Ketchikan to win title
The Juneau girls basketball team talked about teamwork for an hour before Friday's Southeast-Class 4A girls championship game.

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.

State Senate ready for fight over education bill
A plan to link education funding with a proposed overhaul of the state's retirement system has set the stage for a legislative showdown next week in the Senate.

Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Vaughan goes for ascent on 100th birthday
Alaska - He is a world-class adventurer who now spends days on end in bed at his Anchorage apartment, relying on a caretaker to help him with mundane activities, such as walking.

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

Photo: Now for an explanation
The 121-foot tug Justine Foss ran onto a reef Friday when departing the channel north of the City of Kodiak.

Northwest Digest
Staff Reports from around the state/the Northwest

State asserts more reasons to dismiss school suit
The state has given a judge two more reasons to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the adequacy of Alaska's school funding.

Groups in opposition to ANWR drilling continue their grass-roots campaign
About 40 people gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington to watch and discuss "Oil on Ice," an hourlong political documentary about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and why, in the view of the film producers and most people they featured, its oil would be better left in the ground.

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