Yakutat wins state title
Playing a fast-paced, exciting brand of basketball, the Yakutat High School boys hoops team captured the Class 2A state championship Thursday at Sullivan Arena.

Kake boys take fifth in Class 2A
Kake High School finished in fifth place among Alaska's Class 2A boys basketball schools Thursday after falling 77-57 to Unalakleet at Service High School.

Chugiak stuns JDHS boys in state quarterfinals
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's dream of a state championship came to an abrupt halt Thursday at Sullivan Arena.

Stone should apply logic to Eaglecrest
After reading the Empire article on launch fees ("Boat launch fees double by 2006," March 15), the following statement caught my attention:

Option for unwanted pregnancies
Thank you, Mr. Heidersdorf, for your well-written letter to the editor of March 14.

Another explanation for low oil production
There's a widespread perception that declining oil production on the North Slope, which is lower than previous expectations, is due to depleting reservoirs. There's another explanation.

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

Robot and police remove grenade from Aurora Harbor dock; no one injured
Juneau police removed a hand grenade from the Aurora Harbor fuel dock on Thursday afternoon after a man found the device stashed in the bilge of his sailboat.

Photo: Passing on traditional values
Riverbend Elementary School third-grader Lorenzo Malacas, 8, serves a dish of food to audience member Gina Stafford during a potlatch Thursday at the Alaska State Museum.

Teachers, district come to agreement
The Juneau Education Association union and the Juneau School District announced Thursday they have agreed on a tentative three-year contract for teachers.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Report raises fluoride fears
A city worker flipped the switch and fluoride filled the veins of Juneau's drinking water supply Wednesday - the same day a federal report's release may have given ammunition to those seeking a fluoride-free community.

Parlez-vous Francais?
Juneau students attended the Alaska School Activities Association World Language Declamation State Competition in Anchorage.

Student artist in the spotlight: Shawna Else
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.

Photo: Prideful donation
Juneau Pride Chorus Director Leslie Wood, right, presented a check in the amount of $500 to Hospice and Home Care Program Director Kim Redifer on March 7.

Staying the good course
For years Sidney Harris of the Chicago Sun Times was my favorite newspaper columnist. In one of his columns he wrote about walking with a friend along a street in downtown Chicago.

Parkin and Greer to wed
Laura Marie Parkin of Angoon and Ramadhani Greer of Ft. Wayne, Ind., will be married March 31 in Louisville, Ky.

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

Neighbors mailbox
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News about the people you know.

Student Artist in the spotlight: Leah Francis
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.

Student artist in the spotlight: Iris Neary
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.

Barbara Cheatham
Juneau resident Barbara Mae Cheatham, 78, died March 21, 2006, in Juneau.

Opal Atha Sears
Juneau resident Opal Atha Sears, 92, died March 22, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, surrounded by her loved ones, including her son, Bob Christensen; daughter, Barbara Crossen; and son-in-law, Bob Crossen.

Royit Orvil Arns
Juneau resident Royit Orvil Arns, 49, died March 19, 2006, in Juneau.

My turn: Better uses of cash than dredging the channel
I have just read the opinion "Gov. wants to dredge channels" from the March 13 Juneau Empire and the letter to the editor "More than convenient" from the March 15 Empire.

Alaska editorial: State should increase funds for wildlife studies
The state Division of Wildlife Conservation has concentrated a lot of its resources and energy the past three years on predator-control programs - basically killing wolves to increase the number of moose available for hunters.

My turn: Permanent Fund Corp. is not changing policy
Recently the suggestion has been made that the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. Board of Trustees is changing its policy of openness and transparency. This is simply not true.

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

Bering Sea crab quotas bring big job losses
A new study found that one of Alaska's prized fisheries underwent dramatic job losses since the Bering Sea crab fishery moved to a quota-based fishery.

Governor wants newspapers' help on debate over ANWR
Gov. Frank Murkowski says he wants the help of Alaska newspaper publishers to explain to readers outside of the state the benefits of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Murkowski tickled to be with Elmo
Gov. Frank Murkowski has dined among world leaders and various celebrities throughout his career, but he didn't expect to add "Sesame Street" characters to that list.

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

Melting ice to trigger sea-level rise worldwide
Low-lying communities like New Orleans and Miami could face increasing peril as melting polar ice raises the ocean to levels not seen in thousands of years.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Two missing from sunken ferry
Two passengers remained unaccounted for Thursday, a day after the ferry Queen of the North sank near this remote Inside Passage town, the head of B.C. Ferries said.

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