Past is present

Room to grow: Check in to a hotel job for variety, flexibility
Like a miniature city within four walls, a hotel is a place that can only function with the help of a countless number of employees.

What's your biggest work mistake ever?

JDHS boys rally to claim fourth place
For the four seniors on the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team, their legacy may not be of state championships.

JDHS girls seal up third place
It may not have been the ideal way for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team to end their season, but what a way to go out.

Not pleased with police, living in fear
"Good police work." I had to laugh when I heard the news that the police caught two teenagers suspected of robbing Mendenhall Valley homes, because how hard can it be to follow footsteps in the snow to someone's house?

Gold Street Fire
A 24-year-old disgruntled downtown partygoer was arrested Friday on charges of arson and criminal mischief for the March 12 fire that destroyed the 110-year-old Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Juneau Fire Marshal Rich Etheridge said.

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

Door from the past
Alaskan Hotel General Manager Joshua Adams files down an old oak door with the help of Dan Scroggins during balmy weather Thursday.

Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events.

A story in Friday's Empire, about water fluoridation, misquoted Juneau Fluoride Study Commission member Emily Kane as saying people could "sue" over the issue.

James Carter Sr.
Juneau resident James Eugene Carter Sr., 64, died March 19, 2006, at his home in Juneau.

Lourdes Holganza
Former longtime Juneau resident Lourdes "Londing" Abad Holganza, 88, died March 1, 2006, at Downey Hospital in Los Angeles.

Jordonna Craven
Former Juneau resident Jordonna Marie Craven, 42, died Feb. 24, 2006, at home in Spokane with her family.

My Turn: Recreational fishing important to the state
Recently, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association briefed Gov. Frank Murkowski and members of the Alaska Legislature about a landmark economic study showing that economic values of sport and personal use salmon fisheries in the Upper Cook Inlet now substantially surpass those of the commercial salmon fisheries by every available measure.

Empire Editorial: Keep a smart, wary eye on Pebble mine
The proposed Pebble gold and copper open pit on the Alaska Peninsula is huge - a gaping square mile, for starters. So is its potential lode of 42 million ounces of gold and 25 billion pounds of copper, extending over 32 square miles.

Outside Editorial: Bush puts off his problems
It didn't exactly come as a shock when President Bush last week acknowledged that he would bequeath the U.S. involvement in Iraq to his successor.

Treading on thin ice
It's that time of year again when people might consider hanging up their ice skates and take out the old hiking boots.

Joe Tompkins

Outdoors Digest
Juneau anglers will meet Wednesday to establish a chapter of Trout Unlimited, according to Brad Elfers, one of the organizers.

Nothing to fear up Bessie Creek
This relatively short, muddy trail goes up on the north side of Bessie Creek through ordinary spruce-hemlock forest, following an old mining road.

Lehauli has fun in ring
Josh Lehauli is no stranger to hard-hitting athletic competition. Playing both fullback and linebacker for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team, he got his fair share of contact sports.

Animals shine in glare of Friday's ring spotlight
Most of the "animals" at Roughhouse Friday came out winners.

Hydaburg team strives to maintain its legacy
Valuable player: Hydaburg's Sid Edenshaw pumps his fist after sinking a basket to end the first half of the B bracket championship against Haines in 2005.

Mt. E beats local rival Petersburg in 3A boys third-place game
In a Class 3A Southeast Conference championship rematch, Mt. Edgecumbe defeated Petersburg 79-67 on Saturday in the third-place game at Sullivan Arena.

Legislative roundup
Bills voted on last week:

Governor poised to recriminalize pot
His surname is almost a household word in Alaska. Ravin's marijuana conviction led to a landmark Alaska Supreme Court decision in 1975 that made it legal to possess small amounts of pot in the home.

Staff reports from around the state

Warming trends
A tree that many consider the most valuable in Southeast Alaska is finding it hard to adapt to a warming planet.

Builders and artists value salvaged cedar
Some Southeast Alaskans want to revive the region's longtime affinity for the rot-resistant yellow cedar.

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