Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

On the subjects of peace and freedom
On the subject of peace. I believe none of us want war.

Practicing free speech deserves respect
The recent appellate court decision holding that Joseph Frederick was exercising free speech rights by displaying "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" during an Olympic torch rally near the high school raises some interesting questions.

History forgotten will be repeated
The mark of a truly quality arts and entertainment experience is how much discussion it generates in the household during the following week.

Against taxes on philosophical grounds
Lori Backes, executive director of the All Alaska Alliance, wrote a guest column in the Empire (on March 22) critical of those who have received election contributions from VECO Corp. and of my "patent refusal" to support increased taxes on oil companies.

State should treat all murders equally
Isn't it interesting to read that the Legislature is considering a bill that would allow murder and assault charges against someone who kills or injures a fetus?

Legislators need to secure roof funds
I am concerned with our state legislators securing funds for the Susitna Valley High School roof. Since the problem was brought into the limelight a few weeks before school started in September...

Make some positive suggestions
Speaking of "déj vu all over again," once again like Punxsutawney Phil, the ground hog, Eric Lie-Nielsen pokes his head out and slings more anti-Bush rhetoric around and then disappears for another six months.

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

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

Images from another time: Alaska Folk Festival, 1991
The group Women with Hair - Julie Mae Piggott, left, Katie Henry, Will Putman and Rex Blazer - perform a standard 15-minute set at the 1991 Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Young pool shark
Zach Hansmann, a fourth-grader from Glacier Valley Elementary School, lines up a pool shot at the Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday while playing against Tony Hamley, a 12th-grader.

A golden opportunity?
Craig Ahrens pours sifted sand into his sluice box while panning for gold Thursday on lower Gold Creek.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

City invites input on tax break
For Gary Miller, retirement in Juneau meant he could finally have the time to enjoy the things he couldn't while working to support his family.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of non-profit local events.

City wants scaled-down airport project
Some Juneau Assembly members want the Airport Board to come up with a scaled-down version of their airport project, which is essentially the same project voters rejected in October.

Thomas, McKinley to wed
Juneau residents Darlene Thomas and Harold McKinley Jr., will be married at 5:30 p.m., April 29, at the Valley Church of God.

Lawson, Kozeroff to wed
Sitka residents Marie E. Kozeroff and Nels H. Lawson II will be married at 3 p.m., April 8, at Sitka Lutheran Church.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community.

Student artist in the spotlight: Natalie Thingvall
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. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

Community to the rescue
Drummer Woody Baldwin is nervous about his upcoming fundraising gig because he knows when people in Juneau need help, others are likely to show up in hordes.

Traveling Alaska before the airplane
In January of this year my family enjoyed a seven-day cruise in the Caribbean on the Norwegian Sun. In one of the common rooms there was a display of old time steamship memorabilia.

News about the people you know.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Southeast Alaska Independent Living and Outdoor Recreation Community Access
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Teresa Bell
Juneau resident Teresa "Tess" Anne Bell, 54, died from a massive heart attack March 26, 2006, at her home in Douglas.

Shawn Mickelsen
Former Juneau resident Shawn Martin Mickelsen, 22, died March 27, 2006, in Anchorage.

Guy Alan Van Doren
Former Juneau resident, Guy Alan Van Doren, 67, died March 23, 2006, at home in Gulfport, Fla.

Oil spills don't belong in refuge
T he lifeblood of Alaska's economy - oil - is also a poisonous substance. A tiny drop of crude oil on a bird's egg can kill the embryo beneath the shell.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans should invest in Alaska
Sen. Ted Stevens was right when he told the Alaska Legislature last week it would take advocacy by Alaskans of vision for this state to take its rightful place in America's future and to realize its own promise.

My turn: Pebble Mine poses threat to Native way of life
I have lived in Nondalton all my life, and my home is a very important part of my life. I am intimately connected to the environment I live in and I am extremely concerned about my traditional and ancestral lands, so I think it is my responsibility to protect this land for future generations.

Alaska editorial: Plaudits for efforts to save budget surplus
The Legislature is on the verge of making a good, thoughtful move regarding the state's $1.4 billion budget surplus from the current fiscal year. It's setting just under half of it aside, removing it from consideration in the fiscal 2007 budget that is working its way through the House and Senate.

My turn: Alaska's needs should come first in pipeline deal
The gas tax and pipeline contract are the biggest Alaska public finance issue in the last three decades and now it all has to be done in a 30 days or so?

Gold Medal roundup: Huna ANB knocks off Angoon in Mighty B elimination game
Huna ANB received 29 points from Travis Dybdahl and 23 points from Nate Strong in a 84-76 victory over Angoon in a Mighty B bracket elimination game on Wednesday.

Metlakatla qualifies for women's final
Metlakatla Git' Taquan dominated Thursday's Millenial Women's bracket championship semifinal game against Ketchikan, winning 62-54 in the 60th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Tlingit Heat defeats Haines
The Kake Tlingit Heat finished Wednesday's Mighty B bracket elimination game on a 14-5 run to defeat Haines Merchants 85-78 at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament on Wednesday.

Huna ANB stays alive in Mighty B bracket with victory over Kake
Huna ANB battled back from a slow start to overpower the Kake Tlingit Heat on Thursday and eliminate them from the Mighty B bracket of the 60th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

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.

The Klukwan Chilkats advances to C bracket championship contest
The Klukwan Chilkats advanced to the Legendary C bracket championship game with a 87-86 victory over Kake LAB Masters on Thursday in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Green Team moves on past tough Metlakatla
The Juneau Hangar Green Team ended Metlakatla Sons of Tradition's run through the Legendary C bracket with a 94-82 victory Wednesday at the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Metlakatla tops Hydaburg in Mighty B game
The Metlakatla Merchants advanced to the Mighty B bracket championship game of the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament, hanging on to defeat Hydaburg 88-84 on Thursday.

Defense leads the way in Angoon's win
While most of the games at the 60th Annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament feature high-flying offenses, Wednesday's intermediate bracket battle between Angoon and Yakutat proved a defensive struggle.

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.

Amazing dynasties mark tournament
The four championship games of the 60th annual Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal tournament will be decided Saturday, and with that in mind, the Juneau Empire takes a look back at some of the great dynasties of the past 40 years.

Kake advances to intermediate title game on Saturday
A strong inside presence and hot outside shooting lifted Kake to the finals of the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament's inaugural intermediate bracket on Thursday.

Tenakee Springs still searching for revenue source
The city of Tenakee Springs is hoping it can sell a 5-acre parcel of raw land to raise money to support its fuel department and its fledgling core services.

State's two senators vote against creating ethics office
Alaska's two U.S. senators joined many of their colleagues in voting against creating a new in-house Senate ethics office.

House roll call on budget
Results Wednesday as the Alaska House, on a 27-12 vote, passed the 2007 state operating budget. Conferees from the House and Senate will meet later in the session to work out a final budget.

North Slope leaders protest petroleum reserve legislation
Community leaders from the North Slope showed up in force at a committee hearing Thursday to protest a bill that would give the Legislature control over a federal grant program developed for their region.

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

Mental hospital shows door to naked man
A man who was forced to leave the state mental hospital stripped off his clothes in the lobby and was found by police, shivering in the cold and wearing only his socks.

Project to move ahead
The Kensington Mine is headed back into full construction after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reinstated two disputed environmental permits Thursday.

Senators question ANWR marketing
More state lawmakers are asking how an Oregon public relations firm landed a $3 million deal to push for the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

House passes 'unsustainable' budget
Good thing the price of North Slope crude closed at $64.50 Wednesday.

NMFS to share land for vessel space
The National Marine Fisheries Service is sharing some of its land downtown in exchange for some space on an Alaska Department of Fish and Game research vessel.

Photo: A big fat wet kiss
Bocce, a 9-month-old female Pacific walrus and former resident of Alaska waters, receives a kiss from Kitkatska, 25, Thursday at SeaWorld San Diego.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Poker: a hobby or an addiction?
Alaskans are divided on a bill that would legalize poker playing in bars or other establishments.

Legislator breaks ice on House floor
Rep. Les Gara's graduating high school class doesn't have reunions, only "flashbacks," according to Rep. Richard Foster, D-Nome.

State plans to combat avian flu
State and federal scientists are drawing battle lines against the Asian H5N1 flu virus in Alaska, extending from the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta to the state's small domestic bird flocks.

Ohio caller looks forward to contra dances at Alaska Folk Festival
There is plenty to like about contra dancing, Becky Hill, the guest caller for the 32nd annual Alaska Folk Festival said from her home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

32nd Alaska Folk Festival Schedule
beginning April 3rd

news of local arts

The Queen of Folkabilly
Nanci Griffith was just three weeks old, no bigger than a fret board, when a ceasefire was declared in the Korean War on July 27, 1953.

Printmaker, art makes folk fest debut
Former Alaska resident Kate Patera has never been to the Alaska Folk Festival, but her hand-colored, wood-block print of a cricket playing a fiddle will be all over town for the next two weeks.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Photo group opens spring exhibit
The Alaska Photographic Arts Association will open its Members' Annual Spring Exhibit from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 31, one week before First Friday, at the KTOO studio, 360 Egan Drive.

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