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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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 non-profit local events.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

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.

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