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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Power lies in traditional tribes
Forming Native corporations was something I knew was not going to work. Sadly, only a few Native people benefit, and this is caused by greed, money and power.

Protect Southeast Alaska rain forest
I am writing concerning the Forest Service's update of the Tongass forest plan. Please, let's get it right this time around. I do not support the continued clearcutting of the Tongass National Forest.

District should encourage free speech
It is clear to me that the Juneau School District is overstepping its bounds in the Bong Hits 4 Jesus case by not allowing Mr. Frederick to exercise his constitutional right: free speech.

State agency tries to cover its tracks
No one should be surprised when a state agency works to cover its tracks after being challenged publicly about its policies, and that is what we have when Martha Freeman purports to address 'misleading' statements made by an author regarding the Bostwick Road on Gravina Island.

Wolf kill is only the beginning
We are poised on a slippery slope of wildlife mismanagement and have taken our first step downwards with Gov. Sarah Palin's wolf bounty.

Wilderness can be a learning tool
Once again, we have the opportunity to realize our civic duties by commenting on the management of our home, the Tongass National Forest.

Keep gold industry's image untarnished
Your March 26 article, "Mine industry prepares for new battles," fails to note that gold mining companies already spend millions of dollars on campaigns to promote gold consumption and jewelry sales.

How launch ramp fees are spent
Do you know where your trailer launch ramp fee goes? If you think the city is pooling that money and using it to repair launch ramps and provide for garbage collection and lighting, you are only fractionally correct.

Police & Fire
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Around Town
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Teaching Juneau to Fish
Brad Elfers was a teenager in the late 1980s when he caught the rainbow trout that led him to a lifetime of fly fishing.

Voters to weigh in on same-sex benefits today
Voters will head to the polls between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. today to weigh in on whether same-sex partners of state workers should be allowed to receive employee benefits.

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

Photo: Get it while it lasts
Despite a recent glut in the Juneau market, an entrepreneur on North Douglas Highway is exploring a creative way to get rid of the remnants of this winter's record snowfall.

Juneau takes on affordable housing woes
The city is hoping its revised comprehensive plan will entice landowners to develop their properties with hundreds of new homes, mostly along bus routes, to ease Juneau's affordable housing crisis.

Tour operator fined for whale collision
A Juneau whale-watching tour operator agreed to pay $7,000 for an alleged violation of the Endangered Species Act in an incident last summer when a humpback whale collided with a jet boat and injured a tourist.

Committee OKs bill for sex crime lawsuits
A bill that would create a one-year window for lawsuits against perpetrators of decades-old childhood sex crimes passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, despite concerns voiced by an attorney representing Alaska Jesuits.

Where to vote in today's election

Photo: Let the sun shine in
Chandra Travers, right, and her daughter, Nova Knoedler, 4, do a little spring cleaning Sunday by washing the windows in their North Douglas home.

Photo: Run in the sun
Katy Petsel runs Monday along North Douglas Highway near the boat launch beneath clear skies.

Group seeks to share Tongass wealth
The demand for timber from the Tongass National Forest is no longer as high as it once was, according to new reports calling on the U.S. Forest Service to recognize the increasing value of commercial fishing and nature-based tourism.

Around Town

Pam Pittman
A tea in memory of former Juneau resident Pam Pittman, who died Sept. 19, 2006, in Maine, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Fireweed Place.

Dan Ernie Hanes
Juneau resident Dan Ernie Hanes died March 24, 2007. He was 69.

Ronald Lorensen
Juneau resident Ronald Walter Lorensen died March 29, 2007, at home, with his wife, Bernadette, by his side. He was 51.

Barbara Sue Isbell
Former Juneau resident Barbara Sue Isbell died March 5, 2007, in her sleep at her new home in Lakewood (Tacoma), Wash. She was 67.

Elaine Knudson
Juneau resident Elaine Esther Knudson died March 26, 2007. She was 51.

Alaska editorials: Budget deficit inevitable
Sen. Gary Wilken's soapbox has been reduced to the size of a matchbox as the result of his relegation to minority status in the state Senate, but the message he intends to send forth in the coming weeks hasn't diminished in scope one iota.

Outside editorial: Will there be escalation or contraction in Iraq by 2008?
Now the lines are clear and the American people have a choice on Iraq policy.

My turn: Today is a good day for clean water
A generation ago, Americans made a commitment to clean up and protect our lakes, rivers and wetlands when we passed the Clean Water Act.

Alaska editorials: Mining industry should work with state on tax rewrite
Will Alaska's mining industry learn from the mistakes of its brethren in the oil and gas and cruise ship industries?

My turn: 'Housewives' go wild for speaker of the House
When I was just a young lad, one of the first experiences that totally bewildered me was seeing housewives, about my mother's age, in a fevered pitch throwing their undergarments on the stage during a Tom Jones concert.

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.

Egolf earns all-state honor
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Will Egolf cemented his status as one of the Crimson Bears' top players Saturday.

Anchorage Daily News / Alaska Media All-State basketball teams

Rhea wins her third player of the year award
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Talisa Rhea joined a very exclusive club Saturday.

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

Alaska Digest
Fort Yukon works to become utility and Three plead guilty to mortgage fraud

Ethics bill ready for House debate
Lawmakers are jockeying for a piece of the ethics reform action with half a dozen measures on the move, including a bulky 38-page omnibus bill that is ready for debate on the House Floor.

Fishermen, environmentalists lobby against oil and gas leasing
Fishermen and environmentalists teamed up this week for a lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., in hopes of discouraging support for offshore oil and gas leasing proposals in Bristol Bay, one of the world's most prolific salmon fisheries.

Sunlight is destroying Native art collection
After three years in a light-saturated airport gallery, one of the state's most important collections of contemporary Alaska Native art is rapidly deteriorating because of sun damage.

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

Photo: Herring rush
Herring seiners set their nets Friday in Deep Inlet and Aleutkina Bay near Sitka during the opening of the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery.

House passes ethics bill
In a cheerful show of unanimity, the Alaska House on Monday passed a comprehensive ethics reform measure that covers the actions of executive and legislative branches of government and lobbyists.

Benefits ballot question galvanizes Alaska voters
A million-dollar ballot question that has no legal authority has opponents clashing over whether it's simply a measure intended to provide benefits to the gay partners of public employees or a veiled effort to legitimize homosexual unions.

Totem pole combines tradition, new style
A new 15-foot totem pole that marries traditional carving styles with contemporary techniques was erected Monday at The Field Museum, replacing a pole that was returned to an Alaska tribe.

Alaska Digest
Federal jury indicts man for fish catch, Thousands of ballots marked undeliverable and Preschooler calls 911 to get help for mother

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