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Monday, April 4, 2005

Libraries feature new fiction
Author Alert! Joanne Ryder, author of several books for children that combine lyrical language with an eye for science, will be at the downtown public library for a presentation and book signing on Friday April 8 at 7 p.m.

Road points missed
In response to Georgia Horton's response criticizing my pro-road letter, (March 24) if you're going to debate my letter, at least debate some fact that was in it.

Attack on VFP inappropriate
It's disappointing to see a veteran's group attempt to distance itself from another veteran's group in such a disrespectful manner (March 27 letter from Gerald J. Dorsher and Clayton Love).

Support for Murkowski justified
A letter from Harold Frank on March 22 questioned my appearance on the television program "Our Alaska" and my interest in supporting Governor Murkowski's efforts to advance the economic development of Alaska.

Welcome to Gustavus
The recent announcement by Governor Murkowski to bring the big blue canoe to Gustavus is probably the single most positive action to befriend the "New City."

Murkowski wasting money on ferry run
The governor claims meeting the needs of Gustavus is a motivating factor in sending a state ferry into Glacier Bay.

Juneau road would endanger the land and wildlife
Alaska's pristine land and wildlife are in danger. The Juneau road would completely dispose of 30 acres of wetlands and would be within a half-mile of 100 eagle nests and within 33 yards of two critical breeding grounds for sea lions.

Proper to serve cause of peace
It is the prerogative of an organization to distinguish itself from others, as the local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and American Legion did in Gerald Dorsher's and Clayton Love's letter to the editor on March 27, identifying what they see as points of difference between their organizations and Veterans For Peace.

When less is more
In Jane Canaday's classroom of 10 kindergartners and 16 first-graders at Mendenhall River Community School, the turtle aquarium gurgles and kids sit in a clump on the floor at the start of class.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Death shines the spotlight on rescuers
While Peter Barrett's father said he's sure emergency crews did what they could in trying to save his son's life after his kayak overturned March 15 north of Douglas Island, he wonders if they were working at a handicap.

Tenant loses trailer to fire
A fire early Saturday evening consumed the interior of a trailer on Douglas Island, and produced a plume of smoke visible for miles.

Champions come home
Barbara Rhea hugs her daughter, Talisa, at the Juneau Airport after the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team returned Sunday from winning the Class 4A girls state title Saturday night in Anchorage.

Seminar probes home pollutants
Many store-bought carbon dioxide detectors will alert you if the levels in your home reach 70 parts per million of air, but home safety expert Marquam George says that's not warning enough.

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

Man creates 'wall of records' as he builds Douglas home
Raindrops bead on the black vinyl wall outside the house C.A. Bowman is building on North Douglas Highway.

Straight talk from the heart
In the Native oratory contest Friday and Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast, students spoke from their heart.

The pope in Alaska, 1981
Pope John Paul II meets with former Juneau resident Cage Holst in February 1981 in Anchorage.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Long road ahead for Glacier Highway construction
The state is clearing trees near Tee Harbor to upgrade part of Glacier Highway.

Carlton Samuel 'Sam' Renhard
Former Juneau resident Carlton Samuel "Sam" Renhard died Feb. 28, 2005, in Colton, Ore.

It's time to expand the airport
Thumbs up to the Juneau International Airport tenants and business representatives who for the past several months have worked on plans for an expansion project.

Remember who you are
Summer is almost here, when Native art is offered for sale and Native dancing is presented for entertainment. It is time to remind ourselves of the meaning of the designs that grace our lives.

Empire Editorial: Time for an Alaska fiscal plan of its own
Lisa Murkowski, one of Alaska's U.S. senators, had a sobering message for Alaskans and their lawmakers this week.

Toe toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

Snow report
Eaglecrest Ski Area on Saturday reported 28 inches of snow at the base and 140 inches at the top of the mountain.

Courses prepare medical first-responders in the wild
Several agencies in town are training people to treat trauma and other medical situations in the middle of nowhere.

Keeping bears wild and people safe
"Keep garbage in an airtight and odor free container..." and other helpful tips.

Here they come: Time to think about the bears
Bears are stirring in the forests of Southeast Alaska.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

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.

Spring sweep
The weather wasn't very springlike, but the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team still played like it was in midseason form at last weekend's Spring Fever 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.

Crimson Bears win state title
Lexi Garvey started Saturday's Class 4A girls basketball state title game with a touch of the flu and an injured ankle.

Lady Braves mount comeback to claim fourth in Class 3A
After falling in Thursday's Class 3A girls state tournament opener, the Mount Edgecumbe girls rebounded with two straight wins to claim fourth place.

Juneau girls sweep two from Cheyenne
Playing their first games since claiming the 2004 state soccer title, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls continued their winning ways over the weekend.

Ketchikan boys scare Bartlett, but fall 64-55
For the second straight game, Ketchikan was on the cusp of posting an upset win at the Class 4A boys state tournament.

Mt. Edgecumbe boys finish season with 3rd-place win
While the Mount Edgecumbe boys basketball team didn't get to play in the game it wanted on Saturday, the Braves still managed to end the season on a winning note.

Fairbanks woman police officer is first to put in 20 years
In the 20 years Peggy Sullivan has made her living putting thieves, drunken drivers, rapists and drug dealers behind bars in Fairbanks, she has been pushed, slapped, kicked, punched and shot.

Legislator pushes fiscal plan over fallback fund
House Speaker John Harris wants to eliminate the $2.1 billion constitutional budget reserve and transfer the money to the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

AkCLU, experts say pot less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes
A representative from the Alaska Civil Liberties Union joined a handful of experts Friday to tell a Senate committee that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and even tobacco.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

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