Why spoil a good thing with a road?
I am one of the many people who come from all over the world to touch the edges of the Alaska wilderness.

Bush doctrine will prevail with iron will
Because the Empire generally provides a Democratic/liberal/anti-Bush/anti-war platform, it is perhaps appropriate to submit an alternative view.

Old ferries raise new questions
Surely, the sinking of the Queen of the North in the early morning hours of March 22 has sent shivers through the collective shoulders of Alaskans.

Slate Lake should be used for tailings
I believe the economic outlook in Alaska is improving, thanks to projects like the Kensington Mine.

Let's ask for a lump-sum PFD
I am writing in response to the article dated March 23: "Sen. Ted Stevens says Alaska is on its own."

How could ferries be set for success?
I see that there are some people who feel I am blaming the wrong administration for the planned failure of the fast ferries.

Miners Association's support misplaced
The Alaska Miners Association's support for the proposed Pebble Mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay is misplaced and could hurt legitimate mining projects across the state.

Animal friends misconstrue issue
The letter written from Priscilla Feral (March 23) stated that the "majority of Alaskans" agree that shooting wolves by air is a national disgrace. How many of us

All Americans should be treated equally
After reading John Mielke's letter (March 27) I have been overcome with feelings of frustration, disappointment and sorrow.

Community invited to help plan for Juneau's future
City planners are asking to hear what people like and don't like about Juneau.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Dorothy Wallace, longtime Native leader, dies at 89
Dorothy Wallace, a longtime leader in Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2, died at her home Sunday afternoon after, as a younger friend put it, setting an example of how to live.

Gold street Blaze
A green lighter, a box of condoms and prescription burn cream are among the evidence assembled against Robert Huber, accused of starting the March 12 Gold Street fire that destroyed the historic Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and a nearby house.

Photo: Flights of music
Michael McCallum, Event Supervisor at Centennial Hall, adjusts the props Sunday that make up the backdrop for this year's Folk Festival, which starts tonight.

Folk Fest concerts tonight
the latest Folk Fest lineup

City to sell bonds to citizens
The city is offering its citizens a chance to earn some extra cash by investing in education.

Photo: Signs of spring
Cousins Chariece Sarabia, 14, left, and Davlyn Sarabia, 10, stop to admire the crocuses blooming outside Centennial Hall on Sunday. Highs in the mid-40's with a chance of rain are forecast for the week.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

City asked to gauge views on second Douglas bridge
About $135,000 in unallocated sales tax money may go to a firm charged with conducting meetings to evaluate public response to three proposed Gastineau Channel crossings.

Folk Fest Schedule
at Centennial Hall

Juneau's new no-bid system set to start
Juneau Assembly member Jonathan Anderson on Monday dropped his opposition to a voter-approved amendment avoiding competitive bidding on some projects, after the city's attorney fine-tuned the rule.

Photo: Know how to fold 'em
Melanie Brown, right, along with her daughter, Fiona, 11, and Terry Laskey and Alison Elgee, left, fold a supply of this year's Alaska Folk Festival T-shirts that will be sold this week. The festival starts tonight and runs through Sunday.

Photo: First night folk
Scott Miller of Juneau plays solo on the first night of the Alaska Folk Festival at Centennial Hall Monday.

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

Danny E. Kalen
Former Skagway resident Danny E. Kalen, 58, died, March 31, 2006, at home peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with cancer.

Ida T. James
Juneau resident Ida T. James, 91, died March 30, 2006, in Juneau.

Say 'no' to Knik Arm, Gravina Island bridges
The two proposed mega-bridges that supplied the nation with a lot of yuks at Alaska's expense no longer get the national attention they once did since Congress backtracked last year and withdrew the requirement that federal transportation money be spent on the bridges.

My Turn: Keep your powder dry
"Ready, aim, fire" is the traditional litany of any marksmen hoping to hit his target.

Alaska editorial: Will enough people use the Knik Arm bridge to pay for it?
Backers of the proposed Knik Arm toll bridge have some pretty healthy projections for traffic flow on the span.

Alaska editorials: The state should be willing to pay its share
Alaska's senior senator told it like it is when he addressed legislators last week in Juneau.

My turn: Think long term
Much has been written about the proposed Kensington Mine project.

Juneau's synchronized duo head to Nationals
The Juneau Aurora Knights synchronized swimming team of Koko Urata and Sarah Felix will travel to Minneapolis to participate in the U.S. Junior Nationals 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

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska rural guard due to ship out this summer
America's intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan will hit home to Southwest and Western Alaska this summer.

Earthquake alert
From the back of a government SUV, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff watches downtown San Francisco flash by, its high-rises built on the ashes of an earthquake and firestorm a century ago.

Alaska stands on shaky ground
The perky "cock-a-doodle-doo" of a rooster sounds in Roger Smith's office every time an earthquake rumbles beneath Alaska

Photo: Slime and brine
Eva Medalen works the line at the Icicle Seafoods plant in Petersburg Thursday as herring from the Sitka Sound fishery are pumped into the plant where they will frozen and boxed for market.

Park art to honor Peratrovich
The Anchorage Park Foundation will seek $80,000 to install a sculpture honoring the late anti-discrimination leaders Elizabeth and Roy Peratrovich at the park named for them, and the sculptor has a familiar name.

ANWR money stays in state spending bill
Without debate, a legislative conference committee on Monday left $3.7 million in a spending bill for lobbying to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Congressmen quiz BP on Slope oil spill
BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. is drafting a response to two Democratic congressmen who have questioned past inspections of a recently discovered leaky pipeline on the North Slope, and the amount of solid material found in that line.

Canadian pipeline casts some doubts on Alaska project
Oil producers' commitment to building a Canadian natural gas pipeline has Alaska legislators asking whether they will follow through with this state's gas pipeline next.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Wolf control hits kill target
For the first time since Alaska's aerial wolf control program began three years ago, it has reached one of its target goals, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Monday.

Gas pipelines provide little price relief
The natural gas that would flow from two proposed Arctic pipelines would likely mean just a temporary price break for consumers, Alaska's natural resources chief said Monday.

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