Rotating grades through both schools is an excellent idea
Having ninth and 10th grades at one high school and 11th and 12th grades at the other would let Juneau's youth share the same experiences and opportunities, and would avoid splitting the town.

Spare us the wagging finger of blame
Local architect Sean Boily's March 29 letter spoke of his fears that voters may purposely vote to not approve more "Bond Hits 4 Juneau" in the upcoming June special election.

There should be equal opportunity for health coverage
Thank you for posting Glenn Gray's letter (March 27 Juneau Empire). I believe that it is the right of every citizen to have equal opportunity to health insurance.

Let's protect, not harass our wildlife
Once again, special interests in Alaska are trying to decimate the wolf population using cruel and unusual means such as chasing them to exhaustion from airplanes and shooting them point blank.

Keep Tenakee Springs beautiful, untouched
I have lived in Tenakee Springs for eight years. In my opinion, Tenakee Springs is one of the greatest places to grow up. It features wide open spaces, amazing wildlife and a beautiful inlet that's right outside my back door.

Religion should not be the measure to judge others by
OK, I'm confused. Who's good book is right?

The world will slowly change by example
When I read (and keep reading year after year) the same ignorant, homophobic hate letters in the local newspaper, written as they are in the language of religion or politics, I think to myself: "Keep your mouth shut; you used to think just the same."

Fire guts apartment building
A fire gutted a four-story downtown apartment building Wednesday, forcing some residents to jump from windows and others to escape down ladders hustled over by remodeling crews who were working nearby.

Around Town

Juneau snowmobilers intent on gaining access to Eaglecrest area
The Juneau Snowmobile Club is willing to do whatever it takes to get access to the Eaglecrest Ski Area, even if it means building its own parking lot and donating free labor and materials to the public ski grounds.

Photo: Moon over Aurora
A brilliant full moon rises Tuesday night over Aurora Harbor.

April 3 special advisory election

Oil tax comes up short in first year
North Slope oil companies' first year payment to the state under the new Petroleum Production Tax fell surprisingly short of what was expected.

Voters say no to benefits
Opponents of providing benefits to same-sex partners of state and local government workers in Alaska appeared to be leading in an advisory election Tuesday, but they may not win the battle.

Colorado educator named principal of new high school
The Juneau School Board unanimously selected a principal for Thunder Mountain High School on Tuesday, approving a Colorado educator with experience in opening a high school.

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

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

Delivery service brings Juneau restaurants to residents' doors
On Tuesday, the first day of business for the new night-time delivery service Juneau To Go, the owners sat by the phone.

Around Town

Photo: Healthy smiles
Garrett Gleaton, 4, left, and Tristan Gleaton, 5, rinse off some 'dirty' teeth Wednesday in one of the stations at SEARHC's 14th Annual Children's Dental Clinic at the SEARHC dental building.

Business Digest
New coffee business opens downtown, Treat shop reopens, Nominations sought for family-friendly employers in Juneau & Home business class offered Wednesday

Photo: Young meets with lawmakers
U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, talks with Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion. Young met with members of the state Legislature during a visit to Juneau.

Soldier Stories: Pfc. William Dalton
Soldier Stories is a monthly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with Staff Sgt. Mac Metcalfe, Public Affairs NCO, 3rd Battalion, Alaska Army National Guard in Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Photos: Snow year!
The snow gods smiled down on Juneau this winter, blessing the city with record-setting snowfall. Juneau passed its all-time record for snowfall in the month of March, and in February, Eaglecrest ranked number one in the world for deepest snowpack.

Dry cat food, pet treats are now being recalled
Juneau-area cats and dogs so far have escaped harm from tainted pet food, local veterinarians say. However, our pets are still at risk. We may have bought contaminated food before the danger was identified, and the list of brands involved continues to grow.

Berms offer blessings
It's been a berm-shoveling winter this year. The kids have enjoyed all the lovely snow and the unexpected joy of snow days. Me, I see fat white flakes falling, and the specter of The Berm fills my mind.

Wright and Nelson to wed
Ruth Nelson and Aaron Wright were married Feb. 16, 2007, at the Juneau Travelodge. A reception immediately followed. Friends and family were present to share the occasion.

Antone Calhoun
Juneau baby Antone Cruz Calhoun died March 30, 2007, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 4 months old.

A few postelection thoughts
As I write this, I've just returned from casting a vote in the advisory election about whether the Legislature ought to pass a resolution putting before the voters the option of amending the Alaska Constitution.

My turn: Mixing zones compromise fisheries
The Legislature needs to overturn the Murkowski's administration's regulations that place our commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries at risk by allowing mixing zones in spawning streams.

Alaska editorial: Increasing pollution in the Kenai River is a problem for us all
It's our river, it's our problem, right? Well, partially. The looming effects of hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River stand to hit Kenai Peninsula residents the hardest in myriad ways.

My turn: Give new Fish and Game commissioner a chance
There has been considerable public debate lately about the selection and eventual appointment of Denby Lloyd as acting commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Ken Taylor as deputy commissioner.

Outside editorial: The cloud over Gitmo
"Guantanamo," in popular parlance, refers both to the U.S. military prison on land leased from Cuba and the legal process (such as it is) made available to the 395 suspected terrorists and collaborators imprisoned there.

Photo: Helping spring along
Volunteers help clear snow Saturday from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The winter's record-setting snowfall has completely covered the artificial turf field at the stadium.

Sports Digest
Juneau synchronized swimming duo places 5th at junior nationals, Southeast Alaska swimmers take 17th at sectionals, Franklin wins singles tournament at JRC/The Alaska Club & Phillip Murray wins division at Alaska Shotokan Tournament

TBG Office Solutions of Juneau finishes in second place at MLK tournament
Balls Deep lived up to its name on Sunday afternoon in the men's division final of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hoops for Scholars Classic basketball tournament at Lathrop High School.

Doc Water's wins in overtime
Dave Kovach scored with 2:23 left in overtime Sunday to give Doc Water's Pub a 3-2 win over Play It Again Sports in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A postseason game.

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.

Juneau hits the trails at Buckwheat Ski Classic
Juneau's dedicated cross-country skiers were well represented March 24 at the Buckwheat Ski Classic in Skagway.

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.

Juneau wins four titles at Southeast Shootout
Juneau teams performed well at the he Princess Cruises HoopTime Southeast Shootout basketball tournament on March 29-31.

Alaska Digest
Mendenhall wolf snatches small dog, Studded tires OK in Juneau until May 1, Lights out at bedtime for much of Juneau, $538,786 awarded to trails projects,Clean water actions grants available, Elderly man dies of pneumonia at home, and Anchorage baby sitter charged with molesting small girls.

Public to weigh in on bottom trawling
With ocean waters warming because of climate change, the public is being asked to weigh in on options for bottom trawling in the northern Bering Sea.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska, In the Nation, and In the World

Narrow win may set back benefits fight
Republican legislators opposed to providing benefits for same-sex partners of state employees may have made a strategic mistake when they asked voters to weigh in on the issue, some say.

House OKs changes to accommodate 90-day session
The Alaska House on Tuesday unanimously approved making changes in the Legislature's timetable to accommodate a tighter schedule next year.

Northwest Digest
Cross country coach arrested, suspended and Ruling leaves plan for grasslands in limbo

Jury finds Carlin guilty of murder
A New Jersey man was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the death 11 years ago of his roommate and romantic rival.

Wolf control halted in Nelchina Basin
State officials have halted a wolf-culling program in one of five areas allowing aerial shooting, saying enough of the animals have been killed to meet the goal set by the Alaska Board of Game.

Former Alaska lawmaker Elkins dies
Former House Rep. Jim Elkins, who had been battling liver cancer for a year and a half, died Monday night, his longtime friend and former chief of staff said. Elkins was 69.

Pending settlement temporarily halts Tongass timber sales
More than two million acres of roadless tracts in the Tongass National Forest have been temporarily closed to timber sales under a pending settlement between environmental groups and the U.S. Forest Service.

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