Alaska Airlines deserves credit
I would like to commend Alaska Airlines for changing a policy that was an affront to common sense if not discriminatory to their customers.

Kensington mine deception
Lower Slate Lake is not a stand-alone tailings disposal option for the Kensington mine.

Good reasons why law provides waivers
On March 22, the Empire reprinted an editorial from the Anchorage Daily News headed "Revolving door law for state workers too lax."

Conservatives cook up a spectacle
When Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was removed, it essentially signaled the end of her life after 15 years in coma, a coma caused by a heart attack brought on by her own anorexia.

Seward Street overhaul was needed
As a business owner on Seward Street who depends heavily on water and sewer, I have to say I'm grateful to our city for seeing the need to replace the old system.

Misunderstandings about clinic
It seems to me there is a lack of understanding regarding what Planned Parenthood does. Yes, they do perform abortions, but they do much more than that as well.

Oil prices will fall off, state predicts
The state revised its 2005 North Slope oil price and production forecast downward on Monday.

Gottardi accusers grilled on the stand
Two men testifying against the man charged with setting the fire at DeHart's Marina in September were accused in court themselves Tuesday.

Murder jury selection bogs down
Pretrial publicity for the man accused of raping and killing 19-year-old Maggie Wigen in Tenakee Springs two years ago has complicated picking a jury to hear his case.

Trial starts for man charged with arson
Two Auke Bay boat residents were expected to testify today against the man charged with first-degree arson after a September fire at DeHart's Marina.

ROPES: an introduction to adulthood
At Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, eighth grade is a landmark year: the eighth-grade dance, the last year of middle school, the high school prep courses and, for most students, the year when they have to face ROPES.

... and the crowd roars
Donovan Bell, 17, practices a "tail whip" jump on his scooter Tuesday over Will Geiger, 14, at Marine Park.

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

Cruise lines threaten suit
A cruise ship attorney warned Alaska legislators Tuesday that cruise operators will likely sue the state if it charges a $50 head tax on cruise ship passengers.

Institute says growth of the economy is tied to conservation
Southeast Alaska's economy and conservation may go hand in hand, analysts say.

Banished man is arrested for assault
A man who was famously banished to a Southeast Alaska island for a 1993 robbery was arrested early Tuesday in Juneau on assault and weapons charges.

School Board gives OK to Montessori charter school
The Juneau School Board, voting 4-3 Tuesday after three hours of impassioned debate about diversity and fairness, approved Montessori Borealis Charter School.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Part of boat-fee hikes OK'd
The Juneau Assembly and the Docks and Harbors Board reached a compromise Monday evening on a proposal to increase small boat harbor fees.

Another JDHS winner, 1985
Juneau runner Heather Holt, nee Burford, center, sprints to victory in the 800-meter run in May 1985 during the Southeast Track and Field meet at Adair Kennedy Field.

It might as well be spring
Nandi Than lends her son, Tezah Haddock, 2, a little extra momentum as daughter, Kaleah Haddock, 4, goes solo in Douglas. "We are enjoying the spring," Than said.

Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

House panel bill makes dividend fraud a felony
Investigators from the Alaska Department of Revenue told lawmakers Tuesday that former Alaska residents are still applying for permanent fund dividends.

'We are stardust, we are golden'
Juneau residents, left to right, Tom Melville, Natalee Rothaus and Chip Thoma flash the peace sign as they pose in front of a VW microbus in Juneau on the 20th anniversary of the quintessential music festival of the 1960s, Woodstock.

Spring cleaning
City landscapers Amy Sherwin, left, and Ben Patterson clean up gravel Tuesday on the sidewalk at Marine Park.

Jenkins and Maas to wed
Amelia Jenkins of Petersburg and Michael Maas of Juneau will be married in April 2005 in Juneau.

He does windows
Andrew Engstrom, owner of Capital City Windows, cleans the windows of Sealaska Plaza. Engstrom is a common adornment on Juneau's modest skyline.

The truth about hairballs
Hacking up hairballs is a cat's salute to spring. As the weather warms up, cats shed their winter coats.

Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Judson and Koski to wed
Juneau resident Heidi Jo Judson and Travis Ronald Koski of Kalispell, Mont., will be married June 18, 2005, at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Eleanor Ann Rodman
Former Juneau resident Eleanor Ann Rodman died April 3, 2005, with her family at her bedside.

Paul D. Blevins
Former Juneau resident Paul D. Blevins, 78, died April 2, 2005, at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry, Ill.

Myrtle W. Stickel
Former Juneau resident Myrtle W. Stickel, 85, died March 25, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif.

Lorrie Ann Cannon
Juneau resident Lorrie Ann Cannon, 44, died April 4, 2005, at her home.

Alaska editorial: Dems' 'talking points' on retirement system
Crisis? What crisis? If you ask the Democrats in the Alaska Legislature about the problem confronting the two state-run employee retirement systems, don't be surprised if you hear them uniformly reciting the notion that maybe there really isn't one.

My turn: Has America become a nation of fossil fools?
The Senate's recent vote to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling prompts this question.

My turn: Agency promotes sex among our youth
I share Ida Barnack's concern about Planned Parenthood's plan to open a clinic in Juneau.

My turn: Mentoring children of prisoners
Upholding the rights of crime victims is one of the most important tasks undertaken by the Alaska Department of Corrections.

My turn: Chance of abuse doesn't mean drug should be illegal
This is in response to proposed legislation Senate Bill 74 and House Bill 96. My wife and I met in Elfin Cove in 1984 while she was doing whale research.

Alaska editorial: Stevens' education plan deserves consideration
Ben Stevens may have shocked the Capitol with his idea for financing school construction through Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, but he's on to something.

Class 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament from Anchorage's Sullivan Arena: CRIMSON BEARS 53, COUGARS 48
State Basketball Tournament coverage from Anchorage

Viking cheer squad wins state
With just over 217 students, Petersburg High School was one of the smallest schools competing at last week's state cheerleading championships in Anchorage.

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.

Three Bears named all-tourney
Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Talisa Rhea, junior Lexi Garvey and senior Mary Rehfeld were named to the Class 4A girls state basketball all-tournament team last Saturday after the Crimson Bears won the state title.

Bentz to start season with Mudcats
Chad Bentz of Juneau will open the 2005 baseball season with the Carolina Mudcats, according to a press release Sunday from

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Petersburg police probe murder of 29-year-old
Petersburg police are investigating the murder of a 29-year-old Alaska Native man, whose body was found between 2 and 5 a.m. Friday morning on a one-way street in the middle of town.

Catholic Church OKs settlement, acknowledges Nome abuse
The Roman Catholic Church confirmed Monday it has reached a settlement with a woman who accused a Nome priest of molesting her in the 1970s.

Stevens wants fund earnings for school budgets
Sen. Ben Stevens has grabbed hold of what one lawmaker called the "third rail of Alaska politics" in proposing to use $337 million in Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to pay for school maintenance and construction projects.

Bill allows mental health patients to choose nurse gender
Faith Myers, an Anchorage woman with schizophrenia, has been in and out of mental institutions since 2000.

Measure grants state powers of quarantine
The state could quarantine individuals who become infected with diseases under a proposal given preliminary approval Monday by the state House of Representatives.

Oft-studied wolf pack on the ropes
Lying alone and listless on a snow-covered ridge, the large male wolf appeared injured, probably from a trap. Blood stained the snow near his front paws.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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