Don't give oil away
In response to March 27 Empire editorial titled "Governor's tax bill reflects GOP values," it is my opinion that there are some in the Legislature who do not understand that our Constitution demands that we get maximum benefits from the development of our natural resources, as found in Article VIII, Section 2.

Opposes pesticides on Long Island
It has taken me some time to write this, but I can't put it off any longer. Shame on Klukwan Inc, and shame on the state of Alaska for the decision to allow aerial spraying of pesticides on Long Island.

Unrepresentative rep.
While large majorities in the communities of Haines, Skagway and Juneau have made it quite clear they want no road, local political rookie, Bill Thomas, has decided his allegiance lies with the party majority rather than the communities he supposedly represents.

Time to kill the wolf
Juneau, 1988. Our family pet dog, a Norwegian Elkhound turned on our then 4-year-old daughter and bit her in the face.

Environmentalists drop timber challenge in return for protection of valley
Six conservation groups said Thursday they are dropping their legal challenge to two timber sales that could provide more than a year's supply of timber to Southeast Alaska mills.

News from around town

Photo: Payoff for a winter of work
Larry DePute sits back as his wife rows their new hand-made Chester yawl Thursday down Mendenhall River.

Jury finally selected to hear Tenakee Springs murder case
After four days of questioning, attorneys agreed late Thursday on a jury for the trial of the man charged with raping and killing 19-year-old Maggie Wigen two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

Legislators aim to kill daylight savings
For those who forgot to set the clock ahead Sunday for daylight savings time, a new bill before the Alaska Legislature could ease the yearly burden.

Forum answers array of immigrants' questions
A state immigration officer conducted Juneau's first-ever immigrant-assistance forum Thursday in what officials said could be a precursor to monthly visits from Anchorage.

Photo: On the eve of folk fest
Beth Leibowitz plays her penny whistle Thursday near a totem pole by Mick Beasley at Capital School Park.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Trial for Auke Bay arson case ends in hung jury
With jurors insisting they couldn't reach a verdict in his trial on Auke Bay arson charges, Rickey Gottardi returned to jail Thursday to await another trial.

Photo: Spring ride
Allan Vallejo bikes through a patch of snow Thursday in the Dredge Lakes area. The lakes are still covered with ice, although the trails are slowly losing their cover of snow.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Dunlevy and Morehouse wed
Juneau resident Marcos Morehouse and Christina Dunlevy of Palm Springs, Calif., were married March 16, 2005, in Las Vegas.

Phillips and Garcia wed
Juneau resident Jamie Lee Phillips and Ricardo James Garcia of Phoenix, Ariz., were married on April 1, at the Regency Garden in Mesa, Ariz.

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

On the Waterfront: Engstrom shares a child's fantastic vision of Alaska
"There are strange things done in the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold."

Tsunami relief
Cub Scout Den 5, Pack 6 members (from left) Jack Garrard, Barclay Weyhrauch, Noah McVey, Sam Kurland, Keenan Wright and Liam McDermott present the proceeds of their fund-raising efforts on behalf of tsunami victims to Elaine Boyce of the Red Cross.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Alaska editorial: Murkowski chose new Cabinet members well
Gov. Frank Murkowski stabilized the ship of state by appointing three widely accepted moderates to his Cabinet. It was a good day for him.

My turn: The bank(ruptcy) of America
Not only is the current administration out to bankrupt the United States through tax and corporate giveaways or discretionary military spending intending to create a legitimate economic environment for Halliburton, Bechtel, and others out to rape Iraq...

My turn: Why give tax breaks to oil companies?
I never understood why the Legislature gave tax breaks and incentives to oil companies last year. In a time of budget problems it seemed inappropriate and ill advised.

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.

Diminutive, but dynamic
There's little chance that this season's Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team will be able to physically fill the big shoes of the eight departed seniors from last year state champion squad.

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of local sports

Crimson Bear boys fall to Ferris on Spokane trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team had some great scoring opportunities, but could not follow through as they lost to Ferris High School 2-0 on Thursday on the team's annual trip to Spokane, Wash.

Mat-su eyes its own site for session
The hoopla over the state Capitol design has focused on Juneau, but the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is making its own bid for a legislative building.

Croft's bill offers incentives to schools with small classes
Rep. Eric Croft wants the state to give more money to schools that reduce class sizes to 15 or fewer students.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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