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Sunday, April 15, 2007

State negotiating team is insulting state workers
The Alaska Department of Administration just announced it had received the nominations for the Denali Peak Performance Awards. Nominees were selected by peers for their performance and contribution to the work force and the state.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Timeline of Ted Stevens' Senate career

Police: suspect package no bomb
Hours after destroying a suspicious backpack with a water cannon, Juneau Police determined that its contents were not a bomb.

Photo: Memorial for Eaglecrest pioneer
Bob Janes sprinkles the ashes of his wife, Willette Janes, from an antique whiskey bottle with his grandson, Robie Janes, 10, on Sunday at the Treadwell Ditch Dam along Williwaw Trail at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Jet emergency lands after power outage
An electrical malfunction brought an Alaskan Airlines jet into Juneau International Airport for an emergency landing shortly after 7:23 p.m. Friday night, though no injuries were reported.

Auditors account for tax shortfall
State Department of Revenue officials say they have accounted for some of the shortfall in the first year of the state's new petroleum profits tax, but more questions and some troubling concerns remain.

Photo: Juneau addresses climate change
Juneau residents listen to Mayor Bruce Botelho speak Saturday during the "Step it Up" rally at Marine Park. The event was part of a nationwide campaign to rally around the need for substantial and rapid action on the issue of global warming.

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

Long-serving senator
Alaska's U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has become longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history. On Friday, Stevens logged 13,990 days seniority, passing South Carolina's Strom Thurmond, whose credentials come with an asterisk. Thurmond switched from Democrat to Republican earlier in his career.

Alvhild Lowell
A memorial service for longtime Juneau resident Alvhild "Hildie" Lowell, who died Nov. 16, 2006, at St. Peters Memorial Hospital in Olympia, Wash., will be held at 2 p.m. April 22 at the Juneau Yacht Club. A reception will follow.

Thomas Phelan
Juneau resident Thomas Bernard Patrick Phelan, "Tom" or "Uncle Tom" to many, died early April 4, 2007, in the home of his son, Martin Phelan, in Juneau. He was 82.

Selene Wolthausen
Juneau resident Selene Marhya Wolthausen died March 26, 2007, in Juneau. She was 27.

Edith Zink
Former Juneau resident Edith Zink died March 31, 2007, with her family members at her bedside following a brief illness. She was 91.

Ederlina Abella Abad
Juneau resident Ederlina Abella Abad died April 6, 2007, in Juneau. She was 54.

My turn: Health care affects us all
The numbers are telling. According to statistics from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Alliance for Health Care, of 285 million Americans, 48 million (16.8 percent) have no health insurance.

My turn: Changing state-oil power relationship
The North Slope oil producers that control most of the slope's natural gas were unfailingly polite, but the message they delivered to legislators was clear...

Toe Toon

Empire editorial: Uphold voters' intent on cruise ship initiative
Why is it so hard for some politicians to understand what democracy means? Ground Control to Capitol: Mind your electorate. Check Measure 2. Change course accordingly.

Outsiders: Scott May
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Pepper spray: Use the right kind, practice
Bear pepper spray approved by the Environmental Protection Agency is not the same as Mace or personal pepper spray products. Personal protection sprays often release a second-long burst that carries only a couple of feet.

Photo: Taking the plunge
Steller sea lions plunge into the water on Wednesday from Leisnoi Island near Wrangell. More than 150 of the mammals frequent the island year round.

Boone and Crockett moose goes on display
For many hunters, the only thing greater than the excitement of stalking and eventually bagging a big bull moose is mounting their prize so the hunt can be relived in their mind each and every time their eyes fall upon it.

Practice makes the perfect cast
A tiny fly is drifting down the Mendenhall River, bobbing bravely toward Fritz Cove and the Gastineau Channel.

Running through bear country
Your heart races and you gasp for air. Is it because you just ran a couple of miles on a soggy, uneven trail or because you just spooked a brown bear?

JDHS softball sweeps Sitka
Despite not having one outdoor practice and fielding just four full-time varsity players, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team impressively swept a three-game series from host Sitka High School on Friday and Saturday.

Crimson Bears smack 10 HRs against Wrangell
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team smacked 10 home runs in three games on Friday and Saturday against host Wrangell High School.

Suffocating defense lifts JDHS girls
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team extended its shutout streak to four games this weekend at the Spring Fever Invitational.

Crimson Bears battle pair of state champions on same day
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team took on two state champions in one day Saturday at the Spring Fever Invitational, beating one and tying the other.

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.

Season opener
Juneau-Douglas High School's Leah Francis wins the 3,200-meter run Friday at the Ketchikan Invitational. Look in Monday's editor for results from the season-opening meet.

Man accused of kidnapping, sexually torturing two women
An Anchorage man is in custody on charges he held two women captive for days at a local crack house, and tortured and sexually assaulted them.

Legislative roundup

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

Alaska Digest
Three Alaska-based paratroopers killed, Group shifts focus to renewable energy

Introduced bill would allow governor to remove regent
A bill was introduced into the Legislature that would empower the governor to remove a University of Alaska regent.

Former hospital worker sentenced to 8 years
A former hospital caregiver convicted of sexually assaulting a man who was in his care was sentenced to eight years in prison.

State operating budget ready for Senate vote
The Senate Finance Committee added money back to the operating budget for wastewater discharge permits, tourism and independent living grants in a final session before sending the document to the full body for a vote.

Sewer bubbles rain from sky
Clusters of foamy bubbles, some reportedly as large as a car and others the size of a bathtub, spewed from the city sewer lagoon.

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