Grateful on the Purple Heart Trail
I am a member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Is big oil serious about developing pipeline?
Perhaps I am cynical.

Be consistent for sake of trust
After the arrogant and egotistical previous administration, I find Gov. Sarah Palin a welcome breath of fresh air.

Autoshop agreement not good enough
I just read the article (Empire, April 10) about the automotive program at Juneau-Douglas High School. I find it disturbing that politics have to come into play with education of the students at JDHS.

Thank you, Juneau
The 2007-08 Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team and the Blue Line Club would like to thank Juneau for all the support this past season.

Conventional Bean Counter
John B. "Jack" Coghill proudly describes himself as the "bean counter" of the historic Alaska Constitutional Convention.

Juneau police misclassify rape in public reports
Of the 18 rapes committed in Juneau during 2007, the Juneau police reported none as a sex crime in their public announcements called the "Daily Briefing."

Ferry veteran gets top marine highway job
An experienced ferry administrator from Juneau has been appointed to head the Alaska Marine Highway System, it was announced Monday.

Photos: Wrapping up Folk Fest
First, Irene Muller of Tukwila, Wash., a veteran of more than 10 Folk Festival appearances, performs Sunday at Centennial Hall. Second, Corey Ledet of Les Amis Creole and Bob Banghart of The C Notes, right, perform dance music Friday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Photo: Another spin on spring
Pete Proos spins off a newly made half-pipe Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Even though a foot of new snow fell overnight, Sunday was the ski area's last day of the season.

Goldbelt to ferry miners from Yankee Cove
Goldbelt Inc. has made a deal with Kensington gold mine operator Coeur Alaska Inc. to shuttle workers to and from the mine.

Photo: Gearing up for tourist season
Alaskan Perfume Company employee Brandi Vrabec, left, and store manager Ann Hostetter-Walsh replace old price stickers on several thousand boxes of perfume Monday at the store. The Alaska Perfume Company and other downtown shops are starting to get ready for the cruise ship season, which begins April 30 with the arrival of the Norwegian Star.

Around Town

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

Photos: Wildlife abounds at False Outer Point
First, a marten peaks out from the rocks Monday on the beach near False Outer Point.

Around Town

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

Outside editorial: A lapsed principle
Barack Obama held out the hope of salvaging part of the public financing system for presidential elections. Now he seems poised to drive a nail into it by rejecting the $85 million available to nominees who agree to take full federal funding for the general election. That may be understandable as a matter of campaign tactics; Mr. Obama sits atop a whirring money machine that appears capable of vacuuming up amounts far in excess of the federal check. But going back on his pledge to take public financing if the GOP nominee were to agree to do the same would be an unfortunate step - and one that reflects badly on Mr. Obama.

Outside editorial: A better deal for airline passengers
L ast week, the annual Airline Quality Rating survey confirmed what most passengers already know: Airline performance is bad and getting worse.

Outside editorial: Orderly refinancing is solution's core
Any doctor will tell you that throwing medicine at a problem invites serious mistakes. Congress must have missed that lecture, given that it's tackling the housing crisis with a flurry of mostly ill-advised fixes.

My turn: Government should move to save Sitka's herring
I would like to give attention to the herring fisheries in Southeast Alaska. First of all, I am not Native, but my family is.

Torching Beijing's Olympic Message
F rom the start of its planning effort for this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing, China has used architectural imagery to powerful effect.

My turn: Cartoonist lampoons politicians, advances free speech
On a slow news day at the Anchorage Daily News back in 1987, Peter Dunlap-Shohl scoured his brain for ideas, his deadline looming.

Legislature confirms Palin appointments
JUNEAU - The Alaska Legislature met in joint session Saturday evening to confirm Gov. Sarah Palin's appointments to boards and commissions in the past year.

Anchorage stabbing suspect arrested
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old man is under arrest, accused of stabbing a father and son who confronted him over vandalizing a vehicle in Anchorage.

Anchorage man dies in apartment fire
ANCHORAGE - A man died in an apartment fire in the Spenard neighborhood in Anchorage, according to firefighters. His name was not released.

Broken mechanical gate blamed for crash
ANCHORAGE - A broken mechanical gate at the airport in Unalaska is being blamed for the crash of a small plane last week.

Rap artist sentenced in drug distribution
ANCHORAGE - A 33-year-old Anchorage rap artist was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a federal narcotics distribution case.

Alaska Legislature passes ID theft bill
JUNEAU - A consumer protection bill that would protect Alaskans from identity theft passed the Legislature unanimously.

Body found on popular trail in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A man was shot and killed on a popular trail in Anchorage Saturday.

Advisory group looks at flights over Denali
ANCHORAGE - A new advisory group is looking into the air traffic over Denali National Park.

Moderate quake hits northwest Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A moderate earthquake struck the Bering Strait region at 5:41 a.m. Sunday. It had a preliminary magnitude of 5.0, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center.

Avery prosecutors want 10-year sentence
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors have recommended a 10-year prison sentence for the former head of Security Aviation.

Man carrying infant charged with eluding
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers say a 25-year-old Palmer man driving with his 19-year-old girlfriend and their six-day-old daughter has been charged with felony eluding and reckless driving.

Man charged with having sex with dog
KETCHIKAN - A 26-year-old Klawock man has been charged with two counts of criminal mischief for allegedly having sex with a tied-up dog.

Graffiti popping up frequently in Juneau
JUNEAU - Juneau police are looking for help in combating graffiti, which seems to be popping up all over Alaska's capital city.

Two teens vandalize school in Willow
WILLOW - Two teenage boys vandalized a school in Willow.

Crimson Bears' JV picks up a pair of wins over Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity boys soccer team picked up two wins over host Ketchikan on Saturday in rainy, windy conditions.

Lehauli knocks out Morgan in main event
Josh "The Tongan Warrior" Lehauli defeated 23-year-old Nick "The Nightmare" Morgan by knock out just 1 minute, 1 second into round one of Friday night's Roughhouse Boxing main event at Marlintini's Lounge.

Bears meet victory in Ketchikan
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field traveled to Alaska's first city for the Ketchikan Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Fawn Mountain Track.

Ice Pirates complete turnaround to capture Tier A championship
The Ice Pirates capped a remarkable turnaround by capturing the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A championship Sunday with a 5-3 win over the Kensington Goldminers at Treadwell Arena.

Due to use of an older, incorrect roster, there were two errors in the Sunday story about the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team on Page B1. Freshman Melissa Skan, not Pauline Zheng, scored a hat trick in the Crimson Bears' 11-0 win over Ketchikan. Also, the picture shows Mary Gianotti shooting, not Sarah Donohoe.

Energy rebates fail in Legislature
Multiple attempts to share Alaska's sudden oil wealth with citizens suffering from high gas, fuel oil and electricity prices were made by lawmakers during the legislative session that ended Sunday, but nearly all direct efforts faltered on concerns about fairness and sustainability.

Lawmakers OK capital budget, adjourn on time
The Legislature adjourned Sunday with hours to spare from its newly required 90-day session, after giving final approval to a $2.7 billion capital budget.

Legislature goes ahead with bond proposal for transportation projects
A divided Legislature has decided to ask voters to borrow an additional $315 million to spend on transportation projects.

Former Canadian official: State gas line faces numerous hurdles
CALGARY, Alberta - Anyone who thinks an Alaska natural gas pipeline will see fewer hurdles than the long-stagnant Mackenzie Gas Project is sadly mistaken, says the man who used to run the Northwest Territories' natural resources department.

Kohring arguments for new trial rejected
ANCHORAGE - Former state Rep. Vic Kohring's arguments for a new trial were soundly rejected Monday, and his sentencing date was set for May 8.

Alaska's oil revenues reach record level in '08
It's official: the money from high oil prices and a new oil production tax is feeding a record level of revenue for the state of Alaska this year.

Salmon fishermen predict higher demand, but not higher profits
ANCHORAGE - With the closure of commercial king salmon fisheries in California and Oregon, salmon fishermen in Alaska are predicting higher demand and higher prices for their wild-caught product.

Fairbanks firefighter honored for going beyond call of duty
FAIRBANKS - A firefighter in Fairbanks is being honored for going beyond the call of duty.

Searchers find body of missing snowmobiler northeast of Sitka
ANCHORAGE - Searchers found the body of a snowmobiler Sunday, a day after he was reported missing northeast of Sitka.

Calgary man jailed under wrong name in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - A man jailed at the Ketchikan Correctional Center is not who police thought he was.

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King: Charges in moose killing are bogus
FAIRBANKS - Iditarod champion Jeff King has been charged with illegally killing a moose inside Denali National Park and driving an all-terrain vehicle in the park.

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