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Saturday, April 16, 2005

Passenger fees help
Responding to John Mielke's diatribe, in an April 11 letter to the editor, against a proposed state cruise ship passenger fee, John is partially correct that the state has ambiguous priorities and obligations to ports and harbors throughout the state.

No loss of parking
A writer of an April 12 letter to the editor indicates that the Seward Street construction project is permanently eliminating parking.

Don't generalize about women's choices
I am responding to Sam Guthrie's letter to the editor on March 31. I disagree with the statement that "a baby will not ruin your life."

Wolves are wild animals; dogs aren't
The recent letter "Time to kill the wolf" is truly obscured and plain stupid. Wilderness means keeping the wilds of our country.

Wait and see on the roundabout
The courteous practice of Douglas residents accommodating vehicles from North Douglas into traffic onto the Douglas Bridge each morning may soon be coming to an end as the roundabout construction is in full swing.

Dam site found suspicious early in murder case
An earth dam above the center of Tenakee Springs seemed suspicious days before Maggie Wigen was discovered buried in it two years ago, people from the town testified Thursday in the trial for the man accused of killing her.

FYI
News from around town

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Images from another time: After the geiser, 1985
A work crew cleans up on June 28, 1985, after a water main broke and flooded the area near the corner of Franklin and Front streets. Work was being done on utilities when a temporary support for the 10-inch water main gave way, rupturing the line.

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

City to return state money for capitol
After the Juneau Assembly agreed Thursday to return state money for a capitol design contest, Mayor Bruce Botelho wondered whether his dream of a new capitol will become a reality.

Folk Festival
Today's Folk Festival Lineup

Critics rally against the road
Anti-road activists rang Gov. Murkowski's doorbell in Juneau on Thursday, but he wasn't home.

Photo: Time to sow
Barbara Frank, left, and Pat McLear turn the soil in their vegetable boxes Thursday afternoon at the Juneau Community Gardens in the Mendenhall Valley.

Photo: Festival color
Carly Varness, left, and Lindsey Edgar dance to the rhythm of Bob Parish's hand drum Thursday night at Centennial Hall. Guest artist Jawbone played a 45-minute set.

Contemplating Alaska's rich fishing heritage
This is the real Alaska. This is the historic Alaska. I'm standing on the floor of the modern fish processing plant of Glacier Seafoods, located in Auke Bay just beyond the ferry terminal.

Photo: A furry find
Ruth Johnson, chief financial officer for Wildflower Court, holds a stray stuffed animal she found while picking up trash along Egan Drive.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

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

My turn: Some heroes don't get noticed
If someone were to ask you the definition of a hero, what would it be?

My turn: Marriage amendment hides perils for everyone
I'm writing to urge all Alaskans to tell legislators to vote no on SJR-10, the resolution in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment.

Jumping toward nationals Juneau Jumpers to strut their stuff Saturday
A whirling dervish of spinning rope and quick feet, the Juneau Jumpers jump-rope team will show off their moves this weekend.

Around the Southeast
News of local sporting events

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.

U.S. House Resources Committee backs drilling in ANWR
For the second time, Alaska's highest court is taking a look at a law requiring parental consent for girls under 17 to get an abortion.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Union: Teacher layoffs loom without more funding
The president of Alaska's largest public school teachers union said Thursday that if the Alaska Legislature does not increase funding for salaries this session, teachers will be laid off.

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