In the stacks: New nonfiction crop hits shelves
Here's what's new in nonfiction at the Juneau Public Libraries

How about making an informed decision
Kudos to Mr. John Colman-Pinning in his letter of April 11 for not only spotlighting the absurdities of the dominant paradigm but for also pointing out yet another example of the narrow- minded hypocrisy of U.S. society's opinions of what is and isn't acceptable and how corporations use their endless wealth, lobbyists, and multi-million dollar ad campaigns to manipulate these opinions to their favor.

Sen. Stevens doesn't serve the people
Mr. Pope writes that he views my earlier letter expressing disappointment in Senator Ted Stevens' senatorial performance (April 11) to be "a vile attack upon an Alaskan who has spent his entire life in public service." Unfortunately, Senator Stevens has not spent one minute "in public service." His entire career has been spent serving those who have bought and paid for him every election, the timber and oil industries. According to Mr. Pope, my letter attacked Senator Stevens simply because he has "failed to enshrine into law every piece of liberal aspiration ever proposed." Exactly what were those pieces of "liberal aspiration" mentioned in my earlier letter that Mr. Pope feels Senator Stevens has properly rejected? They were the support of the constitutional rights of individuals, health insurance for the 40 million people who have none, protection of the environment and support of a decent retirement for our senior citizens. "Liberal aspirations?"

Fight over charter diversity goes on
The diversity debate that preceded the Juneau School Board's approval of a public Montessori school didn't end with its April 5 vote.

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

Students to perform epic drama
A god comes to Earth and makes peace among the Pacific islanders in Auke Bay Elementary School's theatrical version of the Tongan legend of Tongaloa.

The young at work
More than 340 Juneau students did volunteer work around the city Friday to celebrate National Youth Service Day.

Family fest
Members of the Dads' Band and the Stone Soup Singers and Wanderers perform on stage during the folk festival's family concert Saturday morning at Centennial Hall.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Franklin William Hotch Jr.
Juneau resident Franklin William Hotch Jr. died April 14, 2005.

Katherine Molly Williams
Juneau resident Katherine Molly Williams died April 3, 2005, at her home.

Empire editorial: Fix the market, and not the tax assessor
Shock over housing prices is almost a rite of passage for newcomers to Juneau. But even many old-timers were stunned in the last two weeks as the latest tax assessments arrived in their mailboxes.

Toe toon
Comic by local artist Toe

Knowing diversity within Native culture important
When I am asked to represent the Alaska Native view on one or another issue, I usually respond that it isn't fair for me to speak for Native peoples; just like it wouldn't be fair for me to ask a Caucasian, Euro-American, middle-class, man to speak for all white Americans.

A dog-eat world
When Kurt Cox and his dog Pepper sat down for lunch while hiking in the woods, both caught a glimpse of a porcupine minding its own business.

Outdoors Digest
Red Cross offers water safety instruction

A listing of outdoor events in town

Spruce grouse a separate subspecies in SE Alaska?
Southern Southeast Alaska - Prince of Wales and a few adjacent islands - may be the only place on Earth where spruce grouse occur in a temperate rain forest.

State, federal biologists have unanswered grouse questions
The hooting was incessant, and a small crowd of tourists gathered on the nature trail near the Mount Roberts Tram last spring. They pinpointed the tree that seemed to be the source, but they couldn't spot the bird.

Bears soccer downs Kings
Both the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams inched closer to the state tournament with wins over host Ketchikan Friday and Saturday.

Juneau softball topples POW
Though they were the junior varsity, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team played like seasoned veterans in a doubleheader sweep of the Prince of Wales varsity Saturday.

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.

Senator Lisa draws a bead on fish farms
Fish farming in federal waters would face significant new hurdles under a bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski late last week.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Ketchikan priest describes service as chaplain in Iraq
A U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane twisted and dived through a midnight Iraqi sky last June, maneuvering sharply to avoid fire from the ground as the plane prepared to land.

Senate passes $2.56 billion operating budget
Alaska Senate Republicans and Democrats passed the $2.56 billion operating budget Friday with a vote of 18 to 1, congratulating themselves on joint efforts.

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