Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bounty hunting is archaic, unscientific
I am most accustomed to using the word "bounty" when I'm referring to abundance or plenty, such as in the bounty of an autumn berry harvest.

Cleaning up turns into a snowball fight
I would like to thank all of those who participated recently in removing the snow from the soccer field in preparation for the upcoming soccer season.

Keep Eaglecrest snowmobile free
I urge the Eaglecrest Board and the city of Juneau to prohibit snowmobiles in the Eaglecrest region during any season of the year.

The real meaning of 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus'
I have followed with interest the Battle of the Banner ("Bong Hits 4 Jesus") and the freedom of speech issue. But I'm somewhat confused by the message.

Stop the new high school
It's painfully obvious that the Juneau School Board and the city Assembly have withheld the true cost of the new high school from the public.

Corrections
A story in Monday's Empire gave an incorrect political party affiliation for state Rep. Mike Doogan of Anchorage. Doogan is a Democrat.

Photo: Sign of spring
Crocus flowers start to bloom Monday in the Juneau garden of Marian and Men Koelsch.

Around Town
Today

Investigators assess water damage at Federal Building
Investigators were trying Monday to determine the cause of flooding and the extent of the damage on at least three floors of the Federal Building over the weekend.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Ending the ski season in style
Ed Shanley adds a little flare to his run through a 92-foot pond Sunday during the Slush Cup at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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

Oil companies try to sway gas line plan
Oil companies holding leases on North Slope natural gas are asking the Alaska Legislature to keep them in the lead in the quest to build a gas pipeline.

Juneau man to set sail on world voyage
Longtime KINY radio personality Chris Burns has put down the microphone to undertake a new adventure: sailing around the world with his family.

Cities continue to seek funding help from state
The Alaska Municipal League fears that much-needed revenue sharing with the state's communities is stalled in the state Legislature, but some think it may start moving soon.

Yahoo! deal expands Empire's reach
Southeast Alaskans who use Yahoo! will soon have easier access to story headlines and advertisements under a deal signed with the Juneau Empire's parent company.

Photo: From ballet to Broadway
Ballet dancers from a Juneau Dance Unlimited class perform to Mozart's "Lux Aeterna" during their recent event, Ballet to Broadway.

Juneau man charged with murder
A Juneau man was arrested Monday and accused of killing his friend Richard Mason by driving over him with a truck after a fight over drunken driving.

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

Edwin Jeffrey Miller
Former Juneau resident Edwin Jeffrey "Jeff" Miller, of Gulfport, Miss., died March 6, 2007, at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. He was 55.

Robert Milton Sr.
Longtime Douglas resident Robert Milton Sr. died April 11, 2007, surrounded by family and friends. He was 77.

Alaska editorial: Advisory vote only pointed out divisions
This was not the convincing message that supporters had hoped for.

Outside editorial: Facing slavery's legacy
The scourge that was slavery haunts America. In Albany, N.Y., lawmakers are backing legislation apologizing for New York's role in the country's deepest racial sin...

Alaska editorial: Seniors should exercise caution when drinking
It can sneak up on a person, a problem with alcohol. People who abuse alcohol aren't all kids sneaking illegal hootch or a bum sipping out of a bottle "hidden" in a brown paper bag.

My Turn: It's time for legislators to accept revenue sharing
The Alaska Legislature has decided to increase the financial burden on Alaska's communities.

My turn: Coeur has done it right
In an April 2 My Turn column, Russell Heath, the executive director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, said Coeur Alaska has attempted to break the law, specifically the Clean Water Act...

My turn: Ketchikan should drop bridge
On April 2, Don Young, the representative for all Alaska, came to Ketchikan as the guest of honor at a barbecued pork dinner. How funny is that?

My Turn: First Amendment champion battles on behalf of Alaskans
While visiting Anchorage in 1981, a British high official was picketed by a boisterous Irish woman holding a sign that read: "British Feast While Irish Fast and Die."

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.

Crimson Bears' boys and girls teams successfully open season
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams emphatically kicked off the season in Ketchikan last weekend.

Juneau's Dean Williams keeps on swinging
Wanted: Competitive tennis players to participate in United States Tennis Association national ranking tournament. Must be in good shape. Must be at least 90 years old.

Back on center stage
Just six years ago, doctors told Juneau bodybuilder Norm Knowles that his crushed leg should be amputated.

Alaska ranks near top in volunteers
People in this country have been volunteering at record levels in the years following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but that voluntary service dipped slightly in 2006, a study found.

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

Alaska Digest
Pipe breaks, floods Federal Building, Death toll rises for Alaska-based troops & Wineries say state law hindering growth

Boy hero arrested in shooting incident
Six years ago, Kevin Bruno was awarded by the city fire department for thwarting a knife attack at his elementary school that left four students seriously injured.

Tuberculosis plagues Anchorage homeless
Tuberculosis, a highly contagious disease, has been spreading fast among homeless people in Anchorage for more than a year with no signs of stopping, according to city health officials.

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

Irwin returns to finish job
It's a Tuesday afternoon, and Gov. Sarah Palin's gas pipeline bill - a plan she believes will one day help feed the nation's domestic natural gas supply - is about to get its first public debate.

Northwest Digest
State Medicaid error rate highest in nation, Court sides with men over Admiralty lodge & House passes bill OKing PFD donations

Hunters, agency agree to cancel beluga hunt
Fifty years ago, a whale hunter in Cook Inlet could count on spotting the bulbous white heads of a beluga pod after a half hour or less on the water.

Lawmakers hit the home stretch
Lawmakers have 30 days left to wrap up business with some heavy-hitting items sitting on their plates: budget; retirement funding; a gas line bill; ethics; education funding.

Schools welcome $1 billion
The Alaska Senate on Monday unanimously approved putting $1 billion of surplus revenues into an education savings account, a move school districts applauded as a good first step.

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