Understanding small charter schools
Thank you for the March 27 article outlining the financial plight of small charter schools in our state.

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.

Say 'No' to cutting old-growth trees
It is time, once again, for Sitkans to help make decisions about the management of the Tongass National Forest.

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.

Sen. McCain sticks with his beliefs
I was sitting in Heritage Coffee, reading the Juneau Empire, and I was liking what I had been reading so far.

Photo: Nap in the sun
Keri Edwards sunbathes Tuesday in Marine Park.

Lawmakers propose placing 15-cent fee on shopping bags
Juneau lawmakers, hoping to change people's habits and point out the dangers of plastic trash, have sponsored a bill that would put a 15-cent fee on plastic shopping bags.

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

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

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.

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

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.

A second generation celebrates Earth Day
Irene Morris' passion about Earth Day hasn't waned since the first one in 1970.

Controversial health ed OK'd
Parents will be able to pull children out of classes teaching controversial material under the Juneau School District's new health curriculum - even though that means some kids won't hear important lessons on child abuse.

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

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.

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.

Around Town

Journalist to join Palin's office in Washington, D.C.
Anchorage Daily News editorial page editor Larry Persily has been named to Gov. Sarah Palin's Washington, D.C., team.

Photo: Sweeping effort
Missy Tyson of the state Department of Transportation sweeps a sidewalk Tuesday near Third Street in Douglas.

Juneau man injured in boating mishap
A mate on the ferry LeConte was scanning the far shore of Lynn Canal for mountain goats last week when he spotted a white speck against a white shoreline.

Around Town

Weddings: Pavlik and Derr wed
Mellissa Anne Pavlik and Garrett Ralston Derr were married on April 8, 2007, in a private ceremony at Montana Creek in Juneau.

Photos: 'How Music Came to the World'
The Auke Bay Aztecas from Auke Bay Elementary School will show a production of the Aztec Nahuatl legend, "How Music Came to the World," at 6:30 p.m. tonight and Thursday in the Auke Bay Elementary School gym.

Anniversary: Sachs celebrate 65 years
Glenn and Florence Sachs were married April 25, 1942, in Gettysburg, Pa.

Neighbors Digest

Three Juneau businesses will be honored with a Family Friendly Employer Award on Thursday during a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Hangar Ballroom.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for participating in the Native Youth Olympics Competition

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.

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."

Alaska editorial: Palin needs to commit to wolf-control methods
It's time for Gov. Sarah Palin to make a policy decision about Alaska's wolf control programs.

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.

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...

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: Bible imbued with human foible
Amidst all the debate over the current social and legal relevance of the Bible, I find it telling that nobody has addressed the origins and development of that particular collection of texts.

20 years of Bears in motion
For 20 years, the Juneau-Douglas High School dance team has thrilled audiences with its athleticism and rhythm.

Glacier Swim Club continues assault on the record books
The Southeast Alaska Swim Club, which features members of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club, completed a sweep of every major swimming competition Sunday in Anchorage.

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.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings

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.

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.

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

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

Hunter survives bear attack
An Anchorage bear hunter waited five hours for a small brown bear to leave a den, finally shot it and carefully made sure it was dead. Then the excitement began.

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.

Young hires lawyer after feds launch investigation
Republican Congressman Don Young has put a Washington, D.C., law firm on retainer, but an official said the move was not directly connected to a campaign contribution from a trucking executive under federal investigation.

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.

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

Push to overturn benefits continues
The push to overturn court-ordered benefits for the partners of same-sex couples does not appear to have abated in the Alaska House despite a tepid response to the proposal from voters earlier this month.

Group says Chuitna River endangered
A river that produces some of the largest king salmon in Alaska made this year's list of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States.

Northwest Digest
Man sentenced in Admiralty bear killing, Body of missing man found in Chena River, Northwest states ask Congress for go-ahead to kill sea lions, U.S. House approves Wild Sky wilderness & Federal government defends decision not to list Oregon coho

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