Majority reneging on promises made to public servants
Teachers are heroes. Ronald Reagan, the "Great Communicator" said that. It was one thing he got right. Firefighters and Policemen are heroes.

Don't penalize Alaskans serving in the military
The Alaska Legislature is considering a bill that would deny permanent fund dividends to currently eligible Alaskans on active duty until they are discharged and return to Alaska.

Don't tie school funding to retirement system reform
For more than 40 years, Alaska has had a sound retirement system for public employees and teachers.

Spray in your own backyard before hurting ours
I live in Hydaburg, which is a short way from Long Island, and there are clam beds, old fishing grounds, hunting grounds, and cemeteries that our ancestors utilized, not to mention the old village site of Howkan.

Supreme Court should reconsider decision on VPSOs
I was deeply hurt by the Supreme Court's decision to find no fault with the administration of policing of our communities in Alaska. I felt the same way when the Supreme Court found that all Alaskans are subsistence users.

Depending on reporters for accuracy
As someone who has taken part in cruise ship vacations a couple of times, I was interested in Mark Sabbatini's story in the April 14 edition of the Empire.

Speak out against ending filibusters
Every citizen should be concerned about the Republican threat to end filibusters in the U.S. Senate.

Thanks to those who helped Seward St. businesses
I am a small business owner on Seward Street, and I would like to take the time to recognize the efforts of some hardworking people in Juneau.

Second crossing would cut traffic
How much money would the citizens of Juneau save if there was a second crossing to Douglas Island?

Wild animals shouldn't be treated like pets
I am writing in regard to Richard Campbell's letter that was published in the April 8 paper about the wolf and the situation between the wolf and his family dog.

The Decker building burns - 1984
Juneau firefighters battle a fire in the Decker building on South Franklin Street in June 1984. Firemen took 212 hours to bring the blaze at the apartment building under control.

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

More questions raised about Harmon's cash
State troopers found none of Maggie Wigen's money on James Harmon's boat when they were investigating her disappearance two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

Litterbug cleanup
Bob Garrison, 84, cleans up garbage Wednesday near mile 36 of Glacier Highway.

Mayor halts his plans to build capitol
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho's plan to dedicate a new capitol for the 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood has evaporated.

You KNOW him
Ramy Brooks, left, a champion sled dog racer from Healy, talks about mental illness and other behavioral health issues Wednesday at the Capitol as part of Alaska Mental Health Trust's statewide awareness campaign.

Juneau glimpses the giant
Luke Bradley, 24, made an unusual return to Southeast Alaska this week. He came home on an oil tanker.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Walking up Main in the rain
Janell Mason, a Senate page, slogs up rainy Main Street on Tuesday. A record 1.012 inches of rain for this date fell in Juneau by 4 p.m. Tuesday. Clear skies are predicted for the weekend.

Two residents charged with first-degree armed robbery
Two Juneau residents - a woman and a 17-year-old boy - were ordered held in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on first-degree armed robbery charges Wednesday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Making a stand
The University of Alaska Southeast Student Anti-War Coalition protests the war in Iraq on Wednesday at the university campus.

City, FAA cannot agree on runway safety plan
The Federal Aviation Agency will release a long-awaited draft environmental impact statement next Monday, studying various options to bring Juneau International Airport's runway safety areas up to federal standards.

Finance approves school funding
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee agreed to fund the school district to the state's cap, approving a $20 million budget for fiscal year 2006.

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

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Photo: Spring is in the woods
Two blueberry blossoms bulge in the North Douglas woods last week as a thread of spider's silk appears to hold the structure together.

Behrends celebrate 25 years
Juneau residents Dick and Candy Behrends will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary April 26. The couple married in 1980 in Washington.

It's spring, time to get your hands dirty
These first weeks of spring are always the most exciting time of the year, as in fits and starts the whole Southeast pulls itself into another season of growth and renewal.

Patricia Van Kirk
Former Juneau resident Patricia Van Kirk, 54, died March 23, 2005, in Mazatlan, Mexico.

Hans Pedersen
Douglas resident Hans Verner Pedersen, 88, died April 12, 2005.

Jesse Harwell
Juneau resident Jesse Duane Harwell. 67, died April 18, 2005.

Marcia Heiber
Former Juneau resident Marcia Heiber, 48, died April 17, in Hilo, Hawaii.

Priscilla Kahklen
Juneau resident Priscilla (Sue) Victoria Kahklen died April 19, 2005.

Alaska editorial: Senate's taken big step to fix retirement system
For a decade Cornell Co., a Texas-based prison privatization firm, and its Alaskan associates, tried to get Alaska to build a big, money-making private prison somewhere in the state.

My turn: Doesn't anyone remember who the hippies were?
It's strange, I think, that a war that caused so much controversy less than 31 years ago, can seemingly be so easily forgotten.

Alaska editorial: State's voters deserve more choice on ballot
When is a political party large enough to deserve a regular spot on the state's election ballot?

Empire editorial: Juneau airport needs runway safety zones
Juneau's airport is its portal to the world, an economic hub and its enabler for state government. Assembly members would be wise not to experiment with its safety.

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.

Photo: Leaping into the season
Photo courtesy of Louise Holland

2005 Juneau Parks & Recreation Co-Ed Tournament Results
Results of local volleyball

GSC swimmers take fifth place at Junior Olympics
The Glacier Swim Club took fifth place at the Speedo/Alaska Junior Olympic Championships in Anchorage last weekend.

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.

Sitka Invitational
April 15-16

Pumping iron in Juneau
Juneau bodybuilder Corey Pavitt doesn't want to present himself as a preacher, espousing the gospel of healthy diet and exercise.

Archbishop says pope is 'good choice'
The election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as pope Tuesday initially surprised Anchorage Archbishop Roger Schwietz, and not because Pope Benedict XVI has a quieter persona than his popular predecessor.

Attempt to change university land grant bill fails
A bid to alter the governor's university land grant bill by replacing the 40,000 acres offered in Southeast Alaska with a potentially lucrative North Slope oil and gas field failed on the House floor Wednesday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Senator wants to legalize poker rooms
Behind closed doors, even at the Alaska Capitol, staffers and legislators play weekly rounds of poker.

Witness: Wigen worried about Harmon before death
Maggie Wigen said she was bothered by James Harmon, and one of his friends said he acted strangely when asked about her disappearance a couple of months later, according to testimony Wednesday during Harmon's trial in the woman's death two years ago in Tenakee Springs.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

House OKs ANWR drilling
The House voted late Wednesday to allow oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge as part of a broad energy bill that Democrats said would funnel billions of dollars to highly profitable energy companies while doing little to promote conservation or ease gasoline prices.

Council suggests program to offset rural energy costs
Some parts of rural Alaska will see gas prices as high as $4.50 a gallon this summer.

House OKs ability to choose fund investments
The House on Tuesday tentatively passed a bill giving Alaska Permanent Fund trustees the ability to choose how they invest the assets of the $30 billion fund.

Island Pub opens up at site of historic eatery
The day after The Alaska Folk Festival always seems to be one of the gloomiest of the year.

Cultures, ideas meet in the art of Dan DeRoux
When Juneau artist Dan DeRoux was invited to paint for the Fourth Florence (Italy) Biennial of International Contemporary Art in 2003, he didn't look far for inspiration.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

Filipino interviews inform 'Voyage'
As a native of Manila who moved to Juneau when she was 9, Joann Valentine Cortez Pelayo has found that many of her elders in the Filipino community are hesitant to share their stories, and their reasons for moving to Alaska.

A 'Barber' for everyone
Whether or not you're fluent in Italian, it won't be a problem during the Juneau Lyric Opera's presentation of "The Barber of Seville" over the next two weekends at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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