Ever-growing landfill serves as a reminder
Earth Day is Wednesday, spring is in the air and I have a few thoughts to share on the following subject.

Is parent involvement always the best?
A few years ago, I read a newspaper story about a woman whose daughter had died while undergoing an illegal abortion. The mother was of course heartsick. She knew her daughter would have hated admitting to her that she was pregnant, and believed that was why her daughter had tried to rid herself of the pregnancy.

All dancers deserve recognition from the local newspaper
As a mom and a member of the community, I am disheartened that our local paper covered the dance performances of Juneau-Douglas High School girls and not any other student performances.

Senate actions reveal Palin's character
The time has come for the people of our state to do something about Gov. Sarah Palin. She has shown her vindictive nature too many times for us to sit idly by and allow her to continue it for another year of office. This has been shown in her unlawful interpretation of both the state and national constitutions, her inability to see anything that is for the welfare of all of Alaska, and not just for the benefit of the Interior.

Gov. Sarah Palin should be praised for right-to-life stance
Editor's note: The following letter is in reference to the article, "In speech, Palin says she weighed abortion," that appeared in Sunday's Juneau Empire.

Palin's 15 minutes of fame were a godsend
Gov. Sarah Palin came to office two years ago with a promise to work across the aisle for the betterment of Alaska. However, her brief stint in the national limelight last fall seems to have severely curtailed her interest in pleasing anyone beyond the ultra-right wing she views as her base.

AG rules fine, better players needed
Editor's note: The following letter is in reference to Sunday's Juneau Empire editorial, "Attorney General should be elected."

Egan wins Senate appointment
Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday appointed former Mayor Dennis Egan to represent Juneau in the Alaska Senate, after the community has been without representation for more than half of the 2009 legislative session.

Swope gives insight on going 'unplugged'
Juneau City Manager Rod Swope is finishing his final days of work before taking a six-month leave of absence beginning May 1. He sat down Thursday to talk about why he wanted time off, reflect on his six years as city manager and share insights on the future.

Juneau cruise season sails in early
South Franklin Street was awake but still sleepy Monday morning as the first cruise ship of the season sailed into town.

Photo: Teamwork
James Hanes reaches for a sponge mop from his wife, Salty, on Sunday as they clean the side of their downtown house and studio. A sign will be painted on the wall facing Franklin Street with the name of their studio, Bentwood and Bead.

Last minute deal seals seat for Egan
ANCHORAGE - With the deadline looming for adjournment and the prospects of more bad headlines ahead, four men in a Capitol office hammered out a deal that finally gave Juneau a state senator.

Photo: Rolling out tourism preparations
Juneau Docks and Harbors employee Lars Love uses a forklift to place one of several new kiosks for dockside tour operators next to the cruise ship dock. City employees and seasonal shop workers are preparing for the start of the tourism season. The first cruise ship of the season arrives today.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

JPD gets the Twitterbug
The Juneau Police Department has begun using the popular social networking site Twitter, which allows police to keep in touch with the community in real time.

Juneau arts community supports JACC repairs
Monday's noon Public Works and Facilities Committee meeting of the Juneau Assembly had an unusually high turnout of about 50 people, largely attributable to the arts community making its support for a replacement roof and windows at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Around Town

Photo: Friday farewell
Mail Call, on Seward Street, with be closing its doors Friday. The downtown shop, kown for its racy adult clothing and accessories is going out of business.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town

William Dale Copeland
Douglas resident William Dale Copeland died peacefully April 17, 2009, after a short but courageous battle with throat cancer. He was 62.

Outside editorial: A fresh proposal to fight credit-rating grade inflation
When the subprime mortgage bubble burst in August 2007, many immediately blamed credit rating agencies which had affixed reassuring AAA labels on subprime-backed securities.

Outside editorial: Even with insurance, treatment for mental illness is difficult
If you need an X-ray, chances are your doctor can find some place where you can get it. But not if you need mental health care.

Mr. Ponzi, meet Mr. Pulitzer
For people who think of newspapers as an anachronism in this day of texting, twittering and 24/7 online tracking of local, national and global events, the Pulitzer Prizes must seem downright prehistoric.

Susan Boyle goes up like a rocket, but then what?
She walked onto the stage in a frumpy dress, with unwieldy hair and a stout figure, looking very much like a middle-aged Scottish woman who lives alone with her cat.

Done with Facebook
I don't know how Facebook took over my life.

State unemployment jumps to 8.5 percent
JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment rate continues to rise.

Glacier visitor center closes for summer prep
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is closing in preparation for the summer season.

House approves Feb. 2 Marmot Day
JUNEAU - Alaskans will have a new holiday to celebrate under a bill approved by the state House.

Researcher says West Coast tides increasing
PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon researcher says the tides are getting bigger along the West Coast, possibly speeding up erosion.

State hopes to open Whittier tunnel soon
WHITTIER - The state transportation department is pushing back the timetable for reopening the Whittier tunnel to road traffic to Wednesday.

Sen. Mark Begich defends stimulus plan
FAIRBANKS - Several hundred University of Alaska Fairbanks students turned out to hear Sen. Mark Begich defend the federal government's $787 billion economic stimulus package.

Snowmachiner, skier die in accidents
ANCHORAGE - Two people died in separate accidents this weekend.

Final results confirm runoff election
ANCHORAGE - The final results from April 7 confirm there will be a runoff for mayor between Republican Dan Sullivan and Democrat Eric Croft.

Man arrested for having gun at school
FAIRBANKS - A 21-year-old Fairbanks man was arrested after he was found outside a local high school with a loaded gun.

April figures for sexual assault released
Alaska State Troopers said authorities around the state fielded a total of 59 reports of sexual abuse during the first two weeks of April.

Man's body found in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police said no foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found near a business.

Disaster panel wants more info on Kotzebue snow
ANCHORAGE - The state's disaster cabinet wants more information from Northwest Arctic Borough officials to see if Kotzebue's record snow qualifies for help.

Coast Guard rescues five fishermen
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen after their boat sank near Ketchikan.

2 men sentenced for selling crack cocaine
ANCHORAGE - Two undercover operations have resulted in the sentencing of two men in federal court in Anchorage for selling crack cocaine.

Kenai king numbers expected to fall
KENAI - The forecast for Kenai kings looks gloomy.

Fairbanks men launch new taxicab company
FAIRBANKS - Two Fairbanks men have started a new taxicab business in town that will cater not only to locals but European tourists.

Supreme Court has another vacancy
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court is facing its third retirement in two years.

Men rob Anchorage gas station
ANCHORAGE - Police are looking for two men who robbed an Anchorage gasoline station.

High court rules in Ben Stevens' favor
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that handed former state Sen. Ben Stevens a victory in a dispute with the state's legislative watchdog.

Anchorage parking lot opens to public
ANCHORAGE - Parking just became easier in Alaska's biggest city.

Salcha man sentenced to 17 years
FAIRBANKS - A Salcha man who repeatedly sexually assaulted his wife at knifepoint has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Palin blames 'public lies' for Ross rejection
Gov. Sarah Palin is blaming bloggers and lies for the defeat of her attorney general nominee, who the Alaska Legislature refused to confirm last week.

Session adjourns with bills held over
A legislative session sparked by strife between lawmakers and Gov. Sarah Palin, but marked by little legislative action other than passage of the state budget, rolled to a peaceful close Sunday evening.

Malformations seen in deer on Kodiak Island
KODIAK - A Kodiak hunting guide said he believes environmental contaminants are the likely cause of an anomaly increasingly found in Kodiak's deer population.

House passes $1.8 billion capital budget
The Alaska House passed a $1.8 billion capital budget to pay for building and maintenance projects around the state.

Volcano attracts photographers
KENAI - Everyone continues to keep an eye on Mount Redoubt, including shutterbugs.

Indigenous people discuss climate change
ANCHORAGE - Hundreds of indigenous people from around the world are gathering in Anchorage this week to discuss climate change and solutions to a warming planet.

After 3 years at sea, hard hat on its way back to owner
ANCHORAGE - On a cold day more than three years ago, Jacoby Angleton was working as a roustabout on a dock at the Tesoro plant in Nikiski when a gust of wind lifted his favorite hard hat off his head and tossed it into the icy inlet waters below.

Alaska Railroad reports 23 percent drop in net income
The Alaska Railroad Corp. reported a 2008 net income of $12.6 million, a 23 percent decrease compared to the year before.

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