Sunday, April 23, 2006

Criminalizing pot is still a bad idea
I don't use drugs so the recriminalization of marijuana doesn't interfere with my recreational activities.

The target is clear - it's our land
The overall message conveyed in Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Michael L. Menge's article ("Pebble critics should keep their powder dry," March 31) is that people do not know enough to decide what the "clearer target" is.

Large home assessment increase a problem
I know most of the homeowners in Juneau have received their latest home assessment "sticker shock."

Veterans see return of monuments
Southeast veterans will get their respect in the end after feeling disrespected when they noticed marble stones honoring them at the Sealaska Plaza were gone, George Bennett Sr. told representatives of Tlingit-Haida communities Friday in Juneau.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Photo: The next generation
Six-year-old Arlo Handley, left, questions Bill Leighty about his miniature solar hydrogen energy system during the Earth Day Festival at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Saturday.

Correction

Fred Meyer expands
Before remodeling began on Juneau's Fred Meyer last week, the store was like "10 pounds of flour in a 5-pound bag," the company's regional director said Friday morning.

Tobias Botkin Lee
Former Juneau resident Tobias Botkin Lee, 25, died at 8 a.m. on April 18, 2006, in an avalanche near Mount Baker in Washington state.

Alaska editorial: Restricting gas line lawsuits not smart
Let's see if this makes sense. Take an issue of crucial importance to Alaska, such as the state's eagerly awaited deal for a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Alaska National Guard should not be sent to Iraq
We are disappointed by the Murkowski administration's complete silence in response to this summer's announced "call-up" of elements of the Alaska National Guard for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Empire editorial: It's time for a pool revision in the valley
Juneau's leaders could learn a lesson from voters' reactions to airport and school projects over the last two years. That lesson should convince them to propose a swimming pool for the Mendenhall Valley.

Ascending the West Glacier Trail
The trail starts in young conifer forest, mixed with alder, in an area that was still covered by glacier ice about 100 years ago.

Outsiders: Randy Wanamaker
Juneau's outdoor lives

Wildlife flocks to Juneau and could bring sell-out crowds
Springtime does bring the tourists back. The humpbacks are trickling back from their Hawaiian timeshares and into Berners Bay on a fishing trip.

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Track and field: JDHS girls win at Skyview
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls track and field team pulled off a shocker Saturday by winning the Skyview Invitational Track Meet.

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.

North Douglas Time Trial results
From Saturday

Juneau-Douglas no match for mighty Bellarmine Prep
Visiting Bellarmine Prep from Tacoma, Wash., put on a performance worthy of being one of its state's and country's best boys soccer teams on Saturday.

Photo: Game faces
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School eighth-grade girl Leigh Francis, third from right, lines up with the boys at the start of the boys 1,600 meter run on Friday at Adair Kennedy Memorial Park.

Crimson Bears seal shutout against Eagles
Once again, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team used superior defense and clutch scoring to win.

Magnificent Mendenhall Mud Puddle Meet Results
Both 9 mile and 1 mile race results

Sitka's Whitson wins Southeast Showdown lightweight crown
Richie "Head Hunter" Whitson, a Roughhouse boxing newcomer with fiery redhead and even hotter punches defeated Julio "The Haitian Sensation" Gregoire during the Southeast Showdown lightweight division championship Friday night.

Juneau Parks & Recreation Co-ed Volleyball
Post-Season Tournament Results

Doerflinger throws a no-hitter as Crimson Bears rout Colony
The Juneau-Douglas softball team improved to 3-0 with a 12-0 thrashing of an overmatched Colony team this past Friday at Melvin Park.

Fishing for cheaper health care
Some uninsured commercial fishermen are so scared off by the high cost of health care in Alaska that they are seeking medical treatment in Third World countries.

Senator asks court to make gas deal public
A state senator is asking a court to force the release of a natural gas contract between Gov. Frank Murkowski and the state's three largest oil producers.

Shooting guns in the Capitol
Legislators and their staffs went on a shooting rampage, bagging would-be deer, bear and elk in Room 106 of the Alaska Capitol on Friday afternoon.

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

Anchorage PR firm to find out if U.S. likes us
An Anchorage polling firm has won a $100,000 state contract to figure out what the rest of the nation thinks about Alaska, the first part of Gov. Frank Murkowski's idea to boost the state's image.

Photo: Choosing life after death
Michael French, Public Education Coordinator of Life Alaska Donor Services, holds a flag minutes after it was flown over the Capitol in Juneau on Friday.

Bond sale could pay pensions
The Alaska House threw its support behind what some lawmakers describe as another tool in the tool box for paying down the state's looming shortfall in its pension plans.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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