Sen. Elton crossed line in newsletter
Never having had the dubious honor of either meeting or conversing with state Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, you can imagine my surprise to discover that he had inexplicably and irresponsibly implied that I wasn't a true Alaskan...

Travel association fails to make case
The state funding request by the Alaska Travel Industry Association is a dramatic change from past agreements with the state to share equally in Alaska tourism promotion.

Is your property assessment too high?
Many of you received a tan card from the city's Assessor's Office last month. Did you like what you saw?

Imagine the avalanche danger if road is built
It has been interesting to hear Juneau's new avalanche report on the radio and learn of potential dangers on a daily basis. This report covers only the danger of avalanches from mountains around downtown Juneau.

Coast Guard searches for Weyhrauch
Former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch disappeared during a boating trip in Auke Bay on Sunday evening, provoking a U.S. Coast Guard search that continued through the night.

Salvation Army plans to expand
Springtime means many things, but at Juneau's Salvation Army thrift store it means everyone starts cleaning out their closets and bringing in donations.

11 firefighter hopefuls wait for test results
When Ben Van Sickle showed up for firefighter level-one training, he didn't expect to be into academics before the hose and ax. The first packet the students received from the instructor contained 600 pages of information and 200 pages of workbook.

Photo: A little icebreaker
Phil Moritz, his daughter, Naomi, 11, center, and their friend, Abigail Taylor-Roth, 9, paddle for fun Saturday through the remaining ice at the northern end of Twin Lakes.

Empire wins 10 awards at Alaska Press Club
The Juneau Empire won 10 citations for journalism excellence in 2006 in the large newspaper category from the Alaska Press Club on Saturday.

Around Town

Who we are: Born to conduct
Kyle Wiley Pickett had decades of formal music education and training before he became artistic director of the Juneau Symphony.

Photo: Day of Caring
University of Alaska Southeast students Tanya Ewing, right, and Nicole Jensen prepare pancakes for a community breakfast Saturday at Cedar Park Apartments.

Photo: Accountable to the environment
Anne Morin, right, and Kathleen Beasinger collect trash with other members of the Association of Government Accountants on Saturday along Back Loop Road, as part of the Adopt A Road program.

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

Photo: Earth Day
Ben Scudder, left, and Bruce Jones, both 10, create a coral garden out of modeling clay at the Oceana table Sunday during Earth Day at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Photo: The right choice
Patrick Holloway talks with Phyllis DeMuth after she selected a Madame Alexander doll Sunday during the Collectible Doll Sale sponsored by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary at the Nugget Mall.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Toe Toon

My Turn: Protect Alaska's wild salmon
A few years back, our Bristol Bay commercial fishermen were hurting from the bottom falling out of the salmon market.

The Bering dream
On Tuesday, the Interhemispheric Bering Strait Tunnel & Rail Group meets in Moscow to form a public corporation with shareholders in China, Russia, Canada and the United States.

My Turn: A novel proposal for the governor
I'm proposing that Gov. Sarah Palin appoint Coeur Alaska to take over the former Fish and Game Habitat Division (now run by the Department of Natural Resources).

Outside editorials: On the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings

Alaska editorial: Assistance should be based on financial need, not longevity
The state House came close earlier this month to doing the right thing for the financial future of thousands of Alaska's senior citizens. But the House fell one vote short of eliminating the unfunded longevity bonus program.

OutdoorsBrief: Alaska Trails to host trail course
Alaska Trails to host trail course

Roughing it in the Wrangells
The first three days of the Alaska Mountain Wilderness Ski Classic were smooth sailing for Rob McCue and Mike Knoche. "We were just cruising along, making 25 miles a day," said McCue, a 40-year-old carpenter and cab driver from Fairbanks.

Taking a zip through the woods
A whizzing, whirring noise cuts through the Sitka spruce tree-tops at Eaglecrest Ski Area. In a blink, Matt DeSpain zooms overhead, attached to a zip line. His silhouette flashes against the sky and the branches, and then he's gone.

Outsiders: Jeff McCoy
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

St. Herman's Cross to help guide mariners
St. Herman's Cross, the giant white Orthodox cross that stands about 25 feet tall at the summit of Mount Herman on Spruce Island, will receive a flashing light this summer.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Open letter to Joe Public:
Dear Joe, I wanted to apologize for suggesting we use stray dogs as bait to attract Romeo the wolf.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Crimson Bears' boys soccer team allows just one goal in two wins over host Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity boys soccer team toppled host Ketchikan High School twice over the weekend.

JDHS track strong in Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track teams won their second meets of the season over the weekend at the Sitka High School Invitational.

Sitka Invitational track results

JDHS roars past Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a pair of shutout victories at Ketchikan High School.

Charitable kindness mixes with brute force at the fights
One of the competitors in Friday's Roughhouse Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge decided to give back after his fight. Chris Landfear, 25, a second-time fighter, defeated middleweight newcomer Ryan Lynch, 21, in a close bout with boxers trading multiple shots to the head.

Juneau hockey keeps going
While the snow may finally be melting away around Juneau, fans still can get their hockey fix this week if they so choose.

Alaska Digest
State turns to aircraft broker to jettison jet, Top federal prosecutor in Alaska could lose job & Unions testify in favor of Palin's gas line bill

Historic sled dog race to be revived in '08
Long before the Iditarod and Yukon Quest were born, the All Alaska Sweepstakes dominated the state's mushing scene.

Natural gas pipeline: State looks for lessons in past oil line
Some say the $38 billion Alaska Permanent Fund could - and should - be more than $50 billion, but the difference has gone into the pockets of oil companies.

Legislative roundup

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

This Day in History
In Alaska, In the Nation, and In the World.

Lawsuit filed over UA land transfer
Two conservation groups have filed a lawsuit challenging the transfer of 250,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska.

Scout pens conscientious objector primer for project
Nathan Lander didn't use hammer and nails to construct his Eagle Scout project. Instead, he brought together graphic artists and designers to create the backdrop for something pertinent to our times: conscientious objection to the selective service.

Alaska Digest
Tlingit-Haida names new vice president, Speed limit changed along section of Egan, Felon gets one year for gun possession, Alleged ring leader pleads guilty to fraud, State tourism numbers fall slightly in 2006, State House passes Internet hunting ban

Rural exchange enlightens students
Five seventh-graders from Napakiak finished a week of urban life with a potluck at the Floyd Dryden Middle School Friday night.

Man sentenced in airman's death
An Anchorage man who fired into a car killing a U.S. Air Force airman was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Meadow Lakes bids farewell to saloon
Like many longtime patrons of the old saloon, Elsa saw more than her share of wild times. Truth be told, the countless nights she spent bellied up to the bar took their toll. Hundreds of trips on and off barstools led to arthritis in her joints, making walking painful and slow.

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