Justices should ponder meaning of word 'bong'
Duke Marshall makes a good point in his April 16 letter to the editor, "The real meaning of 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus.'"

Stop eating meat for a better Earth
I am a member of Alaska Youth for Environmental Action at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

Don't tamper with voters' initiative
Did I hear Rep. Jay Ramras correctly? Did he actually say those who voted for the cruise ship initiative needed to learn the same tolerance as those who drop bills into the hopper and watch them get amended?

Saving polar bears and walrus pups
My suggestion for the Friends of Animals, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other animal groups is to stop suing Alaska over wolf hunts, bear hunts and just hunts period.

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?

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...

It's time for us to take care of our own affairs
I am writing in response to the front page articles, "Juneau man charged with murder" and "Gunman kills 32 at Virginia campus," dated April 17.

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

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

Weyhrauch found alive after search
Searchers with a chocolate Lab were combing the shores of Coghlan Island on Monday when they spotted a man in a red coat and muddy pants walking toward them.

Lawmakers offer well-wishes and prayers to former colleague
Alaska politicians and lawmakers united Monday in prayer and well wishes for former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, who was rescued Monday after falling out of his boat Sunday evening near Auke Bay and spending the night on Coghlan Island.

Photo: Heaps of cod
Daniel Hurtado, a grader at Taku Fisheries, sorts through black cod and halibut unloaded Monday from the Seaview.

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Senators push universal health care plan
Two newly influential state senators are proposing a potentially controversial health care plan. If adopted, it could bring health care coverage to most uninsured Alaskans.

Marjorie Ann Peters
Lifelong Alaskan resident Marjorie Ann Peters died April 1, 2007, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage of acute leukemia. She was 72.

Outside editorials: On the fate of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
Loyal to a fault, Little support & Failing to help cause

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.

My Turn: Our beloved soldiers
Over the years I have grown more and more interested in history. So much of our world has changed shape, and yet at its core, the same life still exists.

Outside editorials: On the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings

My Turn: The roach on the cupcake
When someone says, "Just try it! You'll like it!" or "What could go wrong?" anyone over the age of 3 knows that the proposal immediately requires closer inspection.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Family helps douse first large fire of the season
A Fairbanks area family is being credited for putting out the first large Interior fire of the season.

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

Grizzly to grace Alaska quarter
The mighty grizzly, clutching a salmon in its jaws, beat out a sled dog team, a polar bear and a gold panner as the governor's design of choice for Alaska's state quarter.

Former Young aide charged with conspiracy
An aide to Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, accepted $30,000 worth of tickets from an influence peddler and went on a golf junket to Scotland in exchange for assisting the lobbyist, according to court papers filed Monday in the Abramoff scandal.

Alaska Digest
Juneau looks into DUI law revisions, Bartlett smoking ban passes city assembly, Golf course use permit extended, Miller wins bid for school upgrade, Senate prepares for next year's session, Steamship Wharf public parking closed & Campground opening delayed until May 15

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