Some dog owners just don't get it
I consider it a privilege to be able to own my two dogs. With this privilege comes responsibility.

Can the Governor's jet
Let's see now: Alaska's "conservative" governor, Frank Murkowski, thinks it's a really good idea for the public to pay for a jet airplane for him to fly around in.

Bills target workers' compensation benefits
The governor and the commissioner of labor claim that SB 130 and HB 180 will not diminish workers' benefits under workers' compensation. Don't be fooled by their promises.

Iraq war is all about money
In response to Shannon Smith's recent submission, I was one of those "hippies" and I think I can answer her question.

Speak out against UA land bill
The House of Representatives passed HB 130, a bill granting nearly 250,000 acres of state land to "fund" the University of Alaska in an archaic mode that came into existence when Abraham Lincoln was president. It is now moving through the Senate as SB 96.

Hippies still here
I would like to pass along a big "right on" to Shannon Smith for the spirit she expressed in her My Turn article of April 21.

Don't filibuster votes on judges
Although I'm sure David Dierdorff sees himself as a steward for our great country, his recent letter to the editor couldn't be farther from the truth.

Bill protects consumers
Many Alaska home builders, contractors and construction industry participants have worked hard toward the passage of HB 81, sponsored by Rep. Tom Anderson.

Save Tangle Lakes
Anglo American is currently doing mineral exploration for a proposed open pit platinum strip mine in a highly scenic recreational and hunting area that surrounds Alaska's Tangle Lakes (near Paxson on the Denali Highway).

Panel targets soda, candy at schools
Juneau-Douglas High School would disable its soda machines during the school day, and all local schools would restrict fatty and fried foods, under a recommended policy.

Sittin' on the dock of Auke Bay
Liz Snyder, left, plays guitar Wednesday as her friend Stephany Hanger casts her fishing line into Auke Bay from the Auke Bay boat harbor.

Agencies for the homeless prepare pitch to city
Juneau nonprofit and government agencies serving the homeless met Wednesday to describe to a city board how they collaborate in helping their clients.

Shrimpers find some pots bring steep fines
Rules for shrimpers: Kent Adams of Willie's Marine points out an illegal shrimp pot opening Thursday behind the store. Shrimp-pot escapement hatches must be at least six inches wide to allow the animals a chance to break free when the twine rots.

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

Images from another time: Visiting sub, 1989
The USS Blueback docked at the U.S. Coast Guard dock in Juneau in July 1989.

Photo: Cookies at the Governor's House
Karen Newton, executive residence manager, offers cookies to Bud Mallinger, 11, during a visit to the Governor's House as part of Bring Your Child to Work day for state offices.

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

Witness: Dam was changed
The small Tenakee Springs dam where searchers unearthed Maggie Wigen's body two years ago changed while searchers were looking for the woman - possibly after her alleged killer left town - a defense witness said Wednesday at trial.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Surplus lets city restore some services
Expecting a $6.3 million surplus from sales and property taxes, the city of Juneau is likely to reinstate morning half-hour bus service and other programs that were cut last year.

Waiting to depart
When playing the role of ignorant tourist, it helps to be in the habit of setting off for unfamiliar destinations with no plan upon arrival.

Harmon's defense rests its case
James Harmon's defense rested its case Thursday after offering an innocent explanation for him asking state troopers why they didn't arrest him sooner in the death of Maggie Wigen in Tenakee Springs.

Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Act of generosity
The gift of mobility: Kathy Starr, third from the left, accepts the title Monday for a 1992 Toyota Camry donated to her by the Glacier Valley Church of God and The Church of All Nations.

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

Finding enlightenment at Moscow historical society
It has a long name. It is called the Russian American Moscow Historical Enlightenment Society.

Miller and Snyder to wed
Juneau residents Jessie Miller and Hans Snyder will be married June 30, 2005, in Juneau.

Kemp and Blasco to wed
Juneau residents Angie Kemp and John Blasco will be married June 18, 2005, at the University of Alaska Southeast Pavilion.

News about the people you know

Juneau Girl Scouts earn prestigious Silver Awards
Troop #6 earned the second highest award in Girl Scouting. Their Silver Award Project earned four Silver Awards, one Junior Achievement and two Junior Aide Awards. The girls worked with city Fire Marshal Rich Etheridge to learn fire safety and prevention. They developed a script to deliver this information in a fun way to Juneau second-graders. The presenters along with Etheridge, Rob Kindred and one of the girls as Sparky (the fire department's universal mascot) went to many Juneau schools to teach the importance of having an escape plan and how to stop, drop, and roll, along with other essential safety tips.

Veronica 'Ronnie' (Constantino) Adams
Veronica 'Ronnie' (Constantino) Adams

Ramon 'Ray' Clark
Former Juneau resident Ramon "Ray" Clark, 72, died April 25, 2005, in Everett, Wash.

My turn: Biological richness of Berners Bay more valuable than gold
I'm not against mining. Everything our society does depends on metal or mineral extraction.

Empire editorial: Wharf is waterfront's anchor, not its albatross
As the city of Juneau ventures to buy and destroy one of its most distinguishing and still-vibrant landmarks, a troubling picture of its waterfront plan emerges.

My Turn: Dismantling retirement system leaves teachers with no safety net
With just a few days left in the legislative session, opposition is growing fast to proposals that would dismantle the state's retirement system.

Local Track and Field: Middle School Track Results
Middle School Track Results

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.

Defending the crown
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team enters this season a little differently than previous years.

Thanks from the Juneau Ice Devils
We have recently experienced Juneau's community spirit when looking for fundraising opportunities for our fledgling girls' soccer team.

JDHS girls and boys earn shutout wins
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls' soccer team continued its impressive undefeated streak, even though the Crimson Bears had a surprise come there way.

Laliberte's throws a no-hitter for the Bears' softball J.V.
Carrie Laliberte fired a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity to a 9-0 win over host Ketchikan in the second-game of a doubleheader Thursday.

Local Track and Field: 2005 Alaska High School State Bests
2005 Alaska High School State Bests

Spring derby: How it works
Weigh-in stations

JDHS set for three games in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas boys soccer team kicks off an important three-game series tonight in Anchorage when the Crimson Bears face Service at 6 p.m.

Derby winner to take home $13,300
As spring comes to Alaska, so does the annual return of regional icons, including whales, bears, chinook - and the Spring King Salmon Derby.

Gastineau Channel Little League set for opening day
The Gastineau Channel Little LEague opens up its 53rd season Saturday at 10 a.m. at Adair-Kennedy Ball Park.

JDHS baseball looks to mix youth with experience
After coming tantalizingly close to a state championship last season, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team finds themselves in the midst of a youth movement.

Governor defends plan to sell plane, lease jet
Gov. Frank Murkowski says he has gotten a bad rap on his plan to sell one of the state's two propeller planes he uses for official travel and use the money to lease a jet.

House OK's short-term licenses
The state House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday allowing a $30 short-term commercial fishing crewmember license.

Family sues hospital, social worker over teen's Outside abortion
A teenager and her parents have sued a social worker who they say helped the girl get an out-of-state abortion two years ago - without the parents' knowledge.

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

School funding changes added to bill
It would cost $82.5 million in new funds to hold all districts harmless under the proposal, the state Department of Education has said.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Pipeline talks nearly done
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday told lawmakers they may soon have a gas pipeline proposal to consider, and it may take a special session to approve it.

Bill: All strangulation assaults are felonies
All assaults involving strangulation or suffocation will be prosecuted as felonies under a bill that passed the Legislature Thursday.

Jawing days are done
About 40 onlookers of varying ages crowd around a table Saturday outside Kodiak College in Kodiak as biology professor Gil Bane dissects an 8-foot sleeper shark.

House may give future governors 46% raise
State House leaders have moved to raise the governor's pay by 46 percent, to $125,000 a year.

Senate OKs state control over wastewater permits
The Senate approved a plan Wednesday to take from the federal government the responsibility for permitting projects that discharge industrial wastewater in Alaska waters.

Measure trims medical costs for public employers
Lawmakers on Thursday presented another draft of the public employee and teachers retirement system that addresses rising medical costs but does not pay down the $5.7 billion hole in the system.

Mayor, two children missing after boat capsizes in Bering
One man died and a man and two children were missing Wednesday after their whaling boat capsized off St. Lawrence Island in the frigid Bering Sea.

House OKs tapping permanent fund
The state House of Representatives voted 22-17 Thursday to use about $30 million a year from an account within the Alaska Permanent Fund.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Celebrating Love Not War
On behalf of the American Red Cross, two University of Alaska Southeast seniors are producing a modernized reader's theater version of "Lysistrata" - Aristophanes' millennia-old play about the foolishness of war.

Fred Machetanz exhibit opens May 6
Fred Machetanz is known today as one of Alaska's greatest painters, but in the early 1960s he and his wife, Sara, were struggling to get by.

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There have only been six Boardwalk Boogies in Pelican, but the three-to-four day party, normally held in early May, has become an institution in the town of 200, 70 miles west of Juneau on Chichagof Island.

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entertainment events around Juneau

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