Bible 'foibles' are not the whole story
Kray Van Kirk's treatise (My Turn on April 18) on the human foibles of the Bible was a cowardly cheap shot. Were Van Kirk intellectually honest, we should see follow-up essays on the inconsistencies of the Quran, Bhagavad Gita and the Book of Mormon.

JDHS programs thank Parks and Recreation
The Juneau-Douglas High School Track and Field program and the JDHS Soccer program would like to thank city employee Jonathan Mollick and all of the other Parks and Recreation field maintenance employees who helped liberate the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track and field from a record late-season snowpack.

All Juneau lawmakers care about is money
Did you read the paper on April 18? Did you get all warm and fuzzy when you read the sales pitch from Juneau lawmakers about how environmentally conscious they were regarding the harm caused by photo-degradable plastic bags?

Senate passes February start for Legislature
The Alaska Senate Friday passed a package of regulations implementing a 90-day Legislative session, including a controversial change to convene in mid-February.

Making beautiful music
Kate Guillemette plays the tuba Friday during rehearsal for the Hoonah High School Concert Band under the direction of Bob Hutton.

Second Season
Feeding off the best snow year on record, local skiers and boarders strive to keep the season going and going and going. Some folks talk as if winter had just arrived.

Legislative roundup

Police & Fire
Juneau fire and police official and state troopers reports.

Around Town

James Griffin
Former Juneau resident James William Griffin died on April 22, 2007 in Austin, Texas. He was 84.

My turn: Give snowmobilers a chance to explain
Whether you currently support or oppose the Juneau Snowmobile Club's proposal for access at Eaglecrest Ski Area, I would encourage you to read our proposal before making a decision.

Earlier session makes sense for Alaskans
For many, summers in Alaska are about making money. The multimillion-dollar tourism and commercial fishing industries, which flourish in the summertime, are two big reasons legislators need to get to work sooner rather than later.

Toe Toon

Deals offered to lure potential tourists to Alaska in spring
Two-for-one deals and other discounts are being offered at two of Alaska's most popular national parks in a pitch to get visitors to consider the land of the midnight sun in springtime.

Elephant seal spotted in Homer
An elephant seal was recently spotted in Homer, the third consecutive year the animal has made an appearance at a Kenai Peninsula harbor. The latest seal has been named Sandy by her rescuers at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Outdoors Digest
Grateful Dogs of Juneau host study, New grant cycle given to snowmobile program

Guess who's coming to dinner
Bears stir from hibernation in mid-April, and they're already starting to prowl beaches, avalanche slopes and garbage cans search of food. They'll probably be coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

Outsiders: Bruce Bowler
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

About the birds and the fish - bees are another story
The robins are back. Soon they'll be nesting up in Sheep Creek valley, on the moraines near the Mendenhall Glacier, and in our backyards.

The early bird wants my breakfast
I woke up Friday morning to find a Steller's Jay staring at its own reflection in my living room window.

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

Crimson Bears use defense to top West girls
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team continued to play shutdown defense with a pair of victories over the weekend.

JDHS boys attack the flanks in pair of victories over East
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team shared the wealth over the weekend in two wins over East Anchorage High School.

JDHS softball team stays perfect with 13-1 win at Ketchikan High School
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning to defeat Ketchikan High School 13-1 on Friday.

Crimson Bears girls team wins meet at the Palmer Relays
Bringing only 12 boys and 12 girls to the Palmer Relays over the weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team planned to just have fun at the unique event.

JDHS baseball strong in Sitka
Buoyed by a number of strong pitching performances, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team won three of four games over the weekend at Sitka High School.

Hoonah totem dedicated
Harry Sharclane, left, president of Alaska Native Brotherhood camp 12, stands with Herb Sheakley Sr., who carved the eagle and raven totem poles with his son, Sam Sheakley. The poles were dedicated Friday at the ANB Memorial Hall in Hoonah in memory of the ancestors' spirit guardian.

Palin OKs maximum sentence for cops who kill
Gov. Sarah Palin signed into law Friday a mandated sentence for peace officers convicted of first-degree murder.

Fed plan proposes expansion of oil and gas drilling in Alaska, elsewhere
The Interior Department has put the final touches on a five-year plan to expand oil and gas drilling offshore from Alaska and Virginia and in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alaska Digest
Serial Anchorage rapist sentenced, Tripod moves, Nenana Ice Classic ends, Robert Hale wants to change his plea.

Replacement sought for indicted regent
The process already was under way to replace University of Alaska Regent Jim Hayes by the time he announced his resignation, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday.

Politicians question polar bear protection
A proposal to list polar bears as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act has Alaska politicians seeing green, as in the color of money that could be lost if a bear recovery plan hinders the state's resource development.

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

Anchorage residents work to clean up trashy remnants
The moldy mattresses must go. Ditto for the worn tires, dented hubcaps, used coffee cups, fast-food containers and plastic grocery bags. While Anchorage is postcard pretty in the summer, it's trashy in early spring when the snow melts to reveal a bad case of the uglies in Alaska's biggest city.

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