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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

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

News about the people you know

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.

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

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.

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

Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spring derby: How it works
Weigh-in stations

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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