Restaurant chain launches Alaska salmon campaign
KETCHIKAN - East Coast restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods is launching a campaign to extol the benefits of Alaska wild salmon.

Medicare drug plan for seniors doesn't work
One example of how bad Medicare really is occurred recently when, near death, I was refused treatment because of my lack of private insurance. Fortunately, I received life-saving medical care by going to a Veterans hospital emergency room.

Empire blasts effective insiders Clark, Simpson
Last Sunday's issue of the Juneau Empire - "the voice of the capital city" - blasted Jim Clark and Paulette Simpson, two of Juneau's most experienced and effective anti-capit

Simpson dedicated to keeping Juneau capital
Anyone who would make an issue about Paulette Simpson and her dedication to keeping the capital of our state in Juneau doesn't know Paulette Simpson.

Men dominate anti-abortion groups
While reading over various news reports on the March for Women's Lives that occurred on Sunday in D.C., I noticed the march counter-protesters mentioned in the Washington Post were predominantly male.

Simpson promotes keeping the capital
Over the years I have worked with Paulette Simpson in promoting the retention of the capital in Juneau. Few have put in the amount of time and effort as Paulette or had as much influence across the state in this regard.

Keep men out of abortion issues
Why are so many men involved in the abortion issue? Bush and company want to legally prevent women from having an abortion without providing any services for them.

Births: On April 11, 2004, a daughter, Sarissa Lane Miller, weighing 8 pounds 12 ounces, to Katrina Lee Miller and Aaron Lindell Miller of Petersburg.

Around Town
Today: Southeast Alaska Native Women's Conference, 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m., ANB Hall.

68 Native women gather to get a grip on new education law
The nationwide debate over the No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law by President Bush in 2002, continues in Juneau this week at the Southeast Alaska Native Women's Conference at the ANB hall.

Totem touch-up
Browne Willard III paints a touch-up coat on one of four totems Thursday outside of Dockside Jewelers, Gallery of the North and the Mt. Juneau Trading Post on Franklin Street.

Man who tears up ball fields gets jail time and bill
The man who ripped through Savikko Park fields last week in a pickup apologized Wednesday before getting a jail sentence and a bill to pay for the cleanup.

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

Montessori: A different way to learn
It was the weekly seminar at the Montessori adolescent classroom downtown, and teacher Dominic Bradford sat quietly and listened.

New directions
Taking advantage of sunny weather, Michael Orelove inks in faded information on a compass and mileage graphic Thursday near the base of the Mount Roberts Tramway.

About 75 residents complain of Spuhn Island subdivision plans
Creighton Laurent said he may not have any place to park his vehicle if 36 residential waterfront lots are developed on Spuhn Island.

Wildlife at Berners Bay
A raft of sea lions cavorts in Berners Bay waters near the entrance to Echo Cove, as viewed from the deck of the Fair Ann on Wednesday morning.

Rielly, McAdoo to marry
Mattie Rielly and Joshua McAdoo of Juneau will be married at 4 p.m. May 1, 2004, at Mount Roberts Tramway. A reception will follow.

Bean and Hogan
Channcie Jon Bean and Craig Allen Hogan of Juneau will be married at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2004, at the Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Hixon, Ross marry in Las Vegas
Jeannette A. Hixon of Yakutat and Troy R. Ross of Newport, Ore., were married in a ceremony held at 2 p.m. April 7 at "A Special Memory Wedding Chapel," in Las Vegas.

Reimer and Klein
Tim Reimer and Shanna Klein were married April 10, 2004 in Waterman, Ill., and will be making their home in Juneau.

Thank you
... for your support: All the family members of Matushka Emily Williams want to thank everyone for all the support, love, prayers and monetary contributions given to all of us during her loss.

Student recognitions
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School staff is proud to celebrate the students on the honor roll. An asterisk (*) denotes all A's.

Neighbors Digest
staff reports

William 'Bill' Knight
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Knight died April 25, 2004, in Las Vegas, Nev., after a brief illness.

What's funnier than abortion?
O ne of the great privileges of writing a column each Friday is sharing space on this spread with a hep li'l half-bake named Umbert the Unborn.

UAF men's hoops coach quits
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks men's basketball coach Al Sokaitis resigned Wednesday, citing a longtime difference in philosophy with administrators and a breakdown in communication with athletic director Cory Schwartz.

Sports in Juneau
Soccer referee certification - A three-day, 17-hour U.S. Soccer Federation referee certification course takes place Friday through Sunday, May 7-9, at the Douglas Library.

Local Agate
Alaska's top prep track and field times and Juneau Parks and Rec. Co-ed Volleyball Results.

Juneau sweeps POW in openers
The two-time defending state champion Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team picked up where it left off last season as the Crimson Bears opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Prince of Wales on Thursday in Craig.

JDHS boys, girls soccer squads continue shutout streak
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams are following a simple plan for success on this week's road trip: Don't let the other team score.

Late start no problem for Lunasin
Jason Lunasin always meant to go out for the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team, but something always came up to keep him away.

State runs out of money for nursing homes
Judy Urquhart and her husband Jay expected a check in the mail Monday from the state for their services running a small assisted-living home in Juneau.

Beagle survives nose-to-nose encounter with grizzly bear
When Tiffany Morris looked out the window in Anderson and saw her pet beagle, Buddy, standing face to face with a grizzly bear, she couldn't bear to look.

Senate OKs $2-per-pack state tax on cigarettes
The state Senate has approved a bill that would double the tax on cigarettes to $2 a pack. The bill approved Thursday would boost the tax on other tobacco products from 75 percent to 100 percent of the wholesale cost.

Making music
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, left, and Rep. Cheryll Heinze, R-Anchorage, make music across party lines by playing a drumming duet with a pair of Rhythm Stix during an at-ease Thursday in the House Chambers.

Alaska Digest
Wire reports

Juneau women among winners of Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS - The pool of Vicki Johnson and Elaine Baughman from Juneau was among those who held winning tickets to this year's Nenana Ice Classic.

This Day in History
In Alaska: In 1913, the bill creating the Alaska Pioneer's Home was approved by Walter E. Clark, Governor of the Territory of Alaska.

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