Monday, May 2, 2005

Timber subsidy should be cut
Monday, April 18, the Sitka Sentinel published an article titled "Tighter Budget has Forest Service in Bind."

People to blame for bad governor
I am so sick and tired of hearing everyone complain about the governor and his money-grabbing schemes, and how he wants his jet airplane.

Mine, roads would unravel Berners Bay
At least the Kensington mine supporters are starting to show their hand. A mine, also means a road, which means the end of Berners Bay as we know it.

Opening up ANWR will pay your PFD
I believe legislative funding for ANWR is a good idea. Chances are good a dream of decades will finally come true.

Governor is right
I recently heard about a battle that the governor is having with the federal government over the use of historic trails because some of the land crosses over "federal" land.

Fisheries bill wasn't Sen. Ben Stevens' idea
We would like to respond to the Empire's April 27, 2005 My Turn by Stephen R. Taufen.

Nothing good from UA lands bill
It's an awful sight to watch Republican legislators walking single file like school boys with fingers stuffed in their ears.

Young shouldn't support DeLay
It's time to ask your representative, Don Young, why he would support the behavior of Tom DeLay, a man so mired in ethical misbehavior and disservice to our government that the only way he can possibly remain is to weaken the ethics rules by which the integrity of government is measured.

Murder-trial closing set for Monday
Maggie Wigen wasn't long dead when she was buried where searchers found her in Tenakee Springs two years ago, an investigator told jurors Friday before testimony closed in the trial for the man charged with killing her.

Dancing home
The last time Kathryn Alter was on the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium stage, she was a sophomore, preparing to leave high school behind for a Michigan boarding school, 2,245 miles away.

Cauldron of Life
Just northwest of Juneau lies an ecological mother lode.

Shop owners see red over assessments
Business property owners on South Franklin Street are complaining of huge increases in their tax assessments this year.

Sea Week field trip still draws squeals
Some days it isn't easy being a small spiny critter in a live tank at the Auke Bay Laboratory.

Enjoying a respite from the wind
Melissa Brown, left, and Jenna Grothe take advantage of calmer winds on Sunday to paddle in Auke Bay.

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

Another day made for fishing
Nels Sanford spends his Sunday fishing with friends at Auke Lake.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

DIPAC aquarium reopens
Children surged forward, pointing and pressing their palms and faces against the curved acrylic surface of DIPAC's new aquarium at its unveiling Saturday. On cue, a king salmon hove into view.

Prison superintendent retires after 19 years
After 19 years, Daniel Carothers left the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Friday saying he had no regrets.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Duane Lewis Stone
Juneau resident Duane Lewis Stone, 44, died Jan. 23, 2005, in Juneau.

Leonard N. Sivertsen
Juneau resident Leonard N. Sivertsen, 85, died April 27, 2005.

Maxine McCoy
Longtime Juneau resident Maxine McCoy, 86, died Jan. 1, 2005, at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle.

My Turn: AARP's stand on Social Security plan grounded in good common sense
This is in response to Lew Williams' opinion piece, "AARP's stand on president's Social Security plan is wrong" from March 27, 2005.

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up for turning off school pop machines; and thumbs down over loosening the leash law
Thumbs up to school officials for considering shutting down soda machines at Juneau-Douglas High School during the school day.

Getting to know two of Juneau's unsung heroes
So often I hear people in Juneau bemoaning the things they think need fixing here in the capital city.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe

Outdoors Digest
Staff reports of outdoors activites.

Berners Sleuths
These are some of the scientists tracking wildlife in the bay

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town.

Berners draws feeding frenzy in spring
The first warm rays of spring have a magical effect on Berners Bay.

JDHS baseball earns four wins
Wrangell received a harsh welcome to the world of varsity baseball Friday and Saturday as Juneau-Douglas cruised to four wins over the weekend.

Mud Run results
Southeast Road Runners May Day Mud Puddle Meet

Tour de North Douglas
Bikers compete in the North Douglas Bicycle Road Race sponsred by the Juneau Freewheelers on Friday.

Opening day at Adair-Kennedy
Joley Hodgson, 8, left, Ashley Boucher, 9, center, and Devyn Kubley, 10, listen to the national anthem during LIttle League opening day ceremonies at Adair-Kennedy Park on Saturday.

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.

Follow the leader
Elisa Abbott, 11, leads other children at the start of the Kids Rotary Park Run on Sunday.

JDHS softball sweeps Kings
Juneau-Douglas' varsity softball team opened defense of their state championship with a commanding three-game sweep of Southeast rival Ketchikan Friday and Saturday.

Juneau-Douglas J.V. picks up two wins against Prince of Wales
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team continued their winning ways Sunday with a doubleheader sweep of host Prince of Wales.

N. Douglas Bike Race Results
Juneau Freewheelers North Douglas Bicycle Road Race

Juneau Invitational Track meet results
April 29-30 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park

New records at the Juneau meet
The Crimson Bears girls and boys track and field teams each ran away with first place at the Juneau Invitational this weekend.

Bears' boys get stingy
After ripping Service, 11-0, on Thursday, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team earned two more clean sheets with a 0-0 tie against West Anchorage on Friday and a 4-0 win over South Anchorage Saturday.

Panel still mulling retirement reform
Four lawmakers tasked with the job of retooling the Alaska Legislature's retirement-system reform for public employees and teachers returned with a draft Saturday that may give new employees more money for their accounts.

New regs, area could affect salmon derby results
Juneau's 9th Annual Spring King Derby opens today with new fishing regulations in some locations, larger derby boundaries and a forecast bounty of salmon.

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

Charged with environmental law violations, Greenpeace goes on trial in Ketchikan
The environmental activist group Greenpeace is accused of violating Alaska's environmental laws by failing to file the proper paperwork when its contracted ship entered state waters to protest logging in the Tongass National Forest.

Crews control Hoonah wildfire
A wildfire near Hoonah forced the evacuation Friday evening of about 15 members of a Christian farming community.

Mat-Su struggles to cope with animal population
The sprawling Matanuska-Susitna Borough is Alaska sled dog country, a hub for professional and recreational mushers lured by a vast network of trails and the freedom to keep kennels that can number as many as 100 dogs or more.

DIPAC aquarium reopens
Children surged forward, pointing and pressing their palms and faces against the curved acrylic surface of DIPAC's new aquarium at its unveiling Saturday. On cue, a king salmon hove into view.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

New retirement plan gets the once-over
Julia Black is an assistant at Harborview Elementary School who helps children with special needs.

Retirement plan goes to floor
A bill that would privatize retirement accounts for future employees was passed on Sunday to the Alaska House of Representatives floor for vote possibly later this week.

Web site to include anti-abortion message
A panel of doctors responsible for the medical accuracy of the state's official abortion Web site has agreed to change the site to acknowledge certain controversial issues.

Gambling measure goes to floor
A Juneau business owner told a group of lawmakers Friday that he supports a bill that would legalize poker rooms in Alaska.

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