Alaska cruise season brings in dollars
SEATTLE - The Alaskan cruise season kicks off next week, sending tens of thousands of passengers on cushy tours of Alaska's wilderness - and millions of dollars in business to West Coast port cities.

Lottery could help state
I have been keeping up on what is happening in the state even though I am currently attending classes in Washington, at ITT.

Keep legislators out of permanent fund
Talk about honesty and hitting the nail on the head. Mr. Mielke tells it

Palestinian presentation was appalling, not helpful
On Wednesday, The Juneau World Affairs Council hosted two presentations on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Mr. Bob Horenst

Looking forward to a grueling race
It was great to see your story on the Yukon River Quest. There is nothing quite like paddling the Yukon River 24 hours a day for three days.

The issue is freedom, not abortion
I am excited and invigorated about the March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C.

Nightline's list of dead is outrageous
I think that what Ted Koppel is doing on Friday night's "Nightline" is a shame and a disgrace. The fact that he would exploit and trivialize the American dead in Iraq by reading out all of their names for political reasons is just plain outrageous.

Children being stolen
Something is terribly wrong with our health and social service child care system.

Dogs don't protect against bears
"Wow" is all I can say about Tiffany Farrell's letter about dogs. Everyone should know that a dog will not protect you from a mad brown bear sow with cubs, it will actually attract them to you if your dog gets too close to them or their cubs because the sow will attack and chase your dog and in most cases the dog will run right back to its master.

Parents bring art instruction to the classroom
Fred Hiltner's first-graders at Harborview Elementary were busy painting their clay birdbaths and birds Thursday morning.

Social services panel to look at duplication
The Social Service Advisory Board wants to rein in duplication of services and serve as a clearinghouse for agency issues, board Chair Michelle Casey said.

University ceremony honors 207
With a few words from Regent Elsa Froehlich Demeska on Sunday afternoon, the University of Alaska Southeast graduates at Centennial Hall moved their tassels from right to left, and their degrees were conferred.

Final performance
Twenty students in Lisa Ibias' Suzuki violin class perform during a recital before the student body Monday at Auke Bay Elementary School.

Parents, teachers want specialists
A group of parents and educators hopes to fund art specialists in Juneau's grade schools.

Around Town
Local non-profit events calendar.

Man's best passenger
Mogur the pit bull keeps any potential hooligans at bay as owner Mike Paquette rides down Glacier Highway on his recumbent bike, taking advantage of the summer-like weather Monday.

Last stop in Juneau
Retiring Alaska Airlines pilot Capt. James Bridwell opens a joke present in front of airline employees Melody Summers, right, Judy Hickey, center, and former employee Lisa Peters during his last stop in Juneau on Saturday.

Spreading a passion for jazz
Kansas City jazz diva Lisa Henry & World-renowned jazz musician Bobby Watson

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reports

Around Town
Today: Low Impact Exercise, 10 a.m., Juneau Senior Center and Valley Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

Mary Ann Quick
Mary Ann Quick, 81, died May 1, 2004, in Juneau, surrounded by family and friends.

Alaskans are up to the job of considering POMV proposal
One argument heard against putting forward a November ballot measure authorizing use of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings for public services is perverse: What if Alaskans said no?

Bald Eagles or super seagulls?
Injecting herring with air and tossing them to bald eagles like popcorn to seagulls? Hardly an ennobling image of our national symbol of unfettered freedom. Yet I'm told that's what's been occurring in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Keep demanding more for Alaska's schools
C hildren have only one shot at a good education. We, as parents, expect the Legislature to rise to the challenge of fully funding a high quality education for each and every child in Alaska.

SE communities may have to help fund Extension Service position
On April 14 and 15, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service held a State Advisory Council meeting in Juneau.

Chappell's 27.8-pound fish holding early lead
George Chappell was the first angler to weigh in a fish in the 2004 Spring King Salmon Derby, and he remained in the lead as of Monday afternoon.

Dean concludes storied college rugby career
The college rugby career of Juneau's Josh Dean was like a fairy tale.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
King Salmon Derby agate

Local Sports Briefs
Local sporting events and results.

Sports in Juneau
Sporting events in Juneau

May Day Mud Puddle Run and Juneau Freewheelers Tee Harbor Race
Local Agate for May Day Mud Puddle Run and Juneau Freewheelers Tee Harbor Race

Sports in Juneau
Local sporting events

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports

Labor bd. appointee withdraws after challenge by unions
Gov. Frank Murkowski again has a vacancy to fill on the state labor relations board after a recent appointee withdrew after a legal challenge from Alaska labor unions.

Largest U.S. seafood company to purchase NorQuest operations
Trident Seafoods has agreed to purchase NorQuest Seafoods for an undisclosed amount.

Parties ponder primary ballots as deadline looms
Leaders of the five political parties in Alaska have a June 1 deadline to declare whether their candidates will appear on a closed primary ballot or one shared by several parties.

State senator arrested in Juneau for drunken driving
Lyman Hoffman, a Democractic state senator from Bethel, was arrested for drunken driving at 10:01 p.m. Saturday near Sixth and Gold streets.

Alaska Digest
Alaska digest

Aleutian volcano shoots ash and steam
Mount Veniaminof has been restless over the past week, spitting up ash and steam and lightly shaking the ground, said the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

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

Murkowski seeks tax break for cruise lines
Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to give the cruise industry a break from paying taxes on the airline tickets, hotel rooms and shore excursions it sells in the United States.

Pentagon is investigating Iraq contract with Native corporation
ANCHORAGE - The Pentagon's inspector general is reportedly investigating a multimillion dollar contract awarded to an Alaska Native firm to help rebuild Iraq.

Could law open door to gambling in Southeast?
A new proposal passed by the state House of Representatives Monday would allow cities of 150,000 or more to establish legalized casino gambling.

This Day in History
in Alaska: In 1903, the Homestead Act was extended to Alaska by the U.S. Congress.

Bill paves way for casino
A casino could eventually open in Anchorage under a bill that passed the House on Monday, but first Anchorage voters would have to approve an ordinance allowing gambling there.

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

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