In the Stacks: Large-print books are in at the library
What to read at your local library

Pay for Alaska's future
A recent Empire poll asked the question of whether or not folks thought that the governor's proposed $90 million increase toward funding education for fiscal year 2007 was sufficient.

Peaceful questioning
Throwing rocks! Spitting on the troops! I take exception to these misconceptions! (Gregory Acres letter to the editor, April 28).

Time to speak out against the road
With little fanfare the state has begun roading Berners Bay.

Where are the arts venues?
Philip Krauter's letter (April 21 Empire) regarding rehearsal and performance space is spot on.

Illogical reason to destroy nest
What is an eagle nest?

Argument for 12-hour shifts is curious
I read with curiosity in the April 12 Empire that12-hour police shifts should be reinstated.

Majority of Alaskans oppose aerial hunt
Christine Boddy wrote asking how Priscilla Feral of Friends of Animals was able to claim a majority of Alaskans disapprove of the aerial wolf hunts (letters to the editor, April 4).

Focus on something that matters
So, the gay-benefits debate is headed for the Senate floor.

Photo: Buzzing into spring
Pussy willow catkins, like these on May 1 in Anchorage, have responded to warmer, springtime weather recently by spreading their seeds along the Government Hill area.

New school bid grows $9 million
Coogan Construction Co. was selected Thursday to build Juneau's Dimond Park high school, with a low bid nearly $9 million higher than the project's anticipated cost.

Advocates: City withholds senior tax info
A dissenter on the city task force proposing an increase on the eligibility age for Juneau's senior sales-tax exemption claims the city is keeping important information from senior advocates.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Juneau Chamber gets behind oil tax change
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors on Thursday passed a resolution supporting the governor's and the Alaska Legislature's efforts to create a net-profits tax on oil pumped in the state.

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

Sculptor to give UAS commencement
Former Juneau artist Skip Wallen has sculpted the locally famous bronze brown bears near Dimond Courthouse and at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, a bronze boy leading a bronze man at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, and recently, two 10-foot-tall World War II airmen for a plaza in Fairbanks.

Photo: Singing for prayers
Sherry Patterson of the Church of All Nations sings "How Great Thou Art" during the noon observance of the Annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday in front of the Capitol.

Jorgensen and Cropley to wed
Alexis Dawn Jorgensen and Sean Robert Cropley of Juneau will be married at 4:30 p.m., May 13, at Tlingit & Haida Hall in Juneau. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at Tlingit & Haida Hall. Friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and reception.

Photo: Local hero
In celebration of March's Red Cross month, the Southeast District honored Ron Dippold of Juneau for his 40 years of humanitarian service.

Photo: Youth award
Alex Cesar, right, admires the Inspirational Youth Award he received Saturday as part of Juneau Cancer Connection's banquet at the Baranof Hotel.

News about the people you know

Student artist in the spotlight: Eriko Ikeda
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got mail, neighbor

Historical treasures available at stores and state library
One of the wonders of living is the chance to study and plumb the past. There are public sources where such a pursuit can be followed - like the Alaska State Historical Library located in the state office building.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Perseverance Theatre
Director/volunteer coordinator: Sarah Denhardt, director of production

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Agnes Ross
Juneau resident Agnes Frances Ross, 81, died April 30, 2006, in Juneau.

Perthena Hogberg
Longtime Juneau resident Perthena "Pat" Hogberg, 77, died May 3, 2006, with her five children at her side.

Sitka hands JDHS baseball team its 1st loss this season
Defending state champion Sitka handed the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team its first loss of the season Thursday at Ketchikan High School.

Ashe scores record 50th goal as JDHS ties 2-2 with Colony
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Dylan Ashe became the Crimson Bears' all-time leading goal scorer in Thursday's 2-2 draw at Colony.

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.

Crimson Bears stay unbeaten with 4-0 win over the Knights
Margaret Sekona scored twice, as the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team continued its winning ways Thursday.

Underwater poetry in motion
For anyone who wants to see what synchronized swimming is all about, the Juneau Aurora Knights are more than happy to demonstrate.

Juneau-Douglas softball sweeps Wolfpack
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team finished its Fairbanks trip Thursday with a doubleheader sweep of West Valley.

House passes emotionally debated fetal homicide bill
The Alaska House passed a bill Thursday that would make it a separate crime to harm or kill a fetus when a pregnant woman is attacked - a measure some argue could be a precursor to a challenge of the federal ruling that legalized abortion.

New House bill sets oil-tax rate at 20 percent
A new version of an Alaska oil-tax bill released by the House Finance Committee on Thursday evening calls for a 20 percent tax rate, with a 20 percent credit on oil company expenditures in the state.

Governor names 'must pass' bills
The governor is urging the Legislature to pass two bills before the end of its regular session May 9.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/ the Northwest

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