Sunday, May 8, 2005

Idiotic comments about state workers
This letter is in response to the detestable and false comments Art Chance (Empire, May 5), the state's director of labor relations

Think about school bus safety
Riding the school bus is a regular event for many children.

The governor's need for jet speed
I'm writing to comment on the governor's "need" to have a jet instead of the planes we have now.

Preserve history by protecting Wharf
It is said a city is judged by how it honors its history.

Let's get a 747 for the governor
I am a bit frustrated with the short-sightedness of many Alaskans.

Thankful for mining in Southeast Alaska
The "My Turn" article published April 29 regarding Berners Bay deserves a few rebuttal comments.

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

Cost of fuel hits boaters
Don Kalk, a Juneau purse seiner, watched the steady rise of fuel prices and became convinced that he needed a more fuel-efficient boat engine.

College - another chance
Remember when students used to take a year off from college to find themselves? Some older graduates at the University of Alaska Southeast have discovered that college itself was the place to find their passion.

Retiring physician is honored by patients
Filling the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Friday night was easier than finding a simple way for the community to thank Dr. Fred Chu.

'Sober rejoicing' marked Nazi fall
In Seattle, hundreds of Boeing workers hauled a brand-new B-29 out of a hangar with a sign proclaiming "On to Tokyo" draped just behind the cockpit.

The blessing of the fleet
The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Liberty passes by the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial on Saturday for the Blessing of the Fleet as crewmembers salute the crowd.

Police ID student in school gun messages
Juneau police said they identified a 16-year-old female student Friday as the person responsible for writing an apparent gun threat in a restroom at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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

Bikers gather to increase visibility
Anyone can ride a motorcycle in a straight line down Egan Drive, biker Bob Taylor says. But it's a learned skill to ride safely in all kinds of road conditions and traffic.

Empire editorial: Muzzle mutes ethics reforms' effectiveness
How quickly the Senate majority has forgotten what reform of state ethics laws is all about.

My Turn: Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!
Mother's Day is not a Hallmark Holiday; it is a day dedicated to women's public activism and peace.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Land swap gives university two bangs for the buck
Before the Alaska Legislature adjourns Tuesday, a bill granting up to 260,000 acres of state land to the University of Alaska should pass.

Big fish, big payout
With only a matter of hours left in Juneau's month-long Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby last year, community service police officer Robert A. Dilley knew he had just reeled in a prize fish.

Nordic marauders loot Alaska's ecosystems
Joe Meehan was fighting rats at home before it became part of his job.

JDHS soccer wins in Mat-Su
Juneau-Douglas midfielder Margaret Sekona must really enjoy playing in the Mat-Su valleys.

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.

Juneau-Douglas baseball
After dropping two tough games to Juneau-Douglas High School on Thursday, the Sitka baseball team gathered itself and swept Friday's doubleheader.

Haines High School Track Meet

May Day Mud and Mountain Run results

Bears stage rally to topple Wolves
One of the beautiful parts of softball is how all that matters is the moment at hand. One pitch, one at-bat or one play can change the outcome of an entire game.

Juneau Freewheelers Time Trial results

JDHS track wins at Haines
The Juneau-Douglas track and field team enjoyed its final tune-up at Haines on Friday and Saturday before hosting next weekend's Region V Meet.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby standings
Here are the standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:01 p.m. on Saturday, May 7.

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

Senate approves bill that protects accused employees
The Senate approved two ethics bills Saturday that would protect public employees accused of violations from media exposure. The filer of the complaint would be penalized with a $5,000 fine if he or she went public with the accusation.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Comp bill up for vote
While legislators are going back and forth over adopting a new retirement system, another battle is being waged to change workers' compensation.

House flip-flops on statewide retirement measure
After reconsidering a vote cast Thursday night, several members of the Alaska House changed their minds the next day and approved a new statewide retirement system.

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