Tuesday, May 9, 2006

It's past time to wake up to the 21st century
I just finished an interesting book, "The Road to 2015," by J.L. Petersen, written in 1994.

Better ferry service over building a road
Alaskans and U.S. taxpayers are being taken for a ride on a road to nowhere.

Murkowski used rally to advance agenda
I took part in the Take Back the Night march and rally last month.

Cut costs before cutting tax exemption
It seems almost daily there are articles in the paper that stir me to want to write a letter to the paper, but the issue on April 24, and specifically the article on "City leaders fear legacy of growing debt" raised my temperature many degrees.

'Blue collar' school subjects help
I agree with much of what Robert Tonkin wrote in his letter to the editor on May 1.

Goose-stepping to a different beat
Why does the governor hold the public in such high disregard; he was elected by some of this same public.

Zip-sliding away
Dreams of flying become reality for tourists taking the new rainforest ecotour at Eaglecrest Ski Area, which slid through its first week under a barrage of rain.

Capital budget flush with money for Juneau
Pet projects for Juneau and the governor's priorities for the capital city would get a bigger wad of cash from the state's capital budget, as proposed by House legislators.

UAS graduates told to welcome change, give back
After his San Francisco-area rock band broke up in 2001, Jonathan Bower came to Alaska with dreams of the future, he told people attending Sunday's University of Alaska Southeast commencement ceremonies.

Chainsaw cop turns trees to menageries
When not working at cutting down the crime rate in Juneau, police officer Paul Comolli relaxes by cutting up Sitka spruce into art with a chainsaw.

Birth center funds embroiled in politics
A Juneau nonprofit birth center has raised $2 million in grants and donations over the last few years for a family health campus it hopes to start building near Salmon Creek next spring.

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

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

Digital Bob
There were times when Juneau seemed the obvious choice for Alaska's capital "because of population, location and wealth," a former journalist once wrote, and a downtown diner offering 40-cent lunches promised it would "never close again, day or night."

Juneau pays for recent string of warm springs
One of Juneau's wettest springs on record is all pig slop and no bacon for the owner of Spinnin' Pig Memphis Style BBQ.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Emmet Eugene Norton
Pioneer Alaskan Emmet Eugene "Norty" Norton, 84, died April 27, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after a brief illness.

My turn: Ben Stevens faces new allegations
Republican Moderate Party chairman, Ray Metcalfe, submitted another complaint to the Alaska Public Office Commission and the attorney general's office about Senate President Ben Stevens' "willful and routine concealment of reportable income."

My turn: Truth about salvia
I would like to draw attention to new legislation which has been introduced under Senate Bill 313 to make possession of salvia divinorum, a rare medicinal herb from Mexico, a criminal offense.

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

Three former Juneau-Douglas players earn college honors
A trio of former Juneau-Douglas High School softball players were honored by the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference on Friday.

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.

Fish Report
Here's the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Juneau report for the week of sport fishing that ended Sunday:

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

House continues struggle over tax rate for oil industry
After a day of delays, the Alaska House of Representatives debated late into the night Monday on a bill that would revamp the state's oil-tax structure.

North Pole officials hope for return to normal
Middle School Principal Ernie Manzie is looking forward to Monday night.

State budget grows into the night
Alaska House legislators were set for a floor debate late Monday night on an unprecedented capital budget of $3.6 billion.

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

Hearing scheduled in gas line dispute
A judge has scheduled a hearing today on his order for Gov. Frank Murkowski to release a natural-gas pipeline contract with three oil companies.

Photo: Sending a message
About 200 people gather in Anchorage on Friday to call on lawmakers to halt gas line contract talks until after the fall election.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Sutton men recall city's coal mining past in the cold 1940s
Palmer resident Chuck Shaver, 85, witnessed day after day of subzero temperatures that crept into weeks during the winter of 1946-47, and when employees at the Jonesville Mine got a brief reprieve from the bitter cold, it snowed - abundantly, he said.

House waffles over oil tax
House legislators approved a 21.5 percent tax rate on oil company profits Sunday night.

Photo: Ready to take the bait
A group of bald eagles perch on the masts of fishing boats Friday in Petersburg.

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