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Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Beware of wild domestics, too
There is a letter to the editor in the May 5 paper that reads, "Watch out for your pets in a land of wolves and bears." The author of the letter should have added domesticated pets to the list.

Making good use of the city surplus
The Juneau Empire reported on Friday, April 29, that the city of Juneau is expecting a budget surplus of $6.3 million.

Giving away Alaska's bounty
Alaska was purchased in 1867; Washington D.C. immediately issued one of the world's most profitable monopolies to the Alaska Commercial Co. to harvest fur seals in the Pribilof Islands.

Pass the tax on windfall profits
Our Republicans just don't get it. With our oil selling at over $50 a barrel, they have the gall to demonstrate that they are willing to tap the permanent fund when 80 percent of us told them, "Don't touch it."

Draconian reform for retirement system
Members of the State Senate are currently attempting to gut the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS).

Sen. Murkowski makes right call
With each passing day, the so-called "nuclear option" moves closer to becoming a reality.

Threat at high school isn't funny
I am a parent of a teenager who goes to the high school.

Elected lawmakers are lording over us
What sort of democracy is this anyway?

Season's 1st ship arrives
Helen and Max Nixon brought enough cold and warm clothes to dress in layers on their six-day cruise through Southeast Alaska aboard Cruise West's 295-foot Spirit of Oceanus.

Some fries with that?
From left, crew members Tony Clayton, Brian Harbor, Mark Washburn and Todd Hoppe of the Seattle-based halibut schooner Aleutian pose Monday at Taku Smokeries next to a skillfish they caught while longlining near Dixon Entrance.

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

Welcome to Juneau

City focuses on projects for 1 percent tax renewal
Finding projects for Juneau voters to consider when they're asked to maintain the city's 5 percent sales tax this fall won't be a problem.

Mock radio is an art form
The back room of the Glacier Valley Elementary library has been turned into a simulated radio station in an unusual arts project.

Photo: Mother and daughter graduate
Cate Lorenz, left, stands outside the ballroom at Centennial Hall with her daughter, Jessica, on Sunday before their graduation ceremony. Cate, 45, is graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in language arts and social science.

AroundTown
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Getting a taste of Southeast
Tourists march along South Franklin Street on Monday as the first of the large cruise ships docked in Juneau.

Kensington mine obtains state permits
The state of Alaska announced Monday it has issued all 12 of its authorizations for the Kensington gold mine, now leaving final decisions on the mine up to federal regulators.

Pollen everywhere
Pollen eddies off the Gastineau Channel shore Monday below West Juneau.

Photo: Stocking up on blooms
Adrienne Snow, center, takes advantage of her new Primrose Society membership to get an early start on shopping at the annual garden club plant sale Saturday at the Carrs Safeway parking lot.

Nick Kokotovich
Juneau resident Nick Kokotovich died Nov. 9, 2004, in Juneau.

My Turn: Today's more-potent pot merits review of court case
Since the 1975 Alaska Supreme Court decision, Ravin vs. State, the possession and use of marijuana in the privacy of one's own home for personal use is protected.

My turn: Funding still amounts to erosion of state's schools
Support of public education is the mom and apple pie of political campaigns, and looking back, I don't recall any campaign that spoke of anything less than full support.

Alaska editorial: Senator is right to use caution in rule change
What's so distasteful about trying to reach a compromise, about trying to work out a problem so as to avoid an outcome that will give immediate satisfaction to one group but that might cause long-term damage overall?

Alaska editorial: Staff of both parties deserve equal pay
Count us among those who believe there are far too many legislative staff members working in Juneau, but also count us among those who believe in the notion of equal pay for equal work.

My Turn: Judicial filibusters: Squishy or thoughtful?
The use of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate and the president's judicial nominations have certainly been popular topics of conversation in recent weeks.

Spring King Salmon Derby standings
Spring King standings as of 9 May.

Playing in the Ultimate game
Once a sport marginalized as just for hippies, Ultimate Frisbee is evolving into a face-paced, competitive activity that's growing in Juneau.

Dredge Lake Bike Race results
Times and results from the race

Mother's Day Bike Race and Ride results
Times and results from the race

Juneau earns state hockey crown
If the state capitol stays in Juneau forever, it won't be because of politics, money or anything other than the outcome of a hockey game played May 1 in Anchorage.

Honoring their past with sports
Young athletes from around the state met at Anchorage's Sullivan Arena last weekend for the annual Native Youth Olympics, a three-day sporting event that involves games derived from the training needed to prepare for subsistence hunting and fishing.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 10:44 p.m. on Sunday, May 8.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Tribe seeks apology for group's comments on missing whalers
An anti-whaling group says Gambell whalers killed two children by allowing them to participate in a whale hunt, and angry villagers in the St. Lawrence Island community want an apology.

Trial in fatal shooting of police officer slated to begin next week
The first-degree murder trial of a Kenai fishing guide accused in the fatal shooting of a police officer is scheduled to begin next week in Superior Court.

Panel can't agree to retirement trade-off
On their third day of negotiations and after seven hours of talk Monday, members of the Alaska House and Senate still could not compromise on passing a new state-wide retirement system.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Legislature into extra innings
Suspicions were confirmed Monday when Gov. Frank Murkowski announced that this year's Alaska Legislature is headed for extra innings.

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

'Uncle Ted's' bus stop likely to cost $1.5 million
Tom Wilson is faced with a problem many city administrators would envy. How to spend $1.5 million on a bus stop?

Sun will not set again in Barrow until Aug. 2
When the sun rises Tuesday in the continent's northernmost community, it will stay up for nearly three months.

Greenpeace's chief operating officer denies responsibility in violation of spill statute
The chief operating officer of Greenpeace Inc. said her organization bears no responsibility for a ship that operated under the organization's banner in Alaska waters without a spill prevention plan.

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

Assemblyman, ex-prosecutor seek leniency for sex offender
An Anchorage assemblyman, a former state prosecutor and the head of the state liquor board have written letters backing a businessman seeking a lenient sentence on drug and child sex trafficking charges.

Canadians suspicious of Alaska-Yukon rail link
A rail link between Alaska and Canada, proposed as a faster way to transport natural resources, would also enable the United States to support anti-ballistic missile silos and military bases, a new study says.

Alaska truckers enlisted in watch for terrorists
Terrorism expert Ray Brown began a recent training session with Alaska's truckers by showing the audience a video that had been found in a cave in Afghanistan a few years ago.

House vote trounces statewide cruise ship tax
The Alaska House on Monday rejected a last-ditch attempt to create a statewide cruise ship passenger tax, meaning that the tax measure will likely go before Alaska voters in August 2006.

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