In defense of Bush
I am writing in response to the letter of the editor "George W. Bush violates rule of law" (March 17).

Wool over our eyes
I wonder what Alaska Inter-Tribal Council Board of Directors think they're doing, assuming they represent us Alaska tribes and dragging us into a lawsuit with the United Nations without consulting with the tribes.

Current senior issues
News stories in today's Empire raise important public policy questions relating to senior citizens. As a senior and a retired public employee, I have a few comments.

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

Time to stand up
I am a registered nurse and have been for 25 years.

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.

Legislature to reconvene in Centennial Hall today
Legislators are preparing to say goodbye to their usual perch in the Capitol this afternoon.

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.

School Board stands by plans to appeal
The Juneau School Board took a brief but potent hit of public comment Tuesday afternoon from parents and voters angry about the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case.

Photo: Mobile home
A Steller's jay nests in the crook of a bicycle that's been hanging under the eaves of Kenneth Gill's house since last summer.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Seniors stay tax-exempt
Juneau's seniors win. There will be no changes to the city's senior sales-tax exemption anytime in the near future.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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."

Alaska's Geriatric Education Center provides needed resources
This year 78 million baby boomers will start to turn 60 years old.

Frost and Francis wed
Julia Frost, of Fresno, Calif., and Curtis Francis, of Douglas were married April 30 at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. A reception was held at Wild Spice.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Henning and McGee wed
Denise Henning, of Harford, Wis., and Rylan McGee, of Juneau were married Oct. 8, 2005, at St. John's Catholic Church in Rubicon, Wis. A reception followed at The Linden Inn on Big Cedar Lake.

Photo: Russian champs
In April, Juneau-Douglas High School Russian-language students, Kristina Paulick, left, Sam Messerschmidt, center, and Macey Fredenberg, right, displayed their Khokhloma - the art of making colorful spoons and dishes - at the state Russian-language competition in Anchorage.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got mail, neighbor

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

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: Do we need plastic bags?
Last month, Juneau Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, a high school organization, proclaimed a "no-plastic-bag week" and asked citizens to use cloth bags, saving thousands of plastic bags in Juneau.

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.

Glacier Swim Club strong at state
While the Glacier Swim Club veterans performed like the seasoned athletes they are, the younger set provided a glimpse into the future of Juneau swimming at the Alaska State Junior Olympic Championships in Anchorage.

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:

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Oil tax debate needs overtime
Thanks to the Alaska Senate's refusal to adopt bill modifications from the House, the debate over changing the state's oil-tax structure will continue into the special session that begins today.

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

Governor keeps oil contract secret
He asked, and won, but he didn't receive. Despite a second favorable court ruling, state Sen. Hollis French, D-Anchorage, did not gain access to any portion of a natural gas contract that has been hidden from the public eye.

House approves $3.6B capital budget
Bleary-eyed legislators approved a $3.6 billion capital spending bill shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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