Environmentalists' power and wealth is overestimated
I defy Dave Fremming, Ike Cropley, or anyone else who shares their peculiar perspective, to prove that an organization dedicated to preserving the public's right to clean air, water and undeveloped lands has willfully tried to mislead the public for money or power.

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."

News of interest to Juneau residents
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Thursday, May 5, an available parking place was sighted in the vicinity of 150 Third St. in downtown Juneau.

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.

Kensington mine hype driven by a few with corporate ties
The May 3 Juneau Empire ran a front page story along with a color picture of felled trees, marking the start of a $810,000 state-funded road extending to Goldbelt Corp.'s proposed Kensington gold mine dock at Cascade Point and Berners Bay.

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

Welcome to Juneau

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Taking flight
Juneau resident Gail Blundell practices with her parasail Tuesday near the Temsco Helicopters hangar near the airport.

The best part of a heat wave

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.

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

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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.

Those candles on the mugho pines are ones you have to pinch
Friday there was a great burst of green pollen from the Sitka spruces; it drifted like a huge cloud up the face of the mountain across from the airport. An hour later it was gone, but while it was here it reminded us all that the whole world is roaring back into life, and that sex is really in the air. It's not just the spruces that feel it.

A miracle of speaking, or of hearing?
This Sunday next, May 15, many Christian churches will celebrate the feast of Pentecost, the Greek name given to the Hebrew Feast of Weeks, so called because it fell on the 50th day after Passover. At this feast the first fruits of the corn harvest were presented (Deut. 16:9) and, in later times, the giving of the Law by Moses was commemorated. According to the book of Acts in the Christian New Testament, as the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on this day (Acts 2:1), the name Pentecost was applied by the early Church to the feast celebrating that event. It ranks, after Easter, as the second most important festival of the Church. Supposedly, the apostles were given for a time the gift of speaking in foreign languages, to evangelize those gathered for the festival of weeks. "When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked, 'are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? How is it then that each of us hears them in his own native language?'" There follows an impressive list of far-flung nations, indicating a large multitude from across the Middle Eastern world; a number great enough to allow 3,000 converts that day to the apostles' teaching (NIV Acts 2:6-11, 41).

Mikesell and Brooks to wed
Juneau resident Jessica Fern Mikesell and Benjamin Joseph Brooks of North Bend, Ore., will be married June 17, 2005, at the Portland Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

The ins and outs of scratching
Cats scratch. It's the nature of the beast. When a cat reaches all the way out, sinks in his claws and lets 'er rip, he's doing something essential to being a cat. Fortunately, it need not spell doom for the new Flexsteel sofa.

Special-mom essay winners
The "Why Is Your Mom Special?" essay contest was held in honor of Mother's Day at Nugget Mall.

Celebrating her 80th birthday
The family of Dorothy Burnett invites friends and family to a birthday reception at 2 p.m., May 14, at Douglas Island Baptist Church.

Sign up for Pioneers' Home
"As soon as you turn 65, you should get on the Pioneers' Home list," advises 41-year-old Mary Larsen. "It is better to have it and not need it than the other way around." Mary is referring to the wait list for Alaska's Pioneers' Homes. Many people go on the Inactive List in order to secure priority on the Active List for when they really need it. Vacancies or openings at the Pioneers' Homes fluctuate and those who wish to go there are prioritized by the date of their original application date.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Murkowski goes to Pelican
Gov. Frank Murkowski attends the grand opening of the Highliner Lodge on Saturday in Pelican.

Miller and Snyder to wed
Juneau residents Jessica Miller and Hans Snyder will be married at 2 p.m. July 30, 2005, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

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

My turn: Region already lags in hospital worker pay
I would like to discuss the new contract that is being proposed to Bartlett Regional Hospital employees for 2005.

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: 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?

My turn: Airport needs tax revenue to keep up with travelers' needs
It's probably safe to say that every man, woman and child in the city of Juneau has at one time or another benefited from use of Juneau International Airport's facilities.

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.

Suns take two from Ketchikan
The Midnight Sun's fast-pitch middle school softball team won two games and tied a third on a weekend road trip to Ketchikan.

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.

Here are the standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10.

Dominic Holloway strikes out four in complete-game win for the Giants
Dominic Holloway fired a complete-game victory to help the Giants topple the Diamondbacks in junior baseball action.

Here's the pitch
Here's the pitch: Gabbie Saldivar delivers to the plate for the Major Softball Orioles in their game against the Marlins on Saturday.

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.

Gastineau Channel Little League Schedules
For the Week of May 11 to May 17

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

Military: Alaska installations exposed
ANCHORAGE - Military leaders in Alaska have long touted the state as an ideal location for global operations, but that strategic edge may not cut it in the latest round of planned U.S. base closures, officials said Tuesday.

Military: Alaska installations exposed
Seven men are charged in the illegal shooting or possession of musk oxen or moose in Southwest Alaska.

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.

Lawmakers focus on 3 bills
Alaska lawmakers spent much of the last day of the regular legislative session behind closed doors, strategizing on the three bills they'll take into a special session beginning today.

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.

University land grants in limbo until next session
The Alaska Legislature's two houses failed to reach a compromise over the Murkowski administration's controversial university land grant bill before they adjourned their regular session.

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.

Senate approves governor's raise
The Alaska Senate passed a priority bill before the midnight deadline Tuesday giving the administration and the governor a pay raise.

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.

Legislative one-on-one
House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, left, guards Les Gara, D-Anchorage, during a pick-up game Tuesday in the Capitol parking lot.

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

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

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 Digest
Parks and Rec's Kiefer tabbed as next deputy city manager

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

Musk ox poaching draws charges
Seven men are charged in the illegal shooting or possession of musk oxen or moose in Southwest Alaska.

Alaska Air ramp crews reject offer
A labor standoff at Alaska Airlines could cost the jobs of the company's Seattle baggage handlers, who then could replace less senior unionized workers in Alaska.

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