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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Geoduck take ends Wednesday
A profitable commercial harvest season for geoduck clams comes to a close on Wednesday.

Senate urges $6 billion oil investment on North Slope
North Slope producers must ante up $6 billion in capital spending in fiscal years 2006-2008 to reverse the region's declining production by 2010 and meet the state's production forecast, according to Alaska Department of Revenue estimates.

No Child Left Behind legislation is unfair
We are seniors at JDHS and we are displeased with Bush's No Child Left Behind law. Why should our elected representatives stand by while the federal government imposes

War supporters are shaming Americans
I want to congratulate my fellow Americans for their continued support for the war in Iraq.

Why did we go to war?
Not to distract us too long from dogs and dog poop, but why did we start a war in Iraq, anyway?

Abortion issue not about right to kill
I am writing In regard to Sam Guthire's letter concerning the humor (or lack of) in Brandon Loomis's "What's so funny about abortion" op-ed piece.

Don't dump mine tailings in lake
I recently had the opportunity to visit one of those special places nestled just outside Juneau's road system.

No need for a break
Rep. Norm Rokeberg wants us to show a little bit of "compassion and understanding" for those who haven't had a DWI in 15 years or more and were cited again for a DWI.

Bumper sticker is vulgar, ignorant
I saw an interesting bumper sticker on the back window of a pickup truck on Egan Drive Saturday night, one that I'm not even sure this paper will be able to print.

Column trivializes abortion
I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Guthrie, there is nothing funny about abortion.

Bush is responsible
A friend said to me the other day, "I am appalled by the pictures of prisoner mistreatment by American troops, but I don't think it is fair to blame Bush for the acts of a few sick individuals." I

Murkowski ignores will of the people
Douglas Corrigan became a legendary aviator, not because of his accomplishments as a pilot but rather because of a "supposed" navigational error.

Dogs can help with bears
I cannot disagree more with Matt Keopple's letter regarding dogs and bears.

Some seniors fail exit exam, will not receive a diploma
Fourteen Juneau-Douglas High School seniors who haven't passed the state exit exam will receive certificates of achievement rather than diplomas on graduation day, Juneau School District officials estimate.

Juneau projects are scarce in state spending bill
Juneau might end up with little money for capital projects and no money for new bond projects this legislative session.

Lawyer seeks change of venue for assault trial
A Juneau judge has been asked to move the trial for two people charged in January's robbery and assault of cab driver Eric Drake.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reports.

Around Town
A listing of local non-profit events.

Officials scramble to cover ferry service without LeConte
To some Southeast Alaskans, the state ferry LeConte is more than a boat.

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reports

Assembly to vote on building school
The Juneau Assembly plans to support a second high school through a formal resolution, although one member says it could unduly influence the upcoming election.

LeConte is stable, but still in danger
At 10 p.m. on Sunday, Juneau resident Brandi Reynoldson put her truck with three-quarters of her household goods on the state ferry LeConte, bound for Sitka.

Pets of the week
Pets in the spotlight.

Neighbors Digest
Summary of events in the community.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to individuals and the community.

Floyd Dryden Honor Roll
Floyd Dryden announces its Honor Roll for the third quarter.

Ransom, Stimpfle to marry
Teresa Ransom and Erik Stimpfle of Juneau will be married at 6 p.m. June 5, 2004, at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. A reception will follow at 7 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Garden-variety neighbor
This porcupine munched innocently on new salmonberry leaves - at least while it was being watched.

Eggplant on a roll
Members of the Team Eggplant and Northern Keta squads pose for a photo on April 24.

Annabelle Simpson Connor
Former Juneau resident Annabelle Simpson Connor, 85, died Dec. 6, 2003, at her home in Mercer Island, Wash.

Charles Frank Fawcett
Juneau resident Charles Frank Fawcett, 61, died May 5, 2004, in Juneau.

Sadie J. Ramsey
Sadie Josephine Ramsey, 91, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Juneau at the Pioneers' Home.

David Willard
Juneau resident David Willard, 80, died Nov. 30, 2003, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Empire seeks reader feedback
At most any newspaper these days, one of the most helpful tools available to editors, publishers, department heads and the entire staff, for that matter, is reader feedback and input.

Vote 'no' and build new school while state funds are offered
The time to put Juneau's students first is now. Your vote on May 25 will have a dramatic impact on the education of the future leaders of our community.

Learn from Interior mine dispute
Big problems often warrant big solutions, and that's what happened with the positive outcome of the dispute over the Pogo gold mine's federal wastewater permit.

Cruise ship tax delay is just too sweet a deal
Let's count the ways U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is all wet for seeking a one-year tax delay for cruise ship companies:

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

Larson nearly perfect
Ashley Larson was nearly perfect Monday night during the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team's 10-0 romp over Ketchikan, and she said her pitching wasn't even working.

Local Sport Results
Kodiak and Haines Invitationals.

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
Upcoming sporting events in Juneau.

Expos blow five-run lead in ninth, lose in 14th
Wes Helms and the Milwaukee Brewers both worked their way out of slumps Tuesday night.

Bears score shutout sweep
Juneau-Douglas High School's softball team took out the broom this week for a little spring cleaning against Ketchikan.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Latest results from the Derby

Knutson-Lombardo reclaims state's best 1,600 time to lead Juneau track
Tristan Knutson-Lombardo reclaimed the state's top 1,600-meter time to lead the Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team at the Kodiak Invitational last weekend.

Nearing the end
The legislative session ends today.

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

Alaska Digest
staff and Wire reports about the state.

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

Tides could sink grounded ferry
Passenger Ian Herbert woke up sliding across the state ferry LeConte's solarium, his chair skidding along the deck as the ship's hull screeched across a reef.

Council seeks recall of KIC tribal leader
The Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council has begun the process of recalling its president.

Denali park to charge for driving lottery
Denali National Park will now charge lottery winners to drive its only road, a drive which had been cost-free for winners of a drawing that opens the park to private vehicles for a few days at the end of the season.

Retiring senator
Sen. Georgianna Lincoln, D-Rampart, approaches the Senate on Tuesday, the last day of the legislative session.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports in the state.

Special session looms on Legislature's last day
State lawmakers were set Tuesday night to close the 23rd Alaska Legislature with a budget increasing K-12 education funding by a historic $82 million, but the absence of a long-term fiscal plan could put the session into overtime.

House approves legislation to relocate urban moose
Nuisance moose could get an airlift out of Anchorage under a bill that passed the House on Monday.

Record flight
An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter lands atop the 17,400 foot-high summit of Mount Foraker last week in the Alaska Range.

Seeing eye-to-eye
Session ends today.

With LeConte out, Taku to make more stops
The state ferry Taku will make more stops to compensate for the LeConte's absence following Monday's grounding, so today's northbound ride out of Juneau will be postponed by about three hours.

Senate hashing out deal to balance '05 budget
Senate Democrats were close to agreement on an end-of-session deal to boost K-12 education funding by $82 million late Monday.

23rd Legislature adjourns
State lawmakers closed the 23rd Alaska Legislature Tuesday night with a budget increasing K-12 education funding by a historic $82 million, but the absence of a long-term fiscal plan could put the session into overtime.

Spring rains, runoff cause floods near Delta Junction
DELTA JUNCTION - Some residents of Delta Junction were cut off and about 50 homes damaged or threatened by flooding waters from rainfall and spring runoff, officials said.

Controversial bear-hunting bill will likely die in committee
A controversial bear-hunting bill apparently won't make it out of the state House Resources committee this legislative session.

Tour boat strikes ice in Tracy Arm
A Glacier Bay Cruiseline tour boat sustained a three-inch break in its hull Tuesday evening, after brushing against a Tracy Arm iceberg during a sightseeing trip in the glacier area, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Alaska jobs continue growing steadily
Jobs in Alaska are predicted to grow steadily by 1.5 percent this year and 1.3 percent in 2005, according to the state Department of Labor's annual economic forecast.

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