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.

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

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

What would Jesus do?
I saw Jesus walking his dog on the Douglas Bridge.

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.

Don't be misinformed on airline regs
This letter is written with regard to the column in the May 6, 2004 issue of the Juneau Empire on cell phones on airplanes.

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

A stain on national character
I am sickened, outraged, and horrified by the torture, rape, murder and sexual humiliation of prisoners by American troops and contractors in Iraq.

Slow down, dump trucks
I've always considered Fritz Cove Road a quiet neighborhood community.

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.

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

Focus on industry, not government
I have worked on and off in Alaska since 1988 and claimed residency and worked here since 1992.

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.

Businesses propose remodeling park
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce has asked the city to remove the bus stop and add public restrooms to Gunakadiet Park to spiff up downtown's image.

Hong Kong Snapshots
Brian Wallace shares his experiences in Hong Kong.

Committee hears from public about Spuhn Island
Developers of a proposed Spuhn Island subdivision didn't quiet project opponents Tuesday with assurances that they are responding to parking concerns.

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

Group urges ships to buy wild salmon
Bob Johnson of Denver took one bite of wild Alaska salmon served Wednesday at Marine Park and quickly offered his first impression to his wife, Joyce.

Temsco helicopter battles tides southeast of Skagway
A TEMSCO helicopter remained stuck on a beach Wednesday, waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration's approval to leave after an emergency landing.

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

Capitol commission eyes long-term lease with state
Having a long-term lease with the state is the direction the Capitol Planning Commission is headed to finance a new capitol in Juneau, officials said Wednesday.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Neighbors Digest
Summary of events in the community.

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

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

Thank you
Messages of thanks to individuals and the community.

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.

Pets of the week
Pets in the spotlight.

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

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

Iraq war has been misguided but stabilization is needed
It's just what we didn't need - a major moral offense to the entire Islamic world.

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.

Note to lawmakers: You're not done yet
Legislators have not been listening to Alaskans, or at least not to the Conference of Alaskans.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Latest results from the Derby

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.

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

Barr's corner kick
You might not notice Crystal Barr at first in this weekend's Juneau-Ketchikan girls soccer games.

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.

Sports in Juneau
Sport events in Juneau

Overbay, Brewers spoil a fine night by Expos' Zach Day
Lyle Overbay has a simple explanation for his major league-leading 18 doubles, which are two shy of the number he hit in 86 games for Arizona last year.

Waiting for their moments
Jeff Shin had every reason to give up on the Juneau-Douglas boys soccer program.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Latest results of the Derby

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.

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.

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

Session over
Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, center, gives Reps. Cheryll Heinze, R-Anchorage, left, and Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, right, a goodbye hug Wednesday in the House after the Legislature adjourned for the year.

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

Aging octopus finds love at last
It looks like J-1 is in love. After meeting the very fetching and slightly younger Aurora, he changed color and his eight arms became intertwined with hers. Then, the two retreated to a secluded corner to get to know each other better.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports in the state.

Native council president responds to recall effort
The president of the Ketchikan Indian Community Council said a recall effort against her is a political power play by a colleague who wanted the seat.

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

Murkowski leaves it up to Legislature
Despite threats to call a special session if legislators failed to pass a fiscal plan, Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday said he's leaving it up to them.

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.

Weather helps in LeConte efforts
Calm weather has helped efforts to salvage the state ferry LeConte, the general manager of the Alaska Marine Highway System said late Wednesday.

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.

Alaska Digest
Wire and staff reports around the state.

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.

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.

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

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.

A telegraph from God: Go now, don't wait
I was out in vegetable garden, counting the slugs that had drown in my slug traps (yogurt container lids full of Pabst Blue Ribbon), when it occurred to me that I hadn't been carded to buy the slug-trap beer.

movies where & when
Local movie times and locations.

what's happening
Upcoming shows.

Announcements and upcoming events.

Lost down the rabbit hole
Film review by Michael Plett.

La Bete: the medium or the masses?
It's fair to say that every generation's popular culture is skewed and molded through some sort of response to its predecessor.

The Swamp by Toe
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Maynard-Losh, Clark prepare to move on
Perseverance Theatre associate artistic director Anita Maynard-Losh and husband Toby Clark, University of Alaska Southeast student activities organizer, had been vaguely considering a move to the East Coast for the last few years.

Art Vs. Entertainment
In David Hirson's "La Bete," a philosophical debate emerges between the flashy, innovative, street clown Valere (art for the sake of entertainment and profit) and the troupe-leader and artistic purist Elomire (art for the sake of art). Both are set in their ways. The troupe members must decide with whom to side.

Love and God, on Sandy Beach
A prim and proper Victorian Englishwoman arrives in 1850s Alaska with a stack of grammar texts and a rising disillusionment with God.

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