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Area glacier wolf is not a criminal
It's hard to believe Juneauites are still debating the fate of the glacier wolf.

Berners Bay is an abundant web of life
Michael Plett and the Juneau Empire have produced a superb graphic explaining the "biggest restaurant in town" - Berners Bay.

Juneau will pay dearly for Wal-Mart
I was sorry to hear that Wal-Mart is coming to Juneau for the following reasons:

Roadless Rule Repeal guts Southeast Alaska
Showing his disdain for both the will of the people as well as sound science, the Bush administration last week put the final nail in the coffin of the Roadless Area Conservation Rule.

A frustrating Legislative session
Like many Alaskans, I am deeply disappointed by the Senate majority's and the governor's inability to finish writing the budget and appropriating monies to our schools in a timely fashion.

Keep Alaska elections clean of 'soft money'
Gov. Murkowski is pushing a bill in special session that would allow unlimited corporate contributions to political parties in Alaska.

Right-wing politicians' behavior un-American
I am a United States citizen, born and mostly bred here.

State workers have rights to picket
This is my own opinion and concerns the issue of freedom of speech. My opinion in no way reflects upon the authority or integrity of my employer.

O'Connor: Discrimination ebbing
Sandra Day O'Connor shook her head Friday when people referred to the current U.S. Supreme Court as "the O'Connor Court."

Looking for something more
Bartlett Regional Hospital employees Brenda Jones, left, and Michelle Julian, right, were two of about 50 employees and family members on parade through downtown Friday protesting the proposed 1 percent pay increase over the next three years.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

JDHS students prepare for auto repair contest
Leif Olsen and Jason Lindley bent over the engine of the Ford Sable looking - and listening - for the trouble.

Photo: Hello, Dolly
Steve Penn, temporarily stationed here with the U.S. Coast Guard, flyfishes for Dolly Varden in the downtown harbor Sunday as the Statendam makes its way into port.

Outside legislators
House minority members listen to Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, center, as they meet in the parking lot Sunday behind the Capitol.

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

Downtown Alaska Air office to close
After 55 years of serving fishermen, international tourists and state legislators, the downtown ticket office of Alaska Airlines is closing its doors.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Committing to a place
In the wintertime, Gustavus writer Kim Heacox and his wife, Melanie, travel to Antarctica, where it's summer and they can find some semblance of sunlight.

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

Jonathan Wynn Scribner
Jonathan (Jon) Wynn Scribner, 63, died May 12, 2005, in an accidental fall while returning from a successful climb of Mount Stroller White near Juneau.

My Turn: Parents trumped in abortion decision
Several Alaska media sources recently ran a story about a state social worker who arranged for a 15-year-old girl to get an abortion without her parents' knowledge.

Sales tax revenues spur long-term development
Friday's Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon, which featured six 5-minute presentations on six of the components included in the proposed extension of a seven-year, 1-percent sales tax, ended up being as much about long-term economic development as it was about capital improvement projects.

My inspiration is my son
It seemed that he barely went to high school. Having moved from Sitka to Anchorage before his freshman year, he managed a McDonald's in his new neighborhood and spent as much time there as at school.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

Volunteering on vacation
Vacations are about getting away.

Learning at Camp W.A.T.E.R.
Some students at Floyd Dryden Middle School are building a one-man canoe in a school district program that ties together math, science and Native culture.

Outdoors Digest
Summer changes at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Spring King Salmon Derby standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, May 15.

Bears' boys soccer team earns top seed in state tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team earned the top seed in the upcoming state soccer tournament.

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.

Lena Loop Run results
Results from the run on May 14, 2005

Jack and Jill Bike Race results
Juneau Freewheelers Jack and Jill Relay Time Trial Bicycle Race

Region V Track Meet results
Results from last weekend's meet

Take three
Straight dealing: Juneau-Douglas High School pitcher Jesse Nelson delivers to the plate during the Crimson Bears' 6-0 win over Ketchikan on Friday.

Records fall for JDHS
The Crimson Bears rewrote the record books at the Region V Track and Field Meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Stadium Friday and Saturday

JDHS takes three games from Kings
After dropping the first contest of a four-game series against host Ketchikan on Thursday, the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team needed to win out to keep pace with conference-leading Sitka.

Bears' girls soccer routs Ketchikan with two big wins
Juneau-Douglas midfielder Margaret Sekona scored six goals in two games over the weekend as the Crimson Bears' girls soccer team topped visiting Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday.

Juneau-Douglas softball earns three wins at Sitka
Even with two of its better players not making the trip to Sitka, the Juneau-Douglas softball team delivered a tremendous team-effort in three wins over the weekend.

Juneau-Douglas headed to states after sweep
Now the real work begins.

Three lawmakers file initiative to force gas pipeline construction
Adding one more twist to what already looks to be an explosive 2006 election season, three legislators filed a ballot initiative Friday to force oil companies to produce a North Slope gas pipeline.

Change may hit Fairbanks hard
The loss of most personnel at Eielson Air Force Base would have a major effect on the Fairbanks North Star Borough economy, a state economist said.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest.

Capital budget may become next battle
The Alaska House on Sunday continued to stall voting on two bills while Republican leaders dismissed a proposal to use an Alaska Permanent Fund account to pay for hundreds of millions of dollars in capital projects.

Can Tenakee change?
Vicki Wisenbaugh started a new job last May as owner of the decades-old Snyder Mercantile, the lone grocery in Tenakee Springs. She had never run a market before, and, in fact, prefers to spend most of her time at home.

Artist in residence helps children go out on a limb
m. scott moon / peninsula clarion Teaching art: Graham Dane gives fifth-grade students instructions on an art project last week at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai. He then turned them loose to create. Standing behind Dane is one of several large papier mache animals the students are building under his direction.

Fast work on UA lands bill irks some
A conference committee of Senate and House members reached a compromise Friday on a plan to transfer some 250,000 acres of land from the state to the University of Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Ak Air dumps Seattle crews
Alaska Airlines laid off its baggage handlers in Seattle on Friday and contracted for that service.

Gas line hopes fizzle, but summer may bring plan
Alaska lawmakers' hopes were high early on that this would be the legislative session that they signed a contract for a North Slope gas pipeline.

Alaska could lose 5,000 defense jobs
Kulis Air National Guard Station in Anchorage was targeted for closure and most aircraft at Eielson Air Force Base would be moved elsewhere under a base closure and realignment plan released Friday by the Pentagon.

State works to nail fish mislabelers
Alaska's new attorney general has offered a helping hand to a New York prosecutor investigating farmed salmon fraudulently sold as wild in six of the city's high-end markets.

Women's group plans Mount McKinley climb
Eight women will test themselves against North America's tallest peak in a rare all-women's guided expedition up Mount McKinley.

House rejects soft-money provision
A committee of House and Senate members removed a provision from a sweeping elections bill Saturday that would have allowed corporations to give unlimited soft-money contributions to political parties.

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