We should focus on funding ferry system
It is clear that the proposed Juneau road extension is near and dear to the governor's heart, just as it is to columnist Ben Brown's.

Juneau access road is clearly pork
Funding of a dead-end road to nowhere is a waste of state money that could be used for better purposes.

Big Oil has writer convinced he's wrong
Well, after getting my third or fourth anonymous recorded phone call urging me to call my legislator and ask him to support a 10 to 15 percent petroleum production tax, after getting a flyer in the mail from Alaska's Future (whoever they may be) asking me to do the same thing, after seeing countless pleas in the newspaper and on TV to the same effect (from the oil companies and their supporters), I've decided that Big Oil must be right!

Sunny Point should be site of crossing
I appreciated Lori Nottingham's column (May 3) regarding using dredged material for the crossing. It is a subject I have been thinking about for some time.

Court decision lays out rules in clear terms
School Board President Phyllis Carlson's front page complaint that "The 9th Circuit's decision has left the board and school administrators with no guidance as to where and when we can enforce our policy against messages promoting illegal drug use" (May 3) is one of the most idiotic and disingenuous statements I have heard from a public official in a long time.

Big Oil's PR blitz was shameful
After reading Gail Phillips letter regarding oil taxation ("We need to adopt right tax strategy," April 30), I feel a response is necessary.

How will we pay for imprisoning potheads?
In 1982, the United States spent $9 trillion in jails and prisons. In 1999, the United States spent $49 trillion in jails and prisons. That is a 400 percent increase.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Play school
Imagine if beads were numbers, there were colorful alphabets with vowels that made sounds when rubbed, and school was without grades.

Photo: Off the road again
Secon Construction heavy equipment operator Brent Belardi drives an Ingersoll-Rand milling machine Monday on Douglas Highway.

Rally supports immigrants
After President Bush finished a Monday immigration address in Washington, D.C., participants in a Juneau rally prayed for laws that don't punish people for seeking the American dream.

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

Photo: Talent aloft
Timothy Brown practices with his juggling sticks Monday in front of Centennial Hall. Brown was taking a break from a communications class at the convention center to practice juggling, a hobby he has had for the past nine years.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Sounds like a duck
A surf scoter flies Monday just over the surface of Gastineau Channel near Douglas.

Photo: Paper, plastic or canvas?
Juneau Douglas High School senior Katelyn Thomson, right, hands Mary Pat Schilly a canvas bag she bought for the second annual Week Without Plastic, sponsored by the Juneau, Alaska, Youth for Environmental Action.

Mariano Caluza Soriano Sr.
Juneau resident Mariano Caluza Soriano Sr., 86, died May 12, 2006, in Juneau.

My turn: Combine commute, exercise on Friday
Friday is National Bike to Work Day, a day when thousands of Americans will leave their cars and trucks at home and pedal to their place of work. This seems a very appropriate action in light of ever-present headlines proclaiming skyrocketing gas prices.

Alaska editorial: If oil drops, we'll have to help pay for services
Proponents of legislation to boost oil taxes say the state deserves its fair share of revenues from the publicly owned resources buried beneath the tundra.

My turn: Truth about recruiters
I am writing in response to Karl Schoeppe's April 10 My Turn (Truth in recruiting? Don't you count on it).

My turn: Let's engage in dialogue about the war
Citizens of Juneau are all too familiar with the question of how to improve access to government.

My turn: Safety is primary, if we build the road
This column centers around snow and land-mass avalanche problems that pertain to the much debated road from Juneau to the Katzehin River, an area which is loaded with both.

Photo: Riding with Mom
Julie Graves, right, sprints out ahead of Janis Sheufelt, center, and Tara Jeans at the finish of the 22-mile long Mother's Day Bike Race along North Douglas Highway on Sunday.

Juneau-Douglas boys and girls soccer teams prepare for state
After finishing the season unbeaten and allowing just four goals all year, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team will open the state tournament Thursday as a two-seed.

JDHS blanks Ketchiakan
With strong hitting and powerful pitching, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team maintained its perfect record Sunday against Ketchikan.

Sports in Juneau
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Sports in Juneau
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Region V Track and Field Results
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State to check Unalaska beaches for oil
State survey teams start walking the beaches of Unalaska this week to check for residue from thousands of gallons of oil that spilled from a soybean freighter after it grounded off the Aleutian island more than a year ago.

Natives file brief in greenhouse lawsuit
Three Alaska Native groups filed a U.S. Supreme Court brief Monday in support of a lawsuit that would require the federal Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants contributing to global warming.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Federal officials eye role in gas line
Incentives approved by Congress to assist in construction of a North Slope natural gas pipeline included an obscure provision calling for a study of federal intervention if no company had applied to build the line within 18 months.

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

Contract could lock state into taxes for 30 years
Alaska must suspend its authority to alter oil and gas tax rates for 30 and 45 years, respectively, if oil producers sign a natural gas pipeline contract that includes such a provision.

Recycling truck uses waste cooking oil
The city's public works recycling truck is helping recycle more than just paper and cardboard boxes. Now, it's being fueled by used vegetable oil.

Alaska's Stryker Brigade halfway through its Iraq mission
The largest Alaska-based Army unit since Vietnam to spend time in a war zone is more than halfway through its yearlong deployment to Iraq.

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

Court leaves cruise tax on August ballot
Alaska's August election ballot will include an initiative seeking to impose a $50 tax on each cruise passenger coming to Alaska, the state Supreme Court decided last week.

Study to decide if state highway contracts are fair
The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will study whether there is discrimination in contracting for state-funded highway projects.

Gardeners create online resource
Two Alaskan green thumbs are hoping to cultivate a new Web site as a forum for sharing information on gardening in the central Kenai Peninsula.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Alaska museum aims to reflect natural wonders
The museum on the hill looks like breaching whales. Or maybe the swooping white walls bring to mind shimmering northern lights. Or ships passing. Or the Earth's great tectonic plates shoved up and over one another.

Businesses fight paving roads in Tongass forest
Seventy-nine Panhandle tourism-dependent businesses are petitioning Congress this week to stop paving roads to Tongass National Forest timber sales with federal tax money.

Fake reef home to real fish
Less than 24 hours after artificial reefs were lowered into Smitty's Cove, Alaska sealife started checking out the new real estate.

Philadelphia's old Liberty Bell pavilion on its way to Alaska
With the deafening blast of its air horn, a tractor trailer carrying the remains of the 30-year-old Liberty Bell pavilion left Independence Mall for its new home in Alaska.

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