Vote Geordey Sherrick in '09
As many of you have probably heard, local high school artist Geordey Sherrick has been selected as one of 40 artists in the Google student art contest. He will be representing Western Region 10 in the contest.

Lab teachers support student drug testing
Editor's note: The following is an open letter to the Juneau School Board dated May 5, 2009.

Assembly hears WiMAX tower appeal
Acting as a quasi-judicial body, the Juneau Assembly heard a formal citizens' appeal Thursday attempting to block a permit to build a 150-foot communications tower on Mendenhall Loop Road.

Nonprofit forms to dispel local, regional development myths
Juneau banker Tom Sullivan rose at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday and said his daughter had come home from fourth grade telling him she was playing an environmentalist in the school play. Among the facts she had learned along the way: Mining kills fish, clear-cutting destroys streams, and free-floating fishing nets wrap around whales and kill them.

Juneau Empire to roll out new subscription, single copy prices
The Juneau Empire's single copy price will increase by a quarter starting Sunday and subscription rates also will change beginning in June, the newspaper announced this week.

Ocean Rangers begin sophomore season
Morris Mickelson is spending his summer in Alaskan waters onboard large cruise ships, but he's neither passenger nor crew.

Photos: Sometimes you're up, sometimes you're down
Doug Cooper jumps a wave with a wave skate Thursday at Auke Lake. Wave Skating is a variation of water surfing only there is no binding holding the feet to the board.

Photo: Paddling in stride
Brett Burnett, right, and his son Chad take advantage of the sun Tuesday kayaking down Gastineau Channel.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town

Sandra Lynn Sutherland
Juneau resident Sandra Lynn Sutherland died May 6, 2009, at home. She was 41.

Outside editorial: Invest in education, reform loan program
With the cost of a college education soaring all over the country, reforming college-loan plans is taking on a new urgency. Fortunately, there is a proposal on the table that won't be a burden on taxpayers and could ease the staggering debt load for young people entering the workplace. This should be a no-brainer for Congress. When it comes to legislation, though, nothing is ever easy.

Outside column: Card check and gut check
If our nation was governed by business's version of democratic choice, we would hold elections to determine the winner, but nearly half the time the incumbent would remain in power even if he lost.

Outside column: Will voters tolerate big deficits?
President Barack Obama's detailed budget had hardly become public when members of Congress began to criticize specific reductions in funds for their states.

2 charged with assaulting Galena child
FAIRBANKS - Police in Galena have arrested two teenagers accused of holding down a 5-year-old boy and shoving gravel and dirt in his mouth.

Responders fear harm from Yukon River fuel spills
FAIRBANKS - Responders from the state Department of Environmental Conservation say it could be months before they know if the Yukon River will suffer lasting effects from fuel spills caused by flooding.

Body of man found in Anchorage woods
ANCHORAGE - A man's body has been found in Anchorage woods, the third body found in the city in a week.

Homer utility ends Healy coal plant deal
FAIRBANKS - One of the three organizations involved in a plan to restart an inactive coal plant in Healy has backed out.

Trial set for woman accused of manslaughter
FAIRBANKS - The trial of a 21-year-old Fairbanks woman accused of driving drunk and killing a 4-year-old boy is scheduled to begin next week.

Troopers report 7-year-old was mom's designated driver
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman is accused of letting her 7-year-old son be her designated driver.

JDHS escapes KayHi with streak intact
Crimson Bears boys soccer coach Gary Lehnhart felt the pressure build with each season sweep of regional rival Ketchikan in recent years. He no longer remembers the last time the Kings took a game from his team, but admitted he thought KayHi's talent-laden team could steal one of Tuesday and Wednesday's opening games of the Southeast Conference season in Ketchikan.

JDHS, KayHi set to clash in Region V Championships
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team hosts Ketchikan, their lone regional competitors after Sitka's drop to 3A, today and Saturday during the Region V Championships at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

JDHS visits trio of Fairbanks schools
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team heads to Fairbanks today for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff against North Pole that opens a three-game road stand.

Early May runnings on Sheep Creek
The rains had returned, so there was considerable good-natured grousing after being so spoiled by a run of fine weather. Nevertheless, Parks and Rec went up the hill toward Sheep Creek valley. The first part of the trail was entirely snow-free. Where the trail makes a sharp left to go up more steeply, two side trails take off. One goes to some old mine debris and on down along a narrow fin to an old log dam (definitely not for the faint-hearted!). The other angles along the ridge to the right and eventually peters out. But along the way you can look upstream and see the old broken-down dam, and if you bushwhack a little more, you come out on an old pipeline and thence to a trestle across the creek - also not for the cautious hiker.

JDHS opens Sitka set by toppling Kings 11-7
Mission accomplished.

Photo: Dashing for Dryden
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Kenny Fox leads the way in the boys' 100-meter dash event during Thursday's middle school track meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Please see results in Sunday's Empire sports.

Sports in Juneau

Senators block Hayes' nomination
Senate Democrats vowed Wednesday to push through a White House nominee for a top Interior Department post even as they accused Republicans - led by Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Robert Bennett of Utah - of obstructing President Barack Obama's agenda by continuing to object to the candidate.

Kenai wildfire advances on settlements
ANCHORAGE - A wildfire whipped up by a gusty breeze was spreading Thursday toward three small Russian settlements near the scenic coastal town of Homer on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.

Man gets 36 years in child porn case
ANCHORAGE - A 47-year-old California man convicted of four charges connected to child pornography in Alaska has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Eagle kills crane at birding festival
HOMER - A Homer resident opened her picturesque farm to bird-lovers hoping for a close-up view of sandhill cranes, but was horrified when one of the elegant birds was attacked and killed by a bald eagle.

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