Celebrate Arbor Day with a book from the Juneau Public Library
Alaska celebrates Arbor Day every year on the third Monday in May, which makes tomorrow Arbor Day!

Planning an Internet Presence That Delivers, hosted by the Juneau Small Business Development Center and presented by Todd L. Saunders of the Small Business Administration, will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, in the third-floor conference room of the Juneau Empire building.

Understand ballot
Voters should be aware of confusing language on the ballot concerning the new Valley high school.

Benefit of doubt
This abortion thing makes me angry. On one side, you have a group of people claiming they are "pro-life," and they run such propaganda as "Umbert the Unborn," in hopes of persuading people with cute drawings and bad punch lines. I don't like propaganda. Many are against abortion on religious grounds, or just because.

Learn from mistakes
The anger and shame I feel about the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners - many of whom committed no crime - will haunt me for life, as will the thousands of Iraqi and American lives lost to this senseless and greed-driven war.

How to kill downtown
I would like to offer a simple primer on how to destroy a downtown economy.

Wreck foreshadows danger
Thank goodness it was one of the old, slow, steel-hulled ferries that went aground.

Name-calling doesnt' help
As a Christian who opposed the Iraq war from its conception, I feel a need to respond to some of Matt Skerbitz's assertions.

Pepper spray better method than dogs
This is in response to all the people who have either written to the editor and/or are in disagreement with my comments about bears and dogs.

Enjoy and protect Berners Bay
My experiences in Berners Bay have instilled in me a deep sense of respect and love for this amazing ecosystem.

Petitioners distort numbers
I attended two forums about the new high school this past week.

Crew responds quickly
I want to thank my fellow crew members for the quick response to the emergency evacuation of the M/V LeConte.

Similar to Aurora incident
I was about 12 or 13 when I recall being on the Aurora when it ran aground in Peril Straits.

Shout at the devil
Abortion is more than a woman's issue.

Kids, adults gear up for sailing
Sailing attunes kids to what's going on around them, says Jay Ginter, a board member of Juneau Youth Sailing.

10-year-old struck by car
A 10-year-old Juneau boy was in stable condition at Bartlett Regional Hospital on Saturday night after he was struck by a station wagon on North Douglas Highway, authorities said.

Man set for trial faces another sex charge
A man awaiting trial on a charge of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor appeared in court Thursday on a charge of first-degree sexual assault against a 16-year-old girl.

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

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

JDHS musicians to tour Europe
Juneau-Douglas High School students Timothy Peterson and Lindsay Perkins will be making noise this summer in places such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. But they won't get booted out.

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

Photo: Glass art
Pike Powers shapes a glass ball as Kelly Soderberg provides a puff of air Sunday.

Getting the drugs off the street
Anybody who wants marijuana in Juneau can pretty much find it, according to the head of the local multiagency drug-enforcement task force.

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

Gas prices take a hefty jump, likely will go higher
About two weeks ago, the price of an unleaded gallon of gasoline at Mike's Airport Express on Mendenhall Loop Road rose 20 cents - from $1.86 to $2.06.

City's air-ordinance negotiations collapse
Talks over amending the current clean indoor air ordinance have gone up in smoke, officials and negotiators said.

Catherine Ann (Williams) McMillan
Former Juneau resident Catherine Ann (Williams) McMillan, 62, died May 6, 2004, at her Lynnwood, Wash., home of cancer.

Lovisa Clark
Juneau resident Lovisa Clark, 89, died Nov. 30, 2003, at the Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Glenn Frederick Maller
Juneau resident Glenn Frederick Maller, 46, died May 12, 2004, at his home.

Support Juneau's schools again
You will be hearing the phrase, "Build It Now!" over the next few weeks as Juneau voters prepare, once again, to have their say on an issue of great importance to our children (and their children) - building a new high school in the Valley.

Mayors still back POMV
The Alaska Conference of Mayors has taken a long and steadfast stand on the issue of Alaska's fiscal problem.

Thumbs up thumbs down
Thumbs up to Gov. Frank Murkowski for not calling a special legislative session and for leaving that matter to the state lawmakers who dragged their feet for the past four months and have so little to show for it.

Not earning a diploma is a big deal
It may not seem like a big deal if less than 5 percent of Juneau-Douglas High School seniors don't pass the state-required graduation test in order to earn a high school diploma, but actually it is because of the implications for those who don't pass and for local work force development.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by the local artist Toe.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoors events.

Fish report
Last week the hot spots for king salmon fishing were False Outer Point and Lizardhead.

Blowing in the wind
Tim Arness likes kites. And he likes skiing. So when he read about kite skiing in a magazine last year, it didn't take him too long to decide it was something he wanted to try.

Discover the beauty of South Bridget Cove
South Bridget Cove is located at Mile 37.4 Glacier Highway. This is one of Juneau's 60 natural area parks that makes our community unique.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Crimson Bear girls shoot the lights out
The state tournament berth-clinching victory for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team ran late Friday night, so late it ended when an automatic timer in the stadium lights at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park decided it was time for everyone to go home.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming local sports events.

Results from the Southeast Road Runners club's Lena Loop 5-kilometer race held Saturday. There also was a 1-kilometer kids run, but no results were available. The results also will be posted on the SERR web site at http://www.juneau.com/serr.

Here are the standings in the Eighth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 12:31 p.m. on Sunday, May 16.

Crimson Bears clinch state berth
Even though most of its top varsity players stayed home this weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team had no problem clinching a berth at the state tournament with a sweep of Prince of Wales at Craig High School.

Sports in Juneau
Listing of sports events in Juneau.

Region V Championships
The results of the Region V Track and Field Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track. Results are from event finals only, not preliminaries.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Derby results

How sweep it is!
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys track and field team cruised to victory in the Region V Championships held Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

'Finishing school' pays off for Juneau boys
While the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team has been able to remain unbeaten this season, there has been a constant worry for the Crimson Bears.

At top: Miranda Vaughan, 11, center, races to a victory in her heat of the girls age 11-12 100-meter dash during Sunday's Hershey's Track and Field Events at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Vaughan beat Nicole Stangeland, left, and Katherine Wilson, right.

For the Special Olympics
David Tracy of the Alaska State Troopers takes his turn at carrying the torch during the Alaska Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Alaska.

Bills that didn't pass may be back
Lawmakers in the 23rd Alaska Legislature passed 414 bills and resolutions this session, more than a third of the 1,132 introduced since January 2003.

Salvage ship arrives at LeConte grounding
Salvage workers removed all 15 vehicles on board the grounded state ferry LeConte on Friday, and a salvage ship arrived at the scene Saturday morning.

Photo: Totem refurbish
Lyle Jones makes measurements on Wayne Price's Eagle-Beaver totem pole earlier this month in Saxman.

Whistling swan spreads folk music around Alaska
At a time when most boys were playing hoops or flirting with girls, Mike McCormick was sipping colas and listening to jazz greats Charles Mingus and Miles Davis.

Search scaled back for missing climber
The search for a Utah man who went missing while attempting a solo climb of a mountain in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska was scaled back Sunday.

Lawmakers: Hike oil taxes
Record-high oil prices will go a long way toward helping the state balance the budget this year, but some lawmakers say the oil industry is not doing enough to help solve long-term budget problems.

Northwest Digest
Digest of events in the Northwest

Young hopeful about highways bill
National highway bills that could increase road spending in Alaska by more than a third have stalled as members of Congress argue over the proper spending level and procedural issues.

This Day in History
Historical events in Alaska, the Nation and the world.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state.

Closed-door politics nothing new to state
For four years, former Anchorage Rep. Andrew Halcro attended closed caucus meetings of the House Republican majority, but he cannot think of a single time when the doors should not have been open.

Prescription painkillers are becoming a bigger problem in SE
A pill that an arthritis sufferer might use to get through the day could look like heroin to a drug addict.

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