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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

BusinessDigest
News of our business community

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.

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.

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

Save local shops and Mechants Wharf
Dee Longenbaugh's recent letter in the paper (Empire, May 8) broke my heart.

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.

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

'The Wizard' leaves the Fairweather
Richard Kinnear always gets excited when talking about ferries, no matter if it is repairing valve pressure systems or mopping the floors.

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.

Panel offers proposals for 2nd crossing
The city of Juneau should spend $1.5 million to move forward a Gastineau Channel bridge crossing to north Douglas Island, according to a city-appointed task force.

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

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.

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.

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.

Drives slated for bone-marrow donors
One family's search for a bone marrow match has led to potentially life-saving blood-sample drives around Southeast Alaska.

School district plans to double Yaakoos quarters
The Juneau School District wants to double the space for Yaakoosge Daakahidi, the alternative high school.

Photo: Something for the children
Children's author Mary Lyn Ray, center, displays a painting she gave Monday to Dawn Pisel-Davis' fifth-grade extended-learning class at Harborview Elementary School.

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.

Rebecca Echivarre Pintang
Juneau resident Rebecca Echivarre Pintang, 79, died Friday, May 13, 2005.

Alaska editorial: It's time to fight for Eielson Air Force Base
Across the nation, from the biggest states to some of the smallest communities, the cry of "Save Our Base" has been rolling in to Washington, D.C., as astute politicians and others try to keep their coveted military installations open while the next round of base closings proceeds.

My turn: Cruise ship head tax won't remedy state's fiscal gap
It has been suggested that a head tax could fund a road to Skagway. A head tax will not pave the way mile by mile to Skagway.

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.

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 Digest
News of local sports figures

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

2005 SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:15 p.m. on Monday, May 16.

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

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.

Weather aids crews in fighting border fire
Favorable weather Monday helped firefighting crews working to contain a forest fire about seven miles from the U.S. Customs station on the Alaska Highway.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Man drives into creek, but can't remember if he was alone
Alaska State Troopers searched a Seward Highway river after a man charged with drunk driving said he drove into water but could not remember if he'd been accompanied by passengers.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

House approves university land transfer bill
The House of Representatives approved a bill Monday transferring about 250,000 acres of state-owned land to the University of Alaska.

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