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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Alaska under attack from out of state
I am sure that many of you have been watching the Legislature and it's continuous war to pass new legislation.

Take time working on retirement overhaul
The legislation being force-fed legislators at $30,000 a day out of Alaska's treasury is a breach of ethics.

Republicans take us into the 1870s
There is nothing like the good old days. The Republican "leadership" apparently has a fond affection for the days of old and is methodically dragging us backward into the past.

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

Pull tax delinquents' business licenses
I have owned a small business in Juneau for the last 24 years, and I just had to write about the business owner that has failed to pay his sales tax for the past several years (Empire, May 6).

Girl needs more than punishment
I agree with all of those who think this gun treat should not be taken lightly, but all people are looking to do is punish this girl and send her on her way.

Photo: A walk in the rain forest
Andy Ferguson and Ani Torgerson take a quiet stroll Monday evening on Windfall Lake Trail.

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: Progress on the Douglas roundabout
Construction workers Tim Earl, left, and Greg Osborne smooth freshly poured concrete Tuesday at the Douglas roundabout construction site. General contractor Secon officials said they hope to complete the project in early July.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo: NOT touchy-feely
A porcupine climbs a spruce Monday along Windfall Lake Trail. After the beaver, the porcupine is the largest rodent in Alaska.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Harmon to be retried for 1st-degree murder
Already convicted of second-degree murder in the 2003 slaying of Maggie Wigen in Tenakee Springs, James Harmon now faces an August trial on first-degree murder in the 19-year-old woman's death.

Sun spotters
Mike Orford, left, and Michael Orelove scope out sun spots and sun flares Tuesday at Marine Park. Orelove, who calls himself a sidewalk astronomer, supplied the special viewing telescopes for passersby.

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

Thousand-watt bulbs in the front yard
We have never had such a show as this spring with the flowering trees lighting up the landscape.

Beauty in the bog
Snapshots of some of the flora currently blooming in the boggy hills around Juneau.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Loves celebrate silver anniversary
Wayne and Marlene Love are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple was married May 17, 1980, in Ontario, Ore.

Dress, Fleming to marry
Longtime Juneau residents Donna Statter Dress and Cameron Michael Fleming will be married May 21. The ceremony and reception will be held at sea.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Myra Grice
Longtime resident Myra Grice, 84, died May 16, 2005, in Juneau.

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

Josephine Crumrine-Liddell
Former Juneau resident Josephine Crumrine-Liddell, 88, died May 10, 2005, at her home in Anchorage.

Rudolph C. Pusich
Lifelong Douglas resident Rudolph C. Pusich died May 17 at home, peacefully.

My turn: Harbor users shouldn't be singled out for fees
I am sure we all have seen the ads on television for the video "Girls Gone Wild."

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: Pebble mine project worthy of consideration
Of course, there will be impacts. Yes, there will be change to communities.

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.

Crimson Bears secure five top seeds in state championships
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team secured five top seeds for this weekend's Alaska Track & Field Championships.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
Standings for the week of May 18 to May 24

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

Getting ready for action
Taylor Larson of the Major Softball Reds awaits action at shortstop.

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 Digest
News of local sports figures

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
Standings as of May 15

Keaunna Miller strikes out eight batters to lead Marlins past Cards
Keaunna Miller struck out eight batters to lead the Marlins past the Cardinals, 8-7, in a Gastineau Little League Major Softball match-up.

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.

Senate OKs $2.4 billion for projects
The Alaska Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a list of $2.4 billion in construction and roads projects for the rest of this fiscal period and next year, including a wish list of school and university construction and maintenance items.

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

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.

Legislative deadlock breaks although important issues remain unresolved
The Alaska House on Tuesday voted down two of the Senate's priority bills that Republican leaders had kept from reaching the floor during a standoff between the two chambers.

Guide who wasn't a resident sentenced
A Yakutat big-game guide lost his Alaska hunting privileges for three years after Juneau District Court jurors found him guilty of seven counts of falsely claiming residency.

Man has close call on Baranof
When the wind snatched his empty tent and it sailed away "like a kite," a wet and hypothermic Schaeffer Cox figured he might die.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

U.S. senators OK funding for roads
The U.S. Senate approved a federal transportation bill that would spend $295 billion over a six-year period, including $427.3 million annually for Alaska road projects.

Senate funds base-closure panel
The Alaska Senate on Tuesday approved giving $1 million to a task force that aims to counter the Pentagon's planned cuts of more than 4,800 military and civilian jobs in the state.

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