Keep ears tuned for special interests
Last year, when Alaskans were distracted by the business of summer, the Murkowski administration proposed new rules to allow toxic pollution in salmon streams.

Time for Legislature to adjourn session
Gov. Murkowski's special session is a disaster. It's a huge waste of money and time and will likely have an ongoing negative impact on this Legislature's ability to work effectively together.

Sealaska doesn't care about shareholders
It's the same thing every year; why not just save money and just keep the same Sealaska Board of Directors in there?

Republicans seek unlimited power
Not content with control of 10 of 13 federal appeals courts, Republican senators are poised to violate their own rules in order to give Republicans unlimited power to appoint extremist judges.

Allowing gay rights is not a threat
May 17, 2005, passed without incident. You probably didn't even notice the day go by.

Sealaska doesn't care about shareholders
It's the same thing every year; why not just save money and just keep the same Sealaska Board of Directors in there?

Some recreation requires distance
Rich Poor (My Turn, May 12) says he's never been to Berners Bay, and appears to have little knowledge of outdoor recreation opportunities in Juneau.

Experience shapes abortion views
At this time, Amanda Hoffman may feel abortion is murder. However, what she or anyone really thinks about abortion depends on their life circumstances.

Alaskans can't beat the Jones Act
I choose to believe that service in Juneau as his press secretary, deputy chief of staff and director of communications, and in Washington, D.C., as his press secretary and deputy director of public information at the Department of the Interior, affirms my respect for Gov. Walter Hickel.

State senators are abusing their power
The Senate majority have held educational funding, the capital budget, and the operating budget hostage, preventing the Legislature from completing their work so they can adjourn.

Ketchikan bridge is desecration bridge
How arrogant and insensitive of Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, to proceed with his proposed "boon-doggle bridge" project in Ketchikan.

Photo: Reburied with honor
The Rev. George Silides of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, left, leads a service Wednesday as human remains are laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery.

Photo: Love that rascal Puff
Aaron Landrik tries to catch wind Wednesday at Twin Lakes with a store-bought Dragon kite.

Ski club plans to build race center
The Juneau Ski Club could have a permanent home to train its athletes this winter.

'Revenge' is sweet for diehard 'Star Wars' fans
It was foolish to ask a dozen Jedis, jawas and droids milling outside Glacier Cinemas five minutes before Juneau's 12:01 a.m. Thursday sold-out premiere of "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith:"

Photo: Paying tribute
Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner plays "Amazing Grace" on his bagpipe Wednesday during the annual Peace Officers Memorial Day Observance at the Alaska State Museum.

Museum crosses fingers for funding
Most museums have backlogs of artifacts stored in the basement, but the Alaska State Museum in downtown Juneau is so cramped it has to turn down donations.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Man tries to save eagle hit by a car
A bald eagle coughing up blood along the side of Glacier Highway drew sympathy from one Juneau man Thursday, who said he couldn't understand how others could drive by without stopping to help.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Fire in the wetlands
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter scouts the perimeter of a fire Thursday on a small island in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, about a mile south of the Juneau International Airport.

Perkins recognized by USA Today for academics
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Lindsay Perkins received an honorable mention in USA Today's All-USA High School Academic Team program.

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

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

Former owner of Mike's Place dies at age 86
Friends and former customers remembered Rudolph "Rudy" Pusich as the friendly and funny host to their communal family Wednesday, a day after the former proprietor of Mike's Place died.

Ferry route shuffle comes as a surprise
The state of Alaska will remove two fast ferries now serving Lynn Canal and Prince William Sound and divert them to an experimental Juneau-Petersburg-Ketchikan connection this fall and winter, the state's top marine transportation official said Thursday.

Merriam and McMurray to wed
Juneau residents Paige Merriam and Phil McMurray will be married at 6 p.m. May 28, 2005, at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventure. It is the first marriage for both.

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

Cubs pack shelter
Cub Scout Pack 15 takes a tour on April 14 of the Gastineau Humane Society.

Perseverance named Nat'l Rec Trail
Whether you are a history buff, interested in flora and fauna or just an outdoors enthusiast, there is more than one reason to visit historic Perseverance Trail this season.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Feeling the pain of fellow creatures
While taking my 45-pound dog, Pepper, to the vet with a bad puncture wound in her right shoulder and feeling sorrowful at her pain and discomfort, I thought of the travail of our fellow creatures who inhabit the forests of Southeast Alaska.

Willis and Ricker wed
Sarah Lea Willis of Juneau and Clint Earl Ricker of Statesboro, Ga., were married May 13, 2005, in the Atlanta Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Student recognition
Recognizing our outstanding young people

Sandy Johnson Sr.
Lifelong Juneau resident Sandy Johnson Sr. died May 16, 2005, in his home with family members by his side.

Rudolph C. Pusich
Lifelong Douglas resident Rudolph C. Pusich, 86, died May 17, 2005, peacefully at his home.

Paul Bell
Juneau resident Paul Frank Bell died May 16, 2005, at the Sitka Community Hospital.

My turn: Young women's abortion decisions are already too burdened by conflict
Recent news coverage throughout the state has included a story of a young woman whose parents are now suing the State of Alaska because she was permitted to go to Seattle to obtain an abortion without involving her parents in the decision.

My turn: It's possible to be car-free and carefree in Juneau
This Friday is Bike to Work Day sponsored by the Juneau Freewheelers. For people who are unable to ride a bicycle, perhaps this can be "Alternative Transportation Day."

Empire editorial: Alaskans must keep seeking cooperation on Tulsequah mine
This week's announced stall in plans to develop the Tulsequah Chief mine in the Taku River watershed offers a welcome respite in a process that has pressed forward with little regard for other economic interests.

Glacier Swim Club names O'Brien and Jones team MVPs at awards banquet
The Glacier Swim Club held its year-end awards banquet on Saturday.

2005 Alaska High School Track and Field Bests
Standings through Saturday, May 14

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.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, May 19.

2005 Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 10:25 1.m. on Wednesday, May 18.

Juneau boys rout Service
The Juneau-Douglas High School Boys soccer team stole the show at Anchorage Football Stadium on Thursday, routing the defending champion Service Cougars, 7-0.

Queens of the pool
Juneau synchronized swimmers Koko Urata and Sarah Felix trust each other a great deal.

JDHS girls win battle of the Bears
This could be Lindsey Kato's best birthday present yet.

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.

Body in motion
Juneau-Douglas athlete Mary Rehfeld competes in the long jump competition during the Region V Track and Field Meet on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy.

Company puts its Tulsequah mine on hold
Redfern Resources Corp. announced it is putting the proposed Tulsequah Chief mine northeast of Juneau on hold, pending further mineral exploration.

Alaska Senators seek a delay in closing of base
Alaska's senators want to delay the military base realignment and closures in the wake of the Defense Department's recommendation to remove jet fighters and most personnel from Eielson Air Force Base.

Judge holds firm on trial date for Craig teen
It's still not certain where a 16-year-old Craig girl will face charges that she conspired to kill her mother, but a Juneau judge said Wednesday the case will go to trial in August.

Workers' comp, retirement to resurface in special session
Workers' compensation and privatized retirement accounts for future public workers and teachers may be coming back for another round this special legislative session.

Staff reports from around the state

Head games
Newborn moose siblings butt heads Wednesday in a clearing in Kenai. The feisty pair took turns chasing each other as their mother browsed nearby.

House spending tamed at $2.28 billion
As promised, a panel in the Alaska House on Wednesday approved a public works budget that is cheaper than the Senate's and leaves out a number of school districts waiting for construction and maintenance.

Fisherman nets humpback near Wrangell
A young humpback whale that may have been feeding in silty water near Wrangell became entangled in a fisherman's net and died.

UAS program offers students intensive help
The University of Alaska Southeast has received a $1.1 million federal grant to help willing students succeed in college.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Party-goers ponder end-of-life decisions
The tabletops were covered with an array of wine and cheese. The party mix segued smoothly from Ella Fitzgerald to Billy Joel. The mood was pleasantly upbeat for the topic of conversation: death.

Fairbanks, Anchorage pitch AFN for 2006 convention
Fairbanks and Anchorage officials are dueling to attract the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention to their cities in 2006.

Photo: Snap judgement
Jaime Castro, from San Diego, prepares frozen red snapper for boxing and shipping Wednesday at the Norquest Seafood plant in Petersburg.

Eielson's vast space may weaken lobbying effort
The vast flying space available at Eielson Air Force Base may work against it as Alaska officials lobby to keep it operating at full strength.

Jazz & Classics Schedule
Upcoming Jazz events

Versatile baritone to perform Wednesday
There was a time in his life two years ago when classically trained baritone Jubilant Sykes found that songs came pouring out of him just as soon as he sat down.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

Green Plastic:
Bassist Tully Devine, guitarist Trenton White and drummer Solan Jensen started playing together last year and quickly decided that the best way to start their musical sojourn would be to cover an album in its entirety.

Songwriting duo touches on the lighter side of life
As the creative minds behind the two-piece Arkansas-based duo Trout Fishing in America, guitarist Keith Grimwood and bass player Ezra Idlet have been writing songs together for almost 30 years.

Juneau band What Remains releases 4th CD
From humble beginnings as a solo acoustic project in guitarist Dave Conway's bedroom, Juneau's What Remains has evolved into a full-fledged guitar-guitar-bass-and-drums punk band. Now, the group is ready to release its first full-length compact disc.

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

News of local arts

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