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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Keep senior tax break, lower mill rate
Assembly members Merrill Sanford, Bob Doll, David Stone, Johan Dybdahl and Jonathan Anderson deserve a big thank-you for their courageous vote to retain the senior sales tax exemption.

Oil tax hike doesn't mean a decline in investment
I would like to point out a couple of things, things the public may already be aware of, but I would like to reiterate them.

Against arrogantly ignorant politics
I'm disappointed that the House succumbed to voting for the constitutional abortion that is the meth-pot bill. The actual merits of the parts of this legislation are irrelevant.

School Board is acting foolishly in lawsuit
I totally support the Letter to the Editor of Mr. Nelson (April 14), regarding the foolishness of the Juneau School Board supporting further law disputes with Joseph Frederick.

Don't turn our backs on seniors
I would like to thank Merrill Sanford in his effort to continue the sales tax exemption for senior citizens.

Lake's ecology endangered by personal watercraft
I am an Auke Lake resident. At 92 years of age, I am not too concerned about noise pollution (I don't hear as well as I used to).

Cowards of our own destiny
The state of Alaska and the federal government allows the commercial fishing industry to over harvest our fish.

Amazing comments in Juneau road debate
Recently, local media reported two amazing comments on the Juneau access road.

Nonresidents may stop shopping in Juneau
The nonresident sales tax exemption card for people living outside of Juneau is ending soon. I just took a trip to a couple of the smaller outlying towns, and everyone I spoke to was under the same impression.

Bill ensures competitive market
Would you agree that when you buy a vehicle, you and not the car company, should choose where it's fixed?

Visitor bureau reaches Outside
Next week, some 60 people from various corners of the globe will meet in Juneau to share their love of shrimp and crab.

Anglers rock & troll
Andres "Buddy" Soriano is working hard during his monthlong vacation.

Photo: Keeping the streets clean
Mark Notar of the city's Street Division vacuums the sidewalks Thursday on South Franklin Street.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Local resident speaks Jesus' language - Aramaic
Isn't it miraculous that the word spoken 2,000 years ago by Jesus is still a living language used by thousands of people in the world today.

FYI
News about the people you know

Neighbors mailbox
You've got mail, neighbor

Duran and Harrington wed
Vanessa Duran of Juneau and Clayton Harrington III of Spokane, Wash., were married April 29, at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Conrad Moller
He likes playing football, being outdoors, playing on his trampoline and going to the gun range.

Hatten and Harris to wed
Juneau residents Jenny Lee Hatten and Wesley Lee Harris Jr., will be married at 4 p.m., May 27, at the Juneau Church of the Nazarene. A reception will immediately follow at Marlintini's Lounge.

Photo: Proud pageant winners
Miss Tlingit & Haida competitors, Barbara Dude, left, and Marissa Corpuz, right, of Juneau, stand with Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska President Edward K. Thomas, center, at the Tlingit & Haida competition and scholarship pageant in Juneau.

Kussarts celebrate 40 years
Don and Janet Kussart will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m., May 27, at their home on 2195 Cascade St. in Juneau.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

My turn: Keeping tourists, residents happy
If you've driven on South Franklin Street lately you've likely seen crossing guards in brightly colored rain gear at key locations in the heart of the business district.

Alaska editorial: In support of new laws protecting gun rights
Lawmakers in Juneau smacked another one over the fence when they passed legislation that bars confiscation of legally owned, possessed and carried firearms from law-abiding citizens during disaster emergencies.

Alaska editorial: Fairbanks stands by wolf control program
This past winter our friends at Friends of Animals ran full-page newspaper ads that said something to the effect that shooting wolves to save moose and then shooting the moose was crazy.

JDHS girls top West Valley to open tourney
The Juneau-Douglas girls soccer team beat West Valley 2-1 Thursday at Anchorage Football Stadium, advancing to a semifinal match at 4 p.m. today against the Chugiak Mustangs in the 2006 State Soccer Championships.

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.

Juneau-Douglas takes two at Sitka
On Wednesday, Juneau-Douglas junior Andrew Hall more than made up for a rough outing in the Crimson Bears' 6-5 win over host Sitka.

Ashe's goal lifts the Crimson Bears past Colony
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team ended up on the winning side of a 2-1 thriller Thursday against Colony at Anchorage Football Stadium in the 2006 State Soccer Championships quarterfinals.

Gov. Murkowski includes oil tax in special session
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Thursday expanded the agenda of the special legislative session to include an oil-tax bill the Senate dumped on the final day of the regular session.

Alaska Digest
A mother, her daughter and their dog escaped injury Thursday morning when a fire broke out in the garage of their Glacier Highway ranch-style rental home and spread to the kitchen.

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

Unions not yet finished with pension fight
State officials expect to put in place a new retirement plan for government workers and public school teachers hired after July 1, even though the plan as written is not likely to qualify for tax-exempt status under Internal Revenue Service rules.

Tongass trees cut to prepare for road
At some spots along the proposed Juneau access road corridor in Berners Bay, crews have felled some big, old Tongass trees.

Scientists begin testing for bird flu in Alaska
Federal scientists have started testing migratory birds for signs of the Asian H5N1 avian flu.

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