State's resources will provide future jobs
I want to complement Glenn Haight on his opinion in Friday's Empire. Having lived in Craig for the last 35 years, I have witnessed firsthand many of our brightest students go off to college to get their degrees only to find out that job opportunities are outside the state, or at best, in one of Alaska's larger communities far from the rural setting they grew up in.

Thanks to Palin for proposing help for energy costs
This is a letter thanking Gov. Sarah Palin for proposing to help with energy costs.

Disappointed in court's decision on same-sex marriage
I wish to express my disappointment with the California Supreme Court for overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The decision does not reflect the true heart and soul of a state in touch with its democratic roots and moral foundation.

District tightens drug rules for school activities
For high school students in Juneau who participate in extracurricular activities, punishments for smoking, drinking or doing drugs may soon have no off-season.

Superdelegate from Juneau backs Obama
Alaska's last two uncommitted Democratic superdelegates announced Monday they were backing Barack Obama for president.

Juneau Assembly hears cottage housing appeal
An attempt to build high-density homes in Juneau will fly or falter on the Juneau Assembly's decision following arguments Monday as one local developer sought to stop another.

Ex-Juneau DJ's novel considered for movie
Tony Bender, a former Juneau disc jockey, is the publisher of two small-town North Dakota newspapers, meaning he sells ads, write stories, edits copy, designs pages, supervises printing, and hauls the weekly editions to the post office.

Photo: Mr. Peepers flies free
An bald eagle named Mr. Peepers flies out of a kennel Sunday after being released by the Juneau Raptor Center at Brotherhood Bridge park. The raptor center's Jamie Sorg said Mr. Peepers got his name because he was found by eye doctor Gordon Preecs. Sorg said the eagle was found in February, dehydrated and apparently unable to thrive in the middle of winter.

Photo: Breaking ground on sewer project
City officials and a contractor representative pose Monday during the groundbreaking ceremony for the North Douglas sewer expansion project. From left are Assembly members Merrill Sanford and Jonathan Anderson, City Manager Rod Swope, Toby Miller of Miller Construction, Assembly member Bob Doll, City Engineer Rory Watt and Juneau Engineering Director Roger Healy.

Photos: Face lift
Jeff Trucano of Trucano Construction, first and second, directs a crane operator Monday as The Four Story Totem Pole is lowered onto a cradle in front of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. Third, Addison Field, curator for the city museum, museum Director Jane Lindsey and Bob Banghart, curator for the State Museum, examine the totem. The 40 foot-pole, carved in 1940 by John Wallace, is being prepared for restoration by Wallace's son, Haida carver Lee Wallace.

Photo: Tied up at the moment
Jennifer Maki, a student teacher at Mendenhall River Community School, is duct-taped to a pole by students in Kathy O'Daniel's fourth-grade class Monday in the school's playground. Students competed for a chance to "punish their teacher" by bringing in pennies for Pennies for Patients, a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Maki was the teacher who volunteered to be punished.

Photos: Celebrating Museum Day
First, Makenna Graham, top, looks up in the tree at a stuffed bald eagle Sunday in the Alaska State Museum while attending Juneau's annual Museum Day. Graham's mother, Karrie, middle, and sister, Kyelisa, stand behind.

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Marguerite Jacobson
Former Angoon resident Marguerite "Peg" Jacobson died the morning of April 17, 2008, in Ketchikan, ending a full and wonderful life, her family said. She was 89.

My turn: Alaska's transportation dilemma
In recent weeks a lot of newsprint has been expended regarding the downsides of moving ahead with construction of the Lynn Canal Highway. Objections range from the potential danger of avalanches, concerns for the environment, perceived difficulties with design and construction and the high cost of the project, currently estimated by the Department of Transportation at $374 million.

My turn: The truth behind beauty
A healthy body means feeling, looking and staying physically and mentally fit.

Outside editorial: Hard-drive diplomacy
The confirmation by an international forensics team that laptops and hard drives captured by Colombia originated in a camp of FARC terrorists ought to open a new era in relations between the democratic world and Hugo Chavez's Venezuelan government. Whether it does will depend to a large extent on how Colombia and the United States handle a rich but tricky diplomatic opportunity.

Alaska editorial: Support consistency in weapons laws on national parks lands
The general sentiment behind a current push to make National Park Service lands' concealed carry laws consistent with state laws is a good one. Any measure to reduce confusion between state and federal management lines is a good idea.

Opinion: Please, 'Go outside and play'
C an you forgive her?In March, Lenore Skenazy, a New York City mother, gave her 9-year-old son, Izzy, a MetroCard, a subway map, a $20 bill and some quarters for pay phones. Then she let him make his own way home from Bloomingdale's department store - by subway and bus.

Opinion: New Nader threatens McCain's chances
Sen. John McCain is champing at the bit to run against Sen. Barack Obama in the fall. But while the presumptive GOP nominee focuses on his likely Democratic rival, he should also worry about his own right flank. Bob Barr entered the presidential race last week as a Libertarian, in time for that party's nominating convention (which starts Thursday), and while the former Republican congressman from Georgia isn't going to become president, his run is no joke. Barr might well inherit the sizable support garnered by Rep. Ron Paul during his own run for the Republican nomination - and leave McCain sputtering the sorts of epithets usually uttered by Democrats talking about Ralph Nader.

SEARHC awards work site grants
JUNEAU - Employee wellness programs in Juneau received a boost from the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, which announced $28,000 in small grant awards Monday.

Tribe hires expert to address energy crisis
JUNEAU - The Tlingit-Haida Central Council hired energy expert Percy Frisby to head its new Tribal Energy Department.

Soldier faces 90 child porn counts
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier was charged with 90 counts of possessing child pornography.

Man convicted of murder in collision
ANCHORAGE - A drunken driver who killed another man in a collision was convicted of second-degree murder.

UAS automotive tech program recertified
JUNEAU - The Automotive Technology program at UAS in Juneau has received five-year recertification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence.

Body found near Anchorage bike trail
ANCHORAGE - Police are trying to determine the sex and identity of a body found near a West Anchorage bike trail.

UAA teams up with college in China
ANCHORAGE - The University of Alaska Anchorage and the Northeast Normal College in China are entering an agreement to cooperate on student exchange and other programs.

Ex-Fairbanks mayor appeals conviction
FAIRBANKS - Former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes has filed notice in federal court that he's appealing his conviction and sentence for stealing federal grant money.

University begins experimental forest
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks is starting a new experimental forest project on the West Ridge part of campus.

Accident lands man in hospital, then jail
JUNEAU - A Juneau man who police said was driving drunk suffered minor injuries in a single-car accident Saturday on Glacier Highway near Wal-Mart.

Utility investigates power line fire
ANCHORAGE - Chugach Electric Association is investigating the cause of a fire that burned a plastic ball marker on a Fort Richardson power line.

Bears dominate Ketchikan Kings
The Juneau-Douglas High School soccer team celebrated Senior Night during pre-game festivities Saturday, then promptly handed the injury-plagued Ketchikan Kings a 13-1 loss.

Alaska residents fear fallout from polar bear decision
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne's declaration that polar bears are a threatened species was a frustrating exercise for the mayor of Alaska's northernmost borough.

Senate hopeful Begich announces ethics plan
ANCHORAGE - Democrat Mark Begich will try to make ethics a focus of his campaign for U.S. Senate, though he's not going out of his way to mention his likely opponent in November, incumbent Republican Ted Stevens.

Wasp stings are on the rise in Alaska
Two summers ago a huge hatch of wasps descended on Fairbanks. University of Alaska Fairbanks entomologist Derek Sikes estimated there were about 10 times more yellow jackets that year than normal. Inevitably they bumped into people. School events were canceled because too many kids were getting stung.

Black bear fatally shot after breaking into Anchorage home
ANCHORAGE - A black bear is dead after it was shot inside the ransacked home of an Anchorage couple.

Traditional river blessing resurrected
NENANA - Nenana resident Robert Ketzler saw Sunday as a chance to remember his grandfather, who died on the Tanana River.

Photo: Precious cargo
Alaska Airlines copilot Mark Awon walks down a red carpet Friday morning with the first of this season's Copper River King Salmon at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Following Awon is Capt. Ken Williams. The flight had 7,500 pounds of the fish, down from an original estimate of 36,000 pounds because of poor weather.

Ketchikan told to wait for road maintenance
Significant state road maintenance in Ketchikan will have to wait until at least July because the regional maintenance budget is "essentially exhausted," according to the Department of Transportation.

Young doctor drawn to rural medicine heads for Alaska
BELMONT, Mich. - Sarah Roberts has heard all the jokes comparing her life to that of "Northern Exposure's" Dr. Joel Fleischman.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Kenai Peninsula residents kill two grizzlies
KENAI - Two Kenai Peninsula grizzly have died this spring at the hands of residents defending life or property.

Alaska's largest caribou herd falls by 20 percent
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest caribou herd fell by 20 percent between 2003 and 2007, according the latest count by the state Department of Fish and Game.

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