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Saturday, May 21, 2005

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

'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:"

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

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.

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.

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.

Student recognition
Recognizing our outstanding young people

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

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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