Perseverance Trail is not fixed
Perseverance Trail fixed? Not really.

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.

The past reveals folly of access road
I write in light of the recent news about the progress of the Juneau access road. As a Juneau resident of Tlingit ancestry, I strongly urge you to take into consideration the following when making your decision.

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

Panel finds no ethics conflict for lawmaker
The Legislature's ethics committee Tuesday cleared the way for Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, a top oil industry ally, to fully participate in deliberations about natural gas pipeline proposals.

Electric bills with new rates sent to customers
The first series of electric bills with sharply increased rates started showing up in Juneau's mailboxes this week.

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.

Juneau tech works to avert world's shipping disasters
In a nondescript walk-up office on Harbor Way, near the end of a bridge in this Southeast Alaska city, Capt. Ed Page watches a loaded tanker 2,000 miles south in real time, maneuvering toward the dock in Long Beach harbor.

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.

Assembly committee approves $42 million capital project list
The Juneau Assembly Public Works and Facilities Committee on Monday approved $42 million in capital improvement projects to be carried out.

Juneau citizens awarded for wilderness safety readiness
Juneau Mountain Rescue and the Alaska Peace Officers Association are recognizing six individuals for meritorious conduct in life threatening situations over the past year.

Around Town

Photo: A little lunch music
Soprano Lauren Skuce, right, and violinist Mark Steinberg perform Tuesday during the Juneau Jazz & Classics Brown Bag Concert at the State Office Building. The free concerts will be held each day at noon for the rest of the week.

Photo: Derby heats up
Fishermen dot the rocks Tuesday at False Outer Point. Many of them are participating in the Annual Spring King Salmon Derby. Jonathan Lyman is now in first place in the derby, weighing in a 32.95 pound king salmon on Sunday.

Police & Fire
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Around Town

Police & Fire
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Car Show has great turnout
The Juneau Dipsticks enjoyed a great turnout, with more than 1,300 paid attendees, for the eighth annual Classic, Custom and Antique Auto & Cycle Show May 16-18 at Centennial Hall.

Sherman Indian High School to hold information session
JUNEAU - Sherman Indian High School, a Bureau of Indian Education school in Riverside, Calif., will present a parent training and student orientation for Alaska Native students, parents and other interested tribal members from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Vocational Training and Resource Center, 3239 Hospital Drive.

Small-business energy loans available
A city-funded loan program will help cover part of businesses' electric bills - though businesses will have to be denied a conventional bank loan before they are eligible.

Juneau under attack
Juneau is under attack, and the city government isn't doing anything about it. The employment of two or three men on a steady schedule would go a long way to eradicate the threat.

It's all about spring cooking
It's time to begin thinking about spring cooking. Around this time of year, after I have had my fill of soups and casseroles, I yearn to make something a little less heavy. Do have a favorite for the upcoming season? Are you craving a few new recipes? Let us know about some of your favorite spring recipes. You never know what yummy recipe is just waiting to be tried.

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Charities offer relief to low income residents
The United Way of Southeast Alaska and Catholic Community Services have rolled out their residential grant program, which they call Juneau Unplugged.

Reducing energy use is a quality of life issue
There was no small measure of irony in the timing of my last column (Please remember to leave the lights on). As my mini-manifesto on the economy of electric heat versus oil was rolling off the presses, snow was rolling off of the cliffs above Juneau's hydroelectric power lines, heralding a dramatic change in the way all Juneau residents view our usage of electricity.

Photo: French students place in regions
Juneau-Douglas High School French students pose on May 15 with the awards they earned from placing in the top 20 in the Pacific Northwest Region on the National French test, and placing first, second or third in the Southeast Regional World Language competition. Front row, from left, are Tyler Houseweart, Kimberly Watt, Hanna Stauffer, Alice Ottoson-McKeen amd Kayla Bishop. Second row, from left, are Michelle Kirkham, Leigh Miller, Tracy Ralston, Cassandra Miller, Kyelisa Graham, Shelby Jeffries and Yvette Storey. Back row, from left, are Sarah Thrower, Rachel Peyton, Isabel Bush, Dana Shannon, Shawna Else, Jake Monagle, Margaret Rehfeld and Joe Funk. Not pictured are David Abad and Peter Jorgensen.

James 'Vince' O'Reilly
Former Juneau resident James "Vince" O'Reilly died peacefully in the company of his children on May 18, 2008, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. He was 81.

Gary Allen Sturrock
Former Juneau resident Gary Allen Sturrock died May 16, 2008, at his home in Woodinville, Wash., following a short battle with cancer. His family was by his side. He was 53.

Norman Jackson
Kake resident Norman L. Jackson died May 18, 2008, in Anchorage Native Medical Center. He was 66.

My turn: OxyContin abuse a problem in Juneau and the nation
The recent Empire article on prescription drug abuse was well-written but did not tell the whole story.

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: Juneau needs to laugh at times like these
We knew it was going to be an interesting summer when the people of Juneau rushed the first cruise ship of the season, bringing a very long extension cord to divert electricity from the ship's generator into the city's power grid. That was the first night in weeks that the city turned on its streetlights.

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: Make more money available for students to attend college
Not everything in the state's bloated capital budget ranks as pork. As an example of smart money, the $2.5 million in grants so Alaska's poorest students can afford college is hard to beat.

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.

Alaska editorial: Unrepentant Vic Kohring an embarrassment to all
Vic Kohring doesn't get it. Never did. Never will. He doesn't get that a state legislator can't collect cash handouts from the state's most powerful lobbyist.

School Board OKs new lunch program
JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board approved a new food service contract Tuesday evening that school officials said will lead to better lunches for the city's students.

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.

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.

Accident sends people to hospital
JUNEAU - A 19-year-old woman driving out of a parking lot Monday turned in front of an oncoming truck and caused an accident that sent the truck's driver and passengers to Bartlett Regional Hospital, according to police.

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.

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.

School Board finishes evaluating Cowan
JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board announced Tuesday it had completed its evaluation of Superintendent Peggy Cowan.

Book details Tlingit, Russian battles
JUNEAU - A new book matches oral histories and historic accounts to documented battles between the Russians and Tlingits in the early 19th century.

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.

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

Alaska Airlines flight diverted to Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Mechanical problems forced an Alaska Airlines flight en route from Anchorage to Chicago to land in Ketchikan.

Open burning ban instituted on Kenai
KENAI - The state closed permitted burning for the western Kenai Peninsula until further notice.

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.

Ketchikan surprises Crimson Bears with sweep
In a battle of state champions on Saturday, Ketchikan showed it can more than hang with Alaska's elite softball teams.

Spring King Salmon Derby Standings
As of 8:57 a.m., Tuesday, May 20


Groups seek curb on greenhouse gases
ANCHORAGE - Conservation groups announced Tuesday they are challenging Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne's attempt to limit collateral economic damage from listing polar bears as a threatened species.

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.

Takers for dead moose found online
ANCHORAGE - When a 300-pound yearling moose stumbled into Calvin Hay's Hillside yard and died this month, he called the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, expecting the carcass would get hauled away.

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.

Photo: Happy, shiny ferry
The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Columbia sports a fresh coat of paint during a recent overhaul project at a Portland, Ore., shipyard. Columbia and its crew are scheduled to arrive in Ketchikan today and begin service within the AMHS fleet.

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

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.

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