Kudos to governor for tackling housing
I am happy to hear that Gov. Sarah Palin has decided to tackle the complicated issue of affordable housing by developing the idea of an Alaska Housing Trust.

'Sally' should no longer go forth
It's time to wrap up the comic strip "Sally Forth" and put her in the recycle bin.

A possible attraction: a floating casino
I think Alaska could do well to have a floating casino out at sea. This could bring a lot of jobs and revenue for the state.

Appreciating Empire columnist's honesty
About Kevin Reeves' "opinion" ("Protecting us to death: Virginia Tech was the direct result of gun control campaigns," Wednesday's Juneau Empire), I appreciate the honesty in his first sentence.

Potential calamity was made an adventure
We want to commend and thank all the people who helped us after the grounding of the Empress of the North on May 14.

Bikes are an efficient mode of transport
Rather than taxing bicyclists for using the roads (Robert Tonkin's Friday letter), we should all be thanking those who ride bicycles to work or on errands.

Body language, nor tapes, do not lie
(This is in response to Phil and Linda Chandler's May 11 letter, "We know Kohring; he couldn't have done this.")

Alaskans make state the top vacation spot
As one of the passengers on the cruise ship Empress of the North, I would like to extend my gratitude to the kind people of Alaska who came to our aid after our ship ran aground on May 14.

Motorists should pay attention to cyclists
Of all the wonderful things that living in Juneau has to offer, bicycling is not one of them. Every day that I ride my mountain bike to work, or anywhere for that matter, I am almost hit by a car.

Legislators say short sessions' days numbered
Voter-adopted initiatives can't be changed until two years after passage, and that may mean just two years of 90-day legislative sessions for the Alaska Legislature.

Costs to move session may trump savings
Last year, when the Alaska Legislature had three special sessions, Legislative Affairs Agency Director Pam Varni looked into whether it would be cheaper to hold the session in a more central location.

Photos: Jazzed up

Authorities hope to ID Douglas Island body
Juneau police Monday were awaiting autopsy results in their investigation of a body found over the weekend at the southern end of Douglas Island.

Photo: Dancing the night away
Hal and Leslie Daugherty grace the dance floor Friday night during a performance by Too Slim & The Taildraggers at ANB Hall...

Around Town

Coordinator keeps Project Playground builders well-fed
From heaps of fried chicken to a Polynesian feast, volunteers at Project Playground have been fed well after toiling on what will be Alaska's largest playground.

Around Town

School district funding increases
The legislature's last minute closed-door education funding package is being met with open arms at the Juneau School District.

Photo: Dog-day afternoon
A yellow dog suns itself Monday in the middle of quiet, sleepy Fifth Street in Douglas.

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

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

Juneau teacher receives national award
Gastineau Elementary School teacher Jennifer Thompson won $10,000 and was recognized by President George W. Bush as one of the nation's top teachers. Then she got a bonus.

Photo: Look out!
Carson Cummins, 2, climbs a rock Monday as he watches his father and siblings play near Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Cruise ship heads for repairs in Ketchikan
A small cruise ship that hit a charted rock in Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage last week is headed to Ketchikan for repairs.

Ships in port today

Richard, Ardith Eakins
Former Juneau residents Richard and Ardith Eakins died on May 18, 2007, in an automobile accident in Idaho. Richard was 75. Ardith was 69.

Joseph 'Dale' Gowen
Former longtime Juneau resident Joseph "Dale" Gowen died May 19, 2007, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kan. He was 42.

Alaska editorial: A silver cruise-ship lining emerges from Capitol cloud
Illegal bribes and their effects have been in the headlines lately. Their toll on Alaskans, sad as it is immediately, may not be known fully for some time to come.

My turn: Bag tax offers an opportunity
Congratulations to Juneau legislators Sen. Kim Elton and Rep. Andrea Doll, along with the Alaska-based nonprofit Turning the Tides, for proposing a 15-cent tax on plastic grocery bags.

Outside editorial: Is Lute Gen. Fix-it or Gen. Exit?
Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute takes on the oddest job in Washington. Ostensibly, he is President Bush's war czar to oversee fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he really has been promoted to a hopeless, futile position.

Alaska editorial: Legislative leaders pick the wrong way to oppose gambling
In fighting the Eklutna Natives' Indian gambling proposal, House Speaker John Harris and Sen. President Lyda Green have reopened an old wound.

My Turn: Taking action on their own
Following President George W. Bush's recent veto of the war funding bill, Democratic Party leaders opted for political comfort by backtracking on a nonbinding withdrawal timeline in favor of even vaguer benchmarks.

As of Sunday, 11:19 a.m.

Sports in Juneau

JDHS boys soccer junior varsity team finishes with a flurry
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity boys soccer team wrapped up complete a perfect season against Alaska competition on Saturday.

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

Problem bears to get bright new colors
It's hard to identify a problem bear unless it's rifling through your backpack or charging you on the trail.

Fort Wainwright aviation unit headed to Iraq
An aviation unit from Fort Wainwright is being deployed to Iraq.

Alaska Digest
Anglers cited for violations near Sitka, Agency issues new requirements to BP & Wounded warriors plan return to Kodiak

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

Tourist influx brings crowds to Fairbanks
The Princess Tours buses stopped in front of the Log Cabin Visitor Information Center and about 250 people stepped off, turning sleepy downtown Fairbanks into a beehive of activity on Saturday.

Alaska Digest
False fire alarm atDimond Courthouse, Anchorage man charged in death & 5 Fort Richardson paratroopers killed

Five dead in first month of Denali climbing season
Five mountaineers have died on the treacherous peaks of Denali National Park this season, with four of those deaths occurring over the past week, park officials said Sunday.

Competitor protests state money for sports dome
Owners of a private indoor sports complex have objected to a $1.5 million state grant that will bail out a competing facility, an inflatable dome owned by a nonprofit group.

Woman dies after tree hits power line
A Salcha woman was electrocuted when a tree she was cutting fell on a power line, Alaska State Troopers said.

Move to overturn whaling ban falters
The fate of the 21-year-old moratorium on commercial whaling is a numbers' game played at the annual International Whaling Commission meeting - and this year Japan is still short of votes in its drive to overturn the ban.

Protests mount for harnessed elephant
Animal advocates demonstrated to step up pressure on the Alaska Zoo to send Alaska's only elephant south to a sanctuary with other animals.

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