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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

DOT: Story leaves wrong impression
The May 19 story ("Tongass trees cut to prepare for road") and accompanying photo left the public with half the story and a less than clear picture of the work we are performing for the Juneau Access project.

Former Juneauite agrees with letter writer
I totally support Tristan Knutson-Lombardo's statement (Letter to the Editor, May 17), in particular, the lack of response and acknowledgment of elected officials.

A missing point from immigration rally
A huge point seems to have been missed at the rally supporting immigrants. Most Americans are descendants of legal immigrants.

Mines threaten to dig our graves
I am a Bristol Bay fisherman. My way of life, job and my family's existence depends 100 percent on those salmon runs that go up and down the rivers in our region.

Stop being complacent and do something
Most of my life I thought our whole political process was overpowering and hopeless. What can I do against such money and power?

Assemblyman's housing idea won't work
After reading today's paper (May 16) about the Lena Point Subdivision, I have to voice my total disagreement with Assemblyman Sanford's analogy of the "step up" principal.

Photo: Hip to the past
Riverbend Elementary School students perform to Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" during a school play Friday. The play, "Blueberry Pie," starred every student at the school and was written by the school's principal, Carmen Katasse.

Photo: Strings and ivory
Classical violinist Philippe Djokic and pianist Lynn Stodola perform Monday at the State Office Building atrium as part of the 20th Annual Juneau Jazz & Classics' free Brown Bag Concerts.

Fluoride commission split over city water
The Juneau Assembly likely will get a split recommendation regarding the continued use of fluoride in city water, said Juneau Fluoride Study Commission Chairman Bart Rozelle.

Photo: Getting silly on Sunday
Families join in a sing-along with children's musician Red Grammer during a concert at JRC The Alaska Club in the Mendenhall Valley on Sunday afternoon

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Seaweed gatherers harvest feast from the beach
It's seaweed season in Southeast, despite reports earlier this month of Alaska State Troopers fining people for picking the aquatic plants from Seward beaches.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Coast Guard shuffle shifting a few jobs north
The U.S. Coast Guard is in the midst of change this spring after streamlining operations and changes of commands in Juneau and Alaska.

Photo: Safe at first
Denise Vaught of the city's Parks and Recreation Maintenance Division sets first base Monday at one of the Savikko Park softball fields in Douglas.

City inherits garden legacy
Caroline Jensen didn't simply smell the flowers. She grew them in profusion and shared them with friends, as they recalled Sunday afternoon in her garden.

James W. Brooks
Juneau resident James W. Brooks, 84, died May 19, 2006, at his home in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Give contract a chance
Gov. Frank Murkowski looked annoyed, exasperated and somewhat perplexed at times at the news conference the other week at which he discussed a variety of aspects of his natural gas pipeline agreement with BP, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhillips.

My turn: Study failed to ask port authority
The final strategy in Gov. Frank Murkowski's playbook, to ensure that a Canadian highway and producer gas line is the only option to be considered by the Legislature and Alaskans, reared its ugly head at recent press conferences.

Alaska editorial: Opposition to aerial pesticide spraying falls on deaf ears
A lot of people are worried about the Department of Environmental Conservation's decision to allow Klukwan Inc. to spray pesticides by helicopter.

Alaska editorial: State should file new Exxon claims
Should Gov. Frank Murkowski press an additional $100 million of restoration claims arising from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill?

My turn: Oil tariffs omitted in contract negotiations
The governor insists that the Legislature must accept the complicated new petroleum fiscal regime he negotiated with the three major North Slope producers (BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil).

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.

JV report: JDHS softball captures three of four games in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity softball team received some stiff competition over the weekend in Anchorage.

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

Senate to vote on oil tax bill
Less than two weeks after sinking a proposal to rewrite Alaska's oil and gas production taxes, the state Senate was set to vote on a new version of the bill Monday, day 13 of the special session.

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

Senate OKs new system for taxing oil
The Alaska Senate on Monday night passed a new draft of the oil tax bill that will earn less revenue at high oil prices than two versions previously voted on.

Leaders still guessing how much tax will bring
Nobody really knows how much extra cash a proposed oil tax would bring Alaska.

Villages protest spray permit
Hydaburg Mayor Tom Morrison was upset enough about the state's approval of a herbicide spray permit on nearby Long Island that he and the village's tribal president went live on national Native American radio Monday.

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

More salmon further north, in Arctic Ocean
Alaskans are heading into another summer of salmon plenty, and by the time commercial fishermen haul in their last gillnet and sportsmen cast their final hook, the catch is expected to top 160 million fish.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Reality star's daughter dies in Fairbanks SUV accident
Two people, including the daughter of a cable television reality show star, died when their stolen vehicle rolled, authorities said.

Governor signs biggest, earliest operating budget ever
Gov. Frank Murkowski set his pen to the state operating budget during a press conference Monday, bragging that it was the earliest a spending plan was ever signed.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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