DIA counterclaims
In her May 20 letter, Dorothy Owen expressed observations regarding the upcoming May 27 election of Douglas Indian Association.

Whose privilege is it?
While I agree with the idea of a graduated driver's license (GDL) program, I disagree that its provisions should encompass only first-time license holders.

On the beach
Sandy Beach has been trashed. Never in all the decades I've lived here have I seen it look (or smell) so bad.

Conflicts or not
Yes, you do have it right, Richard Schmitz (Letter to the editor, May 21). Assembly member Randy Wanamaker has a conflict of interest and should excuse himself from discussions about mining because he has a business interest in which he and his corporation receive profits from mining.

Listings of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Clear skies at night
The moon emerges from a total lunar eclipse on May 15 as seen over Gastineau Channel and south Douglas Island.

Ferry unions tentatively OK contract offer
Negotiators for two unions representing ferry workers tentatively have accepted the state's offer for new one-year contracts.

Photo: Old-time football, 1910
The Juneau High School football team gets ready to snap the ball while the offense is in a T-formation in about 1910.

Photo: Cruise ship traffic
The cruise ship Norwegian Sky, right, leaves Juneau this week with the Rotterdam in dock and the Norwegian Sun, left, coming into port as the cruise ship and tourist seasons begin to get busy in Alaska.

Eaglecrest asks city to offset season losses
Warm winters in recent years have sent Eaglecrest's profits downhill, and the board of Juneau's city-owned ski area wants the Juneau Assembly Finance Committee to provide extra cash to help narrow a widening deficit.

Veteran king-catcher still leads the derby pack
Al McKinley Sr. was more interested in eating than winning when he headed out fishing a week ago with longtime friend Ronald Austin.

Memorial Day services at two cemeteries
As state, federal and city offices and many private businesses close for the Memorial Day holiday, two local organizations will hold ceremonies to honor veterans.

Judge declares mistrial in rape case involving two teens
A Juneau jury could not reach a verdict Thursday in the trial of a man accused of raping two teenage girls last summer. The deadlock forced Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks to declare a mistrial.

Births, Business Licenses and Court Records.

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

Memories of Bonk
The Juneau School District's Duane Bonk is retiring this year after almost 30 years of teaching.

Substance-abuse conference in Juneau
Juneau will host a national conference on preventing substance abuse by youth.

Old-timers' potluck
The annual potluck of the Auke Bay Old Timers will be held June 7 at the Chapel By the Lake social hall.

Pure in heart, a star in the kitchen
In "This Day in History," Jan. 17, the Empire reported that in 1956, the fish house of the Juneau Cold Storage was destroyed by fire. This did not include the loss of the freezer or the cold storage plant.

After 40 years in class: Do I hear 50?
To paraphrase Mark Twain, "The reports of my retirement have been greatly exaggerated."

College notes

Burkhardts celebrate 50th anniversary
Ann Burkhardt and Walter Burkhardt of Haines are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on May 26.

Thank you
...for helping with Seaweek; for the after-prom party; for donating time; for helping fourth-graders; for helping the violin program; for turning off the TV

Learn about hazards in the home
Products or appliances in your home may be hazards.

Peter M. Schneider
A memorial service for longtime Douglas resident Peter M. Schneider will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Cathedral of the Nativity. All friends are welcome at the service.

Cavs win NBA lottery, have dibs on LeBron
LeBron James won't have to go far to play in the NBA. The Cavaliers scored perhaps the biggest victory in franchise history Thursday night, winning the lottery and the right to select James, the 18-year-old high school phenom from nearby Akron.

Bavard keeps Juneau pitchers steady
When no one else will, call on the coach's kid. That's how Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Nicole Bavard was introduced to the catcher's position in softball about five years ago - and she's been playing there ever since.

Tupou leads Bears to state track
Loreen Tupou couldn't stay away - and now she'll make another trip to the state track and field meet this weekend where she'll make a bid for her second state title.

Bear nine splits in Ketchikan
For the second straight year, Ketchikan has left an unwelcome mark on the record of the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team.

Juneau boys shut out East in state opener
Lee Sullivan won the lunchbox award, but Alex Sadighi got the lunch.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Thunderbird girls claim 1-0 victory over Bears
The state championship dreams of the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team came to a premature end Thursday as the previously unbeaten Crimson Bears were upset 1-0 by the East Anchorage Thunderbirds at Colony High School.

Russia wildfires push smoke to Alaska
Massive wildfires in southern Russia have pushed smoke more than 3,000 miles to Alaska.

Disaster declared for flood-damaged Salcha
Gov. Frank Murkowski has issued a disaster declaration for the flood-damaged Salcha area.

This Day in History

Lawmakers shuffle funds for dividends
Republican and Democratic lawmakers offered different assessments Thursday on the results achieved in the first year of the 23rd Alaska Legislature. The GOP majorities proclaimed success while Democrats warned the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend was jeopardized.

State to give out $13 million for fisheries projects
Got fisheries development ideas? About $13 million in grants is up for grabs, and the state is accepting applications.

RCA bill scrapes through in final hours
In the end, lawmakers agreed Alaska must have an agency regulating the state's utilities, even if they don't agree with all the decisions.

Kenai urges review of anti-terror laws
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, following the lead of dozens of municipalities around the country, has passed a resolution urging national leaders to review anti-terrorism laws many say violate constitutional freedoms. The vote was unanimous.

Defense says there was no Bristol Bay bogeyman
The lawyer for a major processor in the Bristol Bay price-fixing lawsuit took a final shot at conspiracy charges Thursday, saying: "There was no bogeyman in Bristol Bay.

Treasures from steamer trunks
ive years ago, bead artist Salty Hanes inherited steamer trunks from her mother. They went into storage because Hanes and her husband, Jim, were remodeling their dream house, a 1901 home on Third Street downtown.

Movies where and when
"Matrix Reloaded," (R) plays at 6:45 nightly at 20th Century Twin, with second shows at 9:40 Friday and Saturday nights, and a matinee at 3:45 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Rhymes and convictions from the Portland underground
Portland, Ore.-based hip-hop group LightHeaded raps about its spiritual beliefs for a secular record label, Florida's Day by Day Entertainment. But it's not fair to simply tag LightHeaded "a Christian hip-hop group" and dismiss its place in the Pacific Northwest rap underground. Three emcees - Braille, Ohmega Watts and Othello - working with producer Muneshine, make party music in the style they listened to in elementary school: early '90s rap crews such as De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest and Pharcyde. You're likely to hear funk, rock, reggae and jazz - samples of jazz pianist Chick Correa alongside tripped-out '70s riffs from Blood, Sweat and Tears.

A slave to fashion in a small town
So there I was in the dressing room at Fred Meyer pulling on a pair of stretch denim, low-slung jeans I'd found on a rack in the teenage section. I shimmied in, inhaled, zipped and turned to face the mirror. Oh, the horror.

Leftover Salmon
Leftover Salmon had a difficult year in 2002 with the March death of band co-founder and banjo player Mark Vann. More than 14 months later, the 13-year-old Colorado six-piece, self-described "Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass" band is just happy to be playing at its favorite time of the year: the festival season.

What's happening
The Great Alaska Craftbeer and Homebrew Festival, noon-5 p.m., Saturday, May 24, at the Southeast Alaska State Fair Grounds in Haines. Admission is $20.

On bellbottoms, beards, bustles and mutants
Fashion, in retrospect, is always comical. Pantaloons, periwigs, shoe buckles, bustles and bellbottoms are apt to leave the most disinterested time traveler simultaneously snorting and chortling. The marcelling of the 1920s looks as if it has been applied with a frosting knife, doesn't it? And its cousin, the hair helmet popular with 1970s yuppies, asks us to subscribe to the peculiar notion that all men shall be Alley Oop.

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