The objective truth about abortion
Dallas Blanchard tells us in a May 19 letter to the editor that our view of abortion depends on our life circumstances.

Pebble Mine threatens Alaska livelihoods
As an Alaska resident, I oppose the proposed Pebble Mine. Contrary to the letter printed in the May 18 paper, there is something to oppose.

Scoring a SpongeBob
Sam Steele, 13, carries a SpongeBob doll for his friend Katrina Starbard on Thursday as they bicycle home after school.

Taken by a 280-year-old cello
Tami Ecklund joins her son, Vaughn, 9, as his Gastineau Elementary School class listens to Evan Drachman play his 280-year-old cello.

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

Rain Gutter Regatta
Grant Burns, 9, nears the finish line with his sailboat during the Cub Scout Pack 10 "Rain Gutter Regatta" on Thursday evening at Sandy Beach.

Assembly backs board on hospital contract
The Juneau Assembly has sided with Bartlett Regional Hospital's board in settling a contract impasse with employees.

Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Team takes third at science fair
Juneau-Douglas High School students Joey Bosworth and Erika O'Sullivan took third place in the botany category at the 2005 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Sprucing up for Memorial Day
Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Pat Carothers, left, stands alongside Tim Armstrong, former Veterans of Foreign Wars commander of Taku Post 5559, on Wednesday as they watch retired Marine Sgt. Joe Java III apply monument paint to the Archie Van Winkle Medal of Honor Monument near the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Thank you
Joe and I would like to thank all of my wonderful family and friends that donated desserts for the dessert and silent auction that was held May 7 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

John and Attla to wed
Marilyn Attla of Huslia and Leonard John Sr. of Juneau will be married at 6 p.m. June 17, 2005, at Door of Hope Church in Fairbanks. The reception will be at David Salmon Tribal Hall.

News from around the community

Ahlgren and Hill to wed
Juneau resident Leslie Ahlgren and Jonathan Hill of Plainwell, Mich., will be married at 3 p.m. July 2, 2005, at the Shrine of St. Therese. A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at Thane Ore House.

Recognizing outstanding citizens

Cleaning up
Lions members, from left, Bruce Wing, Karen Cummins and President-Elect Susan Bowman, far right, present Val Cummins, the community relations director at Wildflower Court, with a check for $1,300.

When the Taku gill net catch was much greater
I spoke to Scott Kelly, the head of commercial fishing for Southeast Alaska, and asked him how the king salmon season was going. He said that the Stikine River looked really good, but so far the Taku was disappointing.

Fostering hope
Social worker Jim Shanks, from the Office of Children's Services, and foster parent Paula Sumdum receive the Juneau Court Appointed Special Advocate Program's Light of Hope Award in recognition for their outstanding efforts on behalf of Alaska's children.

Lewis and Ormsby to wed
Juneau residents Jesie Lewis and Marc Ormsby will be married July 23, 2005.

Cameron and Martin to wed
Juneau residents Sheila Annette Martin and Chad Rick Cameron will be married at 5 p.m. June 4, 2005, at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau. The reception will follow the ceremony at Juneau Yacht Club.

Charles R. Hirsch
Lifelong Juneau resident Charles Robert "Bob" Hirsch, 21, died May 24, 2005, in his home with family members by his side.

Juan F. Munoz
Former Juneau resident Juan Francisco Munoz, 79, died May 23, 2005, peacefully in his sleep in Ketchikan.

My turn: No time for Alaska fishermen to celebrate Tulsequah Chief's demise
In the latest installment of the Redfern soap opera, ten years into the story, we now hear in the May 17 press release by company president Terry Chandler that he suddenly realized the much-touted re-opening of the Tulsequah Chief Mine is not financially feasible with the known ore reserves.

My turn: Tulsequah Chief Mine is misunderstood benefit to economy and environment
Despite applause from local anti-mining zealots regarding the delay in the Tulsequah Chief Mine project, Juneau deserves the facts and better coverage of the story.

Standings of the Ninth Annual Spring King Salmon Derby, as reported at 2:18 p.m. on Thursday, May 26.

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.

Anchors away in Juneau
Ever want to feel the exhilaration of racing on the open seas?

18-year-old accused in death of woman possibly buried alive
An 18-year-old Alakanuk man was charged with first-degree murder Thursday in the death of a woman buried - possibly alive - in a shallow grave on the outskirts of the Western Alaska village.

Governor claims success with PERS, budget
Gov. Frank Murkowski touted education funding and changes to the state's retirement systems for new employees as some of the top successes in the Legislature this year at a news conference in Fairbanks on Thursday.

Murkowski: Media not focusing on achievements
Gov. Frank Murkowski continued his row with the media Thursday when he criticized reporters during a Fairbanks news conference for not writing about his administration's success.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Former crew member plans memorial for lost comrades
The fishing crew lost at sea when the Big Valley sank in stormy waters in January will be remembered by a bronze memorial being planned by a former crew member.

Eielson defenders focus on strategic need for base
State and Fairbanks officials will focus on Eielson Air Force Base's strategic importance and value as a cold-climate training area as reasons for the base to stay at full strength.

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

Piggy bank theft sparks flood of donations
A flood of donations brought more than $1,600 to replace about $200 stolen from a papier-mache piggy bank that students at an Anchorage elementary school were collecting for orphans at a sister school in Africa.

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