Sunday, May 28, 2006

Can Gov. Murkowski walk on water?
After reading Lew Williams article in the May 21 paper entitled "Who wants to vote out Santa Claus," I never realized that Gov. Murkowski could walk on water.

Old Southeasterner doesn't like road
I am happy to see that a road to the world has not happened as of yet. I grew up in Alaska, and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about what it was like on Prince of Wales Island.

Arbitrator rules in favor of police union
The Juneau Police Department owes some current and former officers some money.

The suds of summer
Hundreds of beer enthusiasts gathered from around the region Saturday to sample suds at one of Southeast Alaska's premier festivals.

High king salmon prices, demand causing concern
Regionally caught king salmon fillets showing up at Juneau's seafood counters look luscious enough, but the prices they are fetching down South are making Panhandle fishermen a little jumpy.

Photo: Dandelion time
Colter Polley, 3, decorates Torsten Heavner, 2, in a dandelion patch at Mendenhall River Community School...

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Carol Baham Mazzei
Juneau resident Carol Baham Mazzei, 66, died May 21, 2006, in Juneau.

William 'Bill' Robert Weir
Longtime Juneau resident William "Bill" Robert Weir, 84, died in his sleep May 18, 2006, from complications of a stroke, initially occurring on Oct. 30, 2005.

Standing tall, together
Since the war on terrorism began, it seems that an increasing number of us have been attending annual Memorial Day events that are offered across Alaska. It's the right thing to do.

Outside Editorial: Congress appears soft on the NSA's warrantless wiretapping
Congressional leaders have shown little backbone in response to President Bush's warrantless wiretapping. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has been an exception.

Empire Editorial: City should create bike path for Thane Road
The people of Thane Road have a point: The road isn't safe for recreation, and the city should do something about it.

Outdoors Digest
The Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership and the Gastineau Channel Historical Society are sponsoring an Arbor Day celebration at 10 a.m., June 10 at the grave of Joe Juneau in Evergreen Cemetery. Everyone is welcome.

Smooth trailing
Hard work has paved the way for more activities and users at the Herbert Glacier Trail, where recreationists increasingly ply the softened ice gateway with bikes, dogs and running shoes.

Out & About
Today: Juneau Cup round two. Sponsored by the Juneau Yacht Club. Details: Jim, 723-9003.

Outsiders: Cisco Ramos
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Bringing the tropics to Alaska
Three people have asked me in this week about "these bright yellow birds" they're seeing this spring.

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.

Competition and fun mark Sea Coast Relay
The course had to be changed two days prior to Saturday's Sea Coast Relay, and only two teams signed up a week before the start, but everything turned out just fine.

Sea Coast Relay Results
Saturday, 21.39 miles in Auke Bay

Ruling halts forest road repairs
The government must stop repairs on two logging roads in the Tongass National Forest because it has not done the proper studies on how the construction is affecting the environment, a federal judge ruled Friday.

Locals to enforce new marijuana law
As Gov. Frank Murkowski gets closer to signing a bill aimed at criminalizing small amounts of marijuana possession, Alaskans are wondering what may happen next.

Forest Service grants Tongass road access to state
The U.S. Forest Service has approved land through the Tongass National Forest for the Juneau access road project.

Alaska Digest
A man survived a 2,600-foot fall off Mount McKinley while attempting to ski down a treacherous gully nicknamed the "Orient Express," according to officials at Denali National Park and Preserve.

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

Murkowski seeking four more years
America's oldest governor says that he's ready to take on four more years. Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski said Friday he and his wife Nancy decided together to finish the job he left the U.S. Senate four years ago to do.

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