Thoughts about the new parking garage
The price of oil has hit $135 a barrel. Financial analysts have testified to Congress that oil may cost $140 within weeks. Some are predicting $200 by the end of the summer - about $7 a gallon at the pump. Many oil company executives admit that peak oil has arrived.

Come together for prayer
I would like to see the people who practice prayer and meditation put aside their differences and gather together for a prayer meeting or vigil as they did when the Trinity church burned down recently. I believe this is a good time to call on a higher authority - whatever you conceive God to be.

Radar array placed in Juneau
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Saturday placed a powerful, mobile radar station in Juneau. The radar array is designed to take part in testing how well this country can knock threatening warheads from the sky.

AEL&P vows more protection for Snettisham
On the tails of a recently completed avalanche report, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. says it will protect the Snettisham transmission lines from avalanche danger in the future.

After four weeks, man's 32.9-pound king salmon declared derby winner
Norman Zura waited for four weeks to see if his 32.9-pound fish would win the Spring King Salmon Derby.

More Alaska tourists seeking out the softer side of adventure travel
As a million cruise ship passengers disembark in Juneau this summer, each with reservations for shore excursions to watch whales, trek on the glacier or kayak Juneau's slice of the Inside Passage, it may seem that adventure travel in Alaska is as popular as ever.

AEL&P: Hydroelectric power will be back by middle of week
Repairs on the Snettisham power line sailed a few more days ahead of schedule last week.

West African rental scam targets Juneau residents
For a month and a half, Amyanna Bryan said her daily routine involved checking the Internet for a reasonable place to rent in town.

Photo: Planting trees for Arbor Day
Merrill Jensen and Dana White spread peat moss around the base of a newly planted tree Saturday at the entrance to Cope Park as part of the Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership's annual Arbor Day celebration. Nine trees and dozens of shrubs and perennials were planted.

Around Town

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

Rhoda Reynolds
Former Juneau resident Rhoda Reynolds died May 26, 2008, in Lake Forest Park, Wash., after a year-long battle with lung cancer. She was 63.

My turn: As war continues, two Americas emerge
There are two Americas in our ongoing wars; the professional soldiers and their families and the rest of us doing our routine business.

Empire editorial: Crisis lesson: Communities should unite
It's too soon to say Juneau's energy crisis is over, but Alaska Electric Light & Power Co.'s announcement late last week that transmission line repair work will be completed in a matter of days came as welcome news.

Opinion: Road boosters close eyes to moral issue
Let's talk about the Juneau access road. Yes, I know, it's hard to say anything new about the proposal to build a highway up Lynn Canal. But I have a new idea.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

After 20 years, Juneau islands become parks
A popular plan to expand the Alaska Marine Park System on several islands around Juneau should have been an easy sell.

Wondrous tapeworms
My hiking friends love to laugh at me when I stop on the trail to inspect every bear scat I see.

Late spring brings salmon runs down on Copper River
ANCHORAGE - Biologists said a late spring has apparently delayed the return of salmon to the Copper River, a source of some of the most coveted Alaska salmon.

Fresh water streams, hatchery area open to king fishing
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced on May 27 that king salmon sport fishing regulations for freshwater drainages crossed by the Juneau road system, which are open to sport fishing, and for the hatchery Terminal Harvest Area (THA) near Juneau will be liberalized to provide additional opportunity to harvest hatchery king salmon.

Beavers bite back in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Staff members at the Diamond Animal Hospital on Tudor Road have posted a sign by its reception counter:

Out & About
Today: Steel plate handgun shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Trout Street bridge to close indefinitely
JUNEAU - The Jordan Creek Bridge on Trout Street will be closed until further notice.

Stryker vehicles headed to Iraq
FAIRBANKS - The Stryker Brigade here has begun shipping its equipment to the Mideast in preparation for its fall deployment to Iraq.

Death-penalty decision delays trial
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge said the question of whether to seek a federal death penalty against an Anchorage man charged with murder will delay his trial for at least a year.

Unexploded ordnance found near Knik River
ANCHORAGE - An unexploded mortar round, 30 to 40 years old, was found near the Knik River, Alaska State Troopers said.

U.S. oil and gas rig count down 12
HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States fell by 12 this week to 1,877.

Woman pleads guilty to Halloween robbery
ANCHORAGE - One of two Mat-su women accused of robbing Halloween trick-or-treaters in Talkeetna has pleaded guilty to armed robbery.

Sitka troopers cite sport fishing guide
SITKA - A sport fishing guide operating in Southeast Alaska has been cited on a charge of aiding clients in violation of a fishing law, Alaska State Troopers said.

Third time's a charm
ANCHORAGE - When an entire season boiled down to one 80-minute game, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team showed itself and the state how to seize an opportunity.

Emotional end to the JDHS girls' season
ANCHORAGE - With the season over and graduation one day away, Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer co-coach Colin Barton tossed a hard hat, symbolizing hard work, where his team sat following a 1-1 tie against Chugiak in the third-place game Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

After win, Bears to head to Fairbanks
Juneau-Douglas High School baseball will head to Fairbanks and the Alaska School Activities Association State Baseball Tournament ranked number one after beating Sitka on Saturday.

Auke Rec Road Race results
Robert Sowers initiated a break away during the third lap of the Auke Rec Road Race. Sowers held off a charging Troy Heithecker in the fourth and final lap to win by 12 seconds.

Sports in Juneau

Fish and Game hits road to teach children about aquatic critters
Gone are the days that giant saber-toothed salmon roamed Pacific seas and headed up streams to spawn and die.

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