In the Stacks: Audio tapes for young people available at public libraries
Audiobooks on tape and compact disc for young listeners abound at the Juneau Public Libraries. Look for classics like "The Secret Garden," "Alice in Wonderland," "Wind in the Willows," and "Charlotte's Web," as well the titles listed below.

Cigarette butts are garbage too
Thanks for the article about neighborhood garbage (May 30). It's timely now that spring is here, flowers are appearing, and volunteers have been cleaning up all over town.

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

Rep. Weyhrauch won't run again
As candidates scrambled to file election papers before the deadline Thursday afternoon, Juneau's Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch announced he would not run for re-election, and Deputy Mayor Randy Wanamaker, also a Republican, said he will run for the empty seat.

Time for Celebration
The biennial event attracts more than 5,000 people and runs through Saturday night.

Helicopter crashes on glacier
Poor visibility is believed to have caused a Bell 206 helicopter to crash on the Mendenhall Glacier on Wednesday evening, officials said.

Native shaman items returned
Sometime in the late 19th century, Lt. George Emmons, an officer with the U.S. Navy and a well-known ethnographic collector, is thought to have removed a series of shamanistic items from the Berners Bay grave of Kaawa.ée, leader of the Auk Tribe.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Blooming down the avenue
Justin Dorn of the City and Borough Landscape department plants flowers Thursday in one of the 24 flower beds in the Egan Expressway median.

Settimo's Ordination ceremony
Father Scott Settimo lies in prostrate in prayer during his ordination to the priesthood on Wednesday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Bishop Michael Warfel officiated the ceremony.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Trail Mix Inc.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Student artist in the spotlight: John Pasillas
Student Artist in the Spotlight is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Yakutat provides beauty and good-hearted, hardy people
Yakutat is one of the most beautiful spots in Southeastern Alaska.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

News about the peple you know

Alaska editorial: Problems plague Medicare drug plan
Covering prescription drugs through Medicare was a good idea. Expensive but good.

My turn: Legislature rebuffs Local Boundary Commission
By near unaminous votes, the state House and Senate poked a stick in the eye of the Local Boundary Commission.

My turn: School shortfall: Don't ignore voters
The Juneau Assembly is poised on June 5 to make an unprecedented withdrawal of more than $4.5 million from the City's Emergency Budget Reserve account.

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.

Most state races now contested
The deadline has come and gone for candidates who plan to run for public office this year, and while the field is crowded in some areas, it's sparse in others.

Millions more sought from Exxon for spill
Federal and state authorities asked the Exxon Mobil Corp. on Thursday for an additional $92 million to clean up residual oil from 1989's devastating Exxon Valdez spill.

New House oil tax bill mimics governor's plan
The House Finance Committee on Thursday unveiled a new version of an oil tax bill that looks more like what Gov. Frank Murkowski had in mind when he introduced it earlier in the special session.

Hearings begin on changes to Stranded Gas Act
Hearings began in the Alaska House and Senate Thursday on legislation meant to move forward Gov. Frank Murkowski's contract with three oil companies to develop the North Slope's natural gas reserves.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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