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Monday, June 6, 2005

A skewed JDHS Baccalaureate
I was extremely disappointed in the 2005 Baccalaureate program on June 2.

Home school program to offer more money
To compete better for students, the Juneau School District's correspondence program will give parents more money and services.

Class of 2005 speakers thank parents, staff
In front of a capacity gym of friends, family and well-wishers, more than 360 Juneau-Douglas High School seniors graduated Sunday in the school's 101st annual commencement ceremony

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

No snagging
Marc Scholten, throws a rescue line to Dave Beatley as instructor Colin Aikman supervises white-water training for Forest Service employees Friday in the Mendenhall River.

Partisan movement hits city trails
Hundreds of tiny flags of Gov. Frank Murkowski's face, glued to toothpicks and stuck in piles of dog excrement along Juneau's trails and parks, are surprising hikers and trail officials.

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

Photo: Where credit is due
C.J. Keys shows off the message on his mortarboard before the start of Sunday's Juneau-Douglas High School graduation ceremony.

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

Adult education offers hope, confidence
Lying on the ground after a logging cable snapped and flung him 20 feet, Lyle James can be pardoned for thinking there must be a safer way to make a living.

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

Rarig, city trail praised
Just because Saturday was a day for Juneau trail supporters to celebrate their successes was no reason not to work too.

Funds could cut class size
The Juneau School Board will consider reducing class sizes in kindergarten through grade two thanks to the recent increase in state funding.

Obituary
Juneau resident Mae Ellen (Haube) Singer, 37, died Jan. 12, 2005.

My Turn: Local economics not as simple as Wal-Mart vs. community
The suggestion that Wal-Mart should be shunned by residents because we should show an unconditional allegiance to our business community offers only a snapshot of a complicated image.

Toe toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Empire Editorial: New user fee shifts Tongass funding to where it's needed
A new fee for users of the Tongass National Forest has drawn a predictable round of criticism for a predictable reason: People want government services, but they don't want to pay for them.

Government spending, policies ignite the Alaska economy
The Alaska economy is great by any measure, thanks to Gov. Frank Murkowski emphasizing economic development, backed up by the Alaska Legislature and supported by Alaska's congressional delegation.

My Turn: U.S. Coast Guard has become the cruise lines' private militia
On May 27, the public comment period for the Coast Guard's proposed cruise ship security regulations closed.

Expanding the sewers should be a priority
As the Juneau Assembly and its Finance Committee continue eyeing options for which of several capital improvement projects may be included in a seven-year, 1-percent sales tax proposal, the fact that a planned expansion of the city's sewer system has received unanimous Assembly support is great news.

Outdoors Digest
Speed, course limits set in Glacier Bay

Hook 'em young
Until Nintendo invents a virtual game of salmon fishing, parents still have time to bond with their kids by the lake.

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

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.

Eaglecrest Road Race
June 4

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.

Going the distance
When the 2005 high school track and field season opened in March, winning a state championship wasn't even in the plan for the Juneau-Douglas boys or any other Southeast track team.

Twice as nice
Deep-six those pre-tourney seedings because now there is no doubt and no debate about which high school softball team is the best in the state.

Marathon man
He may be seven years removed from competitively running in high school, but 25-year-old Juneau resident Shawn Miller still finds ways to beat the field.

Yakutat blasts official inertia
The small fishing town of Yakutat is frustrated by the glacial pace of emergency planning for a potentially devastating deluge from the Hubbard Glacier.

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

State to fund study of polar cargo route
Marine transportation in the Arctic Ocean could become a reality in the next few decades as climate change thins Arctic sea ice, allowing icebreaker ships to plow through, scientists say.

DOT dubs fast-ferry switch 'experiment'
The Alaska Department of Transportation calls its plan to reroute two fast ferries from north Lynn Canal to destinations south of Juneau an "experiment."

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Stryker soldiers get battlefield, cultural training
Patrolling an Iraqi village where the residents were wary of U.S. troops, 1st Lt. Jeremiah Ellis approached a group of villagers and, with a few words of Arabic and the help of a translator, started a conversation.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

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