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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Valley Professional Center has followed all the rules
Here we go again. Another wasted evening having to publicly address more hypocritical lies written by Gordon Jackson. This is the second time I have been compelled to write a rebuttal to something printed by the Empire without any proof the author was telling the truth.

Symposium draws Native Alaskans for discussion on suicide
Bill Martin wanted to get Native Alaskans talking about suicide prevention for years. This week, he achieved that goal as tribal leaders from around the region attended a two-day symposium in Juneau.

Signatures collected for school drug tests
A group calling on the Juneau School Board to implement a random drug-testing program for high school activities says it has collected more than 1,000 signatures it plans to present at Tuesday night's regular meeting.

Of mice and mussels
For 60 years we have had generations of laboratory mice to thank for shellfish that don't kill us.

Local legislators outline goals for summer, 2010
Juneau's state legislators outlined some goals Thursday for the summer and next year, including a possible attempt to secure another $28.6 million in federal stimulus money by overriding one of Gov. Sarah Palin's vetoes, lengthening the session and a proposed downtown office building for state workers.

Students prepare to play
Students and staff at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School were joined by elected officials and nearby Lemon Creek neighbors Thursday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new playground.

Halibut bag limit stays at one
Southeast Alaska's one-halibut daily bag limit for charter operators will go into effect today as planned, a Washington, D.C., judge decided Thursday.

Photo: Power sunset
Power and communication lines reflect the golden light of the setting sun Tuesday.

Around Town
Today, June 5

Correction
In Wednesday's Juneau Empire, a story about Juneau-Douglas High School's graduation inaccurately paraphrased a historical fact attributed to keynote speaker Bruce Botelho. The class of 1959 was the first consolidated class to spend its full senior year in the high school, but was not the year schools in the district were combined.

Phyllis Mae Lewis
Douglas resident Phyllis Mae Lewis died Monday, June 2, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 80.

Pro: Should Congress give solar, wind power major roles to combat climate change?
Climate change is perhaps the greatest environmental and economic challenge of the 21st century. Scientific debate about its reality is now over, even if skepticism continues in some quarters. Remaining questions largely concern the magnitude, timing and location of the effects of planetary warming, not whether it will occur.

Con: Should Congress give solar, wind power major roles to combat climate change?
Miguel Cervantes created one of the most memorable characters of literature with Don Quixote, a delusional man who jousted with windmills he thought were giants.

Outside editorial: Lawful means
A commander in chief shouldn't try to teach a civics lesson with U.S. antiterror policy. But President Obama may well safeguard the nation better with his pledge to wield "tough and durable approaches to fighting terrorism that are anchored in our timeless ideals."

Alaska editorial: Feds: Arctic fishing operations must await more information
As ice cover in Alaska's arctic waters shrinks, it opens virgin territory for commercial fishing to exploit. Before a new "rush for fish" starts, the federal government is moving to keep commercial fishing out of arctic waters until we know more about the ecology of the region. It's the right call.

Lawmakers continue to explore veto override
JUNEAU - State legislators continue to discuss an override of Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of $28.6 million in federal stimulus money for energy efficiency programs.

Crews battling coal fire in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fire crews in Fairbanks are fighting a coal fire at Aurora Energy's downtown plant, where at least one person has suffered injuries.

Trail Mix honors National Trails Day
JUNEAU - Trail Mix will hold its annual National Trails Day Family Outing on Saturday with a grand opening ceremony of the Gastineau Meadows Trail on Douglas Island.

Anchorage man found guilty of murder
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury deliberated for three hours before finding a man guilty of murder.

High-speed Ketchikan chase ends in crash
KETCHIKAN - A 22-mile high-speed chase led to a crash and serious injuries for a 26-year-old driver in Ketchikan.

Concerts in the Park kick off tonight
JUNEAU - Thunder Mountain Big Band will kick off the first Concert in the Park at 7 p.m. tonight at Marine Park. The annual summer concert series will be held every Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Aug. 14. The June 12 concert is canceled due to the Bearfoot concert at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

State appealing Juneau road call
The state of Alaska is appealing a federal court decision to stop work on a road leading out of Juneau.

Swine flu in Haines
ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials are confirming two more cases of swine flu in the state.

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