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Sunday, June 11, 2006

War is a big tragic snow job
Gregory Acres is right in his May 29 letter - I do continue to misunderstand his opinions. I may also have a prudish attitude about war, but that seems to imply that war is somehow healthy or fun (or at least necessary), and I'm a little too uptight to really appreciate that.

Berners group takes 'timeout'
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is crying foul after the first meeting of the Berners Bay Working Group was shutdown Friday because of its presence.

Boxed in at 'Quigleyville'
One of Juneau's most atypical neighborhoods lies just a short, bumpy drive from the industrial heart of Lemon Creek.

Photo: Summer thunder
Rick Turner dances with Agnes Velloso, foreground, during the Thunder Mountain Big Band performance in Marine Park on Friday, the first Concert in the Park for this summer.

Collision kills JDHS grad, 27, who came home for summer
A 27-year-old woman who had returned to Juneau to spend time with her father was killed in a two-vehicle accident at Mendenhall Loop and Montana Creek roads Friday night.

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

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

Photo: Getting schooled
Cheryl VanDyke holds her 6-month-old daughter, Wren Grabham, while watching a small school of Dolly Varden trout inside the Mobile Aquatic Classroom at "Family Day at the Lake" on Saturday.

Anne Shima
A memorial service for Anne Shima, 27, will be held at 7 p.m., June 15, at Chapel by the Lake, 11024 Auke Lake Way. The service will be followed by a reception hosted by the family

Cartoon by Toe

Road alternative costs travelers less than ferry system
The Alaska Marine Highway System has averaged about 30,000 vehicles per year for the last 20 years in Northern Lynn Canal.

Reduce the growing landfill mountain
For one week, I paid close attention to what went into my garbage can. I recycled everything I could and was amazed at the small amount of garbage that needed to be disposed of in the landfill.

Empire Editorial: Pass an oil tax on its own merits
The Alaska Legislature appears to have contracted cabin fever, just in time for summer. Members' bickering about the proposed tax rate on oil profits rose with the sun's late arrival in Juneau last week, and they made it clear they would rather go home than settle the issue.

OUTSIDERS: NICOLE ZEISER
Juneau's outdoor lives

Bridget Point is in full flower
The Bridget Point Trail is an easy hike, boardwalks (slippery when wet) and gravel walkways traversing a nice variety of habitats. Its head is near Mile 39 North Glacier Highway, just before Echo Cove and the road's end.

Exploring the high country
Courtesy of Bob Armstrong The state bird in the state capital: A willow ptarmigan near Mount Robert's Trail surveys the country.

Outdoors Digest
Crab fishery opens July 1

Eaglecrest Road Race results

Sports in Juneau

Sports brief: Sitka's Crow drafted by the S.F. Giants
Former Sitka pitcher E.B. Crow was selected in the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday by the San Francisco Giants.

Juneau racers beat the hill
Nearly 20 of Juneau's heartiest souls conquered one of the town's most arduous bicycle races Saturday morning.

Alaska Digest
A 19-year-old Juneau man was cited for negligent driving after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel and flipped the 1995 Volkswagen he was driving.

Whaling village split on oil tests
Kaktovik's Native village corporation has taken a softer stance on regional oil exploration than the village government, which last month called Shell Oil "a hostile and dangerous force" for planning to look for oil in traditional Alaska Native whaling waters.

Erosion may force three Native villages to relocate, report says
Crumbling away: The eroding bank along the Ninglick River at Newtok has long been a problem for the village 480 miles west of Anchorage, plus scores of other communities. al grillo / the associated press

Ill-fated cruise returns to Seattle
The Celebrity cruise ship Mercury returned to Seattle Friday morning with 115 people who had a gastrointestinal illness during their seven-night voyage to Alaska, the cruise company said.

'Bridge to nowhere' funds threatened
Two proposed Alaska bridge projects could have their federal funding blocked under an amendment to appropriations legislation sponsored by an Illinois congressman.

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

Another special session possible
Gov. Frank Murkowski hinted at calling a second special session sometime this summer during a Friday press conference held on the lawn of the Governor's Mansion.

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