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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Juneau has lost its sense of identity
The happiest times of my childhood were the years that I lived in Juneau from 1937 through 1941.

Undemocratic actions in the Legislature
Monday's story about Nancy Dahlstrom's being "ostracized" by the Republican Party of Alaska made me want to barf.

A different view on the gun act
The Washington Post editorial on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act proves once more that political leanings are more important than truth, and the new Empire is willing to perpetuate misinformation by repetition without facts.

Regrettable charter school precedent
Although I no longer have children in the Juneau schools, I was sorry to see that the state Board of Education denied the Montessori charter school application.

Alaska fishermen deserve the favor
No to establishing fish farms. My son-in-law is a commercial fisherman out of Kodiak and this fish farming would greatly encroach on his business.

There's no need for Planned Parenthood
All the services provided by Planned Parenthood are already available in Juneau except one; abortion.

Why experiment with ferries now?
Mr. Murkowski and Mr. Taylor want to perform an experiment with the state's new fast ferries.

Governor should not cut off media
Gov. Frank Murkowski, calling certain reporters disrespectful and unprofessional, recently refused to allow them access to his press opportunity.

Skagway road would open up Juneau
Juneau is the largest gated community in North America. That's the sentiment the anti-road people want to believe.

Marrow drive registers 1,010
A recent drive in Southeast Alaska by private citizens to register bone-marrow donors collected 1,010 blood samples, organizers said.

Photo: Fiddler on the woof
Fiddler Wayne Kubli plays selections from "Hymns of Glorious Praise" on Sunday at Marine Park.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Officials seek input on Statter expansion
Juneau port officials say an expanded Don Statter Small Boat Harbor would have something for everyone.

Harmon defense wants Ketchikan
It would be impossible for James Harmon to receive a fair Juneau trial on a first-degree murder charge when a front-page Empire headline already has announced, "Harmon found guilty" of other charges, his attorney is arguing.

Photo: One more time around should do it
A flotilla of sports fishermen trolls for king salmon Monday in Fritz Cove. More than 40 boats were in the cove at noon.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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

Photo: Launch-time
Juneau fisherman Keegan McCarthy applies anti-fouling paint Monday to the hull of his 38-foot fishing boat, Ocean Point, near the University of Alaska Southeast Marine Tech Center.

Photo: Showtime
Above, a mature bald eagle swoops to snatch fish scraps Sunday next to Taku Fisheries downtown.

Ferry system keeps schedules a mystery
If you are in the business of printing revised schedules for the Alaska Marine Highway System, you're in a growth industry.

Alaska editorial: Board restores reason to evolution studies
Without much fuss, the Alaska Board of Education put an essential bit of science back into the state science standards last Friday.

My turn: Make Hyder the getaway for Southeast Alaska
In the tucked-away community of Hyder where the deep waters of the Portland Canal join the paved Cassiar Highway 37A leading to the rest of America, we commend the bold initiative of Robin Taylor to experiment with Alaska's two fast ferries this winter.

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.

Three competitors from the Juneau Aurora Knights win regional competition in Kirkland
Despite moving up into a higher age bracket, the Juneau Aurora Knights' synchronized swimming duet of Koko Urata and Sarah Felix repeated as regional champions at the Pacific Northwest Regional Synchronized Swim Meet in Kirkland, Wash., on May 27-29.

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.

Korean importer looks for delicacy in Southeast waters
A bottom-feeder fish usually discarded by Southeast Alaska fisherman is a delicacy in Korea that fetches a high price and is served at banquet dinners.

Some military experts say downsizing Eielson makes perfect sense
Alaskans may be outraged at the very thought of stripping Eielson Air Force Base of most of its personnel and planes, but for some outside analysts, the Pentagon's proposal is based on sound logic.

Senate bill seeks to boost reserves of dwindling federal oil-spill fund
A federal oil spill response fund created after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill will run dry by 2009 unless more money is invested in it, according to the Coast Guard, which administers the fund.

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

Getting with the program
The customer glanced at the wooden porch swings, the moose planters, the swallow houses. She knew just what she wanted and thought the woodworkers might be able to help.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Legislator is shunned by her party
Once again, an Alaska lawmaker finds herself orphaned from the majority caucus for not voting along party lines.

Injured Haines writer watches book take off
Haines writer Heather Lende was scheduled to come to Hearthside Books on Thursday and Friday to sign copies of her first book, "If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name," a chronicle of the personalities of the upper Lynn Canal town of 2,265.

Christian group wins grant to help rescued prostitutes
Transitional housing for women trying to escape prostitution and sexual exploitation could become a reality in Anchorage with a $263,500 appropriation from the state.

AK Airlines cuts fish runs
People aren't the only Alaskans having trouble at the airport recently. Fish are too.

Cemetery concerns could be put to rest with land swap
There are 57 graveyards on the Kenai Peninsula, but not one in Soldotna.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Anchorage builder launches housing project for 250 acres
An Anchorage developer is planning to build houses and condominiums on more than 250 acres - a project that would among the largest residential endeavors in the city, where the demand for housing continues to grow while available land has dwindled.

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