Business Digest
Staff and wire business reports from the state

Oil execs: Projects hang on policy
Oil and gas executives say future expansion in Alaska largely depends on the state's ability to work out a sound fiscal policy that doesn't include higher taxes for them.

New school foes bamboozled voters
My hat's off to the person or group of people who chose several days before middle school graduation to hold the new high school referendum election. It was masterful.

City lost a chance to show generosity
I was seriously disappointed to read that the city of Juneau lacks the generosity to follow suit with the other government agencies (and tribal governments) in the United States by recognizing the one-time holiday in honor of Ronald Reagan.

Parking officers do more than hand out tickets
I find the comments by David Newman in the June 11, 2004 letter to the editor concerning lack of downtown parking, very offensive.

Public access and easements
The lady who wrote regarding dogs following her children down to the water left the impression she is using public access to reach the water.

Lost, evil and clueless
I enjoyed reading Mr. Paul's "A never-ending war for self-determination" opinion piece, but I think "self-determination" as it is taught to us is the great lie.

Reagan years nothing short of scandalous
The University of Alaska Fairbanks should be ashamed for firing radio D.J. Scott Hornyak for remarks made on his radio program last week regarding former President Ronald Reagan.

Redirect forest road funds
I recently found out that each year, Congress spends $36 million of our tax dollars on building logging roads in America's rainforest in Alaska.

Empire hypocritical on freedoms
On June 1, you printed the "Outside editorial" (Patriot Act: First task is to review it) from the Philadelphia Inquirer. Apparently, by printing it, you support its assertions.

Neighbors startled after Bergman Hotel shooting on Saturday morning
Neighbors of the Bergman Hotel, 434 Third Street, are still wondering why an unknown gunman fired several rounds early Saturday morning at a second-floor window that overlooks Harris Street.

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

Struggling to become an American
It took about ten minutes for Nenelyn Benalosa to take her citizenship tests, but it cost her a $500 trip to Anchorage to do it.

Assembly extends smoking ban to all bars
In three and half years, all the bars in town will be smoke-free, the Juneau Assembly decided Monday night.

Photo: Wilderness Fest
Juneau residents and visitors return from a short kayaking trip Sunday afternoon on Mendenhall Lake during Wilderness Fest.

Fine Arts Camp guest artist combines video and puppetry
Meredith Holch has her world of video directing, where a quarter-of-a-second's worth of video capture gives life to the inanimate. And she has her world of puppetry, where a stack of brown paper bags can turn into a 10-foot-high statement on the cultural psyche.

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

Honoring the Stars and Stripes
Jean Telford of the Juneau Emblem Club carries the colors during the Flag Day Ceremony on Monday at Marine Park.

Chamber forms new group to solve downtown problems
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce has formed a new committee that is prepared to seek more parking for downtown.

Man sought for rape at JDHS
An 18-year-old suspect being sought for an alleged rape at Juneau-Douglas High School is believed to have left town.

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

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

Stephanie Arnoldt
Juneau resident Stephanie Arnoldt, 54, died June 10, 2004, at her home in Juneau after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Time to support nationwide uniform social service number
A man I'll call Javier phoned the United Way office here in Juneau recently.

My Turn: Reagan was a great president
When I saw the news flash Saturday that Ronald Reagan had passed away, a visceral, tangible feeling of sorrow and grief swept over me. I admired Ronald Reagan all my life.

My Turn: Keep teens sober, safe
There are those who feel as long as the kids are in a "safe place" it should be alright for them to drink. What about the Swiss-cheese effect alcohol has on the teen-age developing brain?

Murkowski's special session is worth trying
Gov. Frank Murkowski's call for a special session on June 22 was a bold attempt to force legislators to deal with important business left undone when they adjourned on May 11.

Special Olympians head to state Summer Games
Athletes from 10 Alaska communities - including Juneau - gathered in Anchorage last weekend for the 35th annual Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games.

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

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.

Murkowski administration plans oil-tax study
The state is studying whether the state should change its tax policies to try to spur more oil company investment here. A legislative committee also is looking at the issue.

Troopers bust Russian cigarette operation in western Alaska
After receiving several tips that cigarettes with Russian writing were being sold in Marshall, the village law enforcement officer busted a local shop.

This Day in History
This day's history in the state and nation

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world

Alaska Digest
News shorts from around the state

Sealaska reaps $29 million in profits in 2003
Sealaska Corp. made a $29 million profit based on $177 million in revenue in fiscal year 2003, primarily from a heavy return on investments and a vibrant timber market, spokesman Todd Antioquia said Monday.

Photo: Orphan pup
Charter boat captain Davey Lubin, center, along with Phil and Lisa Smith of Anchorage, watches a rescued harbor seal pup aboard the boat Esther G on Friday in Sitka.

Sponsors want vacancy initiative on Nov. ballot
A group of Democrat lawmakers who want to prevent Alaska's governor from filling U.S. Senate vacancies asked Lt. Gov. Loren Leman on Monday to keep their initiative on the Nov. 2 ballot.

Grant promotes career counseling in villages
The University of Alaska Southeast will boost depleted high school career counseling services, thanks to a new grant.

Alaska Digest
Staff and wire reports from across the state

Photo: The Tao of cheer
Monique Borromeu and Katie Kremer

State fires two for grounding ferry
The Alaska Department of Transportation fired the captain and chief mate of the LeConte on Monday after determining they were at fault for grounding the state ferry on the Cozian Reef on May 10.

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