Selling Tongass is like selling our crown jewels
Supervisor Forrest Cole stated in his My Turn about the state of the Tongass (May 26), "The Tongass National Forest is one of the 'crown jewels' of public lands and we intend to keep it that way."

Leashed dogs safer on Juneau's trails
I agree with Brian K. Laurent Jr.'s proposal outlined in his June 17, 2005, My Turn article.

Southeast wilderness inspires reader
In the early 1960s, I traveled by skiff to hunt wild game in Russell Fjord, and had hoped to climb the mountain to shoot down at wild game to improve our chances of getting subsistence food.

Montessori charter deserved approval
It is unfortunate that Edith McHenry, through her influence, was able to deep six the Juneau Montessori Charter School program with the recent vote of the Alaska Board of Education.

Ferry service a good thing for Southeast
Why change a good thing such as keeping the ferries on the same route?

Reject CAFTA to protect local economy
Call me a conservative. I can't help it: I believe in the U.S. Constitution. I just wish our president did.

Politicians, leave our Permanent Fund alone
I would really like to know why the Alaska Permanent Fund is getting smaller. It is my understanding that it is based on a five year average.

Say no to farmed fish in Alaska
I would like to comment on the June 15 outside editorial (from the Seattle Times): Building more fish farms is inevitable.

Back in the game
Ailing boys hunt this island at civilization's end to renew their humanity.

Sex offender sentenced to 15 years
A man charged last year with 46 counts of child molesting was sentenced Friday to serve 15 years in prison and work on his problem while he is there.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Schwartzmiller faced first charges in Juneau in 1970
More than three decades before Dean Arthur Schwartz-miller was labeled last week as one of history's most prolific child molesters, he was in Juneau District Court, waiving his right to make a statement on a charge alleging he molested a 14-year-old boy.

Rhubarb: the tart plant that makes itself at home
Rhubarb is so popular in Juneau that it got its own festival Saturday.

Group makes hunting dreams come true
Five years ago Brigid O'Donaghue helped a friend in Wisconsin arrange a deer hunt for a man who was dying of pancreatic cancer.

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

Homeless not allowed to eat bear
For years, the Glory Hole accepted bears to supplement its meals for the homeless.

Resident sues city, city attorney, Empire, reporter
A man who has sued Juneau five times is suing the city again.

Photo: Vandalized fish
"Incognito Coho," top, by Catherine Hollingsworth and Kathleen Meggitt, and "(De)Composition" by Heidi E. Reifenstein of Juneau were among the art pieces vandalized on June 12 at Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage

Montessori charter won't seek state approval for now
Organizers of the Montessori Borealis charter school in Juneau have decided they won't reapply this year for state approval.

Around town is a listiing of nonprofit local events

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

State of Disrepair
Two Juneau landmarks - the Governor's Mansion and the Alaska-Juneau gold mine's 89-year-old locomotive repair shop - recently made the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation's list of the state's Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties for 2005.

Life father, like son ...
While some fathers and sons enjoy fishing together, the Bedfords share something different in common: the history and future of the aviation industry.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Empire editorial: Offshore fish farming threats need research
Some argue that fish farms are inevitable and we need to jump on the aquaculture bandwagon so it doesn't take off without us.

Sales tax proposals can set up Juneau's economic future
It appears Juneau voters will be asked later this year to vote on just how much taxation they're willing to bear, and for which capital improvement projects.

Different ways to look at nature
The eight boys couldn't get far down the nature trail near the Mendenhall Glacier without science teacher Topaz Shryock pointing to a plant.

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.

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.

KTOO 5K Fun Run
1. Shawn Miller, 16:33; 2. Greg Frank, 18:12; 3. Brian Goettler, 18:57; 4. Andrew Ainsworth, 19:29; 5. Daniel Stoops, 19:32; 6. Michael Hekker, 19:54; 7. Peter Warren, 19:57; 8. Page Press, 20:03; 9. Jim Ustasiewski, 20:10; 10. Tom Ainsworth, 20:15; 11. Craig Millard, 20:20; 12. Emily Ferry, 20:25; 13. Zack Bursell, 20:33; 14. John Bursell, 20:33; 15. Zane Clark, 21:00; 16. Ben Haight , 21:25; 17. Cameron Clark, 21:46; 18. Reed Stoops, 22:01; 19. Bob Koenitzer, 22:17; 20. Jim Grammel, 22:26; 21. Michael Schlechter, 22:30; 22. Samantha Davis, 22:41; 23. Scott Allee, 22:54; 24. Bob Kuhn, 23:32; 25. Deborah Rudis, 23:36; 26. Rebecca Braun, 23:36; 27. Guy Crockroft, 24:03; 28. David Thomson, 24:28; 29. T.J. Slagle, 24:43; 30. Joseph Hindman, 24:53; 31. Erik Schlechter, 24:54; 32. Jamie Bursell, 25:07; 33. Heather Haugland, 25:29; 34. Denise Grant, 25:59; 35. Helen Phillips, 26:56; 36. Doug Edgar, 27:20; 37. Therese Thibodeau, 27:27; 38. Joyce Parry-Moore, 27:35; 39. Jill Anderson, 27:36; 40. Patty Ware, 30:37; 41. Nicholas Wright, 30:49; 42. Angela Wright, 31:08; 43. John Wright, 31:09; 44. Tamara Bledsoe, 32:12; 45. Maclean Tiffany, 32:58; 46. Julia Carlisle, 33:25; 47. Carissa Anderson, 37:15

Ben Blackgoat Race Results

Fair singer's politics riles some in Haines
Southeast Alaska State Fair headliner Steve Earle has been the subject of a flurry of angry letters in the Chilkat Valley News since early May, accused of being anti-American.

Weyhrauch to seek ideas on retirement shortfall
News: Current photos: Sunday:Weyhrauch.eps

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Haines syrups attract a gourmet following
A Haines birch syrup company, started from scratch when a local sawmill shut down, will be moving into international markets soon, with a boost from Slow Food USA.

Seven villages could lose power
Seven villages in Western Alaska and the Aleutian Islands are in jeopardy of losing electricity to their public buildings and water and sewer utilities this year because they cannot pay their bills.

3 SE Alaska towns lose supply line
In a single blow, Gustavus, Pelican and Tenakee Springs lost their main supply line for groceries, house materials, fuel and other staples.

Tribal leaders oppose proposed land swap
Tribal leaders from five villages in the Yukon Flats say the risk of pollution is too great and the benefits to villagers too small to back a 200,000-acre land exchange between Doyon Ltd. and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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

Fire near Fort Yukon doubles to 59,000 acres
Strong wind more than doubled the size of a forest fire outside Fort Yukon but the blaze remained north of the Porcupine River, keeping the community out of immediate danger.

Staff reports from around the state

Bridge seen as lifeline for foundering Alaska village
Every morning, South Nak-nek's 14 schoolchildren eat breakfast, kiss their parents goodbye and head to the airport for the daily flight, their school bus in the sky.

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