Is Rep. Doogan an accessibility expert?
In Pat Forgey's article on Thursday, "$1.7 million voting system gets little use," he and Rep. Mike Doogan, D-Anchorage, concentrate on money and the amount of use these machines get rather than people's needs.

Experience renewed woman's faith in people
What a happy experience I had on June 7; I lost my purse.

No guarantee bonds would cover costs
I am disappointed in the Juneau Empire's recent, post-bond election coverage of Thunder Mountain High School.

Legislative Affairs head gave good advice
Pam Varni, executive director of the Legislative Affairs Agency, provided advice to her bosses, the Legislature. This advice consisted of a cost comparison between holding a legislative session in Juneau, Alaska's capital, or in Anchorage.

Playground letter dripped with venom
Some of the words that came to mind after reading Lauren M. Swift's June 8 letter ("Unhappy with Twin Lakes playground") were: huh, ridiculous, mean, poison pen and dripping with venom.

Anti-road arguments appear a bit strange
I couldn't help but giggle to myself after reading Steve Vick's column in Friday's Juneau Empire.

There's no Lew like an old Lew
There's a cliche that goes, "There's no fool like an old fool."

Boycott Bullwinkle's, services of Dr. Death
(Regarding Sunday's Outdoors article about Juneau surgeon David Miller and Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor owner Bill Adair's hunting trip in Zimbabwe.)

Leopard photographs were sad, disgusting
It has been nearly 40 years since the Beatles sang, "Hey, Bungalow Bill, what did you kill?"

Grand marshals set for July 4 parades
Juneau Fourth of July parade grand marshals George and Jean Rogers have glamorous shoes to fill - past luminaries in local parades have included George Kennedy, Patty Duke and Shirley Temple.

Photo: Roaring views
Will Maner, left, and his family, Suzanne, Caroline and Doug, lounge Sunday at the misty foot of a waterfall as it gushes into Mendenhall Lake. The Maners were visiting from Oakdale, Calif.

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

Emergency regulations give seniors another month of aid
The state's lowest-income seniors will continue to get cash assistance checks from the state in July under emergency regulations signed by Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Monday evening, Gov. Sarah Palin announced Tuesday.

A story in Tuesday's Empire gave an incorrect spelling of the name of KTUU-TV Juneau Bureau Chief Bill McAllister.

Dog sled tours operate under different standards
A Skagway company is wheeling tourists on dog sled tours through the woods on Douglas Island.

Kohring bribe allegations have an unusual twist
State Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, under fire because of corruption allegations, may respond as soon as today to calls for his resignation from the House of Representatives.

Photo: Summer stroll
Michelle Blackwell and her daughters, Jade, 3, and Valery, who is almost 2, look at daisies along Glacier Highway as they walk to the new playground at Twin Lakes.

Around Town

Around Town

Juneau sets community values
Having a hard time paying the rent? Want to bike to work or take the bus instead of cranking up the car? How about curbside recycling?

Mat-Su residents warm to coal bed methane plan
A proposal to drill for coal bed methane in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough is getting a warmer reception than a plan three years ago that cost a Palmer state senator his job.

Summer school heads outdoors
It's not your typical summer school - long days on a wild beach scrounging through tide pools, nights at camp, fireside storytelling, running a biological GPS transect, cataloging a "bio-band," recording whale songs, identifying genus and species.

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

Photo: Getting the gardens ready
Mary Jane Tenney works in her North Douglas garden, one of five featured in the Summer Solstice Garden Tour and Plant Sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Cathedral Park, on the corner of Fifth and Gold streets, downtown.

Neighbors Digest
Class of 1997 to celebrate10-year reunion July 6-8, Filipino Community hosts'Obra Maestra' performance

Standerwicks celebrate 50 years
Donna Chadbourne and John Standerwick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 8, 2007. Their family and friends will celebrate with them in July at the family cottage at Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.

Photo: Softball champs
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls softball team competed June 8 and 9 for the state championship in Anchorage, where they took top honors.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for sponsoring Juneau-Douglas softball, Thanks, Sealaska, for donating to Glacier Valley Elementary

Bellemare and Greene to wed
Dee Bellemare and Mike Greene, both of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony on June 30, 2007, at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. Friends and relatives are invited to a reception to follow at 7 p.m. at Squires Rest.

Wyatt and Moats wed
Dana Lynn Moats and Geoffrey Kent Wyatt, both of Juneau, were married on June 9, 2007, at the Church of Christ in Juneau. The minister was Jon D. Paden.

A dad stays home for his kids
Stay-at-home dads are becoming more commonplace in our society, and more accepted too, but it still strikes many people as being just a little odd.



Nancy Jane Adams
Juneau resident Nancy Jane Adams died June 19, 2007, in Juneau. She was 70.

Melinda McCarron
Former Juneau resident Melinda "Mindi" Pusich McCarron died June 3, 2007, at her home in Anchorage. She was 53.

Jo Ann O'Connor
Juneau resident Jo Ann O'Connor died June 13, 2007, at Harbarview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. She was 70.

Outside editorial: A strong will, a faithful heart
Don't be fooled into thinking Ruth Bell Graham, the admired wife of evangelist Billy Graham, played second string to her iconic husband. This strong, independent, gracious woman lived a life in her own right.

Alaska editorial: Washington governor's Alaska visit encouraging
Washington's Gov. Chris Gregoire visited Alaska earlier this month and was hosted at dinner in Anchorage by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The world is watching ... what?
One night 10 years ago, I found myself in a crazy place. It was only the parking lot of a courthouse in Santa Monica, but craziness had come to that place on the wings of a jury verdict in the civil trial against O.J. Simpson.

Alaska editorial: Marking 30 years of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline
The trans-Alaska pipeline reaches a milestone later this month when the calendar reads June 20, the date 30 years ago on which a controller at Prudhoe Bay pushed a button to allow the first oil to flow into the pipeline for the 800-mile journey south to the port of Valdez.

Outside editorial: Time for officials to talk
Whether or not Alberto R. Gonzales maintains his Rasputin-like survival in high office, Congress is rightly determined to find out how much of his responsibility was abdicated to the White House in the matter of eight fired U.S. attorneys.

My Turn: Facts rather than road myths
The Juneau Empire's Opinions page is a great place for people to espouse their opinions on the many and varied issues of concern to Southeast Alaska residents.

GCLL roundup: A's top Mariners to gain first-place tie in Major Baseball
The A's defeated the Mariners 6-2 on Monday to force a first-place tie in the Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball division.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Photo: Here comes the heat
The Dodgers' James San Miguel pitches to the Diamondbacks during a Gastineau Channel Little League Junior Baseball game on Saturday.

Palin fires all 7 members of state agriculture board
All seven members of the Alaska Board of Agriculture and Conservation were dismissed as Gov. Sarah Palin took steps to keep the troubled Matanuska Maid dairy in business.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World.

Alaska Digest
Anderson's mayor killed in accident, Hydroelectric project meetings scheduled, Four injured in plane crash near Homer, Motorcyclists raise funds for charity

Stealth fighter jets headed to Alaska
The top U.S. Air Force commander in the Pacific said the service will likely deploy the world's most advanced fighter jet, the F-22, to Guam or another location in the region next year after it sets up a squadron of the new planes in Alaska.

Rep. Kohring to step down
State Rep. Vic Kohring said Tuesday that he will resign from the Legislature so that he can concentrate on proving he's innocent of federal bribery and extortion charges.

Photo: Open-water adventure
Bob Cita of Juneau kayaks Saturday near Whale Point during the Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race in Sitka. Cita, who used a kayak he built himself, finished sixth overall and second among solo kayakers in the 12.3-mile short-course race.

Board OKs contract for charter schools
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the renewal of the Juneau Community Charter School contract.

Alaska Digest
Pedestrian injured in highway pileup, Shishmaref searches Web for moving help, Discovery in rubble strikes happy chord

Subsistence hunters object to land opening
A decision by the Federal Subsistence Board to open up thousands of square miles along the Yukon River drainage and delta in southwest Alaska has drawn strong objections from subsistence hunters.

Police charge woman in boyfriend's death
A woman accused of running over her boyfriend and dragging him 100 feet after a night of heavy drinking has been charged with manslaughter.

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