Fairbanks poet releases collection
Few publishers risk investing in first-time books by poets, but The Ester Republic Press has taken that risk with its very first book, "Cake: Selected Poems" by Doreen Fitzgerald.

Library's DVDs cover a wide range of topics
New DVDs have hit the shelves at the public libraries - here are some choice picks from our nonfiction movies.

Were ferry firings fair?
On behalf of the deck officers who were in command of the M/V LeConte when it grounded on Cozian reef on the morning of May 10, 2004, I want the citizens of Alaska and the traveling public to know that the captain and chief mate are profoundly sorry for what happened.

Does senator support stem-cell research?
Years ago my father passed away from Alzheimer's disease.

Smoking ban raises questions
During last Monday night's Assembly meeting the city imposed a smoking ban on all bar/restaurants starting January 2005 and January 2008 for bars.

Slow down, again
About a year ago my letter to the editor requesting motorists to take a couple extra seconds and slow down was published. Well, here is my second request.

Time to curtail dogs
Good dog poop, bad dog poop. Good dog bite, bag dog bite.

Take school commute seriously
In the June 17 Juneau Empire article by Eric Fry entitled "School Board delays granting bus routes," Juneau School Board member Alan Schorr is credited with saying that "it would be hard for an elementary school not to be granted a hazardous route as long as it's anywhere near a car."

Torture inappropriate
The administration spent months building a legal justification for torture.

Veterans for Kerry forms in Juneau
Juneau veterans are concerned about the Bush administration's policy of pre-emptive war, based on unsound intelligence.

Don't stifle speech
As my father before me, and my son after me; I also served this country in the military.

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

Cooling off
Donny Sims, right, jumps his jet ski in front of Brandon Ridle on Friday, as both took advantage of the warm weather at Auke Lake.

Coastguard to inspect all cruise ships
Few heads turned on the Sun Princess on Thursday as two armed and uniformed Coast Guard petty officers walked through the cruise ship.

Tina Whitehead
Former Juneau resident Tina Anne Gregory Whitehead, 57, died June 13, 2004, at Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville, Wash., from lung cancer.

Women's council disbanded for lack of support
When the Juneau Women's Council was established in 1985, members fought along with women in the rest of the country for their independence.

Photo: Hot, hot, hot
Robert Ridgeway of Floors Galore cools off between innings in the championship game against Sitka's Stereo North-Bose during the 29th Annual Rainball Invitational Softball Tournament on Sunday at Dimond Park.

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

Edwina I. Berry
Former Juneau resident Edwina I. Berry, 72, died June 15, 2004, with her companion, William J. Matthews and family by her side at the Littleton Regional Hospital, Littleton, N.H., after a battle with cancer.

Juneau Economic Development Council combats 'brain drain'
Pat Race is the kind of entrepreneur the Juneau Economic Development Council would like to see more often.

High school revises its dress code
Juneau-Douglas High School students will dress more demurely starting next fall.

Due to a reporter's error, a Sunday, June 13, article on recycling misstated for which building the Friends of Recycling covers the cost of picking up office white paper. The nonprofit organization has covered the cost of courier pickup of office white paper from the court building.

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

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

Tina Whitehead
Former Juneau resident Tina Anne Gregory Whitehead, 57, died June 13, 2004.

Edwina I. Berry
Former Juneau resident Edwina I. Berry, 72, died June 15, 2004.

Paul Robert Emerson
Juneau resident Paul Robert Emerson, 89, died June 8, 2004, in Juneau.

Aircraft are important to public safety in Alaska
The recent announcement by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that we were considering proposals that could allow us to obtain a jet aircraft has raised some questions.

My Turn: Get fair return on state's oil
Until we get our fair share from oil, no, no and again no. If we voters let the governor raid the permanent fund, the pressure for the Legislature to do the right thing with oil will be gone.

Gov. Murkowski seeks compromise on budget
Thumbs up, thumbs down.

Is there anything golf can't cure?
T he balmy weather of the past several days has done nothing but to reinforce my belief in the need for, yes, a real golf course right here in River City.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Bike & Brew tour a hit
In Juneau, beer and bicycles have more in common than just the letter B.

A summary of outdoors activities in our town

Stream angler catches a big one for Anchorage
Scott Stender fought for about a half-hour to land a 59-pound king salmon, chasing it upstream and finally yanking the behemoth back toward him.

Fish report
Last week, Juneau area marine boat anglers had the best king salmon catch rates of the year. The average marine boat angler took 14 hours to land a king.

Touches of Alaska at Safeco ballgames
It had been 12 years since the last time I headed to the Lower 48 to watch a major league baseball game, but with Juneau's Chad Bentz pitching for the Montreal Expos last weekend in Seattle I figured it was time to take another trip south.

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.

Gallery: Rainball 2004

Sports in Juneau
Upcoming sports events in Juneau

Florida-bound Jumpers
Thirteen Juneau Jumpers are traveling to Orlando, Fla., this week to compete in the U.S. National Jump Rope Championship at Walt Disney World Resort.

Back for more
The girls of the Juneau Xtratuffs U-14 soccer team are pioneers.

Life in the big leagues
For most of the Montreal Expos, last weekend's visit to Seattle was just another way station in what's become an already forgettable 2004 major league baseball season.

Juneau team takes first place in Kluane Chilkat bike relay
For the first time in six years, the Kluane crown is back in Juneau.

Big-league life: Schedules, studying, tuna sandwiches
As it turns out, life in the big leagues isn't so big after all.

Western Alaska salmon runs finally rebounding
King and chum salmon appear to be making a healthy comeback in Western Alaska, defusing tensions over commercial fishing in Area M far to the south.

State, companies enter negotiations for gas pipeline
The field appears to be set - for now - for the players interested in building a natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope to markets in Canada and the Lower 48, a senior Department of Revenue official says.

Photo: Troubled Waters
The 70-foot vessel Waters, home-ported in Homer, sits grounded on top of a navigational beacon on a rock Friday in Narrow Strait north of Kodiak Island, near the village of Ouzinkie.

Volunteer nurses help bridge the Iraq culture gap
Triple-digit temperatures and wearing damp, sticky clothes had taken their toll on Melody Simmons.

Cubs get catered meals 35 times a week
Fatty sauce, bananas, salmon, rice, kibble. Four orphaned brown bear cubs eat well and often at the Alaska Zoo.

Mom accused of killing sons found competent for trial
An Anchorage woman accused of fatally shooting her three teenage sons has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

Wrangell lumber mill set to close
Silver Bay Logging Co. plans to close its Wrangell sawmill, laying off all 50 employees in October, if not sooner.

Illinois chorus tours Southeast
From his home in Peoria, Ill., 18 degrees of latitude south of Juneau, Morton Civic Chorus member Lee Wenger could only imagine summer solstice in Southeast Alaska.

Senator Murkowski defends ad
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is defending a Senate campaign ad even though a fellow Republican has characterized the ad as unprofessional and intentionally false.

McGrath bear effort deemed a success
FAIRBANKS - A state effort to stop bears from killing moose calves in the McGrath area appears to be paying off, officials said.

Ketchikan worried about timber sale
The mayor of Ketchikan is seeking assurance that a proposed timber sale won't affect city drinking water.

Barge burns near Haines
The Coast Guard closed cruise ship traffic near Haines for about 90 minutes early Sunday evening as firefighters battled a smoky blaze on a barge just a few miles south of the upper Lynn Canal town.

Alaska Digest
Staff aand wire reports across the state

Kotzebue author makes the journey from an igloo to his first novel
Growing up with his family in an igloo on the south side of the Brooks Range, 350 miles northwest of Fairbanks and right about at the tree line, Kotzebue author Seth Kantner never understood what people meant when they asked what his family did.

Alaska Digest
Collection of news briefs from around the state

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