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.

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.

Planned Parenthood is not needed
There really is no need for services from Planned Parenthood.

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.

Forest supervisor not standing up
Shame on you, Forrest Cole. Just a few weeks after your widely circulated editorial praising the Tongass as "one of the 'crown jewels' of public lands" and stating that the Forest Service "intends to keep it that way," the agency has gone ahead and approved Coeur's operating permit for the Kensington Mine.

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.

Sen. Stevens' bill deserves support
Residents of Alaska should be grateful to Sen. Ted Stevens for his co-sponsorship of a bill that could help prevent tragic cases of poisoning across the country.

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.

Around town is a listiing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

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.

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

Juneau man arrested after alleged bomb threat
A 31-year-old Juneau resident is in jail after allegedly claiming he had a bomb in his Super 8 motel room early Monday morning.

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

Photo: Swingin' in the rain
Zeeba Sanchez returns a serve from her friend Sam Steele while playing tennis Monday at the courts near Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Groups contest gold mine permit
Two environmental groups have requested a hearing in which they would ask the state to retract its certification of a federal permit allowing Coeur Alaska to dump mine tailings in Lower Slate Lake.

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

Sealaska board members re-elected
Shareholders of Sealaska Corp. chose to re-elect members of the board of directors at the company's annual meeting in Ketchikan on Saturday.

Photo: Water junkies
Jennifer Jillson, front, and Arial Engelman enjoy their day off from work Monday as they kayak through Don Statter Boat Harbor at Auke Bay.

City's quarry draws criticism
Owners of Glacier Lands say they will go out of business if the city doesn't stop selling rock to the private sector.

Robert Loren Peel
Juneau resident Robert (Bob) Loren Peel, 73, died June 17, 2005, at his home.

Alaska editorial: More questions need to be answered on state retirement system
The special session of the Alaska Legislature last month did produce a bill that aims to help stabilize the finances of the state-run Public Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System.

Alaska editorial: Senator wrong in wanting to limit access to weather data
In Alaska, watching the weather is not an idle pastime.

My turn: Assembly should side with voters on road issue
Our country was founded on the principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.

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.

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

Union aims to cut class size
The state's largest teachers' union wants to present a ballot initiative to reduce classroom sizes to 15 students for primary grades.

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.

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.

Alaska Natives seek explanation for recent rise in cancer rates
Alaska Natives have seen runny bone marrow in moose and caribou, and lesions and parasites in fish - and that makes Shawna Larson wonder if toxic chemicals in these traditional foods are making people sick, too.

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.

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.

Public TV stations divvy up funding cuts
The Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission approved a plan last week for Alaska's four public television stations to evenly split a state funding cut of $127,500 for 2006.

Staff reports from around the state

Cook Inlet sockeye fishery opens early with unprecedented return
Commercial salmon fishermen were busy getting nets mended and engines tuned up for what was shaping up to be a solid season opener in the eastern Cook Inlet.

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.

Lawyer: Throw out teen's comment in murder case
Rachelle Waterman's attorney is asking a judge to throw out his 16-year-old client's alleged confession about her role in her mother's death.

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

Photo: A chip off the ol' block
Tlingit master carver Israel Shotridge carves the 40-foot Ketchikan Indian Community Totem at his studio in Vashon Island, Wash.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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