Taxes driving out Juneau's youth
There's just not enough opportunity for young people here in Juneau.

In support of a Montessori school
I would like to respond to recent letters and articles concerning Montessori Borealis as a future public charter school.

Government for the government
I realize that this letter is not very timely; however, I was taught to count to 10 before I said anything about something that irritates me. And this irritates me.

Marijuana is more than a drug
Every day the U.S. government is wasting away too much money trying to keep marijuana illegal.

Planned Parenthood offers needed services
This letter is in response to the letter from Mr. Brown of San Diego, Calif., who believes the services of Planned Parenthood are not needed by the state of Alaska.

Act is to allow more spying on people
The Alaska Legislature passed a resolution by a majority of 56-1.

Mine shouldn't depend on handouts
Coeur Alaska, the company hoping to develop the Kensington Gold Mine project, has been working the political system like a champ.

Alaska's first ladies gather for documentary
When Alaska became a state more than 45 years ago, keeping house and home at the Governor's Mansion was a work in progress.

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

Photo: Top of the pyramid
Ian Reid becomes airborne over the pyramid Wednesday afternoon at the Pipeline Skate Park, as some of the other skaters watch in the background.

Board saves five bus routes
The Juneau School Board voted unanimously to keep the five school bus routes slated for elimination for another year.

Repairs renew shrine
During the Liturgy rededicating the chapel at the Shrine of St. Therese on Tuesday night, Bishop Michael Warfel found it easier to read.

State could add 2 ferries
The Alaska Marine Highway System is considering purchasing two new ferries to operate as day boats for the cities of Juneau, Haines and Skagway.

Board not sure of grade proposal
The Juneau School Board had more questions than answers Tuesday after hearing a proposal that the high school grade Advanced Placement courses be weighted differently from other courses.

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District: Moving costs more than double
It will cost more than twice the original estimate to switch the locations of Yaakoosge Daakahidi alternative high school and the Juneau School District's central office, district officials say.

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

Photo: Speed demons
Jack Siverly, 7, zooms around the Red Devil Racing go-cart track Wednesday in the Nugget Mall parking lot as Michael Mills zips by in the foreground.

Bagging Kilimanjaro
We retired from Juneau-Douglas High School last year and got teaching jobs at the American International School of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Fortin, Bischoff to wed
Juneau residents Sarah Elizabeth Fortin and Kyle William Bischoff will be married at 6 p.m., July 23, 2005, at the Mendenhall Glacier.

Sealife observers
Through the generosity of Allen Marine Tours and the captain and crew of the St. Maria, Cub Scouts from Pack 6 and their families enjoyed a whale-watching cruise on May 15.

Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Preventing falls is the key to independence for the elderly
Do you know someone who fell and broke an arm or a hip?

Paulick, Riemer to perform in Europe
Helen Riemer, daughter of Doug and Kathi Riemer of Juneau and Petersburg, and Kristina Paulick, daughter of Bill and Karen Paulick of Juneau, have been selected to perform with the Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus in Europe this July.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Herbert Bast Gloege
Former Juneau resident Herbert "Herb" Bast Gloege died May 31, 2005, in Butte, Mont.

My turn: Merchants' Wharf requires millions to remain standing
There have been several opinion columns published in the Juneau Empire regarding the future of Merchants' Wharf.

Alaska editorial: Special would be to not have an extra legislative session
Now that the figures are out, it goes without saying: Our state representatives need to find a better way of doing business in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Alaska villages need better justice system
Since last fall, U.S. Attorney for Alaska Tim Burgess has gotten an education about the desperate need for better law enforcement and justice in the state's rural communities.

My Turn: Charter school need to be able to stand up to scrutiny
The parents and students of Juneau's public schools were granted a reprieve when the Montessori Borealis charter school applicants decided to not pursue resubmission or reconsideration of their charter application to the Alaska Board of Education for the 2005-06 academic year.

Thousands watch annual event
Thousands of baseball fans stayed up late Tuesday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Midnight Sun Baseball Game.

Smoltz blanks Marlins
John Smoltz never forgot how the Florida Marlins battered him in the season opener.

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.

Bentz bounced to Albuquerque
The Florida Marlins sent left-handed reliever Chad Bentz of Juneau back to the minors on Wednesday, optioning him to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League while calling up right-handed reliever Randy Messenger.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photo: Moon over moose
A moose wanders across a marsh under a full solstice moon on Tuesday in Kenai.

Center to cover more costs of SE blood drive
Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle will cover the cost of processing blood samples donated by 321 Caucasians in a recent drive Southeast Alaska, center officials said.

Raven chicks saved from compost heap at landfill
Three raven chicks likely would have been ground up for compost, along with the pile of brush in which they were found, if they hadn't been squawking for food.

Forest Service combats spruce aphids
Spruce aphids have been on the rise throughout much of Southeast Alaska, and now the U.S. Forest Service is trying different methods for controlling the pests.

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

Fire near Fort Yukon spreads toward the community of 600
Fire crews are burning out vegetation ahead of a 62,000-acre blaze to keep it from spreading further south to Fort Yukon

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Seafood plants offering jobs on land and at sea
The state is putting out a plea to Alaskans to join the slime line at seafood plants or work on at-sea processors from Ketchikan to the Bering Sea.

State to renovate House and Senate
The state is planning to spend about $611,000 renovating the state House of Representatives and Senate chambers this summer, according to the Legislative Affairs Agency.

Biologist accused of tagging young Stellers
A Texas biologist violated federal law by capturing underage Steller sea lions he was studying in Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound, federal officials said.

Fast ferry plan worries state advisers
While the state is finalizing a concept to reroute the Alaska Marine Highway System's fast ferries, an advisory board worries that the plan will not be consistent or affordable.

Cascade Point proposal faces many hurdles
The state's proposal to build a new ferry operation in Berners Bay may involve greater hurdles than the controversial Kensington gold mine ferry shuttle that is already planned there.

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

Winds cause wildfire near Fort Yukon area to spread
Fire crews wrestling with a 65,000-acre blaze several miles northeast of Fort Yukon faced a round of wind gusts that spread the flames another several hundred acres Wednesday.

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the silver screen

what's happening
Entertainment events around town

Chasing the Shenandoah
Juneau author Lynn Schooler was an Anchorage teenager in 1970 when he read a brief Robert DeArmond article about the Confederate ship Shenandoah, "War's End in Bering Sea," in the July 1937 issue of "Alaska Sportsman."

Cowboy Junkies get Alaska Fix
The Cowboy Junkies will have a busy second half of the year as they start work on a new album of original material and begin plans to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

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