Glad for governor's help in pensions
I appreciate and fully support the governor's assistance to the Alaska Forest Association Pension group.

Try riding a bike to work; avoid traffic
If you live on Douglas and work downtown or somewhere close, you have no reason to complain about how bad traffic is or how bad it will be with the new roundabout.

Yaakoos is for all
In response to Bruce Tenney's letter regarding the Montessori school.

The governor's residence is a house
Thank you for the article about the first ladies, and thank you to Nancy Murkowski for her efforts to raise funds to help maintain Alaska's Governor's House.

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

Biologist gets the better of a charging brownie
Fisheries biologist Kent Crabtree didn't set out to kill his first brown bear last weekend.

Gold Rush beckons
Having fun sometimes takes work. At Dimond Park on Saturday, people who looked like they were on display working were having fun at Gold Rush Days.

Roundabout, if not motorists, ready by July 4
Juneau and Douglas Island residents eager to relieve traffic congestion will get their first chance to try the Douglas Highway and Bridge roundabout on July 4, if construction goes as planned, said a Department of Transportation and Public Facilities official.

Tourism generates fewer complaints
Fewer tourists are picking flowers from driveway gardens this summer, which is something a local tour-operator group says indicates that its tread-lightly message is getting through.

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

Lois W. Dischner Thorne
Former Juneau resident Lois W. Dischner Thorne, 43, died June 22, 2005, in Anchorage.

Online registration allows Empire to gauge interests
A s of Thursday, visitors to our newspaper Web site,, will be required to register if they want to have full access to our daily online content and our archived stories and photos.

Empire editorial: Ferries at Cascade Point are a bad idea
T he state's announcement last week that it may buy two new day boats for the Juneau-Haines-Skagway circuit is good news. But building a new terminal for these ferries at Cascade Point makes no sense.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Juneau boasts world-class trail system
For a city where roads don't offer many places to drive, Juneau has plenty of places for people to walk, run, bicycle and - when the ground is buried under snow - even cross-country ski and snowmobile.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Out & About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Fifty-four mushers sign up for 2006 Iditarod on first day
Forty-one mushers, including four former champions, stood in line to register for the 2006 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Saturday at the annual volunteer picnic at Iditarod Headquarters.

Ultimate fun
Photos from the match Saturday at the Ultimate Players of Southeast Alaska's Charity 5-on-5 Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

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.

Dinnan wins Gatorade honor
The 2005 track and field season was a wonderful dream for Juneau-Douglas High School junior Tyler Dinnan.

Dictionary preserves language of the Haida
Scholar John Enrico has compiled the first comprehensive Haida dictionary, the fruit of years of living among the last generation of people who spoke the language regularly at home.

Shrimp processing ends in Petersburg
The last seafood company handling Petersburg shrimp here is ending processing of the tiny shellfish.

Commission to study hardships in the Bush
The Alaska Legislature is forming an interim advisory commission to study the causes of economic hardships in rural communities and develop proposals to help them form local governments.

BLM eyes SE for development
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is considering whether to open some of its land in Southeast Alaska now restricted from oil, gas and mining development.

Sitkans looking at taxing cruise ships
Plans to tax cruise ships $4 to $5 per passenger may be gaining ground in Sitka, irking cruise industry officials and surprising the company bidding to build a dock for the ships outside of town.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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