Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Empire wrong to report anti-Earle sentiment
I am writing in regards to your front page story last Sunday (June 19) about Steve Earle performing at the Haines Fair.

Eagle Beach fee makes sense if we won't clean up
I have spent the last several years picking up litter, from the vicinity of 33 mile to the end of the road at Echo Cove.

Save senior tuition waiver
As the state ponders cost-cutting measures, some options considered cut benefits but do not cut costs.

Roundabout should work
Some of my neighbors on the south end of Douglas Island have made complaints in the Empire about the design of the Douglas Island bridge roundabout scheduled for opening on July 4.

Ferry system holds back Chenega
The FVF (Fast Vehicle Ferry) Chenega has not yet been deployed to its intended Prince William Sound home port of Cordova.

Rainforest Research
On a mission to collect more knowledge about global climate change, Ming-ko Woo migrates north for months each year to study water, ice and snow in the Mackenzie River Basin.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Glacial dip
From left, Jared Markovich, Ruby Steedle, Julian Lukshin and Aileen Funk play Monday morning near the Mendenhall Glacier in a shallow pond heated up by the sun.

Photo: As easy as falling off a log
Cal Richert, left, and Ralph "Animal" Austin compete in the men's log rolling event Sunday at this year's Gold Rush Days at Dimond Park. Austin edged out Richert to win the event.

Assembly requests wetlands for airport
Despite some residents' protests, the Juneau Assembly agreed unanimously Monday night to ask the state to transfer 18 acres of Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge to the Juneau International Airport.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Funding OK'd for Egan Drive overpasses
Included in the state public works budget Gov. Frank Murkowski is expected to sign is a Juneau traffic priority to relieve congestion and headaches in the Lemon Creek and Sunny Point areas.

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

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.

Sports Digest
Staff reports of local sporting events

Fancy footwork
Matthew Walton, right, tries to steal the ball away from his sister, Kayla Walton, center, as Lindsey Kato moves in on the play Monday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Fishing Report: King salmon fishing improves in Juneau area
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports that king salmon fishing in the Juneau area improved in the survey week ending Sunday.

Alaska hire a must in state projects
Alaska Labor Commissioner Greg O'Claray has identified 16 of 22 labor categories in Alaska as underemployed, meaning contractors for publicly funded construction projects must hire 90 percent Alaskan workers in those categories.

Photo: Poodles of the north
Scooter, left, a 3-year-old toy poodle, peers out of the driver's side window Friday as Buddy, 9, center, and Molly, 4, rest on the back dash as the dogs wait for their owner, Marlene Whitlow, to come out of the downtown Fairbanks post office.

Salcha homeowners apply for sale of homes to government
Flood relief officials are screening 116 applications from homeowners near Salcha who want to sell their homes, land and businesses to the government due to persistent flooding.

Subsistence board to review Juneau fishing
Alaska residents and organizations are pitching 34 proposals to change federal subsistence fishing rules in the state, and one of them would wipe out a new rule that allows subsistence fishing along the Juneau road system.

Father joins son serving in Baghdad
Over the years, Lars Larson and his father have spent a lot of time hunting and fishing together. So, it only felt right that when Lars was deployed to Iraq last September his father decided to join him.

This Day in History
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Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Commission rejects request by Sen. Stevens
The military base review commission has rejected a request from U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens to lower the number of votes necessary to exempt bases from the Pentagon's cutback plan when commissioners declare themselves ineligible to vote because of a conflict of interest.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

FASD clinics face funding uncertainties
In a state with the nation's highest documented rate of fetal alcohol syndrome, many diagnostic clinics are struggling to survive.

Study to focus on migration of eight Southeast clans
The migration of eight Southeast Alaska clans will be documented through a federally funded project planned by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Alaska nurses join effort to end mandatory overtime
Nurses in Alaska are joining a movement in states across the nation to limit forced overtime at hospitals, a practice they contend is dangerous for both them and their patients.

Warm weather ripens salmonberries early this year
Dry weather and plenty of sunshine this spring have ripened one of Southeast Alaska's favorite treats - salmonberries.

Telling the Truth
Richard Carroll Jr., owner and operator of Alaska Yukon Tours, is happy to show visitors around his village - as long as they're willing to hear the truth.

Police identify couple killed by grizzly bear on North Slope
Two people killed by a 300-pound grizzly bear while they camped along the Hulahula River in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge have been identified, North Slope Borough police said Monday.

Bill for landless Natives back on the table
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is reviving an effort to grant land to five communities that were not included as recipients under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Photo: Scottish power
Eric Wechter of Aurora, Ore., throws a 56-pound weight over a 12-foot-6-inch-high bar during the weight-for-height competition at the Alaska Scottish Highland Games on Saturday in Eagle River.

This Day in History
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