Censorship isn't an American value
Ted Stevens seems to have forgotten that he lives in Alaska and not in Moscow.

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.

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.

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

Another example of creationist distortions
This is in response to the June 24 letter "Natural selection not the whole story."

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.

City approves Freddy's growth
Juneau's Fred Meyer store will keep storage vans and outdoor sales out of customer parking areas, according to expansion plans that went before the Planning Commission on Tuesday night.

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

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.

How to diversify Juneau's economy?
Enough talk about diversifying Juneau's economy. A task force appointed by Mayor Bruce Botelho is identifying ways to make it happen.

Photo: Windswept
Juneau Youth Sailing Club instructor Alek Carson sits on the side of a sailboat, as Alec Calloway rides with Lars Johnson just behind the sail Tuesday while they travel to the boat landing in Gastineau Channel.

Assembly awards funds for art mobile at JDHS
Juneau artists Steve Henrikson and Jan Criswell created a giant mobile for Craig High School in 2000 and they hope the experience helps them over the next year in Juneau.

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Veto spares Juneau
Gov. Frank Murkowski sparingly used his red pen on the state budgets as he signed the two bills Tuesday in Anchorage.

Photo: Long-traveling ice cube
Abigail Schnittke, left, visiting from Columbus, Ohio, Joe Mancini and Chris Mancini, both from Long Island, N.Y., and Linda Schnittke, also from Ohio, examine chunks of ice on display at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Preparing for the Fourth
Jessica Likins concentrates while folding a paper crane at the Northern Light United Church for Juneau People for Peace and Justice in preparation for the Fourth of July Parade.

Spiraeas are an integral part of low-maintenance landscaping
S lowly exploding, the snowmound spiraeas detonate across the landscape, their thousands of brilliant white blossoms filling their branches with soft glowing fireworks.

Living into the beauty of God's creation at the time of the solstice
From the beginning, our understanding, our very survival, embraced the importance of day and night, season upon season, cycles that give shape and form to our lives.

Celebrating life
The Juneau Celebration of Life Walk on May 14 culminated in a luncheon at Centennial Hall with featured speaker Dr. George Laramore, head of radiology oncology at the University of Washington.

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

Frederick Larry St. Clair
Former Juneau resident Frederick Larry St. Clair, 77, died May 29, 2005, in Apache Junction, Ariz. He was born to Frederick L. and Ruth St. Clair on Sept. 28, 1927, in Bridgeport, Wash.

My turn: Delaying charter school will help solve contentious points
The decision to delay resubmitting the Montessori Borealis Charter was largely a matter of timing and had nothing whatsoever to do with the defensibility of the charter's position.

Outside editorial: Numbers don't add up for Tongass logging
The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to rectify a mistake made by the House this spring, and to pass an amendment limiting taxpayer subsidies for logging in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.

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.

Sports Digest
Staff reports of local sporting events

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.

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.

Graham lifts Cards past O's
Kyelisa Graham homered and scored the game-winning run in the fifth inning to lead the Cardinals past the Orioles, 14-13, in minor softball league action.

Gastineau Channel Little League Standings
Standings as of June 23

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.

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.

ACS chief boosts holdings
The chief executive of Alaska Communications Systems increased her position as the company's largest individual stockholder this month by buying up shares worth about $718,500.

ACLU will review displays of Ten Commandments in Interior
The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska will take a fresh look at the Ten Commandments displayed in Fairbanks' public buildings following two rulings this week by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

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

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.

Abandoned walrus pup finds new home
Pup: A baby walrus, shown in a photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, was found on a beach in Kivalina.

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.

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

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.

National task force takes up aquaculture
A new national task force will spend the next 18 months devising ideas to reduce harm from fish farms proposed off the U.S. coast.

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