Why are special interest groups so special?
How many more state employees will lose their job because of Gov. Murkowski's interests in "useful in gaining knowledge in how privatizing government services will work?" The state is losing money.

Cruise industry solicits voters
The campaign to oppose a ballot initiative that would levy a $50 head tax on cruise ship passengers incorrectly included an Alaska business and two other organizations on its roster of local supporters.

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

Photo: Go speed racer
Devin Flake rounds the corner on his seventh birthday at Red Devil Racing course outside the Nugget Mall.

Police chief will return officers to longer shifts
The Juneau Police Department will move away from eight-hour officer shifts in January, two years after members of the force voiced intense opposition to the move from 12-hour shifts.

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

Downtown sour on cruise ship initiative
An upcoming state ballot initiative that would impose a cruise ship passenger tax could be a nail in the coffin for some Alaska-owned South Franklin Street businesses, according to owners of those shops.

Parade grand marshals paved the way
When Neva Egan moved to Valdez from Wyoming in 1937, she never imagined a one-year teaching assignment would lead to a lifetime of dedication to Alaska.

Maureen Bleeker
Juneau resident Maureen Ardis Bleeker, 69, died June 27, 2006, in Juneau following a lengthy illness.

Robert Kohlhase
Juneau resident Robert J. Kohlhase, 70, died June 29, 2006, in Bristol Bay.

An encouraging meeting?
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and two dozen Seattle business and civic leaders visited Anchorage late last week at the invitation of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Alaska Editorial: Missile defense system a good thing for Alaska
There's some comfort in knowing that a missile launched by the unstable leader of North Korea might not get a free ride across the atmosphere to someplace in Hawaii, the Western United States - or Alaska. Or even Fairbanks.

Toe Toon

Outsiders: Paula Trubiroha

Preserving Perseverance
A serious facelift is needed for Perseverance Trail to persevere as one of Juneau's favorite hiking destinations, recreation officials say.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Exploring the Granite Creek Trail
The Granite Creek Trail takes off roughly 1.5 miles up the Perseverance Trail, side-hilling along the ridges above the creek. A new switchback now bypasses a stretch of slippery bedrock.

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.

Juneau synchronized swimmers win national championship
Sarah Felix and Koko Urata won the national championship for duet synchronized swiming Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

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.

Alaska Digest
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka rescued a 51-year-old man and his 14-year-old son Saturday after their small plane made an emergency landing on a narrow beach near the entrance of Lituya Bay, south of the Yakutat.

Murkowski signs largest-ever capital budget
Some 1,200 individual projects around Alaska will get a boost from the state's largest-ever capital budget this year, but utility improvements in the south-central region will not be among them.

Korean climber dies while descending Mount McKinley
Officials on Saturday released the name of a climber who died after he collapsed while descending Mount McKinley.

Ketchikan to get a new dry-dock
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the Penglai Bohai Ship Co. finalized the $9.2 million deal Thursday. The dry-dock is expected to be delivered by the end of July 2007.

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