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Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Operation Employment
Piloting fighter jets, shimmying under barbed wire, or planning the logistics of a ground attack aren't your typical resume staples. Some may think these are the only talents soldiers have to offer a prospective employer.

Laws in place to protect jobs of returning troops
For the thousands of military personnel currently serving our country overseas, leaving the comforts of U.S. soil is a big step, but it's often made more difficult when faced with the challenge of leaving a stable job for a period of time...

A cruise ship isn't a church or embassy
After reading your Sunday article on the proposed cruise ship passenger fee, I realized that the cruise companies want to continue their tax-exempt status, similar to that of a church or a foreign embassy.

High cost of Juneau flights not justified
Has anyone else gotten "sticker shock" from pricing airline tickets out of Juneau? I recently priced tickets to Seattle. What used to be a round trip fare is now nearly the cost of a one-way ticket.

Alaska Airlines has no competition
The one factor Mr. Wolf seems to have missed ("High cost of Juneau flights not justified," Monday), and that in all probability is the controlling factor in the high air fares, is the simple fact there is no competition.

Vote yes on cruise ship measure
The stories on the cruise ship ballot measure in Sunday's Empire were very enlightening. The first story leads off with a doom and gloom prediction from a local store employee afraid the $50 tax will hurt her business.

Coeur Alaska should find another way
Coeur Alaska has been generous to Juneau in many ways, but its plan to dump mine tailings from the Kensington Mine into Lower Slate Lake is a bad one.

Young doesn't always mean stupid
As a high school student living in Juneau, I have always thought that it is important to be involved in the community, read the news, listen to KTOO etc. For the last four years I have been here...

'Legend' makes local skies safer
Hauling people safely in and out of Alaska at jet speed isn't what inspires the most pride Douglas Wahto feels looking back on his career as a pilot.

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

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

Police identify teenager in fatal Friday accident
Police on Monday identified a 17-year-old girl killed Friday night on the back of Mendenhall Loop Road as Hatty Eddy.

Out-the-road 'bear-glars' create a different set of issues for residents
Burglars aren't a big concern 17 miles out the road from downtown Juneau. But some people in the neighborhood talk about "bear-glars."

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

Photo: The healing power of music

Photo: Remembering war heroes on the Fourth
Rick Willard of the Southeast Alaska Native Veterans decorates the organization's float Monday behind the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

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

Photo: Sundial touch-up
Juneau artist Hillary Buck repaints the Juneau Community Sundial on Sunday near the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Photo: Wildlife viewing
A crewman named Luchian from the cruise ship Zuiderdam looks for mountain goats with the aid of powerful mounted binoculars in Marine Park.

Pair indicted on charges from '05 bridge collision
Ten months after college student Jody Watson died when her car collided head-on with a van on Brotherhood Bridge, the grand jury has indicted the van's driver and passenger on manslaughter charges.

Photo: Don't call 'em cowpokes

Frances Betts Cropley
Juneau resident Frances Betts Cropley, 87, died June 29, 2006, in Juneau.

Hatty Emma Eddy
Juneau resident Hatty Emma Eddy, 17, died July 1, 2006, in Juneau.

Disabled vets will compete
After a roadside bomb exploded under his 5-ton truck in Iraq, Tyler Hall remembers an Army buddy asking if he was alive.

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.

Judge won't stop state's benefits plan
An Alaska judge on Monday said he would not stop the implementation of a new state retirement plan that started this week, after three state labor unions sought an injunction last month.

Alaska Digest
The state ferry Columbia was sidelined Sunday at the Ketchikan shipyard for repairs, and Alaska Marine Highway System staff members were finding alternative travel means for 380 passengers, officials said.

Military's Raptors end first Alaska deployment
The last of 12 F-22A Raptors from the 27th Fighter Squadron returned Friday to Langley Air Force Base, Va., marking the end of the first operational overseas deployment for the advanced stealth fighter jets.

Groups sue to ban four-wheelers in park
Conservation organizations are suing to ban recreational four-wheelers from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, saying the National Park Service didn't follow its own rules in allowing the vehicles in the 1980s.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation, and the World

Timber scraps providing heat
A few small Prince of Wales Island towns are eyeing the wood scraps left by the island's sawmills to reduce their reliance on expensive fuel oil.

Agreement allows use of dead whale for research
Long-dead sperm whales smell.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation, and the World

Northwest Digest
The Inuit Circumpolar Conference is expected to bring hundreds of visitors to Barrow next week.

Rasmuson Foundation celebrates 50 years of giving
A sentence at the top of the Rasmuson Foundation's Web site says it all. "Rasmuson Foundation is a catalyst to promote a better life for Alaskans."

Vessels to conduct summer halibut surveys for IPHC
The fishing vessel Styrian Knight from Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of 13 vessels conducting halibut surveys for the International Pacific Halibut Commission this summer.

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