Classic cars, Elvis in; gays out of parade
I agree with part of Mr. Cooper's view (July 8 Empire) on the Fourth of July parade about the gays being in the parade. I don't believe that they should be a part of our country's Independence Day celebration. The same goes for the politicians who on occasion decide to be part of the parade. They should save their campaigning for election time. As far as our military and our public servants such as the police and fire departments, our armed services are there to protect the freedoms we all enjoy and are the whole reason why we commemorate the Fourth of July. Our public servants such as the police are there to protect us citizens from harm and to keep order in our cities.

Pray for the health of Berners Bay
Did anyone else weep after last Thursday's headline on Kensington "winning" its final permit (I guess it is a contest of power and money), followed by Friday's headline on Tulsequah's toxic mess? Fifteen tons of toxic discharge per year from a mine closed nearly 50 years ago, and they missed a deadline for cleanup? Where is the outrage?

Juneau leaders target cities' right to seize homes
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gives local governments authority to seize private property for economic gains has Juneau residents and business leaders asking a lot of questions.

Turf issues?
A construction company heavy equipment operator pauses last week to let a Sitka blacktail deer walk through the future site of a swimming pool in Petersburg.

Salvation Army buys land for bigger store
The Salvation Army in Juneau has bought land for the site of a larger thrift store.

Opening of roundabout delayed one to two weeks
Douglas Island commuters expecting to get some traffic relief near the Douglas Bridge will have to wait one to two weeks longer for the roundabout to open.

Feeling the Crunch
Mary Sabon has abandoned her dream of buying a house in Alaska's most expensive city.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Residents find unique solutions to cope with high housing costs
Juneau's sky-high housing prices have forced some people into RV living, communal housing or buying floating homes.

Barbara T. Walker
Longtime Juneau resident Barbara T. Walker, 63, died June 5, 2005, surrounded by friends and family members at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle after battling cancer.

Empire editorial: Shorter session makes sense for the state
Juneau streets may be filled with suits and ties for fewer days each year if an initiative to limit legislative sessions makes it on the state ballot.

Juneau's housing problem is serious and complex
Housing in Juneau - the availability and the affordability of housing in particular - has generated much discussion in the past several months.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Litter and off-road riders assail Jordan Creek
Jordan Creek just can't get respect. Scattered mounds of trash and churned-up banks at illegal stream crossings are taking a toll on the productive coho salmon stream in the Mendenhall Valley.

The big dig
Photos from the two-person volleyball tournament at Sandy Beach, Saturday.

Midsummer 10K and 1 Mile RESULTS

Sitka stings Suns
The Midnight Suns brought two teams to a 12-and-under softball tournament in Sitka this weekend.

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.

Eaglecrest Road Race RESULTS

Jambaars undefeated in Cup
The Juneau Soccer League's under-13 boys team, the Jambaars, recently kicked off competition at the 26th annual Diadora Cup in Redmond, Wash.

State, unions reach pact on Chenega
State negotiators and three labor unions operating the state's second fast ferry, Chenega, said they reached a final contract late Friday that included agreements on crew size and schedules.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

State board suspends Anchorage Dr.'s license
A well-known women's health advocate in Anchorage has been stripped of her medical license by the Alaska State Medical Board, which cited a hospital report that the doctor failed to meet minimum standards for obstetric care.

This Day in History
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