Becoming a free agent by deception
I am shocked to find that anyone believes Carlos Boozer acted ethically in his dealing with the Cavaliers.

Parade celebrates freedom
The Fourth of July committee's proposal to censor the parade is awful. The Fourth of July parade is precisely the time and place for political or personal opinions of all stripes, and the more the merrier.

We have a right to criticize
With regard to the clamor over the entry criticizing the president in the Fourth of July parade, I quote President Theodore Roosevelt:

Build the Valley school
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never in the history of humankind have so many been so bamboozled by so few as have the residents of Juneau. I refer to the insane situation in which the people of Juneau now find themselves in trying to redevelop a second high school. Who came up with the stupid idea of expanding Marie Drake? Marie Drake should be demolished, not refurbished. Someone - tell me this is a hoax so that I can stop crying.

Give electoral power back to the people
As we wind our way through the summer the presidential election process is becoming more heated as each candidate raises new issues and tries to bash the other to score political points.

Play nice at parade
There has been much discussion over the ridiculing of our President in the Fourth of July parade, and I have avoided making any comment. However, Michael Partlow's letter struck a nerve and I am compelled to comment. Mr. Partlow discusses that it is the right of free speech, so cherished by all, that was being exercised by that display in the parade and it was true freedom and patriotism. He is correct about the importance of the freedom of speech.

Getting ready for a new performing arts center
We were in China recently and attended music performances in several schools and youth activity centers.

Preventing suffering with bike helmets
I often see young people riding their bikes with no helmets on, not fastened, or helmets dangling from their handle bars.

Avoid the folly of stereotyping
As a liberal, I am offended by the portrayal of liberal democrats in the July 14th political cartoon by Brian Fairrington. The cartoon is "volatile,

Censorship offends
I am disappointed to hear that the Fourth of July Committee has declared an intention to censor parade entries next year. The""single individual" who wore the mask of our tyrannical dictator and held a sign which read "I think I served. Commit troops. Cut benefits," was voicing a widely held view that our president's actions since the day he was appointed reflect a highly hypocritical and self-serving decision making process that has damaged our economy, our welfare system, and our foreign relations.

Watch "9/11," but support Nickelodeon, too
If you are old enough to be admitted to an R-rated movie, please see the film, "Fahrenheit 9/ll."

Let states decide
Why does the government have so much power over us as states? Why does the whole country have to say yes or no to gay marriage or abortion or (insert current issue)? Why can't each state decide what is OK in that state? Instead of a bunch of Republican states going into an uproar if homosexuals are allowed to be married everywhere, why not let those states decide yes or no? The country goes back and forth from Republicans and Democrats but the states are more consistent. You might say that this will divide the country even more but it's impossible for America to agree on anything anyway.

UA to install videoconferencing gear
The University of Alaska is placing 40 videoconferencing stations in remote locations around the state.

Nugget Mall will launch first image campaign to compete with Fred Meyer
The Nugget Mall is launching its first image advertising campaign to capture more of the market from Fred Meyer, Marketing Director Kathy Buell said.

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

Panel recommends new smaller school
Voters in October may face bond measures to build a new high school in the Mendenhall Valley and spruce up some elementary schools.

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

Photo: Art in a name
Artist Thomas Schilz paints the name "Ashley" in pictorial calligraphy Monday on a table on South Franklin Street.

Photo: Standing room only
A pod of sea lions catches some rays Friday atop the Poundstone Rock buoy in Favorite Channel about 25 miles northwest of downtown Juneau. Friday saw a decrease in smoky haze from Interior wildfires as the temperature in Juneau approached 80 degrees.

Teen indicted on JDHS rape charges
An indictment charging a Juneau teen with raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school restroom alleges he had a juvenile criminal record.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Close call
David Cox and his wife, Donna, came across this scene Saturday "out behind Shelter Island."

Bald eagle sent to new home in California
An eagle from Juneau went on its longest flight Sunday, all the way to Los Angeles, but it went as cargo. "Fritz," a female adult bald eagle that is blind in one eye, was shipped via Alaska Airlines to Los Angeles, where officials from the Ojai Raptor Center in nearby Oak View were scheduled to pick her up.

In a July 19 article about the Nugget Mall's new advertising campaign, the article implied the campaign was targeting cruise ship crew members.

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

Residentsprotest heliport plan
If only there were a silver bullet to solve the flight-seeing-noise dilemma.

My Turn: Forest Service priorities and policies are way out of whack
Congress' recent vote to end government subsidies for building new Tongass logging roads is a clear signal that American taxpayers are tired of paying through the nose to support the Tongass timber program.

Local Briefs
Sports Wire reports.

Ketchikan eliminates Juneau
A walk on the wild side by Juneau's pitchers staked Ketchikan to a nine-run lead after two innings and Ketchikan went on to claim a 16-6 victory in a losers' bracket game at the Southeast Alaska District 2 Senior Division (age 15-16) Little League Baseball Tournament in Sitka.

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.

Sitka's surprise
Ryne Sorenson still couldn't believe it as the Sitka All-Stars waited their turn to collect their medals and championship banner after winning the Southeast Alaska District 2 Major Division (age 11-12) Little League Baseball Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Miller Park Field No. 1.

Photo: Close play
Brianna Ogden, of Juneau's Imperial Saloon team shows the umpire the ball after tagging out a runner from The Crew of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

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 pilots volunteer to fly people in need
Stuart Goering landed his four-seat airplane at Merrill Field on a busy Thursday morning. He'd flown to Soldotna, picked up his only passenger, Lorrie Judy, and returned with her to Anchorage - all before 10:30 a.m.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Case raises questions about rural airport safety
A Bethel jury awarded a pilot nearly $1.3 million after he successfully argued that ill-maintained windsocks at the Kipnuk airport contributed to his accident.

Headlines from around the state

Borough hopes sea-lion science will ease fishing curbs
SAND POINT - Marine biologist Cathy Hegwer thumped on a 5-gallon plastic bucket and did her best to look intimidating, but a braying Steller sea lion was having none of it.

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

Fire crews face increasingly dry conditions in the Interior
The Taylor Complex fires continued to smolder Sunday as crews raced against hot, dry conditions to protect cabins northeast of Tok.

Allen Marine buys Alaska Ship Chandlers
Allen Marine of Sitka has purchased Alaska Ship Chandlers, mainly to acquire the Suzuki outboard motor dealership, company officials said Monday.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Alaska fires draw crews from across nation
The Alaska Fire Service building at Fort Wainwright has become a crossroads for firefighting personnel who are rushing in from all over the state and country to help with the worst fire season in decades.

Photo: Crowding in for salmon
Boats loaded with dipnetters crowd the mouth of the Kenai River on Sunday

Evacuation urged for 80 Interior homes
About 150 people north of Fairbanks were told to evacuate Monday as the Boundary fire closed in on their homes, fire managers said.

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