Protect Berners Bay
Having recently spent a weekend boating and camping in Berners Bay, just north of Juneau, I have become very concerned about Coeur Alaska's proposed plan to industrialize the area.

Parade should unite
I am sure the 4th of July parade committee is trying to make this parade a thing that brings all people together and doesn't offend and divide based on distasteful politics.

Call it hate speech
Ms. Karpstein made one error in her complaint about the marcher in the parade.

Disagrees with School Board
I am disappointed with the apparent approach of the current Juneau School Board.

Not a democracy
We've come to a point in American politics where we need to take a step back and look at the process.

Supports Carlos
The letter in the July 13 edition from Steve Connacher is a remarkable example of low class.

Time to support Valley HS
I hate to say it's Valley against downtown but when it comes to the new high school it seems that a few of the downtown residents are trying to derail the project again.

Parade one of the best
This letter is a response to Heather Karpstein's letter to the editor printed July 8.

Praises Loomis
The July 16 opinion piece by city editor Brandon Loomis, "Exposing Juneau's own un-American committee," deserves an award.

A good forest settlement
SEACC and other conservation groups' successful settlement of the lawsuit over the Fusion timber sale is a great example of how the Forest Service can safeguard valuable forest lands while supplying timber to local logging companies.

Thankful for the offensive
I can only speculate what will be next in the hyperambitious drive to make Juneau a more politically correct and homogeneous place to live.

Stand for the flag
I just read the Sunday front-page article "ACLU eyes parade flap" about the parody of President Bush.

Demand the truth
Anyone, any citizen of this country who claims to be proud of the USA must see "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Haul who away?
There is a lot of irony in the idea of a parade committee suppressing criticism of government officials during the 4th of July parade, but I'm not going to go there.

Supports free speech in parade
I am very upset that the Fourth of July Committee now plans to decide which entries are inappropriate or of volatile political content and then ban them from 4th of July parades.

Tourism meetings building optimism
Participants of Collaboration Juneau met eight times between last October and April to tackle local conflicts over tourism.

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

OSHA looking into death at Angoon lodge
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a weekend accident at an Angoon lodge that led to the death of a man working there.

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

Board wants new school on Oct. ballot
The Juneau School Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ask the Juneau Assembly to place bond measures on the October ballot to build a high school in the Mendenhall Valley and fix up the older elementary schools and other buildings.

Fire damages LAB hangar wall
A fire Tuesday night at a LAB Flying Services hangar won't affect operations, a company co-owner said Wednesday.

Due to a reporter's error, the article about Collaboration Juneau in Wednesday's Empire misspelled the name of Steve Behnke.

Photo: Dropping by for a bite to eat
A bald eagle takes flight from its perch Wednesday at Sheep Creek.

Family birth center needs funding to expand
When Kaye Kanne had her first child in a hospital 28 years ago, she was unable to see her son until four hours after his birth.

Photo: Jaw-dropping dragon
Lynzey Culver, 10, pats the nose of a dragon puppet worn by Jon Brooke

WB affiliate offers local advertising
Local advertisers now can buy airtime on Juneau's WB affiliate thanks to a partnership between Smith Television Group in Anchorage and the WB Television Network in California, corporate officials said.

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

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

UAS enrollment on the rise; dorms filling up
Fall enrollment at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau is up, officials say.

Northcut pleads not guilty to rape charge
A Juneau teen accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school restroom pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday.

Montessori expansion reconsidered
The Juneau School District may establish a Montessori classroom this fall at Glacier Valley Elementary, administrators said Tuesday.

Bridge supporters may seek funds for study
Juneau may not get $8.1 million in federal funding this year for a second bridge over Gastineau Channel because other state transportation projects are of higher priority, a city lobbyist said Wednesday.

Map project puts Alaska, Hawaii in their place
The Juneau Map of the United States project is an interactive map of the 50 United States in their correct geographic locations.

Helfinstines celebrate 25th
James and Laurie Helfinstine of Juneau will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary today.

There is help with drug costs for seniors
In June 2004, a transitional Medicare drug discount program began throughout the United States.

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

Riter, Ballard to marry
Heather Denise Riter and Jed William Ballard of Anchorage will be married in a ceremony planned for noon Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Alaska Botanical Gardens in Anchorage.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports about the people of Juneau.

Pearl V. Greenwald
Former Juneau and Hoonah resident Pearl V. Greenwald, 84, died July 18, 2004, at her daughter's home in Mount Vernon, Wash., after a short battle with cancer.

Paul Robert Emerson
Juneau resident Paul Robert Emerson, 89, died June 8, 2004, in Juneau.

My Turn: Honor America by defending freedom in parade displays
Ido solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic;

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.

Photo: Soccer dive
"The Great Zambini" dives into a line of soccer balls as Thunder Mountain Sports Camp players and coaches look on Friday at the end of the camp at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

WEIO merges sports, culture
The rhythmic clapping started about halfway through and built to a crescendo with every step Michael Paulsen took.

Juneau Juniors open tournament with rout
Joe Kohan pitched six innings of one-hit ball, then crushed a two-run homer over the center-field fence to end the game

Governor's Cup kids' runs
Erik Schlechter and Kiera Clark were the top boys and girls finishers in last Saturday's Governor's Cup 1-mile kids' run.

Due to a reporter's error, Juneau cyclist Scott Fischer's Tour de Whitehorse placing was incorrect in Tuesday's paper.

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 Jumpers say G'day
Jumping rope is routine for the five senior members of the Juneau Jumpers.

Local Sports Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports.

Senate panel tables Cape Fox land swap till September
Two federal land proposals involving Alaska, including a controversial Tongass National Forest land exchange with Cape Fox Corp., are on hold until September.

Governor cuts $5.2 million in state spending
Gov. Frank Murkowski announced $5.2 million in cuts to the state budget Tuesday, a fraction of the $138 million he vetoed in state spending last year.

Photo: A royal protest
Maci Clifton holds a sign while leading a cheer with a small group of people demonstrating outside of the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday in Anchorage.

Primary will feature three ballot options
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman and Division of Elections Director Laura Glaiser are appearing around the state to publicize the three ballots that will be offered in the Alaska primary Aug. 24.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Justices hear arguments in Senate lawsuit
An initiative changing how U.S. Senate vacancies are filled should not appear on the general election ballot because a new state law has the same effect, an assistant attorney general told the Alaska Supreme Court.

Candidate Ralph Nader visits state, works to appear on Alaska ballot
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader predicted Tuesday that he would gather enough signatures to appear on the ballot this fall in Alaska, a state where he won just over 10 percent of the vote in the 2000 race.

Sen. Murkowski asks 7 stations to stop running Knowles spots
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has asked seven Alaska television stations to stop running certain campaign ads by her Democratic rival Tony Knowles, claiming the ads violate campaign finance laws.

Evacuation directive remains for rural Fairbanks subdivision
An evacuation directive remained in effect Tuesday night for a rural Fairbanks subdivision threatened by a forest fire, but most residents chose to stay in their homes.

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

Alaska Digesta
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Sunday blaze claims floating fishing lodge
Investors in an exclusive floating fishing lodge destroyed by fire Sunday near Glacier Bay will meet in the next two weeks to decide what to do next.

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

Strange but true
They call themselves "mountain music for a pleasant revolution," but it was actually a college friendship and a fortuitous pairing of ingenuity and marketing that helped bicycle revolutionaries and northern California three-piece Kipchoge and the Ginger Ninjas begin their strange, but earnest, musical odyssey.

Toe Cartoon
Comic by local artist Toe.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau

movies where & when
This week's films and showtimes.

News of the Arts

Late summer nights in front of the computer in her Fairbanks home, kindergarten teacher and children's book author Chérie Stihler finds that her family's pet ferret and her monitor's Microsoft help-prompt provide her only solace.

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