Business Digest
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is accepting through Sept. 16 nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award.

Kudos to 9th Circuit for its decision
Hats off to the 9th Circuit for enjoining Coeur's use of the Lower Slate Lake as a dumping site for the Kensington Mine tailings.

One roundabout beautification idea
Regarding the roundabout in Douglas, ("A blank slate at the roundabout," July 20-26 Hooligan) simply declare it a tourist attraction. The city will race right over, run up a couple of flags and plant flowers.

Combating warming takes global effort
Ms. Johnson made some good points in her Aug. 25 letter but doesn't seem to recognize the root of the issue.

The cruise ship head tax is a con job
We Alaskans have been taken for another ride down "Fleece Street" through misrepresentation by special interest groups located in our own backyard.

Kudos from a fellow Colorado resident
A note to Mr. Greg Scott of Evergreen, Colo. ("BP pipeline outage tip of the iceberg," Aug. 24): Way to go, Mr. Scott.

A road is important to Juneau, state
In response to Ms. Duncan's attack (Aug. 25) against my My Turn of Aug. 21, I wish to rebut several items that she brought up.

Vote for a new city administration this fall
I have lived in Juneau for the last 45 years and would like to continue living here if not driven out by taxes and the highest cost of living in an Alaska city of 5,000 or more.

A few forthright, honest facts on the road
Mr. Bruce Hale, in his letter on the Lynn Canal access road ("Pro-roaders: Please explain argument," Aug. 8) asked for truth, honesty and forthrightness. Amen.

Native corporations need new leadership
Well folks, here we are in 2006, 35 years after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law.

Mudslide activity would threaten road
The recent mudslide and flooding conditions up north again are a vivid reminder of what can be a certain problem on the "road to nowhere."

Backing Sarah all the way to November
I campaigned and voted for John Binkley for the Republican nomination for governor.

Cruise ship industry used the wrong tactic
I find the misleading information in print and television ads from the cruise ships to be interesting to say the least.

GOP chairman should resign for non-support
Randy Ruedrich cannot seem to find it within himself to put away his prejudice against Sarah Palin.

Graffiti outrages Jewish community
Only days after celebrating the one-year anniversary of Juneau's lone synagogue, Sheryl Weinberg felt the complete opposite Monday when she first saw a swastika painted on the front door of the Jewish community's place of worship.

Four in Juneau vie for fish council seat
Four Juneau residents are among 12 applicants seeking to fill a position on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Photo: Scare crow
A crow, perched on a parking pylon near the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay, suffers from a deformed beak.

Photo: Sun berries
Stink currant berries are lit by the afternoon sun Tuesday near the Shrine of St. Therese, at Mile 23 Glacier Highway.

City proposes new facility for Public Works
The city is considering a $9.1 million to $10.8 million construction project that would consolidate its Public Works Department.

Around Town
Listing of local nonprofit events

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

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

Photo: 'It's a miracle'
Ann Peterson walks under clear blue skies Tuesday in the Merciful Love Prayer Labyrinth at the Shrine of St. Therese, 23 miles north of downtown.

FBI agents search offices of at least seven lawmakers
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Federal investigators on Thursday raided the offices of at least seven lawmakers.

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

And I will call this eye 'Wisdom'
When you bury four of your children, two sons 40 days apart, you will understand why I thank Hospice & Home Care of Juneau for saving my life.

Filipino American Association hosts Senior Citizens Dinner
Founded in 2003 by Nestor Catli, the Filipino American Association is a nonprofit organization that provides communtiy services and fundraising for various organizations...

Simard and Fox wed
Shar Fox and Jim Simard, of Juneau, were married Aug. 2 at high tide, in the misty rain at Auke Bay.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for the kindness and sympathy during our time of loss

Ripleys celebrate 50 years
Rudy and Judy Ripley of Juneau will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 1, 2006.

Evangeline Peck
Former Juneau resident Evangeline Grace Peck, 79, died Aug. 27, 2006, in Vancouver, Wash.

Alaska editorial: New administration should stick with current pipeline deal
Alaska doesn't hold all of the cards when it comes to a natural gasline.

Hooligan aims to be edgy without forgetting rest of us
In last Thursday's edition of our new Hooligan section, we managed, with some of the content contained within, to offend the sensibilities of a number of our readers. To have done so was never our intent.

Alaska editorial: State shouldn't be fooled by protection groups
An Alaska court has again been approached to stop predator control programs, and to nix plans for programs yet to begin, by the Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.

Runners' corner: Dealing with the pre-race nerves
With the Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay rapidly approaching its Sept. 7 starting date and October being a popular month for marathons, there are several things you can do to maximize all of the hard training you've done and avoid some of the unexpected pitfalls runners experience on race day.

Coho salmon continue their strong run as kings start to fall off
Coho fishing remains great with last week's catch rate at four-rod hours per fish. Last year's rate was at three-rod hours per fish and the five-year average is also at four-rod hours per coho.

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 High School Football Leaders
Through Week 3...

The JYFL kicks off a new season
Welcome to the launch of the Juneau Youth Football League section.

Alaska High School Top 16 Swimming and Diving Performances
As of Aug. 30. Courtesy of JDHS coach John Wray.

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 Reign wrap up Scandinavian soccer tour
The Juneau Soccer Club Reign, an under-16 boys team, recently completed its Scandinavian adventure with a solid showing at the Norway Cup in Oslo, Norway.

State to present Ketchikan with less expensive Gravina bridge plans
Plans for a multimillion dollar bridge that became a symbol of misdirected federal largesse may have to be tweaked because the state cannot fund the current design, officials said.

Northwest Digest
Members of Juneau's Capital City Fire and Rescue will join fire departments across the country for a "Fill-the-Boot" drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 2 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sept. 3.

Knowles urges groups to drop mine lawsuit
Former governor and gubernatorial candidate Tony Knowles earlier this week urged three environmental groups to drop their lawsuit against the Kensington gold mine.

Photo: Pumpkin smashes state record
J.D. Megchelsen is dwarfed Tuesday by a 1,019-pound pumpkin he grew in Nikiski.

Biologists test for bird flu in Alaska
Hundreds of miles above the Arctic Circle, biologists working in the frosty marshes of Alaska's North Slope are keeping a lookout for migratory birds that might bring a deadly avian flu strain to the United States.

Sow protecting cubs mauls man on trail
A runner near Soldotna was mauled by a grizzly sow protecting her cubs. The man's wounds were not life-threatening, authorities said.

Lethal wolf-control program facing new legal challenge
Alaska's wolf-killing program to boost moose and caribou numbers is facing a new legal challenge.

Secretary: Pipeline ills shouldn't bar new Arctic drilling
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne was getting his first look Wednesday at BP Alaska's pipeline corrosion that shut down some North Slope oil production, but said the problems should not prevent new drilling in some environmentally sensitive areas.

This Day in History
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Lawmakers to help decide if special session is called
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday he expects to hear from legislative leaders in the next few days on whether they want a third special session to work on a $25 billion North Slope natural gas pipeline deal.

Murkowski may back off plans for gas pipeline session
Gov. Frank Murkowski may be backing off his pledge to call a new legislative session in September to reconsider his contract proposal for a natural gas pipeline to Canada.

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

Fairbanks borough files lawsuit over wetlands
The Fairbanks North Star Borough has sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, claiming the corps uses an improper method of identifying wetlands in Alaska.

Northwest Digest
A team of marine experts freed a humpback whale that had spent four days entangled in fishing gear in Chatham Strait.

Photo: Fair air
Mike Laird spins off a halfpipe ramp Sunday during the Keith King BMX Bike/Skate Stunt Show at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

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