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Juneau Assembly will take second look at pool closure

...said.Just because many of the items were approved doesn't mean the budget is done. The city hopes to finalize the budget by...more details on what a $400,000 cut to the bus system would mean before they made a call. "This is how an awful lot of people...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-17/juneau-assembly-will-take-second-look-p
Local
Five Good Reads for Earth Day

...generosity and hatreds, bravery and bewilderment in the face of guns, corrupt officials, corporate land grabs and people who "mean well." Like most authors in this genre, Cotlow rattles off the death tolls from first contact with Europeans: 6 million in...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-04-17/five-good-reads-earth-day
Art
My Turn: Big city budget problems require big solutions

...youth, adult and senior population a viable and affordable means of exercise. Swim sessions cost between $2.75 and $5...beyond that, and we need to be thinking about it now. That means thinking out of the box and taking a hard look at what we are...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-04-17/my-turn-big-city-budget-problems-requ
Opinion
Begich speech focuses on job creation

...Nikiski plant incredible news considering the effort it took him to push the LNG export permit to the top of the list."It means jobs in the community," he said. "We need to keep pressure on agencies because they get into their systems and get lost...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-18/begich-speech-focuses-job-creation
State
Crimson Bears track team boasts big numbers

...Wittwer and senior Kaitlin Fagerstrom. Garcia graduated, Wittwer is not competing, and Fagerstrom is playing softball. This means the girls sprint team is starting fresh and will grow together.Hintermeister could form a competitive team with junior Rachel...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2014-04-17/crimson-bears-track-team-boasts-big-nu
Sports
Alaska House names 20 Native languages "official" for state

...door-to-door days of his campaign that he began feeling connected to the Alaska Native communities he represents."This means so much to people - especially elders," he said. "When they were growing up, the only government acknowledgment of their...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-17/alaska-house-names-20-native-languages-
State | AK legislature
Making green: Peony growers blossoming in Alaska, Southeast

...789 roots are recorded as planted right now. With an average of 10 harvestable stems per plant when those roots mature, that means projected harvests of more than a million stems in a few years. Fluetsch said the plants can sometimes produce even more harvestable...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-04-18/making-green-peony-growers-blossomin
Outdoors
The littlest big band

...in second grade, Cadence has become so much more confident because of the performance experience, Plummer said.Stephanie Means' granddaughter Maya John-Beavers "has come a long way with her singing and her music," she said. "She's more focused...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-04-18/littlest-big-band
Local
In the Stacks: Nonfiction for adults

...poorest had at least one servant, even if it was only a young girl hired to watch the baby, and having a servant wasn't just a means to get work done, but also a status symbol. But the very richest lived in a manner nearly unimaginable to us today: as many...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-04-17/stacks-nonfiction-adults
Art
Untold reality of state's minimum wage debate

...according to the Alaska Attorney General's office, that doesn't mean lawmakers could "effectively repeal" the initiative by drastic...But Democrats and others who remember 2003 say those promises mean little to nothing because there is nothing binding about them...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-16/untold-reality-states-minimum-wage-deba
State | AK legislature

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