Ban denies freedom
I will be out of town when the Assembly is taking up this issue, so I am writing. There are a few things to consider before the proposed anti-smoking ordinance affecting all offices and businesses in Juneau is passed.

Radical green rally cry
Lie, exaggerate, divide, confuse, harass, intimidate, sabotage, terrorize, maim, even kill.

Dispatch with alacrity
Bears are creatures that can be trained. It is taught by its mama to either fish and eat berries, beach grass, etc., or eat garbage. Once a bear becomes accustomed to the free lunch of garbage eating, they are no longer willing to forage for

Vote for change
It was with great joy that I and many others read that Chuck Collins had filed to run for the areawide Juneau Assembly seat, as we know him to be a very personable, reasonable, honorable, plain-speaking individual who is extremely well-informed regarding the issues, and has a passion for positive change. Folks who know Chuck know that he is, as he says, a person who can fix problems. He is a good listener with thoughtful, constructive ideas, and would undoubtedly be a voice of reason and reconciliation; a stabilizing and uniting force in the Juneau Assembly.

Please share
Murray Walsh's latest letter is, as usual, most entertaining. Since he is such a voluble writer, I hope he would be able to share with us his version of the history of the IHH deals, and a listing of how much they have cost the taxpayers so far.

A positive opportunity
The October municipal election is going to be a major factor in the future of Juneau as we again face the threat of a capital move. Moving the Legislature will surely be followed by moving the commissioner

Ax sport fishing
People who marched for subs

Travel agents protest drop in rates paid by airline companies
PETERSBURG Travel agents in Alaska and elsewhere were asked to close their doors for two hours Thursday in reaction to cuts in commissions paid by some major airlines.

Drunken driving limit lowered to 0.08
JUNEAU Alaska drivers be warned. With the long Labor Day weekend on hand, it will take fewer drinks for a driver to be considered legally drunk.

City panel: Time to cull bears
The city's urban bear committee suggested Thursday that some of Juneau's bears be killed or relocated, but emphasized that more public education, enforcement and outreach are needed to resolve garbage problems.

Due to a reporting error, the affiliation of Harold Frank was misrepresented in an article on the Taku River on Page 15 of Thursday's Empire. Frank is an environmental planner for the Douglas Indian Association under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Weekend Best Bets
This weekend kicks off the fall entertainment season in style with two concerts and CD release party for The Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band.

Orcas in the channel
A pair of killer whales surfaces near the Douglas Bridge this morning. Whale sightings in the downtown area have been rare.

Investigators complete inquiry into whale death
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve has completed its investigation into what caused the death of a humpback whale last month, but officials won't disclose any details.

Exxon makes last payment
ANCHORAGE ExxonMobil will deposit $70 million into an Alaska Department of Revenue account this week, the last annual payment of its $900 million damage settlement with the state and federal governments from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Hulse thrives in court, on the trail
Although Carrie Hulse is comfortable both in a courtroom and picking her way around devil's club, she doesn't think she stands out in a crowd.

State gains in suit over gated road
A Superior Court judge issued two rulings this week that favor the state in its lawsuit with Channel Construction over public access on two roads near Eagle Beach.

Juneau Police and Fire news

Two runs this weekend support breast, prostate cancer survivors
Fear still dominates some of her days since Bryn Nelson was rediagnosed with breast cancer in February.

News of Public Record

Ships in port Saturday
Ships expected in Juneau's port

Knowles proposes bill for pipeline
ANCHORAGE Gov. Tony Knowles is proposing what he calls national interest legislation to make development of an Alaska natural gas pipeline economical.

Happenings in Juneau

Wedding: Cary, Betz to marry in October
Sonja DeAnn Cary and Timothy James Betz are planning an Oct. 20 wedding. The wedding will occur in an outdoor ceremony at the Finch Arboretum in Spokane, Wash. A reception will follow at Jadwin's restaurant.

Neighbors Briefs
Items of community note

Living and Growing
From the Bible we are taught that Jesus Christ gave his life for others, specifically, for you and me. Would anyone really do that? Sacrifice himself for the good of other people, some of whom didn't even like him? What kind of world would we have if everybody started doing that?

Thank You Letters
Letters of thanks

Federal funds tie Alaska into poison center
Alaskans have a new resource for information on poisoning. It's a number 1-800-222-1222 that connects all callers in Alaska with the Oregon Poison Control Center.

Anniversary: Franklets celebrate 40th
George and Judy Franklet will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sept. 2. A small family gathering is planned at the couple's home.

Word of Mouth
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Outside editorial: A deal is a deal: U.S. should pay dues to U.N.
Suppose you disagree with someone about a debt. So you compromise. You agree to pay more than you think you owe; he agrees to accept less than he thinks you owe. You shake on it.

Chugiak Mustangs 'loaded for Bears'
The Chugiak Mustangs are undefeated and ranked second in the state's coaches polls, but they will be wary when they play the fifth-ranked and undefeated Juneau-Douglas High School football team in a Cook Inlet Football Conference game at 2 p.m. Saturday at Chugiak High School. The game will be broadcast locally on KINY, 800-AM radio.

In Thursday's season preview story about the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team, the name of returning senior defensive specialist Krista Heard was inadvertently omitted from the list of varsity players.

Sports events calendar

Sitka goes airborne to beat ACS, 38-25
Sitka High School quarterback Travis Bradshaw threw for 319 yards and five touchdowns Thursday afternoon as the Wolves came from behind to beat the Anchorage Christian Schools Lions 38-25 in a Greatland Conference game at Anchorage Football Stadium.

JDHS runners travel to Homer, Seward
By Jeff Kasper

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