Open voting
It is a great privilege to live in a free country where individuals have the right and the civic responsibility to vote. I was dismayed when I went to cast my vote in last week's primary election; it was a thoroughly confusing process.

Couverden Timber Sale still fleeces taxpayers
On July 23, the Forest Service published in the Federal Register its intent to cut an estimated 25 million board feet of timber in its proposed Couverden Timber Sale, about midway between Gustavus and Juneau.

Overkill and excess
I write in support of my neighbors objecting to the Bush Administration's conduct of the War on Terrorism.

University opens with largest-ever enrollment
Students who filed into classrooms this morning to begin the fall semester at the University of Alaska Southeast could be part of one of the largest student bodies in the institution's history, according to UAS Dean of Students and Enrollment Management Paul Kraft.

State building wins OK despite bidder's protest
The Juneau Planning Commission last week reaffirmed its decision to allow a state storage building to be constructed in a Lemon Creek industrial zone. But a losing bidder on the project said the decision raises the question of whether the commission takes too much liberty with existing zoning ordinances.

Ferry system celebrates scenic byway designation
Starting this week, the Alaska Marine Highway System is celebrating its designation as a National Scenic Byway with special ceremonies, discounted fares and a roundtable discussion in Juneau.

Chinese delegation arrives in capital city after delays
A delegation from Mishan, China arrived in Juneau on Monday morning.

Man injured in highway accident
Police believe a man reported lying unconscious on Glacier Highway over the holiday weekend was the victim of a hit-and-run driver.

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

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

Howard 'Howie' Kenneth Croken
Former Juneau resident Howard "Howie" Kenneth Croken, 90, died Feb. 18, 2002 in Bellevue, Wash.

State's debt rating outlook
Alaskans may not care how they do it Outside, but some folks Outside care about how we do it here.

My Turn: King crab catastrophe in the making
I remember a time when you could not fish for king crab in the waters surrounding the Juneau area. While many of the "smart guys" at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game point to disease as the cause for the depletion of king crab, anyone with a grain of logic could see that it was commercial over-harvest that decimated the crab population.

Alaska State Football Polls
The Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls.

Sports in Juneau
A service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Giant cabbages steal the show at state fair
Excitement runs high as the crowd packs the bleachers. It's raining and many people zip their jackets. It's fair time again in Alaska. Folks left standing huddle round the cattle barriers separating onlookers and contenders.

Worker found dead in trash compactor
Anchorage police said a worker at a Midtown McDonald's restaurant was killed Sunday in the restaurant's trash compactor in an apparent suicide.

Knowles agrees to appoint new student regent for University
Gov. Tony Knowles has agreed to appoint a new student to sit on the University of Alaska Board of Regents before his term ends Dec. 2.

Strong turnout expected for Alaska's convention season
Most Alaska event organizers expect the upcoming convention season to be a good one, despite concerns stemming from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Snack shelter
Judy Hoyt, Teri Davenport, under umbrella, and Harold Davis take time for nourishment under rainy skies during a visit this weekend to the Alaska State Fair in Palmer.

Electrical problems hound Columbia
A generator failure and switchboard problem plagued the state ferry Columbia over the weekend, prompting emergency repairs and some schedule changes, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Names of helicopter crash victims released
Alaska State Troopers have recovered the bodies and released the names of two men killed late last week in a helicopter crash.

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