More ships bring more traffic, business to Whittier
Whittier is quickly gaining fans, with more visitors, more business and more traffic for the tiny Prince William Sound community.

Tired of the bashing
You know, I'm kind of getting tired of people constantly bashing something they don't agree with. I read article after article of people whining about the Bush administration. Just because you don't agree with something doesn't mean it's the wrong thing.

Some Democrats are blowhard blamers
I've come to the conclusion that some Democrats think it's OK to bash Bush but when the tables are turned, it's a travesty and horrible unjustice.

Cowardice in Senate race
I write to add to Robert Hale's Sunday column (Empire, Sept. 5) about deterioration of the senatorial race between Murkowski and Knowles. These two otherwise willing politicians are showing political cowardice. Yes, I do mean cowardice. Is this in poor taste or libelous? Airing truths is always in poor taste to anybody avoiding them. The dictionary definition of cowardice is "showing dishonorable inability to confront, with fear in the face of, pain or danger."

Government should act like businesses
The Chamber of Commerce asks to have the personal property tax lifted from small business and what is the response of our municipal staff?

Students need more teachers
News flash: Is it a new high school we're asking for or more teachers (meaning smaller class sizes) for the Juneau School District?

Ferries don't need to pay their own freight
First of all, I would like to say that I am totally in favor of a road between Juneau and Skagway, but, that is many years away at best, and perhaps never, at worst.

School play offers model for Juneau
Last spring I saw a wonderful play preformed by students from Glacier Valley called Tides and The Tempest.

Just don't vote for giant monkeys
This just in: On the campaign trail in Whining, W.Va., Vice

The change in bus fares is appalling
The recent decision and implementation of bus fares for our senior and disabled citizens both infuriates and appalls me.

Stick up for fisheries
As the owner of a Juneau sport fishing business I well know the value of the Taku's healthy salmon fishery.

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

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

City looks to market Centennial Hall locally, bring in more users
The city plans to better locally market Centennial Hall Convention and Civic Center after 10 years of no promotions, officials told the Empire.

Letter sent to governor's office possibly rigged to ignite
Juneau postal workers intercepted a letter to the office of Gov. Frank Murkowski on Friday that was similar to others across the nation that were rigged to ignite when opened.

Record highs make 2004 a summer to remember
Salmon swam up streams they weren't born in. Southeast Alaska fishermen shrugged off their raincoats and rejoiced in balmy weather. A mountain on Prince of Wales Island sizzled at 103 degrees. And glaciers calved and melted away like there was no tomorrow. For these reasons and more, the summer of 2004 in Southeast Alaska will not soon be forgotten.

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

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Business owners moving on after fire
Instead of talking to customers and creating displays on Monday, Lisa Ryals sat on the floor of her smoke-damaged downtown business filling out insurance paperwork amid paint cans and torn green carpeting.

Assembly pushes for more runway input
An 18-acre piece of the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge has become a battleground between the Juneau International Airport management and advocates for wildlife habitat.

Photo: Mendenhall bridge, early 1980s
Red Samm Construction Co. moved the 400-ton Mendenhall River bridge on Back Loop Road 48 feet to make room for a new bridge in the early 1980s.

Police identify man who shot himself on roof
Police on Monday identified the man who fatally shot himself Sunday evening on the roof of a Mendenhall Valley residence after officers arrived to serve a search warrant.

Assembly bans tours on some local trails
Residents may find it easier to avoid tour groups on Juneau trails now that the Juneau Assembly has barred commercial use in some areas.

Jamie Donald Olson
There will be a public viewing for Jamie Donald Olson, 28, from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Daniel Clayton Folletti
Haines resident Daniel Clayton Folletti, 20, died Sept. 2, 2004, in a Seattle hospital from injuries sustained in a car accident in Haines.

My Turn: Neo-imperialism creeps into the governor's picks
I guess, for the governor, it depends on what the definition of "shall" is. The whole of Article IV, Sec. 5, Constitution of the State of Alaska, provides: "The governor shall fill any vacancy in an office of supreme court justice or superior court judge by appointing one of two or more persons nominated by the judicial council."

My Turn: The costs of underage drinking will probably reach everybody
Recently I received a call from a close friend. A friend of hers had been involved in an alleged drunken driving crash in Ha

Alaska editorial: The Wilderness Act has continuing consequences
This editorial appeared in Saturday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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.

Fight lands one UAA hockey player in jail, another in the hospital
The captain of the University of Alaska Anchorage's hockey team was charged with assault after breaking a teammate's jaw with a punch.

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.

Dredge Lake Trail mountain bike race
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers cycling cl

New round of meetings on Expos
Still deliberating on where to move the Montreal Expos, members of baseball's relocation committee scheduled a new round of meetings this week.

Juneau swimmers beat times in Sitka
Southeast swimmers and divers recorded a handful of state bests during the Sitka Invitational swim meets held Friday and Saturday at Sitka's Blatchley Pool.

JYFL scores
Scores from the Juneau Youth Football League games held Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

ADN/Alaska state coaches football polls
Here are the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska State Coaches Football Polls, as voted on by high school coaches and compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay
Unofficial top-10 overall and top-three division team results from the 22nd annual Klondike Trail Of '98 International Road Relay, provided by Don Inverarity and Sport Yukon. Runners listed in order of legs run; runners listed twice ran two legs.

Legislative panels eye judicial nominations
The state House and Senate judiciary committees will meet at the end of the month to discuss the conflict between Gov. Frank Murkowski and the Alaska Judicial Council on the state's judicial nominating process.

Photo: Alaska soldier returns
U.S. Air Force medics tend to Staff Sgt. Michael Helmick, left, as he waves to a crowd of friends while being loaded from a medevac flight into an ambulance at Elmendorf Air Force Base this weekend in Anchorage.

State's entrepreneurs challenge stereotypes of women on the job
Alison's Relocations sometimes gets calls asking to speak with "Mr. Alison." But there is no Mr. Alison.

More time for comments given on mixing zone measure
A public comment period for a controversial water pollution rule change has been extended to Nov. 1.

This Day in History
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The lure of the Klondike
Call it a Klondike conversion. Somewhere under a veil of aching muscles and sleep deprivation, amid the moonscape of White Pass or the sweeping vistas of the Yukon interior, many first-time runners in last weekend's Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay got hooked on the unique race.

Hatcheries may not be able to turn out ready-to-catch trout, chinook
The stocking of ready-to-catch fish in Interior and Southcentral Alaska lakes may be threatened because two state hatcheries are losing their source of cheap heat.

Headlines from around the state

Ambulance plight: Emergency rooms turn patients away
A shortage of some medical professionals and a lack of bed space often forces Anchorage ambulances to go to more than one hospital before patients can receive emergency treatment.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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