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Monday, September 18, 2006

Juneau road is both costly and dangerous
Sure, a toll road may be cheaper to the vehicle traveler, if one doesn't add up all the costs. Though the state has argued that roads are cheaper to maintain than ferries...

Juneau's fortunate to have Officer Comolli
The people of Juneau are fortunate to have a police officer as caring and intelligent as Paul Comolli. I live in Massachusetts, and although I had never met Comolli in person, he selflessly took it upon himself to assist me in my research for my master's thesis in criminal justice.

Letter little more than liberal talking points
Lowell Barrick's attack (Sept. 12) on Gregory Acres opinion (Aug. 22) was nothing more than Howard Dean talking points and bumper sticker slogans mixed with yadda-yadda-yadda...

Boycott the sponsors of 9/11 miniseries
It is important that our remaining free press be aware that there are many of us who recognize the bought and paid for intentions of ABC to air "The Path to 9/11" represent not just a betrayal of all principles of journalism, but a reckless, dangerous and destructive act.

Writer finds it hard to believe letter about sex
In response to Josh Carter's letter of Sept. 8, I find it hard to believe that he would rather expose his children to the violence of the world than sexual education. Terrorism, murders, gang violence, etc., are not the things that should be giving children ideas.

Empire's shirking its civic responsibility
I recently noticed that the Juneau Empire was no longer publishing the names of those arrested for driving under the influence, as well as the court report.

Douglas man says police failed to act
In response to James Johnson's letter ("What does it take to enforce traffic laws?" Sept. 12), I, too, had the Juneau Police Department do nothing when I reported a hit-and-run to them. I even had the license plate number of the car.

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

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

Photo: Learning to grow
Eight-year-old Dawson June, 41/2 feet tall, is dwarfed on Sunday by his 8-foot-tall sunflower...

Friends arranging for kidney transplant
Troy Kahklen and friend Ray Vidic don't sit around debating who's the better man between themselves, but when they describe each other to family, friends and even strangers - it's clear they are part of a mutual admiration society.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation and the World

Palin energizes supporters
The new star of Alaska's Republican Party lit up Juneau during a campaign visit to the capital this weekend.

Photo: Getting a jump on the holidays
Domingo Munoz takes advantage of sunny weather Thursday to put up Christmas lights at the Nugget Mall.

Man hit in parking lot in critical condition
A 72-year-old Juneau was flown to an Anchorage hospital in critical condition Sunday after he was hit by a side-view mirror of a slow-moving Jeep in the Nugget Mall parking lot Saturday morning.

Photo: Playful group
About 25 Stellar sea lions swim and play Wednesday with a pair of humpback whales in the Favorite Channel just outside Juneau.

Photo: Coastal cleanup
Bob Sylvester separates recyclable materials from trash Saturday at Sunshine Cove during the 21st annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy.

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

Around Town

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

Kate Krauss
Longtime Juneau resident Kate Krauss, 77, died Sept. 12, 2006, surrounded by family at her home in Juneau.

Adoracion Roldan Ramos
Adoracion Roldan Ramos

Alaska editorial: North Slope gas comes without a guarantee
If you are among the frustrated Alaskans, angry at the North Slope producers for not jumping fast enough to spend billions of dollars on building the proposed natural gas pipeline, you might point to one day last December.

My turn: Let's sell the jet and buy two more
Let's sell the governor's jet - and buy two new ones! Actually the controversial jet is owned by the Department of Public Safety, which the governor can use when it is not on a department mission.

Toe Toon

One way to tick off a dictator
Did you hear the one about the Kazakh comedian?

Groups lend helping hand to Alaska's Afognak Island elks
In the deeply forested lands of Afognak Island, fewer than 1,000 Roosevelt elk wander freely, ignorant of the property lines they cross.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Outdoors Digest
California's recent passage of a bill to curb emissions of carbon dioxide drew praise from the head of the United Nations' climate change assessment panel, who said the move will have great influence.

Arctic winter ice melting at alarming rate
Arctic sea ice in winter is melting far faster than before, two new NASA studies reported Wednesday, a new and alarming trend that researchers say threatens the ocean's delicate ecosystem.

Outsiders: Chris Trollan
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Outdoor gear being tailored more for women's physiques
Most women wouldn't shop for their underwear or jeans in the men's department because their shapes and tastes tend to be different from men's.

As Glacier Bay tourism grows, so does town of Gustavus
Fourteen additional cruise ships will be allowed in Glacier Bay National Park, starting next summer, according to park Superintendent Tomie Lee.

ON...THIN...ICE
Portage Glacier, a major Alaska tourist destination near Anchorage's southern edge, has retreated so far it no longer can be seen from a multimillion-dollar visitors center built in 1986.

Friday's JDHS box score

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.

Sharp focus and execution propel JDHS
It didn't matter that Colony's offensive and defensive lines outweighed their Juneau-Douglas High School counterparts by roughly 50 pounds per player Friday.

Railbelt Conference Standings
Standings

Cross Country results

Photo: Tennis anyone?
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team members pose with their first-place ribbons after winning the Alyeska Invitational in Fairbanks on Aug. 26.

Juneau-Douglas sweeps Sitka
By spreading the ball around and maintaining focus, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team emphatically secured a two-game sweep of visiting Sitka on Saturday.

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.

Football
Juneau-Douglas 22, Colony 13

Sharp focus and execution propel JDHS
It didn't matter that Colony's offensive and defensive lines outweighed their Juneau-Douglas High School counterparts by roughly 50 pounds per player Friday.

JDHS scores huge road win at Colony
Whatever Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Bill Chalmers told his team during halftime on Friday worked.

Paralyzed veterans take part in specialized moose hunt
Ron Hoskins looked pretty much like any other moose hunter in Alaska.

Halcro's running mate quits
Just days after being certified for the November ballot, the running mate for independent gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro has dropped out of the race.

Pension mandates could hurt city funds
Reduced city services, fewer teachers and increased class sizes in Juneau could be some of the repercussions of a state decision to increase employer contributions to the government worker retirement fund, local officials said Friday.

Moses comes out ahead in recount
Veteran Alaska lawmaker Carl Moses came out one vote ahead in a recount of a tight Democratic primary in state House District 37.

Native students assist Bristol Bay walrus study
During a month of counting Pacific walrus and nesting seabirds at Bristol Bay's remote Round Island, Tim Dyasuk slept in a simple metal weather-port, cooked dinner on a small stove and walked everywhere he went.

Alaska Digest
Plane delayed four hours by bomb threat, Young pushes to let Natives select land & Officials announce anti-meth campaign

Mayors gather to discuss cities' response to global warming
Mayors from 32 U.S cities were urged Sunday to take leadership roles in slowing global warming by taking steps in their communities.

Lunar cycle creates noon moon
Something lunar is happening, although with all these clouds looming about, who would know it.

Governor hikes pay for state employees
Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration is giving pay raises to 74 state agency directors with less than three months before the governor leaves office.

Native artists enjoying new opportunities
Not long ago, the Alaska Native Arts Foundation found a home at the corner of E Street and Sixth Avenue.

$3 million erosion-curbing sea wall damaged in first storm
A new, $3 million sea wall designed to stop erosion in this northwest Alaska Inupiat village was damaged during the season's first storm.

Mushers working to preserve trails
A trail plan recently adopted by the Willow Area Community Organization is setting the stage for what many Willow residents hope will be the preservation of a way of life in Alaska.

Official testifies for subsidized air service
A state official told a Senate committee that Alaska deserves subsidized air service, funding for which the Bush Administration wants to reduce.

Photo: Tearful hello
Leslie Burdick, left, welcomes her husband, Tech Sgt. Kelly Burdick, back from Afghanistan on Friday as he is embraced by their children...

Mayor charged with game violations
The Northwest Arctic Borough mayor, who has strongly advocated for tough enforcement of hunting laws in his region, has been charged with several game violations.

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