Government silliness discriminates
There have been some bad ideas in my day - "open-classroom" schools, platform shoes and Vietnam - but never, never before have I seen such unabashed silliness, governmentally funded silliness (GFS), as the "Healthy Marriages Initiative."

Governor swore to uphold constitution
In December 2002 Frank Murkowski took the following oath: "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alaska, and that I will faithfully discharge my duties as governor to the best of my abilities"

Governor's trip slaps Taku workers in face
I hope the governor enjoyed the trip he took on board the state ferry Taku, the same vessel his administration is laying up on Tuesday the 26th and looking to sell.

Bush's thought police
While watching the news this morning a lady at a Mrs. Bush speech was arrested for standing on a public spot and talking to reporters wanting to ask the Bush people why their members of the administration support the war in Iraq with our children and none of theirs.

Canadian drugs cost American jobs
I was thinking about the Tony Knowles radio advertisment ripping Murkowski for not letting the us import drugs from Canada.

Shameful driving
What does life cost these days?

Harbor electric problem solved
Rationing is not new, and was done during World War II, with items such as copper and gasoline.

Failing for lack of service
On Sept. 14 I made and paid for an Alaska Marine Highway System reservation to go from Juneau to Sitka.

World not imprisoned by pro-Bush media
Let me share with you something from the front page of the Bangkok newspaper last week:

Senator ignores most constituents for few
Thanks for Sunday's common-sense editorial opposing the Cape Fox Land Exchange in Berners Bay.

Land swap is raw deal
It is refreshing to see that the Juneau Empire, which supports the current Kensington Mine design, has reached the same conclusion that those opposed to the mine have reached.

Food: Who took the challenge?
And here are our winners:

Food: Now for a real challenge - mango and hash
In Indian culture, the mango takes many forms.

Photo: Running in a hard-driving rain
Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team members go on a training run through Evergreen Cemetery.

Airport panel to tackle terminal expansion
A Juneau International Airport expansion panel appointed to satisfy airport tenants who felt excluded from the plans failed to attract a quorum at its first meeting Thursday.

Arrest made in Auke Bay fire
An Auke Bay boat resident with a criminal record that includes burning another man's vehicle was arrested Tuesday night and accused of cutting fuel lines at DeHart's Marina and lighting the fuel with a blowtorch.

Davis' supporters haven't given up on sending her to the Assembly
Johan Dybdahl's grip on the at-large Juneau Assembly seat in the Oct. 5 election may not be a lock after all.

Food: September Food Challenge recipes
Here are the recipies for the 13 winning dishes.

A faulty shut-off valve contributed to the extent of Auke Bay fire; cleanup continues
A faulty shut-off valve caused more than 1,500 gallons of additional fuel to escape, adding to the vandalism that caused the fire Tuesday at Auke Bay, said Bob Cox, a spokesman for Petro Marine Services.

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

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

Food: Invention & innovation
I n the news business, we have what we call "the window of stupefaction."

Local life events.

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

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

Photo: New place for picnics
Mark Millea and Todd Tucker of Arete Construction lower a log into place as they construct a new cabin for picnics Thursday at Savikko Park.

Community offers varied opinions at school forum
Some members of the community say a second high school will provide a higher quality education, while others questioned if the new facility will address dropout rates, at a school district forum Thursday at Riverbend Elementary School.

Gusts lash Juneau; tree tears up house
A 100-foot hemlock tree crashed into a house on Glacier Highway near Twin Lakes Thursday morning after high winds whipped through the area.

The do's and don'ts of leaving rover with a petsitter
You're planning a trip out of town. Who's taking care of your dog while you're gone?

Photo: Bartlett Foundation donation
Bartlett Regional Hospital received a check for $25,000 for the purchase of specialized beds for the critical care and obstetrics units and equipment for the infusion therapy unit.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Remembering those Yakutat days
Through the years I've had the chance to enjoy doing a variety of things, among them serving for six years in the Legislature. But the most fulfilling and rewarding days of my life was spent at Yakutat from 1972 to 1976.

Neighbors Digest
HEAD:Neighbors Digest

Evelyn Winifred Navarro
Longtime Juneau resident Evelyn Winifred Navarro died on Sept. 11, 2004, at Wildflower Court.

No winning wildlife politics
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals urges Americans to celebrate "National Wildlife Amnesty Day" Saturday by teaching their children kindness toward wildlife.

My Turn: Juneau classes are too crowded
I have recently been reminded that the Juneau School District has an active board policy that calls for lower numbers in class sizes.

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.

Alaska high school football standings
Through games of Sept. 18

Alaska prep swimming top 16 state times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times for the 2004 high school swimming season.

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network state football poll
Here is the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network's high school football poll, as voted on by statewide radio broadcasters and other media.

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.

Heart and sole
For all the time Tristan Knutson-Lombardo spends leading the pack in Southeast cross country races, you might think the Juneau-Douglas senior was first in line to join the team his freshman year.

Juneau faces must-win final game at home
One down, two to go.

Due to an error in an Associated Press article in a Thursday Empire story concerning a missing floatplane, Lloyd Koenig of Pleasanton, Ca., was incorrectly identified as Dick Conig.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Pot prop backers take new approach
A November ballot measure to support and regulate marijuana in Alaska is being bolstered by an organized campaign of the initiative's backers.

Groups protest agencies' policy to speak with one voice
Environmental groups and open government advocates are protesting a new policy by three Alaska state agencies that bans separate written opinions about resource issues.

A story in Wednesday's Empire about Juneau's Proposition 2, to redirect $18 million in school bonds, incorrectly stated what would become of the bonds if voters reject a plan to use them for new purposes.

Supreme Court hears arguments on Anchorage mayoral election
The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to overturn the results of last year's election of Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich.

Second Alaska ferry temporarily taken out of service within one week
The Alaska Marine Highway System on Thursday pulled its second ferry off-line in a week, after its Ketchikan shuttle ferry encountered engine problems.

Southeast leaders propose new roads, hydroelectric projects
Southeast Alaska leaders pitched new roads and hydroelectric power projects as priorities for the region on the third day of their economic summit.

Bear baiting opponents cry foul over election pamphlet
A group that wants to ban bear baiting claims the state election pamphlet contains lies and misinformation.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world.

Coast Guard investigates Fairweather accident
The state's fast ferry Fairweather will be back in circulation today after undergoing minor repairs following an accident on Tuesday that caused it to plow into the stern lines of a cruise ship and mooring dolphin in Skagway.

Stevens' amendment stirs ire of black cod fishermen
An amendment attached to a spending bill by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens would give a Petersburg commercial fisherman and his partners millions of dollars worth of rights to harvest black cod.

Phogo: Raised by humans
SeaWorld San Diego animal keeper Greg Streicher stands with Tessa, a female walrus calf Tuesday in San Diego.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world.

Trial's focus turns to abuse
Acquaintances of Angoon murder suspect Denni Starr described a tempestuous relationship between Starr and her fatally stabbed boyfriend, Richard "Buddy" George Jr., in district court on Thursday.

Celebrating Singer
Juneau Public Libraries Director Barbara Berg started reading the stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer in college.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

The Swamp
Comic by local artist Toe

movies where & when
Movie locations and showtimes in Juneau.

Harvest Festival, concert take over park
Bands scheduled to play Juneau's Rock the Vote concert, 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, under the Marine Park shelter (bands listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily in order of appearance):

'An Evening of Opera'
Soprano Kathleen Wayne and her husband, tenor Dan Wayne, were thinking of planning a recital when they realized the obvious.

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