Bad legislation
I am strongly opposed to Sen. Murkowski's attempts to derail the full process of the Forest Services' Tongass Wilderness Review EIS. It is a matter of bad public leadership to remove the public from a public process.

Marc works for SE communities
Juneau residents are very fortunate to have Marc Wheeler working for them on the CBJ Assembly. I have had the pleasure of watching Marc get the Big Brothers Big Sisters program started here in Ketchikan.

Endorsement correction
We would like to correct an error that occurred in a campaign advertisement for Don Etheridge in the Sept. 18 edition of the Empire. A draft letter was sent to Mr. Etheridge and was printed as a campaign endorsement from the Tee Harbor neighborhoods.

Sanford serves the public
What do we want from those we elect? I hope those we elect will listen to our concerns and vote on city issues based on what they hear from us, the citizens they represent.

Spouting junk
I am very sorry to see a priest speak such obvious wrongs against our Lord's word. Being gay is not a given from God, it is a choice. It is not excused nor allowed by God nor should it be. It has, is and always will be an abomination to Him as it does not promote a loving atmosphere nor a stable one for society nor children.

Basis for concern
Does it bother anyone that:The U.S. Congress is about to give the president a blank check empowering him to invade any country he feels is, or could be, a threat to "U.S. interests" while the Democratic side of Congress lays on its back, wagging its tail, as this administration initiates a new, belligerent foreign policy which, if duplicated by any foreign government, would rightly be labeled rogue, imperialistic, and a clear threat to world peace?

Corporate endorsement?
Yesterday, Don Smith recommended that we vote for Chuck Collins rather than Marc Wheeler. I'm sure today and Sunday he will have more endorsements. I suspect that most of us know this, but it bears repeating. The Juneau Empire is owned by Morris Communications and Don Smith is their employee.

Letters well said
Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated two recently published letters to the editor under the My Turn heading. The first was written by Rick Shattuck and was titled "A road is the only logical choice" and was published last Friday.

Marc stands out
My grandmother taught me that deeds are a better measure of a person than are mere words.

Fran's economic plan
With Alaska's pending fiscal crisis, Fran Ulmer will help us on the way to a balanced economy. Fran's future for Alaska is based on more than just selling raw resources, or buying unspecified promises. Fran is energetic, youthful and smart. She remembers who you are and looks you in the eye.

What if
My math teacher at St. Frederick High School in Louisiana was nothing like Mary-Lou Gervais, at Juneau-Douglas High School (Empire, Sept. 24). But wow, what if she had been?

Not trying to offend
This is in response to the "What would Jesus say?" letter. The fact that you even reference God as being gay is wrong! If you've even read the Bible God says "a man shall not lie with a another man" for that is sin. It also says "judge not less ye be judged first."

Share the expense
As a property owner who the Assembly is asking to fund harbor and sewer improvements by voting for the bond issue on Oct. 1, I would like to suggest an alternative source for funding for these projects, a source that does not unfairly impact the business and property owners in the same way this proposed increase in property tax would, a source that would take the burden of funding these improvements away from the business and property owners and share that responsibility with the entire citizenry of Juneau.

For the people
I work in the city of Haines where I choose to live instead of sowing my royal oats in the big cities of America. I like many other Natives and longtime residents of Alaska depend on subsistence food to help survive our notorious long winter months.

Applauding Christians
First of all, I must applaud those Christians who have taken action and stood up for what they believe in. Too many Christians have taken a lukewarm approach to too many things, this subject being one of them. The gays and lesbians of Juneau don't want us to push our views of their conduct onto them, and we Christians don't want their views pushed onto us. It is a never-ending cycle.

4 icefield appeals rejected
The U.S. Forest Service has affirmed a decision allowing future increases in helicopter landings on the Juneau Icefield.Steve Brink, the agency's deputy regional forester for natural resources in Alaska, backed a decision from the Juneau Ranger District this summer that keeps the number of permitted landings at 19,039 in 2003 and 2004 and allows 5 percent annual increases in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In doing so, he ruled against four appeals asking for cuts in landings because of flightseeing noise.

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


Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Family remembers life of Sophia Harris
Sophia Harris never bragged about the good things she did for people, but the recipients of her generosity and seemingly endless supply of banana bread knew. They feel it even more now that she's gone.

The price in Thursday's In the Tank listings for gasoline purchased at Douglas Depot was incorrect. The correct price was $1.659.

Ice rink milestone: Concrete poured at Treadwell Arena
The concrete surface for future down-to-the-buzzer goals and graceful triple axels materialized Thursday at the Treadwell Arena in Douglas.About 30 concrete finishers, with an audience looking on, spent nine hours smoothing about 300 cubic yards of concrete over a network of rebar and black refrigeration pipes. The super-flat structural slab eventually will be covered with an inch of glossy ice, giving Juneau its first indoor ice rink.

Board hopefuls take positions on drug testing
At a League of Women Voters forum Wednesday, candidates for the Juneau School Board took varied positions on random drug testing for high school students involved in after-school activities.Louise Cornwall, Julie Morris, Steve Kikendall and Bob Van Slyke said they supported random testing. Carl Brodersen was opposed to random testing, saying it was an invasion of privacy without probable cause that a student was using drugs. Interviewed later, Jeremy Kerr and Will Muldoon said they supported testing with some conditions, and Bonn Trinidad said he supported testing.

Handy: Giving back through rescues, recovery
People scattered, scared, mangled, broken - Steve Handy and the rest of Juneau's Mountain Rescue team bring them home."You see the wreckage of a plane and no footsteps coming from it," Handy said. "You just put up a barrier. You put a film over your eyes and mind and buckle down - you can freak out later."

Our experience and knowledge of God are not 'one size fits all'
Our experience and understanding of God is not "one size fits all!" Several years ago one of my favorite seminary professors suffered through the sudden death of his beloved wife of many years. He went to the student body and announced that he had lost all faith. Rather than discredit him for his loss of faith a fellow professor said, "It's OK; we will have faith for you." In time the grieving professor learned from his fellow teachers and students of the gift of their faith drawing him back to God and to the people who loved him.

Academic honors
Darcey Jean Miller, daughter of Creighton and Kathleen Miller, former residents of Juneau, graduated from The Creative Center on June 2, 2002. She was one of the seven honor students in her class.

A bridge to well-being
The Bridge Adult Day Center room in the downtown Juneau Senior Center is a bright place. The window shades are open, plants sit on the sills and on desks in the room, the fluorescent lights leave no corner of the room in the dark. Even the smiles on the faces of the clients and staff are bright. "It saved my life, this place," said Lib Maloch, 87, who has been attending the senior day-center for five years.

Thank you
...for all the help; ...for the hard work

Saturday's Affordable Housing Fair offers information, classes
Realtors, nonprofit housing groups, banks and housing developers will offer free information and advice at this weekend's Affordable Housing Fair.The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Nugget Mall.

Neighbors Briefs
Girl Scout recruitment night set; Grant applications available

Sophia Harris
Juneau resident Sophia Harris, 77, died Sept. 21, 2002, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau after an automobile accident near Switzer Village Mobile Home Park.

My Turn: A move at what cost?
It's been said before that government would be much more efficient if it were run like a business. If you believe that, take a close look at Ballot Measure 2 in November and ask yourself if buying a new office building for a business that lost a billion dollars the year prior is a sound financial decision. Most accountants would find it hard to make those numbers work. I've already given up trying.

Empire editorial: Merrill Sanford for District 1 Assembly seat
Merrill Sanford, a 54-year resident of Juneau, would bring deep experience, maturity and knowledge of public process to the Assembly. He is a former fire chief and veteran of the planning commission. This experience will be invaluable to the work of the Assembly. The make up of past Assemblies has often included one or more members with planning commission experience.

Cross-Country Running past Alaska high school team champions
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Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Juneau-Valdez dual swimming meet canceled
JUNEAU - Thursday's dual swim meet between Juneau-Douglas and Valdez high schools was canceled due to difficulties with the Crimson Bears' flight out of Juneau on Thursday morning.

Crimson Bear runners head to state
In cross-country running, speed counts for a lot. But in a close race, strategy - knowing where to use that speed - can make a big difference.Good strategy comes from knowing the course well, and familiarity with the Michael Janecek Trails in Palmer has the Juneau-Douglas High School team feeling confident going into Saturday's state meet.

Pilots union blames Alaska Airlines, FAA
SEATTLE - The airline pilots union is blaming what it calls a profit-seeking culture at Alaska Airlines and lax oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration for setting the stage for the January 2000 crash of Flight 261 that killed 88 people.

Man caring for 4 children charged in baby's death
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man charged with killing his 2-month-old daughter, was jobless and staying at home caring for four children while their mother was having an affair with a jail inmate and leaving the family's trailer home for periods of time, according to charging documents.

State Briefs
State flags lowered in Juneau for Andres Cadiente Sr.; Snettisham power restored to Juneau; Southeast Conference hires intertie coordinator; Deadline looms for voter registration; Anchorage man sentenced to probation in assault

2002 humpy harvest average for Southeast
PETERSBURG - About 44 million pink salmon were harvested in Southeast Alaska this season, putting the catch in the midrange for the 10-year average, but prices were low.About 280 boats, or about 100 fewer than average, delivered pinks during the season.

Ulmer disputes ad's claim she's against ANWR drilling
ANCHORAGE - Fran Ulmer says an Alaska group airing a soft money issue advertisement on television is trying to mislead voters about her stand on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.A spokesman for Supporting Alaska Free Enterprise says there's nothing misleading about it.

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