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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Cape Fox bill ignores public interest
I would like to thank the Juneau Empire for taking a stand in defense of the public interest in its editorial of Sept. 19 on the proposed Cape Fox land exchange bill.

Danger, Juneau
The most dominating news stories in this country over the last several weeks has been the devastating hurricanes pummeling Florida and the Gulf Coast states. Millions of people have had to evacuate their homes and drive to safety inland or go to designated evacuation shelters in their communities.

Skagway road question divides
On Oct. 5, 2004 an advisory question concerning Juneau access is going to be on the ballot. The question will be stated: "Which of the following do you support for improved acess from Skagway to Juneau: improved ferry service or road?"

Cape Fox bill ignores public interest
I would like to thank the Juneau Empire for taking a stand in defense of the public interest in its editorial of Sept. 19 on the proposed Cape Fox land exchange bill.

Vote to regain world's respect
Two days ago President Bush spoke before the United Nations and once again showed to the world that he lacks the depth of intellect or understanding to hold the job given him by his brother and the United States Supreme Court.

Reason vs. unfounded ideology
American democracy did not arrive overnight.

Alaska should celebrate Pew fisheries report
In the Sept. 21 Empire article, "Governor to protest fisheries intervention," Elizabeth Bluemink wrote, "Though the two commissions had many similar findings, Alaska Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, lambasted the Pew commission because it proposed eliminating the current framework of regional fishery management councils." Not so.

Land swap trades public use for private gain
If Congress were to award a prize for the worst piece of legislation proposed each year, Sen. Lisa Murkowski's Cape Fox land exchange bill would be a top contender for 2004.

Bill is bad
There is a bill that Sen. Murkowski wants to pass that will needlessly cut off access to public lands. Her super-complex Alaska Lands Transfer Acceleration Act is meant to settle all outstanding Alaska land claims but ends up cutting the public out of land settlements. That bill is such a boat full of holes that it should be scuttled. It seems like Ms. Murkowski is desperate to pass anything, no matter how bad, just to prove she can. She should not fast-track this bill in any way, and should check back in with those average Alaskans she is supposed to represent to see what we say.

Let's try democracy and free enterprise
My dictionary defines the word "liberal" as: "Favorable to progress or reform."

Land swap trades public use for private gain
If Congress were to award a prize for the worst piece of legislation proposed each year, Sen. Lisa Murkowski's Cape Fox land exchange bill would be a top contender for 2004.

Vote to regain world's respect
Two days ago President Bush spoke before the United Nations and once again showed to the world that he lacks the depth of intellect or understanding to hold the job given him by his brother and the United States Supreme Court.

Reason vs. unfounded ideology
American democracy did not arrive overnight.

Let's try democracy and free enterprise
My dictionary defines the word "liberal" as: "Favorable to progress or reform." "Conservative" is defined as: "Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., and to agree with gradual rather than abrupt change."

Southeast families prepare for callup
Carla and Ionel Casulucan celebrated the birth of their third child, a daughter named Jordan, three weeks ago. A few days later, they found out that Ionel's unit of the Alaska Army National Guard - A Company, Third Battalion, 297th Infantry - had been placed on active duty.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Clarification
A letter from the board of the Juneau chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Sunday's Empire did not identify letter writer Susan Phipps as the chapter president.

Photo: End of the rainbow
A rainbow appears to end at the Goldbelt Hotel on Monday afternoon in downtown Juneau.

Moose hunt popularity may shorten kill window
The growing popularity of the fall moose hunt in Gustavus likely will result in a shorter reporting window next year in an effort to maintain Department of Fish and Game harvest levels.

Randy Wanamaker emphasizes managing tourism, development
District 2 Assembly member Randy Wanamaker is running for re-election on essentially the same platform he first used in 1995.

James Reid spurred to run by Assembly's action on business regs
James Reid said he decided to run for Juneau Assembly in the October election because he was frustrated.

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

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

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

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

James Reid spurred to run by Assembly's action on business regs
James Reid said he decided to run for Juneau Assembly in the October election because he was frustrated.

Assembly candidates for District 1 air their views
Some people criticize Assembly member Jeannie Johnson for being pro-business and pro-development. Johnson said that's a fair description of her and she sees no reason to apologize.

Photo: End of the rainbow
A rainbow appears to end at the Goldbelt Hotel on Monday afternoon in downtown Juneau.

Assembly candidates for District 1 air their views
Juneau Assembly candidate Jeff Bush says he's running because the current Assembly isn't doing enough for schools.

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

Photo: Eyeing the season's last ship
The popular Patsy Ann statue faces the last cruise ship of the season, the Norwegian Spirit, on Monday at Marine Park.

Randy Wanamaker emphasizes managing tourism, development
District 2 Assembly member Randy Wanamaker is running for re-election on essentially the same platform he first used in 1995.

Photo: Eyeing the season's last ship
The popular Patsy Ann statue faces the last cruise ship of the season, the Norwegian Spirit, on Monday at Marine Park.

Clarification
A letter from the board of the Juneau chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Sunday's Empire did not identify letter writer Susan Phipps as the chapter president.

Janette Helen Edwards
Janette Helen Edwards, 89, died September 1, 2004, of natural causes in Ketchikan.

Thomas Willis Peters
Lifelong Juneau resident Thomas Willis Peters, 67, died Sept. 24, 2004, at his home.

Thomas Willis Peters
Lifelong Juneau resident Thomas Willis Peters, 67, died Sept. 24, 2004, at his home.

Alaska editorial: Don't ask state to fact-check campaign statements
This editorial appeared in Saturday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Alaska editorial: Don't ask state to fact-check campaign statements
This editorial appeared in Saturday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My Turn: Swap is political payback
Locking up and cutting off access to heavily used public lands in Alaska? It may not sound very Republican, but that's exactly what Lisa Murkowski is trying to do with her Berners Bay land swap.

Bias remains the standard
Outright bigotry is difficult to endure.

Bias remains the standard
Outright bigotry is difficult to endure.

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

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.

Announcement on Expos move might come Thursday
Exactly 33 years after the Washington Senators played their final game, the nation's capital might learn on Thursday that major league baseball plans to return next season.

Ketichikan Invitational Swim Meet results
Results from the Ketchikan Invitational high school swimming and diving meets that took place Friday and Saturday at the Mike Smithers Pool behing Ketchikan High School.

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.

Announcement on Expos move might come Thursday
Exactly 33 years after the Washington Senators played their final game, the nation's capital might learn on Thursday that major league baseball plans to return next season.

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.

ADN/Alaska State Coaches foot ball 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. The poll lists each team with first-place votes in parentheses, records through games of Sept. 25, total poll points and previous rank in the poll. Points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. Large schools coaches vote only in the large schools poll, while small schools coaches vote for small schools.

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.

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

Ketichikan Invitational Swim Meet results
Results from the Ketchikan Invitational high school swimming and diving meets that took place Friday and Saturday at the Mike Smithers Pool behing Ketchikan High School.

Crimson Bears remain undefeated on season
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball squad played on the edge Friday, then played at their peak Saturday to post a weekend sweep of the host Ketchikan Kings.

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

Photo: Scary fish, for some
Maliah Baguiran, 8, second from right, laughs as Tristin Lewis, 8, right, cringes next to a coho salmon Friday at Campbell Creek in Anchorage.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region.

Plan for floating outpost near Whittier stirs outcry
A proposal to sell fuel and supplies from a floating outpost in Prince William Sound 40 miles from Whittier has generated support from weekend boaters but protests by environmentalists.

Plan for floating outpost near Whittier stirs outcry
A proposal to sell fuel and supplies from a floating outpost in Prince William Sound 40 miles from Whittier has generated support from weekend boaters but protests by environmentalists.

Alaska, Taiwan sign coal agreement
Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski earlier this month signed a memorandum of understanding with high-ranking representatives of Taiwan's government to expand trade.

Alaska, Taiwan sign coal agreement
Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski earlier this month signed a memorandum of understanding with high-ranking representatives of Taiwan's government to expand trade.

Kotzebue jail closure causes prisoner problems
Kotzebue's closure of the northwest Arctic's only regional jail has created unexpected ripples stemming from the state's need to house prisoners nearly 200 miles away in Nome.

Walrus orphan finds new home at SeaWorld
A baby walrus found tangled in fishing nets near Barrow this summer is getting used to her new home at San Diego's SeaWorld.

Alaskans, Yukoners protest missiles
Emily Tredger says the United States' missile defense system is a topic frequently debated during current event discussions at her school in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

Photo: Shot in self-defense
Gary Boyd, 57, left, a retired Army National Guard helicopter pilot from Anchorage, and his friend Dennis Hall spread out the hide of a brown bear last week.

Grant will help link Alaska stations
Public broadcasting in Alaska took one step closer last week to completing a project that would link 30 television and radio stations across the state through a high-speed data network, allowing them to provide broader statewide news coverage.

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

Walrus orphan finds new home at SeaWorld
A baby walrus found tangled in fishing nets near Barrow this summer is getting used to her new home at San Diego's SeaWorld.

Photo: Shot in self-defense
Gary Boyd, 57, left, a retired Army National Guard helicopter pilot from Anchorage, and his friend Dennis Hall spread out the hide of a brown bear last week.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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