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Blame starts in New Orleans
It is striking how many press accounts and letters to the Empire about recent hurricanes stem from an assumption that the federal government is omnipotently responsible for almost everything that happens to us.

Cahill worthy of respect
I have even more respect now for Joan Cahill, having learned of her deeply personal history of abuse (Empire, Sept. 25).

Bunk about the pipeline
Larry Wood's letter of Sept. 28 concerns the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline Project, which has been on the books for over 25 years.

Tax relief from the mine?
As the Juneau municipal election approaches, I find myself mulling over several recent newspaper articles and statistics that are readily available for everyone's review.

Don't divide on mine issue
Mr. Rorick's My Turn column (Sept. 28) leads the uninformed reader to believe the Kensington Mine will be somehow in violation of the 1972 Clean Water Act.

Christians should battle global warming
When I came home last April after 10 years in Australia, I was blown away by how far the glacier had retreated.

Projects, tax aren't needed
Juneau continues to perplex me. After raising assessed property values to record levels, our city found itself so drenched in money that it decided to temporarily lower the mill rate.

Cahill isn't the communicator
I find great irony in that Assembly candidate Joan Cahill touts herself as a "communications specialist" and as someone who will listen to her constituents.

Pool not essential, but brings enjoyment
The upcoming local election has some very important issues that will impact Juneau for years to come.

Make Juneau more affordable
Juneau faces many challenges and none more important than dealing with the cost of living. Juneau Economic Development Council recently published a survey of seven Northwest cities.

A risky mine
Coeur Alaska is a subsidiary of Coeur d'Alene Mines.

Sexy or not, pool is needed
I would like to respond to recent letters and cartoons relating to the Dimond Park Pool.

Doll is the consistent candidate
We need to elect a candidate for the Assembly areawide seat who is honest and forthright, not someone who flip-flops on every issue.

Let's build a drag strip instead
Consider the idea of not expanding the airport, and instead use all the money to build a new drag strip.

College lecture clouds campaign rules
Tuesday night while channel surfing, I was surprised to see Assembly candidate Jonathan Anderson on the air broadcasting a live two-hour lecture from the media center at the University of Alaska Southeast, where he is employed.

Devolved into an elitist community
Chuck Ramage's question to the community in his insightful Aug. 29 Empire article was, "Have we devolved into an elitist community?"

Teens need work
I am frustrated by the lack of jobs available to me solely because I am not yet 18.

Candidates address senior issues
At an AARP forum Wednesday, all of the Juneau Assembly candidates told seniors that they would never change the city's current policy of letting them ride city buses for free.

Murder trial focuses on a shotgun
Ronald Smith never asked to borrow the shotgun he allegedly used to threaten trailer residents on Village Street at the scene of Juneau's last murder more than five years ago, its owner testified Tuesday.

DNA links Smith to scene of 2000 killing
Ronald Smith was arrested in clothes stained with blood from one of the victims of the 2000 crime that left Kenneth Ike Thomas dead, a DNA expert testified before the prosecution rested its case Thursday in Smith's second murder trial.

Groups fight for and against pool
Opposition to a proposed Dimond Park aquatic center is mounting as longtime supporters try to rally support for an Oct. 4 vote to dedicate sales taxes to the project.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

School Board Election: Ford touts his 20 years as an education lawyer
Juneau School Board candidate Mike Ford says his 20 years of experience as an education lawyer for the Alaska Legislature would be an invaluable asset to the Juneau School District.

Two groups mobilize over airport prop
Among all the projects on Proposition 1, the airport expansion probably generates the least excitement among voters. But two groups were recently organized to change that.

Listening to elders to teach the young
Ideas from elders: Master of Ceremonies Lance Twitchell, left, listens to Walter Soboleff speak at a Native education conference Thursday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

CSI wildlife: Finding crime clues in forensics
Brad Swanson has a love-hate relationship with forensic crime-solving television programs such as CSI.

School Board Election: O'Brien sees seat as next step in 'natural evolution'
Sean O'Brien says running for a seat on the Juneau School Board is the next step for him in the process of volunteering for the school district.

Photo: Out for a ride
James Hardisty pops a wheelie Wednesday while riding his mountain bike on Basin Road on his way to Perseverance Trail.

Tribal Fires: Tales from Burning Man
"Sure, I'll take a coupla' beers," the topless gatekeeper replied while she searched our vehicle to ensure we didn't have any "stowaways" hidden inside avoiding the gate price.

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

Photo: Catching rain drops
Qyirynn Slater, 4, catches rain drops as her mother, Stefanie Osborne, takes her and her little brother, Orion Osborne, 1, for a walk Wednesday in the rain on Second Street in Douglas.

School Board Election: Waring credits grasp of issues to volunteer work
Juneau School Board candidate Margo Waring says she has a good grasp of local educational issues from her years of experience as a volunteer parent in the Juneau School District.

Riding for Polio
Motorcycle Bob Mutchler is visiting Juneau this week to cap a 50-state tour to promoting polio eradication.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Barrans celebrate 60 years
Last week friends and family of Leo and Stina Barrans joined them in celebrating their wedding 60th anniversary. The couple wed on Sept. 30, 1945, in Juneau.

General proposition: We are seafarers and fishermen
The sights and smells of the waterfront seem to be bred in our bones if you live in Alaska.

News about the people you know

Washalefsky celebrates 80 years
Valeria Magdelina Washalefsky will celebrate her 80th birthday at 5 p.m., Oct. 1, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

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

One-eigth of semester down; seven-eights to go
Between long stretches of grading, I spent part of the weekend polishing off what I thought was going to be a "killer column."

Becerra and Johnson wed
Mirtha Becerra and Adam Johnson of Juneau were married Sept. 17, 2005, in Missoula, Mont.

Photo: Brownies to the rescue
Brownie Troop 26 brought donations to the Gastineau Humane Society on Sept. 6.

Photo: Fishing buddies
A bald eagle and a kingfisher search from the same perch for dinner on Sept. 23 in Auke Bay.

Mary Paddock
Haines resident Mary Helen Clayton "Chickie" Paddock, 67, died Sept. 17, 2005, at her home.

My Turn: Kensington mine is a threat to Berners Bay fish habitat
The Sept. 16 "My Turn" column explains how the Corps of Engineers violated the federal Clean Water Act by permitting the Kensington Mine to dump 4.5 million tons of tailings into Lower Slate Lake above Berners Bay.

Empire Editorial: There's not a bad project in the bunch
Juneau voters and interest groups have their favorites.

My Turn: Women need continued Alaska Legal Services
Alaska Legal Services Corp. is a private nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to victims of spouse abuse, partner abuse, child abuse and child sexual abuse.

My Turn: Alaska deserves a better airport for its capital city
One way we can improve the perception of Juneau throughout the state and demonstrate our commitment to a better capital city is to vote 'yes' to upgrade our airport.

JDHS faces its toughest test in Pasco
After stampeding their way through the Railbelt Conference, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team will face their toughest test of the season at 8 p.m. 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.

Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Performances
As of Sept. 28, courtesy of JDHS swim coach John Wray

Bears prepare themselves for three swim meets in three days
The Juneau-Douglas swimming and diving team embarks on the toughest stretch of their schedule as they travel to Cordova for a dual meet versus the Wolverines.

Crimson Bears' girls team prepared for state meet
Juneau-Douglas High School cross country athlete Katie Krehlik is among Alaska's top long-distance runners, but not because she's consumed with being the best.

JDHS boys vying for 3rd straight state title
Juneau-Douglas senior cross country runner Tyler Dinnan hasn't lost a race this season.

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.

State to intervene in lawsuit against mine permit
The Alaska Department of Law will intervene in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups that challenges the federal approval of a permit for the Kensington Mine.

Alaskan Amber to take flight aboard Alaska Airlines; other brews to follow
Passengers aboard Alaska Airlines flights will have the option of buying a bottle of Juneau's home-grown beer starting Saturday.

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

BP to shut down dozens of North Slope wells for repairs
BP has launched a shutdown of dozens of oil wells on the North Slope as part of an effort to improve safety in the aging oil field.

State will pay for mine road from Slate Creek Cove
The state of Alaska will foot the bill for construction of the Kensington gold mine's access road from Slate Creek Cove to its mill site on the west side of Berners Bay.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

FAA investigates safety complaint
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to investigate safety complaints by three Alaska Airlines mechanics relating to the lubrication of a part on an MD-83 jet - the same part that failed and caused the crash of Alaska Flight 261 in 2000, The Seattle Times reported Thursday.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Activists push to send pork money for hurricane relief
Activists in Alaska are turning up the pressure on U.S. Rep. Don Young and the rest of Congress with new grass-roots drives to advocate sending money from the recent federal transportation act to the Gulf Coast for hurricane rebuilding efforts.

The Search for Papa Pilgrim: Hunt for fugitive a challenge
With a land mass comprising one-fifth of the continental United States, there are simply many places to hide in Alaska.

SEACC will not sue over SE timber sale
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council announced this week that it will not appeal a series of federal timber sales planned at Point Couverden, east of Gustavus.

Driver charged in crash that killed mother, injured son
A man was charged with manslaughter in the death of a woman whose vehicle was forced off the road last year, causing it to flip several times, according to Anchorage police.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

'The Outraged Body'
The characters in Anchorage artist Lisa Gray's collage exhibition, "The Outraged Body," look at ease, striking proud poses in a Renaissance-type gloom.

Fish Aid: Benefit Friday helps Gulf of Mexico fishermen affected by hurricanes
A group of Juneau fishermen has organized a benefit concert this Friday for Gulf of Mexico fishermen affected by hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

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