Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Nervous about Palin, possible capital move
Sarah Palin once told a KTOO reporter she supported an initiative to move the legislative session to the Mat-Su because it would serve the "greater good."

Hooligan needs an A & E critic badly
As a critique of sorts, what the new Hooligan section needs, and needs badly, is an experienced arts and entertainment critic.

If bear wasn't eaten, there's a problem
Regarding Allen Butner's letter to the editor of Sept. 28: Ever since I started hunting wild beasts in Southeast Alaska as a little kid, I was taught you shouldn't shoot anything you don't intend to eat (unless it's big and hairy with teeth and claws and breathing down your neck).

Americans are dying because of greed
Approximately 3,000 people died on 9/11. (Thirty-nine percent of Americans, including myself, believe that most, if not all of 9/11 was an inside job.)

An 'Xtratuf' governor preferable to flip-flops
The Juneau Empire's Sept. 24 paper showed gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin sporting Xtratufs.

We need to preserve senior tax exemption
I think the senior tax exemption is a wonderful benefit for people who are elderly.

Place blame on state government not city
The My Turn by Bill Bjork and John Davis on Sept. 29 made me aware of a primary capital-move issue.

Ferry service may just get even worse
All of Southeast Alaska seems to be in agreement on two things: 1) We need to improve the Alaska Marine Highway System, and 2) getting rid of Robin Taylor is the first step.

Photo: Approaching autumn
Cooler temperatures are changing the color of the area's trees, including those shown Sunday in front of the Douglas Community Building.

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

Committee mulls four names for new school
The high school naming committee whittled a list of 88 possible names for the new Juneau high school down to four candidates on Monday.

Photo: Gone fishin'
"Big Sister" Lisa Ouellette of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization fishes Sunday with Samantha Thompson, 10, at the mouth of Auke Lake.

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

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

Photo: First snow of the season
The season's first snow coats the ridge of Mt. Juneau on Sunday above downtown Juneau.

'08 Celebration days announced
Juneau residents and business owners, prepare to mark your 2008 calendars - the Sealaska Heritage Institute has set the dates for its biennial bash, Celebration, for June 5-7.

Hiker finds 2 bodies in N. Douglas
Two Juneau residents - a hydroponic gardener and his female acquaintance - were found dead in the forest Sunday morning at the end of North Douglas Highway.

Polls open for city election
Polls are open across the city today for citizens to cast their votes in the municipal election.

Photo: A not-so-prickly situation
A porcupine soaks up the sun in comfort Monday while resting in a mountain ash tree on Basin Road.

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

My turn: Palin needs to be more forthright on issues
Alaskans were impressed when Sarah Palin fingered Randy Ruedrich and Alaska's Republican Party for their deceit, corruption and ethics violations, during her short tenure with the state Oil and Gas Commission. She seemed to be different from the average politician.

My turn: It's not just about crushed rock
There is a difference between crushed rock and the tailings to be deposited in Lower Slate Lake.

Alaska editorial: Candidates need to remember there are limits to state treasury
Promising what's popular is a good way to get elected. But there should be limits, or at least an accounting of how to pay for all the promises.

Alaska editorial: Stryker's extension in Baghdad sharpens sense of war's cost
The 4,000 or so troops of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team may be done in Iraq by mid-December. Maybe.

My Turn: Coeur's ads are hard to swallow
Coeur d' Alene Mines has constantly bombarded the Juneau public with ads touting its wonderful environmental record and making claims of how "clean" its Kensington Mine will be.

Crimson Bears take second at West tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team delivered plenty of kills, spikes, digs and aces in a whirlwind three-day tour of Anchorage last weekend.

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.

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.

Juneau-Douglas, Scotts Valley give fans their moneys worth
Blocked punts, long passes, crunching hits - Saturday night's gridiron slugfest between Juneau-Douglas and Scotts Valley, Calif., had everything any football fan could want.

Dillingham unloads junk cars
Back in January, shortly after Janice Shilanski had been appointed to the six-seat Dillingham Planning Commission, the group's chair asked who would be willing to volunteer to chair the town's "Junk Car Committee."

Real-life Coast Guard ready for big-screen attention
With theaters around the country showing "The Guardian," a movie about Coast Guard rescue swimmers in Kodiak starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher, some real world heroes get a taste of stardom themselves.

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

Alaska Digest
Fort Wainwright boy receives hero award, Strykers will be home by mid-December & Managers disagree on hunting in refuge

Candidates oppose a gas reserves tax
The three main candidates for governor are aligned on opposing a natural gas reserves tax, saying the policy would be bad business for the state.

Shadowy object may be lost WWII sub
Underwater sonar images of a black shape against a background of grainy monochrome are safely stored on two computer hard drives at Bruce Abele's home in Newton, Mass.

Fairbanks volunteers clean up unofficial dump
Some Fairbanks residents took a big step over the weekend toward turning an unofficial garbage dump and crime magnet to a recreational haven.

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

Alaska Digest
Two injured in Egan Drive car collision, Changes will be made to ferry schedule, Remains could be those of missing man & Largest deployment of Alaskans since WWII bound for Iraq

Trial in school-funding suit starts
The "tremendous disparity" between test scores of Alaska Natives and white students shows how the state is falling short of providing an adequate education required by the Alaska Constitution, a lawyer said Monday.

Former page from Alaska surprised by resignation
Manfred Bekeris said he was floored by the scandal surrounding former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., who resigned last week amid reports he sent sexually suggestive electronic messages to teenage male pages.

Supreme Court won't hear anti-abortion group's case
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an Alaska anti-abortion group's challenge that state campaign finance laws violate its constitutional right to free speech.

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