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Monday, October 4, 2004

Downtown library's Mail Services collection available for readers who live in the Bush
The Juneau Public Library (downtown branch only) has a collection of fiction that is shelved separately from the main fiction collection.

Downtown library's Mail Services collection available for readers who live in the Bush
The Juneau Public Library (downtown branch only) has a collection of fiction that is shelved separately from the main fiction collection.

Downtown library's Mail Services collection available for readers who live in the Bush
The Juneau Public Library (downtown branch only) has a collection of fiction that is shelved separately from the main fiction collection.

Ignoring constituents
Assemblywoman Jeannie Johnson and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are both running for another term in the offices they now occupy and they share a common thread.

Vote against Valley school
Two-thirds of Alaska Native students in Juneau drop out of school prior to graduation.

Ignoring constituents
Assemblywoman Jeannie Johnson and Sen. Lisa Murkowski are both running for another term in the offices they now occupy and they share a common thread.

Second school is not what's needed
A second high school will not improve our educational system or the product coming out of it.

No blue-light special on education
I urge Juneau voters to vote "yes" on Proposition 1 for a new high school.

Make a difference; support Juneau schools
Dollars aren't everything, but they make a huge difference in what is possible in a classroom.

Highway misconceptions
On Sept. 15 the Empire ran a column that asked the question "The road to Juneau: Not if, but when?" It's a great question. Although I don't agree that we ought to build a road I worry the column could be right about Juneau's ability to resist one.

Vote against Valley school
Two-thirds of Alaska Native students in Juneau drop out of school prior to graduation.

Vote to manage tourism
Tuesday's city election gives us a chance to help shape the future of downtown Juneau.

Juneau children deserve two schools
Renovating Marie Drake to make an expanded Juneau-Douglas High School will cost more to build and operate than a second high school.

Second school is not what's needed
A second high school will not improve our educational system or the product coming out of it.

Vote to manage tourism
Tuesday's city election gives us a chance to help shape the future of downtown Juneau.

Ferry crews work hard
Where I can appriciate Mr Woodbury's frustration regarding the unfortunate mishap with the Alaska Marine Highway System (letter to the editor, Sept. 24). I also have to disagree with him.

Move forward with school
As an elected official I do not take lightly the decision to ask voters to pay more.

No blue-light special on education
I urge Juneau voters to vote "yes" on Proposition 1 for a new high school.

What about Exxon?
I'm disappointed in Lisa Murkowski and Tony Knowles for all their name calling, back biting and mud flinging campaigning. Those two should be ashamed of themselves, I've seen high school students act more civilized. What kind of example are they trying to set for our young? If you can't stand on your own accomplishments, go home and hang your head. Anything else will only prove your ignorance and contempt for the Alaskan people.

A split school is better
I have not only heard of a split-grade high school, I attended one in La Grange, Ill.

Good deals vs. bad
Like so many deals in life, there are good deals and there are bad deals. When it comes to land swaps in Southeast Alaska, the good deals are the ones that serve a real need of the Alaskan public. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) is pleased that Congress passed the city of Craig's land purchase bill, allowing them to acquire private lands within the city's municipal boundaries. These lands will permit much needed harbor expansion, downtown parking, and revenue from necessary property and sales taxes. SEACC wholeheartedly supported this bill because it is important for Craig's economic diversification and makes good use of a previously industrialized area. That's why I took the opportunity to testify before the Senate on behalf of SEACC in favor of the bill while I was in Washington this spring.

A split school is better
I have not only heard of a split-grade high school, I attended one in La Grange, Ill.

Make a difference; support Juneau schools
Dollars aren't everything, but they make a huge difference in what is possible in a classroom.

Move forward with school
As an elected official I do not take lightly the decision to ask voters to pay more.

Juneau children deserve two schools
Renovating Marie Drake to make an expanded Juneau-Douglas High School will cost more to build and operate than a second high school.

Clarification
A story in Thursday's Empire about a fatal truck-pedestrian accident stated that the driver had passed through the intersection and that police could not identify the driver but had not classified the accident as a hit-and-run.

Study: Taku contributes much to Juneau economy
The Taku River is funneling a lot more than pocket change into Juneau's economy.

Crime-spree suspect escapes police after high-speed chase
A 19-year-old male felony suspect remains at large after an alleged crime spree Friday night in which he allegedly stole an SUV from the DIPAC parking lot, engaged a law officer in a high-speed chase and struck a police car.

Clarification
A story in Thursday's Empire about a fatal truck-pedestrian accident stated that the driver had passed through the intersection and that police could not identify the driver but had not classified the accident as a hit-and-run.

Juneau women rally for change
More than 100 Juneau women rallied Saturday for improvements to health care, education and other social services and began developing a political platform that will be submitted to the media and then to Alaska political leaders.

Correction
A story in Friday's Empire overstated the square footage of a new National Marine Fisheries Service research center at Lena Point.

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

Crime-spree suspect escapes police after high-speed chase
A 19-year-old male felony suspect remains at large after an alleged crime spree Friday night in which he allegedly stole an SUV from the DIPAC parking lot, engaged a law officer in a high-speed chase and struck a police car.

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

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

Capitol-design competition near
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho and the Capitol Planning Commission are about to move past 45 years of talk and draw a plan for a new capitol.

Photo: Remembering the fallen
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter George Johnson and Captain Ed Quinto read names of firefighters who died in the line of duty throughout the nation in 2003 during a ceremony Saturday at Centennial Hall.

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

Wheelchair-bound student is school's highest fund-raiser
Charlotte Brown has literally pushed her way to being one of the top fund-raisers at Glacier Valley Elementary this year.

Photo: Remembering the fallen
Capital City Fire and Rescue firefighter George Johnson and Captain Ed Quinto read names of firefighters who died in the line of duty throughout the nation in 2003 during a ceremony Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Shoe-repair shop known for jam sessions, art, closes after 31 years
When the Family Shoe Repair closed Thursday after 31 years, it meant more than people having to find another place to get their torn Born leather clogs repaired.

Correction
A story in Friday's Empire overstated the square footage of a new National Marine Fisheries Service research center at Lena Point. The building will be 69,000 square feet.

Photo: Echoes of Tibet
Rebecca Smith, a board member of the Friends of the Alaska State Museum, helps carry two "dung-chen," the long horns of the Tibetan Buddhist monks, as they paraded Sunday to the Gold Creek bridge over Willoughby Avenue. The procession ended with the monks' dispursing of a mandala sand painting's remnants as part of a deconstruction ceremony. Their visit was sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanties Council. The monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, are on a world tour called "The Mystical Arts of Tibet." They have been working with high school students and giving performances and blessings - as well as working on the mandala at the Alaska State Museum.

Juneau women rally for change
More than 100 Juneau women rallied Saturday for improvements to health care, education and other social services and began developing a political platform that will be submitted to the media and then to Alaska political leaders.

Photo: Last of the season
Angela Gibson of Wilmington, N.C., fishes for coho Sunday afternoon along the shoreline near the DIPAC fish hatchery on Channel Drive. Gibson, who said she was having little luck catching any of the late-season salmon, is in Juneau through October while she works at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Study: Taku contributes much to Juneau economy
The Taku River is funneling a lot more than pocket change into Juneau's economy.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Crisis trims civil liberties
I had a different column ready. Spent quite a bit of time writing it.

My Turn: Juneau's growth requires new school
We haven't built a new Juneau high school in nearly 50 years,

A new second school proposal, a new position
In our staff editorial on this same page today, you'll notice that we've endorsed construction of a second high school at Dimond Park in the Mendenhall Valley, an issue that will be decided by Juneau voters on Tuesday.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

Empire editorial: Revamped school plan deserves voters' approval
Voters will get their fourth - and perhaps final - chance on Tuesday to endorse building a second high school at Dimond Park in the Mendenhall Valley.

Crisis trims civil liberties
I had a different column ready. Spent quite a bit of time writing it.

Toe Toon
Comic by local artist Toe.

My Turn: Women's self-sufficiency at stake in the voting booth
While registering voters this spring, I called an apparently disadvantaged young woman over to my table to talk about voting. As she balanced her toddler on her hip, she told me, "I don't really know much about politics. I always vote for who my dad says I should vote for." I wondered if her dad advised her based on his political needs or hers, if he was into patriarchy, if he liked women systematically weakened, or if he was the kind of dad who wanted equal opportunity for self-sufficiency for his daughter.

My Turn: Juneau's growth requires new school
We haven't built a new Juneau high school in nearly 50 years, and that one was paid for by the federal government because we were a territory way back then, when Dwight Eisenhower was president.

Empire editorial: Revamped school plan deserves voters' approval
Voters will get their fourth - and perhaps final - chance on Tuesday to endorse building a second high school at Dimond Park

A new second school proposal, a new position
In our staff editorial on this same page today, you'll notice that we've endorsed construction of a second high school at Dimond Park in the Mendenhall Valley, an issue that will be decided by Juneau voters on Tuesday.

Agencies to survey owls with public help
As daylight shortens and the autumn rains commence, most Alaskan birds migrate south to warmer climates for the winter months.

Trail through time
The Switzer Creek Trail offers more than just a walk through the woods. It's a journey through time.

Fish report
Here's last week's fishing report - the final of the season - from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Trail through time
The Switzer Creek Trail offers more than just a walk through the woods. It's a journey through time.

Fish report
Here's last week's fishing report - the final of the season - from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts,

Agencies to survey owls with public help
FOR THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

Dzantik'i Heeni Trail expands the classroom
After spending years on the drawing table, the Dzantik'i Heeni Trail became a reality over the summer.

Dzantik'i Heeni Trail expands the classroom
After spending years on the drawing table, the Dzantik'i Heeni Trail became a reality over the summer.

Crimson Bears do some JIVE talking
MICHAEL PENN / JUNEAU EMPIRE

Repeat champions
AL GRILLO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Crimson Bears make playoffs
Nothing could shatter the grin on Juneau-Douglas High School senior Brian Felix's face, or the grip his athletic hands held to the Crimson Bears' team charm.

Crimson Bears make playoffs
ANCHORAGE - Nothing could shatter the grin on Juneau-Douglas High School senior Brian Felix's face, or the grip his athletic hands held to the Crimson Bears' team charm.

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.

Scenes from the state cross-country running meet
Photo essay

Crimson Bears do some JIVE talking
MICHAEL PENN / JUNEAU EMPIRE

Repeat champions
The pressure was on for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team as the Crimson Bears made their bid for a repeat state title on Saturday.

Crimson Bears do some JIVE talking
The Crimson Bears' teamwork was really jiving Saturday night during the championship match of the 13th Annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gymnasium.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Pelican, Alaska: A company town without a company
The tiny town of Pelican is at a loss, with big decisions in its near future.

Struggle for survival
The people of Kake are scattering to cities such as Juneau and to the Lower 48 in search of work as the village's tribal corporation spirals into financial uncertainty.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports form around the state

2004's low rivers could mean severe winter for some Alaska villages
The weather phenomenon that brought the largest fire season in Alaska's history is not finished wreaking havoc yet.

Struggle for survival
Peter Metcalfe / For the Juneau Empire

Wandering alpaca was shot
The wandering alpaca that was found dead in late September had been shot, according to Fairbanks borough officials.

Violet St. Clair enters guilty plea; may testify during husband's trial
Violet St. Clair entered a guilty plea Friday and may be asked to testify against her husband, with whom she is charged in the robbery and slashing attack of a Juneau cab driver.

Alaska Digest
Mental illness week recognized in Juneau

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

Violet St. Clair enters guilty plea; may testify during husband's trial
Violet St. Clair entered a guilty plea Friday and may be asked to testify against her husband, with whom she is charged in the robbery and slashing attack of a Juneau cab driver.

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

Pelican, Alaska: A company town without a company
Andrew Krueger / Juneau Empire

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