Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Special ferry use not new
From the inception of the Alaska Marine Highway System with the inauguration of ferry service between the communities of Juneau and Haines in 1957 with the Chilcoot, through the present day addition of the vessels the Fairweather and the Lituya, officials of our government have utilized the ships of the marine highway system to accommodate special events benefiting the public.

Why should anyone vote for this president?
Before you go to the polls on Nov. 2, ask yourself these questions:

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.

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.

The president is an embarrassment
We have had a wide variety of presidents since I began voting in national elections over 40 years ago.

Daily News-Miner editorial was wrong
The editorial you reprinted from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Empire, Sept. 21) inaccurately connects the reduction in this year's permanent fund dividend with the failure to propose a POMV constitutional amendment.

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.

Healthy marriages help the community
A recent letter to the Empire on the Healthy Marriage Initiative questioned not only the effectiveness of the programs, but the very idea that healthy marriages are of any value to our country.

Time to support marijuana initiative
Kudos on a great column ("They're in possession of troubling intelligence," Brandon Loomis, Empire, Oct. 1). The federal government is indeed trading in our God-given freedoms to obtain more "security."

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.

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.

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

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.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Former Fairbanks man indicted for allegedly stealing $142,600
A former employee accused of stealing $142,600 from a car dealership has been indicted and returned to Alaska.

Psychiatric testing set for teen charged in SUV theft
A teenager arrested Sunday evening on charges stemming from a vehicle theft and high-speed chase Friday night was ordered Monday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in Anchorage.

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
Due to a reporter's error, a story in Sunday's Empire, about a women's rally on Saturday, misspelled activist Barbara Belknap's name.

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.

Veterinary clinic expands to allow new procedures
Pet owners will have a shorter wait and access to more modern medical treatment when Juneau's new animal center opens in January.

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.

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

2004 races draw fewer candidates
Although Juneau voters will make decisions on two propositions, Assembly and School Board candidates, some say today's election has generated little excitement.

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

Skagway vote could block road to Juneau
The Skagway City Council, already on record opposing construction of a highway to Juneau, may obstruct the route this week with an ordinance designating an area for recreation.

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.

Alaska editorial: Lieutenant governor's ballot bias is costly
This editorial appeared in Friday's Anchorage Daily News:

My Turn: Government isn't honoring its contracts with veterans
The "stop laws" have been around for two years now. These laws allow the government to disregard the signed contracts with citizens and force them to serve for an undetermined amount of time once they are in the military.

'Blue Monday' a huge part of Expos' legacy
The Montreal Expos will always remember Blue Monday.

Alaska High School football standings
Through games of Oct. 2

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.

'Village idiots' spoil Juneau's big football victory over Chugiak
On Friday, Sept. 24, the Chugiak Mustang football team and cheer squad traveled to Juneau for a game.

JDHS coach checks into hospital
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team is getting ready for the state playoffs this week.

New-look Utah Jazz prepare for camp with higher expectations
Jerry Sloan wants to see his new team play before he'll consider agreeing with the higher expectations for the Utah Jazz.

Juneau swimmers make impression at Bartlett meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team made an impressive showing at its first non-Southeast meets of the season.

Alaska state football playoffs
The schedules for the Alaska State Activities Association's large and small schools state football playoffs.

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.

Scenes from the state cross-country running meet
Photo essay

Sightings give scientists hope right whales may survive
North Pacific right whales may not be going extinct after all.

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.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region

Photo: Mourning lost ancestors
Members of the Tlingit Kiksadi clan stand on the site of a Tlingit fort attacked by Russians in the Battle of 1804 in Sitka.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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

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

Alaska leads U.S. in violence against women
Fifteen women were killed by men in Alaska in 2002, the highest rate per capita in the nation, according to a study by a nonprofit gun control advocacy group.

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