Wednesday, October 6, 2004

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

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

Leman's actions deserve recall
Alaska is given a more solemn responsibility than the lieutenant governor, charged with overseeing the election process.

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.

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.

Kerry's message clear
I was impressed with the clear and concise message from John Kerry the other night.

Alaska irrelevant in presidential election
Claiming to be a supporter of neither George Bush or John Kerry, perhaps I can offer an observation about our practice of democracy.

What will become of ferry service
I've been hearing stories and reading articles about the "Fast Alaska Ferries" and so far no part of it sounds too good.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Becker, Peters on top in School Board race
While Mary Becker and Bill Peters watched enough votes posted Tuesday night to seat them on the Juneau School Board, they had the feeling they were winning twice.

Bush slips by Johnson
Planning Commission Chairman Johan Dybdahl and incumbent Assembly member Randy Wanamaker easily won election to the Juneau Assembly on Tuesday, while former School Board President Jeff Bush appeared to have narrowly beaten incumbent Jeannie Johnson.

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 from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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.

Residents call for traffic light after pedestrian death
Douglas Island residents are lobbying for a crosswalk signal light at the intersection where a pedestrian was hit and killed by a pickup last week.

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

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.

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.

Candy bar suit settled for $10,000
An Arab-American woman who sought at least $150,000 in a discrimination lawsuit filed after she was ordered off a bus for eating a Snickers bar has settled for $10,000, most of which will go to charity.

City election
How Juneau residents voted by precinct

Valley school wins go-ahead
Juneau changed its mind.

Starting small with Mary
Mary begins the day preparing a healthy breakfast while assisting children with hand-washing and saving their morning activities.

Photo: Above Juneau
Autumn colors begin to grace the landscape above Juneau earlier this fall, in this view from the south flank of Mount Juneau.

Student recognition
Achievements of Jueau's students and former students.

Brooks and Mattson to marry in November
Stephanie A. Brooks of Wasilla and Christopher W. Mattson of Juneau will marry at 3 p.m. on Nov. 27, 2004, at First Presbyterian Church in Wasilla.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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

Other factors helped create Kake Tribal Corp. troubles
I told a Juneau Empire reporter while talking about Kake Tribal Corp. and Pelican that there were several factors that led to Kake Tribal's financial crisis.

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.

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

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

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.

Local Sports Brief
Staff reports of sports events around Juneau.

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.

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.

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 Freewheelers treadwell trails race
Results from the Juneau Freewheelers Cycling Club's Treadwell Trails Mountain Bike Race held Sept. 25 on the Treadwell Historic Trails in Douglas. The course was four laps, unless noted for two riders.

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

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

JYFL scores
Results from the Juneau Youth Football League games held Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Alaska High School football standings
Through games of Oct. 2

'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.

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.

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

Woman facing charges after baby's death returns to jail
A woman convicted of manslaughter in the death of a baby will spend two months in jail awaiting sentencing even though she's already spent five years in prison for the crime.

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

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

Steller sea lion numbers show signs population is recovering
The number of endangered Steller sea lions counted between the Gulf of Alaska and the tip of the Aleutian Chain has increased again, according to new data from the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

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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