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Friday, October 6, 2006

Award winning author does things the old-fashioned way
After spending a decade writing his first novel, author Peter Quinn hoped to speed up the process on its follow-up.

'The Punishment of Virtue:' Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban
Five years after U.S. forces routed the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and drove the al-Qaida movement into hiding...

Feeling a little fictional? Visit the Juneau library
Take a look at a few of the new fiction titles on the shelves now at the Juneau Public Libraries.

What taxes does she mean to cut?
Sarah Palin's campaign ads say that as governor she will "cut taxes and work to reduce property taxes all across the state."

Women's rights are always an issue
Once again we have an election coming up, and once again I am going to put my opinion on paper.

Fence needed to curb illegal immigration
I'm so discouraged that Don Young voted against House Resolution 6061.

Juneau road will not stop need for ferry
There have been many valid arguments lately both for and against the Juneau access road and I would like to bring up another perspective.

Institute didn't solicit bids this year
This is to clarify an article in the Juneau Empire on Tuesday that said Sealaska Heritage Institute "received no bids" from other communities to host Celebration 2008.

Dog owners doing good job with pets
The human-animal bond is one of life's simple pleasures for me..

Politicians are never clear on the issues
Reading Joel Casto's Monday My Turn held my interest up until the point where he said that Tony Knowles was clear on the issues.

I'd never ride a ferry shuttle from Katzehin
This letter is regarding Gov. Murkowski's determination to build the Lynn Canal road as far as Katzehin (well, as far as the Kensington Mine, anyway).

Business Digest
White Pass Railroad reports record year, $1.1 million available for youth training & Alaskan Pale wins beer festival award

Unofficial precinct results for Juneau's municipal election

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

Soldier returns home from Iraq
Army Spc. Jon Martin didn't spend too much time dreaming about the mountains around Juneau while surrounded by the deserts of Iraq.

Worst parking violators may get the boot
Juneau drivers who've delayed paying their parking tickets may get the boot when they overstay a visit at a downtown public parking spot.

City to tally final race results today
The city's Ballot Review Board will finish verifying 1,400 outstanding absentee and questioned ballots from this week's municipal election and have results this afternoon.

Juneau Digest
Autopsy: Woman died from gunshot, KTOO prepares for Festival of Seafood, Nobel Prize nominee to speak against war, Iraq conscientious objector to speak, & JWAC visits Egypt for travelogue talk

Photo: Nice haul
Trevor Pollard, left, and Hillary Young, owners and operators of the fishing tender Afognak, watch as a tote of black cod from the Chatham Strait fishery is unloaded on Monday...

Photo: Splash down
A Jeep plows through a flooded area Wednesday on Riverside Drive near Lupine Lane.

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

Alternative school, union launch job-training program
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School and a local union have started a school-to-apprenticeship program they hope will keep students in class and help them find jobs after they graduate.

Station agent witnesses final flight
Don Pegues spent 59 years waiting for airplanes to land, and predictably, the final flight was almost 212 hours late.

Native groups form a nonprofit, hope for land
Leaders of five "landless" Alaskan Native communities formed a nonprofit corporation last month with the hope Congress will hear their united call for federal recognition.

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

Photos: Day of Caring
Jonathan Smith, left, Max Mielke, center, and Mike Notar of the Juneau Building Trade Council work on a bear-resistant structure...

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

Boys & Girls Club of Juneau
Volunteer coordinator: Jay Wyatt

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Student recognitions
Ella C. Magallanes & Sergio C. Magallanes

Diversity is humanity's greatest gift but also greatest challenge
Being human can be tough, and I suspect that at least a billion other humans would agree.

Photo: 'The Magician's Nephew'
From left, Marcy Haffner (Aunt Letty), Jonathan Loney (Digory), Madison Truitt (Polly), Savannah Cayce (Queen Jadis) and Michael Kron (Aslan) take a moment to reflect Tuesday...

Shelton and Walker wed
Kirsten Shelton, of Juneau, and Jason Walker, of Pocatello, Idaho, were married Aug. 27 at the Shelton family home on Lummi Bay in Bellingham, Wash.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Michaela Crabtree
"I love painting and I want to learn more about it! Artists use paint to swirl. ... I'm really good at painting pretty pictures. I think I'll go over to the easel and paint!"

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Dario Penáno Catuiran
Juneau resident Dario Penno Catuiran, 89, died Oct. 2, 2006, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Alaska editorials: Nation's best sent to the military in Alaska
Deployment of another 3,500 Fort Richardson paratroopers to combat in Iraq brings the total number of Alaska-based troops in the war zone to about 8,000.

Alaska editorial: Permanent fund earnings should pay for services
t's that time of year to remember how good Alaskans have it. Last month, the governor announced the amount of this year's permanent fund dividend check will be $1,106.96. It will be distributed to an estimated 602,350 Alaskans.

Alaska editorials: Voters, be aware of views on PERS/TRS
t will behoove all Alaska voters to pay close attention to what state candidates are saying about what sounds like code or alphabet soup, PERS and TRS. The acronyms stand for the retirement systems for state employees and teachers.

My turn: Murkowski simply didn't fit
Dozens of issues contributed to voters' stunning rejection of Gov. Frank Murkowski in the August election - the jet, the appointment of his daughter to his Senate seat, axing the Longevity Bonus, broken promises on taxation...

My turn: Offshore oil plan risky
Somehow, one of the biggest issues facing Alaska today has all but escaped public attention - the federal plan to open vast areas of Alaska's outer continental shelf to oil and gas leasing.

My Turn: Gold prices should be good news
I was at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week and had the pleasure of listening to the two candidates for State House District 4, Assembly member Randy Wanamaker, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Andrea Doll.

Crimson Bears win their JIVE tune-up game
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team showed off its finishing prowess Thursday in a straight-set victory over a tough Kodiak squad.

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 swimmers headed to Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving teams head into the second half of their season this weekend in Ketchikan.

Crimson Bears ready for one long weekend
For Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball players, maybe its time for them to start eating, sleeping and going to class in their uniforms.

JDHS ready for its 2nd chance
During Wednesday's practice, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team ran through plays quietly.

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.

Homer rejects seasonal sales tax
Voters in Homer said no to increasing sales tax when tourists are in town.

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

Streaming video records private life of sea lions
Just call this steamy video, not streaming video.

Alaska Digest
Kupreanof road paves way for logging, Troopers seek tips in North Pole homicide & Fairbanks mayor hopes to fill budget gap

Fairbanks '07 budget in question after tax votes
Voters simultaneously slashed property taxes and removed the Fairbanks City Council's ability to assess sales tax, leaving city leaders wondering how to pay for services next year.

Democrats: 2004 election data altered
Alaska Democratic Party officials say the 2004 election data they sued the state to get may have been changed this year, and they want to know why.

Authorities charge two in 10-year-old Alaska murder
A steelworker and a woman who worked as a stripper in two states have been charged with killing a man outside a rural Alaska community more than 10 years ago.

Stryker soldier killed in Iraq
A soldier from Hammond killed in Iraq was looking forward to civilian life and starting a family with his wife, his sister said.

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

Program aims to keep kids in Alaska
If you build it, they will come home - that is what local groups are hoping will happen with a new residential treatment center that officially opened Wednesday in Juneau.

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