Thursday, October 7, 2004

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

Inspired by capitol talk
I have been moved by the comments of architect Alan Hantman

Headlight season
Sadly, summer has come and gone, and with it, the long hours of daylight.

Wheelchair users not bound to them
I wouldn't call Glacier Valley School's top fund-raising student (Empire, Oct. 4) "wheelchair-bound."

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.

Past time for women's issues
Do women have opinions? Do they want to express them? Are they ready to see changes in our society, locally and nationally?

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.

Shorter runway would cut service
Laurie Ferguson Craig, in her "My Turn" commentary (Empire, Sept. 30) suggests that the use of foamed concrete (EMAS, or engineered materials arresting system) in the runway safety area at Juneau International Airport could reduce or eliminate the need to acquire land in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

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

Ready for change
After watching the presidential debate, I would have to say, Bush appears to have backed himself in a corner.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a Wednesday story about residents' request for a traffic light on Douglas Highway misidentified what kind of vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian last week.

City election
How Juneau residents voted by precinct

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.

Douglas Island residents appeal Breeze In store expansion
Some Douglas Island residents are trying to block the expansion of the Breeze In convenience store, saying it will disrupt the neighborhood's harmony.

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.

Photo: Changing the world with hot air
Juneau balloon artist Callie Conerton, right, pictured with Vera Lowe, took part in Wednesday's Balloons Around the World event with residents of the Juneau Pioneers' Home and the ABC Center.

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

Food: October Food Challenge deadline extended a week
With Juneau now in the maw of autumn's cruel vice, have your thoughts strayed to the great taste-combinations of bread, cheese, mango and corned beef hash?

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

Observers say city Assembly remains centrist
Although the Tuesday election might bring at least one new face to the Juneau Assembly, people who are familiar with city politics say the new Assembly won't necessarily have a major shift in its policies.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Relief work
Barbara Blair, left, and Willie Larsen work at one of four quilting stations staffed on Wednesdays at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Valley school wins go-ahead
Juneau changed its mind.

Downtown debris cleanup date set
A federal inspector said he is confident cleanup on an asbestos-contaminated debris pile at Front and Seward streets downtown will begin Oct. 20.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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.

Reflections of a newly anointed sourdough
I was filling out a questionnaire the other day when I came across this one: "Would you consider yourself a Sourdough or a Cheechako?"

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.

Runners yield East Glacier Trail to bears
The Southeast Alaska Road Runners club's East Glacier Trail Tangle 10-kilometer race course on Saturday had to be altered to accommodate a brown bear with cubs, who claimed the East Glacier Trail as their own.

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

Photo: When I was at Jazz camp
Utah Jazz power forward Carlos Boozer Jr., a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, dunks the ball during Tuesday's opening day of training camp at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.

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.

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

Local Sports Brief
Staff reports of sports events around Juneau.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

Stevens pulls legislation benefiting Petersburg fisherman
Alaska's Sen. Ted Stevens has dropped legislation that would have shifted millions of dollars of catch rights to the owner of a commercial fishing boat in Petersburg.

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.

Skagway voters reject road to capital
Skagway voters have affirmed their local government's opposition to a road leading to Juneau, Alaska's capital, although absentee ballots remain to be counted.

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.

Initiative steeped in partisan battles
Next month, Alaskans will decide whether to change state law and take away the governor's power to appoint a U.S. senator, a power some say Gov. Frank Murkowski abused when appointing his daughter Lisa Murkowski to fill his vacant seat.

Democratic group targets Alaska, other states with 30-second ads
A Democratic group said it plans to spend about $3.3 million on new TV ads in Alaska, Colorado and Oklahoma to highlight lost jobs, budget deficits and health insurance problems under Republican leadership.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

The swamp
Comic by local artist Toe.

One-night sendoff
Perseverance Theatre's Tlingit-inspired "Macbeth" returns to Juneau-Douglas High School at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, for a one-night sendoff before beginning a five-town statewide tour through Oct. 31.

An absurdist reflection of our times
Theatre in the Rough's new play, "The Madwoman of Chaillot," is an absurdist French tale about love, life, art, beauty and the battle against conformity and greed.

briefly
News of local arts

A brief synopsis of the play
French playwright Jean Giraudoux wrote "The Madwoman of Chaillot" during the Nazi occupation of France.

Juneau artist captures rogues in paint
When local musician and artist Jacob Higgins found out he had the opportunity to show some of his work at Rock Paper Scissors, he turned to six paintings that had been sitting in his closet for two years.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

movies where & when
Locations and showtimes in Juneau

Up-and-coming protest singer Smith sings for peace
Singer, guitarist, fiddler, international affairs analyst and political activist Stephan Smith played about 20 times in four days during the recent Republican National Convention in New York City.

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