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.

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

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?

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

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

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

School vote disheartening
I was reading the Juneau Empire online Wednesday when I read that the Valley high school had been approved.

Vote your conscience
Obviously, not every one will agree with me, but in America, we have a civil means of sorting out our differences. It's called the vote.

Empire fans controversy with verbose abuse
First, let me say, I support the Constitution of the United States of America, Amendment 1

Nepotism vs. democracy
Democracy is, as President Lincoln stated at the end of his Gettysburg Address, "of the people, by the people and for the people."

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo: Autumn stroll
Dan Rasmussen walks his 1-year-old dachshund, Daisymae, on Thursday along a stretch of the Brotherhood Park trail scattered with cottonwood leaves.

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

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?

Photo: Peaceful in the park
With the summer crowds gone, Leilaniana Macasaet has Marine Park downtown all to herself Thursday.

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.

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

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.

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

Building height a hot issue for waterfront plan
After two years of work, the Juneau Assembly held its first public hearing on the city's Long-range Waterfront Plan.

Photo: Located by gunfire
Floyd Blue, left, and Peter M. McCarr, far right, walk with a family member after U.S. Coast Guard rescuers found the two men about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday near Indian River, a mile southeast of Sitka.

Retribution for burglary may have led to assault
A 20-year-old man accused of damaging a van and injuring its driver in a Wednesday night confrontation thought the victim burglarized his residence, a state prosecutor said Thursday.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

The ins and outs of boarding your dog
It can be a dilemma if you own a dog and travel. One solution is to board your dog at a professional kennel, either in Juneau or at your destination.

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

Entwife and Haines to wed
Mona Entwife and Timothy Haines of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9, 2004, at a ceremony in Ferndale, Wash., with a reception to follow at Hovander Homestead.

Statistics of Juneau

Barteaux wins national MADD award
In front of an audience of nearly 700 activists representing 48 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, Australia, Japan and Guam, Juneau's Monique Barteaux was honored for outstanding work contributing to Mothers Against Drunk Driving's mission to help save lives, prevent injuries and serve victims.

Rock the vote, but brush your teeth first
I am under strict orders not to discourage or disparage voting or voters.

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?"

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

Juneau Parks and Rec men's and women's volleyball standings
Standings through matches of Sept. 26 of the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's 2004 men's and women's volleyball leagues.

Alaska prep swimming top 16 state times
Here are Alaska's top 16 times for the 2004 high school swimming season.

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network state football poll
Here is the Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network's high school football poll, as voted on by statewide radio broadcasters and other media.

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.

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.

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.

Bears ready for T-Birds
It's only been a month, but it seems like a lifetime since the Juneau-Douglas High School football team last played the East Anchorage Thunderbirds.

Alaska high school football standings
Through games of Oct. 2

State football champions
The scores of the state football championship games since 1983.

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

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.

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.

Outside group foots large part of bill for campaign to legalize pot
A group working to decriminalize marijuana has received more than $500,000 from an Outside organization, according to reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Small towns lose Hazmobile
The Hazmobile that for 11 years plucked batteries, old paint and other hazardous waste from isolated communities from Valdez to Ketchikan has, itself, been plucked.

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.

Governor urges researchers to aid in resource development
Gov. Frank Murkowski urged University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers to help Alaska's economy by helping expand production of resources and providing expertise to counter people who would lock Alaska away from responsible development.

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

Council survey to gauge state's economic future
The Juneau Economic Development Council is floating a questionnaire statewide to learn about Alaska's economic development conditions and what residents want in the future.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Bear baiting prop sparks debate over what's a fair chase
Hidden between the lines of propaganda on the proposed ban on black bear baiting lies a question about one of Alaska's biggest traditions.

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.

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.

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

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.

News of local arts

The swamp
Comic by local artist Toe.

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

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.

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