Monday, October 11, 2004

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On the move
Business movers and shakers

Tech Wit: The truth behind the debates
It was Will Rogers who said it's not what we don't know that hurts us, it's what we think we know. Did you know that the presidential debates are no longer run by the League of Women voters?

BusinessDigest
Business headlines

Empire idiots endorse school
As president emeritus and founding father of the National Idiots and Buffoon Association (NIBA), it has come to my attention that the editorial staff of the Juneau Empire now qualifies for full membership in this elite organization. Their unabashed endorsement of a second Valley high school in the Oct. 3, 2004 Empire, cleared the way for this historic event.

A different perspective
Carl Reese (letters to the editor, Oct. 4) made some very good observations about the avalanche-chuted road, and that, with peak oil production in the very near future, we won't have any gas to drive on it anyway.

Macho Middle East policy
In watching the presidential and vice presidential debates, I'm disappointed that Democrats, like Republicans, adhere to foreign policies that have invited the current crisis in the Middle East.

Skagway's ironic road stance
I just finished reading the article about the Skagway City Council wanting to designate the Dewey Lakes area an official recreation area.

Iditarod sled race is dog torture
Rep. Young is wrong about the Iditarod being a slice of Alaskan culture ("Bear baiting prop sparks debate over what's a fair chase," Oct. 8).

No reactionary ideals for airport
Our city revolves around the use and safety of flying in and out of the International Airport.

Questions about school funds
In last Sunday's edition of the Empire, we all received a copy of the voter guide, which provided us with information we needed to cast our votes.

The man in charge
Watching the vice presidential debate Tuesday night, I was pleased to see a real debate between two men who can think and think on their feet.

The 'brains' behind Bush presidency
To me, Vice President Cheney made only one (apparently) telling accusation against John Edwards; that Edwards was so infrequently in attendance at the Senate that they had never met before that night. This statement now turns out to be patently false.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Nonprofits team up as funding dwindles
If one of the tenants at Channel View Apartments on Gastineau Avenue can't pay their rent, local social service agencies can help foot the bill.

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

China Joe: Man of the golden rule
Mark Whitman knelt next to a grave at the Evergreen Cemetery.

Photo: Irish jam
Jerry Fiscus, right, Leif Saya, center, and Greg Burger play their fiddles at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Saturday as part of the Irish and oldtime music jam.

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

Assembly race tightens; Bush says he's still optimistic
Juneau's Assembly election faces a possible recount.

Photo: On the rise
Tyler Thomas, organizer for Sunday's Climbing Festival Extravaganza at the Zach Gordon Youth Center, demonstrates one of the many routes he designed for a contest open to climbers of all ages. Prizes included a season pass for the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Arson suspect says he was falsely accused
The man accused of triggering a 1,600-gallon fuel spill in Auke Bay and setting Dehart's Marina on fire last month says he has no motive for the crime and did not commit it.

Tlingit research specialist dies at 98
An Eastern-educated anthropologist who sought the ancient origins of Angoon and was honored with a potlach by the Yakutat Tlingit for her study of their ancestors has died.

Empire editorial: Waterfront plan needs to reflect residents' views
The city has been crafting a 20-year plan for the downtown waterfront for some two years and is getting close to giving it the final seal of approval.

There's good news, bad news for Alaska
The good news for 630,000 Alaskans is collecting his and her annual Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this month.

My Turn: Cross-gulf ferry trip didn't cost very much
Because it is the political season some folks are attempting to cook up any story they can to discredit the efforts of the Murkowski administration. The cross-gulf sailing of the ferry Kennicott is a recent example. What are the facts? Our legislative critics forget to mention that they were the beneficiaries of cross-gulf sailings before and after legislative sessions.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Fisher-wolves
The wolf puppy was fishing in the intertidal zone, working the riffles where salmon were exposed in the shallow stream.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Bears strong in Petersburg
It may be late in the season, but the Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive team showed it has plenty of energy left with a strong showing Friday and Saturday at meets in Petersburg.

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.

On the run
The Juneau Youth Football League Junior Division Huskies won the division title Saturday, then placed six players on the All-Star roster.

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.

Mueller, Sadighi claim Southeast high school tennis titles
Juneau's Max Mueller and Naomi Sadighi won individual titles Saturday at a Southeast high school tennis tournament at JRC/The Alaska Club in the Mendenhall Valley.

Hollywood ending
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team started their trip to the state playoffs by going to the movies.

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

Alaskans to decide on marijuana
Alaskans will decide next month whether to overturn a state law making marijuana possession illegal, but a court decision in 2003 may make the effort moot.

House action sets up more incentives for Alaska gas pipeline
Congressional action authorizing language and fiscal incentives for an Alaska natural gas pipeline is significant progress for an idea decades in the making, Alaska's congressional delegation said Saturday.

Report: Ties between coal-processing firm and Alaska's attorney general go deeper than stock
The ties between KFx Inc. and state Attorney General Gregg Renkes run deeper than the stock ownership and consulting fees recently acknowledged, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Photo: The mighty Webslinger lifts spirits
Cheyenne Johnson, 3, giggles as Spider-Man peers through her window Friday at Providence Alaska Medical Center's Children's Hospital in Anchorage. Spider-Man and other featured performers who came to see the children were with the visiting Moscow State Circus. Cheyenne is being treated for leukemia.

Legalization advocates hope to tax marijuana
Pro-marijuana advocates are united in their effort to pass an initiative to legalize the drug, but there is uncertainty on how to regulate it if the initiative succeeds.

Pet llamas provide weaver material
Giorgio Armani sulked under a tree in Suzanne Alexander's South Anchorage yard. It was raining, and his hair was matted. He didn't look his best, and he darned well knew it.

Descendants of Alaska Native chief reclaim remains
Descendants of an Alaska Native chief who was shot to death by a German count almost 100 years ago have reclaimed his remains.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the region

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Initiative change may be off radar
With the presidential election, state elections and other ballot measures to compete with this election season, a constitutional amendment to change the initiative process might be overlooked by voters until they make it to the polls.

Report: Alaska fish free of contaminant levels that affect public health
Alaska's world-famous seafood continues to live up to claims that it is hauled from some of the cleanest waters in the nation.

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