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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?

The Empire withholds letters to the editor
I know that I am not the only supporter of President Bush in this town.

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.

Expensive road won't make travel cheap
In reply to Charley Larson's question from Sunday's letters (Oct. 10), "How to you respond to people that would like to have access out of Juneau, but simply cannot afford to fly or take the ferry?" Here is the answer.

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.

There can be healthy differences over road
I would like to clarify some of the misinformation that was quoted by Robin Robinson (letters to the editor, Sept. 27).

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.

Writer exaggerates Iditarod facts
Margery Glickman states that 53 percent of the dogs who start the Iditarod race do not finish it (letters to the editor, Oct. 10).

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.

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.

Administration uses poor defense of ferry use
Mr. Briggs' guest column (Empire My Turn, Oct. 11) is misleading and so are his examples of some extraordinary sailings of the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Photo: Basin Road regulars
Gordon and Elizabeth Evans, left to right, trek up Basin Road on Monday morning just as fog begins to give way to sunny skies.

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

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.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: A little something for the birds
Leo Barrans and a couple of crows keep an eye on each other Monday at Douglas Harbor.

Powell, Johnson say their farewells
The Juneau Assembly meeting was a sentimental one Monday, as it was the last regular meeting for Assembly member Jim Powell and perhaps Jeannie Johnson.

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

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

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.

Juneau nurse honored nationally for local effort to change policies on cancer care
Carole Edwards found it unfair that her husband had to pay for prostate cancer screening while many insurance companies covered mammograms.

Former senator from Georgia campaigns for Tony Knowles
The Alaska race for U.S. Senate drew Democratic heavy hitter Max Cleland to Juneau on Monday to campaign for former Gov. Tony Knowles.

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.

Arthur H. Kassner
Arthur H. Kassner, 97, passed away on Oct. 11, 2004, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Faye Anderson
Faye Anderson, 85, died Oct. 9, 2004, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Frank "Dutch" Behrends
Juneau resident Frank "Dutch" Behrends, 89, died Oct. 10, 2004, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

George Johnson Sr.
Hoonah and Juneau resident George Johnson Sr., died Oct. 9, 2004, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans need to be fair with limited flu vaccine supply
This editorial appeared in Friday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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.

My Turn: Make informed decisions by being a fully informed voter
Now that the dust has settled, I want to address those of you who voted "no" for a second high school.

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 Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Petersberg invitational swim meet results
Results from the Petersburg Invitational high school swimming and diving meets, held Friday and Saturday 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.

Flights offer chance for unique high-altitude research
Scientists are using a high-altitude Proteus aircraft to fly research missions over the North Slope.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

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.

Cape Fox land swap dead - at least for now
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's bid to provide Berners Bay land to Native corporations by way of a controversial land swap appears to have failed twice in two years.

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.

Kodiak tribe receives funds to launch tribal court
Kodiak Island has received federal funding to set up the first tribal court on the island.

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.

Headlines from around the region

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.

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.

PFD checks close at hand
This week about 444,000 Alaskans will be rushing to check their bank accounts to make sure their Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks have arrived.

Report: Praise for police outpaces valid gripes
A discipline report shows 10-20 Anchorage Police Department officers annually are written up for "avoidable traffic accidents" but that officers receive more compliments than valid complaints.

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