Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Bush supporters not alone
Hurray Mr. J. Marc Mulkey (letters to the editor, Oct. 12).

Vote yes on 2
Kudos for your excellent article on Proposition 2 ("Alaskans to decide on marijuana," Oct. 10).

JDHS sets sportsmanship standard
The Haines cross-country team won the sportsmanship trophy at the recent state championship meet, but it really should have gone to Juneau-Douglas.

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.

Vandalism is a sign
It is a sad day when the opposition has to stoop to destroy Knowles for Senate signs in the dark of night in the Mendenhall Valley from Stephen Richards and Riverside Drive to Kilowich Street.

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).

Cowards vandalize signs
Never in all my 50 plus years of voting have I seen such abuse of the political system and outrageous disregard for private property and citizens personal rights.

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

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.

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).

Knowles win jeopardizes Alaska's standing
I have one very important question for voters in Alaska.

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.

Photo: Getting the right perspective
From left, third-graders Raphael Sales, Ivan Urrutia-Narino and Myrna Sharclane practice their depth-of-field techniques Tuesday during the first "Art Tuesday" class with teacher Jeremy Neldon (background) at Glacier Valley Elementary School.

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

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

Commission approves ferry dock for mine
The Juneau Planning Commission voted 5-1 Tuesday night in favor of granting Goldbelt permission to build a ferry terminal and dock at Cascade Point to provide service to the Kensington Gold Mine.

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.

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

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

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.

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

City prepares makeover for Seward Street
Juneau is about to give Seward Street a $4.58 million makeover.

Bush is official District 1 winner
After a week of uncertainty, former School Board President Jeff Bush is the official winner in the Assembly District 1 election.

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.

Ferrell and Nutt marry
Patricia Ferrell of Juneau and Micah Nutt of Palos Verdes, Calif., were married at 4 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2004. The wedding and reception were at a private home on Orcas Island, Wash.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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

Ways of extending, enhancing your life
Aging experts tell us this is the first time in human history that the leading causes of death can be caused - or prevented - by our own behaviors.

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

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

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

Viola Converse Hanson
Former Juneau resident Viola Converse Hanson, 85, passed away in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 6, 2004, after suffering a stroke.

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

Ballot measure protects Juneau and geographic democracy
There are four separate ballot measures that will be voted on at this year's general election, and one in particular deserves special consideration by the residents of Alaska's capital city. Ballot Measure 1 can make our lives more secure by allowing only widely embraced ideas to go before voters, and preventing those with only token backing the chance to be adopted statewide. Ballot Measure 1 will change the Alaska Constitution to raise the standard for people seeking to have laws passed by initiative.

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.

Empire editorial: Scrutiny of ferry use is fair and necessary
G ov. Frank Murkowski's use of Alaska's ferries for special trips has been in the news lately for good reason.

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

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

Juneau Parks and Rec adult volleyball
Standings through Oct. 10 for the Juneau Department of Parks and Recreations men's and women's volleyball leagues.

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

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.

JDHS alum Sliva honored for college sports career
When Marilyn Thibodeau Sliva first arrived at Western Washington University in 1979, she didn't go out for any sports and didn't plan to join any teams.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo: Squido takes the lead
America Rocks, driven by Elizabeth Eudave, left, races Squido, driven by Kaleb Bloomquist, during the Humpy 500 go-cart races Saturday,in Petersburg.

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.

Oil companies optimistic, cautious after gas-line incentive passes
Spokesmen for two of Alaska's three major oil companies welcomed tax incentives approved by Congress for a North Slope natural gas pipeline but said other steps are needed.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

State wants lawsuit on school funds dropped
The state has asked a Superior Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a teachers union, parents and others that would force Alaska to spend more on schools.

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

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a story in Tuesday's paper included incorrect information from previous reports indicating that Sealaska Corp. and Cape Fox Corp. would acquire 10,000 acres and 2,600 acres, respectively, of national forest land in Berners Bay through the proposed trade. Rather, the Native corporations would select property within those acreages until they reached the point where their selected land had equal value with land the coporations offered in exchange, based on an equal value appraisal.

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