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Thursday, October 14, 2004

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.

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.

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.

School troubles in backwater Juneau
If I still lived in Juneau, and had kids approaching high school, I'd move to Anchorage.

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

Road won't save money
Charley Larson asked in Sunday's paper (Empire letters to the editor, Oct. 10): "How do you respond to people that would like to have access out of Juneau but simply cannot afford to fly or take the ferry?"

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

Sign vandalism is poor example
Sunday morning my 6-year-old grandson graciously offered to go outside to get the paper for his father.

Preserve hunting privilege
It will be up to voters this fall to decide whether or not to allow black bear hunting in Alaska. Maybe you're saying, "I don't bait. Why should I care."

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

Cruise ship emergency plan ready for test
Juneau is prepared for any disaster related to cruise ships, whether fire, collision or terrorist attack, officials say.

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

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.

Teen charged with rape at high school pleads guilty to lesser offense
A Juneau teenager has agreed to plead guilty to sexually abusing a girl in a Juneau-Douglas High School restroom last spring.

Travel: Old World Adventure
By the time you read this, your permanent fund check has been automatically deposited or is in the mail.

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.

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

Retired UAS professor Marjorie Fields wins national award
Marjorie Fields, a professor emeritus at the University of Alaska Southeast, is a national early childhood education group's teacher educator of the year.

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.

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

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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.

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

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.

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

My Turn: Juneau's disaster preparedness grows with planning
As the Emergency Programs Manager for City and Borough of Juneau (CBJ), I would like to respond to questions we've received about how our Homeland Security grants are spent.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crimson Bear tennis team heading to first state tournament
Last fall, the first-year Juneau-Douglas High School tennis program was on a journey without a final destination.

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 and Wire reports of local sports news

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

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.

Lt. governor: Voters likely to get absentee ballots on time
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman assured voters who used a Democratic Party form to vote absentee that the Division of Elections will most likely get them their ballots on time.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Damaged ferry undergoing sea trials
The state ferry that was extensively damaged in May is undergoing sea trials and inspections this week following months of repair work.

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.

Photo: Coming and going
Incoming Gov. Steve Cowper, left, meets with outgoing Gov. Bill Sheffield, following Cowper's 1986 victory.

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.

Bill would require voter approval of cost of new capitol
In an attempt to stop Juneau's efforts to anchor the Alaska capital, two state legislators have proposed a bill that would require a statewide election to approve the costs of building a new capitol or legislative hall in Juneau.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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

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.

Atlanta man presents all 20,000 words of Gospel of John
Four years ago, Georgia actor Brad Sherrill took time off from his job as a professional actor in Atlanta and set about learning all 20,000 words of the fourth Gospel - the Gospel of John.

Two lone cameras capture a revolution
In late 2001, Irish broadcast journalists Kim Bartley and Donnacha O'Brian traveled to Venezuela with two digital video cameras to film a documentary about President Hugo Chavez.

movies where & when
Locations and showtimes in Juneau

Beyond the valley of the Hindu-Kush
Director Terry Cramer and actress Gina Spartz planned to present the first half of Tony Kushner's "Homebody/Kabul" in a workshop this fall at Perseverance Theatre.

What's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau

briefly
News of local arts

Dance of the Firefly
Since July, Ellery Lumbab has been teaching about 30 Filipino dances to Alitaptap, a new company of about 60 dancers, ranging in age from 6 to 60.

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