Friday, October 15, 2004

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."

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

Summary confuses
Currently, there has been much confusion and misrepresentation of initiative 3, the anti-bear baiting proposition, which will appear on November's ballot.

Project trumps basics
It's nice to hear that Juneau is going to spend $4.58 million to give Seward Street a facelift so the tourists will be happy.

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?"

U.S. not responsible
Some people insist that the U.S. is at least complicit in most of the world's ills, if not outright responsible for them.

Boycott voting machines
I write to promote a voter boycott against using touch screen voting equipment being tested by Alaska this November.

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

Photo: Learning at City Hall
Mayor Bruce Botelho hands a gavel to Mei Yue's 2-year-old son, Jeffery, during a Thursday tour of City Hall.

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.

Shopping for colleges, shopping for students
Sophomore Rachelle Miller wanted to know about overseas study, sports and the arts as she browsed Thursday, the brochures piling up in her arms, at Juneau-Douglas High School's college fair.

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.

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.

Correction
Due to a staff error, a letter to the editor about sign vandalism in Thursday's Empire included the wrong spelling of the writer's name. The letter writer's name is E. Sue Zahnd.

Hospice launches fall seminar to teach people how to deal with dying
Geron Bruce became an advocate for hospice care when his wife, Brenda, was dying of cancer.

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

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

Gordon and Sullivan wed
Colleen Marie Gordon and Kevin Joseph Sullivan of Juneau were married on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Pleasanton, Calif.

Photo: UAS thanks its College of Fellows
University of Alaska Southeast College of Fellows played the major role in assisting with the University's 88 Keys Make a Piano campaign.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Freymuellers to celebrate their 50th
Chuck and Marilyn Freymueller will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 16, 2004.

Shier and Thynes to wed
Elizabeth Janet Thynes of Petersburg and Benjamin Paul Shier of Juneau are to be married at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 27, 2004, at the Lighthouse Assembly of God in Petersburg with a reception in the same place to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Photo: Autumn landscape
Patches of blue sky peak out behind the clouds in a snapshot taken from the Airport Wetlands Trail on an autumn day.

Bears, squid, election: How did it come to this?
In the age of state intervention in ballot initiatives, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has joined the fray.

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.

Juneau takes on North Pole for a title-game berth
There's no real secret about what the Juneau-Douglas High School football team expects to see when it lines up across from the North Pole Patriots for Saturday's state semifinal playoff game in Anchorage.

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.

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

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.

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 and Wire reports of local sports news

Lights, camera, football
Once a week during football season, a TV transformation takes place in Juneau.

Cameras are omnipresent at Crimson Bears' games
"Coach's Corner" is just one of many media ventures for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team.

Defense: Wife should not testify in slashing trial
The man charged with attempted murder in the January slashing attack and robbery on taxi driver Eric Drake has the authority to keep his wife from testifying against him, his attorney argued in court documents filed Thursday.

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

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

Photo: Uncommon visitor
Greg Cowling, a deckhand on the fishing boat Commander, holds up a jumbo flying squid caught in September in the ocean near Sitka. Hundreds of squid surrounded the fishing boat at night, enabling crew members to easily catch several in dip nets. Previously, no sightings of this squid species had ever been recorded in Alaska.

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

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

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.

Senator's backers push for Right to Life endorsement
Alaska Right to Life members have been lobbied heavily to endorse Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the U.S. Senate race, according to the group's president.

Rare Baird's beak whale dies from gunshot outside Whittier
Whittier police and the National Marine Fisheries Service are investigating the shooting of a whale that is rare in Alaska waters.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

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.

Murkowski speaks out against pot prop
The governor, medical professionals and Alaska police have denounced a ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana, saying it could damage everything from schoolchildren to the state's relationship with the military.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Governor joins fight against cod farming
Gov. Frank Murkowski has joined the chorus of Alaskans and Canadians pressuring Canada to delay black cod farming in British Columbia.

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.

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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