Sex ed best way to reduce abortions
In response to Sandy Renhard's letter in Monday's Empire: We all respect people who put forth the effort to serve in public office. Nevertheless, I challenge anyone, especially those seeking high office, to explain where is the logic, let alone the morality, in deciding who should live and who should die.

Why run old-news Chambers' article?
The lead article on the front page of Tuesday's paper ("Spouse of Assembly member-elect charged with assault") provided strangely belated coverage of an event that took place 24 days earlier. By contrast, your other four front-page articles described events that took place within the previous 24 hours.

Palin's the clear choice for governor
The Sarah Palin naysayers are running rampant in Juneau. They write about Tony Knowles' accomplishments during his eight years as governor. Let's take a look at some of these "accomplishments."

We need Knowles to help us move forward
I am looking at the interests of the two gubernatorial candidates and my main concerns are the following:

Women learn tips for healthy living
Maintaining a healthy diet was the main issue discussed at a forum for woman's health held Saturday in Centennial Hall.

City looks to restore mine buildings
Although the foundation of Juneau was built on the backs of gold miners, only a few of the mining-era buildings are more than foundations.

Know who to know in Juneau
Being well-connected in Juneau is often synonymous with being employed.

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

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

Tips on successful networking in town:
Find a mentor, but not a potential competitor, in the field you would like to go into. This means you might need to look outside of Juneau, but look in cities with similar demographics.

Elton outspending challenger by several thousands of dollars
In addition to his name recognition from being a two-term incumbent senator, Democrat Kim Elton holds a commanding lead in campaign fundraising over Republican Mac Meiners.

Toe Toon

Alaska editorial: Even Seattle Times agrees 9th Circuit Court is too big
This editorial appeared in The Voice of the Times:

My turn: Bridges to economic growth
Contracts are to be assigned soon to begin constructing two bridges linking Ketchikan, via Pennock Island, to its airport on Gravina Island.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

In The Crosshairs
On one of this summer's rare bluesky days, pilot Butch Laughlin of Alaska Fly 'N' Fish Charters flew three passengers into Seymour Canal on Admiralty Island. As he circled Swan Cove, he spotted a brown bear sow and two cubs, as well as a lone bear, fishing on the tidal flats in a stream filled with salmon.

Outsiders: Josh Reeder & Audrey Rogers
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Outdoors section.

Eagle River shooter makes national team, Beijing may be next
As a toddler, Corey Cogdell knew how to handle a shotgun. She could hit a spruce hen from 75 yards, a tin can from 50.

Web site offers improved forecasts for northern lights watchers
A Web site is taking some of the guesswork out of when to make a Thermos of hot coffee, throw on a scarf and venture out into the cold night to take in the northern lights - even if you're far away from the aurora epicenter in Alaska.

South ends the Crimson Bears' season
Some of the Crimson Bears unabashedly let tears stream down their sweat-soaked cheeks following Saturday's 27-6 defeat to South Anchorage in the large-school state semifinal game at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Roughhouse goes blue collar
The new Roughhouse boxing season kicked off Friday the 13th at Marlintini's. The event proved that Juneau has some tough siblings and garbage men.

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.

Francis sets new course record in win
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman cross country runner Leah Francis took her act to the Lower 48 on Saturday and maintained her perfect record.

JDHS swimming and diving team closes out regular season
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving teams closed out their regular season schedule in a tri-meet featuring Sitka and West Valley Friday and Saturday at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

Delegation holds BP operations hearing
About 200 barrels of sediment were scraped from a five-mile stretch of oil transmission pipe that was shut down at Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field after leaks and corrosion were found in August, federal officials said Friday.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation, and the World

Governor declares state disaster
Gov. Frank Murkowski declared a state disaster Saturday for communities hit by severe flooding.

Alaska Digest
Carcasses of four Kodiak brown bears were found at a rural village trash dump and wildlife authorities said they had been shot.

Photo: The party police
Alaska state trooper Larry Nicholson, second from right, poses Thursday with members of the Alaska Day Keystone Kops near the Prospector statue in Sitka.

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