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Saturday, October 16, 2004

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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