Illustrations take center stage in these new picture books for the youngest audiences
Picture books for little one and big ones to read together!

Just love of country
I read with interest Judy Haffner's letter "Bush supporters not alone" (Empire letters to the editor, Oct. 13) and was struck by the parallels between her story and mine.

Truck's lights were on
This is in response to Ms. Parsons' comment in her message (Empire letters to the editor, Oct. 7): "I wonder if the car that killed the woman at the Cordova intersection recently had its lights on? If it had, would the woman be dead now?"

Woman shows courage
In response to the article about the young man who is charged with sexual abuse (Empire, Oct. 14), I just want to say to the young woman: Things will get better and you should feel good that you stopped a bad thing from getting worse.

Assembly now all male
When the Juneau electorate denied Jeannie Johnson re-election to the Juneau Assembly last Tuesday, voters decreed that for at least the next year, Juneau's nine-member governing body would be exclusively male.

Chamber puts road issue to candidates
Republicans favored a road out of Juneau while Democrats took a wait-and-see approach at a forum for state House hopefuls held Friday by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

Due to a reporter's error, an article Wednesday about Seward Street reconstruction misstated that the street would be widened and paved with bricks.

Naturally, it's way fun at the glacier center
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center is one of the places for kids to be Saturday mornings this fall.

District A hopeful woos oil industry; opponent vows to tax it
David Landis, 40, is a self-described "independent" Democrat who wants to increase taxes on oil companies operating in Alaska.

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

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

Morgan, Kookesh battle for District C, Alaska Senate's largest
Party affiliation may be one of the few major differences between the two candidates running for Alaska's largest Senate district.

Aram Parker
Anchorage resident Aram Parker, 27, died suddenly at home on Sept. 17, 2004.

There's plenty of government, but not much tribe
By 1867, the recently formed United States had racked up a few generations of experience with indigenous cultures from the Atlantic to the Pacific and had formulated the presumption that all Native people with whom they came in contact were similar if not actually identical.

Capitol is more realistic than constructing road
If we had to vote today on two items that most people in this community see as absolutely essential to our future - a road from here to Skagway or a new capitol building in downtown - which way would you go?

My Turn: Tired of state's bullying on road
The supplemental Draft EIS is soon to be released for Juneau Access and I'm curious if all the up-to-date information will be a part of this document.

Empire editorial: Thumbs up to Murkowski; thumbs down to flying squid
Thumbs up to Gov. Frank Murkowski for jumping into the fray over black cod farming in British Columbia.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Outdoors Digest
Archery club to start indoor shooting season

Out & About

Winds of change?
If wild animals ran for public office in Alaska, they could hardly create more debate than they are poised to bring to Juneau on Nov. 2.

Patriots' game
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team entered Saturday's state semifinal game against the North Pole Patriots hoping for a second straight trip to the state championship game.

Juneau tennis players learn a lot at state
While the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team wanted to do well in the inaugural Alaska State Invitational High School Tennis Team, there was a more important goal for the Crimson Bears.

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 spikers tie for fifth at Service-Dimond Invitational
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team was on a scouting mission during this year's Service-Dimond Invitational volleyball tournament.

Photo: Making a splash
Seth Cayce of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club swims to a win in his heat of the boys age 11-12 50-yard breaststroke event Saturday during the October Splash meet at Augustus Brown pool.

Alaska state invitational high school tennis
Results for the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis players at the inaugural Alaska State Invitational High School Tennis Tournament held Friday and Saturday at The Alaska Club's North and East locations in Anchorage.

Commissioner quits, takes job with forest-products firm
Gov. Frank Murkowski's environmental conservation commissioner said Friday she is leaving the administration to supervise people who could be lobbying it on timber issues.

Alaska Digest
Staf and Wire reports from around the state

Candidates, officials place faith in optical-scan vote machines
Although the 2002 presidential election recount in Florida turned into a brouhaha, Alaska voters don't need to worry about the accuracy of the state's voting machines, candidates and election officials predict.

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