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Monday, October 18, 2004

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

That dog does too hunt
In your Wednesday paper (Empire, Oct. 6) there was an advertisement by the NRA headed with a picture of a standard poodle in a rather badly mangled show clip with the caption, "That dog don't hunt." I don't mind the NRA disseminating misinformation on the subject of gun control - that is, after all, their business. But I do object when they spread misinformation about dogs.

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.

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.

Sled dog letter wrong
Margery Glickman, "founder" of a shell organization referred to as the Sled Dog Action Coalition, is continuing her venomous and misguided attacks against the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (Empire letters to the editor, Oct. 10).

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?"

Conflicts in the administration
The Murkowski administration seems to be most often in the news for some real or perceived conflict of interest, blunder, sleaze or just dumb decisions. We all deserve more from our elected and appointed officials.

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.

Public lands are treasures
As American citizens still able to enjoy pristine wilderness, set aside as public lands by past generations, it is our right to vote for representatives whom we trust to value and maintain them.

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.

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

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.

Health Forum focus will be prevention of cancer, osteoporosis
Preventing cancer and osteoporosis are the topics of this year's Women's Health Forum, set for Saturday at Centennial Hall. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fire dept. volunteer sign-ups on the rise
Volunteering for Juneau's fire department has become more fashionable than the chief expected when he put out a recruitment call early this month.

Federal grant aims for physical fitness
More Juneau students will be riding stationary bikes and families will be dancing to hip hop, if a new grant goes according to plan.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Mini-ride
Chris Rathbone, left, and William Eriksen ride their "pocket bikes" Sunday along Crest Street near Nugget Mall. The bikes are only about 14 inches high and are powered by 49cc engines, making them legal to ride on the side of the road and sidewalks.

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

Photo: That time of year
Solan Jensen of Alaska Discovery takes advantage of Sunday's good weather to do yearly maintenance on the company's fleet of double kayaks.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Morris names ad director for Alaska
Lee Leschper has been named regional advertising director for Alaska newspapers owned by Morris Publishing Group and its parent company, Morris Communications. He will serve concurrently as advertising director of the Juneau Empire.

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

Special Olympians tune up
Going for it: Ryan Harvery, 10, rolls the ball under the guidance of volunteer Curtis Mangusso, 14, Sunday at Channel Bowl.

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

My Turn: Clearing up misconceptions about fetal alcohol syndrome
H oping to get some good copy for this column, I recently conducted an informal survey of persons I met in the wharf mall about fetal alcohol syndrome.

Outdoors Digest
Archery club to start indoor shooting season

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.

Out & About

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

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 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.

Boozer sits out as Jazz win preseason opener
Matt Harpring scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead the Utah Jazz to a 100-84 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in a preseason game Sunday night.

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.

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 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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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.

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.

Moose caught in power lines
A bull moose was suspended 50 feet in the air after its antlers became tangled in a power line under construction southeast of Fairbanks.

Alaska Digest
Staf and Wire reports from around the state

Sitka hopeful faces Wrangell GOP incumbent
A Democratic political newcomer from Sitka faces a two-term Republican from Wrangell in the House race for District 2.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines from around the state.

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