Tuesday, October 19, 2004

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).

Baiting bears is bad for Alaska
On Nov. 2, Alaskans will have the opportunity to vote on the fourth ballot initiative since statehood that has dealt with wildlife issues.

Candidate favors more road study
Let it be known that at no time during my statement on the "road issue," at the recent chamber candidate forum, did I say I "just" wanted to build a road without looking at the future environmental impacts.

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.

Baiting not humane
Vote "yes" on Proposition 3 to ban bear baiting. Lazy "hunters" who drag food and garbage into the woods to attract bears want the public to believe this is an ethical, fair-chase hunting method. Not even close.

Election means more than dividend
As a relative new-comer to Alaska (10 years) the sense of entitlement to our permanent fund dividends can be startling.

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.

Saddened by the killing of trees
Shame on those folks in Juneau who needlessly kill and maim trees when some careful pruning would preserve the trees, and they could still get their jobs done.

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.

Fierce winds shatter windows at Douglas Cafe, in parked vehicle
Strong winds whipped down Gastineau Channel Monday in a preview of one of the season's hallmarks, damaging some businesses in Douglas.

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.

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

Photo: After the fire
Robert Clauder pulls a burned post from the pilings of the old DeHart's Marina dock Monday as he helps to rebuild it after it was torched in September.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

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.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a listing of Board of Game proposals accompanying an Outdoors section story in Sunday's Empire incorrectly merged two.

Photo: New kid on the block
Brianna Tragis, right, tends to her 5-month-old foal as its mother, Holly, peeks out of the stables Monday at the Fairweather Grounds on Crazy Horse Drive.

Juneau voters flood locations for absentee voting
While most state workers were enjoying the day off in celebration of Alaska Day on Monday, employees with the state Division of Elections started collecting votes for the upcoming election.

Photo: Blading around the lake
Bob Chatfield skates a few laps up and down the Twin Lakes Trail on Monday on in-line skates.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Arthur H. Kassner
Arthur H. Kassner, 97, passed away Oct. 11, 2004, after a brief illness.

My Turn: Choose sides in war on terror
There is very little middle ground on the Iraqi war as both teams square off upon the gridiron.

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.

Alaska editorial: Split up 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
This editorial appeared in Thursday's Ketchikan Daily News:

Lehauli named CIFC's top utility player in '04
During the football season, Juneau-Douglas High School junior Josh Lehauli lined up at fullback, caught passes as a receiver, played linebacker, punted and returned punts 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.

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.

Ketchikan candidates differ on approach to politics, POMV
The Alaska House District 1 race is a study in contrasts.

AlaskaDigest
Headlines 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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest

ANWR sparks debate in races across U.S.
U.S. Rep. Steve King still bristles recalling the heckler who interrupted his stump speech at the Iowa State Fair, thousands of miles from his touchy subject - drilling for oil in the Alaska wilderness.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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.

Photo: Bridge, fog, ice, collisions
The northbound lane on the Knik River Bridge, 35 miles north of Anchorage, is jammed from rail to rail with vehicles Sunday after a multi-car collision.

Knowles, Murkowski spar over incentives for building gas pipeline
Democratic Senate candidate Tony Knowles says his opponent, incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, failed to include a key provision in an incentive package to build a gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope.

Pot prop statement stirs ire of supporters
A statement in the state's Official Election Pamphlet opposing a proposition measure to legalize marijuana was written largely by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman's chief of staff.

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