What does Palin mean when she says 'biased'?
It seems that at a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting in Wasilla, Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for governor, said that, if elected, she would be "biased towards the valley (Mat-Su) in the decisions I make."

Elton seems to have forgotten term limits
I've been reflecting on my tenure on the Juneau Assembly with Kim Elton and want to remind Juneauites of his strong conviction for term limits for elected politicians.

A vote for Ratigan is a vote against Rumsfeld
I was surprised to see the news that the Fairbanks Assembly voted against the resolution calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation, despite hours of testimony that ran 4 to 1 in support of it.

Airport should follow Fairbanks example
Congratulations to the Fairbanks International airport on winning a $500,000 U.S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Act Grant this year. These grant dollars are awarded to small communities who submit applications and can justify a need to pursue additional airline service.

Business community should vote for Tony
After Tony Knowles' talk to the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at the Moose Club, members of the Juneau business community should feel comfortable in voting for him.

Going with Knowles for governor
I am a registered nonpartisan because I believe in voting for the best candidate regardless of party affiliation.

Young is too divisive to represent Alaska
For 33 years, we have had one voice in the U.S. House. That voice has been the voice of Don Young.

Where is Young in the Foley scandal
I understand the statement "Congressman Don Young is now the fourth most powerful 'Congressman in America'" is featured prominently on a glossy mailer sent to fellow Republicans by Young.

Opening Pack Creek to hunting is bad policy
In Friday's Empire, and in support of opening Swan Cove to brown bear hunting, Mike Millar is quoted saying bears are "a common property resource under our constitution. ... They belong to you and me."

Young enables Bush; vote for Benson
George Bush flies around continually, whipping up fear and attending party fundraisers.

Ballot Measure 2 is a bad idea, period
When we have all three candidates for governor telling us something's a bad idea, why does anyone still think it is a good idea?

Wanamaker helped get Eaglecrest on track
Every community needs good state legislators to help guide its destiny.

Passing 300 million mark is a big deal
Thank you for the front-page story in the Oct. 15 Juneau Empire announcing America's population reaching 300 million.

Yakutat man charged with sexual abuse
A Yakutat man is in police custody after being charged with multiple counts of molesting children, officials said Friday.

Photo: A song for Sonneman
Joe Sonneman, center, flanked by Carole Chambers, right, and Lee Harris, joined nearly 100 well-wishers in singing the Alaska state song Sunday evening at the VFW hall.

Photo: An ear for a bargain
udy Bowler laughs with a shopper on Sunday while she displays beaded earrings during a craft fair in the Mendenhall Mall.


ANB Hall to ban smoking in '07
It's common for many who play bingo at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Saturday nights to have an ink dauber in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Beginning in 2007, they will have to play with just the dauber.

Photo: Great day for a skate
Mike Sutton and his son, Michael, skate Monday afternoon around the Treadwell Ice Arena...

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

City may fund research on Auke Lake use
The Juneau Assembly may use city funds for environmental research that could help the community decide whether to restrict personal watercraft on Auke Lake.

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

Young donates to ousted legislators
Alaska Congressman Don Young's efforts to help his party have resulted in his being linked to some of the year's top financial scandals.

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

Photo: Ship shape
Ron Moss and his wife, Kathy, look at charts and log books Monday aboard their boat, the Alaskan.

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

Thomas Findley
Juneau resident Thomas W. Findley, 61, died the afternoon of Oct. 22, 2006, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle following a hard-fought battle with cancer.

My Turn: Pack Creek bear hunts pose many problems
Last year, the Alaska Board of Game declared open season on wildlife viewing when it voted to allow bear hunting alongside the world-famous McNeil River State Wildlife Sanctuary.

My Turn: Osama's bin Lost: Cut losses, get money, run
How is it possible that Osama bin Laden, popularly responsible for the deaths of more than 3,000 innocent Americans and a U.S. economy strained by a billion dollar weekly expenditure in Iraq, has been able to evade apprehension?

Alaska editorial: Who will take top jobs with the new governor?
Alaskans will elect a new governor in less than three weeks, and he or she will take office just four weeks later. Election day is Nov. 7.

Alaska editorial: State should never back from strict pipeline enforcement
Check it again, just to be sure. Run that drill again, just to make sure we didn't miss anything. Figure out how often to test a pipeline to guarantee its soundness, then do it more often.

ASAA Large School All-Tournament 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.

JDHS players receive honors
The football season may be over, but the postseason awards continue to flow in for Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

Woman caught in effort to title little no-name lake
One day last spring, a Soldotna middle school teacher got tired of giving people directions to her house on "little no-name lake" and decided to give it a name.

Oprah show taps Alaska mother
It was a fluke - an Internet accident that got Kotzebue resident Mary Swisher a trip to Chicago, a ride in a limo and a stay at the Omni Hotel.

Alaska Digest
Juneau woman shocked to win car, North Pole ready for new challenges, Thousands of Natives to attend convention & Volunteers will build Ketchikan building

Knowles makes big promises, plans
Pick an issue and odds are that Tony Knowles has a plan or made a promise.

Villages modeled for tsunami project
A new project of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration intended to more accurately assess the tsunami risk of the country's coasts has carefully examined two Aleutian communities - Dutch Harbor and Sand Point.

Recent troubles expected to curb BP earnings
A pipeline leak in Alaska, production outages in the Gulf of Mexico, allegations of market manipulation, an investigation and lawsuits into a deadly refinery blast - there seems to be no end to BP's troubles in the United States.

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

Land slated for volcano center sold
A real-estate agent is selling land on the southern Kenai Peninsula once designated for a volcano learning center and some residents say he got a bargain price.

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

Agrium to close for winter
One of the largest users of Cook Inlet natural gas will close for the winter, but none of the employees will be laid off.

Missing ring shows up after two years
Elaine and Jim Canary of Juneau thought for sure they would never again see her diamond wedding ring, lost on a business trip to Petersburg.

Officials aim to cut rural fuel prices
A statewide survey confirms that rural Alaskans are paying high prices for fuel, but the good news is that officials will use the survey to find ways to lower those costs.

Study: Melting permafrost leads to shrinking ponds
Global warming is causing permafrost to melt, allowing thousands of ponds to shrink across Alaska, according to a new study.

Ice contest indicates climate change
Geophysicists are now betting on the Nenana Ice Classic; not for $2.50 a ticket, but as an indicator of climate change in Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Petersburg fisherman named to council, State's flu vaccine is in ample supply, Bulldozer turns on its side, killing girl, Killer whale skull to be put on display & Village of Nikolski runs out of fuel

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