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JUNEAU - Ken Koelsch has been named Citizen of the Year by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

Juneau should set priorities
I love Juneau. I cannot resist daily going to the Juneau Empire web page to read about what is happening there. Many people whom I consider friends live in Juneau, and it was very difficult to leave after more than 20 years of residing there. Hardly a day goes by that my wife or I don't reflect on something from our Juneau past. Fortunately we have only moved to another Alaska community and not outside as we feared we might have to do.

Let bikers ride off-road
The picture of the two people on the mini bikes (Empire, Oct. 18) was really nice.

Gravina project an affront to Natives
Tribal representatives from Saxman, Metlakatla and Ketchikan Indian Community (KIC) blasted U.S. Forest Service (USFS) plans to harvest about 38 million board feet of timber on Gravina Island.

Stop complaining of land trade
I am tired of people talking about trading public lands and thinking the land deal the Natives are trying to get is so wrong.

Capitol, road unneeded
Showpiece architecture for a new capitol is a waste of money. Of all the expenses that could be accrued, Juneau should spend it on its youth.

Your country needs you
My wife found a Web site where you can adopt a soldier in Iraq. ( After filling out the paperwork we were assigned a young man named Gilbert, Gill for short. We just sent him a new pair of desert boots, and other knickknacks soldiers always need. About $200 worth of common everyday stuff, nothing spectacular.

It's gut check time, indeed
During the second presidential debate, John Kerry said: "I ask each of you just to look into your hearts, look into your guts.

Knowles sound-bite claims unsound
Tony Knowles says the No Child Left Behind Act is federal intrusion into Alaska's schools that's underfunded.

Conflicts in state government
It's only too clear from recent news that Gov. Murkowski's state appointees are still having trouble understanding the phrase "conflict of interest."

Lessons from Saddam Hussein
So much anger, so much hate, so much viciousness and aggressiveness. What is happening to our great nation? Are we losing or have we lost our common sense? Are we teaching our younger generation that in order to feel better about things and perhaps to please the grownups around us that that gives us the right to destroy, get even? So many people privileged to live and enjoy the great freedoms and opportunities of our great country; we are blessed and don't even know it or in some cases, even care.

Letters policy
The Empire welcomes letters from readers. Letters should not exceed 400 words and must include the writer's name, hometown and phone number. The Empire will edit submissions for length, clarity, grammar and libelous content. The Empire does not publish copies of letters sent to third parties. The newspaper does not run petitions signed by multiple people on the opinion page; instead it runs opinion pieces by no more than two writers.

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

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

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

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: For love of language
Juneau-Douglas High School student Valera Panov jokes with friends as other students sing songs during the Annual Southeast Alaska World Language Festival on Saturday at JDHS.

Assembly meets to set objectives
During a retreat session for the Assembly Sunday afternoon in the city chambers, Mayor Bruce Botelho introduced an upcoming design competition for a new capitol. Since January, the mayor has been leading a commission to plan a new capitol on Telephone Hill.

'Five Wishes' bill means changes for living wills
Mary Jensen has seen many deaths in her life. She works as a certified nurse assistant at nursing homes and private care. She has lost three close family members to death - her ex-husband and her current husband's parents. Her father is dying right now.

Postal Service shuts doors of downtown contract office
U.S. Postal Service officials began meeting Friday afternoon to begin the process of replacing the Franklin Street station, which was shut down Wednesday, said a postal spokesman in Colorado.

Photo: Giving it up for the blood bank
Carrie Hoover watches blood bank technicians draw her blood Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Women's Health Forum highlights nutrition as cancer preventive
After Tish Griffin-Satre was diagnosed with cancer for the third time, she recalled Saturday at the Women's Health Forum, it was a "wake up moment" that she needed to change her lifestyle.

Learn to serve
High school student Tabitha Williams volunteers in a state representative's office. Christianna Nicklie and Lesley Baker are planning a student art gallery/coffee house. Amanda Behrends and Alison Day are building Adirondack chairs that charities can sell.

John Phillip Stewart
Twenty-seven-year resident of Juneau, John Phillip Stewart, 65, died Oct. 19, 2004, at home.

Milton S. Hunt
The Rev. Milton S. Hunt, a former resident of Juneau, died in Bend, Ore., on Oct. 12, 2004, at age 73 of congestive heart failure.

My Turn: Road, capitol remain committee's priorities
The mission of the Alaska Committee is to make "government work better for Alaskans by improving and enhancing Juneau as Alaska's capital city." For nearly 30 years, however, the Alaska Committee and its predecessors have also functioned as Juneau's primary grassroots group to lead the efforts to defeat at least a half dozen capital or legislative move initiatives. We've learned a lot conducting those anti-move campaigns. But in every battle, the argument of the pro-move forces has focused on the issue of "access" to Alaska's capital.

My Turn: Stakes in state election could invite trouble
I read with some skepticism the Juneau Empire's latest upbeat article (Oct. 17) extolling the accuracy of Alaska's voting system.

Empire editorial: Lt. governor abuses his election authority
The lieutenant governor's role is one that often fades into the background once a gubernatorial election is won, but Loren Leman is managing to grab far more newsprint than most who have held his office.

Alaska's summer fires found to be not all-consuming
Now that the smoke has cleared from this summer's extensive wildland fires, the Alaska Fire Service reports that more than 612 million acres of Alaska burned this year.

Aiming at safety
Sixth-graders Sheron Shramm and Raymond Webster, each carrying rifles, had to pass under a log Thursday in a simulation at the Juneau Gun Club.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Finishing strong
Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball fans got a long, last look at their 2004 varsity squad on Saturday night - though that wasn't necessarily what the Crimson Bears had hoped for in their final home matches.

Felix, Keys earn first team all-state repeats
Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Brian Felix and C.J. Keys made a return to the first team of the all-state football squad announced on Sunday.

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.

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 High School state football champions
The high school state football championship game results over the years.

North Pole claims state large-school football crown
Perry Monzulla rushed for 226 yards and three touchdowns as the North Pole Patriots claimed their first state football title with a 44-13 win over West Anchorage in Saturday's Alaska large-school championship game at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Slasher's plea will suppress sex charges
Aaron St. Clair Jr.'s guilty plea to attempted first-degree murder could get him up to 99 years in prison, Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks told him Friday.

Murkowski campaign tries to dump nepotism label
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's political career, unlike her Democratic opponent's, has been anything but charmed.

University of Alaska Fairbanks administrators asked a professor married to a state House of Representatives candidate to shut down a class assignment to poll voters in her husband's district.

Young outfunds opponents by millions
Four candidates are running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 2 election. But the 16-term Republican incumbent Don Young holds a significant advantage over his opponents.

Photo: Ocean frontage in Nome
Logs and other flotsam from the ocean litter Front Street last week in Nome after a storm that pounded Bering Sea villages hit the gold rush town on Norton Sound. No injuries were reported as 20-foot waves poured over the city's protective rock seawall. The surge broke windows and wind gusts up to 60 mph toppled power lines.

Alternative candidates claim they differ from the same old same old
Tired of the same old political rhetoric?

Photo: Last crabs
J.P. Frani helps offload king crab from the F/V Island Mist on Friday at Alaska Fresh Seafoods in Kodiak. It is the last king crab load of the year for the processor.

Knowles would be 1st Democratic Senator in 23 years
Former Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles faces a variety of obstacles in the race for U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the major hurdle being his party affiliation.

AFN convention opens in Anchorage
The Alaska Federation of Natives convention opens today in Anchorage with a focus on creating jobs in rural Alaska.

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

National guard troops depart for training in Iraq
A company of soldiers from the Alaska National Guard has departed for training in Texas before deployment to the war in Iraq early next year.

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