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

Weyhrauch pushed citizenship office
For two years I have watched closely the work performance of Bruce Weyhrauch in the state Legislature and it was gratifying to note that despite his very hectic schedule he still found time to listen and resolved with compassion the many concerns of us Filipinos.

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.

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.

Who really destroyed those Knowles signs?
Question? How did a letter writer know that it was Republicans who destroyed the Tony Knowles signs?

Household waste is a local issue
Your story regarding household hazardous waste collection programs in Southeast communities ("Small towns lose Hazmobile," Oct. 8) missed some important facts that your readers should know.

Gender wasn't the only issue
In response to Peggy Ann McConnochie's Oct. 17 letter to the editor:

Anchorage is far off, even with road
We would do well to reflect on the outside perspective Kevin Harun's Oct. 21 letter offers us about the Juneau road.

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.

Don't let moot issue decide your vote
I know voters who have mixed feelings about President Bush's performance and potential, but they agree with his opinion on abortion.

Try not to blame all Republicans
Mr. Dizard (letters to the editor, Oct. 21), please don't categorize all "Republican true believers" into one group.

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."

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

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.

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.

Due to a staff error, a caption for a photo of youth outdoor safety training in Sunday's Empire misspelled Sheron Schramm's last name.

Researchers meet for 4th conference on Glacier Bay
Geologist Bruce Molnia has scrutinized Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve from many angles for more than 30 years but still talks about it like it's a new love affair.

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

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Marauding bear shot, leaving cub
A female black bear fatally shot by a Tee Harbor area resident early Saturday had its chances at survival.

'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.

Assembly approves waterfront plan
After two years of work, the Juneau Assembly adopted its Long-range Waterfront Plan, which will determine Juneau's waterfront development for the next 20 years.

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

Returning from the fringe
For almost a year, Stan DeVries lived in a cave south of Douglas.

Andrew Gibb
Juneau resident Andrew Gibb, 16, died Oct. 20, 2004, at Children's Hospital in Seattle after a lengthy illness.

Empire editorial: Vote 'yes' on voter initiative changes
This editorial appeared in Wednesday's Ketchikan Daily News:

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: Bear baiting is not necessary for proper game management
At the Nov. 2-5 meeting in Juneau, the Alaska Board of Game will vote on whether to allow bear baiting in Juneau for the first time in history.

Alaska dealt an Ace in Gomez
New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez signed a contract Monday with the minor league Alaska Aces to play for $500 a week until the NHL lockout ends, a spokesman for the Anchorage team said.

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.

From Alaska to Uzbekistan
t's 5 a.m. in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Most people are either sleeping or groggily rubbing their eyes as they get ready for work, but Ric Glaub and his friends have their game faces on.

Kenai Peninsula is on the right track as it prepares for 2006
With a year and a half to go before the 2006 Arctic Winter Games come to the Kenai Peninsula, organizers acknowledge there's a lot of work to do.

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.

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

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.

Conservationists sue to protect right whales
Conservationists sued a federal agency Monday for failing to protect North Pacific right whales - the world's most endangered whale that summers in Alaska's Bering Sea.

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: 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.

Pot prop backers: U.S. laws unjust
Tim Hinterberger teaches neural anatomy to future doctors and physiology to future nurses at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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.

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

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.

Photo: Remembering the 'Last Potlatch'
Reggie Peterson, Ben Didrickson and John Nielsen, watch as ceremonial objects are presented during the Kaagwaantaan 100th anniversary commemoration of "The Last Potlatch" on Saturday in Sitka.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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