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Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Bashing and whining, or not
Previous writers in recent times have eloquently supported the need for a change in presidents, but I have the urge to counter a few recent comments against change.

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.

Road would offer cheap vacations
I've been reading some of the letters to the editor regarding the cost of travel with or without a road to Juneau.

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

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.

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:

Marijuana should not be legalized in Alaska
Vote no on Ballot Measure No. 2. If kids were allowed to have possession of marijuana, kids would take advantage of it, get marijuana and hurt themselves.

Weyhrauch represents partisan interests
As Chairman of the House State Affairs Committee, Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch is responsible for killing a lot of good legislation.

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.

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.

Measure usurps right of petition
Ballot Measure No. 1 proposes to amend our state constitution in order to increase the costs and organizational challenges of gathering signatures for citizen ballot measures.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

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

Correction
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.

Photo: Flock of seagulls
Seagulls line up Monday along the dock behind the Mount Roberts Tramway, perhaps waiting for a fishing boat to clean its deck after unloading at Taku Fisheries processing plant.

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

Local woman wins Native pageant
Madeline Soboleff Levy of Juneau has been named Miss National Congress of American Indians.

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

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.

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

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, a story in Tuesday's Empire, about the city's Long-range Waterfront Plan, misspelled Juneau Community Development Director Dale Pernula's name.

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

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Local Kids Voting program supports voting as a family
Juneau's students will have a chance to have their voices heard on Election Day. As part of the nonpartisan Kids Voting program, public, private and home-schooled students will be able to vote at precincts with their parents on Nov. 2.

Southeast Girl Scouts boost emotional, physical fitness
As a result of a pass-through grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Girl Scouts all over Southeast have been given healthier choices in life.

Photo: Flume with a view
One of Juneau's favorite in-city walks offers the outdoors-oriented a view of fresh snowfall - and maybe a glimpse of what is to come.

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

Victor H. Bouschor
Longtime Juneau resident, Victor H. Bouschor, 74, died Sunday Oct. 17, 2004, at the Sharon Care Center in Centralia, Wash.

Empire editorial: Ban touches on what it means to be an Alaska outdoorsman
The state ballot measure to ban bear baiting has struck a nerve because it hits on several issues close to Alaskans' hearts: the right to hunt, the ethics of a fair chase and the freedom to live as they choose, without being told what to do by people from Outside.

My Turn: Measure 1 promotes fairer democracy
The framers of the Alaska Constitution did not want any particular part of the state to be able to dominate the initiative process, so they included a geographic distribution requirement.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

All that for the Jazz
The rookies are playing like rookies. The center is still fighting to boost his conditioning and learn his duties. The trio of backup point guards remains a jumble of injuries and turnovers.

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 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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Age, nepotism surface during Senate debate
he issue of nepotism entered the arena within minutes of the start of a U.S. Senate debate here Tuesday night between Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski and Democratic challenger Tony Knowles.

State-owned part of Haines dock collapses
A collapsed dock support at the Haines ferry terminal isn't expected to affect ferry traffic, though officials say a diver will check the extent of damage.

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

Ballot measure proposes changes for citizen initiatives
Alaska voters on Nov. 2 will decide three ballot measures brought by citizens collecting petitions.

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.

Some candidates absent from state's election pamphlet
Alaskans turning to the state's Official Election Pamphlet this year to find out more information about the candidates might notice the omission of Democratic Vice Presidential candidate John Edwards, among others.

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

Juneau officials conduct triage during continuing influenza vaccine shortage
As the nation faces a flu vaccine shortage, Juneau's health care providers are getting only half the vaccine they ordered.

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