Thursday, October 28, 2004

Take a chance on legalization
Marijuana should be legalized. I know what you're thinking: a person my age, thinking marijuana should be legalized, what is this world coming to?

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.

Stevens losing chairmanship regardless
The Murkowski campaign and its political advertisements are very focused on Sen. Stevens and his chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee. The most recent ads assert that a vote for Tony Knowles is a vote against Sen. Stevens. The ads strongly imply that Senator Stevens would lose his chairmanship of the Appropriations Committee and his ability to bring home the bacon to Alaska if Tony Knowles is elected as our next senator. This argument is a twisted, manipulative lie.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Travel: Seeing Stonehenge
A little more than an hour's drive out of London, Stonehenge is at the junction of the A303 and A344, which cuts surprisingly close to the monument.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

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

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

Juneau cheers on Sox
Russ Kelly sobbed Wednesday when his hometown team, the Boston Red Sox, beat the St. Louis Cardinal 3-0 and won their first World Series championship since 1918.

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.

Glacier Bay database gets public airing at symposium
A group of scientific researchers walked 970 miles of coastline in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in seven years - all to create a monster database.

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

Travel: A doorway to a dark past
After thousands of years, Stonehenge remains a prehistoric mystery.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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.

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

Carol Elaine Staats
Carol Elaine Staats (Ruotsala), 73, formerly of Douglas, died on Oct. 19, 2004, at her home in Wasilla.

Empire editorial: Make ballot-drive democracy more representative
In a state that is largely urban and overwhelmingly concentrated in one metropolis, yet sprinkled to the horizons with a multitude of towns, villages and traditions, it's no wonder the little guy wants more of a say in state politics.

'Peanuts': Will it ever be time to say goodbye?
Ever since I learned to read by poring through the pages of the Chicago Tribune, I've been able to depend on newspapers for at least three things:

Letter's contents lifted from national columnist It's gut check time, indeed
Between spam, letters from prison and rants from irate readers, it's hard to be surprised by anything that shows up in newsroom mail or e-mail. But I confess to being taken aback by an e-mail I received this week.

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: Time to let voters fill Senate vacancies
We can't blame Alaskans for having a bad taste in their mouths, left over from Gov. Frank Murkowski's choice to succeed him in the U.S. Senate.

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.

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.

Feds approve hydro project at Glacier Bay
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission voted Wednesday to let the diesel-dependent community of Gustavus build a hydroelectric project in designated wilderness in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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.

Photo: Ready for the worst
The grounded tanker Exxon Valdez, left, unloads oil onto a smaller tanker, San Francisco, in April 1989 at Prince William Sound, after the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef and caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

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

Gas pipeline gains support, but investors leery of risks
3,500-mile pipeline to deliver natural gas from Alaska's North Slope to the fuel-hungry Midwest is suddenly more than a pipe dream.

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.

United Way Campaign drops thermometer gauge
Don't look for the traditional large thermometer during this year's annual United Way campaign.

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.

Alaska could have twice the absentee voters it had in 2000 election
More than 60,000 absentee ballot applications have been turned in to the Division of Elections so far, and Alaska could have twice the absentee voters it did in the 2000 presidential election, division director Laura Glaiser said.

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.

Incumbents out-raise challengers in funds
Two incumbent Juneau lawmakers have raised close to four times as much campaign cash as their challengers, according to financial disclosure statements filed with the state.

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

The Juneau Four
About seven years ago, Juneau artist David Woodie was having trouble getting an untitled painting into any local gallery.

Movies Briefly
News of local movies

Out of the mouths of puppets: The message behind 'Team America'
On the verge of a presidential election, it's easy to see how the film, "Team America: World Police," is relevant to the state of affairs in this country.

The risks of flying with Peter Pan
Dear LaRue: Why am I always drawn into relationships with men that need fixing?

'Rocky Horror' to show at JDHS auditorium
The Juneau chapter of the National Coalition on Alcohol and Drug Dependence is hoping to make the cult film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" a Halloween tradition in town.

Briefly
News of local arts

What's Happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Preserving Mamou: Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys pay tribute to their predecessors
In the heart of Evangeline County, 35 miles northwest of Lafayette, La., the prairie town of Mamou (pop. 3,194) is often called the "Cajun Music Capital of the World."

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