Friday, October 29, 2004

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.

Reject Ballot Measure 3
Unfair. Double unfair. Triple unfair.

Juneau's fortunate
As a former Juneau resident, I want to commend Juneau legislators for their efforts on behalf of all the community, especially for some of the seemingly overlooked folks: seniors, the disabled, and particularly the deaf community.

Vote for fairer process
Did you know that someone in Anchorage can get most of their signatures for a statewide initiative in the Anchorage area alone?

Democracy at home, too
As our country exports democracy abroad, we must make certain to ensure that our own political process remains an example for others to follow.

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?

Weyhrauch votes GOP line
I was shocked to read your October 21 "editorial" by Timothy Inklebarger titled, "Incumbent says Juneau needs a Republican."

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Juneau voters: Debates didn't change their minds
Juneau residents who turned out Thursday night to view the final debate between Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Gov. Tony Knowles said the forum did not persuade them to change their vote in the close U.S. Senate election.

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

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

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

City, developer agree on golf course deal
Juneau and Totem Creek Inc. have reached a tentative deal to build an 18-hole golf course, with land for housing in north Douglas, according to the city and the nonprofit developer.

Runners seek role on rescue team
Some people who run for the fun of it may soon be called upon to run because they're needed.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Toll and Gunstrom wed
Brook Toll and Jonathan Gunstrom were married May 22, 2004, at St. John's Catholic Church in Logan, Kan.

Photo: Sprout master
Fernando Aranda and his business Sprout About took first place for Division 9 at the state fair in Palmer with the following indoor edibles - hydroponic alfalfa, radish, mung bean and three-bean mix sprouts.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Wyant and Higgins wed
Lori Wyant of Collingwood, Ontario, and Liam Higgins of Juneau were married Sept. 18, 2004, at Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood, where a reception also followed.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Recognitions
Phelps rejoins Alaska Army National Guard

A lesson in spiritual civics
A recent U.S. News magazine article titled "Angry In America" pretty well sums up how personal our political partisanship has become.

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

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

Rudy Keith Lee
Former Juneau resident Rudy Keith Lee, 55, died Oct. 14, 2004, outside of Ruidoso, N.M., in a motorcycle accident.

Madman disapproves of Prop. 1
I'm the dense one around here, I guess, because I don't see how making it harder or more expensive to get a voter initiative on the ballot secures the capital in Juneau or saves us from the whims of the dreaded Outsiders.

Incumbent right for downtown
D emocratic Rep. Beth Kerttula is attuned to downtown Juneau's and Douglas' needs and desires, and deserves another term from voters in House District 3.

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: 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.

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.

'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:

Empire editorial: Two solid candidates, but only one spot
The Mendenhall Valley has the rare and enviable dilemma of having no way of going wrong in this year's state House election.

Crimson Bear swimmers look for region repeat
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team has a lot at stake when it hosts the Southeast Region Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend at Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool.

Juneau volleyball team hosts annual All-Comers tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team will host squads from nine other Southeast schools today and Saturday for the 2004 All-Comers Tournament.

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.

Knicks 89, Jazz 83
Tim Thomas scored 19 of his 23 points in the third quarter, leading New York past Utah in the final preseason game for both clubs.

Felix, Urata head to nat'l synchro tryout
Juneau-Douglas High School freshman swimmers Sarah Felix and Kimiko "Koko" Urata won't be able to compete in this weekend's Southeast Region Swimming and Diving Championships.

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.

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.

State ferry LeConte to go back on line after expensive repairs
The state ferry LeConte has returned to service after months of costly work to repair damage when the vessel was grounded on Cozian Reef in Peril Strait.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Photo: Oath of citizenship
Deborah Koelsch, originally from Scotland, and Roger Hill, John Erasmo and Hermino Ramirez, all from the Philippines, take the oath of U.S. citizenship Wednesday from U.S. Magistrate Judge Phil Pallenberg during a naturalization ceremony at the federal courthouse in the Federal Building downtown.

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.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

Photo: Bristol Bay permits
The crew of the fishing vessel Dakota pulls in its driftnets loaded with red salmon in Bristol Bay offshore of Naknek in this undated file photo.

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

UAS program eyes nat'l accreditation
The University of Alaska Southeast's teacher-education programs are getting good marks from a national accreditation program.

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.

Legions of poll watchers expected to crowd voting venues on Tuesday
Tens of thousands of poll monitors, challengers, lawyers and other activist observers are expected to clog voting precincts in battleground states Tuesday in what will probably be the most scrutinized U.S. election in at least 40 years.

Debate touches on ANWR, party politics
Familiar issues and occasional tempers emerged Thursday night as Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Tony Knowles squared off in a U.S. Senate debate aired on public television.

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.

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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