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Monday, October 31, 2005

Shooting ourselves in the foot
There is much that I can say about why the Department of Environmental Conservation should not grant Klukwan Inc. a permit to aerial spray pesticides on Long Island, but one thing particularly stands out for me as an Alaskan proud of our fabulous wild fish.

Scandal in the White House
America is looking at the biggest scandal in the White House since Watergate.

Governor's arrogance
Today, Gov. Frank Murkowski showed his arrogance once again.

Coeur is the victim
For over a decade, I've observed as Coeur Alaska has worked hard with federal and state bureaucracies, fishing groups, tourism groups and even environmental organizations, to establish a safe, clean, feasible project at the Kensington mine.

Vigil was an act of courage
I would like to respond to Friday's story of one soldier's mother critical of the use of a symbolic casket at a recent silent vigil in Juneau marking the death of 2,000 of our U.S. military in Iraq.

More expense
I just cannot believe how considerate of the politicians to time their thirst for more money just when my dollar is drastically shrinking due to inflation.

Don't hide war loss
I understand that the presence of a casket at an anti-war demonstration might cause discomfort in the families of troops serving in Iraq and elsewhere. However, I think the casket is fully relevant. The cost of war includes loss of life. Disallowing a casket as a reminder of that loss is cut of the same cloth as an administration prohibiting photos of caskets holding the remains of those from the front. A single casket at a demonstration, although it might be jarring, is certainly less disturbing than 2,000 caskets would be. The loss is real, and hiding it from view doesn't change that.

Play is kid-friendly
It is not often that I feel the need to respond to letters published in the Empire. I consider that everyone has a right to an opinion, and that diversity is the spice of life in our capital city.

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

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

Wings' Bob Jacobsen named chamber's Citizen of the Year
Bob Jacobsen has come a long way from his early 1970s high school days as the leader of a club known as "Chicks and Dudes Against Apathy."

Photo: Haunted house
Megan Mauseth, 12, with mask and a blood-colored knife, waits to scare Kathy Smith and John Zahasky as they make their way Sunday through the Midnight Suns Haunted House at the Nugget Mall.

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

Photo: Douglas boat fire
A heat lamp left too close to a combustible surface sparked a houseboat fire early Sunday at the Douglas Boat Harbor.

Trick or treat? Not in Douglas
Fifty-four years ago today - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1951 - a short notice on page 3 of the Daily Alaska Empire heralded the Douglas Lions Club's first Halloween Ghost Walk

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Good & Ugly
An odd and decidedly unfishy smell assails the nose of the unsuspecting visitor to the Alaska Glacier Seafoods plant in Auke Bay in late fall.

My Turn: Save coffins for Halloween
Thank you to Tony Carroll for his article "Some protest use of casket in anti-war demonstrations" in the Oct. 28 Empire.

Head Hunting
Attention Southeast Alaska hunters: State biologists want your severed deer and elk heads.

Outdoors Digest
staff reports

Out&About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Women's hockey prepares for Juneau Jamboree
It went so well the first time, Juneau's women's hockey players decided to do it again.

Juneau's Tres Saldivar honored
Juneau-Douglas senior Tres Saldivar earned national recognition for his record-breaking performance during the Crimson Bears' 49-29 state championship victory over Palmer on Oct. 22

JDHS girls take region swim title
Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach John Wray likens next weekend's state championships as an exclusive nightclub.

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.

Koko Urata qualifies for third phase
Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Koko Urata crept one step closer from becoming a member of the U.S. National Junior Synchronized Swimming team.

Southeast Region Swimming and Diving results

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.

Many Alaska prison inmates still being sent thousands of miles away
A prison sentence in Alaska often means exile as well as incarceration.

Governor spends big bucks for PR
By ANDREW PETTY

Court dumps rule denying same-sex partners benefits
The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday ruled it was unconstitutional to deny benefits to the same-sex partners of public employees, a major victory for gay rights advocates in one of the first states to pass a constitutional ban on homosexual marriage.

Republican leaders say they opposed Irwin ouster
Republican leaders in the Legislature said they tried to convince Gov. Frank Murkowski not to drop state Natural Commissioner Tom Irwin after he questioned a gasline contract proposal from the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Group wants polar bears listed
An environmental group is pressing ahead with efforts to declare Alaska's polar bears threatened under the Endangered Species Act, with the larger agenda of forcing the Bush administration to confront global warming.

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

SE carver combines influences to inspire elementary students
Two totem poles carved in a blend of styles - traditional Native American and Japanese Manga - will soon be erected in front of a remodeled Ptarmigan Elementary School.

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