Monday, November 1, 2004

Library offers many titles for high school, college-age readers
Young Adult books are aimed at high school and college-age readers in theme and reading level. When browsing for them on the adult fiction shelves, look for lime-green labels.

State's vote important
Yes, we are interested in Alaska and especially since you have such a critical Senate race on your hands.

Murkowski goes partisan
I was raised staunch Republican in a patriotic military family. Republicans theoretically favor a restricted governmental role in social and economic life; is that evident nationally? Abraham Lincoln warned, "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. ... (C)orporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

Ban bear baiting
Bear baiting is an unnecessary and inhumane act.

Vote no on Measure 4
Some say Ballot Measure No. 4 would give you the right to vote on filling vacant U.S. Senate seats.

Consider gender parity: stand up for women
I would like to respond to Friday's (Oct. 22) letter by Darien Krauss in which she finds it perfectly acceptable that men now entirely represent our Juneau Assembly. Her letter ends with the question, "And what is so terrible about men? They strike me as perfectly decent human beings. After all, we marry them, don't we?"

Champion of fisheries
I have fished lobster in Maine and Massachusetts since I was 16.

Depraved reporting taints Juneau youth
The Juneau Empire's Oct. 18 supplement "This Week," featuring Korry Keeker's article, "Old Goat prepares to rise again," is an unwelcome and depraved invasion of our homes and minds, especially of our impressionable youth. It depicts gross, horrific images of sick souls in ghastly make-up and dress reminiscent of the Druids of 2,000 years ago, glorifying pagan and barbaric rituals.

Vote for fiscal restraint
With most elections, I carefully evaluate each candidate, and frequently give my support and my vote to the female candidate, if her qualifications, her position, and her past voting record fall within a range of personal acceptance. I am prejudiced.

Election process unfair
I am a Juneau resident and currently working in Romania. Along with most of the world, I have been following the U.S. election process and personally have looked forward to voting absentee in this closely contested contest. I registered months ago so that there would not be any last minute issues.

Apathy is not an option
There might be some of us who wonder if it makes any difference whether we vote or not.

Be vigilant at polls
This letter is just a reminder to voters to be vigilant at the polls. On Wednesday I went to the absentee voting location in downtown Juneau. Normally I vote on election day, so voting absentee was a new experience for me. There were two election workers checking IDs, directing citizens to tables to fill out the absentee forms, giving us ballots and finally, inserting the ballots into the individual envelopes and sealing them.

Alaska is lucky
Anchorage has gained wide recognition and national awards for the city's sanitary landfill and the municipality's Eklutna water system.

No graduated license
I am against the graduated driver's license. Having a graduated driver's license is not needed, if you are qualified to get your license you should be good enough to drive yourself and other passengers around safely, including your friends.

Vote yes on Measure 4
Justice comes in many forms, but a governor replacing a U.S. senator is not one of them. My name is Haley Nelson and I go to Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. I am encouraging that you vote "yes" on Ballot Measure No. 4, the Temporary Replacement of a U.S. Senator.

A pox on their houses
Is it legal for a candidate's campaign or supporting party organization to send automated, prerecorded messages repeatedly per day to my telephone, without including the identity of the originating organization, or a contact telephone or web site, in the message?

Rep. not tied to party
The Empire's recent profile of the House District No. 4 race between Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch and Bob Doll astutely notes that Weyhrauch is "running against both his Democratic opponent and the reputation of the governor who shares his party."

Stevens ads disingenuous
This past week I have seen a number of TV ads sponsored by the National Republican Senatorial Committee wherein Ted Stevens says that Lisa Murkowski is the best Senate partner he has ever had. Wow.

Inconsistent principles
The political philosopher, John Stuart Mill wrote: "The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.

Democrats bad for Alaska
Would you like to give up your permanent dividend check so that the state government won't go broke quite so fast?

Public dishonesty
As a teacher and thinking citizen, I'm not sure which is the greater sin: plagiarizing a letter to the editor, or reaching the unbelievable conclusion that Ann Coulter has formulated a sensible idea worth stealing.

Native vote project helps with transport to polling place
Native Vote 2004, a national effort to mobilize American Indians and Alaska Natives to vote in the Nov. 2 election, will provide rides to polling places this Tuesday in Juneau.

Photo: Faster than any broom
Johanna Koranda skates with her children, Liam, 9, and Esmé, 6, during Sunday's Family Costume Skate hosted by the Juneau Family Birth Center at the Treadwell Arena.

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

Tiffs with DJ's, search for funds define radio station
People occasionally tell Collette Costa that Juneau radio isn't as much fun without her, she said while preparing to open a restaurant downtown and insisting her days behind a microphone are over.

Waterfront plan draws variety of responses
Juneau's new Long-range Waterfront Plan will shape the city's gateway for the next 20 years. But some people aren't so sure the plan truly reflects their wishes.

Farm agency offers aid to fishermen
Jeremy Kromray felt his fisherman's career begin to fizzle in 2002.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

JDHS students give vote to Kerry
Juneau-Douglas High School students preferred John Kerry to George Bush in a mock election Friday.

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

Man dies in crash; girls critically hurt
Juneau resident Brant Cooper, 19, died Sunday afternoon after the vehicle he was driving collided with a rock wall and rolled upside down near Mile 32 of Glacier Highway.

Correction
Due to a reporting error, Friday's FYI misstated the dates that Douglas Schoenheit, 20, committed second-degree theft, according to his guilty plea in Juneau Superior Court.

Eaglecrest offers skiers, boarders new packages
Eaglecrest Ski Area has only 2 inches of snow, but its new manager, Kirk Duncan, is busy thinking of ways to draw more people this season.

American Indian Heritage Month spurs cultural studies, activities
Jacob Sanders, a fifth-grader in Monika Haygood's classroom at Gastineau Elementary, bent over his paper and penciled in the story of his fictional tribe.

W. I. 'Bob' Palmer
Juneau resident W. I. "Bob" Palmer, 78, died at home on Oct. 25, 2004.

Jack Ray Harris
Jack Ray Harris, formerly of Juneau, died Oct. 27, 2004, in Maui, Hawaii.

Next Friday's Empire to have new look, feel
If you notice a difference in the Juneau Empire that arrives at your home - or that you pick up at our newsstands - next Friday, we're counting on it being a positive one throughout.

My Turn: Exaggerations abound about effects of a road
Regarding the road to Skagway, there seems to be significant misunderstanding as to: (1) Construction costs; (2) Funding; (3) Avalanche hazards; (4) Maintenance costs; and (5) Effect on Alaska Marine Highway System.

Issues for meaningful debate
nough of the greenie-bashing; give Alaskans a meaningful debate about how to care better for the nation's oceans.

Empire editorial: Among the 2 candidates, Knowles has less baggage
The two major candidates in this year's race for Alaska's seat in the U.S. Senate are unusually similar.

We need to get educated, seize the day before it's too late
I used to think that one or another of our Native corporate or tribal executives and elected officials would take a vacation or retire and experience some sort of revelation about the illegitimacy of the way most of our entities are organized and managed.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Death from above
"They're built for killing," said Fairbanks wildlife biologist Jack Whitman, who studied golden eagles in Idaho.

The young have it tough
Alaska is home to the highest density of nesting golden eagles in North America, in Denali National Park.

Outdoors Digest
Archery club hosts youth, turkey shoot

Photo: Diving effort
Petersburg's Rikki Versteeg makes a diving save during their match against Sitka on Saturday at the All-Comers Volleyball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

Southeast Region swim & dive championships
The results from the Southeast Region Swimming and Diving Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool 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.

Los Angeles Clippers cut former Alaska star Trajan Langdon
The Los Angeles Clippers have released former East Anchorage High School basketball standout Trajan Langdon.

Records routed at regional
The region record book needs major revisions after 12 meet records were broken during this weekend's Southeast Region Swimming and Diving Championships.

State and local chambers push for Ballot Measure 1
State and local chamber of commerce officials on Friday urged support for a ballot measure that imposes stricter rules in allowing citizens to put issues on an election ballot.

Photo: Chief Harry John Sr. honored by the convention
Warren John, right, hands his mother, Ruth John, 84, a skin drum Saturday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage, after she accepted the federation's citizen of the year award for her husband, Chief Harry John Sr., who died in January. Ruth John's daughter Dorothy John, with microphone, talks about her mother. At Dorothy John's right is her sister Violet Cisneros.

Alpine lakes at heart of Kensington plan
The surface of Lower Slate Lake is dark and glassy, reflecting the snowbound majesty of Lionshead Mountain.

Experts say Renkes' portfolio holding of KFx was unusually large
KFx Inc. represented an unusually large part of state Attorney General Gregg Renkes' investment portfolio, according to independent financial experts.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Total cost for controlling Alaska's wildfires could top $100 million
The bill for Alaska's fire season could come to more than $106 million to be split between the state and federal government, according to fire officials' preliminary estimates.

Candidates for Senate lunge for it
It's crunch time for politicians across the nation, and the two top contenders for Alaska's open U.S. Senate seat are criss-crossing the state in a final push to get their message out.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Gauging the mine's effects on Berners Bay
Endangered sea lions, whales and sensitive fish stocks in Berners Bay are getting heightened scrutiny as a major deadline looms for the proposed Kensington Gold Mine.

Hottest fire season could mean salvage timber sales
The state is considering holding salvage timber sales to get some value out of land scorched this summer in the worst fire season on record.

Photo: Performing at the convention
Eral Kingik performs with the Point Hope Eskimo Dancers on Friday during the Alaska Federation of Native Convention in Anchorage.

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