Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Swan Cove bear hunt plan bad idea
Admiralty Island's best-known brown bears live in the Pack Creek Zoological Area, long-closed to bear hunting.

Wanamaker would be best on education
The word "election" makes me think of education.

You should vote 'yes' on Ballot Measure 2
I am so sick of the lies and misinformation the "No-on-2" people are spreading all over Alaska.

Facts about Douglas sewer extension
When voters approved a sewer extension for north Douglas, I doubt their vision was anything like the city of Juneau's proposed sewer extension plans.

Don Young is doing a great job for Alaskans
The Oct. 25, Empire ran an Anchorage Daily News-generated editorial and a letter to the editor by one Charley Larson, both bashing Congressman Don Young.

Valdez, Cordova more of a 'somewhere'?
Imagine my surprise and horror. It made the Juneau Empire and the Anchorage Daily News and was even picked up by The Associated Press and CNN.

Environmentalists should be honest
Now I see that the environmental groups have come up with a new slogan: "Do it right Kensington."

Are our soldiers enemy combatants?
Every soldier in uniform has sworn to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign or domestic.

Sarah Palin will get the right gas line
Sarah Palin is my choice for our next governor.

Halloween and the election coincide
Have you ever noticed how Halloween and the election fall so close together?

Sarah Palin is cute and a proven leader
I just read Laury Scandling's Wednesday letter stating that even though Sarah Palin is cute, she can't cut it.

Knowles known to favor Big Oil
Candidate Tony Knowles makes much of his prior experience with the oil industry.

Your vote isn't for sale, Alaskans
Ballot Measure 2 does what the Legislature and governor have been unwilling to do for 30 years.

Palin is just another Republican politician
I've heard from several of my acquaintances the statement, "Isn't it great we now have an opportunity to elect a woman as governor."

State regulators find fault with Outside mailer
State election officials have barred the national Republican Governors Association from sending out any more mailings such as the pro-Sarah Palin cards that have been arriving in mailboxes across Alaska for the past few weeks.

Photo: Peek-a-BOO
Librarian Carol Race plays peek-a-boo with Hannah Flores-Capua, seated center, Abigail Laurent, left, and Benjamin Goldstein, right, during toddler time Monday morning at the Downtown Library.

Around Town
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Photo: The future of voting
Ester Brooks, an elections official, prepares an electronic touch-screen voting machine at the Mendenhall Mall for a voter who cast an absentee ballet Tuesday.

Candidates reach out to future voters
Campaign posters covered the walls, candidates answered questions in an open debate and constituents spent hours researching the issues.

Photo: Growing pains
Lourdes Orozco takes a break from cooking at Fernando's Mexican Restaurant to look at the progress of the demolition of the neighboring building...

Assembly OKs parking fee program
Juneau home and business owners wanting to develop property downtown will now be able to pay cash instead of hunting down hard-to-find parking spots to lease.

Land swap between Bible camp and state worries some Juneau sport fishermen
Juneau sport fishermen are feeling stranded over a land exchange at Point Bridget State Park that's in the works between a Bible camp and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

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

40 groups gather to find answers to homelessness
Longtime Juneau resident Brian Richardson, 70, says he's lucky even though he's homeless.

Empire hires new city editor
Larry Gerber began Monday as city editor for the Juneau Empire.

Photo: Halloween score
Kayla Bonnet, dressed as Sleeping Beauty, right, smiles at Captain Hook, aka Bill Gissel, after he dropped some goodies in her trick-or-treat bag Tuesday night in front of the Sears store at the Mendenhall Mall.

Hearing set for Nov. 20 on water fluoridation
Juneau residents will get a chance Nov. 20 to speak out on whether the city should stop fluoridating water.

Business leader, political newcomer face off in House race
he race for House District 4 pits a well-known local government and business leader against a passionate political newcomer.

Photo: Halloween madness
Danielle Graham, left, pretends to stab Taylor Larson as Megan Mauseth, back right, and Darian Musielak scream in the background.

Sex burglar gets 7 years
A man accused of burglarizing at least 27 houses in the Valley and committing strange, solitary sex acts inside was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison.

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

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

Millers celebrate 50 years of marriage
Betty and Norman Miller will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Yacht Club. All their friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.

Yorba, Shumpert wed
Daniel Yorba, of Juneau, and Sara Shumpert, of Wilmington, N.C., were married on Aug. 26 at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington. A reception followed at Porter's Neck Country Club.

Series to be held in honor of national family caregiver month
Chances are that you are a family caregiver: an unpaid person who cares for an older family member, friend or neighbor.

Pets of the week
Jesse & Randy

Robert Allan Inkster
Former long-time Juneau resident Robert Allan Inkster, 71, died Oct. 28, 2006, in Washington, after a long battle with illness.

George Jackson
Juneau resident George Richard Jackson, 64, died Oct. 15, 2006, in his home following a battle with cancer.

Beverly Keithahn
Former Juneau resident Beverly C. Keithahn, 71, died Oct. 23, 2006, at her home in Port Ludlow, Wash.

Alaska editorial: The candidates should speak for themselves
Candidates would do well to remember something the state's most recent voter registration figures illustrate: Most Alaskans who vote don't declare any political party.

Sizing up the fall election
In less than a week, the 2006 election will be over and campaign-weary voters can't wait.

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.

JAHA roundup: Nichols' late tally lifts Ice Dogs to win
eff Nichols broke a 3-3 tie with 17 seconds in the final period to lift the Ice Dogs past the Ice Pirates 4-3 last week in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B showdown at Treadwell Arena.

JAHA Standings and Stats
Juneau Adult Hockey Association Standings

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.

Talkeetna Bachelor Auction may end
This year's Talkeetna Bachelor Auction could be the last because tired organizers are bowing out in the hope that others will take it over.

This Day in History
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Halcro, Knowles debate gas issues
Gubernatorial candidates Tony Knowles and Andrew Halcro told an audience of BP employees Monday they would take different approaches to negotiate a contract that could lead to construction of a North Slope natural gas pipeline.

Candidates amass last-minute funds
The leading candidates for governor are raking in contributions as the campaigns prepare for their final push to next Tuesday's election.

Governor must reimburse state for jet
Gov. Frank Murkowski can avoid breaking campaign disclosure laws if he reimburses his office for re-election trips made on the state jet, the Alaska Public Offices Commission decided Tuesday.

Alaska Digest
Merrill Sanford named deputy mayor, Bomb threat forces Nome airport closure & Two men found dead in same neighborhood

Thousands of trouble spots on oil pipeline
An oil pipeline that leaked in August and forced the partial shutdown of the Prudhoe Bay oil field had numerous areas of corrosion where half or more of the pipe had been eaten away, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Young predicts no GOP losses in Congress
Don Young predicts there will be no Republican congressional seats lost this election.

Northwest Digest
FAA probes takeoff from wrong runway, BP names new chief of Alaska operations & Nome airport reopens following bomb threat

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