Tuesday, November 2, 2004

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.

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.

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.

Ideas for the waterfront
The waterfront plan should include a few things.

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.

Keep Juneau unique, not for golfers
I am very sad to hear that the plans to build the golf course have leaped forward and the lease has been signed.

Counselors needed in Juneau schools
Last May, the School Board asked the Assembly for money to hire three new school counselors, in addition to some other requests.

Hard to get ballots from Alaska
My husband and I are in Maryland with a friend; we are all from Juneau and we have all been trying to get ballots since Oct. 13.

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?"

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

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.

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.

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.

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 from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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.

City weighs business tax break, forms new panel
The Juneau Assembly will consider exempting more businesses from personal property taxes, and formed a new subcommittee Monday to review the issue.

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.

It's crunch time for a hot presidential race, Senate contest, four propositions
Election Day has arrived and Americans are lining up at polling places around the country to vote in what has been dubbed one of the most high-stakes elections in decades.

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

Correction
Correction

Harriet H. Roberts
Former Juneau resident Harriet H. Roberts died on Oct. 31, 2004, with her daughters at her side at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

James W. Hamilton
Former Juneau resident James W. Hamilton, 66, died Oct. 20, 2004, at his home.

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

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.

My Turn: Gustavus shouldn't be left out of region's cheap electricity
Today's price for the fuel we use to generate electricity is the same as it was in 1893" was the opening comment by Tim McLeod, President of Alaska Electric Light & Power Company in his presentation at the Southeast Conference Annual Meeting in Sitka last month.

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.

New marquee team rules NBA
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal don't agree on much.

Source: Bowden to take Washington GM job
It has all the trapping of a lame-duck job, but someone has to become general manager of the Washington-bound Montreal Expos.

Correction
Due to a reporter's error, the main region swim meet photo in Sunday's Empire sports section had an incorrect identification. The Juneau-Douglas High School breaststroke swimmer competing in the 200-yard medley relay was senior Abe Levy.

Jazz rebuilding way ahead of schedule
Rebuilding the Utah Jazz went much faster than expected.

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.

Officials gear up for big turnout
Hundreds of thousands of Alaska voters are expected to cast their ballots today, drawn to the polls by the presidential race, a bitterly contested U.S. Senate campaign and a number of hot-button propositions.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the Northwest.

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.

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.

Fish & Game stands by Southeast crab closure
State biologists clambered aboard three commercial crab boats for another look after Southeast Alaska fishermen questioned their August decision to close the red king crab fishery for the rest of 2004.

NorthwestDigest
Headlines from around the state.

Senate candidates rally supporters
From Fairbanks to Kenai, Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski and Democratic challenger Tony Knowles rallied supporters Monday.

Touchscreens are out for this election
Voters won't get the chance to use Alaska's 100 new touchscreen voting machines in today's election.

Photo: Halloween Moose
A young moose treats itself to a pumpkin before the rush of trick or treaters hit the streets on the east side of town Sunday in Anchorage.

New Coast Guard antiterrorism unit comes to Alaska
A new rapid-response military force has found a home in Alaska.

Lieutenant governor's staffer: Absentee ballots will be on time
A delay in sending out hundreds of absentee ballots should not prevent anyone from getting their ballots postmarked by Election Day, a member of Lt. Gov. Loren Leman's staff said Monday.

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