Thursday, November 2, 2006

Knowles carries a lot of baggage
I enjoyed the Toe cartoon in Sunday's edition. After a week of vapid headline stories (business leaders flocking to Knowles), the cartoon was a welcome gem.

Give some thought to Knowles' legacy
For the benefit of those with short memories and those new to our great state, please give some thought to the eight years of Tony Knowles' legacy before voting.

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

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.

Vote for Knowles, vote for rationalism
During the Oct. 25 gubernatorial debate, Sarah Palin showed her true colors by advocating the teaching of creationism in science classes.

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

Killing an unborn child is murder
Due to the fact that it has been proven that an unborn child can feel pain, it only makes sense that a person who kills an unborn child should be prosecuted as a murderer.

Road argument has been framed by fear
In his letter of support for Sarah Palin, Rick Urion on Oct. 26 resorts to the old tactic of playing to voter's fears.

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

Oh, Carnac, what does Palin mean?
In his Oct. 26 letter to the editor, Rick Urion claims that a vote for Sarah Palin is a vote to keep the capital in Juneau because Palin supports the Juneau road project, and if we don't vote for Palin, the capital will move.

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

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...

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.

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.

Photo: Shining sea
A fishing boat glides Wednesday across a sparkling Auke Bay.

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

Winter ferry schedule revised
The Alaska Marine Highway System released a revised winter ferry schedule Tuesday, in part to address the needs of the Upper Lynn Canal.

Around Town
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Correction

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.

Avalanche forecasts a click away
During the high snowslide season this winter, Juneau residents will be able to look online, glance at an icon depicting the day's avalanche danger, and decide whether they want to go home after work.

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.

Candidates agree on road out of town
The top candidates for governor both support building a road out of Juneau. So why are their supporters so divided?

Business Digest
Women's group looks at online business, SEARHC hires new nurse practitioner, Zephyr restaurant opens downtown & Survey looks at Juneau businesses

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

Around Town
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Police & Fire
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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.

Pets of the week
Jesse & Randy

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.

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.

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.

My turn: Speaking in terms Big Oil can grasp
Alaska voters decided to change who will negotiate the gas pipeline with the oil companies.

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

Empire editorial: Voters have one option to protect the economy
Juneau voters have but one real choice for governor in Tuesday's general election.

Mental strength a key for JDHS volleyball
For the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team, success at this weekend's Southeast Region Tournament may not rest in powerful spikes or dramatic digs.

Moment of truth for JDHS swimmers
It's just two days before the start of Alaska's biggest swim meet and Juneau-Douglas High School coach John Wray is not happy.

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.

Photo: Enshrined in bronze
The Island Pub softball team celebrates its bronze-medal winning performance at the Huntsman World Senior Games on Oct. 19 in St. George, Utah.

ASBN 2006 All-State Football Team

Sports in Juneau
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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.

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.

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

Alaska Digest
Police seek suspect in window shooting, Man, woman unhurt after Jeep flips, Point Bridget land exchange hearing set, Purser convicted of theft is sentenced & Alaska-based soldier killed in Mosul, Iraq

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.

Lawmakers sue to block gas contract
State lawmakers have sued Gov. Frank Murkowski in an effort to block him from signing a natural gas pipeline contract.

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.

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.

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

State seeks high court ruling on same-sex benefits
The state of Alaska is asking the state's highest court to review an order requiring changes in its proposal to provide same-sex benefits for domestic partners of state employees and retirees.

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

Federal judge asked to overturn Bush's national forest rules
Environmentalists asked a federal judge Wednesday to overturn the Bush administration's rules for managing the country's 155 national forests, arguing that the regulations illegally weaken protections for wilderness and wildlife.

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