Friday, November 5, 2004

Repeated tries; no absentee ballot
I am currently a student attending the University of Hawaii, but was born and raised in Alaska.

Campaign bullying doesn't work
Many times in the past several weeks I've answered the phone only to hear a pre-recorded, smug, yet soon snarling voice lob insults at a political candidate and his or her party.

Red king crab population is healthy
ADF&G says, "They are looking at the population as a whole" in its red king crab survey.

Gas guzzlers for Kerry
I voted for Kerry in the recent election, but I realized the hypocrisy when I had a huge sigh of relief over the oil supply to my three motorcycles out in the garage, after the election results. A consequent secret worry in the back of my mind is whether we are as corrupt and over the hill as the Roman Empire, due to our greed and dependencies.

Bush's lies relevant
It is the media's responsibility to report the truth, even the ugly truth.

Not interested in closet carcasses
I am so sick and tired of listening to the radio, the television, and now my personal phone line while two or more of these parties bash each other instead of focussing on the real issues of what they can contribute to Alaska and our country.

Address pressing needs
Dan Hays' recent letter to the editor (Empire, Oct. 27) on the Juneau road was, to say the least, a bit mind-boggling.

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

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

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

Board nixes bear baiting near Juneau
Just days after voters killed an initiative to ban bear baiting in Alaska, the Alaska Board of Game rejected a proposal to reintroduce bear baiting in the management zone that includes areas around Juneau, Gustavus, Hoonah and south of the Taku River.

Kid voters reflect Alaska's will
Although their votes couldn't affect the official results, about 1,600 Juneau students from kindergarten to 12th grade had a taste of democracy in Tuesday's election.

Industry aims to attract more independent travelers
It comes as the Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau has been focused on increasing the number of independent travelers - those who arrive here by some mode other than cruise ship and generally stay longer and spend more money.

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

Juneau voting by precinct, with polling place
See how Juneau voted on Tuesday.

Photo: Surf's up
A truck makes a splash Wednesday on Egan Highway in front of Harborview Elementary School.

Empire enters new dimension
You are holding the future of the Juneau Empire. Today's edition introduces a new, more reader-friendly format for our newspaper.

'Mellow' year in city for troublesome bears
Living in Juneau still means living with bears, but this year it hasn't meant living with marauders, said the woman coordinating city efforts to curb bear problems.

How Juneau voted: Knowles wins in every city precinct
John Kerry would be headed to the White House, Tony Knowles would have won a U.S. Senate seat and marijuana would be legal for the toking if Juneau votes were the only ones counted in Tuesday's election.

Statewide design contest announced
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho plans to present Alaska with a new capitol on Telephone Hill for its 50th birthday in 2009.

Photo: Harbor cruise
michael penn / juneau empire

Photo: The Wild Bill show
William Branlund listens to Michael Truax perform at the University of Alaska Southeast during a lunch-hour concert on Thursday.

Man faces armed-robbery charges after Monday holdup
A downtown Juneau man is charged with armed robbery in connection to an alleged Monday holdup at knifepoint near South Franklin Street.

Sandberg and Jorgensen to marry
Elizabeth "Betsy" Sandberg and Curtis Jorgensen of Juneau will marry at 5 p.m., Dec. 3, 2004, at Cedar Hills United Church of Christ in Beaverton, Ore. There will be a reception in the church social hall following the ceremony.

A look at upcoming HHCJ events
Nov. 1 marked the beginning of National Hospice Month, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary.

Neighbors Digest
Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation is seeking nominations for awards to recognize outstanding service in the health care field.

Brant Cooper
Lifelong Juneau resident Brant Cooper died in a car accident on Oct. 31, 2004.

Andrea J. 'Andi' Foldenauer
Juneau resident Andrea J. "Andi" Foldenauer, 51, died Nov. 1, 2004, at the Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Andrea J. 'Andi' Foldenauer
Juneau resident Andrea J. "Andi" Foldenauer, 51, died Nov. 1, 2004, at the Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jeffery Lynn Borhauer
Former Juneau resident Staff Sgt. Jeffery Lynn Borhauer died Sept. 29, 2004.

No more campaign baggies
It didn't take Empire subscribers long Tuesday morning to weigh in on our decision to deliver our newspapers that morning in a Lisa Murkowski campaign bag.

Madman wakes up in Jesusland
Earlier this year I stopped into a Mendenhall Valley saloon for a burger and saw these words on the wall: "America. Love it or leave it."

Building on success
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team went through a season of transition last year, with a new coaching staff and a team dominated by younger wrestlers.

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.

Boozer leads Jazz to season-opening rout of Lakers
Not even Kobe Bryant's 38 points could save the Lakers from one of the worst offensive performances in team history.

Regional-bound Juneau spikers focus on the now
When the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball squad plays at the region championships this weekend in Craig, the Crimson Bears will work toward a bright future by letting go of the past.

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.

State high school swim meet records
State high school swim meet records through the 2003 state meet.

State swim champions
The Alaska state high school swim team champions since 1978.

Different strokes
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swim teams will have to use different strategies in their bids for state titles this weekend.

Voters OK initiative amendment
A proposed constitutional amendment to change Alaska's ballot initiative signature-gathering process squeaked through in the end, with just over 51 percent of the state in support.

Lawmakers gather to pick party leaders
State legislators wasted no time after Tuesday's election getting together to choose their leaders for the upcoming session.

Game board considers bear hunting in Admiralty refuges
The state Board of Game is considering undoing a 20-year ban on bear hunting in Admiralty Island's bear refuges.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Independents carry oil and gas lease sale

Photo: Stormcatcher
Ivan Grutter catches a wave Monday at Sandy Beach in Sitka.

Alaska Legislature split largely unchanged
Republicans in the state House will lose one seat overall to Democratic rivals but remain in control of 26 seats, barring changes in election results from questioned and absentee ballots.

Review boards launch final count
Four bipartisan review boards began examining questioned ballots Thursday in the Division of Elections' regional offices in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau and Nome, Godkin said.

Negatives don't stick as Sen. Murkowski wins
Just call her Teflon Lisa.

Whalefest starts today in Sitka
The Alutiiq people that inhabited Prince William Sound, Kodiak and the Alaska Peninsula hundreds of years ago hunted whales alone.

Correction and clarification
Due to a reporter's error, a Thursday Empire story about bear hunting in Admiralty Island refuges misspelled the name of board member Peter Buist. Also, Jeff Sloss's employer was misidentified. He works for the tour company Alaska Discovery.

'Shaun of the Dead' scares with more than just zombies
The undead have found their way onto the screen once more. No longer are zombie films a victual for late night programming, but they are being resurrected and brought to life in a cinema near you.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Fairbanks author Miller to visit libraries
Fairbanks-area author, naturalist and photographer Debbie Miller will visit the Juneau Public Libraries on Nov. 5-6 to discuss her writing and research on Alaska's environment.

Who took the challenge?
This month's entrants and a closer look at thier challenge dishes.

Empire Gallery to close
The Empire Gallery has run its course and will not be opening this month for the first time in two years.

Last one too easy? Try this challenge!
Halloween is that rare time of the year that brings out our most animalistic of urgings - the unspoken longing to commit ritual sacrifice.

'Lady Rankin' comes to video
Those of you who made it out to Sandy Beach this May for Anna Gagne-Hawes and Ishmael Hope's presentation of Dave Hunsaker's "Lady Rankin Meets the Pagan," were likely struck by the casual intimacy of the production.

Opera meets commedia dell'arte
Joyce Parry Moore, director of Opera to GO!, sang some of Gaetano Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" in graduate school, and revisited the music at Central City Opera in Colorado a few years ago.

Even advice columnists were naive once
I'm about to make light of a serious subject, but bear with me. There is a point to it.

A peek at the plot of 'Don Pasquale'
ACT I, Scene One - Don Pasquale, an old, miserly bachelor, has decided to marry and is about to give the news to Ernesto, his nephew and heir.

Let there Be Hash
Food Challenge remembers its formative years, when it was just a glimmer in its grandmother's highball.

First Friday: plants, lamps, collage and fantasy
Juneau photographers Marilyn Holmes and Buddy Ferguson both take landscape photographs while they're doing something else.

October Food Challenge Recipes
Take a look at this month's unique recipies.

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