Sunday, November 5, 2006

Vote for sound public policy this election
The last thing we need in Alaska is for the governor to have more power, the Legislature less knowledge and more special sessions, and no time for the public to give their opinions. If you vote no on Ballot Measure 1, all this can be avoided.

A younger Alaskan's perspective on Palin
In a year of a governor's election, with so many different opinions and viewpoints on who would make a better governor, it is quite the task as a younger Alaskan, still in college, to weigh the viewpoints and positions of the two leading candidates, and make an informed decision.

Knowles has a comprehensive plan
One issue affecting all Alaskans is health, including prevention of disease and injury, and access to quality, affordable health care services.

The majority is not all it's cracked up to be
I have given a little thought to the notion that it is better to elect legislative candidates that will serve in the majority. While the majority recently perverted workers compensation law, gutted the state of Alaska's retirement system, terminated the longevity bonus program for senior citizens...

Legislators need time to hear facts
Ballot Measure 1 is bad for Alaska. Many good bills will be shot down, because the opposition will stall until the session is over. There will not be enough time to listen to people expressing their opinions about it.

A conscientious public official
I am writing this letter as a follow-up to the excellent letter submitted a few weeks ago by Deputy Mayor Merrill Sanford, in which he outlined the obligation of the mayor and the Assembly to review from time to time all of the tax revenue sources available to the borough.

Experts expect a warmer winter
Even as temperatures dip into the 20s and teens this week, forecasters are predicting a warmer than average winter this year.

Southeastern voters could swing results
Republican candidate for governor Sarah Palin is from Wasilla, one of Alaska's fastest-growing communities in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. It remains to be seen whether there are enough pro-Palin votes in the populous region for her to overcome Democrat Tony Knowles' support in Southeast and Bush Alaska.

Photo: Getting on board
Sarah Selvig looks at a snowboard Saturday during the Ski Swap at Centennial Hall. The 53rd annual Ski Swap was a joint fundraiser for the Juneau Ski Patrol and the Juneau Ski Club.

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

Photo: Practice shot
Nurse Amy Hinshaw, left, and Steve Reese try to console Reese's daughter, Janae, after she received a flu shot Tuesday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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

James Matson
Former Juneau resident Dr. James Matson, 62, died in his sleep Nov. 2, 2006, in Petersburg, where he was conducting an eye clinic. The death appeared to be the result of injuries sustained in a fall the previous day.

MyTurn: Alaska needs to show it is open for business
A remarkable event occurred on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The CEO's of three major Alaska companies, fierce competitors in the telecommunications industry, set aside their competitive differences to come together and speak out against Ballot Measure 2, the gas reserves tax.

Editorial: Vote 'no' on 90-day legislative session limit
Yes, it's tempting. Ladies and gentlemen of the Alaska Legislature, you've got 90 days. Get the people's business done and go home.

Toe Toon

MyTurn: Approving gas initiative sends the right message
There's a gas reserves tax initiative on the November ballot. If you think Alaska should continue policies that allowed three big oil companies to lock up most of the North Slope's gas resource for 40 years, then heed the urgings of Alaska's political establishment. Vote no.

MyTurn: Sending sheep to slaughter
There is no doubt that Knowles will carry District Three handily. The Peoples' Committee on Ideological Purity is already measuring the drapes for when they're restored to their former glory in state government. District Four will be close since the Mendenhall Valley is almost in Alaska.

MyTurn: Palin hasn't given clear position on fisheries issues
We have disagreed on fishing issues, but Tony Knowles is getting my vote.

MyTurn: Alaska needs reform in ethics
For ethical government, elect Democrats this year. Even before the FBI raid on legislative offices, it should have been very clear from the last four years that the Republicans, still led by Randy "Convicted-on-Ethics-Charges" Ruedrich, are not seriously interested in setting high ethical standards.

Festival a fond farewell to bandaged birds
t was May 25, the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, and a juvenile male bald eagle was flying over the Anchorage Wildlife Conservation Center in Girdwood.

It's not hard to find Juneau's kayak 'trails'
Some friends and I recently walked out the Bridget Point trail. As you may have noticed, our weather has been a bit wet this year and, as a result, the hikers almost needed waterwings to reach the cabin in the meadow.

Rehabilitated Juneau bald eagles to fly the coop
The Juneau Raptor Center will release one adult and two juvenile eagles at the Haines Bald Eagle Festival. The center cares for about 240 to 250 birds a year, 50 to 55 of which are eagles, said employee Jaime Sorg.

Alaskans have the dark-sky advantage when it comes to viewing meteor showers
When it comes to viewing meteor showers in late fall and winter, Alaskans have at least one advantage over stargazers living in the Lower 48. It's easy to wake up before sunrise.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Outsiders: Reecia Wilson and Sophia Wahto
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

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.

Crimson Bears volleyball team heading to state
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team is heading to the state tournament, following Saturday's victory in the Southeast Region Tournament in Wrangell.

Juneau's O'Brien breaks historic 26-year-old record
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Kyle O'Brien capped off one of the finest swimming careers in school history by making a little history of his own.

Southeast supremacy in state championships
All it took was one event for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls swimming and diving team to reinforce the fact that it was the state's most dominant program.

ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving State Championships

Men sentenced to prison for killing Katmai bears
Two men were sentenced to a month in prison for shooting and killing four bears at a popular bear viewing area in Katmai National Park and Preserve.

Alaska Digest
Juneau police responded to a fake bomb threat made against Juneau International Airport early Saturday morning, police officials said.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation and the World

Tidal energy may be wave of the future
In the quest for oil-free power, a handful of small companies are staking claims on the boundless energy of the rising and ebbing sea.

Gubernatorial front-runners launch final election push
Republican Sarah Palin cheered on supporters who waved campaign signs Saturday at a busy intersection. Democrat Tony Knowles drew chuckles and applause from black church leaders in Anchorage.

Voters prefer paper ballots over screens
State election officials say Alaska voters seem to prefer traditional paper ballots over touchscreen voting machines, which made a shaky debut in the Aug. 22 primary.

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