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Monday, November 5, 2007

Liberals have built the United States
This is in response to "Liberals, unions cause damage to the nation," by Pete Webber, published in the Oct. 8 Juneau Empire.

Bill would lock out potential developers
This is in response to Sally Gumlickpuk's Web posting of Oct. 21, in which she stated, "I wondered how in the world can she (Lorianne Rawson) claim to be a Bristol Bay fisherman?"

Let's travel academic road carefully
Say you are heading out on an unknown, somewhat icy road to get somewhere important. It is trite to say that driving slowly and carefully is more likely to get you there more quickly (and safely) than going faster will. It is trite because it is true.

System changes that will lead to higher scores
How many Juneau or Sitka children would like to spend 30 days in Tenakee Springs?

'Yeast Nation' was a pleasure
On Saturday night, I had the pleasure of seeing "Yeast Nation." The out-of-this-world set alone was worth the price of admission, but the vibrant, creative costumes, the energetic, talented acting and singing, and the clever, zany story line all came together to make this a delightful evening that not only provided pure escapism from dreary autumn days but also got you thinking about some big questions confronting us all. Nice job, Perseverance crew.

Road will provide safe, convenient access
The late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, (D-N.Y.), once said, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts."

Photo: Another face in the crowd
A lineup of Halloween pumpkins decorate a rusting, graffiti-covered vehicle Sunday along Old Glacier Highway.

Around Town

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and state police reported

Photo: Big ambitions
Cameron Skaggs, 6, may look like he has high hopes for the skiing season, but he was only holding downhill skis for his father, Jubal, during Saturday's 54th annual Ski Sale at Centennial Hall.

Beaver dams destroying trails at Dredge Lake
If you've ever hiked in the Dredge Lake area of the Mendenhall Valley, you know tennis shoes are of little help.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photos: New school taking shape
A group of people including school administration members, teachers, School Board members and Juneau Assembly members take a tour of the new Thunder Mountain High School on Sunday at the construction site.

Sports Schism
A group of coaches and fundraisers who run high school club sports are disappointed in the public process as the school district plans for athletics in the next generation of Juneau high schools.

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Brenda Kae McCrary Wieber
Former Juneau resident Brenda Kae McCrary Wieber, of Conifer, Colo., died Nov. 1, 2007, after a short battle with cancer. She was 55.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Empire editorial: Sorting through oil industry lies
The oil industry has been as good at spinning falsehoods about Alaska as it is at making money here.

Lack of democracy magnifies risks of China's boom
I've visited the fabulous boom economy of China, and I return to Alaska with a deep sense of foreboding.

Outside editorial: Mukasey and torture
It is extraordinary that a man who rightly would have been confirmed with overwhelming support had he been President Bush's first nominee for attorney general may now be denied that post in the waning months of the administration.

News flash: Fear du jour
You might want to wash your hands after reading this.

Seed-eaters and conifers interact in interesting ways
Both red squirrels and crossbills are closely tied ecologically to conifers. Previous essays in this space have dealt with both red squirrels and crossbills, but there is still more interesting natural history involving these seed predators.

Eagles can let go: Talon locking bogus
An eagle is sometimes spotted in the water, talons latched on a heavy salmon, laboriously rowing to shore with its wings.

Eagle Myths
Every few years a story goes around about a bald eagle carrying off a dog, or trying to snatch someone's cat. It's far-fetched, but it's not impossible.

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

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.

2007 State Swimming and Diving championships
State Swimming and Diving Championships

Bill Weiss Invitational Wrestling Tournament results

JDHS captures SE region title in five-game thriller
All season long the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team talked about the need to stay positive during tough matches or down points.

Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers win two titles in Ketchikan
Steven Dyer and Ramiro Lamas led the charge for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team Saturday at the Ketchikan Tournament.

THREE IN A ROW FOR JDHS GIRLS
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls' swimming and diving team crushed its competition to win its third consecutive state title on Saturday at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Alaska Legislature enters third stage of oil tax review
As quick as one Senate committee gutted Gov. Sarah Palin's oil tax bill, another replenished it.

Oil costs dwarfed by profits
Oil company officials have spent hours testifying before legislative committees about the difficulty of working in the harsh Arctic environment.

Parental consent for abortions not needed, court rules
The Alaska Supreme Court ruled Friday that underage teenage girls can get abortions without parental consent.

Schoolchildren in Galena receive space-age sunglasses to protect eyes
Schoolchildren in this small village have been provided with space-age protection for their eyes.

World governments pushing for greater share of oil riches
If oil companies want to continue taking Alaska's oil, state officials say they need to up the ante.

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

Maggie arrives at new home
After living nearly her whole life in Alaska, Maggie the elephant on Friday made her way to a new home in Northern California.

Students look back on boarding school days
When Barbara Beatus was ready to go to high school, there wasn't anywhere in her hometown for her to go. She grew up in Allakaket, and back in the 1970s there wasn't a high school within hundreds of miles. So the state flew Beatus nearly 190 miles so she could attend school in Fairbanks.

Supreme Court upholds most of Alaska's English-only law
Alaska's highest court struck down a central provision of a state law requiring only English to be used for all government business.

Photo: Cold lesson
Dale Schmoll with the USCG Aids to Navigation team, links up a chain of third-graders wearing survival suits Wednesday at Crescent Harbor in Sitka.

Alaska Digest
Driver crashes into Airport Blvd. building; Enstar says prices will decrease slightly; Salmon bycatch threatens fisheries; Use of cyanide OK'd for Fort Knox mine

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

Northwest Digest
Man killed in house fire in Anchorage; Kenai bears still on prowl for easy meals; Proposal aims to ban scavenging in trash; U.S. mayors discussclimate change

Village on alert for rabid wolves
Children in the village of Marshall do not go out alone without an adult. They have been told to stay inside after dark. When night falls, three sentries are posted along the village periphery to keep the wolves out.

Woman charged in candy robbery
A Wasilla woman is under arrest, accused of robbing seven trick-or-treaters for their candy on Halloween.

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