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Monday, November 8, 2004

New books await grade-school kids
New chapter books for grade school readers are appearing daily at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Insufficient protection from bullets and traps
It is my understanding that there has been little public opposition to approval of a three wolf trapping law for Douglas Island.

Time for Murkowski to make good
My vote for Sen. Murkowski was not really for her. It was for the way our political system works. I couldn't vote for Bush and not for Murkowski. That just wouldn't make political sense. Hopefully the two of them do some good for Alaska.

Furious about absentee ballots
I am a 20-year-old college student attending Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Democrats must reinvent themselves
Despite the appearance in Wednesday's Empire of the comic "Frank And Ernest" with its admonition, "Nobody Cares How You Feel About The Election," I'm compelled to comment anyway - for now I feel it must be so very blatantly obvious to the national and local Democratic party machines that they need to totally reinvent themselves.

Empire demonstrates gross insensitivity
Regarding the Cooper Family (Empire, Nov. 1): The Empire's crass insensitivity in contacting a family in the midst of a tragedy is stunning.

Don't outsource school jobs
I overheard, in a grocery store, two teachers talking about how the school district has outsourced the teachers' payroll. Talk about capital creep. A $40 million-plus business which is supported by every taxpayer in Juneau is sending a job that can be done in Juneau and being outsourced. There is no excuse for this. Maybe a student(s), for credit, can do it.

Pondering what the electorate was thinking
What were we thinking?

School design may not go to bid
To save money, the city, without seeking other proposals, may contract with the original architects of the Dimond Park high school to design the smaller school voters approved in October.

Web site offers Tlingit language pronunciation
Hearing accurately spoken Tlingit is now just a matter of going to the Internet. On Thursday, Sealaska Heritage Institute launched a new audio language resource on its Web site to help people learn Tlingit sounds.

School funds hike won't fill local gap
A proposal by the Murkowski administration to increase education funding would add about $2.2 million to the Juneau schools in each of the next two years.

Photo: Ski tot
Heidi Robichaud entertains 21-month-old Ursula Syrene with a pair of skis as Ursula's mother shops the 51st Annual Ski Sale on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Local center helps small businesses
Linda Williams was able to buy Spruce Meadow RV Park, and may get a low-interest loan to help grow the business, thanks to the Juneau Small Business Development Center.

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

City voter turnout higher than state's
Registered voters in Juneau turned out to the polls this year by about 15 percentage points higher than the rest of the state.

Board proposes bear hunt in Admiralty refuge
The Alaska Board of Game wants to open brown bear hunting in Angoon and in Admiralty Island's Pack Creek bear refuge, but it won't decide until 2006.

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

Photo: Ballerinas rehearse
Chrisiana Parrish, 9, does an improvisational dance with other students Saturday at the Elks Club as they practice to be part of the Oregon Ballet Theatre's presentation of "The Nutcracker" on Nov. 27 and 28 in Juneau. Twenty-two local dancers have been practicing since August for the seasonal ballet. The production is a presentation of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

FYI
Statistics of Juneau

Climber 'longed to be part of nature'
Brittany Kasselder says her husband, Kenny Kasselder, died in a climbing accident Thursday on Mount Hood doing what he loved.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

An eye of calm in the city
In bustling downtown Juneau lies an oasis of peace.

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

Engineers tempt young bridge-builders with gumdrops
With 150 pounds of load pulling on it, the little balsa-wood bridge began to creak, then smoke. At nearly 160 pounds, it cracked smartly.

James Albert Anderegg
Longtime Juneau resident James Albert Anderegg died Oct. 25, 2004, in Green Valley, Ariz.

Empire editorial: New capitol needs to reflect people around the state
This week Mayor Bruce Botelho took the planning for a new capitol exactly where it belongs: across the state.

Toe Toon
Opinion comic by local artist Toe.

Election Day is over; it's time to move on
Almost a week after the fact, anyone still grinding their teeth over last Tuesday's election needs to be getting over it.

All the stars are aligned for Alaska
For the first time since statehood, Jan. 3, 1959, the stars are aligned for Alaska.

Out & About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Hitting the big time
Mark Landvik likes to cut his own path with a snowboard.

Female hunters gather to sharpen skills
Honey, I'm going hunting!" Since the first cave man slung a club over his shoulder, that refrain has marked a hunter's departure for a day in pursuit of game.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

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.

Alaska state swimming and diving championships
Results from the 2004 Alaska State High School Swimming and Diving Championships held Friday and Saturday at the Bartlett High School Swimming Pool.

Winless streaks for Juneau, Southeast come to an end during state girls meet
The last time a female Southeast swimmer won an event at the state swimming and diving meet was seven years ago.

Boozer scores 30, Utah moves to 3-0
Andrei Kirilenko went up for a dunk and had it blocked from behind.

Photos: Breaking the ice
Photos from the first Juneau Women's Hockey Jamboree.

Bears win four titles at season's first meet
Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers Dante Santos, Cody Wolf, Clinton Clark and Jake Mason won individual titles Saturday as a short-handed Crimson Bear squad opened its season at the Sitka Invitational.

Juneau claims region crown
When they're on the ropes, Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball players know how to respond.

Volleyball: Juneau duo makes all-region team
Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball players Lesley Kalbrener and Rochele Rodman earned spots on this season's Class 4A All-Southeast Team at last weekend's region tournament in Craig.

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 Bear boys win state crown with just six swimmers
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys swim team won its second state title in three years on Saturday, and this time the Crimson Bears don't have to share.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world.

Wasilla airport system shocks intruding moose
Moose venturing into the Wasilla municipal airport this winter could be in for a shock.

Harris to be House speaker; Ben Stevens will lead Senate
Republicans in the House and Senate announced new leadership positions on Friday, and House leaders promised to conduct the state's business in a new atmosphere of openness.

State will keep ferries Taku, Malaspina
The state ferries Taku and Malaspina will not be declared surplus anytime soon, according to the state Department of Transportation.

State's abortion Web site not ready for referrals yet
Alaska doctors won't be sending patients seeking abortions to a state Web site just yet, as required by a new law.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and world.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Teacher identifies learning styles in Interior classroom
While sixth-grader Dakotah Rooney bounced in circles on a trampoline, classmate Jason Paskan moved deftly as he formed letters with his body.

New House speaker's travel expenses questioned
Rep. John Harris, the Valdez Republican who was just named the new speaker of the House, may face penalties from the Alaska Public Offices Commission for alleged improper travel expenses, state officials said.

Mayors want to revamp Richardson Highway
The Richardson Highway should became a major corridor, shuttling tourists, construction goods and military supplies, say Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker and Valdez Mayor Bert Cottle.

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