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Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Why is court ruling outrageous?
In a written statement, Gov. Frank Murkowski said he was "outraged" by the decision of the Alaska Supreme Court that denying health benefits to partners of gays was unconstitutional. I wonder how he justifies his outrage to his gay friends and colleagues.

Proud to be a "liberal"
I get very tired of people on television calling each other "liberal," or "conservative," as if one has to go to one extreme or another. Underlying all of this is the false assumption of "my way or no way."

Proud to be a "liberal"
I get very tired of people on television calling each other "liberal," or "conservative," as if one has to go to one extreme or another. Underlying all of this is the false assumption of "my way or no way."

Thanks for the courtesy, pal
I would like to take a moment to publicly recognize a considerate member of our community.

The real Pocket Park problem
The front-page story about Pocket Park on Nov. 2 reveals an astonishing lack of understanding of the dynamics which lead to public inebriates hanging out there.

An unfriendly business climate
Private businesses are the backbone of the national, state and local economy.

Questioning war is not demoralizing
Those who serve or have served in the military know better than anyone the horrible cost of war. That cost is death, physical and psychological injury, and incalculable destruction.

Think about your dividend
As your $845 permanent fund dividend checks start arriving in the mail, please note three things.

Questioning war is not demoralizing
Those who serve or have served in the military know better than anyone the horrible cost of war. That cost is death, physical and psychological injury, and incalculable destruction.

Why is court ruling outrageous?
In a written statement, Gov. Frank Murkowski said he was "outraged" by the decision of the Alaska Supreme Court that denying health benefits to partners of gays was unconstitutional. I wonder how he justifies his outrage to his gay friends and colleagues.

Taxing those with no vote
Gustavus has arguably the most deteriorated and unsafe dock in Southeast Alaska, or for that matter, all of Alaska.

Thanks for the courtesy, pal
I would like to take a moment to publicly recognize a considerate member of our community.

An unfriendly business climate
Private businesses are the backbone of the national, state and local economy.

Taxing those with no vote
Gustavus has arguably the most deteriorated and unsafe dock in Southeast Alaska, or for that matter, all of Alaska.

The real Pocket Park problem
The front-page story about Pocket Park on Nov. 2 reveals an astonishing lack of understanding of the dynamics which lead to public inebriates hanging out there.

Think about your dividend
As your $845 permanent fund dividend checks start arriving in the mail, please note three things.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

King crab fishery off to slow start
Fishing has been unusually slow on the commercial red king crabbing grounds around Juneau this fall.

Many of Juneau's sprinklers uninspected
With less than two months left in 2005, only about half of Juneau's 200 sprinkler-equipped buildings have had their required annual inspections, Juneau Fire Marshal Richard Etheridge said.

Contest will judge poetry and thus give an artsy nudge to patrons on the bus
A Juneau writer has resurrected the city's bus-poetry project and hopes to compile enough submissions to fill 24 11-by-17-inch city bus placard slots with short verse by early next year.

Photo: A respite from rain
Tom Cosgrove helps his son Coleman, 6, build a snow fort Monday in front of their home on B Street.

Photo: Breakwater stroll
Gulls fly off as a couple takes a stroll along the breakwater float Sunday afternoon at the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor.

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

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

Photo: A respite from rain
Tom Cosgrove helps his son Coleman, 6, build a snow fort Monday in front of their home on B Street.

Photo: Breakwater stroll
Gulls fly off as a couple takes a stroll along the breakwater float Sunday afternoon at the Don Statter Memorial Boat Harbor.

Many of Juneau's sprinklers uninspected
With less than two months left in 2005, only about half of Juneau's 200 sprinkler-equipped buildings have had their required annual inspections, Juneau Fire Marshal Richard Etheridge said.

The shop dogs of Seward Street
Getting a haircut on Seward Street means an encounter with a hairy greeter.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Contest will judge poetry and thus give an artsy nudge to patrons on the bus
A Juneau writer has resurrected the city's bus-poetry project and hopes to compile enough submissions to fill 24 11-by-17-inch city bus placard slots with short verse by early next year.

Photo: Singing like the Egyptians, 1996
The chorus for Juneau-Douglas High School's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" sings the "Song of the King" during rehearsal.

King crab fishery off to slow start
Fishing has been unusually slow on the commercial red king crabbing grounds around Juneau this fall.

Photo: Singing like the Egyptians, 1996
The chorus for Juneau-Douglas High School's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" sings the "Song of the King" during rehearsal.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

The shop dogs of Seward Street
Getting a haircut on Seward Street means an encounter with a hairy greeter.

Alaska editorial: Splitting 9th Circuit is natural progression
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the right track with legislation she is co-sponsoring that would split the massive and overburdened 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new court to hear cases from many Western states.

My Turn: Assembly should be brave and impose tax equity
I attended my first meeting on the subject of removing the senior sales tax exemption in the late '80s.

Alaska editorial: Splitting 9th Circuit is natural progression
Sen. Lisa Murkowski is on the right track with legislation she is co-sponsoring that would split the massive and overburdened 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and create a new court to hear cases from many Western states.

My Turn: Assembly should be brave and impose tax equity
I attended my first meeting on the subject of removing the senior sales tax exemption in the late '80s.

Total team effort lifts JDHS girls to title
Nothing stopped the Juneau-Douglas High School girls in their quest for a state title on Friday and Saturday at the State Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Veteran's Day 8K results
from Saturday, sponsored by Southeast Road Runners

Total team effort lifts JDHS girls to title
Nothing stopped the Juneau-Douglas High School girls in their quest for a state title on Friday and Saturday at the State Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

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.

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.

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.

Veteran's Day 8K results
from Saturday, sponsored by Southeast Road Runners

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.

CSI TV prompts more students to choose science
High school students who sometimes find science a snooze are filling up forensics classes that capitalize on interest in TV shows focusing on crime scene investigation.

Eskimos turn to supersonic grenade for killing whales
A supersonic explosive has begun to replace Yankee whaling-era black powder as Alaska Natives seek more humane weaponry in the traditional hunt for bowhead whales.

Cities eye rebirth of revenue sharing
An organization of Alaska city governments this week will focus on reviving the state municipal revenue-sharing program that ended in 2003.

Fairbanks group fights advent of city's second Wal-Mart store
A group of Fairbanks residents say building a second Wal-Mart in town will hurt local businesses and funnel more money out of Alaska.

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

Menge: Focus is gas line, not how he got job
The new director of the Department of Natural Resources says his focus is on getting the best gas line deal possible for Alaskans, and he isn't worried about any perception that he's a "yes" man for the Murkowski administration.

Governor's jet plane is on the way
The state Department of Public Safety has completed the purchase of a $2.6 million jet, and Commissioner Bill Tandeske says he expects the aircraft to be brought to Alaska by Tuesday.

Eskimos turn to supersonic grenade for killing whales
A supersonic explosive has begun to replace Yankee whaling-era black powder as Alaska Natives seek more humane weaponry in the traditional hunt for bowhead whales.

CSI TV prompts more students to choose science
High school students who sometimes find science a snooze are filling up forensics classes that capitalize on interest in TV shows focusing on crime scene investigation.

Alaska crime victims isolated
Susan Jones knew she had to leave her southeast Alaska village when she came home to find her husband clutching his loaded rifle.

Alaska crime victims isolated
Susan Jones knew she had to leave her southeast Alaska village when she came home to find her husband clutching his loaded rifle.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Norhtwest

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Norhtwest

Governor's jet plane is on the way
The state Department of Public Safety has completed the purchase of a $2.6 million jet, and Commissioner Bill Tandeske says he expects the aircraft to be brought to Alaska by Tuesday.

Fishermen want state to help in sockeye shortage
Fishing groups in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley want state fisheries officials to help revive the area's diminishing red salmon runs.

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

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

Fairbanks group fights advent of city's second Wal-Mart store
A group of Fairbanks residents say building a second Wal-Mart in town will hurt local businesses and funnel more money out of Alaska.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Fishermen want state to help in sockeye shortage
Fishing groups in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley want state fisheries officials to help revive the area's diminishing red salmon runs.

Cities eye rebirth of revenue sharing
An organization of Alaska city governments this week will focus on reviving the state municipal revenue-sharing program that ended in 2003.

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Menge: Focus is gas line, not how he got job
The new director of the Department of Natural Resources says his focus is on getting the best gas line deal possible for Alaskans, and he isn't worried about any perception that he's a "yes" man for the Murkowski administration.

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