Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Drop 'Falcons' mascot, choose 'Black Wolves'
It comes to my attention that there is strong support for "Thunder Mountain High School" among those on the committee to name the new high school.

Mr. Somerville was completely out of line
This must be the biggest mistake of Mr. Somerville's career thus far (see "Board of Game chairman apologizes for remark" in the Nov. 3 Empire).

Water fluoridation has a bizarre history
I am very glad that Juneau is re-considering its willingness to put fluoride into its drinking water at 250 times the level that fluoride occurs in mothers' milk.

Empire should look at aims and reasons for publishing Hooligan
I have recently been barraged by concerned parents regarding the content of the last several issues of the Hooligan.

Murkowski confuses Ketchikan bridge issue
Gov. Frank Murkowski was doing his usual disingenuous best to befuddle and confuse the issue in his defense of the Ketchikan "bridge to nowhere" in his Oct. 30 My Turn. But the realities are like this:

Keeker, Costa would be more appropriate in Hustler magazine
I received an e-mail (calling for a boycott of the businesses that advertise in Hooligan) and thought you should see what the people of Juneau are doing. I agree with it.

City should continue water fluoridation
I have practiced dental hygiene for 36 years in Michigan and Alaska.

Use the road money to support a better Alaska ferry system
Is building a road necessary if you have to ride a ferry, too? I think not.

Bush bashing has gotten out of hand with new movie
It has recently come to my attention that a movie called, "Death of a President," was released into theaters.

Alaska needs a statewide avalanche forecasting system
I commend the city of Juneau for partially funding the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center so that it may operate, albeit on a limited basis, an avalanche forecasting system.

$6.9 billion difference deserves analysis
I read with interest Rep. Paul Seaton's article in the Oct. 25 Empire, regarding the Public Employees' Retirement System and Teachers' Retirement System.

Photo: Blustery day
Jan Conitz walks Monday in the Taku winds and snow near the Douglas Boat Harbor.

High court considers suits against city, Empire
The Alaska Supreme Court is considering an appeal from a Juneau man attempting to sue the city for harassment and the Juneau Empire for defamation.

Rape a significant problem in Juneau
The rate at which women are raped in Juneau is three times greater than the national average, according to 2005 statistics released recently by law enforcement officials.

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

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

Photo: Outstanding teacher
Kindergarten and first-grade teacher Jennifer Thompson reads to her class Monday at Gastineau Elementary School.

Touch-screen machines make general election debut
Millions of dollars have been spent putting electronic voting machines into every precinct in Alaska.

Point Bridget land swap hearing cancelled
A controversial land trade has been put on hold until the properties at Point Bridget State Park and a neighboring Bible camp can be reappraised, a state official said Tuesday.

Fundraisers set for critically ill women
Two Juneau woman remain critically ill in Seattle while friends and family members organize fundraisers for medical expenses.

Andrea Doll leads in House District 4 race
Democrats claimed victory Tuesday in the two House races and one Senate contest decided by Juneau voters.

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

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

Correction
Tuesday's Juneau Empire incorrectly said the first use of touch-screen voting machines was Nov. 7. In fact, they were used in the August primary as well.

Photo: Dynamite campaign
Dave Wohlers, dressed as Napoleon Dynamite from the popular 2004 movie "Napoleon Dynamite," waves to passing motorists Tuesday near Egan Drive as he holds a sign urging people to vote for Pedro, a character from the movie.

Photo: Landing another term
Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, right, speaks with Kim Metcalf-Helmar on Tuesday at Election Central at Centennial Hall. Kerttula ran unopposed for re-election to the state House of Representatives.

Charred barge towed to Juneau after fire near Sitka
A cargo van whose contents caught fire on a barge was still billowing smoke Tuesday as the vessel was being towed to Juneau from Frederick Sound.

School Board: Thunder Mountain High School it is
The votes are in, and the winner is Thunder Mountain High School.

How to create a holiday cheese plate
With the leaves now mostly turned and fallen, the clocks turned one hour back, and the pumpkins carved and discarded, we begin planning for the upcoming holidays.

Neighbors Digest
Student symphony holds autumn concerts Saturday and Sunday, Avalanche center shows ski, snowboard film this Friday & Girl Scout conference, 'Growing Girls to Greatness,' starts Thursday

Soldier Stories: Sgt. Ian Mullett
"My first military experience came when I joined the Youth Corps, a kind of quasi-military school for at-risk kids."

Photo: Foundation for End of Life Care donates to Hospice and Home Care
Kim Redifer, center, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau director, receives a $10,000 check from Foundation for End of Life Care Board of Directors President Sheldon Winters, left, and Eric Kueffner, right, of Juneau Community Foundation.

High school political cartoon contest winners
Kids Voting Juneau - a nonpartisan educational program that includes a civic education curriculum and gives students an opportunity to vote with their parents at the polls - announced the winners of its first political cartoon contests...

Recognitions
Army Reserve Pvt. Alex A. Hunt, Christina NaMee Eriksen, Army Pvt. Kevin B. Vick & Alan R. Floresca

William Dibb
Former Juneau resident William C. "Bill" Dibb, who served as a Roman Catholic minister in Alaska for more than three decades, died Nov. 2 at the Jesuit Regis Community Infirmary in Spokane, Wash. He was 81.

Edith Trambitas
Lifetime Juneau resident Edith "Edie" Dora Trambitas, 88, died Nov. 4, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a short illness.

My Turn: There are no winners in Iraq war
"We're winning, and we will win, unless we leave before the job is done."

Alaska editorial: Managing wildlife in crisis mode is bad policy
Opponents of using aircraft in predator control programs in Alaska again hope to take their case to the voters.

My turn: Looking at myths about the road
During the recent televised debate it was heartwarming to see both major candidates for governor come out in favor of completing the road to Katzehin Flats.

Taking the next step
With a year under its belt, the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team enters its second year with a host of new faces and a healthy dose of confidence.

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.

Corrections

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.

JAHA roundup: White's goal lifts the Blue in Women's B battle
Gina White's goal with 1:45 left in the first period lifted Blue past the Red to a 1-0 win in the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's Tier B contest on Sunday.

Legislators want call for session withdrawn
State House leaders say if Gov. Frank Murkowski insists on calling a special session for later this month, they will adjourn without taking any action.

Voters decide bench fate of judge facing charges
A District Court judge facing misconduct charges trailed in his bid to retain his job with most votes counted Tuesday.

Togiak holds second vote on alcohol
Togiak voters are again heading to the polls to decide whether alcohol should be legal in the Southwest Alaska village for the first time in 24 years.

This day in history
In Alaska, the nation & the world

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

Young wins 18th congressional term
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young said the biggest problem he had with his re-election campaign was that supporters did not believe had had a serious challenge.

Uncertain mood surrounds final hours before election
Al Grillo / The Associated PRess

Seekins trails in Senate race
A Democrat and retired union leader took an early lead in a Fairbanks Senate race against one-term Republican Ralph Seekins.

Alaska Digest
Pilot of small plane dies near Cordova, Army identifies soldier killed in Iraq & Coast Guard awards medal for past rescue

Voters reject gas tax
Alaska voters shot down a proposal to tax North Slope oil companies $1 billion a year until a natural gas pipeline is built.

Alaska Digest
Grand jury hands down rape indictment, Teen pleads no contest in murder & Court blocks sale of old-growth timber

Palin captures governor's race
Republican Sarah Palin fought her way to the governor's office by beating two of the state's most successful elected leaders.

Voters OK 90-day limit on sessions
Juneau residents and businesses are likely to see less of the state's lawmakers in 2007.

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