We need education, not another lawsuit
Last week, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that teenage girls can obtain abortions without parental consent, and immediately Gov. Sarah Palin instructed an attorney general to file a petition for a rehearing.

Workers have nothing to lose in uniting
Once again the Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA Local 52, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) is the laughing stock of state employees' unions.

Benefits director deserves pat on back
I would like to express my gratitude to the new Director of Retirement and Benefits Pat Shier and his staff for the expeditious manner in which they resolved inequities in the Retiree Optional Life Insurance Program.

AFN drubs Bristol Bay people on Pebble
I am from Bristol Bay and watched Alaska Federation of Natives give the people of Bristol Bay a drubbing that I have not seen before. I realize that the initiative to protect water quality is far-reaching and could have a negative impact on the future of mining in the entire state of Alaska.

Injustice affects all around the globe
In a global society, anything that happens in any part of the world can create a ripple effect to impact all of us. Every single one of us can contribute to the betterment or digression of our society and the world, in general.

It's hard to think about love during war
I thank Courtney Nelson for her very brave and insightful article in the Hooligan on Nov. 1 regarding love during war. My brother is in Iraq, and the war seems so far from the consciousness of most people I come in contact with daily.

Love and war, continued
I, like many of you, have been carrying on with my life in complete denial of the fact that our country is at war. Courtney Nelson points out that it is time to have a discussion about just exactly what allows us to maintain this mental façade. Here are a few ideas.

Schools should focus on stamping out drugs
I find interesting all the rhetoric in the paper about the new high school and curriculum that is being discussed and how both will help lower the dropout rate in the district, when neither one focuses on the real problem.

Around Town

Equity at center of school district sports debate
Smack in the middle of the Next Generation sports huddle is a buzzword driving the plan for a new athletics program in the city's high schools: equity.

Canotes to bring vast library of old-time music to Juneau
Seattle twin brothers Greg and Jere Canote have been mining novelty tunes from the old-time fiddling catalog since the 1970s.

School Board mulls transition plan
The Next Generation Secondary Planning Committee faced a few questions after presenting its preliminary report to the Juneau School Board on Tuesday during a work session.

The subhead of the article "Sealaska approves $17.5 million payout" on the front page Tuesday's Empire was incorrect. The subhead should have read "Urban and at-large shareholders to receive $10.90 per share."

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

An article about Sealaska Corp. approving a dividend payout in Tuesday's Juneau Empire should have made clear that shareholders voted to approve two things this summer.

Photo: Images from another time Welcoming the governor, 1982
An enthusiastic crowed greets Gov.-elect Bill Sheffield, second from right, as he arrives at Juneau International Airport after he was elected governor in November 1982.

Committee hears lengthy testimony about herring
Many people want to protect and restore Lynn Canal herring numbers, but there's some concern about the burdens of listing the fish as endangered, a public hearing indicated Wednesday night.

Around Town

Photo: Canoe taking shape
Juneau Tlingit artist Doug Chilton works Tuesday on the bow of a canoe he is carving at Sealaska Plaza.

Photo: Early grocery store in Juneau Images from another time
An unidentified group of men stand in front of Home Grocery, a store owned by John Hermle Sr. and located on the corner of Willoughby Avenue and E Street, which is now Glacier Avenue.

Business Digest
Two Juneau women in Top 40 Under 40; Class offered for business plans

Hearing slated for Lynn Canal herring petition
The Juneau Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on a petition to list Lynn Canal herring as an endangered or threatened species at 6:30 p.m. today at Centennial Hall.

For some, child care is out of reach
While affordable housing is a big problem for many Juneau residents, child care is of equal or greater concern for many families.

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

Neighbors Digest
Hospice celebrates hospice, palliative care month; Gastineau Elementary School holds Healthy Futures Family Nights; Juneau plans for 50th anniversary statehood celebration; Coffee & Collections Series continues with U.S. Bureau of Mines;

Andrea Keikkala, a 1999 graduate of Juneau Douglas High School was named one of Alaska's Top Forty Under 40 for 2007 by the Alaska Journal of Commerce and Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you, welcome home, Alaska Army National Guard troops; Thank you for your honesty in getting my purse back to me; Thank you for staging the identity theft seminar on Nov. 1

Thank you Juneau, tell us what you think
Perseverance Theatre has embarked upon an exciting year of transition. After eight years as the primary fund-raiser and public voice for the theatre, Jeff Herrmann, our producing director, left to begin work as the managing director of Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.

'Peace of Kake' invited to Healthy Native Communities Fellowship
For the fourth straight year, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is participating on a local team that has earned a spot in the national Healthy Native Communities Fellowship program.

Nelson, Hohenthaner to wed
Meghan Hohenthaner, of Juneau, and Timothy Nelson, of Petersburg, will marry at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2007, at the Thane Ore House. A reception will follow.

Be sure to M*A*S*H it up
Make sure to catch "M*A*S*H" this weekend at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School.

Pets of the week
Snowflake, Missy are beautiful, well trained

Field trip to the hatchery
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool students participated in a field trip at Macaulay Salmon Hatchery last Thursday and Friday on Channel Drive.





John Hinchman Jr.
Juneau resident John Albert Hinchman Jr. died Nov. 5, 2007, in Juneau. He was 56.

Charles Connelley Jr.
Former Juneau resident Charles "Chuck" F. Connelley Jr. died Nov. 1, 2007, in Phoenix after a brief illness. He was 81.

Rhonda Jo Brockman
Former Juneau resident Rhonda Jo Brockman, of Prairie Grove, Ariz., died Oct. 28, 2007, in Fayetteville, Ariz. She was 41.

Getting a share of petroleum pie
Juneau has been fortunate to welcome the Alaska Legislature back to the capital since Gov. Sarah Palin called it into special session.

Alaska editorial: Too many Alaska kids don't finish high school
A national report about dropout rates labeled some Alaska schools "drop-out factories."

Empire editorial: Palin delivers a timely message in, for Juneau
For those who heard Gov. Sarah Palin speak at the annual Juneau Chamber of Commerce banquet on Oct. 27, her message was more timely, more specific and more pertinent to Juneau and Southeast Alaska than many in this business community might have expected.

My turn: Tying into power and a cleaner future
Hemlock trees are dying on the Skagway mountainside. It would not be news if this was just another tree blight, but it's not. It is an air quality issue with ramifications for all cruise ships' ports of call.

Outside editorial: Entertainment extends far beyond television
The walkout by the Writers Guild of America is hardly long enough for either side to register any effect aside from the spate of reruns on late-night TV and Comedy Central.

Bears are Boise-bound
Football doesn't do it. Neither does basketball, hockey, baseball or softball.

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Dimond presents major test for JDHS
The Monday after the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team's epic five-game victory over Ketchikan in the Southeast Conference title game, the Crimson Bears continued to relive their match.

Alaska mining industry announces record year
Alaska's mining industry posted a record-breaking year in 2006, largely because of the high prices for zinc and other metals, state officials said Wednesday.

Humpback, fin whales seen near Arctic Ocean
Endangered humpback whales swam into the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's northern coast this summer, far beyond their usual range.

State-owned dairy records loss
Valley farmers are on notice: Matanuska Maid will stop buying milk in early December.

Corruption probe boosts tax support
While Republicans are divided over whether the state should raise oil taxes, lately, it's appeared that GOP legislators backing the Republican governor have the upper hand.

Lawmakers pushing for parental consent abortion referendum
Two Republicans are leading a push by state lawmakers to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year to determine whether underage teenage girls need parental consent to have an abortion.

Voters may get say in agency's relocation
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Wednesday certified an initiative petition to undo a controversial change to one of the state's environmental oversight agencies made by former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Alaska Digest
Cooperative Extension Service to move; Alaskans among Fort Drum soldiers killed; Teen arrested in Halloween robbery

Northwest Digest
Rotten-egg smell wafts over Soldotna; Residents rally to support beavers; Feds seize fossil from Washington couple; Deal struck in fight over BPA benefits

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

University to request $625.6 million
The University of Alaska plans to ask the state for $625.6 million this year for projects including a new science building and new job-focused programs such as nursing.

BP: Confidentiality breached
BP, the operator of the Alaska's largest oil field, is balking at providing information the state says it needs to make the Petroleum Profits Tax work.

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