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.

It was truth that was ugly, not lies
The recent letter from Mr. Reese addressing "lies" by our president (Empire, Nov. 5) plays fast and loose with the text of the 2003 State of the Union address.

President doesn't meet Bible standards
This letter is prompted by the op-ed piece by the publisher, Robert Hale, in the Empire on Sunday Nov. 7; the one about moving on. Before I respond, here's some thoughts about how the president got re-elected.

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.

Column captures road issue
Seems to me that many people who oppose the road from Juneau to Skagway choose not to let the facts get in the way of their anti-road opinion.

Alaska's absentee process worked
In defense of the Division of Elections, my wife and I did receive our Alaska absentee ballots in time to vote. We applied for our absentee ballots several months ago. I was concerned when they had not arrived in early October so I checked the elections Web site, noting that the state was reprinting the ballots. I checked each day and when elections stated they had mailed the ballots, I watched for them in the mail. They arrived in mid-October, my wife and I voted, mailed our ballots back and mission complete.

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.

A sad day, when campaign calls work
I enjoyed reading Ms. Williams' letter to the editor (Empire, Nov. 4) "Campaign bullying doesn't work," and all I can say is obviously it did.

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.

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 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.

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

Canada says no to Juneau forum on mine
Canadian environmental regulators have declined to attend a public forum in Juneau on the proposed Tulsequah Chief multi-metal mine in the Taku River watershed.

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.

Photo: Youth goes out on a limb
A juvenile bald eagle perches on a tree limb Monday near Mendenhall Lake.

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.

Due to an editor's oversight, an article in the Sunday Juneau Empire on the climbing death of mountaineer Kenny Kasselder, misstated the height of the peaks that he had climbed in Glacier National Park in Montana.

City eyes plan for cluster housing
Juneau's abundant wetlands and steep mountains make it a paradise for outdoor activities but a challenge for residential development.

Photo: Having a ball
Asher Cedillo, 5, leaps off a snowball Monday in the Mendenhall Valley.

Photo: Prancing through the snow
Alea Oien takes her son Evan, 3, for a ride Monday on Ginger in the Mendenhall Valley.

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

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Angelo "Mike" Guinzy
Former Juneau resident Angelo "Mike" Guinzy, 75, of Ashley, Ill., died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital of Centralia, Ill.

Alaska editorial: Time for a true capitol in Juneau
This editorial appeared in Friday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

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

Election outcome is not necessarily a moral victory
According to the pundits, 81 percent of voters who cited "morality" as their top concern voted for Bush last Tuesday.

High-scoring Jazz improve record to 4-0
The Utah Jazz are off to their highest-scoring start in nearly a decade.

Photos: State swim scenes
Photos from Friday's state swim competition

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.

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.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from the northwest

Asian bank considers tapping into Alaska Native knowledge
Indigenous people in Asian and Pacific nations have much to learn from Alaska Natives in reducing poverty and establishing firm economies, according to a retired Pacific Rim executive.

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.

N. Slope police try to stave off burnout
The North Slope Borough will rotate its police officers in an attempt to stanch high turnover and early burnout.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Alutiiq elders work to save dying language
Kodiak's Native language is in danger of dying out and Alutiiq elders are at the forefront of an effort to save it for future generations.

Board eyes new limits on Chignik seine co-op
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will consider several proposals to cap the membership in the Chignik salmon cooperative and its allocations in the Chignik purse seine salmon fishery when it meets in Anchorage next week.

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