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Thursday, November 9, 2006

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.

Retirement legislation made things worse
Pat Wellington, an elected Public Employees' Retirement System board member who devoted 50 years of public service in Alaska, is right: Senate Bill 141 made the PERS-Teachers' Retirement System situation worse.

Internet is more risky than the Hooligan
If your children are on the Internet they have a much higher chance of being exposed to drugs, pornography, violence, "inappropriate language" etc., than they do browsing the Hooligan.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

District 4 race not yet decided
Democrat Andrea Doll holds a commanding, but not insurmountable lead over Republican Randy Wanamaker in the race for House District 4, election watchers said Wednesday.

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

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: Police respond to crash
Juneau Police officers Terry Allen, left, and Shawn Phelps investigate an auto accident Thursday in a ditch off Egan Drive near Salmon Creek.

Juneau voters follow nation, not state
Juneau residents broke with most of Alaska in choosing a new governor, weighing in heavily against winner Sarah Palin.

Business Digest
MCI rate increase teleconference setinute, Lifestyle boutique opens downtown, Chamber honors Coast Guard officer, Spa shop expands & Alaska seafood draws crowd at trade show

First snow has skiers looking up
The first substantial snowstorm of the season left 19 inches in the mountains and lots of people in town asking the same question.

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.

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.

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

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

JDHS production of popular play 'Holes' has no trouble filling cast
Children's theater productions can be a hard sell with Juneau-Douglas High School drama students. That wasn't the case with "Holes," Louis Sachar's adaptation of his Newbery Medal-winning novel.

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.

Unofficial precinct results for the 2006 general election

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

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: 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.

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

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

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...

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."

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

Vicenta Maciel
Vicenta "Vinci" M. Maciel died Nov. 3, 2006, in Juneau. She was 84.

Alaska editorial: Somerville should step down from Game Board
Why is Ron Somerville still on the Alaska Board of Game?

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.

JDHS hockey routs Nikiski
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team continued its mastery of Nikiski on Wednesday by opening the season with a 6-0 victory over the host Bulldogs.

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.

Toughness lifts JDHS to state tourney
For relief pitchers in the World Series or high school volleyball players in an intense tournament, one key attribute can go a long, long way - a short memory.

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.

Signing bonuses
Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Talisa Rhea and Will Egolf both signed their national letters of intent to play college basketball on Wednesday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Sports in Juneau

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.

Palin finds favor even with former unbelievers
Molly Stone went to bed still hoping Democrat Tony Knowles would surpass the hefty lead held by Republican Sarah Palin and make a comeback as Alaska's governor.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Knowles concedes governor's race & Coal-gasification could help Agrium,

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