Friday, November 10, 2006

Keep religious beliefs out of the schools
It has come to my attention that the First Amendment of the Constitution no longer exists.

The value of Sealaska stock is not monetary
Torvald Knudson, a resident of Sherwood, Ore., wrote in his June 15 My Turn, "My (Sealaska) stock is by law inalienable.

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.

Something's rotten in north Douglas
Once upon a time, Juneau voters approved a sales tax extension to fund capital improvements, such as Auke Bay harbor improvements and north Douglas sewer expansion.

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.

Correction
An A1 story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire about the results of Ballot Measure 1 misstated the year the 90-day legislative session would begin.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Veterans' totem ascends
The Southeast Alaska Native Veterans have been talking for several years about hiring a master carver to carve a totem pole.

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.

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

Photo: Stringing in the season
Paul Davis, a lineman for Chatham Electric, puts up a string of more than 300 lights Thursday on the Douglas Community Christmas Tree.

Unofficial precinct results for the 2006 general election

Photo: Snowy sculpture
Lael Rogers, left, and Emily Smith, both 14, stop to make snowmen on Thursday on the Ninth Street Gold Creek bridge.

Game Board to decide on bear hunting
The Alaska Board of Game begins a six-day meeting this weekend with a full agenda of 47 proposals, some of which could have far-reaching effects in Southeast Alaska.

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.

Voting puts spiritual practice to work
I just voted, and I hope most Americans joined me this year in casting their votes - you will know by the time you read this just how many did.

When traveling with a cat, avoid the window seat next to the engine
As the jet engine roared down the runway, an opening appeared in the soft-sided cat carrier at my brother Jim's feet.

Neighbors Digest
Elementary kids vote in large numbers, Fire authorities urge fire sprinker checks & Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 13

Knudson and Horton to wed
Elaine Knudson and William W. Horton Jr., of Hoonah, will marry at 4 p.m. on Nov. 11, 2006, at the Pentacostal Church in Hoonah.

Pomegranates pop up in winter salads
People are always looking for "the next new thing."

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Volunteer of the Year Award nominee
"Just by her dignified presence, (Earline) calls students to respect their elders, models manners and etiquette, as well as teaches sportsmanship."

Photo: Fairweather fun
From left, Tiger Cubs of Pack 6 Den 7 members, Colton Tersteeg, Eli Gregory, guest McKie Gregory, Shafer Suzuki, Capt. Gucker, Matt Lessmeier and Cameron Marx take a tour of the Fairweather on Oct. 14.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Zakary Kirkpatrick
He is appearing in the JDHS production of "Holes," which opens Friday and runs for two weeks.

Recognitions
Mark Stopha & Jonathan Rue

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for contributing to Pet Festival, supporting JMR in Oct. 15 rescue & helping at KTOO seafood festival

FYI
Births & Courts

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

Alaska Editorial: Palin must act quickly now that she's in office
"New energy for Alaska." That's what Sarah Palin campaigned on in her quest for the governorship.

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

Homer hands JDHS hockey its first defeat
Ben Stuart / Homer News

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
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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.

Chugiak tops JDHS in five
Chugiak High School's Gary Steinfort has coached high school volleyball in Alaska for eight years.

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.

Sports in Juneau

Northwest Digest
Truckers first to try out new roundabouts, Government claims ecoterror victory, Floodwaters subside in Washington state & Mount Rainier flood damage extensive

Kensington parent reports sharp rise in third quarter earnings
Kensington Mine's parent company, Idaho-based Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., reported a sharp rise in earnings in its third quarter report.

Judge: Murkowski must have Legislature's OK to sign contract
A judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Frank Murkowski must have Legislative approval before signing any natural gas pipeline contract.

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

Sen. Murkowski supports Rumsfeld's departure
After months of publicly supporting him, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she "wholeheartedly" endorses the exit of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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State computer experts battle attacks
State computer experts have spent the week battling a sophisticated attack on some state computer systems.

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.

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