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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Mark Stopha & Jonathan Rue

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

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

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.

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.

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."

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

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

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.

Births & Courts

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.

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.

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

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.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska the nation & the world

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.

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

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

Will a Democratic Congress derail Alaska's pork train?

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.

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.

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