With appreciation for those in the ministry
This month, we are reminded to recognize the efforts of our pastors. I suggest we also recognize the support and efforts of their domestic partners, their husbands and their wives. Too often, their efforts are overlooked.

Campaigning should avoid manipulating fear, prejudice
I write to honor the Juneau-area candidates who campaigned so cleanly, and citizens who participated in the 50 percent voter turnout. Specifically, Juneau candidates' conduct was distinctly different from how the governor's race was conducted.

Grateful after enlightened by Art
Art Chance's excellent ad hominem critique (Empire, Nov. 11) truly put me in my place! What a marvelous piece. I would advise every sold-out Republican ex-hippie to compare it and my former piece and laugh at my silly inferiority and my idealistic uninformed "pretty pink behind," which he seemed so fond of mentioning.

An easy choice ahead
I almost got teary-eyed as I wistfully remembered when I was as smart as Chris Behnke, Juneau's adolescent sage (My Turn, Nov. 10). I briefly remembered the halcyon days of sitting cross-legged in the dorm room plotting the overthrow of the running dogs of capitalist imperialism as the sweet smoke of burning draft cards wafted through the summer air. Of course, it was always the sweet smoke of cards bearing the precious 2-S student deferment. The guys with the 1-As that could send your precious little pink behind to Vietnam apparently weren't enlightened enough to burn theirs. That 2-S was proof of our enlightenment and our solidarity with the worldwide proletariat. I almost went looking for some flowers for my hair as I wrote that!

Limited experience distorts vision
Chris Behnke's vision of the past, present and future of America (Empire, Nov. 10) is limited to the experience of a man who has lived on this planet less than 20 years.

Fire forces about 50 out of the Alaskan bar
Fire officials said a Saturday night fire at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar may have been caused by a cigarette tossed into a planter.

Juneau honors nation's veterans
More than 300 people gathered at Juneau's National Guard Armory on Tuesday to pay tribute to the country's veterans with prayer, bagpipe music and speeches. "Those young men and women who preserved our freedom, we preserve them in our hearts," said keynote speaker and Coast Guard Rear Adm. James Underwood.

Halfway-house resident charged with sex assault
A developmentally disabled Gastineau Human Services inmate is being held without bail today at the state prison after allegedly attempting to rape another inmate while she slept in her bed Sunday morning.

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

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

Kinter, Northup honored
The Juneau Human Rights Commission recognized Anne Kinter and Ellen Northup with the 2002 Human Rights Award at the Goldbelt Hotel on Sunday.

Strings and structure
Whoever originally had the idea of attaching four strings to a hollow wooden box and running a bow across them to make a sound probably never imagined 4-year-olds would pick up such an instrument, let alone make music with it. But given the right direction, even 4-year-olds can make beautiful sounds with a violin, according to Lisa Miles of Juneau, founder of The Heartstring violin studio. She teaches 35 2-to-5-year-olds and one 9-year-old at the studio, and instructs eight advanced violin students at the Juneau Community Charter School.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Juneau remembers nation's veterans
More than 300 people gathered at Juneau's National Guard Armory today to pay tribute to the country's veterans with prayer, bagpipe music and speeches.

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

Goats amble across Mount Juneau
The rugged cliffs of Mount Juneau have been a draw for mountain goats lately, giving local residents several opportunities to glimpse the sure-footed animals. Juneau photographer Pat Costello spent much of last week watching fog dissipate into crystal-clear afternoons as he headed inside for Alaska Board of Game meetings. After the board protected a white-colored black bear photographed by Costello earlier this year, Mount Juneau finally got the best of him, he said.

Bertie Mehlenbeck
Longtime Juneau resident Bertie Mehlenbeck died Nov. 4, 2002, in Juneau.

My Turn: Freedom's deep and sacred price
America was founded over 200 years ago on the concept of freedom and all it embraces. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This pursuit and founding of freedom, however fraught with normal human foibles and problems as it may be, is the highest human political ideal, the most life giving and truest reflection of humanity's best and most caring political vision of itself as a responsible community.

My Turn: The Road Maintenance Game - Part II
In our first installment we introduced game and how it is played. Now we will introduce you to the players involved and how they might affect the "game."

My Turn: Juneau access and the Information Highway
With all the discussion prior to the elections about which candidate supported the road out of Juneau along Lynn Canal, I thought it might be best to step back and really, truly have some serious dialogue. Where is this road going? The residents of Haines and Skagway have voted against it, as has Juneau on several occasions. The words commonly heard are so constituents can get to town and visit their capital and the legislators, or local residents can get out in time of inclement weather.

Learning from a pro
Juneau youth and high school baseball and softball players had an opportunity to hone their skills and learn from an experienced pro Friday and Saturday as former professional player Ben Boulware, representing America's Baseball Camp, put on a short camp at Marie Drake gymnasium.

Due to a layout error, a Juneau-Douglas High School boys swimming team photo cutline on page B1 of Sunday's Juneau Empire gave an incorrect placement for swim team member Kirk Fishel.

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 letter
I would like to thank the Juneau Empire and your sports writer Charles Bingham for a great story (Oct. 25 sports section, "Juneau's Creighton Miller to enter alma mater's hall of fame").

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Alaska Native corporations look to Outside real estate
Faced with the downturn in the stock market, several Native corporations are reconfiguring their moneymaking strategies and looking to Outside real estate opportunities.

Village in charge of its tourism destiny
Tourists making a port call at Metlakatla can count on dropping dollars in the Annette Island Tsimshian Indian village.

Navajo vet tells tale of WWII code talkers
Shortly after the start of World War II, breaking the American military code was like solving a crossword puzzle for Japanese cryptographers.

Those near epicenter felt the power
MENTASTA LAKE - When the earthquake struck this rural community southwest of Tok in Interior Alaska, 20-foot-tall spruce trees whipped back and forth, slapping the ground on each side like windshield wiper blades. Tree trunks split open. Mountains slumped. Roads buckled and cracks yawned in the earth. Houses rocked and jumped, shattering dishes and toppling TVs. Tap water turned brown, sewer lines broke, oil tanks tuned on their sides.

Three survive Merrill Field crash
Three people and a dog survived after their small plane crashed just after takeoff Saturday afternoon from Merrill Field in Anchorage.

Cordova-area oil project gets support
KENAI - A Kenai-based company is pressing for permits needed to begin exploratory drilling in a part of Prince William Sound that was the site of Alaska's first commercial oil production. Cassandra Energy Corp. recently won the Kenai City Council's support for federal approval of its plans to drill at Katalla, about 50 miles south of Cordova on the eastern side of Prince William Sound.

Anchorage man dies in accident
The pilot of an ultralight aircraft died Sunday morning just after takeoff from the Birchwood air strip, north of Anchorage.

Special court helps mothers get sober
ANCHORAGE - A new court program is trying to help Alaska mothers get clean and sober so they can reunite with their children. Family Care Court is a small experiment for parents who say they are ready to get clean. Only a dozen will be helped at the start.

Supreme Court hears challenge to Alaska's sex-offender registry law
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Supreme Court hears a case Wednesday challenging Alaska's sex offender registry law. The law is being challenged by a man who sexually molested a young girl 20 years ago. The man, known in court documents as John Doe I, pleaded no contest and served time in prison. Four years after his release the Alaska Legislature created the sex offender registry law.

Voters in 2 Alaska villages loosen alcohol restrictions
The trickle of booze flowing into two rural Alaska villages is likely to increase after voters liberalized their alcohol-control laws.

Wolf sterilization helps caribou
A wolf sterilization program developed in the Yukon is being cited as a key component to helping the recovery of the Fortymile caribou herd, according to the Whitehorse Star.

State Briefs
Veterans honored at Wasilla Wall of Honor; Golf course update tonight; Ketchikan doctor put on probation; 'Northern Exposure' star dies; Vessel thought to have sunk turns up on Afognak beach; Fairbanks man charged with kidnapping; Anchorage woman rescued after fall on Ptarmigan Peak

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