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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

It's time to fix our national parks
With divisive election rhetoric behind us, it is important to remember that there are issues with widespread bipartisan support, such as protecting and preserving America's national parks.

Homer bypasses voters on annexation issue
The city of Homer has plans to annex 26 square miles of land surrounding it.

Empire should resist pressure on Hooligan
Korry Keeker and Collette Costa in Hustler? Really that is one of the more ridiculous things I have ever read in the Empire (Bea Findlay's Nov. 8 letter to the editor).

The 'F' word
Webster's dictionary defines "poison" as "a substance which has inherent tendency to destroy life or impair health."

It's time to halt an unhealthy trend
All parents should know that our schools are now one of the largest sources of unhealthy food for kids. Candy, soda, pizza and other snacks compete with nutritious meals everyday with the junk food variety winning hands down every time.

Democrats need to fight for Constitution
For 800 years, citizens have been protected against arbitrary government authority by the right of habeas corpus, first specified in the Magna Carta.

Teach kids to make right choices
I wanted to send my appreciation to the writers and editors of the Hooligan for finally coming out with a paper geared towards opinion and entertainment.

Historical coincidence
History often teaches lessons and provides parallels, which illuminate and benefit our understanding of the present.

Think outside the pavement
Yesterday I received e-mail and photos from Thailand. Last weekend I chatted online with friends from Seattle, Canada, and Honduras.

Photo: Unexpected delay
Lt. Gov. Loren Leman, right, does a crossword puzzle Monday as fellow Alaska Airlines traveler Doug Isaacson, mayor of North Pole, looks on at the Sitka airport.

Photo: Smooth move
Jackson Lehnhart, 13, center, breaks away with the puck Sunday as Matthew Whistler, 13, left, and his father, Geoff Whistler watch on the Mendenhall Lake near Skater's Cabin.

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

Storm highlights Juneau's isolation
The heavy snowstorm that hampered access to Juneau and caused postponement of a special Legislative session gave a few more rounds of ammunition to proponents of moving the state capital.

New youth center to open in Juneau
The mall, a fast food joint, a friend's house when parents aren't home - if you're a middle school or high school student in Juneau, your options of places to hang out after school are pretty slim.

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

Photo: Tubing escort
Kieran Poulson-Edward, 11, is escorted by his border collie, Jess, as he slides down the tubing hill Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Special session is rescheduled, will start today
A special session of the Alaska Legislature was snowed out Monday and rescheduled for 11 a.m. today.

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

Heavy snowfall snarls travel
Twelve inches of snow blanketed Juneau on Monday, causing a rash of cancellations, delays and traffic problems.

Board of Game rejects bear-hunting proposal
The Alaska Board of Game voted unanimously Sunday not to allow bear hunting around the Pack Creek Brown Bear Viewing Area.

Commissioners to review parks plan
Juneau planning commissioners are expected to make decisions tonight on a variety of issues, from city parks improvements to a proposed 79-lot subdivision in the Mendenhall Valley.

Correction

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

MCI cancels plans for rate increase
A proposed MCI Communications Services rate hike has been withdrawn, according to state officials.

My turn: Palin can learn from Murkowski
On Dec. 4, Sarah Palin will become Alaska's top program manager.

Crimson Bears win tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team got a good look at its Southeast Conference rivals last weekend at the Sitka Invitational.

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.

Photo: Tug of war
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Alissa Hulbert, left, and Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Tessa Martin battle for the ball during a B Division basketball game Thursday.

Photo: Up for air
Glacier Swim Club athlete Jay Hodgson competes in the boys 10 and under 200-yard butterfly at the ABC Invitational Meet on Saturday at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

Sitka Invitational Results
Saturday at Sitka

JDHS hockey finds positives despite winless weekend
Despite losing all three games at the End of the Road Shootout tournament in Homer over the weekend, the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team should find plenty of reasons to be optimistic.

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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.

Homeland security funds go to radio system
Alaska collected more than $50 million from a federal homeland security grant program in the past four years with most of the money going into a unified radio system for law enforcement, the military and emergency workers.

Alaskans welcome new head of church
Leaders of Alaska's Episcopalians are among those welcoming the first female bishop to head the Episcopal Church.

Dictionary seeks to preserve endangered native Han language
The language of the Han people of the upper Yukon basin will be preserved in dictionary form thanks to the efforts of Belgian linguist Willem De Reuse and the Alaska Native Language Center.

Sled dogs OK after tumble inside truck
No matter how challenging the Happy River Steps, Dalzell Gorge, and other notoriously dangerous sections of the Iditarod trail are in this season's race, Kasilof musher Bruce Linton will be able to rest assured they can't be any worse than what he's already endured.

UAF may nab new ship
University of Alaska Fairbanks SCHOOL OF FISHERIES AND ocean Sciences via The Associated Press

This Day in History
In Alaska

Alaska Digest
Man stabbed to death at birthday party, Republicans re-elect Harris as speaker, Owners say cyanide will prolong gold mine & Fred Meyer mothballs plans for Homer store

Northwest Digest
Certification efforts for crab continue, Snow, winds close schools in Barrow, Green groups split on wilderness bills & Farmers appeal water increase for salmon

This Day in History
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