Alaska doesn't need an income tax
Contrary to the assertions made by the misguided folks at Alaskans for Fair Taxes ("State Still Needs an Income Tax," Nov. 17), the last thing Alaska needs is an income tax...

Ernestine Hayes is simply brilliant
Ernestine Hayes is my new hero. Her article "An honorary White American eyes suburbs" was brilliant.

Saddam, not Bush, was world's problem
Sybil Davis' assertion that "no link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda has ever been established" ("Number of deaths in Iraq is no Joke," Nov. 22) is false, but beside the point. He presented enough of a problem by himself.

Juneau chooses freedom over fear
This letter is in response to Russ Kelly's letter that ruminated on the 4th of July parade and suggested that a man in a mask was responsible for delivering Juneau for John Kerry.

Don't lose your empathy, Juneau
I just read Matunding's plea for a more rigid adherence to the traffic laws at the Douglas/North Douglas intersection.

A view from the other side of Douglas
This is in response to Leimomi Matunding's letter to the editor on Thursday, Nov. 18. Let's reverse the roles here, and let's say that you live in North Douglas versus Douglas.

Time to wake up and smell the carcinogens
In regards to the Nov. 18 article, Sen. Ted Stevens disagrees with a climate study's conclusion ... It is apparent that Mr. Stevens lives in the dark.

Why garbage will keep crossing state lines
Jon Bolling is quoted as saying "Who's to say that some legislators in Olympia will decide they don't want to take our garbage?

Photo: Getting ready to give
Tanya Holley prepares Thanksgiving food baskets Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul.

Bill includes $2 million for Juneau road
Southeast Alaska transportation projects will receive millions from a $388 billion spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend.

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

City agrees on HS architects
With the Juneau Assembly deciding not to seek proposals for a new high school design team, city officials project the Mendenhall Valley campus will be ready for students in mid-May 2008.

Be thankful it's not 1984
A raging windstorm that flipped airplanes, sank boats and toppled power lines and trees into buildings left Juneau residents on Thanksgiving Day 1984 thankful to make away with their lives.

Photo: A blast from the past- the big storm
The big blow: Winds up to a reported 90 mph and heavy seas battered Douglas Harbor during the Thanksgiving Day storm of 1984.

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

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

Juneau Public Market is back
For Jeanne Mungle, this year's Juneau Public Market will be her fifth as a vendor.

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

Photo: Going to market
Fabric artisan Sydney Mitchell on Tuesday holds one of the many one-of-a-kind scarves she has made and will sell at the Public Market this weekend.

Committee pushes signs to let tourists know where they are
City leaders are trying to prevent this common summer scene downtown: Tourists standing at intersections, looking confused, with a map in hand.

Driver wasn't drinking before fatal accident
The 19-year-old driver killed Oct. 30 in a vehicle collision with a rock wall on Glacier Highway wasn't drinking before the accident, police reported Wednesday.

AK Legal Services assists the needy
John Black was down on his luck last October when he was kicked out of his apartment and lost his job at the same time.

Photo: Lending a hand
Dick Hand, president of Alaska Seafood Co., and Bill Kasparoff prepare turkeys for smoking Wednesday at the Alaska Seafood Co.

Student recognition
Outstanding actions of present and former Juneau students.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau.

Photo: Compelling gloom
Rain, low tide and a lowering sky do their best but don't quite extinguish a lovely view last week of False Outer Point, the Mendenhall cirque, and exposed flora and fauna.

Association to hold juried photography exhibit at Juneau-Douglas City Museum
The Alaska Photographic Arts Association is holding its first-ever juried photography exhibition at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum throughout the month of December, with an opening reception during Gallery Walk, 4-9:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3.

Experience the power of gratitude
The race began under sunny skies and fair winds. We sailed south down Gastineau Channel, colorful spinnakers billowing in the breeze.

Susan 'Su' Elizabeth Lachelt
Longtime Juneau resident Susan Elizabeth Lachelt, 54, died Nov. 20, 2004, at her home.

My Turn: Effectively managing predators in Alaska
Debates about predator control are often heated, in part, because Alaskans have different values and care deeply about how wildlife is managed in our great state.

My Turn: A simple proposal
We have a fine hospital in Juneau, but the administrators of the hospital are not medical doctors, brain surgeons, or other specialists.

My Turn: The tide waits for no one
I read with interest Ted Wright's last two articles relating to a lot of subjects he tries to explain with little clarity.

Alaska's king of pins
When the Class 1A-2A-3A wrestling season started early last month, Rafael Ramirez-Ruiz set the goal of breaking a state record.

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.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

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.

Chicago beats Utah for first win
Coach Scott Skiles changed the way the Bulls started the game, and Ben Gordon changed the way they finished.

Alabama, Washington headline Great Alaska Shootout
Favorites have had a habit of stumbling at recent Great Alaska Shootouts.

Ketchikan agrees to auction off Loggerville
The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly has agreed to auction off the floating logging camp called Loggerville if it remains on borough property after the end of the month.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world.

State high court closes loophole for 'soft money'
The Alaska Supreme Court has upheld a state regulation that political parties disclose the sources of so-called "soft money" contributions.

Government OKs Tongass timber sale
The U.S. Forest Service has approved a timber sale to collect trees blown down by a 2001 storm in a roadless area of the Tongass National Forest.

Moody's upgrades Alaska's general obligation bond rating from negative to stable
Alaska's general obligation bond rating has been upgraded from negative to stable by Moody's Investors Service, one of the state's top three bond rating agencies.

Review board confirms two House winners
The State Review Board is completing its examination of votes cast in the Nov. 2 general election and has verified the winners of two close House races.

Sen. Stevens gives boost to Denali Commission budget
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has boosted the budget of the Denali Commission by almost 30 percent in one of his last acts as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world.

Photo: High costs
Totem Ocean Trailer Express' North Star, left, sits at the Port of Anchorage behind a smaller container ship, the Horizon Tacoma, as they are loaded for a trip to Tacoma, Wash.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state/the Northwest.

Gustavus preserves its shoreline for the future
Gustavus has joined in a $3.2 million land sale with The Nature Conservancy to protect its eight-mile shoreline.

Photo: Early delivery
Alisha Roberts, 4, left, and Lezzie Rustad, 3, play with the gifts they received Nov. 19 from an Alaska National Guardsman dressed as Santa Claus in the remote Neets'aii Gwich'in Indian community of Venetie, north of Fairbanks.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Movies this week: 'National Treasure' fun but absurd
How do you get children to ingest something healthy?

'SantaLand Diaries': A holiday in tights
Well-acquainted with the humor writing of David Sedaris, Juneau attorney, actor and arts advocate Ben Brown set about securing himself the lone role in the one-man play "The SantaLand Diaries" as soon as he read the script.

Giving thanks: an evening of burlesque
Melissa Davis has a passion for burlesque dance, and John Leo has a passion for burlesque comedy.

Larue: He's not into you? Don't waste time wondering why
A guest recently on "Oprah" advised a woman left dangling by a guy that "He's just not that into you."

What's Happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

'Little Red Riding Hood' returns
The three actors from Juneau Lyric Opera's May production of "Little Red Riding Hood" will re-stage their performance Thanksgiving weekend at Nugget Mall.

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