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Tuesday, December 7, 2004

Stop driving and talking on phone
As a motorcycle rider, I am acutely aware of the driving habits of the automobiles around me because my life depends on this awareness far more than most people's.

Keep Celebration in SE
Regarding Celebration: What the Sealaska organization needs to remember is that Sealaska stands for Southeast Alaska Native Organization.

Grant driving privilege gradually
Unfortunately I missed the beginnings of this discussion, but I would like to voice my opinion.

Hate begets hate
I recently encountered a quote attributed to Richard M. Nixon that strikes me as surprisingly true: "Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them back; and then you destroy yourself."

Divergent views in the Empire
The column "Edge of the Village," by Ernestine Hayes, in Sunday's paper, tells the wise and age-old true story of the kind of respect for the whole-of-nature that all of us would be well advised to emulate.

Ukraine vs. U.S.
Stolen elections happen someplace else, like Ukraine.

Images from another time: Capitol saver
Former Democrat Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield, bottom right, gives his inaugural address on December 6, 1982 in the 8th-floor atrium of the State Office Building.

Group formed for restoration of governor's residence
The Governor's House needs a makeover, according to first lady Nancy Murkowski.

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

Photo: Winter on the way
The sun peeks through the clouds before sunset Monday, lighting up an otherwise normal, gray December day at Auke Bay harbor.

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

Capital relocation: It's back
A group of Kenai Peninsula residents has formed a committee to lobby for moving the state capital out of Juneau.

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

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

Retired teacher receives honors
Deb Gill, a recently retired special-education teacher in Juneau, has won a national award for her career work with students with severe disabilities.

Donor's gift pays admission for 270 into 'Nutcracker'
Thanks to a last-minute gift by a longtime local advocate of the arts, more than 270 children and parents were given free tickets to the Oregon Ballet Theatre's Thanksgiving weekend production of "The Nutcracker" at Juneau-Douglas High School.

City sued for sexual harrassment
A woman who resigned from the city's harbors department last year claims hostility toward women in her department forced her out, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

Photo: Christmas treats
Jessica Miller, left, and Nell McConahey, volunteer workers for the annual governor's open house, prepare banana cream tarts Monday at the Governor's House.

Juneau man enters guilty plea in sexual abuse of minors
He will be on probation for 10 years with the eight years hanging over him, which means if he commits crimes, he will need to serve those eight years.

Fee for airport parking revised
After months of meeting with tenants and employees, the Juneau International Airport administration proposed revising its monthly employee parking fee from $35 per person to $35 per space so employees can share a parking space.

Lands committee gives nod to rezoning for apartments on Lemon Creek
The Assembly Lands Committee approved a proposal Monday night to change 6 acres of land near Lemon Creek from the rural-reserve and industrial zone to a residential zone, with up to 10 homes per acre.

Photo: Eaglecrest aviation
Matt Kern, 18, goes airborne Sunday afternoon near the top of the Ptarmigan chairlift at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Olaf "Ole" H. Thorgaard
Olaf "Ole" H. Thorgaard, 90, died on Nov. 25, 2004, in Tenakee Springs.

My Turn: Gravina's value is more than the trees
Just days before it was required to respond to the administrative appeals filed by the Organized Village of Saxman, the Metlakatla Indian Community, and others, the Forest Service withdrew the controversial decision to authorize logging nearly 38 million board feet of forest and building about 22 miles of road on Gravina Island.

My Turn: Predator-killing programs don't work for Alaskans
The state of Alaska is attempting to minimize public outcry over the massive aerial wolf killing programs currently underway on tens of thousands of square miles in Alaska.

Alaska editorial: Support initiative to cap campaign donations
Unless the Alaska Legislature gets the message sooner, in 2006 Alaska voters should rein in lax campaign spending and lobbying rules lawmakers treated themselves to in 2003.

No menu, no prices and no cash register
After months of watching the "Costa's Diner" mural materialize in the hall of the Merchants Wharf, I'd heard she finally opened Saturday.

Alaska Editorial: Tighten disclosure law, not campaign contributions
The folks who for some reason believe Alaska's campaign finance law should be more stringent than those governing federal elections are at it again.

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.

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.

Petersburg wrestlers return to competition, win Southeast crowns
Petersburg wrestlers Levi Newman and Neil Jenny competed in their first matches of the season last weekend, and made up for lost time by claiming region crowns in their respective weight classes.

Slumping Jazz drop their fifth game in a row
Shaquille O'Neal got his 10,000th career rebound and his team won its second straight game.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Felix, Ritter inducted into Juneau-Douglas football Hall of Fame
Brian Felix and Jake Ritter were inducted into the Juneau-Douglas High School football team's Hall of Fame on Friday, capping the Crimson Bears' annual awards banquet in the JDHS Commons.

Octopus doesn't give up on offspring
She didn't want to leave (her eggs). As the water was going down she was going down with it. She would spray a burst of water on the rocks on top of them.

Flying mishaps in Alaska at their lowest in 20 years
The number of aviation accidents in Alaska in the last fiscal year was the lowest it's been in 20 years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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

Photo: Million-dollar smile
Sue Anelon of Iliamna talks about her good fortune Friday in Anchorage. She became a millionaire by winning $1.9 million on a slot machine in Oregon.

Attorney general's involvement in Taiwan coal deal goes deep
Attorney General Gregg Renkes played a much larger role than he previously stated in pushing a $1 billion coal deal between Alaska and Taiwan that would benefit a Denver company in which he owned stock.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

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

Legal insanity definition challenged
Two Anchorage residents charged with first-degree murder are challenging Alaska's legal insanity law, among the strictest in the nation.

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