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Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Not a unanimous vote for Iraq war
I am writing to point out a factual error in Michael Heiman's My Turn essay, published on Nov. 30.

Please stop the nancification of cable
Last week, Sen. Stevens, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, hosted informal hearings on regulating cable and satellite TV programming.

Benefits ruling is the right call
Regarding the recent unanimous ruling by the Alaska Supreme Court that extends health and other job-related benefits to same-sex domestic partners: I would like to remind everyone that this is an employment equality issue.

Support wild fish over hatchery
Haines is known for its five runs of salmon - all wild - a value rare on this planet, and a tourist draw, that is best nurtured and promoted.

Holiday Tradition
T he Governor's Mansion opened its doors to the public Tuesday to continue a 92-year-old Christmas tradition.

Photo: Snow-capped
The bronze bust of Dr. Jose Rizal wears a coat and cap of snow Monday in Manila Square. Rizal, a patriot, physician, novelist, playwright and advocate for government reform, is one of the Philippines' most beloved historical figures.

City Seeks Flood Relief
City leaders are seeking state and federal disaster relief after two weeks of heavy rain led to at least $500,000 in damage.

Photo: Angels in the making
Gastineau Elementary School students, from left, Michelle Massad and Raven Joey, both 11, make snow angels Tuesday in front of the school while on recess from Shirley Walkush's fifth-grade class.

Man accused of stealing van on his way out of jail
A 21-year-old Sitka man released from Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Tuesday allegedly stole a van just a block from the prison and lasted only two hours on the street.

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

On the other side of the Cancer Battle
While practicing medicine in Juneau for almost three decades, Dr. William Cole has learned how to tell patients they have cancer

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Former Assembly candidate eager to serve in Iraq war
While war drags on in Iraq, David Summers said he doesn't want to sit on the sidelines.

Images from another time: Fourth float, 1966
Children play and cheer for a mock football game on this Fourth of July float called "Little Today, Big Tomorrow" during the Juneau parade in 1966.

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

Dick, Bays marry
Amy Rene Dick of Juneau and Charles Allen Bays of Phoenix were married Sept. 3, 2005, in Phoenix.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Photo: Chillin' out
This Great Blue Heron takes refuge from a harbor seal on Sunday atop a lamppost on the downtown wharf.

Time to sign up for Medicare Prescription Drug Program
Senior citizens over 65 have until Dec. 31, 2005 to enroll in the Medicare Prescription Drug Program for coverage beginning Jan. 1.

Student recognition
Recognizing outstanding academic performances

Katherine Ann Gale
Former Juneau resident Katherine Ann Gale, 58, died on Nov. 28, 2005, at Providence Alaska Medical Center of lung cancer.

Jack Rowan Kelm
Former Juneau resident Jack Rowan Kelm, 77, died Nov. 3, 2005, at his Beach Road home in Haines of a suspected heart attack.

Joseph Demmert Jr.
Lifelong Alaskan Joseph Demmert Jr., 79, died Nov. 28, 2005, at Ketchikan General Hospital after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Fundraising year should speak volumes about governor's race
As the end of the year approaches, many common themes occupy our thoughts and activities.

My Turn: Alaska should act on identity theft
Understandably the next legislative session will be dominated by gas pipeline negotiations.

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

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

Panel holds off on creating group to oversee gaming
A legislative task force put off recommending whether an Alaska Gaming Commission should be created, with members acutely aware that an "aye" vote could be seen as an endorsement for expanding gambling in the state.

Observatory adds camera for volcano
Scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory have begun began broadcasting a live view of Augustine Volcano.

Plaintiff added to suit against priest
A fourth man has joined a lawsuit accusing a former Anchorage Catholic priest of sexual assault.

Capitol's First Tree
Though few politicians stir in the state Capitol during the holiday season, visions of Alaska are twinkling in their first-ever Capitol tree.

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

Groups work to create loan fund for land cleanup
A group of economic development organizations and municipalities wants to start a fund for cleaning polluted and contaminated land in Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

SE deer sighted in Anchorage for 3rd year
Sitka black-tailed deer continue to be spotted in the Anchorage bowl and biologists say they may become permanent residents.

Jury convicts ex-police officer of killing 19-year-old in Nome
A former Nome police officer who testified he did not shoot Sonya Ivanoff was convicted Tuesday in the 19-year-old's death.

9th Circuit to hear appeal of Exxon suit
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Jan. 27 in San Francisco over whether plaintiffs should get $4.5 billion plus interest in punitive damages from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound.

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