Help Bingham get his property back
Charles Bingham has an exceptional talent and is a wonderful writer. He has enlightened sports readers with his highlights of events around Juneau - especially high school sports.

Letter had it right
Hurray to Gary Hayden. We need more letters and articles like the one featured in the Dec. 10 issue of the Empire. Not too many people make reference to the Constitution anymore nor talk about the principles upon which this country was founded.

Tell me your story
I am a fifth-grade student, and my class is studying America and American history. We have been asked to write reports on one of our favorite states in America. I have chosen to report on Alaska. The reports will cover topics such as history, culture, geography, jobs, and places of interest.

Concerned about exports
I am amazed that most Sealaska shareholders continue to complain about insufficient dividends.

Students need gun training
Patty Owen states, in a Dec. 11 letter to the editor, "hunter education is not an essential outdoor survival skill." What?

Consult community before destroying mural
The announced destruction of a popular mural at the Robertson Building of the University of Alaska Southeast's Ketchikan campus is another example of a community "slap in the face" orchestrated by the Juneau-based bureaucracy running the campus.

Mining worked for Juneau
Remember the good old days of mining in Alaska when exploration boomed in Juneau? You know, back before the turn of the century. Businesses were benefited by the boom. Many were created as a result of it.

Winter revelry
Juneau-Douglas High School students dance the night away at the annual Snow Ball

Police nab alleged knife-wielding burglar after hotel incident
Police caught a man accused of entering a downtown hotel room brandishing a knife and threatening a hotel guest Sunday.

Local libraries to introduce faster, friendlier catalog system
A search for the latest Barbara Kingsolver novel or John Grisham thriller will be easier and faster with a new computerized catalog local libraries are unveiling this week.

Due to incorrect information supplied to the Empire, an article in Monday's paper gave the wrong age for Lawrence "Smokey" Howell.

Montana Creek park designation draws debate
A move to designate land around Montana Creek as a "natural park area" drew debate, but no agreement, from Juneau Assembly members on Monday. Assembly members have spent months discussing the possibility of amending the city's comprehensive plan to turn the Montana Creek corridor in the Mendenhall Valley into a natural park. Members voted down a change at two earlier meetings and forwarded the issue to the Assembly's Lands Committee on Monday for more discussion.

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

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

This Day in History
In 1955, the "huge, 70-room" Traveller's Inn opened in Anchorage.

Fog delays travelers
One Alaska Airlines passenger plane took off but no planes were able to land at the Juneau Airport for much of this morning because of a heavy fog that settled on the Juneau area, airport officials said.

1890s church in Juneau
The original cabin was built in 1881 and was torn down in 1914 after it was used as a carpentry shop, Juneau's first public school, a Presbyterian church and the City Brewery-Log Cabin Soda Works office, according to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

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

Gov. restarts Juneau access study
Gov. Frank Murkowski has told the state Department of Transportation to resume study of the environmental impacts of a road or other improved transportation link out of Juneau. What's been called the Juneau Access Project has been on hold for about three years since former Gov. Tony Knowles decided fast ferries were a better way to connect Juneau with the mainland road system.

Family sits in empty house waiting for their belongings
When Paul Hawkins was accepted for a job at Bartlett Regional Hospital as an ultrasound technician in early October it was a dream come true for him and his family. Hawkins, 33, and his wife Pascale, 34, were living in Sumter, S.C., and had less than a month to make it to Juneau with their four children and possessions. With a $10,000 signing bonus from the hospital to move to Juneau, Pascale Hawkins checked the Internet for an affordable moving company to ship their possessions. They decided to use Century Express Van Lines out of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Listings of local nonprofit events.

Mary Ann Barrett
Former Juneau resident Mary Ann (Farhenkopf) Barrett died Nov. 2, 2002. She was 78.

Michael Lee Anderson
Local services for Michael Lee Anderson, 23, who died Nov. 24, 2002, in Van Alstyne, Texas, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Juneau.

Michael Lee Anderson
Former Juneau resident Michael Lee Anderson died Nov. 24, 2002, in Van Alstyne, Texas.

Betti Watson
Former Juneau resident Betti Watson died Oct. 8, 2002, at the Ketchikan Pioneers' Home, where she lived for eight years.

Outside editorial: Alaska salmon better for you than farmed fish
That bargain hunk of farmed salmon you're about to fork into is 50 percent higher in fat than the fish you used to eat, but lower in healthful omega-3 fatty acids. It's probably got more PCBs and other toxins and gets its rich coral hue from an artificial colorant that's been linked to retinal damage in humans.

Word of Mouth
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Word of Mouth
Word of Mouth gives readers a forum to express opinions on a variety of issues by telephone. Calls must be limited to one minute. We reserve the right to edit calls for clarity, length and libel.

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

Payton moves up as Sonics dominate Cavs
CLEVELAND - Gary Payton reached another career milestone and hardly batted an eye. His teammates and opponents took notice, though. Payton moved into ninth-place on the career assists list, adding nine more to his total Monday night as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-98.

Dearth of snow could kill Yukon Quest 2002
Lack of snow and uncommonly warm temperatures could cancel the next Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Sports Correction
In a story about the Fast Break-Rebounders clubs middle school basketball tournament on Friday.

Bennett wins state rifle championship
Lynn Bennett won the Alaska State 300-yard Prone Championship for rifle shooting in a match held Nov. 17 by the Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club. Rifle shooters braved rain, fog and a cold wind to compete in the state match and a second event on Nov. 24, a hi-power conventional and sporting rifle contest.

Petersburg wrestlers are state runners-up
The Petersburg Vikings were close enough to taste it. But in the end, the Vikings came up short as Bethel Regional High School claimed the Class 1A-2A-3A state championship when Kotzebue's Dan Dalle-Molle decisioned Petersburg's Geoff Hall, 7-3, in the title match at 275 pounds Saturday night at Homer High School.

Hoonah spikers second at state
Another year, another second-place finish at the Class 1A-2A-3A (West) state volleyball tournament for the Hoonah Braves.

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

Fast Break/Rebounders results
Results from the Fast Break/Rebounders middle school basketball tournament, held at Dzantik'i Heeni and Floyd Dryden Middle Schools.

Quest attracts just 29 mushers
FAIRBANKS - The number of entrants in the 2003 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race stands at 29, including one Juneau musher. The deadline for mushers to register was midnight Sunday. The number may go up slightly in the next few days if last-minute entries are received by mail. A total of 41 teams started the 2002 race.

Man killed in vehicle accident in Soldotna
A Kenai man is dead after a rollover accident in Soldotna. Alaska State Troopers say Andrew McClue, 28, was driving a car on Kalifornsky Breach Road early Sunday when he lost control of the vehicle and it crossed the center line, rolling several times.

Stevens says opening ANWR is No. 1 priority
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens says opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration will be his top priority when Congress reconvenes next month. "That's our job this year - to see if we can get that done," Stevens told the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce on Monday.

Murkowski narrows his list of Senate candidates to six
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Frank Murkowski has whittled the list of candidates for his old U.S. Senate seat to six, but says it may take him until Christmas to make his selection. "It's a very serious decision," he said Monday in Washington, D.C.

Fabe reappoints all four presiding judges
Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe has announced the reappointment of the presiding judges of the state's four judicial districts.

Search still on for lost plane
The Coast Guard and Civil Air Patrol continued to search today for a missing Cessna 180 floatplane piloted by Lawrence "Smokey" Howell of Petersburg.

This Day in History
In Alaska

'Farmed and Dangerous' urges boycott of farmed salmon
YAKIMA, Wash. - It's not uncommon for out-of-town visitors to stop at Greg Higgins' cozy bistro in Portland, Ore., hoping to order the nightly salmon special. But if it's out of season, chances are they're out of luck. "We serve only hook-and-line caught fish - and most of the fisherman I know personally," Higgins said.

Golden eagles' flight patterns raise worries about North Slope
Young golden eagles migrating for the first time don't return to their birthplace in Denali National Park and Preserve in central Alaska, but summer instead in oil-rich areas in the Arctic.

Court hears arguments in gay benefits case
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments Monday on whether the state and the municipality of Anchorage must extend benefits to the partners of gay and lesbian employees. In a case that goes back to 1999, lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, the municipality and the state, took about an hour to present their positions. The court did not say when it would rule.

Murkowski to develop new state budget at later date
Gov. Frank Murkowski's Office of Management and Budget has made public its proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2004.

Young improves attendance record
Alaska U.S. Rep. Don Young's attendance in Congress improved this year, but he still missed more votes than nearly all his House colleagues in 2002.

Dick Sky back on trial
A Sitka man convicted along with his wife on more than 40 child molestation charges earlier this year is back in court today facing another trial.

Agent Orange used near pipeline
Steve Howdeshell, an environmental program manager for the Tanana Chiefs Conference, had heard for years that the Army may have sprayed Agent Orange along an old pipeline corridor between Haines and Fairbanks.

State Briefs
Search for missing plane continues; Assembly OKs enforcement changes; Assembly approves Alaska Club rezone; Troopers need help with dumped deer; Berkowitz, Kerttula among Dem leaders

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