What mission was accomplished?
The White House's recent explanation for the "Mission Accomplished" banner displayed behind President Bush when he gave his speech aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln back in 2003 is that the banner only meant that the sailors aboard the aircraft carrier had accomplished their mission in the assault on Iraq.

We should demand answers from state
Now that the Palin administration has washed its hands of the Snettisham disaster, we the ratepayers should insist that our Juneau Assembly as well as our local delegation determine why it is that the state agency that owns Snettisham is not doing more to correct the problem and to come up with state funds to do it with.

AEL&P's owners should chip in
According to the state of Alaska Corporation, Business and Professional Licensing, Alaska Electric Light & Power does business under the name of Alaska Energy and Resource Company. The stockholders are William A. Corbus, who has 47 percent; Stanford University, which has 11 percent; Leland Stanford University, which has 11 percent; National Financial Service, which has six percent; G. Barkley Corbus, of Colorado, who has nine percent; and Clay Corbus, of San Francisco, who has five percent. Anyone who has less than five percent of the stock was not listed.

Expert: $100,000 in concrete could have protected Snettisham line
Shortly before 4 a.m., several feet of new snow on steep terrain gave way and raced for the water below. Scraping down nearly vertical rocky chutes and snapping trees, the avalanche built up tons of force before crashing into an aluminum tower placed in its path 35 years ago.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Contractors sue city over project labor agreement
A lawyer for a building contractors' association filed a lawsuit against the city of Juneau last week, saying the way it doles out construction contracts is unfair.

DNA link answers life's big question for Juneau man
Fernando Rado's family got a whole lot bigger Thursday, when he found out through the results of DNA testing that he is a descendant of an ancient man whose remains were found in a glacier nearly 10 years ago.


Rescue boat dedicated in Tenakee Springs
Five years later, the murder of Maggie Wigen still haunts Tenakee Springs. Now her memory may be invoked in the rescue of others.

Six people injured in head-on collision on Glacier Highway
Six people were treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital Saturday after two cars were involved in a head-on collision on Glacier Highway.

Photo: Blessing of the Fleet
Pastor Suellen Bahleda of the Resurrection Lutheran Church blesses the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Liberty during the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony Saturday at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial in downtown Juneau.

UAS celebrates record number of Alaska Native graduates
About a dozen graduating Alaska Native students from the University of Alaska Southeast celebrated Saturday, the day before the school's commencement ceremony.

Empire editorial: In time of hardship, find ways to help
More than two weeks after avalanches cut Juneau off from its primary source of cheap electricity, here's how we're handling the resulting energy crisis as a community:

My turn: All Alaskans need immediate equalization of energy costs
L ike a man dying of thirst in the middle of the ocean, Alaskans are adrift in a sea of state cash while our citizens drown in a tidal wave of unjustified costs for heating oil and electricity for homes and businesses.

My turn: Cut back on electricity use to save money, community
T his is serious.The current energy situation is a lot more serious than a matter of turning off lights and putting up a clothesline, and a lot more serious than the city's shortening library hours and shutting down an escalator.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Bridge to new views on Auke Lake
Crews head out Monday to start building a long-awaited trail along Auke Lake.

Running water is sound of spring for beavers
The songs of the robin and the varied thrush are sure signs of spring for many folks in Juneau. But for beavers, the sound of running water is the song of spring.

New rules for boaters on Kenai
KENAI - Boating season is just around the bend, but power boaters should be aware of some new regulations on the Kenai River for this season.

Today: Public trap shoot, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club.

Injured eagle to receive artificial beak
ST. MARIES, Idaho - The eagle is named Beauty, although she is anything but.

Employee accused of stealing gift card
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police are investigating an employee of Home Depot who allegedly stole a very generous gift card.

Lawmakers bristle at capital project limits
JUNEAU - Lawmakers are bristling at Gov. Sarah Palin's request that they prioritize their lists of district capital projects.

Anchorage cashes check for police calls
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage has cashed its first check for too-frequent police visits to the same address.

Ex-mayor, wife are sentenced to prison
FAIRBANKS - The former mayor of Alaska's second largest city and his wife have been sentenced to prison for misusing government grants.

Noatak man charged with pointing rifle
KOTZEBUE - A Noatak man was arrested after allegedly pointing a rifle at a group of people, including a 3-year-old child, Alaska State Troopers said.

Pebble releases environmental data
ANCHORAGE - The industry partnership promoting the development of the Pebble Mine has released the first installment of environmental and socio-economic data collected over the past few years.

Store pulls novelty lighters off shelves
FAIRBANKS - A store in Fairbanks has removed novelty cigarette lighters from its shelves after fire officials warned they could harm children.

Docks and Harbors Board OKs rate hike
JUNEAU - Visitors to the city's harbors who need shore power will face higher costs since the Docks and Harbors Board passed emergency daily fees in response to a huge increase in electricity rates across the city.

Juneau impressive in Invitational
This weekend the Crimson Bears rewrote two school records while setting 62 personal records and dominating the Juneau Invitational at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

JDHS baseball survives to secure sweep
Just in case the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team's first three wins at home weren't entertaining enough, the Crimson Bears made things exciting on Saturday against Sitka at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Deep roster propels Juneau softball
The toughest problem the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team may face all season is deciding its lineup before each game.

Crimson Bears conclude Anchorage road trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams concluded their road trip in Anchorage on Saturday with games against tough South Anchorage squads at Anchorage Football Stadium.


Friends of ex-Rep. Kohring urge leniency in sentence
ANCHORAGE - Friends of former state Rep. Vic Kohring are urging leniency when he's sentenced Thursday on federal corruption charges.

Photo: Urban students take in rural lifestyle
Wainwright high school students Nellie Aguvluk, left, Alyssa Rae Agnasagga and Cynthia Ekak watch carver Fred Trout work on a pole for Saxman Totem Park on Thursday at the Saxman Carving Center in Saxman, near Ketchikan. The four students from the Wainwright school spent time in Ketchikan as part of the Rose Urban Rural Exchange.

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