Ask for paper ballots
The cover story in The New York Times Magazine on Sunday, Jan. 6, made plain the threat: The winner of the 2008 presidential election could be decided by flawed, insecure, and hackable electronic voting machines.

Will Sealaska get black gold feast?
I am a Tlingit from Yakutat, and I have been working at the Prudhoe Bay Oil field for 29 years. In all of my years of working in the oil field business, I have noticed Native corporations working the oil fields in support services.

Over-medication stems from fear
Here is my contribution to the community discussion on abuse of prescription drugs:

Youth light up cultural festival
The hundreds of proud, young faces at Celebration 2008 became the highlight of the Native Alaska festival for many elders, who said the event is doing its job of passing the culture on to the next generation.

Native women whip up soapberries, fond memories
The buzz of electric mixers drew a small crowd Friday morning in the hallway of the Juneau Arts & Culture Center as five women whipped what looked like pink meringue in separate bowls.

Photo: Baby kings set free
Youths and adults watch some of the 10,000 juvenile king salmon released into Twin Lakes on Friday by DIPAC employees. The Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Club's annual Family Day at the lakes is Saturday. Fishing poles and bait will be provided free to anglers. Staff from the Department of Fish and Game, and Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation will be available to provide instruction, assistance and guidance to anglers and parents.

Around Town

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

A Friday story incorrectly reported that Department of Transportation and Public Facilities spokesman Roger Wetherell said fabrication "flaws" in the ferry Aurora's engines were responsible for problems that have idled the vessel. Actually, Wetherell said fabrication "defects" were responsible for the problems.

John Callahan
Juneau resident John Callahan died peacefully at his home on the morning of June, 6, 2008, surrounded by family members. He was 86.

Shirley A. Jones
Juneau resident Shirley A. Jones died May 22, 2008, in her home. She was 72.

Christine Louise Yates
Longtime Juneau resident Christine Louise Yates died on May 31, 2008, due to complications from surgery. She was 58.

My turn: An independent audit of the road, ferry project would benefit Alaskans
G ov. Sarah Palin has demonstrated fiscal responsibility by canceling the prohibitively costly Gravina Bridge Project and by expressing caution regarding the Juneau Access Project. She should continue exercising fiscal responsibility by seeking an independent audit of the Department of Transportation's cost estimate for the Juneau Access Project.

Empire editorial: It's been a couple of good weeks
The past two weeks proved worthy of celebration in so many ways.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

A memorable day on the Mighty Mendenhall
The tumbling water off the right bank of the Mendenhall River looked slightly uneasy, so as captain of the 15-foot plastic canoe, I barked to my colleague Alan Suderman that we should veer left where the water appeared to be smooth and docile.

Canoe review
Mendenhall River

Juneau Web site provides road map for fly-fishermen
KENAI - Fishing Alaska's streams is a dream come true for many anglers. The same can be said for a lot of fly-fishermen. But with so many places to fish in the Last Frontier, and a myriad of species to go after, figuring out what gear to use, where to go and when can be a daunting task.

Outdoors woman how-to program comes to Southeast
Michelle Elfers loves the outdoors. But like many women - even Alaska women - she was frustrated in her efforts to learn new outdoor skills.

Plant sex: Size matters
When spring comes, the birds gear up for the nesting season.

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

No food allowed at glacier visitor center
JUNEAU - Planning a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center? Here's something you should know: Leave your food and beverages behind.

People hurt when ship bumps iceberg
ANCHORAGE - As many as 10 people were injured when a cruise ship hit an iceberg on Portage Lake.

Man convicted in wife's stabbing death
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage jury convicted a man of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife.

Military rocket found in yard in North Pole
NORTH POLE - A military-grade rocket was removed after it was discovered in the yard of a North Pole area home.

Flatcar length was factor in derailment
ANCHORAGE - The length of flatcars was a contributing factor in a train derailment along a sharply curved section of track Thursday near downtown Anchorage, officials said.

Fire causes $3,500 in damage to home
JUNEAU - A fire Friday morning damaged an interior room and attic space in a home on Lemon Creek Road.

Spectacular six for JDHS
ANCHORAGE - Smiling and laughing all the way, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team punctuated one of its greatest seasons with a big, fat exclamation mark Saturday.

Crimson Bears win state championship
FAIRBANKS - Juneau-Douglas head coach Jaime Kissner asked Joe Kohan if he wanted the ball for Saturday's championship game of the Alaska School Activities Association State High School Baseball Tournament at Growden Memorial Park.

Crimson Bears beat Colony Friday
While the entire Juneau-Douglas bench bit their lips, pitcher Sean Bavard broke the silence about his perfect game in progress.

Kodiak claims first small-schools championship
ANCHORAGE - The first two times Kodiak and Ketchikan met at this year's state softball tournament, each won by identical 1-0 scores.

Photos: Spring Tide Scramble
Approximately 84 runners participated in the Southeast Roadrunners' annual Spring Tide Scramble on Saturday at Fish Creek Bridge. Sixty-one ran the 4-mile race, and 23 ran in the 7-mile.


TransCanada winning over lawmakers
The Legislature has scheduled from 30 to 60 days to consider a TransCanada Corp. plan to build a $28 billion gas pipeline.

Palin vetoes survive ire from Legislature
Strong support among legislators for overriding Gov. Sarah Palin's vetoes was not enough to produce an actual override.

Top man on Sitka totem pole could receive his clothes back
SITKA - For nearly seven decades, a sad-eyed wooden lump of a man has been gazing out over Sitka Sound beset by the pelting rains and biting winds that whip in from the Pacific Ocean.

Black bear captured in downtown Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The black bear should be awake by now, far from the downtown Anchorage neighborhood where it was captured.

One dead in small plane crash near Western Alaska village
ANCHORAGE - A 33-year-old California man died after the small plane he was flying crashed near a Western Alaska village, and authorities are looking for the pilot of another plane traveling with him.

University study sheds light on soaring oil prices in rural Alaska
FAIRBANKS - A study by the University of Alaska Anchorage helps explain why rural Alaska villages are paying exorbitant prices for home heating oil.

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