Forced GCI 'upgrade' not an improvement
The new mandatory digital "upgrade" forced on us by GCI is certainly anything but an upgrade. With this new service we now pay more for less service and every television set uses one more electrical device that is always on and consuming energy.

Palin thanks AEL&P
As governor of Alaska, I am thankful to the employees of Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. for all they did to restore hydroelectric power to Juneau. Their crews worked around the clock, seven days a week to make that happen. I and all the citizens of Juneau appreciate their dedication and commitment in reconstructing the damaged lines and towers in record time.

Protest beef industry subsidies
Earlier this week, more than a hundred thousand South Koreans demonstrated against newly elected President Lee Myung-bak, as his entire cabinet offered to resign.

Despite rising gas prices, bus ridership steady
Across the country, more people are climbing on buses to avoid filling their own gas tanks at record high prices. But not in Juneau.

Marine freight prices rise with fuel
Fuel surcharges on freight to and from Southeast Alaska rose this week and have doubled from a year ago.

Robbery trial starts off on shaky footing
Prosecutor Jack Schmidt couldn't mention a key piece of evidence during opening statements in the trial of Duwaine Price, 39, who stands accused of robbing two coffee shops five miles apart last October.

Draft transit plan open for comment
A new draft of the city transit plan recommends that Juneau start buying only alternative-fuel vehicles for the fleet from now on, including advanced diesel, compressed natural gas, and hybrid gas-electric vehicles.

Mayor seeks 'lessons learned'
Mayor Bruce Botelho has convened a "lessons learned" commission to find out what Juneau has done right, what it has done wrong, and what it can do better the next time it's hit with an emergency.

Photo: A day for Dad
John Garrard tees off with his son, Jack, on the sixth hole of the Mendenhall Golf Course on Father's Day Sunday.

Photo: Going for a hole in one
Connor Barelli putts Saturday on the fifth hole of the miniature golf course set up at the Nugget Mall for the annual Father's Day Golf Tournament. His dad, Patrick, and brother, Carter, watch as they wait for their turn.

Photo: Fishing lessons
Mark Wharton teaches his 7-year-old son, Eli, to cast Monday at the Don D. Statter Harbor at Auke Bay. Eli did not catch any king salmon but he did get a jellyfish.

Photo: Demanding rate change
Members of the Juneau Peoples Power Project demonstrate against paying Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. the full energy rate for May's electricity bills Saturday afternoon at the Capitol.

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Photo: Reverse reception
Stephen Brna catches a Frisbee behind his back after it was thrown to him by Chad Burnett Monday at Savikko Park.

Police & Fire
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Kristen Marie Davis
Juneau resident Kristen Marie Davis died June 13, 2008. She was 27.

Kenneth Lane Jennings
Former Juneau resident Kenneth Lane Jennings died June 14, 2008, at his son's home in Eagle, Idaho. He was 73.

My turn: Time to consider a new state of Northwest Alaska
As soon as the avalanches hit in Juneau, 17 state officials met to review Juneau's request for an energy emergency declaration. They were led by Gen. Craig Campbell, commissioner of the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Outside editorial: Iraqi government signals desire for alliance with U.S.
Though it was hardly noticed in Washington, Iraq's Shiite-led government sent a powerful message to Iran and to the Middle East last week. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose coalition is often portrayed as an Iranian client, traveled to Tehran for a meeting with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Web hysteria a danger to Korean deal
Barack Obama and Sander Levin thought our trade troubles with South Korea were largely about automobiles.

Outside editorial: A little 'whitey' lie?
News from the e-mail inbox: Jobless women in Germany can't collect unemployment benefits if they decline to work at brothels.

In Europe, a slide toward irrelevance
BRUSSELS, Belgium - A mere two years ago, the British author and thinker Mark Leonard published a book titled "Why Europe Will Run the 21st Century." Today, one wonders to what degree Europe will even participate in the 21st century. It's not just the deadly blow struck by Ireland's rejection Thursday of the Lisbon Treaty reorganizing the European Union. I've spent six of the past eight years in the capital of the European Union, and I've noticed over this period a steady loss of self-confidence in Europe, a turning inward and a growing pessimism about the future.

Rape inside patrol van nets 18-year sentence
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man convicted of rape inside a van that provides safe transport for public inebriates has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Huna Totem elects new board members
JUNEAU - Shareholders of Juneau-based Huna Totem Corporation elected three board members to serve three-year terms at the annual meeting June 7 in Hoonah. They also chose a new chairman of the board.

Cancer claims former medical examiner
ANCHORAGE - A spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Social Services says former chief medical examiner Franc Fallico has died of cancer.

Alaska mom to face charges in son's death
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - An Alaska woman accused in the death of her infant son has been returned to Colorado to face charges.

Former Kodiak cutter leader gets promoted
KODIAK - The former commanding officer of the Kodiak-based Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley is now the commander of U.S. Coast Guard forces in the Middle East supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

DNA links local woman to ancient man
JUNEAU - Juneau resident Marilyn Doyle is one of 17 Native people in Alaska and Canada related to an ancient man whose remains were found in a glacier in 1999.

Alaska law penalizes distracted driving
ANCHORAGE - A new state law gives drivers a reason to pay closer attention to the road and not their electronics devices.

Armed standoff ends peacefully in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A seven-hour armed standoff ended peacefully when Fairbanks police took a 20-year-old suspect into custody outside an apartment.

Health officials say smoking on the decline
ANCHORAGE - State health officials say there's been a marked drop in tobacco use in Alaska.

Boy dies in crash at motocross race
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a 13-year-old boy died in a motorcycle crash at the motocross track in Anchor Point.

Sitka Coast Guard physician honored
JUNEAU - A Coast Guard physician stationed in Sitka has been named clinician of the year by the U.S. Public Health Service Physician's Professional Advisory Committee.

Mielke helps lift M's past Cards in Major Baseball
Brian Mielke went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Mariners slipped past the Cardinals 11-9 in a Gastineau Channel Little League game on Saturday at Miller Field.

Cruise ships dispute discharge rules
The tour begins in places cruise-ship passengers never see: the sewage treatment room at the bottom of the hull, the garbage room where crewmen sort paper and plastic amid the unmistakable smell of landfill.

Don Young releases financial report
JUNEAU - Alaska's lone member of the U.S. House, Don Young, reported a relatively modest income compared to many of his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Denali park rangers launch search for missing hikers
The National Park Service has launched a search for two women missing on what was supposed to be a short backpacking trip in Denali National Park.

Alaska rates rank high in chlamydia, low in HIV
FAIRBANKS - Alaska continues to rank high nationally in the rate of chlamydia cases but relatively low in the most serious sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, according to reports by the state Division of Public Health.

Fairbanks explores 'traffic calming'
FAIRBANKS - After two years of complaints of heavy traffic in two Fairbanks neighborhoods, the state is set to send the city a grant for "traffic calming."

Candidates face new statute of limitations
Gov. Sarah Palin signed a bill into law Monday closing one of the most prominent holes in Alaska's ethics laws.

Doyon prepares to take over Alaska Army utility services
FAIRBANKS - A regional Native corporation is preparing to take over utility services on three Army posts in Alaska.

Southcentral power company to charge customers for paying with credit cards
ANCHORAGE - A Southcentral Alaska power company will charge fees to customers who use a credit or debit card to pay bills.

Elmendorf Air Force base hosts international aircraft exercises
WASILLA - Military units from South Korea and Japan joined U.S. flyers at Elmendorf Air Force base for war games.

Boy who died in motocross race apparently hit head
ANCHORAGE - A 13-year-old boy who died in a motorcycle crash at an Anchor Point motocross track apparently attempted a small jump and landed on his head.

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