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.

Juneau bus service needs improvement
Earlier this month I spent a week in Fairbanks. I enjoyed it greatly, but its bus service made me proud of the people in my Juneau hometown.

In hard times, thinking of old ways
People are talking about global weather.

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.

State agency OKs $8 million loan for AEL&P
Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. has received authorization from a state agency to borrow as much as $8 million to pay for avalanche repairs to the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project power lines.

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.

City hears pitch to turn trash into energy
Forget Snettisham. Juneau's trash could be used to power the city.

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.

Witness testimony, police records clash in Price robbery trial
The state's ability to connect Duwaine Price to both robberies officials allege he committed last October rests largely with their ability to prove that the 39-year-old Juneau artist threatened to shoot people at both locations.

Photos: An encouraging start to gillnet season
First, Gary Isturis, a Taku Smokeries/Fisheries employee, holds a king salmon that weighs about 40 pounds Tuesday at the company's dock.

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: Working for the church, inside and out
The Rev. Michael T. Spainhoward, of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, replaces the picket fence Tuesday in front of the historic rectory and church.

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

Around Town

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police did not release a report by the Empire's deadline Tuesday.

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

Due to an error from a source, a story on page A1 Friday incorrectly said that teens who work for the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board can lie about their age when conducting stings on alcohol sales. They cannot. And they must produce identification cards if asked.

The Canvas grand opening
The Canvas community art studio, located at 223 Seward St. downtown, will host its Grand Opening with an art celebration and tour of its recently renovated studio on Sunday.

Certified 'aging in place' specialists
Eighty-five percent of older people want to continue living where they are - at home. And remember, the phrase "Older American" increasingly includes the 76 million people born between 1946 and 1964, known as the Baby Boomers. Whether one is 60 or 80, the idea of "aging in place" in one's own home is very attractive.

If a picture is worth a thousand words
Click. A precious moment of my children's early life is recorded for posterity. Click, click. Two more precious moments. Click, click, click, click. Get the picture?

Fish Traps and the federal judge
Here's a history lesson. Which state constitution in the more-than-200-year record of the United States had, as an integral feature, a provision banning the use of large industrial style fish traps? The answer is Alaska.

Ketchikan resident shares Creole coffee rub
Attention readers: The Brandy Alexander Pie recipe published on June 4 calls for 3 tablespoons of Brandy. Thanks to all of you who e-mailed.

Empire, Capital City Weekly host Labor Day essay contest
JUNEAU - Elated employees working in Southeast Alaska can win up to $500 this summer through a contest sponsored by the Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly.

Sealaska to offer summer hoop camps, leadership training
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute will offer basketball camps and leadership training to Native youths in five Southeast communities this summer.

Thanks for making the roads safe for bicyclers
I want to thank those responsible for the great job in making Juneau roads safe for bicycling. This was especially notable during May which was National Bike Month. The bike lanes on Mendenhall loop road, Lemon creek and Glacier highway have been painted and the shoulders have been swept often.

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

Ida Beierly
Lifelong Juneau resident Ida Beierly died June 13, 2008, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. She was 84.

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 editorials: Senate vote on climate change shows progress
Rarely has the defeat of a bill in Congress given so much hope to those who wanted it passed as the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act.

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.

Outside editorials: Problems in Zimbabwe and Sudan demand action
The despotic rulers of Sudan and Zimbabwe recently have plunged their countries into further turmoil. The United Nations and governments around the world must take tangible actions to help the millions of people now suffering in those Africa countries.

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.

Today's newsroom not for chickens
And then somebody brought a chicken into the newsroom.

Congress should tackle Social Security first
The next president and new Congress face a daunting set of challenges come January 2009: Iraq war, troubled economy, global climate change, looming government debt, taxes, health care reform and rebuilding infrastructure, all vying for immediate attention. Such a long "to do" list presents two possible tactics: Tackle the hardest problem first or get the easy ones out of the way. We prefer the latter and would start with Social Security.

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.

Teens arrested after assault in Valley
JUNEAU - A 13-year-old boy was assaulted and threatened with a knife at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and two teens were arrested.

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.

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.

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.

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

UAF to create Susan Butcher Institute
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks says it will create a public service institute named after late Iditarod champion Susan Butcher.

Two groups backing Ted Stevens in race
JUNEAU - Ted Stevens, the state's senior U.S. senator, is picking up endorsements in his re-election bid.

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 tomatoes cleared by FDA
JUNEAU - Alaska made the Food and Drug Administration's list of states whose tomatoes are not implicated in the latest national Salmonella incident.

Forestry crew rescues lost man
ANCHORAGE - A Colorado man lost in the Southcentral Alaska wilderness was rescued by state Division of Forestry workers investigating a fire the man lit to keep warm.

Jury convicts man in Anchorage stabbing
ANCHORAGE - A six-year-old homicide case came to a conclusion with the conviction of an Anchorage man.

Sports in Juneau

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.

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.

Oil giants take steps toward gas line
ANCHORAGE - A joint venture of two global oil companies has taken preliminary steps toward federal permitting for a natural gas pipeline.

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.

Search for missing women in Denali Park yields no clues
ANCHORAGE - Denali National Park and Preserve officials are trying to solve a mystery of how two women could vanish on a one-night backpacking trip not far from park headquarters.

State lawmakers question Point Thomson data
ANCHORAGE - During testimony on Tuesday regarding development of oil and gas reserves at Point Thomson, lawmakers questioned the accuracy of geologic studies presented by the state, worrying that their decision on a natural gas pipeline could be based on incomplete data.

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.

Bear attacks mushroom picker
ANCHORAGE - A Seward man who helped fend off a grizzly that attacked his companion says he holds no hard feelings for the animal.

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.

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.

Vessel takes on water near Hoonah
Good Samaritan vessels provided pumps to assist a 24-foot pleasure boat that took on water after possibly striking a whale near Hoonah, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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