Teen dies after fall on Mt. McGinnis
The body of a 16-year-old boy who went missing during a hike Wednesday afternoon on Mount McGinnis was recovered Thursday.

Around Town
Today, July 3

Task force considers expanded drug testing
The Juneau School District's drug testing task force will draft a mandatory random drug-testing policy for high school athletes and extracurricular participants, but its sights are on something bigger - a voluntary testing program for the whole high school student body.

Local charter wants to step up Southeast air service
Gustavus-based charter Air Excursions is ready to fly scheduled flights in Southeast - if the federal government overrules an objection from a competitor that the company owes more than $600,000 in federal taxes.

Senator Begich listens to Juneau's health care woes
Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, received a standing ovation before even speaking Thursday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, and it's not surprising considering his big election victory in the capital city last fall.

Moe pleads not guilty in Little League theft
Arlene Moe pleaded not guilty Thursday to stealing more than $40,000 from the Gastineau Channel Little League.

Photos: Images from another time: 49 stars rise in 1959
CROWD: Lowell Thomas Sr. prepares to address a crowd in front of what was then the Juneau Public Library during the 49 star flag raising ceremony. Thomas was a well-known radio announcer, american writer, broadcaster and world explorer.

Photos: Images from another time Eight stars of gold
The last float in the 1959 Juneau Fourth of July parade, the Juneau Emblem Club, turns the corner on Main St. and Calhoun Ave.

Photo: Who me?
A young black bear attempts to access a Fosbee Apartment Dumpster Thursday morning on Distin Ave., half a block west of the Governor's Mansion. According to the photographer, Peter Metcalfe, the bear was unable to obtain breakfast from this particular trash bin.

Photo: Fish, football and fundraising
Fisherman Andy Massey, left, and Thunder Mountain High School football coach Bill Byouer weigh halibut for customers aboard the Tia Lynn in Harris Harbor Thursday. The fish costs $6 per pound with average sizes in the 14- to 20-pound range. The event is a fundraiser for the football team.

My turn: American health care system can learn from the Brits
As an expatriate Brit and now resident here, I have watched the debate over impending health care reform with interest and sometimes incredulity. Having had almost 40 years experience of a "public option" health care system, I wanted to add my two cents to the debate and try and clear up some misconceptions that seem to abound.

Outside editorial: Islamic nation finally being returned to its rightful owners
As the United States prepared to invade Iraq in 2003, then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell famously warned that "if you break it, you own it." In many ways, the U.S. did break Iraq, ousting Saddam Hussein's quarter-century regime without ensuring that a stable government would take its place. That ushered in a bloody, six-year occupation that cost the lives of more than 4,300 U.S. troops and nearly $700 billion. Americans will always bear responsibility for this misbegotten war of choice, but now, at last, the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities marks the beginning of the country's return to its rightful owners - Iraqis.

Outside column: 'I made a mistake' excuse getting flimsier by the minute
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Outside editorial: Strengthen SEC to deter the next Bernie Madoff
With a 150-year prison sentence on Monday, Bernard Madoff got what he had coming to him - and certainly more than enough to guarantee that the 71-year-old master swindler will die in prison, not in the Hamptons.

Colbert mocks Coeur decision
Stephen Colbert brought up Juneau's Kensington mine controversy Wednesday evening on "The Colbert Report," his Comedy Central show that satirizes conservative news pundits.

Juneau office building permitted
The largest building project in 30 years to be proposed in downtown Juneau received a permit from the city planning commission.

City approves funding for housing coordinator
The Juneau Assembly decided to fund a full-time position to coordinate efforts for more affordable housing in the city.

Closures to occur at rifle range
The Hank Harmon Rifle Range on Montana Creek Road will have limited closures over the next few weeks for grading and drainage maintenance. Work is expected to be under way today.

Alaska Elite lives up to its name
The Juneau Cheer Club's first competitive team, the Alaska Elite, competed June 6 in Valencia, Calif., bringing home several first place finishes among other awards, including 1st place Grand Master Champions.

Photo: Cyclists win gold, silver in Kluane Relay
Juneau cyclists brought home three first place medals and one second place finish in this year's Kluane International Bike Relay. Among those who placed were: John Bursell, 1st place for the mens solo division; Tara Jeans and Vicki Orozco, 1st place for the two-person womens division; and Maren Haavig, Donna Young, Heather Conway, Shelly Saviers, Amy Carroll, Heather Johnson-Smith, Nicki Neal and Julia Carver won 1st place for the eight-person womens division. Janice Sheufelt and Robert Sowers earned 2nd place for the two-person mixed division.

Southeast Road Runners
East Glacier Trail Tangle

Abortion question one step closer to ballots
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell certified a parental notification ballot initiative backed by Gov. Sarah Palin, the governor's office announced Thursday.

Cruise West suspends Ketchikan stops in 2010
KETCHIKAN - A cruise ship company will bypass Ketchikan next year in favor of tours out of Juneau and Anchorage.

Photo: Busy as a bee
This June 29, 2009 photo shows a honeybee hovering in front of wild Bluebells of Scotland blossoms in Kenai, Alaska. Wildflowers are in full bloom in the area.

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