Healthy diet helps fight rise in diabetes
The alarming news that nearly 24 million people in the U.S., particularly Native Americans and Alaska Natives, now have diabetes - an increase of more than 3 million people in two years - and that 57 million others have pre-diabetes, should prompt everyone to eat a healthy vegetarian diet.

Photos: Juneau celebrates Independence Day with fun festivities
Holiday best: Jayden Strigken, 6, and his sister, Kyliana, 5, ride the Alaska Native Veterans float during the Juneau Fourth of July parade.

Photos: Celebrating Independence
Show of patriotism: Members of People for Peace and Justice pass a large American flag on the side of the Senate Building on Franklin Street during the Juneau Fourth of July Parade. Young girls start off in the potato sack race at Savikko Park; The Juneau Pugs Club earn first place in the animal division in the Juneau Fourth of July parade; Allyssa Kaufmann practices for the Echo Ranch entry in the Juneau parade; Jamie Johns, center, of the Glacier Fire Station gets the best of Greg Cazemier, left, of the Juneau Downtown Fire Station during the Make and Break contest in Douglas.

Photo: Images from another time 50 years ago on the Fourth of July
Beverly Brisco, left, and and an unidentified woman ride the Juneau Lions Club float in the Juneau Fourth of July Parade in 1958.

Photo: Valley home burns to the ground
Firefighters arrive at the scene of a house fire early Friday morning in the 2300 block of Meadow Lane in the Mendenhall Valley. They home was completely destroyed by the fire, according to Capital City Fire and Rescue. "It was a total loss," Capt. Chad Cameron said. Everyone inside escaped quickly without injury, but one dog required rescue, authorities said. Cameron estimated the loss to be about $255,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

Around Town

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

Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. officials in the process of hiring a new chief investment officer say they expect to pay between $200,000 and $300,000, not more than that, as was reported in Friday's Empire.

Alaska editorial: Support Palin's energy relief plan
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

Outside editorial: Justice for homosexuals
This editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

My turn: Big ideas for Alaska's future
Paul Jenkins, editor of The Anchorage Times, recently wrote about the need for Alaska to find new vision and direction. He discussed the necessity for good, big ideas that would set goals for our state during the next 50 years.

Vindication for Uribe in Columbia
CARTAGENA, Colombia - More politically breathtaking than the dramatic rescue of Ingrid Betancourt last week is the unexpected message that the former presidential candidate delivered after six years of captivity in Colombian jungles.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Low king salmon runs puzzle biologists
ANCHORAGE - Even before this fishing season began, Alaska fishery biologists expected they could be in for a funky year.

Flowers, wildlife abound at Point Bridget meadows
When I woke up that morning, it was pouring: raindrops in such a hurry to reach the ground, they ran into each other. The wind lashed the tree branches in a way that seldom happens at my house. What a day for a hike!

British 'twitchers' pay big bucks to view Alaska birds
ST. PAUL ISLAND - British birder Annie Andreae bristles at being called a "twitcher" - friendly slang in England for someone who will drop everything at the drop of a hat to go great distances to get a glimpse at a must-see bird.

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

Income not factor in hunt permits this year
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game has decided incomes won't be considered in determining who gets a subsistence permit for hunting Nelchina moose and caribou - this year anyway.

Eagle River man dies in highway crash
ANCHORAGE - A 61-year-old Eagle River man died in a three-vehicle crash on the Seward Highway near Cooper Landing.

Downtown Anchorage splits into districts
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage has split its downtown area into four distinct districts.

Judge says church homes tax exempt
ANCHORAGE - Homes owned by a prominent Anchorage church for teachers at its private school will remain exempt from local taxes under a decision by a Superior Court judge.

Gas pipeline debate goes on to Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Alaska lawmakers are gearing up to head to Ketchikan for the final leg of their monthlong trek around the state for hearings on Gov. Sarah Palin's gas pipeline proposal.

Holiday barbecue ends with riot charges
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said six people are facing rioting charges after a Fourth of July family barbecue turned into a brawl.

Body found in Fort Yukon house fire
FAIRBANKS - A man's body was found in a house that burned in Fort Yukon.

Jumpers star at nationals
The Juneau Jumpers' 2008 season climaxed on June 27-29 with the USA National Jump Rope Championships in Orlando, Fla.

Empire's sports section set to change
I've decide to hang up my pen and paper after about three and a half years here at the Juneau Empire.

Photo: Down the stretch
Kevin Maier, center, out sprints Casey Colton, right, to the finish of the Nick Frangos Memorial Bicycle Race on Saturday on North Douglas Highway. John Bilderbeck, third from left, Jim Calvin and Robert Sowers, left, follow. For results, turn to Page B2.

Nick Frangos Memorial Race
Nick Frangos Memorial Race

Sports in Juneau

Palin seeks electric rate help for state
Gov. Sarah Palin has backed away from a plan she proposed last month to subsidize Alaska electric rates, but the concept is still alive.

Habitat division back with Fish and Game
After a five-year, Frank Murkowski-sponsored stretch in the Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Habitat officially moved back to the Department of Fish and Game last week.

Sealaska seeks resolution of land claims
An Alaska Native corporation will receive tens of thousands of acres of federally owned land - including prime timberlands and sacred tribal sites - under legislation being advanced by U.S. Rep. Don Young.

Long-horn beetles swarm Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - With their long antennae, stout mandibles and dark, black bodies, they resemble Darth Vader, and this summer they seem to be invading Alaska's second-largest city.

Fairbanks accuses state of favoring Anchorage in sale
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough could pursue legal action against the state for failing to solicit the best possible price for Cook Inlet royalty gas - a situation that borough Mayor Jim Whitaker claims favors Anchorage-area residents and could even be unconstitutional.

Alaska salmon processors overwhelmed by bounty
ANCHORAGE - There's such a huge run of sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay that processing companies can't keep up with the bounty.

Cruise line says it broke state law
ANCHORAGE - Royal Caribbean Cruises said it mistakenly broke state law in discharging about 20,000 gallons of wastewater into Chatham Strait in Southeast Alaska.

Three men dead, two hurt in Parks Highway crash
ANCHORAGE - Three California men died and two Michigan men were critically hurt in a vehicle rollover on Alaska's Parks Highway, state troopers said Saturday.

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