Four things Sean Parnell should do
It's great to hear and read the news of the departure of Gov. Sarah Palin and that Sean Parnell will be taking over. I hope that he will bring his own agenda that will parallel that of Alaskans.

Waterfront vision now fading away
I am saddened to read that the Planning Commission has failed to follow the Comprehensive and Waterfront Plans in approving the Mental Health Trust's request to build a 75-foot office building at the sub-port near the downtown Coast Guard station.

Grandma has to die
With the next government program "Obama Care," all the money your parents and mine have paid into Medicare will be lost. When your grandma needs hip surgery, tell her sometimes the best thing for old people is no treatment at all. President Obama has inferred such. That's not the "change" AARP told us about.

Glossed-over Juneau access road options
In all the opinions proposed on road access up Lynn Canal, there is one possibility that has been glossed over and another not even mentioned, or at least I haven't seen it.

EPA: Reevaluate Kensington mine alternative
Coeur Alaska Inc. has asked the U.S. Corps of Engineers to hurry and reissue its permit for the Kensington mine's waste disposal, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the Corps to slow down and take another look at an option Coeur abandoned last year.

Around Town
Today, July 17

15-year-old sentenced in shooting
A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the December shooting death of 14-year-old Aidan Neary.

Parnell calls for expanded special session
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is calling on the Legislature to expand its special session, formally called Thursday for Aug. 10, to also include extending the state's current one-year gas tax suspension.

Parking garage construction begins
Coogan Construction has begun pouring concrete on the downtown transportation center being built by the city at the corner of Egan Drive and Main Street.

Artists selected to put creative mark on garage
How do you make a garage not look like a concrete box designed to house parked cars?

Nurse arrested for drug theft
A registered nurse was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing a vial of a prescription narcotic from her workplace, Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Hale to step down as Empire publisher
Juneau Empire Publisher Robert O. Hale announced Wednesday he will step down next month from the newspaper's top post.

Photo: Morning row
Father Thomas Weise of the Cathedral of the Nativity leaves patterns in the waters of Gastineau Channel as he rows under the Juneau-Douglas Bridge on Thursday morning. Father Weise says he has been involved with the sport since 2002.

Photo: Change of command
Outgoing Cmdr. Rear Adm. Arthur E. Brooks, left, and incoming Cmdr. Rear Adm. Christopher C. Colvin salute the colors during a Change of Command ceremony for the Sevententh Coast Guard District on Thursday at Centennial Hall. Brooks has been in charge of the district since 2006. Colvin's previous assignment was as Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters United States Northern Command.

Margaret "Peggie" Hawkins
Longtime Juneau resident Margaret "Peggie" Hawkins died July 8, 2009, in Bellevue, Wash. She was 84.

Kathleen Lois Westbrook
Juneau resident Kathleen Lois Westbrook died June 18, 2009, at Bartlett Regional Hospital of a short illness. She was 63.

Outside editorial: Moonstruck
On July 20, 1969, just after 10:56 p.m. EDT, Neil Armstrong hopped down from a ladder, planted his boots on the moon's surface and uttered the words now among the most famous ever spoken. "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," came the faint, staticky voice from 238,855 miles away.

Outside column: Senators' attacks on Sotomayor unjust
I'm baffled that some senators have viciously attacked Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

Outside column: Independent producers fight the conglomerates
Maybe you have seen my movies - "The Toxic Avenger" or "Poultrygeist" or the more mainstream "Final Countdown." But in addition to my 40 years of experience producing movies, I have made a career speaking out on behalf of the little guy - or, in the case of independent film and TV producers, the belittled guy.

Magistrate says no questioning FBI in hacking case
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A federal magistrate judge has told defense attorneys they can't question FBI agents who scoured the laptop of a University of Tennessee student charged with improperly accessing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account.

Warm weather, melting ice swells Matanuska River
SUTTON - Warm weather and melting glacier ice is swelling the Matanuska River, eroding property north of Sutton and threatening the Glenn Highway and several homes.

Search ends for missing Wrangell lodge caretaker
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers have ended their search for the caretaker of a hunting lodge in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Minor temblor shakes Alaska's Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE - A minor earthquake has rattled Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.

Alaska Railroad seeks to use herbicide on weeds
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad is again trying to find ways to kill weeds on some sections of its track.

Fairbanks man pleads guilty in 2007 fatal crash
FAIRBANKS - A 54-year-old man pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of a driver he collided with at a Fairbanks intersection in 2007.

Senate panel: Alaska Native firms have unfair advantage
WASHINGTON - Alaska Native corporations are no longer small businesses, yet they still enjoy advantages under Small Business Administration rules that allow them to elbow out smaller firms for no-bid contracts, a Senate oversight panel found.

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