Coordinator clarifies his stance
Editor's note: The article referenced in the letter below is titled "Pipeline official defends secrecy." It ran in Wednesday's edition of the Empire and is available onliine.

Commercial fishermen 'tickled pink' over salmon prices
"I love it. I wish I would have done this 10 years ago," fishing vessel Kira captain Bucky Eddy, 30, said as his hands mended gill net. "I am definitely not upset with my chosen profession."

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Hicks selected as Mendenhall River Community School principal
The Juneau School District chose James Hicks of Sublimity, Ore. as the new principal for Mendenhall River Community School on Wednesday. Hicks replaces Patty Newman who left the position to become director of curriculum and instruction with the JSD.

Photos: Visiting carver
Duane Bosch, an artist from Hoonah, carves a feast bowl in the shape of Tlingit canoe in the Juneau Arts and Culture Center's gallery on Thursday. Bosch and Ray Watkins, of Juneau, have work on display and for sale through the month of July.

Dorothy I. Dixon
Former Juneau resident Dorothy I. Dixon died July 13, 2010 in Shoreline Wash.

Paul Dean Paxton
Former Juneau resident Paul Dean Paxton passed away at home on June 27, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born January 27, 1942 in Pratt, Kan. to Orval and Evelyn Paxton, he was raised in Middleton. He enlisted in the Navy from 1959 to 1968. In his lifetime, he spent time in Antarctica, Guam, Juneau, Hawaii, and California before settling in Nampa, Idaho.

Alaska editorial: See through the smoke
This editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Funding electrics is a battery-dead idea
WASHINGTON - In the current hype about electric vehicles, too little attention has been paid to the checkered history of subsidizing alternative energy technologies.

Failing to back clean energy will cement GOP’s minority status
GREEN BAY, Wis. - It is politically fashionable to denounce federal subsidies as unjustifiable in the face of rising budget deficits and an ailing economy. Like pork-barrel spending, however, the value of subsidies depends on where one stands.

Strife in the puddles
Wildlife spies often use binoculars to see animals far away, but along the shoreline, the most action is up close - in tidepools. And, the lower the tide the better. Minus tides are prime time for snooping around the rocks and puddles.

Soothe your soul, sweat some sanity into summer
There's a particular satisfaction in being steeped in sweat, soaked in endorphins with legs so weak you're left wondering how they haven't already crumpled like dried seaweed.

The denizens of Granite Basin
After a long, lazy lunch, which we enjoyed while sprawled on a huge boulder in the noontime sun, we basked like lizards - or, more appropriately for our locale - like marmots.

Weekly Whale Feature: 'Chilkat'
This whale is named after the Chilkat Mountains, a range that separates Chilkat Inlet and Lynn Canal from the Muir Inlet in Glacier Bay.

Photos: For our feathered friends
Shelter Island resident Ken Skaggs holds a bald eagle on Tuesday he rescued with the help of Jason and Jay Sims. The eagle was delivered to volunteers with the Juneau Raptor Center. To report an injured bird or to donate to the JRC, call the bird emergency hotline at 790-5424.

Peterson Lake Trail now under repair
JUNEAU - Significant repairs to the first 1/4 mile of the Peterson Lake Trail will impact Juneau area hikers starting July 19.

Forest Explorer Programs underway at Mendenhall Glacier
JUNEAU - Mendenhall Glacier Summer Forest Explorer Programs continue at 11 a.m. this Saturday, July 24 and weekly through September 25. This week's activity is "Interview with Nature." Participants will study nature by exploring various natural objects of the Mendenhall area.

Officials reminding Alaskans that life vests save lives
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are encouraging everyone to wear a life jacket while out recreating on or near water.

Free public firearm shooting session at ADF&G indoor range
JUNEAU - The Territorial Sportsmen is inviting the public to attend a no-charge firearm shooting at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28.

Bearfest in Wrangell celebrates region's bruin neighbors
WRANGELL - No matter where you live in Southeast, you've probably had reasons to think about bears lately - whether scouting out viewing opportunities for out-of-town guests or just trying to keep neighborhood bears of your trash.

Registration begins Saturday for JYF
JUNEAU - Are you ready for some fall sports?

Calling weed-pullers for 'emergency' pull
JUNEAU - Due to a discovery of an inordinate amount of perennial sowthistle, a locally growing invasive weed, an emergency weed-pull has been organized for Tuesday, July 27 at Outer Point on Douglas Island.

Dog Salmon festival happening in Kake
KAKE - Kake's 16th annual Dog Salmon Festival will take place on Saturday, July 24.

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots. The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life.

Today, July 23

Swimmer sinks in Anchorage's Jewell Lake
ANCHORAGE - A man attempting to swim across Jewell Lake in Anchorage sank into the water and was recovered in critical condition.

Woman assaulted at highway pullout
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are looking for a man who attacked a woman at a highway pullout.

Education task force to meet
JUNEAU - An education task force set to take up issues like the governor's merit scholarship plan is meeting this week in Anchorage.

Fairbanks court bail records under investigation
FAIRBANKS - Bail accounting records at the Fairbanks-based 4th Judicial District are under investigation for financial irregularities.

5 people rescued from boat burning near Homer
ANCHORAGE - Five Kenai residents were plucked from a 36-foot boat that caught fire in Kachemak Bay 13 miles west of Homer.

North Pole councilman resigns, cites health
FAIRBANKS - The North Pole City Council has lost a second member after Willy Cork said he is resigning for personal and health reasons.

Juneau's GCLL Majors face Nunaka Valley
Nunaka Valley has the reputation and Juneau has home-field advantage as the Alaska Little League Softball Championship begins at 7 p.m. today for the Majors division All-Stars at Melvin Park.

Alaska leads nation in job creation
Alaska has led the nation in job creation over the last year, according to new data from the non-profit Rockefeller Institute.

Photo: Open water swim
Michelle Macy of Oregon swims across Clarence Strait in Ketchikan earlier this month while Michael Schuler accompanys her in a kayak. Macy has been traveling to Ketchikan for the past four or five years to participate in the annual Pennock Island open-water swim. This year's event will be held Aug. 15.

Explosion and fire destroys Hoonah saw mill
"It looked like a howitzer shell hit it."

Man disappears in Kenai River
Skiffs peppered the Kenai River downstream of The Pillars boat launch searching for a man who disappeared in the stream Wednesday afternoon.

Checks are coming: Obama signs unemployment bill
WASHINGTON - Federal checks could begin flowing again as early as next week to millions of jobless people who lost up to seven weeks of unemployment benefits in a congressional standoff.

Prosecutors say man intentionally rammed whales with his boat
ANCHORAGE - Twice while piloting a jet boat, Kevin B. Carle spotted humpback whales breaching in the waters of Southeast Alaska.

Hatchery to bring more sport fish
Next time you unhook a feisty rainbow trout, consider where the gorgeous rouge-dappled fish spent its early days.

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