Metaphorical wars are unwinnable
I'm writing about Bill Dillon's outstanding column: "Losing the word war"

Hoonah mill fire, explosion investigation closes
State Deputy Fire Marshal Bob Plumb said he believes the fire and explosion at Icy Straits Lumber & Milling Inc. in Hoonah "were dust explosions from saw dust material that had accumulated in the mill structural elements."

UAS participates in active shooter simulation
Screams and gunshots resonated throughout the Mourant Building at the University of Alaska Southeast Tuesday afternoon. Yet the realistic terror was not real at all, but rather a tool to help prepare staff members in case an actual crisis strikes.

Former Doc Water's owner pleads guilty to misdemeanors
Jason Maroney held his daughter in his arms as she pointed toward the flag in Courtroom 1 of the U.S. Federal Building on Tuesday afternoon minutes before he pleaded guilty before Judge Timothy Burgess on charges of violating the Lacey Act.

Photos: Windfall Lake Trail construction
Ray Skan, left, Rory Joey, center, and Tyler Edwards and other SAGA crew members haul a skinned log for turnpike trail construction on the Windfall Lake Trail on Monday.

Photo: Towering ship
The fishing vessel Narada is towered over by the cruise ship Infinity as it docks downtown on Monday.

Bartlett Foundation awards Edelman Health Sciences Scholarship
Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation's Board of Trustees has announced recipients of the Grace and Phil Edelman Health Sciences Scholarship for the 2010-11 academic year.

Jury decides on damages in case against Bartlett Regional Hospital
A jury awarded a woman $148,000 in a negligence case against Bartlett Regional Hospital heard Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reported

Former owner of Doc Water's files motion of intent to change plea
The case docket for former Doc Water's restaurant owner Jason Maroney reveals Maroney's attorneys filed a motion of intent to change a plea.

Photo: Taking a break
Julie Dean of Salt Lake City takes a break from sightseeing to bask in the sun near the statue of Patsy Ann on the Juneau waterfront Tuesday.

Kake youth escapes black bear sow attack
Kake resident Brandon Berkley, 17, is lucky to be alive after an encounter with a black bear sow Monday morning in Kake.

Auke Bay fuel leak deemed minor
A fuel spill at Auke Bay Monday evening turned out to be minor and was quickly contained.

Josh Morgan Cromett
Josh Morgan Cromett died July 20, 2010.

Outside editorial: On ethanol: Enough already
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

Outside editorial: Limiting 'libel tourism'
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Absent reason, we're easily fooled
Not to startle you, but you have a narrative in your head. Dozens of them, in fact.

Overseas tax havens hurt Main Street
These days, the local businesses in your neighborhood probably pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes than U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

My Turn: Access to health care is what really matters
While stories of the governor's veto of Senate Bill 13 and the funding for the expansion of the state's Denali Kid Care program fade from the media's news cycle, just less than 1,300 children and more than 200 pregnant women will be faced with the daily reality of not having basic insurance coverage. That is why I sponsored this legislation and that is where my interest in this remains. Some may argue that they still have the ability to seek treatment at an emergency room. While that is true, let's look at some scenarios that Denali Kid Care would cover with a less costly visit to a doctor's office.

Reduce federal subsidies for oil industry
We can't spill wind.

Man asks for help after daughter's suicide attempt
BETHEL - An Emmonak man whose 16-year-old daughter attempted suicide has written a letter to Gov. Sean Parnell's rural adviser, asking the state to take urgent action against a suicide crisis in Yukon-Kuskokwim villages.

Parnell says Begich proposal unnecessary
JUNEAU - Alaska's governor is opposing creation of a citizens' advisory council to weigh in on Arctic drilling proposals.

State seeks to speed unemployment benefits
JUNEAU - The state labor department says it's trying to speed unemployment benefits for those who've filed since June 2, when federal funding expired.

Spokeswoman: No talk of Therriault resigning
JUNEAU - A spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says there's been no talk within the administration about energy adviser Gene Therriault resigning.

Swimmer pulled from Jewel Lake dies
ANCHORAGE - A swimmer pulled from the bottom of Jewel Lake has died.

EPA administrator visits Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson is visiting Alaska for the first time.

Blue Angels to perform at Arctic Thunder air show
ANCHORAGE - The Navy's Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds are the featured performers in next weekend's air show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Group: Initiative opponent breaks disclosure rules
JUNEAU - The Alaska Public Offices Commission has called on a ballot group to pull its ads, alleging they violate new campaign finance disclosure rules.

More questions about hiring of Parnell aide
JUNEAU - The Parnell administration continues to face pressure over last year's hiring of former lawmaker Gene Therriault to an energy adviser role.

State drops Kenai from polluted- rivers list
ANCHORAGE - The state has withdrawn the Kenai River from its list of polluted waterways.

Business turning up at Port of Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The Port of Anchorage reports traffic is increasing, after the slump in 2009.

Juneau woman sentenced in drug case
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Juneau woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison in a federal drug case.

Parnell declares state disaster for road washout
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has declared the washout of portions of the Taylor Highway in eastern Alaska a state disaster.

Nunaka Valley wins Game 1
Nunaka Valley Little League topped Gastineau Channel Little League 11-3 in the first game of the best-of-5 2010 Alaska Junior Softball Championship series on Tuesday at Melvin Park.

Nunaka Valley will test GCLL Juniors
The Little League Softball Junior Division state championship best-of-5 series begins today on the heels of the Majors Division tournament in Juneau, with the Gastineau Channel Little League All-Stars facing a familiar foe in Nunaka Valley.

Juniors baseball 1 win away from state title
The Gastineau Channel Little League Juniors All-Star team defeated Abbott O'Rabbitt 7-2 on Tuesday in the second game of a best-of-5 championship series in Anchorage.

Nunaka Valley tops GCLL Juniors for state crown
The Gastineau Channel Little League 11-12-year-old softball All-Stars put up a fight but still fell as Nunaka Valley rallied and pulled away late Monday, topping Juneau 18-4 at Melvin Park to win the series in four games.

Karate students earn new rankings
Seven Students from the Juneau Shotokan Karate club recently earned black belt rankings following examinations with Sensei Cathy Cline, a 7th degree black belt and the Northwest Regional Director for the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF).

Parnell, Berkowitz hold fundraising leads
Incumbent governor Sean Parnell and Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz are holding fundraising leads in their respective primaries, according to campaign finance reports made public Tuesday by the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Redistricting threatens Southeast representation
Alaska's redistricting process, based on the ongoing U.S. Census, is likely to be bad news for Southeast Alaska, state Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich told Juneau Republicans Monday.

Murkowski wants review of 800-mile pipeline system
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has asked the operator of the 800-mile trans-Alaska pipeline system to conduct a safety review of the line, saying it's critical the public have the highest level of confidence in its maintenance following a power outage in May.

Containment boom set around grounded vessel
ANCHORAGE - Responders have placed containment boom around a sheen leaking from a grounded fishing vessel in Alaska's Prince William Sound, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

Barge finds temporary home
FAIRBANKS - Plenty of boats are launched from the Chena Pump wayside, but Wade Gurtler's ride has attracted more attention than most.

Providence Health state's top private employer
ANCHORAGE - Providence Health and Services remains No. 1 on the list of Alaska's top 100 largest private employers compiled by the state Labor Department.

Search on for man suspected of drowning in Eek River
ANCHORAGE - A search was under way Tuesday for a man whose boat was found adrift on the Eek River in western Alaska.

Kayak adventure: Wildlife and glaciers
VALDEZ - We're standing in a field of rocks in a dense fog, surrounded by icebergs stranded at low tide. This is the terminal moraine of Alaska's Columbia Glacier - the rocky debris that was left when the glacier retreated - and it looks like the moon, all gray and black and icy and bleak. Wearing oversize rubber boots, I steady myself on the small, slick rocks as my traveling companions in brightly colored rain gear start to offload our kayaks from the small water taxi that dropped us here.

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