The Elders provide hope amid darkness
At last a light is glimmering through the dense murk of greed, gunpowder and criminal uncaring which is killing life on Earth.

Don't let the misdeeds of a few hurt all riders
This is in response to Bob Hunsick's letter to the editor ("For the public good, please don't let ATVs have North Douglas," Aug. 1). In my opinion, he is being quite stereotypical.

Photo: A painter's perch
Amid the traffic motoring around downtown Friday morning, Doug Trappen finds a serene place to perch and paint the blooming flowers next to the Sealaska Building.

Wanamaker, Kendziorek file for city election
Two people were certified Friday afternoon for the Oct. 2 municipal election on the opening day of the candidate filing period.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers.

A story on page A3 in Friday's Juneau Empire incorrectly presented longtime Juneau School Board member Mary Becker's plans for involvement with Juneau's education system when she leaves the School Board in October. Becker's work with education will not end after she leaves office.

Change in command aboard the Cutter Liberty
The departing U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jason Brennell, left, and the incoming Lt. Jon M. Kreischer congratulate one another after the Change of Command Ceremony on Friday in Juneau. Brennell spent two years aboard the Cutter Liberty. He will be moving with his family to a post in Boston.

Legislative move no answer to corruption
Where you sit pretty well determines where you stand on the question of moving the Alaska Legislature.

My Turn: Representing all sides in water fluoridation debate
I'm not sure whether or not this has been touched upon yet, but I would like to discuss the fluoridation of the city's water. I hear arguments from two out of the three sides to the issue.

Toe Toon
Carfoon by local artist Toe.

Alaska editorial: Public safety officer program needs boost
Alaska is having a rough time recruiting Village Public Safety Officers. Little wonder, when you consider the conditions: Remote villages, family ties that can trump the law, unforgiving wilderness at the doorstep, high rates of alcohol abuse with all the violence and misery it causes, Alaska State Troopers sometimes a day or more away.

Underwater snag decorated with $400 worth of tackle
Mindy Webster, of Mindy's Outdoor Adventure Guide Service in Soldotna, likes nothing more than having a rod bend while backtrolling the Kenai River for king salmon, but early last month, seeing a pole pulse downward in the "Honeymoon Cove" area wasn't an indication of anything good.

Humpback buffet
Humpback whales have to eat too. One of the unique feeding behaviors of this marine mammal is bubblenetting. The whales create a net of bubbles, about 65 feet across and 45 feet deep, of rising air bubbles from their blowholes.

Improved Chugach Forest trail an alpine adventure
Positively Alpine is probably the best way to describe the new Chugach National Forest trail that climbs into this high-mountain notch south and east of Girdwood.

Out & About

Photo: Out on a limb
A chestnut-backed chickadee sits Wednesday on a tree branch on Main Street, downtown.

A trip to bear country
As the float plane cleared the top of Admiralty Island, we entered a strange, new country.

Salmon in migration
The sockeye are returning to Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier. Hatchery chum salmon are appearing in Salmon Creek, Sheep Creek and elsewhere.

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Juneau splits 2 games in Ariz.
The Juneau All Stars earned a memorable win and were shut out in two games at the West Region Junior Softball Little League Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.

Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon Results
Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon Results

Mastering the marathon
Two records fell as more than 150 athletes turned out for the Southeast Road Runners' biggest even of the year - the 16th annual Frank Maier Marathon and Douglas Island Half Marathon.

Scores of Alaska bridges deemed 'deficient'
Like the Minnesota bridge that collapsed Wednesday, more than 100 bridges in Alaska are designated as structurally deficient - including the Mendenhall River bridge along Glacier Highway in Juneau.

Photo: Gliding by
A Pacific white-sided dolphin is seen reflecting against the unusually smooth water surface of the Hecate Straits, south of Ketchikan, while bow-riding alongside the Ocean Liner Volendam on Thursday.

Governor: 'Undue influence' pushed controversial tax
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday she wants Alaska's controversial Petroleum Profits Tax revamped and promised to have a proposal ready for review by Sept. 4.

Doyon Foundation awards 320 scholarships to Natives
The Doyon Foundation has awarded almost $377,000 in scholarships to 320 Alaska Native students attending universities across the country.

Chatham School Board recall attempt may proceed
The state Division of Elections announced Friday that petitioners seeking to remove three members of the Chatham School Board may enter the next phase of their attempt to recall.

Pilot was living Alaska dream before crash
Joseph Campbell lived in Ketchikan for only a short time before he died here July 24, but his family says the Taquan Air pilot was living his dream by flying in Alaska.

Palin leaves session location decision to the Legislature
Gov. Sarah Palin said Friday in Juneau she'll call a special session of the Legislature on Alaska Day, but will leave it up to legislators to decide where to meet.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

State senator's boat burns, sinks
A boat owned by state Sen. John Cowdery caught fire near Whittier, and he and three passengers were rescued by a Good Samaritan vessel.

Alaska Digest
22-year-old lands $1,000 salmon, Police search for man accused of firing gun, 2 Fort Richardson soldiers killed in Iraq, Ketchikan rejects cell phone ban, DNR commissioner names ag director

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