Stonewalling by the Legislature
It seems the Legislature is better at stonewalling about the energy rebate proposed by Gov. Palin than they are about most everything else.

Where is softball league coverage?
For the last three months or so, scores of local adult amateur athletes have been participating in the Juneau Softball leagues.

Alaskans stand to lose much with mine
Thanks to Elton Engstrom for his column on Wednesday, July 30, on the Bristol Bay fishery and what Alaskans stand to lose there with the proposed Pebble Mine.

A surprise in Sunday's newspaper
At 6:30 a.m. Sunday, I stepped outside to look for my paper and was literally handed it by our deliveryman.

Blowing smoke around the block
I just wanted to write a quick thank you to the powers that be for passing the smoking ban in Juneau bars. Now my child and I can get a heavy dose of "poisonous and harmful" second-hand smoke simply walking around downtown Juneau at any hour of any day. Nice Work.

Killing wolf pups is inhumane
I am 9 years old and live in Washington. I was in Alaska recently to see friends and the natural beauty of your state.

What Alaska needs is a real Republican
Even in the event that Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens is ultimately found to have committed no crimes, he is the perfect argument for term limits.

Common sense behind definition of marriage
The following are comments in response to David Newman's My Turn in the Juneau Empire on July 17.

Alaska needs Begich in Washington, D.C.
Last week, Sen. Ted Stevens was indicted by a federal grand jury, about a year after his Girdwood home was raided by the FBI. It was truly a sad day for Alaska and for American politics.

Vile Treasure Hunt
At first glance, the Lincoln Island beach appeared unmarred - pebbles, kelp, brush, washed-up logs and the forest behind it. The volunteers had come to clean up the trash, but what if there wasn't any?

Palin family honors former first ladies
Alaska's First Gentleman Todd Palin opened the doors of the Governor's House on Saturday to host five former first ladies and honor their contributions to the state.

City pursues land agreement with state for parking project
The Juneau Assembly met in executive session Monday to discuss negotiations with the state of Alaska on land at Telephone Hill, where the city plans to develop a parking project.

Photo: Net gains
Will Bousley, 23, works Thursday on his gill net at the Harris Harbor float plane dock. Bousley, of Ketchikan, said he has been single-handling his fishing boat, the Jeannie-Rose, since he was 16. He called working on the nets his "least favorite thing."

Photo: Moving day
Juneau School District employees, from left, Amador Olea, Rick Helms and Juan Carlos Flores deliver furniture and office supplies Monday to the completed academic D Wing of Thunder Mountain High School. The building is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 2, the first day of school.

Photo: Just can't wait
A television sits Sunday near Rotary Park along Parkside Drive with a "Free!" sign. The city will hold a household hazardous waste cleanup event later this month. Residents are allowed to turn in one TV and one computer monitor per household. Visit for the pending date.

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Police & Fire
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Alice Blumenshine
Former Juneau resident Alice S. Blumenshine, died Aug. 3, 2008, at her home in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., surrounded by her family. She was 83.

Outside editorial: Let's stop tobacco from ravaging the developing world
Diseases caused by tobacco killed an estimated 100 million people during the 20th century and could kill 1 billion in the 21st if nothing is done to restrain tobacco companies from pushing their products in the developing world.

My turn: The true value of Stevens' cabin
Didn't the federal government check Anchorage's real property records before indicting Sen. Ted Stevens? After all, real estate values are easily known. When I read the federal indictment, I was disappointed at the charges, but more so I was curious to find the $230,000 VECO allegedly added to the value of Ted's cabin in Girdwood.

Alaska editorial: A time to fight
Sen. Ted Stevens is an innocent man. He has been indicted by an East Coast grand jury on seven charges of failing to disclose. He has not been convicted, nor does he intend to be. He has categorically denied any wrongdoing. He, like any other, deserves his day in court.

Stevens is left out in the cold
A federal grand jury in Washington indicted Republican Sen. Ted Stevens on corruption charges Tuesday. The reaction in Alaska, four time zones away, was not so much "why?" as "why now?"

Palin declares Interior flooding a disaster
FAIRBANKS - Damage assessments of hundreds of homes are moving forward after Gov. Sarah Palin declared flooding across much of northern and Interior Alaska a disaster.

Two teens injured in Juneau car wreck
JUNEAU - Two teenagers were flown to Seattle on Saturday for treatment of injuries suffered in a car wreck and fire.

Man dies in Kenai Peninsula rollover
JUNEAU - A 38-year-old Anchorage man died in a Kenai Peninsula van crash.

Local elections filing period begins Friday
JUNEAU - The filing period for the Oct. 7 elections for Juneau Assembly and School Board seats opens 8 a.m. Friday.

Rep. Young speaks to business owners
JUNEAU - Alaska's congressman, Don Young, defended his heavy use of earmarks Monday morning, over coffee at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce.

Crews make progress on blaze in Montana
RED LODGE, Mont. - Fire crews had a productive day Sunday mopping up hotspots and securing firelines around the 10,165-acre Cascade fire six miles west of this resort town.

Newmont faulted for deadly mine accident
ELKO, Nev. - Newmont Mining Corp. has been faulted for a deadly June 2007 mine accident in northern Nevada.

Magistrate fines musher $5,600
PALMER - A Palmer musher was convicted last week of failing to provide humane care for his recreational sled dogs.

Wildflower Court to add eight rooms
JUNEAU - Wildflower Court will add eight skilled-nursing care rooms this fall, expanding the facility to 57 beds to help meet the community's growing need for nursing care.

Fall off Ketchikan cliff injures Juneau man
KETCHIKAN - A 41-year-old man was critically injured when he fell from a Ketchikan street about 50 feet to the bottom of a cliff.

Pilot, wife who died were on dream trip
YAKIMA, Wash. - A retired man who died with his wife in a plane crash on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range was an experienced pilot who had just finished a dream trip in a plane he spent 10 years assembling.

Teen survives bear attack in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say an 18-year-old was treated and released from a hospital after being attacked by a grizzly.

Officials tour flood damage in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The flooding in Alaska's Interior was subsiding in some areas over the weekend, while water continued to rise downstream of Nenana, putting the village of Old Minto at risk.

Elite girls hoops team finishes trip
SAN DIEGO - The Alaska Lady Hoops' Elite Basketball Team wrapped up a successful tour through the Lower 48 on Thursday with a split of two games in San Diego to finish 13-5 on the trip.

Workers say VECO hatched remodel plan
ANCHORAGE - The idea to double the size of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' home in Girdwood by jacking it up and adding a new first floor was hatched by VECO employees over drinks at the Alyeska Prince Hotel, according to two of the participants.

Senate agrees to take energy relief statewide
All Alaskans should get heating help, along with $500, whether they use oil, electricity or natural gas, under a bill passed by the Senate on Monday evening.

State sues to reverse polar bear listing
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska sued Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne on Monday, seeking to reverse his decision to list polar bears as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Legislature looks at energy checks
A bill sharing the state's energy wealth with residents moved slowly in legislative negotiations Sunday, and was expected to be taken up by the Senate today.

Campaign staff warmly greet Stevens
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens faced a cheering crowd of Republicans on Monday and declared his innocence to federal criminal charges, while his main Democratic rival announced his own GOP fan club.

Obama campaign zeroes in on red states
WASHINGTON - Alaska is young. Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia have growing populations and many black voters. Montana has seen recent Democratic inroads, and North Dakota has sent only Democrats to Congress since 1986. Indiana borders Barack Obama's home state.

Bush tells Alaska troops Iraq no longer 'hopeless'
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE - President Bush said Monday that U.S. troops going to Iraq soon will find a country dramatically different from the one that was "hopeless" before his troop buildup.

Mine asks judge to enforce lawsuit settlement
ANCHORAGE - The operator of the Red Dog Mine on Friday asked a federal judge to enforce a settlement of a multimillion-dollar lawsuit accusing the mine of discharging excess pollutants into a creek.

Bush praises troops in address
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE - President Bush praised the soldiers and airmen gathered to hear him speak Monday.

Ice melt may open Northwest Passage for a second year
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's warm weather this summer has all "gone north." Way north.

Grizzly bear deaths on Kenai Peninsula reach 18 this year
KENAI - The number of grizzly bears killed this year on the Kenai Peninsula is up to 18.

Investigators fault Indian Health Service on equipment losses
ANCHORAGE - The watchdog agency of Congress has concluded that about $6 million worth of equipment has vanished somewhere between the Indian Health Service and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

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Fishermen fear flooding's effect on salmon
FAIRBANKS - Interior Alaska fisherman are worried that recent flooding will harm king salmon eggs deposited in rivers.

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