District seeks input on drug testing
A task force set up to look at testing high school students for drugs is recommending the district immediately begin randomly testing student athletes for drugs, alcohol and tobacco, as well as start a voluntary program for other students.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 7

JPD weighs in on Gino Kuang OxyContin case
When Ri Dong "Gino" Kuang left the hotel room authorities were surveilling March 19, Juneau Police Sgt. Dave Campbell made the call to arrest him and end the drug sting.

District attorney says plea deals in Oxy cases serve 'bigger picture'
District Attorney Doug Gardner said his office is focusing on the big picture when it comes to prosecuting cases related to the OxyContin "epidemic" in Juneau.

ACLU: Proposed drug testing is unconstitutional
The proposed mandatory drug testing program for high school athletes is unconstitutional, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska.

Coeur sets silver production record
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., owner of the Kensington mine north of Juneau, announced a second-quarter silver production record Thursday of 4.3 million ounces.

Photo: Orca over
An orca whale jumps from the waters of Stephens Passage outside Yankee Cove between Douglas and Admiralty islands.

Photo: Mountain music
The Alaska String Band, comprised of Paul and Melissa Zahasky and their children, Abigail, 11, left, Guinn, 15, center, and Laura, 18, perform Thursday at the Mount Roberts Tramway's Mountain House.

Photo: Basketball court dedication
National Basketball Association star and former Juneau resident Carlos Boozer Jr. speaks Thursday during the dedication of the Zach Gordon Youth Center Basketball Court. Boozer has been in Juneau hosting a basketball camp during the past week.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Gordon Brunton
Juneau resident Gordon Brunton died July 22, 2009, in Portland, Ore. He was 70.

Outside Editorial: Nation owes its vets new GI Bill
Amid the agonizing realities of war - death and maiming; horrible emotional and psychological scars; severe hardships on families and loved ones - a nation is compelled to grapple with ways in which it can repay its debt to those who have sacrificed so much toward protecting their fellow citizens and preserving our precious democratic republic.

Aged icebreaker would offset 'magic blingdom'
It was not so many years ago that I peppered the Alaska newspapers with letters advocating that the then soon-to-be decommissioned Coast Guard cutter Storis be saved as a museum vessel.

As colleges cut athletics, Title IX does an injustice to men
With endowments shrinking, donations falling and operating budgets squeezed, colleges and universities face great pressure to cut costs. Athletic departments are an obvious target. But, troublingly, men's sports are disproportionately bearing the brunt.

Health habits should weigh heavier
Doctors and insurance agents are in the front lines of the health-care battles spilling from Washington across the nation this month. With politicians blaming them for the fix we're in, they've hunkered down, nursing their grievances and looking to fight back.

Ex-worker sentenced in mine copper theft
FAIRBANKS - A former Pogo Mine employee convicted of stealing more than $90,000 in copper wire was sentenced to two months in jail.

Highway crash kills 2
ANCHORAGE - Two Soldotna teenagers are dead and another is injured after a head-on collision on the Seward Highway.

Driver, 66, takes gun from robber
KETCHIKAN - Ketchikan police say a young man tried to rob a 66-year-old driver at gunpoint this week, but the older man grabbed the gun away.

Sunken boat spilled 10,000 gallons of fuel
ANCHORAGE - State environmental officials say a supply boat that sank earlier this year has spilled more than 10,000 gallons of fuel into Alaska's Cook Inlet.

Mom sentenced for letting son, 7, drive
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman who let her 7-year-old son drive while she was passed out drunk in the passenger seat was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Falcons ready to fly
JUNEAU -Thunder Mountain High School left Juneau on Wednesday, bound for Sitka to kick off the inaugural season of Falcons football. And now, after all the time, effort, fundraising and practice that's been put in by the coaching staff, players and parents, it's finally time to get down to the business of playing football.

Boozer busy giving back
JUNEAU - The Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp comes to a close today at Juneau-Douglas High School, and judging by the unanimous reactions of several campers, it could be the best day yet with the final tournaments - and Bullwinkle's pizza for everybody -determining age group champions.

Aukeman Triathlon a test of grit, endurance
JUNEAU - Do you have what it takes?

Rain brings respite to wildfire crews
ANCHORAGE - Rain is giving fire crews a break in fighting massive wildfires in Alaska's interior, but extreme smoky conditions persist.

Parnell meets with state fire bosses to discuss solution
FAIRBANKS - State fire officials told Gov. Sean Parnell wildfires are a serious problem this summer.

Two in Fairbanks diagnosed with bacterial infection
FAIRBANKS - Two Fairbanks residents have been diagnosed with tularemia, a potentially fatal bacterial infection more commonly found in pets.

Sitka puts aggressive cruise vendors in a box
SITKA - Sitka municipal officials have drawn a line on the pavement to shield cruise ship visitors from aggressive vendors.

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