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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Coeur ad seems to be a mean-spirited ploy
People who would like to have lots of money - but in reality don't have very much - should be very impressed by Coeur Alaska's full-page Kensington mine ad that ran in Wednesday's Juneau Empire.

Public option needed in health care reform
Health care reform with a real public option is our best hope for the future.

Review of dock expansion to begin
The cruise industry is warning the city not to get too elaborate in its plans for the Port of Juneau as city officials begin review of a technical report for a possible expansion.

Fast ferries proving to be unreliable
The Marine Transportation Advisory Board will seek millions in additional dollars for its vessel replacement fund, while Alaska Marine Highway System officials are increasingly being confronted with problems of broken down boats disrupting schedules.

Photo: Along for the ride
Trenton Wise, 11, center, along with friends Sam Nolan, 10, left, and Caylea Collum, 10, take Wise's dog, Bristol, for a walk Thursday along the airport dike trail.

Photo: Derby launch

Around Town
Today, Aug. 14

Police & Fire
Due to a technical issue, Juneau police and fire officials will not be posting the daily bulletin for the rest of the week. Reports will appear in a later edition of the Empire.

Elsie W. Brunette
Former Juneau resident Elsie W. Brunette died Aug. 10, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 95.

Kensington mine permit is valid; it should be honored
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Agog over Bush's comments on Gog, Magog
Incredibly, President George W. Bush told French President Jacques Chirac in early 2003 that Iraq must be invaded to thwart Gog and Magog, the Bible's satanic agents of the Apocalypse.

Opera to perform Mozart's 'Grand Mass'
JUNEAU - The Juneau Lyric Opera will host the 8th Mid-Summer Vocal Festival on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Chapel by the Lake.

Anchorage lays off 27 city employees
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage will lay off 27 employees as it tries to make up a nearly $9 million budget deficit.

3 people injured in accidental shootings
WASILLA - Authorities are investigating separate incidents of accidental shootings in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

Airline raises rates for companion fares
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines said in a letter to its customers that it is increasing the cost of companion fares available through its Visa Signature card from $50 to $99. The price increase goes into effect Oct. 1. The airline said it's the first increase in companion fares in 10 years and is still a great deal.

Prosecutors: No free lawyer for officer
ANCHORAGE - Prosecutors are unhappy with a judge's decision to provide a court-appointed attorney to an Anchorage police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty.

Early frost cools Interior Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Cold air from the northwest Arctic combined with clear skies and calm winds will bring an early frost to Interior Alaska.

Football player accused of stealing
FAIRBANKS - A linebacker for the Fairbanks Grizzlies arena football team has been accused of stealing $1,600 from Wal-Mart.

Sled dog puppies shot near Aniak
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the deaths of three sled dog puppies that were found shot to death near Aniak.

Palin stands by debunked 'death panel' claim
WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Sarah Palin refused to retreat from her debunked claim that a proposed health care overhaul would create "death panels," as the growing furor over end-of-life consultations forced a key group of senators to abandon the idea in their bill.

E-mails from public overload House Web site
WASHINGTON - Amid a boisterous debate on health care reform, people flooded members of Congress on Thursday with so many e-mails that they overloaded the House's primary Web site.

Begich says rural trip was eye-opening for Cabinet
ANCHORAGE - Four secretaries in the Obama Cabinet had their eyes opened to unique Alaska problems in a trip to rural communities, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said Thursday.

Police: Man assaulted in litter quarrel
A 26-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning after an alleged assault stemming from an argument over litter.

Two kittens survive truck crushing
WASILLA - Two tiny kittens owe their lives to a rescue by a couple of seasoned "junkyard dogs."

Yearlong fuel tax break ends Sept. 1
FAIRBANKS - Alaskans will pay more for gas next month when a yearlong suspension of an 8-cents-per-gallon tax break ends.

Bumbling bank robber shows teller ID, account number
ANCHORAGE - A man walked into an Anchorage bank last week, gave his name and account number to the teller and showed his ID. It was his real name and it was his own account. The ID had his picture.

White House asks court to block forest road building
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it will defend a 2001 rule imposed by President Bill Clinton that blocked road construction and other development on tens of millions of acres of remote national forests.

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