State should build up University of Alaska
If Alaska's governor and legislators want to do something of permanent worldwide significance, they can put a couple of billion dollars into the University Foundation to reduce tuition, raise faculty compensation and enhance infrastructure, this year. And do it again next year.

Report: City needs plan for crises
Juneau needs better plans to handle future crises more effectively, according to an early version of a report from the city's "Lessons Learned" commission.

Growing OYSTERS in Alaska
Tom Henderson runs Pearl of Alaska, one of the largest oyster farms in Alaska. And he's just a one-man operation.

Photo: Morning fire call
Firefighters connect water hoses to a truck as they prepare to put out a small fire Saturday morning that started on the roof of the University of Alaska Southeast National Science Research Lab at 10107 Bentwood Place. According to Capital City Fire and Rescue, the roof caught fire as construction workers were making repairs.

Photo: Season's swan song
Collette Costa belts out a song as Mike Bucy, left, Doug Bridges and Mike Stanley play brass Friday during the last concert of the season at Marine Park. Performers for the concert were Stroller White Pipes and Drums, Costa and Company, and Full Circle.


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

Jerrold 'Jerre' Olson
Juneau resident Jerrold "Jerre" Olson died Aug. 14, 2008, in Juneau, from complications following a stroke. He was 91.

Alaska editorial: State's cash payout shouldn't be repeated
The Legislature's decision to offer a cash payout to every Alaskan is understandable in the context of incredible prices for the energy we all use to work, travel, stay warm and live through the long winter.

My Turn: Gambling initiative is a Trojan Horse
I'm no war history buff, but tactical strategies used in the past intrigue me.

My Turn: Wolf control and caribou savings
Alaskans are passionate about their wildlife. We constitute an energized constituency when it comes to fish and game. Predator management in particular, especially the aerial control of wolves, engenders an abundance and diversity of strong opinion, and it will engage our electorate again soon.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Photo: Nice catch
Steve Peterson, left, a tourist from New York, stands with commercial sport fishing guide Jason McMurrian and the 73.5-pound king salmon Peterson caught on July 10 on the Kenai River. The fish measured just over 53 inches in length and 33.5 inches in girth.

Today: Juneau Gold Miners' Posse Cowboy Action Shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Soggy summer won't dampen enjoyment of Alaska river experience
MATANUSKA RIVER - Gray water rushed beneath us as we bobbed on a fast current. Even grayer storm clouds lay low over the mountains, feeding the air with light rain.

Photos: Alaska scenes
A swan is shown swimming Sept. 29, 2007, on a lake near the intersection of the Seward and Sterling highways on Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage. Fading green and gold leaves are seen on trees lining Skilak Lake on the Kenai Peninsula, south of Anchorage, on Sept. 29, 2007. Autumn foliage is seen on Sept. 2, 2007, in Denali National Park.

Photo: Out with the weeds
Freya Holm removes hawkweed from Near Island on July 12. Holm is an employee of the Kodiak Soil and WaterConservation District and a member of the orangehawkweed removal project. The project set its sights on Near Island in Kodiak for an annual public weed pull.

Photo: Nice season for a ride
This Sept. 2, 2007, photo shows a car driving through autumn foliage in Denali National Park in Alaska. As summer fades, many Alaskans and visitors are hitting the road for vistas.

Eagle River trail closed until bear hibernation
ANCHORAGE - An Eagle River trail has been closed because of anticipated bear activity.

Outdoor educators pushing for 'No Child Left Inside' funding
BETHEL, Del. - Canoeing trips on the Chesapeake Bay. Endangered butterfly camps for teachers in Rhode Island. A new corral and barn for a nature center in Texas that wants to show kids live bison.

Anchorage cross-country runner races a grizzly bear, gets lucky
ANCHORAGE - Some time after surviving the fright of his life, University of Alaska Anchorage cross-country runner Auston Ellis can't remember whether he heard the grizzly bear woof or a roar.

Fairgoers learn gentle art of coaxing gold from sand and gravel
MYRTLE POINT, Ore. - Gentle tipping and tilting swirls the water around and around, over the sand and small gravel at the bottom of a gold pan.

Feuding gang members involved in shoot-out
FAIRBANKS - Feuding gang members in at least three vehicles shot at each other Friday afternoon on a busy city road, Fairbanks police said.

Forensic experts ID mummified remains
ANCHORAGE - The mummified remains of a passenger on a plane that crashed in Alaska in 1948 have been identified.

Man gets 7 years in toddler beating
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Anchorage man was sentenced to seven years in prison last week for severely beating a toddler.

Woman dies in ATV rollover near highway
ANCHORAGE - A 42-year-old woman died in an all-terrain vehicle rollover near the Sterling Highway.

Army privatizes three installations
FAIRBANKS - The Army has turned over services at three installations to Doyon Utilities.

Two girls killed while crossing busy highway
ANCHORAGE - Two girls were killed Friday morning when they were struck by a truck driving along a busy highway in Anchorage.

Bears maul Warriors 35-7
Juneau head coach Bill Chalmers' triskaidekaphobia was kicking in after his squad trounced Wasilla 35-7 Friday night at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. After all, it was 13 straight wins for the Crimson Bears dating back to the beginning of last season.

Photos: Windfall Challenge Run
Twenty-four runners start off near Skaters Cabin for the Southeast Road Runners' Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run on Saturday morning. The 14-mile race through dirt and mud trails ends at the Windfall Lake trail head out the road.


Report partly faults FAA for crash in Misty Fiords
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board says the Federal Aviation Administration's lack of supervision over the flight tour industry in Southeast Alaska contributed to a crash in Misty Fiords National Monument that killed five people last summer.

Court filings reveal evidence against Stevens
Opening up: Kenny Kaplor, the meat manager at Super Bear Supermarket, shucks an oyster from Kake. He said customers tend to prefer the Kake oysters to the Port Washington ones.

Man sentenced for drugs and sex trafficking
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for operating a prostitution ring that targeted runaway girls, women in low-paying jobs and the homeless, and paid them in crack cocaine.

Golf tournament to raise funds for nonprofit group
The inaugural Healing Hand Foundation golf tournament takes place on Saturday, Aug. 23, at Mt. Fairweather Golf Course in Gustavus - and with it comes a chance at $10,000 for a hole-in-one.

Anchorage residents on edge over bear attacks
ANCHORAGE - Even in a city whose logo is "Big Wild Life," the summer of 2008 is testing residents' tolerance for large carnivores.

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