Corps OKs Kensington permit
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reissued a permit Friday to Coeur Alaska Inc. for its Kensington mine plans, clearing the way for construction to resume on the final component of the complex that's been on hold since 2006 because of environmentalists' lawsuits.
Montag lands 28.6-pound king as derby wraps up 63rd year
Golden North Salmon Derby Unofficial results:
Glacier Bay ranger indicted on sexual assault charges
A grand jury on Friday indicted a National Park Service ranger working in Glacier Bay on two counts of felony sexual assault.
Perm Fund execs grilled
Legislators are questioning the Alaska Permanent Fund's bold new asset allocation strategy and asking why Alaska has the only such fund managed that way.
Spawning grounds stock derby catch
CANYON ISLAND - Derby salmon wouldn't be so plentiful if not for the spawning grounds up the Taku River, where state biologists maintain one of the best-managed salmon-rearing rivers in the country.
Investment allocation strategies explained
Historically, the permanent fund's allocation strategy has been defined as a series of percentages stating relative target values of the permanent fund by investment type - essentially a pie chart with slices for stocks, bonds, real estate, infrastructure, etc.
Dan Moller cabin to be torn down, replaced
The U.S. Forest Service will tear down and replace the Dan Moller cabin on Douglas Island next summer.
Melding the past and future of Treadwell
The city and a local historical society are working together on a vision of Treadwell's past and future.
Camp immerses youth in Native culture
From making devil's club salve to weaving their first cedar basket, youth attending Tlingit & Haida Central Council's Culture Camp spent the weekend immersed in Native culture. For many, the event was all about making connections.
Photo: Cheerleading clinic
From front left, Karlie Hill, 8, Kayli Lynd, 6, Emily Nelson, 8, and Miriam Sterns, 7, practice a cheer with Juneau-Douglas High School senior cheerleaders Miranda Untalasco, back left, Katie Conomos and Briana Lopez during Saturday's JDHS Bears football cheerleading clinic fundraiser at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The team hopes to raise enough money to attend one more Bears game than their alloted playoff contest.
Photo: Derby days are here
Sean O'Brien holds up an unofficial 30-inch, 17-pound king salmon he caught on the boat "After Hours" during the first hour of the Golden North Salmon Derby on Friday. For more photos and derby standings see page A2.
Today, Aug. 17
Police & Fire
Due to a technical issue, Juneau Police will not be posting the daily bulletin until today. Reports will appear in a later edition of the Empire.
Photo: Keeping her garden green
Karen Harris "dead heads" flowers in her garden at her house on Basin Road. Harris who has been gardening for many years in Juneau said this season "was wonderful. One of the best years ever."
Murkowski welcomes Indian energy grants
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski welcomed the U.S. Department of Energy's decision Thursday to award up to $13.6 million in Indian energy grants nationwide, including $3.36 million in awards to Alaska villages and Native corporations and tribal groups.
Community stomping ground
Football and basketball player, tennis champ, ski school owner and instructor, avalanche expert, tennis court caretaker - Dean Williams has done it all. Even at the age of 91, the Juneau local finds time to pick up trash in Cope Park, once known as Evergreen Bowl, and shoo skateboarders off the park's tennis court, his namesake.
Garrett R. Paul, a 2003 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, recently graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore., with a Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering with a business minor. Paul would like to acknowledge the Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association for the support he received from their scholarship program.
Bellringers honor of St. Herman of Alaska
On Aug. 8, in honor of St. Herman of Alaska, church bells sung out in unison in Russia and America. The simultaneous bell ringing took place at 10 a.m. Juneau time at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, which was 11 a.m. for participants in Fort Ross, Calif., and 10 p.m. for their counterparts in the old Russian town of Totma, located about 500 miles northeast of Moscow.
Senior menu for the week of Aug. 17-21
Monday, Aug. 17
Photo: Sorenson soiree
Colleagues of former Juneau-Douglas High School Principal Bernie Sorenson would like to invite friends to join them in celebrating her 29 years in education at a party at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at the Juneau Yacht Club. For moreinformation, call 780-6164.
Businesses add scholarships to Boozer camp
When Mitch Falk heard Alaska's most famed basketball player, Carlos Boozer, had donated 50 scholarships for economically disadvantaged youth to his Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp through United Way of Southeast Alaska, he called President Brenda Hewitt and said, "I want to make sure every kid that applies gets to go. This is so much better than kids getting on drugs."
Juneau's Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center to provide education on temperate rain forests
Federal, university and city officials signed a memorandum of understanding Thursday that paves the way for the establishment of a temperate rainforest education and research center in Juneau. The Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center will stimulate and develop temperate rainforest education and research.
Away from home without the kids
I was in Texas last week to attend what would have been my 30th high school reunion. I say "would have" because I moved away after my sophomore year and didn't graduate with my Austin classmates. Nevertheless, I'm glad I went.
Photo: Cheer thanks
Thunder Mountain High School Cheerleaders pose at a car wash fundraiser on Aug. 1 at Parts Plus. The group would like to thank the community for support: Jensen's, Parts Plus and Logan General Tax Practice, for their support with car wash space, supplies and contributions. The cheerleaders also completed a litter clean-up on July 25 around their school. Youth Litter Patrol has litter free programs to help youth groups earn money. For more information, contact Victoria Scharen at 789-3894.
Miss Alaska, Miss Alaska Teen USA eager to share their experiences
Jessica Nolin, 22, Miss Alaska USA 2009, and Zlata Sushchik, 19, Miss Alaska Teen USA 2009, are conducting presentations to students in school on choices, goal setting, and positive imaging. They are both accomplished young women and are eager to share their experiences.
Thanks for a random act of kindness
I frequently pick up litter and cigarette butts as I walk between my home in West Juneau and the Federal Building. Occasionally, a driver will give a friendly toot of their car horn and a wave, but this morning a woman I did not recognize rolled down her window, said, "Thank you," and gave me a thumbs up. Her random act of kindness bouyed my whole day. Thank you.
Early Learning Fair to be held Tuesday
The Juneau Partnership for Families and Children will host an Early Learning Fair from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gastineau Elementary School. All parents and children age 6 and younger are welcome.
Thanks for allowing 10 youngsters to attend Boozer basketball camp
On behalf of the youngsters and teenagers both here at the Zach Gordon Youth Center and in the greater Juneau community - and especially those 10 who were fortunate enough to receive the benefit - we wish to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to all of the members of the Zach Gordon Alumni Fund Committee for their generosity in supplying full scholarships that allowed 10 of Juneau's youth - including eight who are regular patrons of the ZGYC - to attend the Carlos Boozer Basketball Camp recently held at Juneau-Douglas High School.
Thanks for adding to ZGYC's covered area
We wish to extend our warmest and deepest thanks to the following people who generously gave their time, energy and morale support for the official dedication of the covered play area at the Zach Gordon Youth Center on Aug. 6:
Thanks for support on my 3-Day walk
As I embark on my fifth Susan G. Komen 3-Day breast cancer walk, I have 60 miles to reflect on this journey. I hold on to all the community members that shared their personal stories of their loved ones who they have lost tragically to this dreadful disease and the ones that have triumphed and are in remission.
POW cases remind that H1N1 flu remains active in Southeast
KLAWOCK - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock over the past two weeks has had several laboratory-confirmed cases of novel H1N1 (swine) flu, including one that required hospitalization. These cases should serve a reminder that the novel H1N1 flu still is active in Southeast Alaska. SEARHC also has confirmed recent cases in Juneau, Haines, Kake and Hydaburg.
Consortium hosts opening for expanded Kake clinic
KAKE - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is hosting a grand opening ceremony starting at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, for the newly expanded and renovated SEARHC Kake Health Center.
Mobile mammogram van in Haines Aug. 27 to Sept. 11
HAINES - The mobile mammogram van will visit Haines starting on Thursday, Aug. 27, with appointments running through Friday, Sept. 11 (no weekend appointments). This year the van has been updated to provide digital mammograms.
Head Start announces participation in USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program
JUNEAU - Tlingit and Haida Head Start serving Juneau, Angoon, Craig, Hoonah, Klawock, Petersburg, Saxman, Sitka, Wrangell and Yakutat announces its participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska department of Education and Early Development.
Mobile mammogram van in Hoonah on Aug. 18-24
HOONAH - The mobile mammogram van will visit Hoonah on Tuesday, Aug. 18, with appointments running through Monday, Aug. 24 (no weekend appointments). This year the van has been updated with digital imaging on board instead of film.
Douglas-Dornan Foundation establishes fund with Juneau Community Foundation
JUNEAU - On July 9, advisors to the Douglas-Dornan Foundation established a new fund with the Juneau Community Foundation, with an initial contribution of $50,000.
Yosi Pozeilov to give pinhole photography presentation
JUNEAU - Pinhole camera photography is the subject of a presentation to be given from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Alaska State Museum. The lecturer will be Yosi Pozeilov, senior photographer at the Conservation Center at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Pozeilov will be in Juneau as part of a three-day conference being held here by the Western Association for Art Conservation, a professional organization. The talk is free to the public.
Best legs in Juneau: Tracy's King Crab Shack receives national accolades
Hidden behind the parking garage of the downtown library is-according to Trip Advisor-the best place to eat in Juneau for two years running. Funny thing is, if you live here, there's a good chance you've never been. Tracy's King Crab Shack has been getting a lot of attention from just about everyone but the locals. It's been praised in publications like Food & Wine Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and most recently in this month's issue of Maxim Magazine.
T&H Head Start now accepting applications
JUNEAU - Tlingit & Haida Head Start, located at 9109 Mendenhall Mall Road, Suite 8B, is now accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year. Head Start is a free preschool program serving children ages 3-5 in nine Southeast communities that include Juneau, Craig, Hoonah, Klawock, Petersburg, Saxman, Sitka, Wrangell and Yakutat.
Tai Chi blossoms in Juneau
According to local tai chi instructors, the tai chi movement - as well as Eastern meditative and yoga practices in general - are taking hold in Juneau.
Rankin, Buchhorn wed
Britney Ann Buchhorn and Blayne Ashton Rankin were married June 6, 2009, at the Holy Cross Abbey in Cañon City, Colo., with a reception following.
Tillson, Diorec wed
Joey Tillson and Jose K. Diorec III, both of Juneau, were married July 25, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Ketchikan. A reception followed at the Crow's Nest.
White, Ackmann wed
Christina White and Jesse Ackmann, both of Juneau, were married May 21, 2009, in Cancun, Mexico. A reception followed at the Hilton Cancun.
Williams celebrate 40 years
Richard "Dick" and Lynn Williams celebrated 40 years of marriage recently with a party at the Shrine of St. Theresa. Their daughter, Kelli, son-in-law, Paul, and granddaughter, Abigail, came from Portland, Ore., to help host the party, which included many friends of the family in Juneau. The Williams were married Aug. 15, 1969, in Anchorage but have lived in Juneau for the last 36 years.
Laura Beth Kirn
Former Juneau resident Laura Beth Allington Kirn died June 7, 2009, in Riverside, Calif. She was 55.
Sharon Sarah Scott
Former Ketchikan and Juneau resident Sharon Sarah Sharpe Scott died Aug. 4, 2009, in Seattle. She was 76.
Timothy A. Templin
Former Juneau resident Timothy A. Templin died late Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Portland, Ore. He was 64.
In the annals of "Flights From Hell," Continental Flight 2816 from Houston to Minneapolis isn't the most egregious. Let's not forget the Valentine's Day 2007 ice storm that trapped nine fully loaded JetBlue aircraft on the tarmac tantalizingly close to the terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York for six to 10 hours.
Alaska editorial: AK wins second national physical activity challenge
For the second year in a row, Alaska came in first in the National President's Challenge on physical activity.
Lacking facts and reason, health-care foes use fear
"Fear is the most powerful enemy of reason. Both fear and reason are essential to human survival, but the relationship between them is unbalanced. Reason may sometimes dissipate fear, but fear frequently shuts down reason." - from "The Assault on Reason" by Al Gore
Rove wanted action
When the U.S. attorney scandal broke in early 2007, the Bush White House contended that it had nothing to do with the matter and that the Justice Department had decided to fire eight top prosecutors because of performance issues.
Playing the politics of fear
"Rational argument can be conducted with some prospect of success only so long as the emotionality of a given situation does not exceed a certain critical degree," Carl Jung wrote in "The Undiscovered Self." "... For every manifest case of insanity there are, in my estimation, at least ten latent cases who seldom get to the point of breaking out openly but whose views and behavior, for all their appearance of normality, are influenced by unconsciously morbid and perverse factors."
NASA's mission about to change
The public meetings and media reports about the Human Space Flight Plans Committee, a 10-member advisory panel appointed at the request of President Obama, indicate that NASA's mission is about to change. It needs to.
Your handy health care cheat sheet
Health care reform is not that hard to understand, and those who tell you otherwise most likely have an ulterior motive.
GOP versus science
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without scientists? Ask the Republican Party. It lives in such a world. Republicans have been so successful in driving out of their party anyone who endeavors in scientific inquiry that pretty soon there won't be anyone left who can distinguish a periodic table from a kitchen table.
Assemblyman Stone certified for re-election
JUNEAU - Incumbent Juneau Assemblyman David Stone was certified Thursday as a candidate in the Oct. 6 municipal elections.
Steelhead counts up at Bonneville dam
VANCOUVER, Wash. - When Joe Hymer first saw the figure, he thought it must have been a typo.
Man dies in Chignik Lake; villager held
ANCHORAGE - A 22-year-old Chignik Lake man died after a fight and a second man is in custody.
Police: Anchorage officer hits pedestrian
ANCHORAGE - Police say an Anchorage officer's vehicle has struck and killed a 49-year-old pedestrian.
Yukon chum salmon returns low so far
FAIRBANKS - The Yukon River fall chum salmon run has been poor, worrying subsistence fishermen hoping to use chums to replace kings.
Alaska man's quick shot kills charging bear
ANCHORAGE - A Soldotna fishing guide's "total luck shot" saved him from a 900-pound, charging bear.
Troopers offer coffee along Seward Highway
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers were at a rest stop on the Seward Highway, but they were not handing out speeding tickets.
Bail not reduced for accused Anchorage officer
ANCHORAGE - A judge has refused to lower a $100,000 cash bail for an Anchorage police officer accused of sexually assaulting women while on duty.
Fairbanks woman arrested after frivolous 911 calls
FAIRBANKS - A woman accused of calling 911 almost 100 times during a nonemergency has pleaded not guilty to second-degree harassment.
Minn. doctor dies after fall from Alaska mountain
SEWARD - A Minnesota doctor has died of injuries suffered in a fall at Mount Marathon and the man's brother wants Seward to post more signs on the trail to warn climbers.
Old photos show Teton glaciers are shrinking
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Glaciers on the iconic Teton Range are shrinking, researchers say, joining a growing list of glaciers in North America and beyond that are losing their surface area and potentially reducing the water supply for nearby regions.
Couple accused of beating Alaska Native
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage couple posted a video on YouTube showing them kicking, throwing eggs and uttering racial slurs at an Alaska Native man, police said Thursday.
Stebbins teen charged with manslaughter
STEBBINS - A Stebbins teenager has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a Kotlik man visiting the western Alaska village.
AK Supreme Court: No new trial for Pease
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Supreme Court has denied a request for a new trial for one of four men convicted of the 1997 murder of 15-year-old John Hartman.
Coast Guard searches for 3 near Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - The Coast Guard is searching for three people, including a 12-year-old child, overdue from a halibut fishing trip near Ketchikan.
Bullet wound unnoticed until man booked into jail
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police arrested and booked a 21-year-old man into jail for robbery without noticing he had a bullet wound in his back.
Fairbanks man accused of sexual assault
FAIRBANKS - Sexual assault charges have been filed against a Fairbanks man accused of attacking a woman near the Chena River.
Tractor pull drivers show off their skills
FAIRBANKS - The rhythmic rumblings of antique locomotives and diesel tractors echoed from Sunrise Field Arena as a crowd gathered to watch the annual Antique Tractor Pull on the final day of the Tanana Valley State Fair.
Bears clicking on all cylinders
WASILLA - It was injury added to insult for the Wasilla Warriors when they met head-on with the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears' steamroller on Friday.
Defending the crowns
JUNEAU - Second-year Juneau-Douglas High School swim coach Kathrin Millhorn doesn't mince words when it comes to her expectations for the defending state champion Crimson Bears boys' swim team.
JUNEAU - No matter how this first season of Thunder Mountain High School swimming goes, one thing is certain: Falcons swimmers and divers will have the opportunity to set a new school record virtually every time they jump in the pool.
Treadwell Historic Trail: History buried in moss
JUNEAU - At its height, the Treadwell Mine was the largest and most advanced gold mine in existence, employing approximately 2,000 men and women and producing $70 million worth of gold.
Chicken of the woods
One of the most colorful sights in our forests in late summer is a shelf fungus known as chicken of the woods, or sulfur shelf.
Aukeman Triathlon results
Sunday, Aug. 9
Lu Young honored at memorial
FAIRBANKS - Politicians and Alaska Native leaders were among a crowd of about 200 people at a memorial service for the wife of U.S. Rep. Don Young on Friday.
Sherpa takes job rescuing climbers on Mount McKinley
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - PhuNuru Sherpa does not climb the world's highest mountain for thrills. It's his job.
Record ocean warmth worries fishermen
WASHINGTON - Ocean surface temperatures around the world were the warmest on record for the month of June, according to federal scientists, though they caution that one month doesn't necessarily imply global warming.
Crowd at Fairbanks health care forum air concerns
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski found a receptive audience at her first town hall meeting on health care reform, with a crowd that largely agreed with her message that the health care system is bad but the cure might be worse.
Groups seek changes to Alaska wolf control program
ANCHORAGE - An animal rights group wants Alaska to set a new course for wolf control after waging a long, high-profile fight with former Gov. Sarah Palin on the issue.
Photo: Pulling their weight
Sam Halbert, right, pulls a sled full of antique tractor enthusiasts during a weight pull competition Saturday afternoon at the Tanana Valley State Fair in Fairbanks.