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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Montag lands 28.6-pound king as derby wraps up 63rd year
Golden North Salmon Derby Unofficial results:

Man, 76, dies after boat capsizes near Lena Point
A 22-foot Hewescraft boat with seven passengers capsized near Lena Point at about noon Monday, trapping one man underneath.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 18

Police & Fire
Due to a technical issue, Juneau Police will not be posting the daily bulletin until Wednesday. Reports will appear in a later edition of the Empire.

Rain soaks state archives
The 4-inch-thick vault door on the ground floor of the Alaska State Archives building will keep a lot of things out - but not water from the floor above, state workers learned Monday morning.

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.

City still hazy about cigarette, tobacco tax revenue
Figuring out where revenue from a proposed citywide cigarette and tobacco tax increase would be spent is still a hazy issue after an Assembly work session on the issue Monday night.

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.

Coeur CEO says Kensington mine still on schedule
Coeur Alaska Inc. was mum Friday after finally securing a key permit holding up its Juneau-area Kensington gold mine, but spoke up Monday about what that means for the construction schedule and hundreds of job seekers.

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.

Stephens pleads guilty to felony Oxy possession
A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to a lesser felony drug possession charge after facing up to 20 years in prison for allegedly helping his girlfriend distribute OxyContin in Juneau.

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.

Around Town
Today, Aug. 17

Candidates file for municipal election
Several candidates filed paperwork by Monday's deadline to run for office in the October municipal election.

State seeking new archives building
State officials have long known the Alaska State Archives needed a new home, but had hoped to move out of the troubled building before the roof, well, fell in.

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.

Juneau teachers, staff receive cash awards
Two Juneau schools ranked high in the state's Performance Incentive Program, an effort to motivate teachers and schools by offering them cash rewards for strong student performance or improvement.

Photo: Rough river
Unidentified rafters splash through rapids Monday evening on the Mendenhall River shortly after a raft tour with eight passengers and a guide flipped in the high water. All nine people in the overturned boat were treated for hypothermia.

Sharon Sarah Scott
Former Ketchikan and Juneau resident Sharon Sarah Sharpe Scott died Aug. 4, 2009, in Seattle. She was 76.

Cora Jean Shaw
Lifelong Juneau resident Cora Jean Shaw died Aug. 10, 2009, in Juneau. She was 65.

Laura Beth Kirn
Former Juneau resident Laura Beth Allington Kirn died June 7, 2009, in Riverside, Calif. She was 55.

Mission of U.S. Postal Service remains vital
"The Postal Service needs to take a hard look at every major postal policy, from employee pay, to days of delivery, to the closing of postal facilities. Everything must be on the table. Because without major changes, the day is fast approaching when the USPS will be unable to meet its obligations."

Tarmac torture
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.

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.

Cutting trees in Southeast will help save Native culture
This column is a response to an Aug. 11 letter to the editor by Gretchen Goldstein.

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."

What would Warhol blog?
The universe of notoriety is bigger than it was in 1968 when Andy Warhol proclaimed, "In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."

Skip the ads - you're still being sold
In the 1960s Madison Avenue era, painstakingly re-created in the cult hit television show "Mad Men," advertisers could buy a fixed block of airtime on television and be guaranteed a captive audience. That's what Winston cigarettes did for the inaugural season of "The Flintstones" in 1960: Cartoon-loving prospective smokers tuned in to see Fred and Barney gleefully puffing away, shilling the product.

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.

Eight hospitalized after raft flips on Mendenhall River
JUNEAU -Emergency personnel transported eight rafters to Bartlett Regional Hospital on Monday night after their raft flipped on the Mendenhall River.

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.

Anchorage mayor vetoes gay rights law
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has vetoed an ordinance that would have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation for employment, finance, public accommodations and housing.

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.

Helicopter finds three missing near Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - The Coast Guard says two adults and a child missing in a 16-foot skiff near Ketchikan have been found.

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.

Court rules against disruptive defendant
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court said a trial judge did not violate the rights of a defendant who was removed from a courtroom for cursing the judge and lawyers, spitting at jurors and refusing to shut up.

Developer shelves plan for nuclear plant
FAIRBANKS - A developer is dropping plans for a nuclear power plant near Ester.

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.

Steelhead counts up at Bonneville dam
VANCOUVER, Wash. - When Joe Hymer first saw the figure, he thought it must have been a typo.

Cost of living falls in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The cost of living has fallen in Anchorage, an indication that the local economy has softened.

Applicants sought for cabinet post
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell is putting out a "help wanted" inquiry to fill a cabinet position.

Thief swipes dredge bucket from museum
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks police are looking for a thief with a strong back.

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.

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.

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.

Mushers from around world plan for Iditarod
ANCHORAGE - Dog drivers from Jamaica, Scotland, Italy, Canada and the United States will compete the 2010 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, a northern route that will take mushers and nearly 1,000 sled dogs over 1,112 miles of wilderness.

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.

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.

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