Sunday, August 31, 2008

Tired of smears
Notice the last-minute advertising smear campaign in the Empire aimed at Stephanie Madsen?

Pondering Palin
Perhaps, in the past we have too often discounted the significance of the role of our vice president.

Photos: Market fresh
Benjamin Goldstein, 3, munches on a garden fresh carrot Saturday during the Farmers' Market.

Photo: Last days of summer
Graham Sutch, 7, spins away the dog days of summer Thursday by twirling a flag outside his father's business on Seward Street. School starts Tuesday in the Juneau School District.

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

Around Town
Today

Empire editorial: Palin's nomination good for Alaska
Reaction to Gov. Sarah Palin's selection Friday as Sen. John McCain's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket ran the gamut from, "the dumbest thing anyone could have ever done," to "an absolutely brilliant choice."

My turn: Alaska's Gov. Palin the new deerslayer
Let's face it. John McCain's a loner with a stern, "it's-a-dangerous-world" message and fairly cold eyes. He isn't charismatic. And no one can accuse him of being a sunny guy. In fact, he's better known for his short, hot temper.

My turn: Now is the time for Juneau to be bold
Fuel costs are at all-time highs, and winter is coming. Affordable housing and child care are still unattainable for many, food is becoming more expensive, and we just suffered through a 500 percent immediate increase in electrical costs. In times of financial hardship, we should be able to depend on our elected officials to make common-sense decisions that maximize our city's resources.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Camera-toting birders flock to field
FAIRBANKS - For most of the year, Fairbanks' waterfowl refuge offers visitors, among other things, a few minutes of quiet.

Becoming outdoors women in Haines
Carmen Pardo was ready for competition. After taking four half-day outdoor skills courses at the recent Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop, she cast a fishing line to demonstrate her new skill and vie for the title "Ms. BOW Alaska 2008."

Bristol Bay man hopes to be resource for visiting anglers
ANCHORAGE - Wealthy anglers flying into Bristol Bay fishing lodges to sample its world-renowned trout and salmon fishing are often guided by men and women from the lower 48 states who venture north to work during the summer.

Should birds stay, or should they go?
One of my favorite lectures so far in 2008 in Fairbanks was by Susan Sharbaugh, senior scientist at the Alaska Bird Observatory and steadfast Seattle Mariners fan.

Photo: Moose whisperer
Rodney Pangborn, of Salcha, demonstrates his long, moaning cow moose call on Aug. 13, outside his home. Pangborn, an avid hunter who is preparing for his fifth tour of duty in Iraq, recently won two moose calling competitions.

Walk-in public target shooting begins Sept. 2
JUNEAU - The Juneau Hunter Education Facility is getting ready to resume public shooting.

Out & About
Today: National Rifle Association "Registered" High-power shoot, 2008 Southeast NRA Reduced Course Championship, 9:30 a.m., Hank Harmon Rifle Range. Entries close at 9:15 a.m. $25 for JRPC and other ARC approved organizations, $30 to all nonmembers, $9 for juniors. Details: Mal, 789-9025 or Steve, 789-1717.

Investigation to start on high gas prices
ANCHORAGE - State lawmakers will start investigating why gas prices are so high in the state.

Food prices in Alaska could outpace nation
FAIRBANKS - Food prices in Alaska could rise more quickly than they are nationally, due to the costs of shipping items to the state, an economist says.

Man convicted of fraud in copy overcharging
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was convicted recently of setting up a false business to help a graphic designer overcharge the state for copies.

Crimson Bears stunned in Palmer
PALMER - If a play works once, there's a chance it just may work again. If you're not sure, just ask the Palmer Moose.

Bursell, Francis win at SHS Region V
2008 Mens' SHS Region Vcross country

Beat The Odds race results
5K race

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

State leaders question Palin's qualifications
Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has less than two years of experience as governor, leading Rep. Beth Kerttula, D-Juneau, to questions whether that's enough to qualify Palin to be the second highest official in the nation.

Palin's selection may help boost Alaska Republicans
With Alaska's most popular politician now running for vice president, the political playing field in the state has changed in an instant. That may be good news for some embattled Republicans.

Palin foes: Monegan matter far from over
Political foes of Gov. Sarah Palin said there are plenty of chapters still to be written in the story of her July dismissal of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Palin says she will continue to govern during campaign
With Alaska's governor running for vice president and the lieutenant governor locked in a tight race for Congress, it's starting to look like no one's at the state's helm.

Political tsunami hits Dem convention
DENVER - Focus On The Family may have asked followers to pray for "rain of biblical proportions" during Barack Obama's outdoor speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. But for Juneau residents basking in the pinnacle of what they felt was a historic week it would have simply been another blessing.

Survivors recall bear attack in Brooks Range
FAIRBANKS - The grizzly bear that attacked Jo Ann Staples inside her tent at a remote camping spot in the Brooks Range on Thursday morning hit her "like a ton of bricks," the 61-year-old Kentucky woman said.

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