Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Two Hoonah police officers shot, killed; suspect barricaded
Two Hoonah police officers were killed Saturday night in Hoonah, according to a press release issued by the Alaska State Troopers' office.

Hoonah suspect surrenders after standoff
The suspect in the deaths of two Hoonah police officers is in custody in Juneau, awaiting arraignment today, after ending a standoff with law enforcement Monday morning.

Gardner duo's love for bagpiping leads to Scotland
Since 100 A.D., when the sound first came rumbling down from the Highlands near the mountain ranges of Munros, Corbetts, and Grahams, the sound produced by the Scottish clans' piob mhor, or great Highland bagpipe, has been a labor of love for those who play and an enjoyable taste, sometimes acquired, for many who listen.

Photo: Move-in day at UAS
Janice Smith of Gustavus receives help Monday moving into the University of Alaska Southeast dorms. Classes start Thursday.

New Gustavus dock opens way for ferry service
The Alaska Marine Highway System's ferries will soon be providing service to Gustavus, following the completion of a new dock this year.

Photos: Project house finished
Graduated Juneau-Douglas High School student Chris Budbill gives KTOO news reporter Casey Kelly a tour Friday during a celebration of the completion of the JDHS ACE house build project on Greenwood Avenue above Twin Lakes.

Directors discuss changes at Bartlett at Assembly
The head of the board of directors at Bartlett Regional Hospital led a discussion at Monday's City Assembly meeting, discussing improvements made in the hospital both before and after staff members complained about the work environment at the hospital in April.

Photo: Ketchikan church exhibit
An oil painting of Haitian boat people loaned by Presbyterian Church member Lisa Luck of Ketchikan is on display at the church in Ketchikan. The painting is part of the Ketchikan churches' art show featuring artwork its members have collected from around the world.

Tlingit 'peace' headpiece now in Juneau museum
ANCHORAGE - Back in 1972, during a trip to Puget Sound, Nathan Jackson of Haines found himself expected to perform a Tlingit dance. But he didn't have regalia with him, including a proper head dress. That detail turned out not to be a problem as Jackson, an expert carver, quickly whittled out the frontlet for a headpiece and - voila! - the show went on.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Native 'Jam Session'
George Paul, center, and his wife, Velma, are backed up by Ben Quick, left, Arnie Haube and Betty Marvin during the "Haa Aaní: Guitar Jam Session" - a celebration of Native guitar players hosted by the Sealaska Heritage Institute Monday at the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Doris Jean St. Clair
Doris Jean St. Clair was born Sept. 13, 1955 in Juneau to Kelly and Adeline St. Clair. She died unexpectedly on Aug. 25, 2010.

Outside editorial: Migrant misery, in Mexico
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Outside editorial: Stem-cell setback
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Obama's Cronkite moment?
President Obama may have experienced his Walter Cronkite moment over the economy.

Reshuffling the geopolitical order
Few matters generate as much consensus in international affairs today as the need to rebuild the world geopolitical order. Everyone seems to agree, at least in their rhetoric, that the makeup of the U.N. Security Council is obsolete and that the G-8 no longer includes all of the world's most important economies. New actors need to be brought in. But even if a retooled international order would be far more representative of the distribution of power, it is not clear whether it would be better.

Finding a way to fix federal pay
Government jobs have long enjoyed a reputation for being plum positions. But it took Robert Rizzo to really make the case.

Obama, midterm elections and the 2012 race
Sixteen years ago, as the summer of 1994 came to a close, then-President Clinton could see that his party's congressional campaign was in trouble. "Hillary had called our old pollster Dick Morris for his assessment," Clinton recalled in his autobiography. "Dick took a survey for us and the results were discouraging. People didn't feel their lives were improving and they were sick of all the fighting in Washington. Apparently they thought divided government would force us to work together."

3 candidates 8 votes apart for Alaska District 12
FAIRBANKS - A primary race between three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Alaska House District 12 has come down to eight votes in the latest tally.

Big supply of flu vaccine expected
ANCHORAGE - Alaska health officials say the state does not expect shortages of flu vaccine this season as occurred last year.

Fleeing man killed by car in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A man running away from a reported domestic assault in Anchorage fell in a street where he was struck and killed.

Troopers name plane crash victims
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two people who were killed in a small plane crash near Mount Susitna.

Police: Intruder shot, killed in Anchorage robbery
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say they're investigating a home-invasion robbery that left an intruder dead and a resident seriously injured.

Dem House candidate pulls candidacy
KODIAK - Democratic challenger Andy Schroeder is pulling his name from contention in the House District 36 race, less than a week after winning his Democratic Primary election unopposed.

Study links Alaska hospitalizations to air quality
FAIRBANKS - A new state study suggests a link between air quality and the hospitalization rate in the Fairbanks area for people with health problems.

Bears blow through Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas cross-country team picked up right where it left off last season against Southeast Conference opponents as both the girls' and boys' teams claimed first place in Saturday's Ketchikan Invitational.

Bears tennis already in stride
Fairbanks - The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team opened with its first matches of the season on Friday and Saturday in Fairbanks, and the early results are promising for the season ahead.

Photo: Airing it out
Juneau senior Chris Holloway reaches for the incoming pass during Friday's game against the Colony Knights. The Knights handed the Bears their first loss of the season 26-7.

Photo: Running wild
Ty McMichael runs it in for Thunder Mountain's third touchdown in the first half Saturday night at Fawn Mountain field in Ketchikan. The Falcons won the game 33-0.

2010 Ketchikan Invitational
Girls' 5,000-meter run

Photo: Paint the town red
Valley Paint poses for a team photo after winning the championship game of the Capital City Soccer League's end-of-season tournament.

Photo: Swimming out West
The Western Zone swim team poses for a photo at the 2010 Western Zone Swimming Championships Aug. 10-14 in San Jose, Calif. The team is an All-Star squad selected by Alaska Swimming based on time standards and the fastest swimmers in the state in each age group. Twelve Alaska swimmers went to the meet and six of them are from Glacier Swim Club.

Colo. man helps local residents save money
A Colorado businessman has been trying for two years to save Alaska and Hawaii residents, along with people who live in America's Pacific territories, money when buying online.

Absentee ballot totals growing
Nearly 2,000 additional absentee ballots have arrived at Alaska Division of Elections offices since the last reported tally.

Fairbanks woman finds son after 40 years
FAIRBANKS - Vicky Paddock, a 63-year-old disabled veteran, sat alone in her Airport Way apartment, holding her phone.

Local veggies hard to come by for Anchorage chefs
ANCHORAGE - Last summer, local food finally had its moment in the restaurant scene. Across the city, dozens of menus, from Orso to Carl's Jr., featured local greens and veggies from Mat-Su farms. But this summer, chefs have been struggling to keep the momentum.

Miller seeks probe of election observer
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday her Republican rival Joe Miller may be creating doubt in the minds of Alaskans about the integrity of the voting process by ratcheting up the hyperbole about possible election fraud.

North Pole mayor fights recall, says claims unfounded
FAIRBANKS - North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson says mismanagement claims by backers of a recall effort are unfounded.

Former captain appointed to ferry board
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed one Juneau resident to a state board playing a key role in the regional economy, and reappointed another to a similar board.

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