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

A daughter's call: Vote for Anderson
Are you 18-30 years old?

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

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

Politicians seek more scrutiny on parking garage
A few Juneau Assembly members who seem to be in a minority position say they are concerned recent developments on a downtown parking project are not getting enough public attention.

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.

Photos: Dancing the weekend away
Dancers crowd the floor at Centennial Hall as they dance to the music of Cuban salsa group Maraca during DanceFest 2008. DanceFest continues today at Centennial Hall, starting at 10:30 a.m. with a hustle review and concluding at 5 p.m. after a dance practice for the hustle, tango and salsa.

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

Photo: Playful interaction
A kayaker watches a pair of orcas frolic Friday near False Outer Point. A family of three orcas spent the afternoon swimming in Fritz Cove.

Around Town

Photo: Colorful sounds
Conductor Owen Underhill leads the CrossSound Sinfonietta and Voices musicians in rehearsal Sunday ahead of their upcoming performance of "Maroon Settings," which will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

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

Around Town

State grows by developing workforce
Today on Labor Day we honor the dignity of human labor. In Alaska, that means honoring the approximately 397,000 Alaskans in our workforce - the lifeblood of the land of opportunity that is Alaska.

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.

A suicidal choice for Clinton supporters
I get the part about feeling disappointed and bitter. I can even understand their impulse to sit this one out. After all, this was supposed to be Hillary Clinton's time.

Outside editorial: McCain's choice
At first glance, there appears to be much to admire in Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, Sen. John McCain's choice as his vice presidential running mate. Just 44 years old, she is a talented and upbeat person who excelled in basketball and beauty pageants, music and moose hunting.

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.

Outside editorial: McCain ads on taxes are false
There is a serious debate to be had in this presidential campaign about the fundamentally different tax policies of Barack Obama and John McCain. Then there is the phony, misleading and at times outright dishonest debate that the McCain campaign has been waging - most recently with a television ad.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Vehicle tips, trapping hand of woman
JUNEAU - Police officers and bystanders lifted a 1992 Jeep early Saturday morning to free a woman whose hand was trapped when the vehicle rolled in the 300 block of Sixth Street.

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.

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

Assembly to consider grant for pool
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly will hold a special meeting Tuesday to authorize a grant proposal to the Rasmuson Foundation for additional amenities at the Dimond Park pool.

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.

UAF program eases college transition
FAIRBANKS - College can be a daunting place with its new buildings, people and schedules.

Agency to look into proposed jail call fee
ANCHORAGE - A state regulatory agency will decide if a proposed $2 fee for collect calls from inmates is justified.

Juneau's May wins Prostate Cancer 5K Run
Saturday morning's Southeast Road Runner's Prostate Cancer 5K Run was Scott May's first chance to win one of Juneau's dozens of annual road races, and likely his last.

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


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.

Obama deals gently with Palin
TOLEDO, Ohio -Barack Obama seems to have only one problem with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president: She holds the same positions as John McCain, the GOP presidential candidate who tapped her.

McCain orders convention curtailed ahead of Gustav
ST. PAUL, Minn. - John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday, casting himself as above politics as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans. "We will act as Americans," not partisans, he declared.

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.

Feds, state may dilute energy assistance
FAIRBANKS - Some Alaskans may find their $1,200 energy rebate whittled down to nothing.

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.

Author of Palin biography now in demand
DICKINSON, N.D. - Kaylene Johnson remembers coming to The Dickinson Press newspaper looking for work when she was about 14.

Book a hot seller for Seattle publisher
KENMORE, Wash. - Until Friday, a 160-page biography of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not that big a seller for Epicenter Press of Kenmore.

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.

Evangelicals energized by McCain-Palin ticket
Sarah Palin already has energized conservative religious leaders who had fretted that John McCain would pick an abortion rights supporter as his running mate. The Alaska governor was raised in a Pentecostal church and has called herself "as pro-life as any candidate can be."

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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