Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Arctic Games a good idea for Juneau?
I said "Wow," when I saw Sunday's front page Empire article about Juneau bidding for the Arctic Winter Games. Two thousand young foreign athletes bringing, according to supporters, a cultural experience not to be missed. I just can't wait for the "throat singing and drum dancing" during the week-long melee.

What would you trade for salmon?
Scotland, England, Norway, Japan, Quebec, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Maine, New York, Massachusetts, California, Oregon and Washington all used to have wild salmon runs. Those runs have all died out.

Man charged with murder arraigned in Juneau
The alleged killer of two Hoonah police officers was arraigned Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

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.

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

Juneau council's 2009 numbers a mixed bag
The Juneau Economic Development Council released the Juneau and Southeast Alaska Indicators 2010 report today. Executive director Brian Holst said JEDC compiles a vast amount of research from various entities and in-house work every year to find out about the economic conditions affecting Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

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.

Photo: Snack time
A Sitka black-tailed deer feeds on fireweed leaves Tuesday at Brotherhood Bridge Park.

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.

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: Net neutrality must apply to all of the Web
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Dysfunction at the polls
I'll start by saying this: I am not now, nor have I ever been, a Democrat. But I'm not a Republican, either. No, I'm an independent.

Obama's Cronkite moment?
President Obama may have experienced his Walter Cronkite moment over the economy.

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.

Woman's body found in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say they have discovered the body of a woman near downtown Anchorage.

Alaska Shakespeare director disputes resignation
FAIRBANKS- The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre board of directors says it has accepted the resignation of artistic director Bruce Rogers, who says he was only offering to take a pay cut, not quit.

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.

Woman gets 5-year sentence in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A woman convicted of theft for stealing checks was sentenced Monday in Anchorage to five years in prison.

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.

Fairbanks man gets 50 years for sexual assaults
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man who admitted to seven years of sexual abuse has been given a 50-year prison term.

2 men sought after fatal Anchorage home invasion
ANCHORAGE - Homicide detectives are looking for two men who ran away after an intruder was killed in an attempted home invasion robbery in Anchorage.

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.

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.

Tuluksak man charged with assault
TULUKSAK- Alaska State Troopers say a 32-year-old Tuluksak man was arrested over the weekend on assault and weapons misconduct charges.

JDHS sweeps first swim meet
Winning the first meet of the season isn't a bad way to get things started, and the Juneau-Douglas swim team will be the first to tell you that, though they feel they have a long way to go to reach their potential.

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.

Murkowski concedes primary race
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski was booted from office in the Republican primary Tuesday by a little-known conservative lawyer in arguably the biggest political upset of the year.

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

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.

Miller holds on to upset through absentee count
As state elections officials announced each new batch of absentee ballots through the day Tuesday, incumbent U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski tiptoed closer to the lead challenger Joe Miller built last week on primary election day, but what she needed were big steps.

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.

Popular Anchorage ski train back on track
ANCHORAGE - The popular Anchorage Ski Train is back on track after being sidelined last year.

'Stupid Alaskan Tricks': a showcase for odd skills
FAIRBANKS - River running took on a new meaning Monday afternoon as nine-year-old water skier Amber Hajdukovich skimmed over the calm waters of the Chena River powered by a six-member sled dog team running along a sandbar.

Palin to headline GOP's biggest fundraiser
DES MOINES, Iowa - Potential 2012 presidential candidate Sarah Palin will headline the Iowa Republican Party's biggest annual fundraiser, party officials announced Tuesday in the state that launches the presidential nominating process.

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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