Make voices heard on Alaska energy relief
The energy rebates shouldn't be tied to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend qualifiers.

Just say no to whale statue in downtown
I could not believe my ears when I heard on the radio that the Juneau Assembly voted in favor of seed money for the bronze whale statue. Absolutely not! I can't believe any of the Assembly voted yes on this frivolous waste of money.

Speed limit needs enforcing near glacier
The bears at Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center are popular with both tourists and Juneau residents. There are estimated to be more than 12 bears currently cruising the area, moving up and down along the stream, avoiding encounters with each other, and trying to avoid encounters with humans. They may be having a bit of a hard time this year, because the salmon are scarce in the creek.

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

GCI does it to us again with digital TV
By now you have probably heard that our lone TV provider - GCI - has already converted their signal to full digital. This means that you cannot receive a TV signal from them on your older television sets (typically the analog set you have in your bedroom) unless you have a digital converter box.

EPA: Juneau has unhealthy pollution
Juneau is no longer meeting federal air quality standards. Not because we're polluting more, but because the standards have tightened.

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: Laboring on Labor Day
Nic Warner, an employee of the Alaska Shirt Co., delivers a load of boxes Monday on South Franklin Street. "Six days a week. That's what I do," Warner said about having to work on Labor Day.

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.

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.

Around Town

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

Around Town

My turn: Parenting a student to graduation
Nearly four out of 10 Alaska students - several thousand a year - don't graduate from high school, and that's an unacceptable loss of talent and energy. All of us bear a responsibility for turning around this avoidable tragedy.

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.

Outside editorial: The paradox of John McCain
Last week, the Democrats faced the task of presenting a relative newcomer to politics as their nominee for president. This week, the Republicans face a different challenge, one greatly complicated now by the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Gustav on the Gulf Coast.

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.

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.

Text messaging while driving now illegal
ANCORAGE - Driving-while-typing is now illegal in Alaska.

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.

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.

Elders work to save Kenai's first language
KENAI - Several local organizations and individuals are working to save Kenai's first language from going extinct.

Alaskans offer help to hurricane victims
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans are offering their help to states facing Hurricane Gustav.

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.

Disclosures on Palin steal GOP spotlight
ST. PAUL, Minn. - In a day of stunning disclosures, John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, said Monday her 17-year-old unmarried daughter was five months pregnant, and it was revealed an attorney was hired to defend the governor in a probe into the firing of her public safety commissioner.

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.

Gustav overshadows first day of GOP convention
ST. PAUL - Sen. John McCain's bold choice of Alaska's Sarah Palin as a running mate paid immediate benefits, but Hurricane Gustav may cost him much of that gain.

McCain's vetting of Palin called into question
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The announcement Monday by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband that their 17-year-old daughter is pregnant out of wedlock raised new questions about how thoroughly John McCain investigated the background of his vice-presidential pick.

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

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.

Wikipedia war emerges over details about Palin
Don't like the facts about Sarah Palin? Wait a few minutes.

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.

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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."

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