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

Demand answers for Ketchikan
Now that Sen. John McCain has selected Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, there are several issues that should be addressed.

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.

Palin's political work outshines Obama's
It gets tiresome to hear the local Democratic politicians bemoan the lack of experience of Gov. Sarah Palin. Of course, she has been at the forefront of ethics reform, successfully lobbied for and signed the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, pushed for and obtained an increase in taxes on the oil industry and returned $1,200 to each citizen who gets an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.

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.

Palin's priorities should be questioned
On the evening news I learned Gov. Sarah Palin, the fundamentalist Christian governor of Alaska and John McCain's choice to be his backup president, opposed comprehensive sex education in public schools and supported abstinence-only instruction. I also learned her 17-year-old unmarried daughter, Bristol, is five months pregnant.

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.

Alaskans should support Palin
Those critical of Gov. Sarah Palin, please stand down and consider this: Palin obviously has worked hard to get to the governor's office. Palin more so represents and relates to "we" the Alaskans and our Alaska way of life and values, than all of the others combined.

Ski area projects near completion
Construction at Eaglecrest Ski Area went well this summer for two of four projects, but the Mid-Mountain chairlift will not open this ski season.

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.

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: First day of school
Almost 500 students are now enrolled at TMHS, which opened Tuesday for its first day of classes.

Regulators look into $2 fee for local calls from prison inmates
After complaints from businesses dealing with prison inmates, state regulators said they would investigate whether a $2 fee for local collect calls from inmates is reasonable.

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

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Juneau ready to Rock the Vote
Will Muldoon got hooked at a young age - to politics.

Ski passes go on sale Friday
Season passes to Eaglecrest Ski Area will likely cost a little bit more this year than last, according to General Manager Kirk Duncan.

Photo: Images from another time Alaskan Independence Party founder, 1982
Joe Vogler gives a campaign speech in October 1982 in Juneau. The late Alaskan Independence Party founder was a well-known person in Alaska politics for many years. Vogler moved to Alaska in 1942. He worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fairbanks until 1951. He spent the next 40 years mining and being active in politics. Vogler advocated secession of Alaska from the United States. He was murdered in 1993 and buried in Canada, fulfilling his wish not be buried beneath the American flag.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

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Baranof lives and sails on
What U.S. Coast Guard vessel carries the name of a former governor of Alaska? What Coast Guard vessel has the name of a famous Russian?

Water and word
Southeast Alaska enjoys an abundance of water. Though I grew up in Missouri, about as far from any ocean as anyone can get, I still enjoyed water's abundance.

Juneau physician describes benefits of hospice
If you've ever wondered what Hospice and Home Care in Juneau can offer you or a member of your family, you could learn a lot talking with Dr. Bob Urata at Valley Medical Care. As medical director of HHCJ, Urata oversees the services that nurses and other staff provide through Juneau's Hospice program.

Ketchikan resident shares tricks for keeping basil fresh

Knox, Varness wed
Ingrid Varness, of Juneau, and Felix Knox, of Anchorage, were married on June 14, 2008, in Wasilla. A garden wedding and reception was held at the home of the bride's friend in Wasilla.

Lois Elaine Witham
Juneau resident Lois Elaine Witham died Aug. 29, 2008, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 79.

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.

Palin is suited to lead
Last week's Democratic National Convention was interesting, with a fairly good, historically outstanding performance by Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton spoke well, as did her husband.

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.

My turn: Choice in schools would help Juneau
Gregg Erickson continues to deliver reasoned and researched analysis in his Juneau Empire columns.

Outside editorial: Palin pick a bold gamble for McCain
John McCain's selection of Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate is a bold gamble.

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

Man accused of knife attack in Juneau
JUNEAU - A 50-year-old man was accused of trying to stab a woman with a butcher knife, Juneau police said.

Dates set for Celebration 2010
JUNEAU - Sealaska Heritage Institute announced dates Tuesday for the next Celebration, one of the largest Native cultural events in the state.

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.

Screech keeps ravens out of substation
ANCHORAGE - A loud recorded screech is keeping ravens out of an Anchorage substation and helping keep the power on for customers of the Chugach Electric Association.

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

Man injured in motorcycle crash
ANCHORAGE - A motorcyclist was seriously hurt after colliding with another motorcyclist near the interchange of the Glenn and Parks highways.

6-year-old boy dies in accidental shooting
ANCHORAGE - A 6-year-old boy died this week in the western Alaska village of Akiak after a 7-year-old boy accidentally shot him with a high-powered rifle, Alaska State Troopers said.

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.

Many voters say pregnancy private matter
Rebecca Horvath was an undecided voter before the news broke about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her 17-year-old unmarried daughter's pregnancy.

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.

FBI taped 100-plus Stevens calls
WASHINGTON - FBI agents taped more than 100 phone conversations involving Sen. Ted Stevens as part of their public corruption investigation, Stevens' attorneys said Tuesday.

Away from party activists, Palin appears to face an uphill battle
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Inside the Xcel Energy Center, Republican delegates love Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin.

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.

Palin's husband was once member of Alaskan Independence Party
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, twice registered as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party, a fierce states' rights group that wants to turn all federal lands in Alaska back to the state. Sarah Palin herself was never a member of the party, according to state officials.

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

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Levi Johnston to join Palin family at GOP convention
WASILLA - The boyfriend of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's unwed, pregnant daughter will join the family of the Republican vice presidential candidate at the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Palin offers details about state investigation into Monegan firing
ANCHORAGE - John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has asked the state's personnel board to review allegations that she improperly ordered the firing of the former public safety commissioner.

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