Saturday, September 4, 2010

A voters' lottery
When I saw the miserable turnout of voters in primary elections, I was dismayed. Less than 30 percent of registered voters in Juneau voted. We live in new and different world in which people at times expect that they will be rewarded for the very thing they are supposed to do as responsible adults.

Photo: Weighing his options
During Thursday's downpour it's not apparent if this tourist is considering the jackets or their protective plastic sleeves at the Fil-Am Mart on Franklin Street.

Preparing for disaster
What would happen if Salmon Creek Dam broke? What about if a large airplane crashed near the airport? Who would respond? What would you do?

Juneau police: Beware the bus zone
Reading, writing, and arithmetic aren't the only things school kids need to be wary of. According to the Juneau Police Department, the morning and afternoon bus zones are being ignored by vehicles and the commuters' operating them and are a danger for students.

New dean may help put controversy in past
The University of Alaska Southeast has hired a new dean for its largest school, the School of Arts and Sciences, as it attempts to put nearly two years of controversy behind it.

Police and 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.

Greenlief advances to Senior Chief at USCG Station Juneau
Wednesday, James Greenlief climbed to a rung of the United States Coast Guard's ladder of rank which only about two percent of Coast Guard enlisted personnel reach: the step of Senior Chief Petty Officer.

Photo: Slow-moving but hyperactive
A tourist takes a look at the face of the Mendenhall Glacier on Thursday. The glacier continues to be active, with a large dark blue patch showing the latest calving.

Neysa McMein Bennett
Neysa McMein Bennett died on Aug. 14 at the Juneau Pioneer's Home, where she had resided for the last five years.

Lift the ban: Governor makes strong case for offshore work
This editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Photos: Touring the Trail of Time
A finished portion of the new Trail of Time being constructed with the help of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is pictured as it winds through old growth rainforest.

Fly fishing for silver salmon in local rivers gearing up
Fishermen, the silvers are in, and there's more on the way.

The season of fall(ing)
Although the four seasons are known to others as spring, summer, fall and winter, my own Juneau seasons are "soggy," "sailing," "falling," and "when Eaglecrest is open."

Anan Creek bear stories
Our two-day visit to Anan Creek south of Wrangell took place after the peak of the spawning run of pink salmon, but the waters were still black with fish on their way upstream. There was plenty of bear activity, especially in the afternoons, and the crowds of (other) tourists were much diminished by this time. So we could move around the observation platform easily, to wherever the viewing was best. We saw only black bears near the platform, but brown bears, including a female with two cubs and a lunge-feeding singleton, were regularly seen in the lagoon downstream.

Shooting competition results
From left: Mal Menzies, David Zuniga, Chris Salazar, Linda Flynn and Capt. Larry Walters. The Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club held a Southeast Regional High-Power Rifle Championship match on Aug. 29.

SeasonalDigest
Hunting: The following are items of note for local hunters.

NEW RESCUES @ the Juneau Raptor Center
"Clinger"

Saturday wild group to harvest summer's bounty
EAGLECREST - Participants in this week's Saturday Wild hike, which kicks off at the Eaglecrest Lodge at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 4, will get a chance to taste, literally, the fruits of summer.

Forest Explorers to study grasses, sedges, rushes
JUNEAU - Forest Explorers groups will learn how to recognize the differences between th various types of sedges, grasses and rushes growing in the Mendenhall Glacier area at 11 a.m., Saturday.

"White wolf" seen in Mountainside
JUNEAU - A wolf residents are calling the "white wolf" was spotted Monday around 4:30 a.m. near the intersection of Craig Street and Glacier Highway.

Juneau named "playful" city, only honoree in Alaska
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau was recognized last month by the nonprofit KaBOOM as one of 118 "playful cities" accross the United States.

Taku Harbor race begins Saturday
JUNEAU - A multi-day sailing race that routes competitors down to Taku Harbor and back to Juneau over the course of a weekend kicks off at 10:15 a.m., Saturday.

Photography Exhibit Will Honor Village Survival!
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Federation of Natives launched a call for photos, asking Alaska Natives of all ages to share photographs depicting the 2010 Convention's "Village Survival!" theme.

"EarlyBird" season passes, multivisit cards now on sale
JUNEAU - Season passes and multivisit cards are now on sale for the 2010-11 winter season at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Sport fish report
Sport fish report for the week of Aug. 30:

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Natural gas storage planned for Alaska utilities
ANCHORAGE - Utilities hope a new natural gas storage facility near the mouth of the Kenai River will keep Southcentral Alaska homes warm on the coldest winter days.

Anchorage city budget coming up $18 million short
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan says the city will come up at least $18 million short next year if it maintains the current rate of spending for services.

Anchorage police accuse three men of beating death
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say three men beat another man to death at Eagle River because they suspected him of stealing a backpack.

Alaska Airlines to sponsor Portland MLS team
PORTLAND, Ore. - When the Portland Timbers join Major league Soccer next season, their jerseys will be sponsored by Alaska Airlines.

Woman dies in mobile home fire
FAIRBANKS - A mobile home fire has killed an Alaska woman.

Troopers investigate dead bears in Angoon
Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating two dead bear found at the city dump at the Village of Angoon.

JDHS hopes to bounce back; TMHS seeks SE stranglehold
After a difficult three weeks on the road, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team is finally back in the comforts of home.

'907' makes wake at Western Zones
These daily capsules are from the Western Zones Swimming Championships, held Aug. 10-14 at the Frank Fiscalini International Swim Center in San Jose, Calif. The Alaska Zone Team, or the '907,' competed in the meet, finishing with 15th overall against teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Kookeesh subsistence fishing violation charges dismissed
Sitka judge David George dismissed subsistence fishing violation charges against Alaska State Senator Albert Kookesh on Thursday, according to the Kookesh's Anthony Strong.

Tea party group behind Miller's win
WASHINGTON - The defeat of incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primary is another notch in the belt for the Sacramento Tea Party Express, a project of Republican consultant Sal Russo.

Internal report questions Alyeska move
FAIRBANKS - An Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. internal report questioned a decision to shift personnel from Fairbanks to Anchorage and its effect on pipeline safety three months before the move was made.

Hoonah officers' funeral moves to larger venue
The overwhelming outpouring of support for the memorial service of slain Hoonah Police Officers Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace has resulted in an amazing accumulation of events.

Alaska moves to delist eastern Steller sea lion
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska has petitioned the federal government to delist the eastern population of Steller sea lions as threatened.

Fish & Wildlife appoints new Native liason
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Region has appointed Crystal A.P. Leonetti as the Alaska Region's Native Liaison.

Audubon WatchList includes SE birds
Audubon Alaska has released its 2010 Alaska WatchList for declining and vulnerable bird species and subspecies for the state, several of which fly throughout Southeast Alaska.

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