Katzehin River Delta plan is a boondoggle
We moved from Anchorage to Haines in 1957, and around that time, the Lutak Road started being surveyed every summer in preparation for the road to Juneau.

Vote Sargeant for Juneau School Board
Destiny Sargeant has my vote for Juneau School Board!

Apostrophe debate is worthwhile
Alaska experienced open discrimination in years past. Even now, some members of Alaska's different racial, ethnic or national-origin groups prefer to remain separate from the general society.

It's time to end the apostrophe debate
It is hard to believe that an apostrophe on someone else's sign could be so important to people. Is it people's, or is it peoples'? Who really cares?

Palin offers new plan for state oil tax
Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday the state's profits-based oil tax was not working, but she did not call for the gross revenues tax she and some critics had wanted.

Photo: Spiking trash
Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball players Kassi Allred, left, and Amanda Leamer, both 17, pick up garbage Monday next to Egan Drive.

Council establishes Tribal Court
Twenty-seven thousand Tlingit and Haida members have a bit more sovereignty as of Tuesday with the creation of a Tribal Court, according to local Native leaders.

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

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Creating a new sound
Susan Telford, left, and Virginia Dziekonski, both members of the Seattle-based music group Quake Ensemble, perform "Living Room Music" by playing living room objects and furniture at Northern Light United Church.

Photo: Assembly candidates attend forum
Dixie Hood a candidate for the Juneau Assembly, answers a question Tuesday during a forum sponsored by the Rotary Club of Juneau at the Baranof Hotel. Candidate Marshal Kendziorek, center, and Assembly member Randy Wanamaker listen.

School testing shows some progress in student ability
The dropout rate has slowed in general in the Juneau School District, the achievement gap closed slightly, and reading and math scores have improved somewhat. But the graduation rate also dropped slightly, and district-wide writing scores have dropped significantly.

Photos: Last vacation day of the summer
Alaska String Band plays a medley of bluegrass, old time, gospel, swing and blues during the Labor Day picnic on Monday at Sandy Beach and Ezekiel Bailey, 3, swings and misses at a ball pitched to him by his father, Ibn Bailey.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

New TV series shines light on plein air
Alaska filmmaker Greg Bombeck and his wife visited Santa Catalina Island, Calif., in 2000 and had the chance to attend the annual Plein Air Painters of America exhibition.

Session to be held in Juneau
Allaying fears in the capital that a special session might be held elsewhere, Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday called for it to start in Juneau on Alaska Day.

Hostess with the mostest
Charlotte Brown, 13, the first Southeast representative in American Coed Pageants, now holds two pageant titles - Miss Alaska Hostess and Miss Alaska Pre-Teen.

Needing both change and constancy
The high school reunion was a mix of the familiar and the new. Though we were now in our 50s, the "girls" appeared the same, especially when we laughed or talked.

Neighbors mailbox

Here's to all the ships at sea
Often, people like to make lists of the most famous men or events, of presidents or baseball players, of movies or books.

Photo: Summer to remember
From left, summer visitors Maggie Klecker, 12, Jay Shenai and Katie Klecker, 15, stand Sunday at a ridge overlooking the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier was one of the most memorable experiences they had in Alaska.

Knowing when it's time to hang up the car keys
For many older Alaskans, driving is the key to independence and connection with goods, services and activities available in the community. As a group, older persons are relatively safe drivers.

Photo: Man at work
A Statendam crew member paints a door on the bow of the Holland America cruise ship on Aug. 23 at the cruise ship dock downtown.

Photos: Mona's memorial
Friends and family celebrated at Mona Jackson's memorial pole ceremony and party on Aug. 18 in Kake.

Soldier stories: Cpl. Randy Catterson
Station: Cpl. Randy Catterson was part of the largest call-up of Alaska National Guard soldiers since World War II. He is a member of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry and has been deployed since July 2006.




Eleanor Nickell
Former Juneau resident Eleanor M. Nickell died Aug. 14, 2007, in Vancouver, Wash. She was 88.

Kevin Gallagher
Lifetime Juneau resident Kevin Barry Gallagher died Aug. 29, 2007, in Juneau. He was 43.

Stanley Dale Burrows
Longtime Juneau resident Stanley Dale Burrows died Aug. 30, 2007, after a six-year battle with breast cancer. He was 59.

Outside editorial: Rookie Fed leader moves to reassure without bailing out
What does it mean for the Federal Reserve Board to show leadership in a crisis? Judging by Wall Street's recent clamor for lower interest rates, it would appear that it can mean only one thing: The Fed should come to the rescue, no matter how much the disaster is of Wall Street's own making.

The battle for hearts, minds and the capital
For the past two weekends, I had the pleasure of manning a booth at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on behalf of the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Alaska Committee.

Having a silent conversation with God
I was sitting on the deck in a chaise lounge. God was floating on His back in the pool.

My Turn: State's treatment of its workers makes me sick
I am disgusted with the state's attitude toward the General Government Unit in its contract negotiations. I drove a school bus in this town for six years. That means I worked part time during the school year and scraped by on unemployment during the summers.

My turn: Solving the Kensington dilemma
Various Southeast Alaska Conservation Council board members have been writing to suggest that all Coeur has to do to get the Kensington Mine going is kiss SEAAC's ring and move the tailings to a dry stack on Lynn Canal. Well, it's not so simple.

Outside editorial: Earning and yearning: Higher incomes, but...
Back in the bad old days of TV cigarette commercials, there was one for Camels that asked: "Are you smoking more now but enjoying it less?"

JYFL roundup: Red Raiders roll in their 1st game
Leka Maka took the opening kickoff for a touchdown and added two more rushing scores to pace the Red Raiders to a 26-6 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday in Juneau Youth Football League Senior Division action.

Juneau Youth Football League: Cub Division
Games take place Saturdays at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field Check out pictures and full roundups from each round of games in the Juneau Empire.

Juneau Youth Football League: Senior Division
Games take place Saturdays at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field Check out pictures and full roundups from each round of games in the Juneau Empire.

Juneau Youth Football League: Pee Wee Division
Games take place Saturdays at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field Check out pictures and full roundups from each round of games in the Juneau Empire

Bears remain second in poll
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team remained ranked second behind Chugiak in the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network prep poll, which was released Monday.

Dimond Park Mountain Bike Race results

Juneau Youth Football League: Junior Division
Games take place Saturdays at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field Check out pictures and full roundups from each round of games in the Juneau Empire.

Northwest Digest
Elderly rape suspect arrested in Alaska, Oregon workers sue agency for back pay, researchers test for renewable electricity, group considers food drops to help bears

Palin to convey plans for fall special session
Gov. Sarah Palin will announce plans for a special session on oil taxes today, ending speculation of where she'll hold it and what she wants lawmakers to do.

Alaska Digest
Educator finalist for 'principal of the year,' Assembly appoints three to Airport Board, Prosecutors say Kott took improper gifts, Attorney: Tapes show Weyhrauch is innocent

Photo: Fire destroys Yakutat lodge
A fire destroyed the office, restaurant and staff housing at Leonard's Landing Lodge on Monday in Yakutat, Police Chief John Nichols said.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Usibelli Coal Mine applies to expand its operations
Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc., has applied to state regulators to expand its operations northeast of Healy.

Researchers seek an explanation for underweight whales
Researchers off Mexico's Pacific coast have observed what might be a case of global warming's effects in the far north: gray whales returning to calving grounds malnourished.

Family looks for answers in case of missing nurse
The family of a nurse missing for more than a month hopes a man charged with stealing from her bank account will provide clues to her fate.

'Into the Wild' debut draws packed house near Fairbanks
The debut of "Into the Wild," a movie directed by Sean Penn about a 24-year-old young man who starved to death in Alaska wilderness, drew a packed house at a venue outside Fairbanks.

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