Monday, September 8, 2008

Mine supporters thank Native corporations
Alaskans owe a debt of gratitude to many companies and individuals and especially the Alaska Native Corporations for their recent efforts to defeat Ballot Measure 4.

McCain and Palin would copy Bush
One of the things I respected about Gov. Sarah Palin was that she dispensed with the partisan acrimony that had plagued us in Alaska for many years.

Fear fundamentalist governments
I awoke this morning with the words of Gov. Sarah Palin coming to me over the Internet saying that "God" has given us a task in Iraq, and my head rings with voices of Muslim jihadists and Christian fundamentalists throughout the ages, and I think to myself, "Ah, yes, we are here again." A place we have been so many times in history.

Trickle-down strategy in need of change
John McCain's choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate shows he is going to the Karl Rovian well, like George W. Bush did successfully, on the social issues of abortion and same-sex marriage.

Halt the downtown garage project
It's time to ask the Juneau Assembly to halt the downtown parking garage steam roller.

Sewage found flowing into Mendenhall River
State wastewater regulators last week identified Don Abel Building Supplies as the source of sewage that was discovered last month flowing into the Mendenhall River.

Photo: When it rains, it pours
People walk through the wet, rainy streets wielding umbrellas Sunday near the Juneau Public Library. Heavy rain fell on Juneau for most of the day. Today's weather forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain and highs around 55.

Photo: Casting for silvers
Travis Wells reels in a silver salmon on Friday near the Douglas Island Pink and Chum hatchery. A run of silver salmon brought more than 40 fisherman to the area.

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

Photo: First flight
Sean Lanksbury and his son, Malcolm, fly a kite Saturday at Sandy Beach as they enjoy the sunny day. The elder Lanksbury said it was his son's first time flying a kite and he picked it up fast.

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

Outside editorial: Palin's speech: all the pretty words
As John McCain gave his acceptance speech Thursday night, he could only hope to do as well as Sarah Palin, who had wowed the party faithful the night before, even though her oratory didn't magically boost her qualifications to be vice president.

My turn: U.S.-Russian relations: Looking back and forward
The post-war history of Soviet-American relations, seen from an American perspective, can be summarized as series of Cold War cycles.

My turn: Palin qualified in Dan Quayle style
There has been much talk about Gov. Sarah Palin's qualifications to be vice president since John McCain selected her as his running mate.

Among the governors of Alaska, Egan was tops
Since John McCain announced Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate I've been besieged with calls from national and international news media.

Outside editorial: Unconventional candidates have conventional views
The process worked: That was one conclusion from watching the back-to-back party conclaves that ended Thursday in St. Paul, Minn. Yes, the nominating battle was too long and too expensive, and it wasn't always democratic (see: caucuses, rules of).

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Tracking a sea lion's life
On a blustery July day in Glacier Bay, about 50 Steller sea lions were hauled out on the rocks at South Marble Island. Amid the caterwauling and bellowing animals jockeying for position rested one placid male, a letter and a number on his left side, H 465.

Landing a salmon shark makes for an exciting charter trip
KENAI - When it comes to halibut fishing, anglers are never entirely sure what they will bring up from the depths below. Occasionally an Irish lord, a large skate or dog fish may end up on the sharp end of the line, but an angler fishing out of Seward last weekend caught something even more unusual.

Out & About
Today: Public trap shoot, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club.

Fairbanks tightens control on city cars
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks employees using city cars to commute will have to reimburse the city for the personal mileage.

Eaglecrest Ski Area posts pass prices
JUNEAU - An adult season pass to Eaglecrest Ski Area costs $379 this season, up $30 over last year.

Ralph Nader to appear on Alaska ballot
ANCHORAGE - Independent candidate Ralph Nader will appear with his running mate on the Alaska ballot for president.

Native corporation recoups money
ANCHORAGE - The Bering Straits Native Corp. has recouped the millions it lost prior to bankruptcy in 1989.

Woman dies in traffic accident
ANCHORAGE - A woman died after being involved in an accident at an intersection in east Anchorage.

Methamphetamine cooker gets 12 years
ANCHORAGE - A woman who cooked up methamphetamine and caused a fire has received a 12-year prison sentence.

New civic center prepares for opening
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage is preparing for the opening of its new civic center.

Electric assistance program to end
JUNEAU - The city of Juneau's electric bill assistance program, also known as Unplugged, will end next week.

Health officials warn of enteritis outbreak
ANCHORAGE - More than two dozen people have been diagnosed with a specific kind of intestinal infection.

Palin's pastor urges flock to pray for media
WASILLA - A little sermon about - and for - the messenger seemed to Pastor Larry Kroon an appropriate message on Sunday morning.

Property owner comes up with new plan
KETCHIKAN - A waterfront property owner has applied for a federal permit to install a pier and a floating dock as part of a larger development in Herring Bay.

Anchorage has a chilly summer
ANCHORAGE - Summer in Anchorage was generally cool and dreary in 2008, with only two days in July above 70 degrees.

Plankton blooms visible in Southeast
KETCHIKAN - Plankton blooms have been visible for weeks atop the water along shorelines, tide rips, harbors and bays in far Southeast Alaska.

JDHS dominates home invitational
Anybody who has watched a high school swim meet knows that four hours can somehow speed past in a blur of water-piercing horns, violent splashing and excited teammates' screaming words, or even just sounds, of encouragement.

Juneau stumbles against Lake Oswego
Mission accomplished.

Cross country in Petersburg
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Leah Francis won the Region V Jack Eddy Classic on Saturday in Petersburg with a time of 18:05.00, and freshman Karissa Jackson was second in 20:20, as the Juneau girls finished first with 22 points.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Analysis: Nation's image of Palin differs from Alaskans'
With Gov. Sarah Palin a newcomer to the national political scene, the race is on among both Republicans and Democrats to frame the image of the Republican candidate for vice president.

Is McCain-Palin turning into Palin-McCain?
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The banners, buttons and signs say McCain-Palin, but the crowds say something else.

Alaskans cash in on dividend
ANCHORAGE - It's the season for Alaskans to be rewarded just for living here and this year's take is extra sweet: $3,269, a record share of the state's oil wealth combined with a special cash payout to help with stratospheric energy prices.

Petersburg looks for motive in slaying
By her friends' accounts, Helen Shear was a gentle and kind woman - soft-spoken and quick to laugh.

Most supporters of Clinton say Palin is too far a stretch
Sandy Goodman was deeply disappointed when Hillary Rodham Clinton didn't get the Democratic nomination, then again when she was bypassed for the VP spot. So Goodman, a longtime Florida Democrat, flirted with thoughts of shunning Barack Obama, and perhaps even voting Republican.

Lawmakers plan to order testimony from Palin staff
State lawmakers said they plan to order Gov. Sarah Palin's staff to be interviewed by the Legislature's special investigator, upping the stakes in their investigation of Gov. Palin's firing of the state's former top cop.

Young's lead grows a bit in House race
U.S. Rep. Don Young had a bit more breathing room Saturday in his still unfinished Republican primary race.

ABC News lands first Palin interview
NEW YORK - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has agreed to sit down with ABC's Charles Gibson later this week for her first television interview since John McCain chose her as his running mate more than a week ago.

Some questions remain on McCain's vetting of Palin
ANCHORAGE - John McCain's presidential campaign did not speak with the Alaska House speaker and other leading Republicans before McCain tapped Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

Photo: Hectic week for church
A sign for the Wasilla Bible Church is seen by the road Saturday in front of the church in Wasilla. The church where Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin attends has been visited by numerous reporters in the past week.

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

Palin church promotes converting gays
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals through the power of prayer.

Poll: Only 4 in 10 say Palin has enough experience
WASHINGTON - Just four in 10 say Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has enough experience to be president, while nearly two-thirds say so about Joe Biden, her Democratic counterpart, a poll showed Friday.

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

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