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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Give everyone same chance at health
Kudos to the organizers and participants in the Aug. 30 Beat the Odds race. All efforts to raise awareness of breast cancer are worthy endeavors. As we all know by now, early detection of cancer is vital to successful treatment. For that reason, an annual mammogram is a crucial procedure for nearly all women. So dutifully, I recently had my annual exam done at Bartlett.

People must learn to work together
We're about to be disabused of a long-held notion: That due process, law and the machinery of representative government gets things done.

Demand plain talk in health care reform
There is a lot of passion from all sides regarding the health care reform bills being promulgated in Washington. It is justified. I can't think of an issue that touches individuals closer than their own health care.

Glory Hole plans downtown garden
The Glory Hole is preparing for growth next spring - edible growth, that is.

Kicking off new traditions
Friday night the clouds parted and the rain ceased long enough for 600 people to witness Thunder Mountain High School's first home football game.

Obama speech hits a nerve
Controversy surrounding a speech planned today by President Obama to schoolchildren reached at least one Juneau household, when parent Terry Ullmayer e-mailed the school district asking for more information about what the district had planned for the event.

Ellis family to close Native Alaskan gallery
After nearly 20 years in business, the Ellis family will close their Franklin Street gallery this month.

Photos: Dancing to the Beat
Photos from Dancefest 2009.

Virus infects arboretum's Tlingit potato crop
They're OK to eat, but a large crop of heirloom Tlingit potatoes grown this year in Juneau will not be distributed for seed because the tubers have a virus.

New source of power
BART LAKE - The powerhouse at the Lake Dorothy Hydroelectric Project hums as it converts water from Bart Lake, 1,000 feet above in the rugged terrain of Southeast Alaska, into electricity to run Juneau.

Photo: Fishing frenzy
Salmon and fishermen line the sidewalk Monday along Wayside Park on Channel Drive as dozens took advantage of the Labor Day holiday to fish for salmon.

Photo: Free labor
Fate Putman, assistant business manager for the Alaska State Employees Association, serves up cheeseburgers to David and Sharon Phipps on Monday during a Labor Day picnic sponsored by local labor unions at Sandy Beach.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 8

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Today, Sept. 7

Police & Fire
Due to a technical issue, Juneau Police did not post a daily bulletin. Reports will appear in a later edition of the Empire.

My Turn: Logjam timber sale: Give compromise a chance
The Tongass is the foundation of Southeast Alaska's culture, communities and economy, so we owe it to our fellow and future Southeast Alaskans to work together to keep all three thriving.

Swine flu vaccine: Should you get it when time comes?
When it comes to protecting yourself against this fall's swine flu (or H1N1 virus) outbreak, you know the drill. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your cough or sneeze. Stay home if you or your child is sick. But, if government officials approve a vaccination effort, should you participate?

My Turn: Sealaska should pursue last of its land entitlement
I am a member of the Tongass Futures Roundtable and want to respond to recent allegations by the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council regarding Sealaska Corp. and their land legislation.

An unhappy labor day
Labor Day 2009 was a terrible time to be an American worker.

Think you can hide? Think again
Back in May, I flew to Los Angeles. My cell phone did not.

Mendenhall Lake campground closes
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Lake Campground will close early for the season today to allow for construction, which includes resealing water and sewer manholes in the road bed.

Former DOT worker pleads guilty to theft
PALMER - A Palmer man pleaded guilty to stealing diesel fuel from state tanks, but will spend no time in prison.

Dinner with Palin part of charity auction
ANCHORAGE - Want to have dinner with former Gov. Sarah Palin? Plan on writing a big check.

NTSB posts Alaska Ranger documents
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board has posted on its Web site more than 7,000 pages of documents related to its investigation of the sinking of the Alaska Ranger.

North Pole woman shoves friend from car
FAIRBANKS - Police arrested a North Pole woman accused of shoving her friend out of a moving vehicle.

Alaska-based soldier killed in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said a 34-year-old Army officer killed in an attack in Afghanistan was a Dallas man.

Two hurt in shooting outside Anchorage bar
ANCHORAGE - Two people suffered minor wounds in a shooting outside an Anchorage bar.

Anchorage displays wounded officer's hat
ANCHORAGE - Thirty years ago, Anchorage Deputy Police Chief Ross Plummer was one of the officers responding to a report of a suspicious person at grocery store.

Washington ramps up labor enforcement
SEATTLE - Bob Blank's frustration is evident when he talks about an inspection of his Okanogan County farm by U.S. Department of Labor wage inspectors.

Jury convicts Wasilla man of sexual abuse
WASILLA - A 61-year-old Wasilla man has been convicted of sexually abusing three young girls.

Pig's 11 newborns draw crowd at fair
ANCHORAGE - A young mother gave birth at the Alaska State Fair and became a star attraction.

GOP starts process to replace Therriault
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Republicans are taking applications to replace state Sen. Gene Therriault, the veteran North Pole lawmaker who resigned to take a job with the Parnell administration.

Kotzebue fire destroys 3 homes
ANCHORAGE - An early morning fire destroyed the homes of three families in Kotzebue.

Defendant in Palin hacking case can't use questionnaire
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A University of Tennessee student accused of hacking the personal e-mail account of former Gov. Sarah Palin cannot screen potential jurors by questionnaire.

284 soldiers return to Fort Wainwright
FAIRBANKS - Family and friends were on hand to greet 284 soldiers from Fort Wainwright returning from a year in Iraq.

Number of active rigs rises by 10
HOUSTON - The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the United States rose by 10 this week to 1,009.

Cougar caught in city being released in wild
SEATTLE - A cougar that apparently had lived in Seattle for more than two weeks and forced the city's largest park to close was captured early Sunday and returned to the wild, state wildlife officials said.

Child death confirmed as swine flu case
A 10-year-old Fairbanks child died Friday night from symptoms of H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.

Tiny 'Tuk' helps man climate's front line
TUKTOYAKTUK, Northwest Territories - Caught between rising seas and land melting beneath their mukluk-shod feet, the villagers of Tuktoyaktuk are doing what anyone would do on this windy Arctic coastline. They're building windmills.

Masek asks court to delay sentencing in bribery case
ANCHORAGE - Former Rep. Bev Masek has asked to have her sentencing on a bribery charge delayed because a witness won't be available for the hearing in Anchorage.

Alaskans, Russians discover common ground to dance on
ANCHORAGE - Four years of training and research culminated in a trip to the Chukotka, Russia, last month when the Sivulliq Youth Media students filmed Russian dancers for "The Lost Dances," a DVD that will trace the shared traditions of Russian and Alaska indigenous song and dance.

Amid downturn, more students enrolling at colleges in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - All it took was a wet summer for Chris Nield to decide he needed a new career.

Vibrant colors greet Denali visitors as season winds down
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - Denali rolled out her fabled tundra carpet for visitors in mid-August, sprawling acres of fiery red, orange, green and gold, lush with wild berries and wildlife preparing for winter.

Delta wind farm online and ready to add generator
ANCHORAGE - Two years and a lot of hard work later, a wind farm that now generates electricity into the Golden Valley Electric Association grid is taking shape on a knoll near Delta Junction. Alaska Environmental Power, LLC has one wind generator up and running, and has set the foundation for another. The generator site is northwest of Delta.

US, Canada near agreement to control pollutants from ships
WASHINGTON - The five-story-tall engines on oceangoing vessels burn some of the dirtiest oil - bottom-of-the-barrel bunker - and churn out a substantial amount of the air pollution in American port cities, coastal communities along shipping lanes and places hundreds of miles inland.

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