Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Watchdogs barking against Douglas Crossing
There is a savvy new bunch of canines in town. An ideologically diverse pack of fiscal watchdogs have met, named themselves and united in one voice to proclaim the critical importance of protecting, among other important things, the natural phenomenon that is the Mendenhall Wetlands.

Leaders focus on workers' issues at Labor Day picnic
For more than 100 years, Labor Day has been a benchmark of observation for the achievements and contributions of American workers. On Monday, members of Juneau's labor force enjoyed holiday festivities at the Juneau Central Labor Council's annual picnic, and they also shared their thoughts on the very subject of the holiday's foundations.

Officer's remains, honor flag arrive in Juneau
The remains of slain Hoonah police officers Anthony Wallace and Matthew Tokuoka, along with the U.S. Honor Flag, landed at Juneau International Airport from Anchorage at noon Tuesday.

Bering's bust proves a hit in Sitka
The presentation of a bust of Danish explorer Vitus Bering, the man responsible for various landmarks bearing his name, was a success in Sitka.

Aurubis AG to purchase half of Kensington Mine's gold
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. announced Tuesday it has entered into a contract with a second purchaser for the Kensington Mine.

Officers' remains to stop in Juneau before trip to Hoonah
The remains of the two Hoonah police officers shot and killed Aug. 28 will spend today in Juneau before beginning a trip to Hoonah on Wednesday, states a release from the Alaska Department of Public Safety.

Photos: Labor Day kite flying on Sandy Beach
Kelly McLean gets her long-tailed kite up at Sandy Beach on Monday while attending the Labor Day picnic.

Police & 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.

State Board of Education to meet this week in Palmer
The State Board of Education & Early Development is scheduled to meet beginning 8 a.m. daily Thursday and Friday in Palmer.

Photo: Showing off their projects
Eva and Tate Goering look at rock-identification projects in Cherry Eckland's classroom Tuesday night for the Harborview Elementary School open house. Students showed their parents around their classrooms and projects they've been working on.

Photo: Fundraising through litter
Kymberlee Kelly stoops for a wayward plastic bag as she and other members of the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team earn money for their team by collecting trash Monday for Litter Free, Inc. Kelly's teammates, all freshmen, are from left, Kayla Balovich, Kaitlin Fagerstrom, Gracie Meiners and Breanne Chapman.

Photo: Keeping their agility up
Amy Lujan, of the Capital Kennel Club of Juneau, runs Rosie, a one-and-a-half year old border collie, through an agility course Monday at Melvin Park. The club normally holds practice Sundays but held it Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.

Clarification
In Monday's article on Page A1 about FIRST LEGO, funding for the program was unclear. It is funded through the Juneau Economic Development Council's SpringBoard Program, by the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Defense Education Program and BP. Additionally, the kickoff event today will not have guest speakers.

Police & 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.

JPD looks into mailbox vandalism
The Juneau Police Department contacted two boys, one 17- and the other 16-years-old, about vandalism to mailboxes on Duran Street, according to a press release from JPD.

Janis Rountree
Friends are invited to a remembrance of Janis Ann Jorgenson Rountree at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Juneau Pioneer Home.

James B. Neal Jr.
James B. Neal Jr. died on Aug. 27, 2010 in Anchorage. He was 52.

Outside editorial: Mission in Iraq not quite accomplished
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Empire editorial: All Alaskans tied to Hoonah tragedy today
The population of Hoonah will grow a thousandfold today as the state of Alaska will be, spiritually, if not physically, in the small Southeast village for support as it lays two of its best and brightest to rest.

In burning the Koran, they'll burn more than paper and ink

Measure succeeds in promoting private-sector hiring
Labor Day is an occasion to honor and celebrate American workers. The opportunity to work in a decent job gives people and society benefits beyond the income it generates. Conversely, unemployment causes workers and their families distress beyond their loss of income.

Opening up Alaska's primary system would lead to better ballots
In a rare outcome for Alaska's politics, voters were given a slate of newcomers to consider for a seat in the U.S. Senate. According to Public Policy Polling, Republican nominee Joe Miller has an eight-point lead over Democrat Scott McAdams.

My turn: Sealaska is gunning for some of the most valuable - and vulnerable - timberlands in the Tongass
Sealaska wants the rights to pick some of the most valuable old growth forest and recreation sites inside the Tongass National Forest. Sealaska's proposal has stirred up huge controversy in Southeast Alaska - but one of the most troubling parts isn't getting the attention it deserves.

Some restaurants to serve free non-alcoholic drinks to pregnant women Thursday
As part of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD, Awareness Day, participating restaurants in Juneau will be offering free non-alcoholic beverages to pregnant women on Thursday.

Alaskan Independence Party pick withdraws
ANCHORAGE - Michigan Militia founder Norm Olson has backed out as the Alaskan Independence Party's candidate for lieutenant governor.

Bartlett diabetes program merits ADA Recognition
The Bartlett Regional Hospital diabetes self-management education program received continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association recently.

Bartlett diabetes program merits ADA Recognition
The Bartlett Regional Hospital diabetes self-management education program received continued recognition from the American Diabetes Association recently.

Non-word 'refudiate' gets most online searches
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - It's not a real word, but that hasn't stopped "refudiate" from becoming Merriam-Webster's 2010 "Word of the Summer."

Man killed in Kenai collision
ANCHORAGE - Fifty-nine-year-old Peter Mysing of Kenai was killed in a Sunday night collision in Kenai.

Kenai police recover body in Kenai River
KENAI - Kenai police have pulled the body of a man from the Kenai River.

Some restaurants to serve free non-alcoholic drinks to pregnant women Thursday
As part of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, or FASD, Awareness Day, participating restaurants in Juneau will be offering free non-alcoholic beverages to pregnant women on Thursday.

$65,000 reward to find missing plane in SW Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Families of three missing Katmai National Park employees are offering a $65,000 reward to find their plane in southwest Alaska.

Alaska PolarTrec program brings teachers to Arctic
FAIRBANKS - A program called PolarTrec is taking teachers into the Arctic.

All-Star team wins first match
An All-Star Alaska soccer team comprised of eighth grade girls from across the state have won their first match in group play in the Starfire Labor Day Cup in Seattle, Wash., beating the Olympia Galaxy by a score of 2-0.

Crimson Bears tennis stays sharp
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team finished a successful weekend of matches in Anchorage where they competed against both West Anchorage and Chugiak High School.

AP Exclusive: Murkowski says she's not a quitter
JUNEAU - A week after conceding the tight GOP primary to Joe Miller, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's not a quitter and is "still in this game."

Seafood worker reflects on gunshot graze
ANCHORAGE - When Evan Toloff dressed for his shift at Captain Jack's Seafood Locker, he had no idea that the clothes he pulled on, the two heavy sweat shirts and rain gear, would end up protecting him from anything more than water and cold. Perhaps they even saved his life.

Fraud sentencing this week for Anchorage scholar
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge in Anchorage has set aside two days this week for a sentencing hearing for former Rhodes and Fulbright scholar Rachel Yould.

State Board of Education to meet this week in Palmer
The State Board of Education & Early Development is scheduled to meet beginning 8 a.m. daily Thursday and Friday in Palmer.

Yukon River turbine poses no fish problem
FAIRBANKS - Fish have no reason to fear a turbine generator in the Yukon River near the village of Eagle.

Hidden trail details help a blind man see
ANCHORAGE - Jerry Eastham woke up blind one morning eight years ago. It wasn't a total surprise. His father went blind. So did every one of his 14 older siblings due to a rare genetic condition that honeycombs holes in the retina.

Senate hopeful Miller cited in Fairbanks car crash
ANCHORAGE - The candidate who defeated U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska's Republican primary has been cited for his role in a recent three-car collision in Fairbanks.

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