Saturday, September 11, 2010

Despite grief, Hoonah treated me as an honored guest
As I watch the memorial service for Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace, my feelings of gratitude towards this warm and welcoming town are intensely reinforced.

Amazed at how communities gathered to honor officers
Although I am not related to the slain Hoonah officers, I am so touched and amazed at how the communities came together to honor them and their families.

A call to the polls from one student to another
Let's face the facts, many people in my generation don't vote. And in the most recent primary, even many from older generations chose not to vote.

Halibut numbers keep going down
Commercial fisheries have had to continuously bring in less halibut over the last several years.

Photo: Honor convoy
Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel salute as a convoy of Alaska State Trooper and Juneau Police Department vehicles escort the remains of Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace to the ferry Malaspina for a trip to Hoonah for a memorial service on Wednesday.

Photo: A brief respite
A butterfly finds a flowery perch on the slopes of Mount Juneau in the Thursday twilight.

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.

City to collect old meds
Didn't use all of your prescription? Have old medicine sitting on a shelf? The City and Borough of Juneau will take them off your hands Saturday for proper disposal.

Correction
In Thursday's Empire in an article about a blueberry festival on page A3, Gretchen Harrington's daughter, Minta Schwartz, was incorrectly identified.

Been here before
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

In D.C. mayor's plight, a warning for Obama
If anyone doubted the extent of anti-incumbent feeling this year, consider this:

A bit of reality
This article is about the Sunny Point to Douglas Island Causeway. After reading articles about this project, some clarification is necessary.

From boomtown to wilderness: exploring history in Tracy Arm
The year is 1895. Two miles beyond town, a 10-stamp mill crushes rock with a roar that's audible for miles. A 3,000-foot tram services the mill, its cables squealing against iron wheels. Each morning, a line of men tramp noisily along a corduroy road from the seaside town to the mine's deep tunnels. Others clamor up every mountain in sight, digging into the earth for gold and silver.

Tides
Today, Sept. 10

Shooting hours: Sept. 16-30
Thursday, Sept. 16: 6 a.m.-7:14 p.m.

Sport fish report
Sport fish report for the week of Sept. 6:

Waterfowl season conjures memories, imagery of the past
I can still remember the smell of my father's shop. It was that of sawdust, smoke and the acrid scent of a freshly fired shotgun.

New rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center: 'Fly Away'
"Fly Away"

Labor Day PITA trap shoot results
On what turned out to be an absolutely beautiful late summer day, the Juneau Gun Club reinstated a Labor Day Pacific International Trap Association-sponsored event. Eight members of the Juneau Gun Club elected to participate in this event rather than join others on the last days of the local salmon fishing season or the first days of the fall hunting season.

Fall arrives on Gastineau Peak
Early September, and fall has been here for a couple of weeks already. Cottonwood leaves are turning gold, and alder leaves are drifting down into dull, brown heaps. Fireweed has gone to seed, except for a few stragglers that bloomed late. Even the air echoes a similar story.

Harvesting the bounty of Southeast
In September I often find myself reflecting on the wild summer that is coming to a close and thinking about why I still live in Juneau. I've stayed even after telling myself all those years ago "it would only be for one season." I think about all the fish and other goodies I have added to my freezer this summer, and how much fun it was getting them there. As the days grow noticeably shorter, I anticipate a drop in the temperature, the first snowfall and the new adventures that Eaglecrest Ski Area and the backcountry are sure to provide me and my snowboard during the coming winter season.

Running of the Boots for local foods
SITKA - It's time to dig your XtraTufs out of the closet and get them painted up. The 16th annual Running of the Boots takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Crescent Harbor shelter.

On the hook
Photos Courtesy of Pagan Hill

Wild shots
Submit your wild shots

Cruise West is undergoing restructuring
Cruise West, one of the cruise lines that patronizes Juneau's harbors, is undergoing a company-wide restructuring, according to a news release.

ADA meeting rescheduled
The regular meeting of the American Disabilities Act Committee has been cancelled for today and a special meeting of the committee will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room at the downtown public library.

Honors for Anchorage plane crash rescuers
ANCHORAGE - A ceremony Thursday in Anchorage honors more than 30 civilians who put themselves in danger to help rescue victims of a small plane crash.

JSD begins early release program Monday
Juneau schools will release students one hour early on Monday. Kindergarten will let out at 1:30 p.m. Buses will run one hour early.

Bethel searchers drag Kuskokwim River for body
ANCHORAGE - Searchers at Bethel are dragging the Kuskokwim River for the body of a person who may have fallen from the city seawall.

Alaska cold climate center gets grant to expand
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Cold Climate Housing Research Center is getting a grant to build a $2 million addition that will expand its research and testing space by 50 percent.

Falcons hunt for 6-0; playoff berth within reach for Crimson Bears
Thunder Mountain is off to Washington this week to take on the 3A Renton High School Indians, with the Falcons looking to improve on their unblemished 5-0 record.

Local prep swimmers crack first Top 16
Several members of the Juneau-Douglas swim team cracked the initial Top 16 rankings with the Crimson Bear boys' team earning high marks in several events, while Thunder Mountain also broke through for two top relay times.

Kohring, Kott appealing convictions
ANCHORAGE - Convicted Alaska state legislator Vic Kohring argues in his appeal the jury should have heard about a looming child sex investigation of the government's star witness, former Veco Corp. chief Bill Allen.

Crawford hoping to unseat Young
State Rep. Harry Crawford, D-Anchorage, wants to become U.S. Rep. Harry, Crawford, D-Alaska.

Budget cuts threaten Native Arts Foundation
The publicly funded Alaska Native Arts Foundation has had its budget slashed, and it is not clear whether the organization dedicated to promoting the sale of Native art can continue to operate.

Alaska sues to lift Arctic drilling suspension
ANCHORAGE - The state claimed Thursday that the Interior Department illegally halted offshore drilling in Arctic waters, even though the department said there's no such moratorium in place.

Write-in option poses challenges, opportunity
JUNEAU - For U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, the odds of waging a successful write-in candidacy to try to keep her job would be exceedingly long, the personal political stakes, sky high.

Deadline nears for Fire Island wind farm financing
ANCHORAGE - Alaska electric utilities are still deciding whether to buy power from the proposed Fire Island wind farm.

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