This 'ski mom' opposes Palin
I lived in Alaska for 17 years from 1969 to 1986. My daughters graduated from East High School in 1983 and '85 and are now solid community contributors, in Crofton, Md. (near Annapolis) and in Los Angeles.

Drop city tax on oil products
The state of Alaska has taken the initiative to suspend the state tax on motor vehicle fuel.

Congress must help Alaska Native health
The U.S. House of Representatives has the lives of millions of Native Americans in its hands.

Hickel: Columnist missed my legacy
In the Sept. 7 Juneau Empire, columnist Gregg Erickson missed most of my accomplishments in two terms as governor. Here is a partial list.

Fishing organizations endorse senator
Sen. Ted Stevens was in Juneau on Friday to pick up the endorsements of eight Alaska fishing organizations, something he called "extremely important" to his reelection bid.

Two cruise ships blamed for emissions violations
The state's cruise ship program manager says two Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. ships violated visible air emissions standards last year.

Photo: Bear cub found dead next to Dumpster
Alaska Wildlife Trooper Nicholas Massey loads a dead black bear cub into his pickup truck Saturday morning on Tongass Boulevard in the Mendenhall Valley. Residents found the cub's body next to an overturned Dumpster. A mother bear and an additional cub were seen in the area during the night and morning. Authorities suspect the mother bear tipped over the Dumpster, crushing one of her cubs. Resident Diane Heckler said she had seen the mother and two cubs in the area often, but noticed this morning there was only one cub.

Photo: Surfacing new field
Mike McGrath, left, Jerry Dowler, center, and Dave Kemp, of Sportexe, work on straightening the white yard lines on the Omnigrass field Sautrday behind the Thunder Mountain High School. According to the company, the field should finished by the end of the month.

Around Town

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

Connie S. Croasmun
Former Angoon resident Connie Suzanna Croasmun died at 7 p.m. Aug. 25, 2008, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was 55.

Alaska editorial: Palin helps draw focus to Alaska opportunities
When it comes to the marketing of our state's potential economically, the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate could be the greatest opportunity since statehood or the discovery of Prudhoe Bay.

Rating Gov. Sarah Palin against her predecessors
How does Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stack up against her predecessors? I've lived long enough and been lucky enough to have personally known each of the nine people who've served as governor of this state, but it's still a tough question.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Photo: Dangerous stretch
A bear scoots across the street Aug. 29 near the Mendenhall Glacier as tourists watch and vehicles approach from both directions. Earlier in the summer, a bear was hit by a bus near this location. Observers say drivers often ignore the speed limit of 20 mph.

Photo: Bear with me
A wet black bear tromps Wednesday in Steep Creek.

Training offered for seabird survey
JUNEAU - The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will deliver a free training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Building, Glacier View Room, Room 221. Participants can bring their own brown-bag lunch.

Juneau police catch wanted sex offender
JUNEAU - Juneau police said they found a wanted sex offender Thursday who had violated his parole.

Palin asks governor to veto port fees
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president, urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to veto a fee on cargo containers going through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach aimed at raising money to cut pollution.

Officials end football game early after brawl
FAIRBANKS - Several people were injured in a brawl Friday night at a high school football game in Fairbanks.

Pilot dies in plane crash near Talkeetna
TALKEETNA - Rescue crews on Friday found a missing hunter injured in a plane crash that killed a 48-year-old Big Lake pilot near Talkeetna.

Circle woman accused of shooting at rafters
FAIRBANKS - A 60-year-old Circle woman faces two felony assault charges after being accused of shooting at 14 rafters who had set up camp on public land adjacent to her home.

Assembly opposes Fairbanks expansion
FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly voted recently to oppose the city of Fairbanks' planned expansion.

Alarm caused by heart attack victim
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks authorities believe the smoke that filled one floor of the Northward Building on Aug. 5 was caused by a resident who was found dead.

Ketchikan company awarded contract
KETCHIKAN - Alaska Ship & Drydock of Ketchikan will construct a new marine fueling dock in Canada.

Crimson Bears blanked by North Pole
Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Bill Chalmers proclaimed Friday night's matchup against North Pole as the most important non-playoff game to have ever been played in Juneau. The game turned out to be more important to North Pole as they shut out Juneau 25-0.

Juneau-Douglas running teams both take fourth
Both the boys' and girls' cross country teams from Juneau-Douglas High School placed fourth at the Lynx Invitational in Anchorage on Saturday.

High School swimming top 16
2008 Alaska High School

Sports in Juneau

Lawmakers OK subpoena of Todd Palin
ANCHORAGE - The abuse of power investigation against Sarah Palin, Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate, took a potentially ominous turn for her party on Friday when state lawmakers voted to subpoena her husband.

Palin asked to release her husband's e-mails
Can Gov. Sarah Palin legally keep e-mails between her husband and her administration from being released to the public?

Gov. Sarah Palin names new public safety commissioner
Gov. Sarah Palin has named Doyon security chief and 24-year law enforcement veteran Joseph Masters as her new public safety commissioner.

Stevens says Palin's vice presidential bid will help campaign
The meteoric rise of Gov. Sarah Palin on the national political stage will pay dividends for Sen. Ted Stevens' reelection campaign, the Republican said Friday.

Lawyers battle over Stevens documents, photos of house
WASHINGTON - Testy lawyers on Friday battled over what to call Sen. Ted Stevens' house, what pictures jurors will see of that house and how documents are being shared between sides as the Alaska legend's corruption trial nears.

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