Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Government, private sector can work together to curb obesity
You should be ashamed of yourself for not adding more to your chosen editorial from the Chicago Tribune ("Outside Editorial: We know we're fat in Sunday's Empire on page A7).

Miller is dedicated to the Constitution
I read a Rasmussen poll recently that stated more than 40 percent of Alaskans believe Scott McAdams' politics are "mainstream" and about the same number see Joe Miller as "extreme."

Hiker rescued from Ebner Falls
The allure of wild blueberries lured a hiker off of Perseverance Trail into the former Ebner Falls picnic area late Saturday afternoon where he lost his footing and fell into steep terrain near the waterfall.

Accused Hoonah shooter arraigned in Juneau court
The man accused of shooting two Hoonah police officers to death pleaded not guilty, through his attorney, to the murders in Juneau Superior Court Monday afternoon.

Historic maps back in Alaska
Those who study history know the importance of keeping it alive. This is the reason a group of historical maps have finally been brought back to Alaska after an absence of more than a century.

Photo: Passing into fall
Kathleen Manning passes a flaming red maple tree Monday on her way to class at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Photo: Napping by the lake
Orion Krauss takes a break between classes Monday at the University of Alaska Southeast. Clear skies and temperatures in the upper 60s are forecast for the rest of the week.

Glacier Bay park gets new leader
A scientist and 14-year Alaska resident has been named superintendent of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, one of the state's leading tourist attractions and ecological marvels.

Photo: Exploring at a young age
A young explorer finds her own tiny iceberg along the shore Saturday at the Mendenhall Glacier.

Airplane has landing gear issues, makes emergency landing
An airplane had to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff Monday morning when the pilot realized there were issues with the landing gear.

Imagination Library looks to expand in area
The popular children's book program Imagination Library will be expanding.

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.

School to review public opinion, student achievement
The Juneau School District's Board of Education will review a public opinion survey conducted this spring and student achievement data Tuesday.

Harborview students should be in early to eat breakfast
Students who wish to eat breakfast at Harborview Elementary School need to be in the building no later than 7:45 a.m. to eat breakfast and make it to class on time, principal Dave Stoltenburg said.

Photo: Digging for rest
A mountain goat digs dirt to find a cool resting area at the tail end of the Juneau ridge approximately two miles past Granite Creek. Mountain goats are members of the antelope family, which also includes related species such as musk ox and mountain sheep. Their range on steep and broken mountains extends from northwestern North America, from the northern Cascade and Rocky Mountains, to Southcentral Alaska.

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.

James Morgan Brown
James "Jim" Morgan Brown of Juneau died suddenly Sept. 3, 2010. He was 58.

Outside editorial: The rich get richer
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: Fidel Castro, Internet junkie
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Don't call it a stimulus
Stimulus spending has been the core of President Obama's economic policy from the start - from before the start, actually, because his $787 billion stimulus plan was designed even before his inauguration. The idea was straightforward: Pump enough money into the economy, and jobs would follow. When Congress passed the package in early 2009, the president and his aides trumpeted it as a triumph.

Burning a book is a poor reason to make fire
There's been an awful lot of talk lately about burning books. Holy or not, no page deserves to reach the kindling point of Fahrenheit 451. Though constructed of the most fragile of materials, they must endure.

My turn: State positioned solidly for economic opportunity
With the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce annual meeting convening here in the Capital City, I am reminded of some of the many ways Alaska is a great place for businesses, both large and small. Alaskans can be proud this state is a land of opportunity and a great place for commerce. Here are just a few examples how Alaska has a favorable and promising business climate:

Social Security is aging but still 'our plain duty'
The hum of insects and the occasional bird call punctuated the last Sunday morning in August at Springwood, Franklin D. Roosevelt's family home off the Hudson River in Hyde Park, N.Y.

Parnell to announce dividend
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell plans to announce next week the size of Permanent Fund dividend checks that Alaskans can expect.

Off-duty trooper shoots home intruder
PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - The Kitsap County sheriff's office says an off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper shot and killed an intruder who attacked him at his south Kitsap home.

American Samoa voters may amend constitution
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - More than 100 potential amendments to American Samoa's constitution will be decided by voters in a single proposal: "Do you approve the 2010 amendments to the Revised Constitution of American Samoa?"

Coast Guard lifts ailing man off fishing boat
ANCHORAGE - A 28-year-old fisherman was lifted off a fishing boat after apparently suffering shellfish poisoning.

Unusually warm temperatures to linger all week
ANCHORAGE - Blue skies and unseasonable warm temperatures are expected to linger in Alaska this week.

EPA, Ketchikan, reach settlement over PCB disposal
ANCHORAGE - The Environmental Protection Agency has reached a $2,900 settlement with the city of Ketchikan to resolve violations of improper disposal of PCB waste two years ago.

BPA to spend $125 million for OR habitat
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration plans to spend more than $125 million to protect fish and wildlife habitat in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Congress resumes its work, without Murkowski
JUNEAU - Congress has resumed its work but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn't in Washington.

Redistricting board moves its office to Anchorage
The Alaska Redistricting Board, which oversees drawing lines for state's house districts after each census, will this year have its offices located in Anchorage. They had previously been in Juneau.

School construction projects wind down
ANCHORAGE - Construction on the state's schools have wound down now that kids are occupying the hallways again.

Kookesh case may undermine subsistence bag limits
A state judge who dismissed charges of subsistence overfishing against state Sen. Albert Kookesh has thrown into question multiple state subsistence bag limits and raises the concern that many of them may be invalid.

Homeland Security urges Alaskans to be prepared with emergency kits
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is urging Alaskans to take three simple steps to prepare for a disaster; get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

Palin to appear at Paul fundraiser in Kentucky
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rand Paul will get a boost from fellow tea party favorite Sarah Palin at a fundraiser this week as the Republican Senate hopeful scrambles for cash in his campaign against Democrat Jack Conway.

Palin, Beck recall 9/11 attacks at event
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck teamed up in the former Alaska governor's home state Saturday night, delivering their messages to a crowd of thousands and recalling their thoughts and feelings the day of the 9/11 attacks.

Craig man accused of intentionally ramming whales pleads guilty
A man accused of intentionally ramming humpback whales in Southeast Alaska waters has pleaded guilty to violating the Endangered Species Act.

Alaska gas authority prepares bid for Denali gas
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Railbelt power companies are positioning themselves to make electricity from North Slope gas some day.

Melting sea ice forces walruses ashore
WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of walruses have come ashore in northwest Alaska because the sea ice they normally rest on has melted.

Group forms to support North Pole mayor
FAIRBANKS - North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson is getting help as he tries to fend off a recall effort.

Climbers unhappy about proposed fee increases
ASHFORD, Wash. - Mountain climbers aren't happy about a National Park Service proposal to boost the cost of a permit to climb Washington's Mount Rainier by two-thirds and Mount McKinley's cost by 250 percent.

Haase not stepping aside for Murkowski
JUNEAU - If U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski decides to re-enter the race, it won't be as a Libertarian.

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