Wednesday, September 15, 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."

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.

Downtown fire causes estimated $30,000 in damage
Capital City Fire and Rescue, along with some Good Samaritans, helped save a building at 416 Gold Street from a fire Tuesday afternoon, but not before the flames took their toll.

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

Students clamoring for Challenge Day at all high schools
Thunder Mountain High School students recently had the chance to participate in Challenge Day, and now students in Yaakoosge Daakahdi and Juneau-Douglas High School are asking for the opportunity.

Parent opinion mixed on school satisfaction
A study on parent opinions about the Juneau School District has mixed results in satisfaction, but found that many areas were largely related to relationships between teachers and students.

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.

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.

State Chamber prepping for conference, trade show in Juneau
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its 51st Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show on Sept. 20-22 at Centennial Hall.

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

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.

Photo: Family time on dike trail
Harmony Morford, left, Karla Ott and Katy Shilts take their children for a walk in the sun Tuesday on the airport dike trail. Morford's children are Melody, 2 months, in carriage, and Valor, 19 months, second from right; Ott's child is Adam, 15 months, center; and Shilts' children are Michael, 16 months, in carriage, and Simon, 5, right.

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.

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.

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.

Robert Ray Webber
Robert Ray Webber died Sept. 7, 2010. He was born Jan. 4, 1938 in California and moved to Juneau in 1986. He worked as a printer and a cab driver in addition to spending four years in the United States Air Force.

Outside editorial: Congress must act to end electronic fishing expeditions at the border
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

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

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.

Reflections on 9/11
Usually, my column showcases a brand of humor some enjoy and others consider worthy of toilet paper. Warning: newsprint will destroy your septic system, so tempted as you may be, don't flush it. And remember, it's more abrasive than Charmin.

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:

What do Michael Moore and Newt Gingrich have in common?
As if things were not crazy enough already, here comes Michael Moore.

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

Two local businesses receive scholarships to attend Whitehorse trade show
Two representatives of the Southeast Alaska tourism industry have received scholarships to attend the 2010 Alaska Travel Industry Association Convention and Trade Show in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories.

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.

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

TSS partners with CICADA to expand services to Kenai, Homer
Tongass Substance Screening is partnering with Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse of Kenai and Homer to provide drug screening services at both locations in the near future.

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

Truck hauling propane rolls over on highway
ANCHORAGE - Alaska environmental regulators are monitoring plans to remove thousands of gallons of liquefied propane gas from a tank that slid down a steep slope after the semi-truck towing it rolled over on the Glenn Highway.

Begich listed as headliner for fundraiser
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is listed as the headliner for a fundraiser for Democrat Scott McAdams.

Parnell commits to 10 debates, forums
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has committed to 10 debates and forums leading to the November general election.

Election officials certify primary results
JUNEAU - State election officials have certified the results of last month's primary.

Bridge construction will close part of Treadwell Ditch trail
Treadwell Ditch Trial will be closed today and Thursday within 1,000 feet of Lawson Creek, so Trail Mix and Juneau Parks and Recreation can fly in materials for a new bridge, according to a press release from the city.

State library getting federal money for broadband
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Library is receiving $5.4 million to create a broadband network aimed at linking Alaska communities through Internet access at 104 public libraries statewide.

Running the numbers: Thibodeau talks math, XC
For Juneau-Douglas High School senior Sage Thibodeau, running is in the genes.

2010 Alaska High School Season Top 16 Swimmers (Juneau)
Girls' 200-meter freestyle relay - 8. JDHS - Kerry Barto, senior; Katy Goodell, senior; Julianna Lukshin, sophomore; Anna Gonwa Ramonda, senior - 1:49.51.

Parnell wants hold-the-line operating budget
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell anticipates cuts to parts of Alaska's operating budget for next year while holding the line on the overall spending plan, he said Tuesday in an interview.

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.

Temporary lodgings for Alaska Permanent Fund managers?
The state of Alaska's top investment manager, charged with overseeing the state's $35 billion Permanent Fund, has not sold his Seattle home, which he has listed for sale at more than twice its assessed value, and has yet to move to Juneau, despite working for the state for nearly two years.

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.

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.

Endangered bird dies on longline fishing hook
ANCHORAGE - A short-tailed albatross died as a result of being caught on a longline fishing hook in Alaska in what is believed to be the first recorded death of one of the endangered birds by a U.S. commercial fishing vessel since 1998.

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.

Murkowski to decide on write-in bid by Friday
JUNEAU - Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who conceded the GOP primary to tea-party backed Joe Miller last month, said she'll decide by Friday whether to mount a write-in candidacy.

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.

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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