Sunday, September 17, 2006

Juneau's fortunate to have Officer Comolli
The people of Juneau are fortunate to have a police officer as caring and intelligent as Paul Comolli. I live in Massachusetts, and although I had never met Comolli in person, he selflessly took it upon himself to assist me in my research for my master's thesis in criminal justice.

Douglas man says police failed to act
In response to James Johnson's letter ("What does it take to enforce traffic laws?" Sept. 12), I, too, had the Juneau Police Department do nothing when I reported a hit-and-run to them. I even had the license plate number of the car.

Writer finds it hard to believe letter about sex
In response to Josh Carter's letter of Sept. 8, I find it hard to believe that he would rather expose his children to the violence of the world than sexual education. Terrorism, murders, gang violence, etc., are not the things that should be giving children ideas.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Coastal cleanup
Bob Sylvester separates recyclable materials from trash Saturday at Sunshine Cove during the 21st annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Palin energizes supporters
The new star of Alaska's Republican Party lit up Juneau during a campaign visit to the capital this weekend.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the Nation and the World

Friends arranging for kidney transplant
Troy Kahklen and friend Ray Vidic don't sit around debating who's the better man between themselves, but when they describe each other to family, friends and even strangers - it's clear they are part of a mutual admiration society.

Photo: Getting a jump on the holidays
Domingo Munoz takes advantage of sunny weather Thursday to put up Christmas lights at the Nugget Mall.

Kate Krauss
Longtime Juneau resident Kate Krauss, 77, died Sept. 12, 2006, surrounded by family at her home in Juneau.

My turn: Let's sell the jet and buy two more
Let's sell the governor's jet - and buy two new ones! Actually the controversial jet is owned by the Department of Public Safety, which the governor can use when it is not on a department mission.

Alaska editorial: North Slope gas comes without a guarantee
If you are among the frustrated Alaskans, angry at the North Slope producers for not jumping fast enough to spend billions of dollars on building the proposed natural gas pipeline, you might point to one day last December.

Toe Toon

Arctic winter ice melting at alarming rate
Arctic sea ice in winter is melting far faster than before, two new NASA studies reported Wednesday, a new and alarming trend that researchers say threatens the ocean's delicate ecosystem.

Outsiders: Chris Trollan
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Groups lend helping hand to Alaska's Afognak Island elks
In the deeply forested lands of Afognak Island, fewer than 1,000 Roosevelt elk wander freely, ignorant of the property lines they cross.

ON...THIN...ICE
Portage Glacier, a major Alaska tourist destination near Anchorage's southern edge, has retreated so far it no longer can be seen from a multimillion-dollar visitors center built in 1986.

Outdoor gear being tailored more for women's physiques
Most women wouldn't shop for their underwear or jeans in the men's department because their shapes and tastes tend to be different from men's.

Outdoors Digest
California's recent passage of a bill to curb emissions of carbon dioxide drew praise from the head of the United Nations' climate change assessment panel, who said the move will have great influence.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

As Glacier Bay tourism grows, so does town of Gustavus
Fourteen additional cruise ships will be allowed in Glacier Bay National Park, starting next summer, according to park Superintendent Tomie Lee.

Juneau-Douglas sweeps Sitka
By spreading the ball around and maintaining focus, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team emphatically secured a two-game sweep of visiting Sitka on Saturday.

JDHS scores huge road win at Colony
Whatever Juneau-Douglas High School head football coach Bill Chalmers told his team during halftime on Friday worked.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Friday's JDHS box score

Cross Country results

$3 million erosion-curbing sea wall damaged in first storm
A new, $3 million sea wall designed to stop erosion in this northwest Alaska Inupiat village was damaged during the season's first storm.

Official testifies for subsidized air service
A state official told a Senate committee that Alaska deserves subsidized air service, funding for which the Bush Administration wants to reduce.

Native students assist Bristol Bay walrus study
During a month of counting Pacific walrus and nesting seabirds at Bristol Bay's remote Round Island, Tim Dyasuk slept in a simple metal weather-port, cooked dinner on a small stove and walked everywhere he went.

Governor hikes pay for state employees
Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration is giving pay raises to 74 state agency directors with less than three months before the governor leaves office.

Pension mandates could hurt city funds
Reduced city services, fewer teachers and increased class sizes in Juneau could be some of the repercussions of a state decision to increase employer contributions to the government worker retirement fund, local officials said Friday.

Halcro's running mate quits
Just days after being certified for the November ballot, the running mate for independent gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro has dropped out of the race.

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