Miller, McAdams debate state's future leadership
The two hottest politicians in the state, Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and his Democratic counterpart Scott McAdams, appeared in Juneau to debate before a packed Chamber of Commerce audience Thursday

An incomplete version of the story "Despite Murkowski loss, lands bill not dead" appeared on page A1 of Thursday's Empire. A complete version is available at, and will appear in Sunday's Empire.

Miller says Murkowski will lose seniority if she wins write-in
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be stripped of her seniority and key committee assignments if she runs as a write-in candidate against Republican nominee Joe Miller, Miller said Thursday.

Juneau police officer charged with sexual abuse of minor
A Juneau Police Department officer faces charges of sexually abusing a minor, according to court documents.

JSD graduation rate down 7 percent, report states
The graduation rate for Juneau School District high school students dropped by 7 percent 2009-2010 from the previous year, according to a student achievement report presented Tuesday at the Juneau School District board meeting.

Photo: Duck hunt
Nick Orsi displays one of the two American wigeon he shot on the opening day of duck hunting season as he walks out the Airport Dike Trail on Thursday.

Photo: A-hunting we will go
Erik Dreisbach, left, and Dan Hubert ride their bicycles along the airport dike trail after spending the early morning duck hunting on Thursday, the first day of the seaon. Bailey, Hubert's chocolate lab, had a chance to retrieve a few ducks.

Pickup crashes into downtown house
A 1999 Red Ford 150 pickup truck driven by a 16-year old girl jumped a curb at the corner of 12th and 'D' Streets and slammed into a house Wednesday evening.

Police & Fire
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Kensington Mine: Exploratory drilling shows promise, Coeur says
Exploration drilling at the Kensington Mine is returning favorable results so far, showing at least some gold is present outside the vein being mined currently.

Decision on Arctic Games to head to City Assembly
Tonight, the City Assembly will review detailed cost information on bringing the Arctic Winter Games to Juneau and decide on whether to bid on hosting the games.

My turn: Causeway causes many concerns
I support a second crossing, but oppose the ballot proposition to build a causeway from Sunny Point to Hendrickson Point because it is the wrong location, the wrong design, the wrong funding source and will cause great harm to the Mendenhall Refuge.

Drawing ballot lines
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Net Neutrality absolutely vital to assuring progressive free speech
WASHINGTON - The mass media remains one of the most powerful forces blocking social and economic progress in the 21st century.

Current competition among Internet companies is best path for consumers
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy remains weak with high unemployment and sluggish growth, but there is at least one bright spot - an industry that continues rapidly innovating, bringing new products and services to market. Information technology - particularly broadband and wireless Internet - is thriving and gives hope that America's economy can get back on track again.

Pieces come together on the new bridge crossing Lawson Creek
Crews working to enhance and improve the Treadwell Ditch Trail on Douglas Island took a leap forward this week as they lifted beams and tightened bolts on a new 50-foot-long bridge across Lawson Creek.

Mighty mite
Fighters. Junkies. Vagrants. These are terms not usually associated with hummingbirds. But a record-setting rufous hummingbird and two dedicated “humbanders” have brought some of these tiny birds’ quirkier qualities to light.

Discover Eaglecrest all over again
For the second year in a row, organizers at Eaglecrest are inviting the public to come up for a day on the mountain Saturday to discover and showcase all that Juneau's local ski hill has to offer.

It's Rotary bulb sale time again
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians are now selling flowering spring bulbs to support their many community projects, which include the Family Day at the Lake, the Glory Hole and senior and disabled home projects.

Fall brown bear season now open
JUNEAU - The brown bear hunting season in Game Management Unit 4 opened Wednesday and will remain open until Dec. 31.

Group to host 'Night at your refuge'
JUNEAU - The Vote No on Prop. 2 group has organized an event aimed at highlighting the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge and educating the public about plans to create a causeway across the area to serve as a second crossing to Douglas Island.

Last Juneau Artists' and Farmers' Market happening Saturday
JUNEAU - The last Juneau Artists Market and Farmers' Market of the year will happen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

'Concert for the CODE' benefits beach cleanup
JUNEAU - The crew at Alaskan Brewing Co. is inviting locals to enjoy a night of music and dance beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 at Marlintini's Lounge, 9121 Glacier Highway.

Grown in Alaska workshop to focus on localizing
ANCHORAGE - A two-day workshop focusing on producing, marketing and planting "Alaska Grown" trees, shrubs and perennials will be held in Palmer next week on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 21-22.

Trail Mix invites public to monthly board meeting
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. will hold its monthly board meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 in the main conference room of the U.S. Forest Service Juneau Ranger District office, 8510 Mendenhall Loop Rd.

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North Slope oil producer fined
ANCHORAGE - An independent oil producer paid a $10,000 fine this week for injecting a chemical without approval into its oil reserve, one violation that came to light after a former employee spoke out against the company.

85-year-old Fairbanks man killed in car crash
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers say an 85-year-old Fairbanks man was killed in a car crash on Old Steese Highway.

FAA: Remote flight service station to be repaired
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Aviation Administration says plans are moving forward to repair a remote communications outlet on Kemuk Mountain that serves flights between Kenai and Dillingham at the end of this month.

AAA offers free winter vehicle inspections
ANCHORAGE - A non-profit motor club will offer a free car care event Saturday in Anchorage to help drivers get ready for winter.

Group forms to oppose bridge pay plan
JUNEAU - A group has formed to oppose using local sales tax revenue to pay for a bridge or causeway to connect Juneau and North Douglas.

Woman dies in Kodiak pickup crash
KODIAK - A 19-year-old Kodiak woman has died of injuries suffered in a pickup crash.

Bears host Mount Vernon; Falcons look to put finishing touch on perfect SE record
With its playoff berth secure and the possibility of a Railbelt Conference championship and a home playoff game still up in the air, Juneau-Douglas steps away from its instate schedule this week for a shot at Mount Vernon on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau hosting XC race Saturday
The Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain cross-country teams have been waiting all season, but they'll finally get a chance to run in front of the home crowd on senior day this weekend at the course on fan-friendly Sandy Beach.

Crimson Bears sweep Braves
It wasn't always pretty but a win's a win, and a sweep's a sweep.

Midnight Suns baseball 12U, 14U teams play in Washington tourney
The Juneau Midnight Suns Baseball Club competed at the Skyhawk Fall Ball Bash tournament in Lacey, Wash., over Labor Day weekend.

Murkowski return met with hugs and handshakes
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's return to Washington was met with "hugs and handshakes and signs of sympathy" from colleagues, spokesman Michael Brumas said.

Candidate pushes lifetime fishing, hunting license
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Democratic nominee for governor said Thursday he wants to give residents the opportunity to buy lifetime fishing, hunting and trapping licenses.

Fog forces Anchorage flight diversions
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's largest city has been socked in by fog for several days, causing flights to be diverted to Fairbanks, but the low clouds appeared to be lifting on Thursday.

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