The Tea Party is nothing to be feared
In the wake of a successful Alaskan campaign funded by the deep pockets of the burgeoning Tea Party movement, many are claiming the group is a revolutionary catalyst for sweeping changes across the country; a movement that stands to change American politics forever.

Funding freezes Arctic Winter Games out of Juneau
The Arctic Winter Games will not be taking place in Juneau in 2014.

Jobless rate holds steady
Alaska's unemployment rate held steady at a seasonally adjusted 7.7 percent in August, the same as July, but down three-tenths of a percent from August of last year as the economy steadily improves.

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.

Hikers did the right thing in ridge mishap
According to Juneau Mountain Rescue director Karl Bausler two hikers rescued last week off of the Juneau Ridge Trail did all the right things.

Students experience Alaska Supreme Court firsthand
"It is a one in a lifetime opportunity," Thunder Mountain High School senior Emily Keyes said as she positioned herself along side the most powerful court in Alaska. "It is extremely exciting to be a part of this with the youth court."

Photo: New parking pond
Heavy equipment operated by Alaska Interstate Construction digs out a new pond for parking additional float planes Tuesday at the Juneau International Airport.

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.

Downtown McDonald's to close at the end of the year
McDonald's in downtown is closing its doors after more than two decades in business.

Photo: Checking the line
Chris Miller, a fisherman on the Mystery, overhauls a gill net in Aurora Harbor on Saturday morning looking for a tear in his salvage line.

City assembly to choose cruise ship dock project plan
The City Assembly on Monday will consider approval of a design concept for the City and Borough of Juneau cruise ship docks.

Students to launch to top of aviation education
Alaska students will have the opportunity to make their math and science classes relevant, and launch into hands-on aviation and aerospace education.

JPD arrests man on assault charges after standoff
The Juneau Police Department waited out a nearly half-hour long standoff to arrest a man on charges of assault and sexual assault Wednesday.

Alaska Supreme Court hears smoking ban case
The Alaska Supreme Court heard the appeal of the Juneau Fraternal Order of Eagles chapter case against the City and Borough of Juneau on Friday inside the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium, as part of Supreme Court Live, an event to help foster the understanding of the Justice System.

Cabrigas, Leong wed
George Leong and Melchie Cabrigas were married on Aug. 21, 2010 at the Church of the Highlands in San Bruna, Calif.

Recent births at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center:

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Organization: Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE)

Celebrating success at UAS
Ljubomir "LJ" Medenica is a new adjunct instructor in the Univeristy of Alaska Southeast School of Management. For the the Fall 2010 semester, he is teaching three courses focused on "how to" in business: Small Business Management (BA166), Management and Supervision (BA201), and a new course at UAS - Marketing Practices (BA260).

Pets of the week

Rebekah Peterson of Juneau was selected as a Presidential Scholar at California Lutheran University.Peterson, who graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School, is a mathematics major.

Photos: Hoonah honors heroes

Challenge Day review
From Aug. 30th-Sept. 1, many in the community of Juneau had the opportunity to experience the acclaimed Challenge Day program held at Thunder Mountain High School. It brought together teenage students, teachers, school counselors, parents and members of the community for a highly intense, emotional day of fun, silliness, sharing, caring and sadness (and of course Jon's dance moves and air guitar). Challenge Day brought out the best in all of us who participated and it reminded us that we are really the same and that we all need to be the change in order to build a better community.

Making Challenge Day a reality for Thunder Mountain students
I would like to take a moment to recognize and thank some awesome people for making Challenge Day a reality at Thunder Mountain High School from Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

Thanks for the help
I want to thank the many exceptional individuals who were involved in rescuing me from my fall near Ebner Falls on Saturday. As I waited 30 feet below, I had no idea that throughout the day literally dozens of complete strangers were devoting their entire afternoons to helping me.

Celebration of life
On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Neal family held a wonderful gathering of family and friends to celebrate the life of Jim Neal. There was an outpouring of love and support for the family of this rare and gentle man who touched the lives of all who knew him and worked alongside him over the years. Jim's passing leaves a real void in our hearts and he will be greatly missed. I would like to thank the Neal family for the opportunity to gather, pause and reflect on the life of this very special man.

Karras Jr., Dalton to wed
Peter J. Karras Jr. and Erica M. Dalton will wed today, Sept. 19, 2010 in Juneau. The couple is expecting a child this December.

Thomas, Wilson to wed
Edward and Cathy Thomas of Juneau have announced the engagement of their daughter, Margaret, to Travis Wilson, son of Gary and Linda Wilson of Winthrop, Wash.

Sevdys celebrate 61 years
Juneau residents Betty and Len Sevdy celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on Sept. 17, 2010. They were married on Sept. 17, 1949.

Oye Como Va
At just about seven this past Tuesday night, Leo Novoa rolled up his shirtsleeves, squared his cowboy boots and took a slurp of water from a BPA-free Nalgene.

The Bridge Adult Day Program celebrates 25 years
Due in large part to the efforts of Sr. Patrick Mary, the Bridge Adult Day Program of Catholic Community Service (CCS) opened its doors in 1985 and over the years has supported thousands of Juneau's seniors and their families in maintaining their independence and improving the quality of their lives. Through socialization and therapeutic activities, the Bridge program serves as a link, albeit a "bridge," between home and community for both the participant who attends the program and their families who care for them.

Food for thought
There have been a number of books, news stories and magazine articles encouraging us to think about the food we eat. So, I've been reading and thinking. Here's a random sampling:

Expansion in senior resources
Southeast Senior Services has expanded its Senior Information and Caregiver Resource Center. New to the team since July are Kelley Huse, LCSW, who will provide counseling services to seniors and family caregivers in Juneau, and Jean Jasmine, Ed. M, M.A., who will provide similar counseling services in Kake. Huse and Jasmine are available to offer information, support and counseling to seniors and family caregivers, either together or separately, free of charge, thanks to grants from the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, the City and Borough of Juneau and a tribal partnership with the Organized Village of Kake. Also, Resource and Outreach Specialist Julie Dyar has been promoted to manage the Senior Information and Caregiver Resource Center, in addition to providing family caregiver support and counseling on Medicare benefits. For more information or to schedule an appointment with any of these staff members, call the Senior Information and Caregiver Resource Center at 463-6177 or (866)746-6177.

Women of Distinction nominations due
Nominations for AWARE's 2011 Women Of Distinction recognitions will be due at 8 a.m. on Oct. 4. If you know a woman who demonstrates qualities of integrity, commitment and leadership, represents and/or supports diverse groups within our community or makes a positive difference in the lives of women and children, nominate her. Visit, e-mail, or call 586-6623 for nomination forms and more information.

AWARE to participate in food program
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies announces its participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. Meals will be made available to enrolled children at no separate charge without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Rainforest Yoga hosts October Workshop
Rainforest Yoga will be hosting guest teacher Les Leventhal for a three-day yoga workshop Oct. 15-17. Leventhal's workshop will be filled with all the basic technique and alignment cues you will need to get your yoga practice started. The workshop will also be filled with lots of variations and occasional longer sequences to challenge the more seasoned practitioner. Included in the workshop are two training classes for Yoga teachers and interested students.

Youth invited to drama club
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is beginning a drama club for elementary aged youth and older. The club will meet on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. They will read stories from the Bible and then design their own script, costumes and set based on archeological research. A performance and filming will follow preparations. All youth are welcome to participate.

Documentary to screen at high school
"Hand Held," a documentary film directed by two-time Academy Award nominee Don Hahn, will make its premiere on the West Coast at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium. The film tells the story of internationally acclaimed photographer Michael Carroll, who is also the founder and president of Romanian Children's Relief. Carroll was one of the first photographers to travel to Romania after the fall of the communist regime in 1989. When he arrived, he walked into one of the most horrific scenes of the 20th century. His photographs and heart-wrenching stories of the pediatric AIDS epidemic in Romania ran in The Boston Globe and opened the eyes of the western world to the plight of the Romanian children.

NAMI to hold Family to Family course
The National Alliance for Mental Illness will sponsor a free 12-week course for those affected by mental illness. The Family to Family course will provide participants with knowledge and skills for understanding and coping with mental illness, as well as techniques to help family members care for their loved ones with mental illness. The classes will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights beginning Oct. 5 at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center. To register or for more information, call 463-451 or visit

Artists supporting the arts
Joyce Payne, left, of the Juneau Artists Gallery presents MK MacNaughton, of The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, a donation check for $1,000. The Juneau Artists Gallery donated the money in support of The Canvas' promotion of artists and the visual arts in Juneau.

Gladys Byington
Gladys Byington died June 27, 2010 in Juneau. She was the second of seven children born to William and Leona "Leo" (Sharp) Schaal. She was born on Valentine's Day, 1922 in eastern Colorado. Gladys grew up in a one-room adobe house in the country where she learned to break and ride wild horses at an early age. She rode her favorite, a range horse named Danny, five miles to school.

Rick J. Jacobsen
Rick was born in Toledo, Ore. on Nov. 2, 1946. He died Sept. 7, 2010 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at the age of 63, following complications from a recent automobile accident.

Margaret Joanne Macaulay
Margaret Joanne Macaulay, age 92, died Sept. 13, 2010, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle after a brief illness.

Voting 'yes' on Prop. A the right thing to do for Alaska's veterans
In addition to the ballot measure appearing on the Nov. 2nd general election ballot asking voters if they wish to increase the size of the Alaska Legislature, Alaskans this year have the somewhat rare chance to make two significant public funding decisions. Bonding Propositions "A" and "B" were put forward by the Legislature this past year with an eye toward more directly involving the electorate in the appropriations process, one in obeisance to federal law, and the other as a legislative policy choice. Alaskans tend to be fiscally conservative, and both propositions will be thoroughly scrutinized by voters asked to make the affirmative choice to fill in the oval next to the word "yes" on the ballots this November.

TOE cartoon

Outside editorial: Iran, women, barbarism
The following editorial first appeared in the Chicago Tribune:

My turn: Issues raised against Sunny Point Crossing don't stand up to scrutiny
The North Douglas Crossing opponents say they support a crossing, except for a few issues they have with Proposition 2 (please see Wayne Regelin's My Turn on page A7 of Friday's Empire). Let's examine those issues.

Panel: UA freshmen need remedial classes
FAIRBANKS - Higher education leaders say more than half the entering freshmen at the University of Alaska need remedial classes.

2 safe after aircraft crash in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - A pilot and a passenger are safe after the crash of an experimental aircraft shortly after takeoff near Ketchikan.

Mail theft defendant sentenced
FAIRBANKS - The eighth and final defendant in a string of mail thefts around Fairbanks has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Wasilla man charged with robbery, burglary
ANCHORAGE - A Wasilla man suspected in a robbery and a burglary has been arrested.

Locke: $5M for Yukon River fishery relief
ANCHORAGE - Federal Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced $5 million in federal disaster relief to help communities and fisheries recover from a commercial fishery failure in Alaska's Yukon River chinook salmon fishery.

Early voting begins Monday
Early and absentee-in-person voting for the October 5, 2010 will begin on Monday, September 20, 2010 - full details are available on our Clerk's election webpages at:

Searchers find missing Oregon hunter
NOATAK - An Oregon man missing while hunting along the Noatak River has been found safe.

Anchorage school nurse found dead in car
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say an elementary school nurse has been found dead in a car that apparently drove off a curve on Hillside Drive.

Murkowski defends write-in Senate bid
WASHINGTON - Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska says her write-in effort to re-enter the race to retain her seat in the Senate isn't undermining the Republican Party.

Fairbanks man charged in shooting
FAIRBANKS - A 50-year-old man has been charged in a shooting north of Fairbanks.

Walker considering jump back into governor's race
JUNEAU - Days after saying he wasn't inclined to mount a write-in candidacy for governor, Bill Walker is rethinking that position.

Bulldogs squeak past Crimson Bears
An early fourth-quarter touchdown was the deciding factor in Mount Vernon's 24-21 win Saturday night over Juneau-Douglas at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Watts hopes to break through for Falcons
As the Region V cross-country meet approaches this weekend, the Thunder Mountain Falcons hope to qualify a runner for state for the first time in school history.

Falcons one win away from perfection
The road to regular season perfection continues.

Photo: Gozelski's big night
Juneau-Doulgas receiver Colin Gozelski (9) catches a touchdown pass as Mount Vernon defensive back Zach Bamba (13) defends Saturday night at Adair-Kennedy Field.

JDHS sweeps Juneau Cross Country Invite
The Juneau-Douglas boys' and girls' teams topped the field in Saturday's Juneau Cross Country Invite, while Thunder Mountain finished fourth and seventh, respectively, along the newly designed course at Sandy Beach.

Crimson Bears complete weekend sweep of Falcons
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears volleyball team continued its early season success by sweeping the Thunder Mountain Falcons in three games on Friday night, winning 25-3, 25-10 and 25-10.

Murkowski mounting write-in bid
JUNEAU - In the weeks following her defeat in the GOP primary, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski went back and forth over whether to re-enter the race as a write-in candidate or accept life outside Washington and a role other than Alaska's senior senator.

Calif. man on ride for cancer awareness
FAIRBANKS - Chris Calaprice sat on a purple Victory motorcycle parked next to a giant purple camper at the Harley-Davidson Farthest North Outpost Saturday afternoon as his crew grilled burgers and cooked beans in the parking lot.

McAdams thinks GOP primary voters have given him a chance
Just a few weeks ago, Sitka Mayor Scott Adams thought he'd be facing Sen. Lisa Murkowski in his quest to represent Alaska in the U.S. Senate.

For Miller, an agenda that's bigger than Alaska
Many candidates run to the right in the Republican primary - to the left if they're Democrats - and then move towards the middle when they win their party's nomination.

State files motion for reconsideration in Kookesh subsistence fishing case
The state of Alaska has filed a motion asking a court to reconsider the dismissal of charges related to subsistence fishing in excess of a permitted amount against a state senator and three others.

Fish and Game commissioner retiring
JUNEAU - Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd, who was charged last month with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment, is retiring.

Despite Murkowski loss, lands bill not dead
Editor's note: An incomplete version of this article appeared in Thursday's Empire.

Trending this week:


© 2018. All Rights Reserved.  | Contact Us