Report shows Juneau population 'churning'
Twentysomethings aren't fleeing Juneau en masse, contrary to popular rumor.

Empire announces new promotions, hires
Two Juneau Empire employees were recently promoted and a sports editor hired, reflecting changes in key leadership positions at the newspaper.

Photo: Visit from Nickie
A black bear sow, called "Nickie" by some U.S. Forest Service naturalists because of the nick in her left ear, walks out of Steep Creek on Saturday as she looks for salmon. Silver salmon, the next species scheduled to spawn in the creek, have not yet arrived.

Photo: Another kind of fall color
A rainbow cuts through the clouds over the Mendanhall Glacier on Saturday morning near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The visitor center was mostly empty as only one small cruise ship, the Empress of the North, docked in Juneau. The last cruise ship of the season, the Infinity, is scheduled to arrive in Juneau on Saturday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town

The name of the Student Artist in the Spotlight in Friday's Neighbors was Seth Elisoff, not David Moriarty.

Joe M. Smith
Joe M. Smith died on Sept. 19, 2008, surrounded by his family at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. He was 90.

My turn: Responsible fisheries management
The recent opinion piece by George Pletnikoff "My turn: Fishing councils must be held accountable" is apparently based on a fundamental misunderstanding of federal fisheries management, and thus compels me to respond.

Outside editorial: A hiccup in time
To most of us, energy policy means figuring out how much $4-a-gallon gas to put in the tank and still have money left over to buy school clothes for the kids. It means paying higher prices for just about everything, including food, because the cost of shipping has gone through the roof. It means working harder to not fall behind and worrying that it won't be hard enough.

A fundamental candidate
I too woke up to the news that Gov. Sarah Palin was John McCain's pick.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Chichagof doe hunting may close
Although deer numbers seem to be improving on Chichagof Island after two severe winters, wildlife managers are considering limiting the deer hunt on the island this fall.

Peterson Lake trip: mudding or hiking?
I seem to recall that a horse that runs well on a muddy track is sometimes called a good "mudder". Well, one had to be a good mudder to hike in Juneau this so-called summer! A recent Saturday Parks and Rec hike to Peterson Lake was no exception.

Out & About
Today: Juneau Gold Miners' Posse Cowboy Action Shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Testimony continues in Juneau drug case
JUNEAU -The prosecutor in one of the city's biggest drug cases continued to roll out more witnesses Friday who said they dealt drugs for Vonnie Williams and Aaron Washington.

5-year-old flown to Nome hospital
ANCHORAGE - A 5-year-old child is being treated at a Nome hospital after being flown there from Little Diomede Island.

Anchorage girl found after night outside
ANCHORAGE - A 10-year-old Anchorage girl who was reported missing was found early Thursday.

Cruise ship violates wastewater permit
JUNEAU - A Holland America cruise ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July, according to state regulators.

UAF study finds moose hunts stable
FAIRBANKS - A researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks said this week the number of successful moose hunts in the state has been fairly stable since 1990.

Floatplane crash caused by wing failure
ANCHORAGE - A National Transportation Safety Board investigation has determined that a floatplane crash in which four people were killed last year was due to a wing failure.

Bears crush Lathrop on Senior Night
Perfection comes in many forms, but the Crimson Bears football team stuck with the textbook variety for most of Friday's 69-0 Senior Night blowout over Lathrop.

JDHS runners trample visitors in home meet
Just call it the home mud advantage.


Lawmakers: Politics 'hijacked' Alaska
The presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin has taken effective charge of the Alaska state government's response to the legislative investigation into abuse of power allegations against Palin.

Investigator: Palin probe to end before election
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska lawmaker directing an abuse-of-power investigation of Gov. Sarah Palin promised Friday the probe will be finished before the election, despite refusals by key witnesses to testify, including the governor's husband.

Effort to derail investigation has parallels to 2000 recount fight
WASHINGTON - This time, there are no hanging chads.

State asks for new trial for Waterman
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska is attempting to put a Craig woman back on trial for the murder of her mother.

Sen. Stevens says he plans to testify at corruption trial
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens will testify at his federal corruption trial, he said Friday.

Palin blames Dems for withdrawn rally invitation
BLAINE, Minn. - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told supporters Friday that "Democrat partisans" had pressured organizers of an anti-Iran rally in New York next week to withdraw an invitation for her to appear.

Ketchikan opens 'road to nowhere'
Alaska now has a Road to Nowhere going to what would have been the Bridge to Nowhere.

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