Keep hateful voices off your televisions
To heck with President Obama and his socialism, I say, I am an Alaskan! Now, if you will excuse me, I need go make sure my Permanent Fund Dividend will clear OK, get my winter unemployment paperwork started, and write my health insurance company a check for $1,000 a month for one person, for Cobra, what a deal (steal?).

Logjam: Balance or business as usual?
The preliminary decision by the U.S. Forest Service to reject a balanced conservation alternative to the Logjam timber sale on Prince of Wales Island was a disappointment.

Absentee voting begins today
Absentee ballots are available starting today for the Oct. 6 Juneau municipal election, with absentee-in-person voting beginning today as well.

Detox Dilemma
On the surface it may seem like Oxy's grip on local teens is just another wave in more than four decades of a failed national war on drugs.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 20

A musician was misidentified in a photo caption in Sunday's Neighbors section. Chris Fannin was the bass guitar player at Thursday's fundraiser for the Bukessa Children's Home in Uganda at the Hangar on the Wharf.

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

A profile in Friday's Juneau Empire about School Board incumbent Andi Story quoted her as saying one of her proudest accomplishments was lowering the student-to-faculty ratio to 20-1 in Kindergarten through second grade. Story said the ratio is actually 21-1.

First year of new high school system evaluated
An independent report that evaluated the Juneau School District's first year implementing its Next Generation Plan shows that while the majority of parents and students are pleased with the district's new teaching model, a significant portion of staff is not.

Many student athletes react favorably to drug testing in city schools
While the random testing of student-athletes at Juneau-Douglas High School has been widely supported by Juneau coaches and parents, the voice of youth has been less heard.

Technology hiccup delays parking payments
People who park their cars at the city harbor in Auke Bay may see a small surprise on their September credit card statements. Parking fees from the entire summer are just now being processed due to a technical hiccup, city officials said.

The science of Oxy addiction
The drug OxyContin is an extended release form of oxycodone, which is a synthetic derivative of morphine.

Photos: Cannery Reunion
The fourth annual "All Cannery Reunion Days Banquet" at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Alaska to fight cruise tax challenge
Attorney General Dan Sullivan is promising to "vigorously defend" Alaska's cruise ship passenger head tax being challenged by the cruise ship industry.

Farmer wants to 'clean up' Juneau
Mark Farmer is running for mayor in part because he thinks Juneau has a public relations problem with the rest of the state.

Photo: Coastal cleanup
Karen Hock picks up trash Saturday on Sandy Beach during the International Coastal Clean Up. Volunteers braved blustery conditions to clean up Juneau's beaches as they took part in the event.

Botelho has unfinished business
Incumbent mayor Bruce Botelho has considered running for a higher office but decided instead to run for re-election. He believes City Hall is where he can make the most difference.

Photo: Good boy
Jack, a black labrador retriever, carries his own leash Friday along the floats at Auke Bay.

Photo: Harnessing the wind
Beginning wind surfer Melora Gaber practices surfing Sunday in Gastineau Channel near Sandy Beach. High wind gusts kicked up waves throughout the day. Today's forecast calls for rain and east wind to 15 mph.

Spiritual journey
Jews in Juneau?

Labor department: Unemployment rate edges down locally
Unemployment dropped in Juneau in August as more residents found work.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 21

Photo: Black bear X-ing
A young black bear crosses a stream at the Mendenhall Glacier on Friday afternoon.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photos: It takes a village
Juneau's Chris West, 25, speaks about his work at the Bukessa Children's Home in Kampala, Uganda, during the Live to give fundraiser for the home on Thursday night at the Hangar. The fundraiser included a Man Auction and music by One Aisle Over. To make adonation, contact EricaSimpson at 723-2860.


Do you believe in ... ?
My mom called to see if anything was up with me because the spooks were back in the house.

Wise wins Table of the Day at final Sitka Farmers Market
SITKA - Mike Wise, of Raven's Peek Roasters and Sailor's Choice Coffee, won the "Table of the Day Award" for the fifth and final Sitka Farmers Market of the 2009 summer on Sept. 12. He and his wife, Dr. Marilyn Coruzzi, have had a table at all five markets in 2009 and all three markets in 2008.

Senior menu for the week of Sept. 21-25
Monday, Sept. 21

Begich welcomes fall interns
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced he will welcome a group of Fall interns to his offices in Washington, D.C., Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. Nine Alaskans will start their internship today and work through the December recess.

Photo: Toastmasters new board
Taku Toastmasters' new Board of Directors poses during an induction ceremony on Aug. 28. From left are Gordon Olson, sergeant-at-arms; Jill Ramiel, secretary; Mark Lukey, treasurer; Jean McBrien, president; Mary Miller, public relations; and Ray Tsang, regional governor. Other officers not shown are Richard Pratt, vice president of education; and Jo Dawson, membership. Taku Toastmasters meets from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the fifth-floor conference room of the Federal Building. For more information about Taku Toastmasters, visit

Photo: Having a field day
Lake Bartlett, left, and Andrew Waldron, of Juneau Co-op Preschool, enjoy the new play equipment at a recent Turf for Tots program offered at the Dimond Park Field House. Thanks to a Youth Activities Grant from the city of Juneau last spring, the Association for the Education of Young Children purchased new play equipment for young children. Turf for Tots is open from 9:30 to noon Monday through Friday. Cost is $5 per child. AEYC also schedules Head Start and licensed child care programs for weekly visits throughout the year. For more information, call the field house at 523-4910.

Finally visiting Greenwich, London
After spending eight days in Scotland, my husband, Don, our English friend, Alison, and I returned to Alison's London flat (apartment or condo). Our other English friend, Laurence, returned to Crowborough. The next day, Alison returned to school after her two weeks vacation.

Southeast Senior Services welcomes new Yakutat site manager
YAKUTAT - Southeast Senior Services welcomes Marianne Newlun as our new Site Manager/Cook for the Yakutat Senior Center. She began work in late August shortly after completing a week of training in Juneau on food protection, senior nutrition, and senior center management. Marianne has lived in Yakutat for 20 years. She has a wide variety of experience, including substitute teaching, taxi driving (including many Yakutat seniors), cooking for a large number of people, and managing her own business. Marianne conveys warmth, caring, and understanding toward seniors and a genuine desire to work on their behalf.

Consortium hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Kake
KAKE - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Kake Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic from Sept. 28 to Oct. 2.

Healing arts makes a home in the Valley
The Diamond Center, at 2203 Dunn St. in the Mendenhall Valley, now houses four women-owned business - Raintree Quilting, Sacred Forest Healing Arts LLC, Taproot Yoga and A Dance of Hands - the last three of which specialize in healing.

Mobile mammogram van visits POW on Sept. 23 to Oct. 14
KLAWOCK - The mobile mammogram van will visit the Prince of Wales Island communities of Klawock and Craig from Sept. 23 through Oct. 14.

United Way to hold 'How I Live United' Story Search contest
JUNEAU - We meet people in Southeast Alaska every day who do whatever it takes to make our towns better places to live and grow. Here is an opportunity for those individuals to let their work be known and inspire others to Live United.

Zach Gordon Youth Center announces climbing wall hours
JUNEAU - The Zach Gordon Youth Center's climbing wall hours are 4:30 tp 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Juneau World Affairs Council plans series of presentations
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council has several presentations lined up for October.

Thanks for supporting us after the loss of our daughter
In life we build bridges. These bridges are built from the love of family and friends and the strength that comes from their hearts.

Vocational institute registering for office training course
JUNEAU - The Alaska Vocational Institute is now registering for its 20-week Office and Computer Skills Training, which begins Nov. 18. This full-time training prepares clients for entry level work in office occupations.

Libraries hold annual bookmark contest through Oct. 15
JUNEAU - The Juneau Public Libraries invites artists from preschool to 12th grade to show off their creative talents in the annual Children's Bookmark Contest.

Running of the Boots raises funds for Sitka Local Foods Network
SITKA - It's time to dig your XtraTufs out of the closet and get them painted up. The 15th annual Running of the Boots takes place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Crescent Harbor shelter.

Consortium hosts free health screenings in Haines
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Health Promotion department is hosting free health screenings for adults age 18 and older this month in Haines.

Fil-Am Association to hold scholarship fundraising dinner
JUNEAU - The Filipino-American Association of Juneau will have its 2009 scholarship fundraising dinner and dessert auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Drive.

Photo: Squirrel feeder?
A squirrel checks out a bird feeder on Ocean View Road lastSunday.

POW Youth First Responders host wilderness campout
KLAWOCK - The Prince of Wales Youth First Responders will host a wilderness campout on Oct. 9 to 10 to introduce students ages 14 to 18 to the youth rescue team.

Crossley, Nguyen wed
Katie Crossley and Lam Nguyen both of Juneau, were married Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Centennial Hall. A reception followed at Centennial Hall.

Cottingham, Zelazny wed
Erin Cottingham, of Juneau, and Wade Zelazny, of Anchorage, were married Aug. 8, 2009, at Alaska Botanical Gardens in Anchorage. A reception followed at the Alaska Heritage Aviation Museum in Anchorage.

Allain, Goldfarb wed
Carol Allain, of Juneau, and Lane Goldfarb, of Miami, will marry at 1 p.m. Oct. 3, 2009, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors' Center Pavillion. No reception will be held.

Collison, Fields wed
Shannon Jill Fields, of Ashdown, Ark., and Kevin David Collison, of Toronto, Ontario, were married Aug. 1, 2009, at the Shrine of Saint Therese. A reception will take place Oct. 3 in Arkansas.

Bells celebrate 50 years
Lifelong Douglas residents Barbarba and Dennis Bell celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 12, 2009. They were married Sept. 12, 1959, at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church. The couple has four children, one granddaughter and four grandsons.

Living with Captain Ahab
Last autumn, right after Halloween, I broke my front tooth biting down on a piece of candy. Thankfully it didn't hurt; this is the same tooth I broke in the sixth grade and the nerve was removed long ago, so all I felt was a little pinch.

My turn: Health care reform offers more choices, not less
In response to Ben Brown's My Turn on Sept. 4 regarding health care, I'd like to thank Brown for his civility and logical presentation. I disagree with some of Brown's points and thought it would be better to list our differences in the newspaper to broaden the discussion.

Balancing reform of health insurance
This editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Music has lost its meaning
I blame Elvis. With Chuck Berry, Little Richard and other icons from rock's first generation, he pioneered an incendiary idea: that music could be more than a medium of entertainment, that it could and should also be a tool of cultural revolution. It was not, after all, just music that moved town fathers to ban rock concerts and angry men with sledgehammers to smash jukeboxes containing rock records.

Empire editorial: Keep dialog open in athlete drug testing
The Juneau School Board will soon decide what to do with student-athletes who test positive for drugs, albeit a slap on the wrist or season-long suspension.

US missile defense bombs European confidence
President Obama's decision to shelve the Bush administration's missile defense plans has created a crisis of confidence in Washington's relations with Central and Eastern Europe. The defense architecture the administration proposes may make more strategic sense in addressing the immediate Iranian threat. Nevertheless, it runs the risk of shattering the morale and standing of transatlantic leaders in the region who now feel politically undermined and exposed. The roots of this crisis lie less in missile defense than in policy failures over the past decade. Understanding and rectifying those errors is key to getting back on track with our allies.

It's time to think and act anew
Economic collapse is not an anniversary anyone wants to mark, but we note it this month.

Empire adding back sections, local content
Those of you who regularly read the Juneau Empire have probably noticed some subtle, and other not-so-subtle, changes in recent weeks. We're constantly looking for ways to improve our paper, and some of the best suggestions have come from you, our readers.

Toe Toon

Towns receive Alaska Native library grants
JUNEAU - The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded museum services grants to three Southeast Alaska entities.

Victims of burglary held on drug charges
ANCHORAGE - Two people injured in a home invasion robbery last May have been indicted on federal drug charges.

Some Fairbanks roads closing for bridge project
FAIRBANKS - It's going to be more difficult to drive in Fairbanks this week.

Vehicle pile-up leaves Anchorage man dead
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said a three-vehicle pileup has left one man dead.

Republicans suggest replacements for Sen. Gene Therriault
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell will have three names to choose from to replace Gene Therriault as state senator from District F, which stretches from North Pole to Valdez.

Convicted molester sentenced to 12 years in prison
ANCHORAGE - A Superior Court judge sentenced a convicted child molester to 12 years in prison - two more than the state requested.

2 arrests in fatal botched robbery
PALMER - Two people have been charged in connection with the death of Jeremy Ewing, the son of Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assemblyman Mark Ewing.

Fuel barge grounds in Kanektok River
BETHEL - A barge carrying about 142,000 gallons of fuel has grounded near Bethel.

Leukemia survivor's wish: hunt a moose
FAIRBANKS - A Mississippi high school senior who has battled leukemia through much of her young life had one wish she wanted to fulfill: To go on a big game hunt.

UAF creates official Web site for Talk Like a Pirate Day
FAIRBANKS - Avast, me hearties! The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the local community are the official site for Talk Like a Pirate Day on Saturday.

Glacier Spur Road closure extended
JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service extended the closure of Glacier Spur Road until this morning as a safety measure following a bear encounter Friday afternoon.

Panhandler injured in Anchorage traffic
ANCHORAGE - A panhandler was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Anchorage.

Girl shot dead at Anchorage party
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have identified a teenager shot to death at an Anchorage party.

Fort Wainwright brigade completing Iraq return
FORT WAINWRIGHT - With flights this weekend, nearly all 4,000 members of the 1st Stryker brigade will be back at Fort Wainwright after a year in Iraq.

Parnell plans PFD announcement
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell has planned a press conference to announce the amount of the 2009 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.

Winter hours begin at visitor center
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will begin its winter operating hours on Friday.

State board seeks input on emergency school closures
JUNEAU - Alaska Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux signed an emergency regulation that provides an incentive for school districts to offer instruction during emergency closures.

Settlement to end police chase lawsuit
WASILLA - A $100,000 settlement is expected to end a lawsuit over a crash during a high-speed car chase by Wasilla police in 2006.

Hunter attacked by rabid wolf, survives
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska hunter survived a rare attack by a rabid wolf.

Police charge hikers with endangerment
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a pair of hikers who spent a night on a mountain trail with a 6-year-old have been charged with reckless endangerment.

Bears sweep past Kings
Juneau-Douglas rolled over Ketchikan for the second night in a row on Saturday, sweeping the Kings in three games.

Fuller finding a path to the Majors
It's not every day a player who's not yet had even a cup of coffee in the big leagues gets traded for a likely candidate to enter Cooperstown as a future hall of famer.

TMHS pounds Ketchikan
A particularly dry local football season went south on Saturday as the skies opened up at Thunder Mountain High School, where the Falcons scored 24 unanswered points in the first half en route to a 31-8 victory over Ketchikan.

Bears dominate, Falcons put up best times of the year
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears did not slow down on Saturday at the 2009 Ketchikan Cross Country Invite, as they continued their hot streak toward the Region V meet in Juneau on Saturday.

Photo: Phenomenal Francis
Juneau-Douglas runner Leah Francis, No. 16, set the pace at the start of the girls' Southeast District cross country meet on Saturday at Ward Lake in Ketchikan. Francis finished with a prominent lead for a another big win. Full results Monday.

Sports in Juneau

Polar bear takes center stage in climate drama
TUKTOYAKTUK, Northwest Territories - Henry Jr. slept in the arms of his father the unhappy hunter, who pondered the future of the boy born last Arctic winter, in the depths of a polar bear season he'd rather forget.

Fan pays $63,500 for dinner with Palin
ANCHORAGE - A true fan of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is shelling out $63,500 to have dinner with her.

Optimism, concern prevail in US aquaculture boom
WASHINGTON - By the end of this year, the world is projected to reach an unheralded but historic milestone: Half of the fish and shellfish we consume will be raised by humans, rather than caught in the wild.

Mount Redoubt steams, seismic activity eases
KENAI - Clouds lifted to allow weekend viewing of Mount Redoubt as scientists said seismic activity at the volcano kept declining.

Lawmakers live on food stamps for 1 week
FAIRBANKS - If Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, has been irritable this week, it's for good reason.

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