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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

University president: Oppose largest tuition hike in history
The Board of Regents and new University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble should oppose the largest tuition hike in University of Alaska's history at their Thursday meeting in Juneau. The Board of Regents are considering 23 percent worth of increases over two years, making college drastically more expensive for the 30,000 students who attend statewide.

No Charter commission needed, vote no on Prop. 3
On Oct. 5th, registered voters in Juneau will be asked to vote during the local municipal election on Proposition 3 which asks "Shall there be a Charter Commission to review or amend the Charter?" The League of Women Voters of Juneau has been studying all sides of this issue over many years and again, during the past two years. The League of Women Voters of Juneau urges voters to vote no on Proposition 3.

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.

Workshops kick off 51st state chamber gathering
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 51st Annual Fall Conference and Business Trade Show on Monday with a series of workshops designed to show Alaska businesses what various organizations can do for them.

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.

'Romeo' trial delayed
The two defendants facing multiple hunting violations in what has become known as 'The Romeo Trial,' won't be going to court anytime soon, a judge said Monday.

DEC: Recalled crab reached Juneau stores
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed that shipments of recalled crab meat have been distributed in Juneau, and the suspected lots are being investigated.

Vote No group formed on Douglas Crossing
A "Vote No" group has formed for Proposition 2, which asks voters to extend a 1 percent temporary sales tax for 10 years for a second North Douglas crossing.

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."

City cruise ship docks to be on floating berths
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved a cruise ship dock replacement plan that would move the city cruise ship docks back from the existing ones to floating berths in a 7-1 vote Monday.

League of Women Voters to host forum on Prop. 2
The League of Women Voters of Juneau will host a forum featuring speakers both in favor of and opposed to Proposition 2, the city ballot measure which would dedicate a 1 percent sales tax for 10 years to pay for a crossing to Douglas Island.

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.

Photo: Photo finish
Sidra Gregoire, left, and Skylar Cooney race to the finish of the community race before the Juneau High School Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Sandy Beach. The duo finished the one-mile run with times of 9:58.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Listen to the rules
Rosanna Williams goes over the days park rules to her son Robert See, 1, niece Faith Hunt, 2, and daughter Brenda See, 4, Monday at Twin Lakes Park

Joe Bennett Jr.
Joe Bennett Jr. passed away September 17, 2010 in Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his family by his side. He was born to Alice J. Bennett and the late Joe Bennett Sr. on November 26, 1938. He lived in Angoon in his younger years, attended Sheldon Jackson High School and graduated in 1958. Joe and his family lived in Juneau before they moved to Bainbridge Island.

Outside editorial: Stop sitting on judges
The following editorial appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Monday, Sept. 13:

Celebrate National Public Lands Day!
Millions travel to our national forests, parks and wilderness areas each year, with visitation in July 2010 to Yellowstone National Park marking an all-time high. What some may not realize is that each of us - every citizen of the United States - owns a stake in approximately 650 million acres of the nation's lands. In effect, the property deed for almost one-third of our country lists the American people as owners. We'd better take care of it.

Rather than soaking the elusive rich, let's reduce the tax burden on everyone
What should we do about ending those Bush tax cuts? As you may have heard, those are the tax cuts that let the rich get away without paying their fair share of federal income taxes and force the middle class to carry the burden of paying for the costs of government in Washington.

Klawock fishermen caught with too many salmon
KLAWOCK - Wildlife troopers say a 38-year-old Klawock man kept 40 silver salmon from the Klawock River in southeast Alaska - over the limit for subsistence.

Walker to announce decision on run Wednesday
JUNEAU - Bill Walker plans to announce Wednesday whether he'll re-enter the race for governor as a write-in candidate.

Investigation continues in Kenai fatal crash
KENAI - Alaska State Troopers say they're continuing an investigation of a Kenai traffic crash that killed a 59-year-old local attorney.

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

Man charged in Ouzinkie stabbing
OUZINKIE - An Anchorage man has been charged with stabbing another person in the community of Ouzinkie off Kodiak Island.

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.

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.

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.

Former first lady, family, offers land for park
KETCHIKAN - Former Alaska First Lady Nancy Murkowski and her family have offered to donate 33 acres on Gravina Island to the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for a maritime park in honor of Murkowski's father, Lester O. Gore.

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

NEA-Alaska endorses Berkowitz for governor
JUNEAU - The political arm of an Alaska teachers' union has endorsed Democrat Ethan Berkowitz for governor.

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.

TMHS girls', JDHS boys' dive teams win Petersburg meet
The Thunder Mountain girls' and the Juneau-Douglas boys' dive teams won last weekend's dive-only meets at Petersburg High School, held Friday and Saturday.

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.

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.

Arts group faces cuts, questions about effectiveness
The Alaska Native Arts Foundation began with high hopes for helping out struggling rural villages by providing markets where Native artists could sell their work.

Murkowski announces campaign changes
JUNEAU - The state director for Lisa Murkowski's Senate office is taking a leave of absence to be her campaign manager.

McAdams calls for federal education reform
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Scott McAdams says federal education law does not fit Alaska’s geography and cultures and must be overhauled.

Preschool director by day ... rollergirl by night
FAIRBANKS - Tattoos. Tank tops. Mouth guards. Sweat. Sounds like the attributes of a hockey or football practice.

Alaska natural gas project may not get subsidies
FAIRBANKS - A proposed liquefied natural gas project in Alaska may not be ready in time for federal loan subsidies.

Treatment of mentally ill Juneau teen questioned
ANCHORAGE - Advocates for the mentally ill say a disturbed teenager was mistreated when he was handcuffed and escorted by two security guards on a flight from Juneau to Anchorage last year.

Fish or frankenfish? FDA weighs altered salmon
WASHINGTON - Genetically engineered salmon that grows twice as fast as the conventional fish appears to be safe, an advisory committee told the Food and Drug Administration Monday. But they argued that more testing may be needed before it is served on the nation's dinner tables.

Earthquake jolts Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - An earthquake jolted Anchorage on Monday and was felt well beyond Alaska's largest city.

Biologists collar Baranof goats to track movement
SITKA - State biologists have finished tagging and collaring 12 mountain goats on Baranof Island as part of research into potential effects of expanding the Blue Lake hydroelectric project, which serves Sitka.

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