Gurkhas unfairly portrayed in column
The American Army has historically used mercenaries ("military contractors," "allied friendly local assets") in conflicts.

Palin should allow investigation
I know that Alaskans probably feel that the rest of us in the lower 48 states don't pay much attention to what goes on in Alaska.

Disturbed by Bush economy
I was deeply reassured by President George W. Bush stating that he shared the concerns of the American people regarding the economy.

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

Treadwell Ditch Trail to be improved
Trail Mix is looking for suggestions of what to do with the 14-mile Treadwell Ditch Trail that winds around Douglas Island.

National symbol a local irritant in Alaska
Like an avian Rodney Dangerfield, the bald eagle often finds little respect in America's Last Frontier.

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: Racing to finish chores
Joe Nelson runs across his lawn with a push mower Sunday as his sons, Van, left, and Job, race along with him. Sunday's respite from the rain provided a dry window of opportunity for yard work. Today is the first day of fall. The weather forecast calls for patchy fog in the morning with scattered rain showers in the afternoon.

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.

Photo: Natural classroom
Amy Sherwin, a U.S. Forest Service naturalist, sits with Meagan Miller, 3, as she points to clouds around the Mendenhall Glacier on Saturday during the weekly Kids Day at theGlacier. The next program will be Oct. 11 in the observatory at the visitors center.

Photo: Up close and personal
A porcupine eats grass Sunday on the the side of a road near Costco. The animal did not seem to mind the close watch of a photographer and a handful of stopped cars. Porcupines are the third-largest rodent. A group of porcupines is called a prickle.

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

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

Around Town

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 peacefully on Sept. 19, 2008, surrounded by his family at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. He was 90.

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.

My turn: Reduced halibut allocation for recreational anglers at stake
There will be an Oct. 1-7 meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. On the agenda is a proposal to implement the Council's preferred plan for management of the Pacific halibut charter and commercial longline fisheries in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska.

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.

Outside editorial: Why is Palin giving so few interviews?
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Open books, open minds
Of course, we all have questions for Sarah Palin:

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.

Absentee voting starts today
JUNEAU - Juneau residents can cast an absentee ballot for the Oct. 7 municipal election today through Election Day.

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.

Firefighter conference takes place this week
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Firefighters Association and the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association will hold their annual statewide conferences in Juneau this week.

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

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.

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.

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 first, second at Region V meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys' swim team took the Region V title and the girls' squad took second in Friday and Saturday's regional meet in Ketchikan.

Region V Swimming Meets Results
Event 1 Women 200 Yard Medley Relay

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


McCain, Palin differ on Real ID
It's been widely noted that Republican presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, disagree about drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

Fairbanks officials seek more time on federal air rules
FAIRBANKS - Municipal officials around Fairbanks want an extra year to study air pollution problems before the federal government imposes rules for clearing particulate from the skies.

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

Christian mentor helps ex-inmate find purpose
EAGLE RIVER - Jackie Bennett, 49, is starting over. She got out of Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in August, after serving five years of a seven and a half-year sentence for drugs. She is a recovering heroin addict, a college student and a devoted Christian.

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.

Mayor of Fairbanks to donate a kidney
FAIRBANKS - The mayor of Fairbanks plans to donate a kidney to a cousin suffering from a hereditary kidney disease.

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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