Juneau dance instructor honored
About 30 years ago, an East Coast dance instructor and her Coast Guard family made the long trip to Alaska. Little did Janice Holst know her passion for dance would lead her to create one of the most established dance studios in Alaska.

School Board debates drug policy
The Juneau School Board continued to discuss details related to a mandatory drug-testing program for high school student athletes Tuesday at a special meeting.

Public input sought on plan to preserve islands
When Jim King's three kids were growing up in Juneau, he and his wife, Mary Lou, would take the family fishing on their 16-foot Lund, stopping frequently at islands along Lynn Canal.

Hoonah police chief Hankla resigns after tumultuous tenure
Embroiled Hoonah Police Chief Jefferson Hankla resigned earlier this month in the latest round of a months-long maelstrom between the city and its police department that has resulted in mudslinging, reprimands and lawsuits.

Canadian government support boosts AK-BC intertie possibilities
A decision by top Canadian leaders to build a high-voltage transmission line into northwest British Columbia is being praised by Southeast Alaska hydropower proponents as a key step in developing the long-sought electrical intertie between Alaska and the Canadian province.

Candidate for School Board has DUI record
Background searches on municipal election candidates revealed that Juneau School Board candidate Mary Marks pleaded no contest to a drunken-driving charge in October 2005 while serving on the Anchorage School Board.

Photo: Upside-down and tangled
A raven hangs precariously from a berry-laden tree outside the Juneau Empire building. A passerby and Empire employees noticed the bird entangled in fishing line and branches and came to the rescue. The bird lay traumatized after release but regained its senses and soon was seen moving to a branch before flying away.

Photo: Phineas' wake
Trumpeter Bobby Reynolds (aka "The Great Baldinni") leads a New Orleans-style funeral march Saturday afternoon from the Alaskan Bar to the Red Dog Saloon during the wake for Tyler "Tag" Eckles (aka "Phineas Poon"), a well-known Juneau musician who died July 26.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 23

Photo: Last tours
Lissa Haines, left, Mandi Johnson and Wayne Whitlock stand in the rain to sell some of the final tours of the 2009 cruise ship season at the downtown Juneau harbor terminal.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 22

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

Police & Fire
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Michael See Sr.
Hoonah resident Michael Richard See Sr., K'alax heitl of Tlingit, died Sept. 10, 2009, in Hoonah. He was 62.

Beverly Milton
Longtime Douglas resident Beverly Milton, of the Teikweidi Eagle Brown Bear clan, died Sept. 18, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 69.

Richard W. Davis III
Juneau resident Richard W. Davis III died Sept. 15, 2009, in Juneau. He was 59.

The Patriot Act should be reined in
The following editorial first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Regulating carbon
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

America should bank on students, not executives
Congress is considering what may be one of its most important pieces of legislation this year: whether to take the student loan program away from private banks and shift it to an existing government program. The House passed the bill Thursday, and the Senate could take it up as early as this week. It's the first step toward reforming how students pay for college. And in this troubled economy, students are the best investment the government can make.

Stuck inside Tenakee with those Juneau blues again
Before I begin ...To the year-round population of Tenakee Springs, Alaska: Don't worry. I packed my garbage out. I have absolutely no intention of buying a weekend home, and I soaped up and rinsed off really well before I took a bath, even in my ... well, let's just call it "where the sun don't shine." You know, all around that whole Southeast Alaska region.

Young people must strive for a more complete skill set
In a period of uncertainty, rapid change and economic disruption, it is more important than ever to plan for the future. Strategizing is especially urgent for America's young people, who already face the most difficult job market in decades. To compete in the global marketplace, they must assemble a carefully selected basket of skills.

Crowd counts a game nobody wins
WASHINGTON - Numbers don't lie, right?

How quickly the lessons of Sunday school are forgotten
"Thou shalt not bear false witness ..." - Exodus 20:16

Defense through weakness
When I was a kid, there was a bully in our neighborhood. He never picked on kids his own size and certainly not on anyone larger. Rather, he punched, pushed and kicked kids smaller and weaker than himself, especially those who refused to respond to his threats. Stirred by his adversaries' impotent responses, the bully felt free to slug anyone he fancied. Most kids tried to avoid him, thinking their demonstration of weakness might protect them from being hit. It never did. Having set themselves up as easy targets, the bully went after these kids first.

Petition seeks reversal of smoking ban
UNALASKA - Smokers in this stormy city in the Aleutian Islands are trying to get the City Council to reverse its ban on lighting up in bars.

Cities receive Alaska Native library grants
JUNEAU - The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded six-figure grants to four Alaska entities.

Rescue mission takes on recycling
FAIRBANKS - About 7,000 pounds of paper, cardboard and aluminum have been collected in the first two weeks of operation of the recycling center at the Fairbanks Rescue Mission.

Alaska Railroad lays off 127 workers
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad has laid off 127 employees.

Ferry Tustumena back in service
JUNEAU - The state ferry Tustumena is back in service after repairs were completed.

Wildlife video shows Eagle River bears
EAGLE RIVER - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has some video to back up its opposition to developing trails at Eagle River.

Coast Guard rescues 3 men after plane flips
CORDOVA - A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Cordova rescued three men stranded Monday after their small plane reportedly flipped over while taking off from a beach on Montague Island.

Anchorage union mulls shorter work week
ANCHORAGE - Members of the largest city employee union in Anchorage are voting on a proposal to have their work week shortened from 40 hours to 37.5 hours.

Anchorage employees union rejects shorter work week proposal
ANCHORAGE - Members of the Anchorage city employees' union have rejected a proposal to have their work week shortened from 40 hours to 37.5 hours.

Southeast DOT crews battle mudslides
JUNEAU - Maintenance and operations crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Southeast Region are battling Mother Nature this week in Petersburg following mudslides.

State chamber meets in Homer conference
HOMER - The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has its conference and trade show in Homer this week.

Iron Dog race loses primary sponsor
ANCHORAGE - The world's longest snowmobile race has lost its primary sponsor.

Multiple charges filed in Forestry building break-in
PALMER - Formal charges have been filed against a 27-year-old accused in last month's break-in at a state Division of Forestry building near Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

Photo: Bears Cross country: leading the pack
Juneau-Douglas cross country captains, from left, Annika Ord, Leah Francis, Dawson Walker and Robin Woodby lead the Crimson Bears along the Treadwell Mines Trails course on Tuesday evening. The team is preparing for Saturday's Region V Cross Country Championships, held in Juneau. Thursday, the Juneau Empire will feature a story on both the Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain teams as their seasons draw to a close.

Local H.S. Cross country results
Ketchikan Cross Country Invite, Saturday, Sept. 19

Sports in Juneau

BP settles oil spill containment violations
ANCHORAGE - An oil field review starting with a state inspector questioning the size of spill containment facilities on Alaska's North Slope has resulted in a hefty civil payment for a subsidiary of BP PLC.

Critics ask to halt offshore drilling
WASHINGTON - Opponents of offshore drilling - including some dressed as salmon and polar bears - delivered more than 250,000 postcards and letters to the Interior Department Monday on a proposal to open vast waters off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts to oil and gas drilling.

New controls in place on Anchorage city credit cards
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage City Manager George Vakalis has told employees to stop using city credit cards to buy flowers for funerals or hospitalizations or to pay for retirement gifts.

Six-figure lottery delayed 2 months
The second six-figure statewide lottery in Alaska history was postponed by more than two months because the sponsors have not sold enough tickets.

Oil prices bounce back as US dollar weakens
Oil prices bounced back above $71 on Tuesday as the dollar fell to its lowest level against the euro in more than a year.

Nearly all of 1st Stryker brigade back at Wainwright
FAIRBANKS - The last members of the 1st Stryker brigade are returning to Fort Wainwright after a year in Iraq.

Judge steps aside in Alaska man's re-sentencing case
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Deadwood judge who sentenced an Alaska man to die for a 2000 torture murder of an acquaintance has stepped aside for the man's re-sentencing trial, in response to a defense request to recuse himself.

Fairbanks area warned of possible pollution sanctions
FAIRBANKS - A law firm hired by the Fairbanks North Star Borough says it could face sanctions if it fails to clean up air pollution.

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