Let women decide and God judge
We've seen that anti-choice politicians are trying to derail health care reform by attacking women's reproductive rights and freedoms, and by confusing the facts.

Assembly candidate Madsen has shown commitment
I am supporting Stephanie Madsen for Assembly District 2.

Choate an 'outstanding school board president'
The Juneau School District has many challenges: high drop out rate, low student achievement scores, alcohol and drug abuse, to name a few.

World affairs to be discussed locally
During the week of Sept. 20, President Obama was center stage at three of the highest level venues in the world. On Wednesday, he addressed the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. On Thursday, he chaired a special session of the United Nations Security Council and then went to Pittsburgh to host the G-20 Summit of the world's largest economies. The point is that this is a good time to reflect on the importance of these institutions in the 21st century.

Club Closes
Due to a loss of funding, the Boys and Girls Club of Juneau will close today, leaving 155 kids without a place to go after school.

Have a problem? Ask a dispatcher
While brainstorming one day about how to enhance community relations, the Juneau Police department decided it would be valuable to do something like an emergency services version of a "Dear Abby" newspaper column, Lt. Kris Sell said.

UA students, officials debate tuition hike
Student leaders told the University of Alaska Board of Regents Thursday they don't support President Mark Hamilton's proposed tuition increase, but then stated how the board could improve the proposal.

Forest Service official denies Logjam appeals
Alaska Regional Forester Denny Bschor upheld a timber sale on Prince of Wales Island that will allow 73 million board-feet of timber to be sold in the Tongass National Forest.

Photo: Heading south
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy arrives into Juneau harbor Thursday. The polar ice-breaker is making a stop in Juneau on its way to its home port in Seattle. It is on the last leg of its Arctic West Summer 2009 mission. There will be no public tours of the ship.

Photo: The daily grind
Coogan Construction workers Douglas Duran, left, and George Ainza grind concrete columns at the site of the city's planned downtown transportation center.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 25

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

Skagway Senior Center offers hot lunches for elders
SKAGWAY - All persons age 60 and older are invited to enjoy hot lunches at noon every Friday at the Skagway Senior Center, which operates out of the Presbyterian Church, at 475 Main St.

Consortium hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Yakutat
YAKUTAT - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Yakutat Community Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Oct. 5-9.

Auke Bay preschool to host Visitor Day
JUNEAU - Auke Bay Co-operative Preschool believes play-based education is the most effective way of teaching young children.

Wells Fargo supports United Way campaign with ATM donation
JUNEAU - From now through Dec. 31, Wells Fargo customers have the option of donating up to $250 to the United Way at all 105 Wells Fargo ATMs in 25 communities throughout Alaska.

$3,000 scholarship available to aviation students for 2010
The Forrest Jones Memorial Scholarship is awarded the first week of March. The amount of the scholarship for 2010 will be $3000.

Community Schools now registering for upcoming classes
JUNEAU - Community Schools is now registering for upcoming classes:

Juneau Public Libraries to hold drawing for prizes
JUNEAU - The Juneau Public Libraries will hold a drawing for one iPod Nano and other prizes at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the downtown library. You need not be present to win.

Sitka Global Warming Group, Sustainable Sitka to Recognize Green Business Practices
SITKA - The Sitka Global Warming Group and Sustainable Sitka are working on a project to recognize and thank local businesses that are doing good things for the environment while also doing good things for our local economy.

Fourth of July Committee seeks nominations for parade Grand Marshal
JUNEAU - The Juneau Fourth of July Committee is seeking a few good women and men who work with children and youth to be Parade Grand Marshals in the 2010 Fourth of July Parade.

Consortium hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Haines
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Oct. 12-16.

Local business holds grand opening, open house for new agent
JUNEAU - State Farm recently welcomed its new agent Malia Hayward to its family of agents in the Mendenhall Valley. Her agency is located at retired State Farm agent Cliff Beale's office, 9110 Glacier Highway. It offers a full line of State Farm insurance and financial services.

Local stampers host third World Card Making Day event
JUNEAU - Local Stampin' Up! demonstrators Gina Shirey-Potts, Lecia Kahklen and Kandi Classeen are hosting the third annual World Card Making Day event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Centennial Hall.

Consortium hosts 'Just Move It' activities Oct. 10
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Health Promotion, Diabetes and Lifestyle Balance programs will host the second annual "Just Move It" day of activities on Saturday, Oct. 10, in five communities throughout the region.

Juneau World Affairs Council to host author Alison Weir to speak
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council has invited Alison Weir to speak on the topic "Israel-Palestine: Beyond the Headlines" at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, downtown. Journalist Alison Weir is the executive director of "If Americans Knew," a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing Americans with information on topics of importance that are misreported or under-reported in the American media. She also is on the board of directors of the Council for the National Interest.

Gerald Russell "Jerry" Macaulay
Lifetime Juneau resident Gerald Russell "Jerry" Macaulay died Sept. 22, 2009, in Juneau. He was 45.

Lucy Lynn (Lambert) Clark
Former Juneau resident Lucy Lynn (Lambert) Clark died Sept. 15, 2009, in Clackamas, Ore. She was 60.

Outside editorial: FCC Internet regs will be good for consumers
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's announcement this week that he plans to add teeth to government guidelines regarding "network neutrality" was a victory for consumers and for Silicon Valley - really, for anyone who wants to protect the Internet's historic role as an engine of innovation, creativity and economic growth.

Are we fighting the right war or wrong war?
Federal court papers made public Sunday related an amazing piece of news, but it was remarkable for reasons that many people may not have immediately appreciated.

We shouldn't have homeless children in America
One million schoolchildren are homeless in America. That's an intolerable number, and it's likely to rise unless we do something about it.

Silvers in September
When the rains arrive in Southeast Alaska, the creeks swell and the salmon come home, crossing miles of saltwater to seek their freshwater origins. With proud abandon, they drive against raging river currents to the same spawning grounds from which they were born.

Winter jobs available
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest has announced job opportunities for the upcoming 2009-2010 winter season.

Valdez native goes big on world stage
In the world of winter sports, there are few pinnacles, if any, higher than those reached by the top heli-skiers and snowboarders on the planet, and Ryan "Rydor" McCune knows a thing or two about big mountain snowboarding. After all, he has been "ripping" up the slopes of Alaska for over 30 years.

Mating season for porcupines is now
Three road-kill porcupines appeared overnight on the North Douglas Highway last week, a reminder it's mating season for these big rodents. Males are on the prowl, tracking hints of scent to find females in heat.

Summer's fruits and berries abound
On a beauty of a day in mid September, I shrugged all my computer and household chores and cruised to a big patch of bog blueberries. Alas, I'd waited too long. Most of the rich blue carpet of berries was already taken. By diligent searching, I finally gathered about a cup and a half of berries.

Hoping to catch a little bit of halibut
Labor Day, 2009. It's an excellent day. Pockets of blue sky escape thick layers of stratus clouds. The wind is still and signs of fall are all around. The marine forecast for Southern Lynn Canal is three foot seas and 15-knot winds, a nice forecast for this time of year. My friend Drew Spence and I are hoping to catch a little halibut.

Celebrated climber hosts slideshow, book signing
He’s been dubbed the “best high-altitude climber in the world” by those that know him best. He’s an “alpine style” climbing aficionado who believes the best way to summit peaks is quickly and with as little gear as possible. He’s Steve House and he’ll be in Juneau Monday, Sept. 28 for a book signing at Foggy Mountain Shop and a slideshow presentation following at 7 p.m. at the Baranoff Hotel in the Treadwell Room.

Out & About
Today, Sept. 25

On the hook
A large Taku River sliver salmon (also known as a coho salmon) is pictured. This particular fish was taken on a bright pink-colored spinning set-up and is estimated to be over 20 pounds. Dubbed the "super-freak" fish, Taku silvers seem to be much larger than those found in other local rivers.

Garden Club hosts educational gathering
JUNEAU - The Juneau Garden Club will host three gardening presentations in its Falling for Gardens program from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Centennial Hall Egan Room.

Fundraiser offers good food and wine
JUNEAU - A fundraiser will be held Saturday at Glacier Gardens Rainforest Adventures for the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.

2-year sentence for Huslia stolen snowmachine DUI
FAIRBANKS - A man who drunkenly sped through a village on a stolen snowmachine has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing passenger
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing cruise ship passenger.

Alaska Railroad cancels popular spring ski train
ANCHORAGE - On the same day it announced 127 layoffs, the Alaska Railroad Corp. told the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage it has canceled next spring's ski train.

Southeast mine proposed for federal cleanup list
JUNEAU - The Salt Chuck Mine on Prince of Wales Island in the Tongass National Forest was proposed Thursday for addition to the EPA's national priorities list of the most contaminated sites in the nation.

Crossfire killed girl at Anchorage party
ANCHORAGE - A prosecutor says a 17-year-old girl fatally shot at a party in Anchorage last weekend got caught in the crossfire after two groups started fighting.

Let the games begin
Storylines abound as Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain meet tonight for the first time in what could eventually be a must-see volleyball rivalry for Juneau residents.

Senior-night showdown for Bears
It doesn't get any bigger than tonight as far as regular season football goes. No. 5 Juneau-Douglas hosts undefeated No. 2 Colony tonight at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, and to the victor go the spoils.

Wasilla girls soccer player sends pigskin flying
WASILLA, Alaska - Petite, probably not much more than 5-foot-4, with her long brown hair falling from inside her helmet down her bright red jersey, Ashlynn Frizzelle stood unassuming on the sideline.

Sports in Juneau

Ex-Alaska lawmaker sentenced to 6 months for corruption charge
ANCHORAGE - A fifth ex-Alaska lawmaker has been sentenced to federal prison for corruption.

Former Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan dies at 87
ANCHORAGE - Former Anchorage Mayor George Sullivan, the father of the city's current mayor, has died. He was 87.

Anchorage city attorney to review labor contract opinion
ANCHORAGE - City attorney Dennis Wheeler will review an opinion that two labor contracts approved by the Anchorage Assembly last year are invalid because city code wasn't followed.

No new hearing for former Fairbanks mayor
FAIRBANKS - Jim Hayes has lost another battle in his fight for a new trial.

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