Gov. Sarah Palin has 'Potomac Fever'
It didn't take long for Sarah Palin to get that Washington, D.C., affliction, "Potomac Fever." An affliction where the head swells, mostly due to egomania and the Peter Principle, in which someone is promoted beyond their level of competence and power becomes an obsession.

A poor selection
John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate is the latest and most egregious example of the populist trend to select leaders who know as little (or in this case probably less) about the issues as the average American.

Police chase ends in wetlands
A report about men drinking in a van in the Mendenhall Valley Thursday night resulted in gunfire, a woman run over by a vehicle, and a police pursuit ending with a crash onto the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Palin administration fights subpoenas in court
Attorney General Talis Colberg is going to court to challenge subpoenas issued by the Alaska Legislature as part of its investigation into abuse of power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin.

Judge Collins orders drug trial forward
The judge in one of the city's largest recent drug cases ordered the trial to continue Thursday after lawyers for Vonnie Williams and Aaron Washington argued for a mistrial, saying the trial had "broken down."

Bank survives Alaska, takes beating in Lower 48
Juneau's Alaska Pacific Bank is feeling the pain of its fellow banks elsewhere, caught up in an economic downturn and real estate recession.

Photo: Counting toes
Addison Field, curator of collections and exhibits for the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, attaches the toes to the shaman figure on the "Four Story" totem Thursday in front of the museum downtown. Field has been waiting since July for dry warm weather to do the job.

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


International Coastal Cleanup
The Juneau Clean Air coalition participated in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday morning. They joined volunteers around the world for the 24th year of the event, which is always held on the third Saturday in September.


Allen, Holder wed
Colleen Holder, of Exeter, R.I., and Zachary Allen, of Douglas, were married on Aug. 31, 2008, at Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, R.I. A reception followed.

Shortys celebrate 19 years
John and Hazel Shorty will celebrate 19 years of marriage on Sept. 29, 2008. Friends and family are invited to a dinner at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Baranof Hotel. Gifts will be accepted. For more information, call 209-2831.

Wilson, Mar wed
Lorri Wilson, of Juneau, and Aaron Mar, of Unionville, Mich., were married in a private ceremony on Sept. 21, 2008, at Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast.

Niagara natural wonders
After spending six days with our friends in Rochester Mills, Pa., my husband, Don, and I were ready to explore more of New England.

Harvest season for best grapes short but sweet
The Bible says that for everything there is a season. This is certainly true when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Balancing darkness and light
Having just moved to Juneau on July 1 from Hawaii, I had no real expectations for the weather other than the obvious that it would be a "big change."

Program seeks mature Alaskans for employment
JUNEAU - Mature Alaskans Seeking Skills Training program - an adult education and employment program at The Learning Connection - is seeking people 55 or older who are looking for work.

Age: 10.

Come to 'Jump the Broom' fundraising celebration
JUNEAU - There will a "Jump the Broom" fundraising celebration of love, acceptance and equality for all at 3:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Photo: Beanies for Baghdad
Members of the Sigma Chi Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping those in need, pose around stuffed animals they collected for the Beanies for Baghdad program ( The stuffed animals, along with hats, gloves and school supplies are sent to troops overseas, who then distribute the donated items to orphanages, schools, hospitals and children on the streets. To donate, items can be dropped off at Curves for Women in Juneau, or contact Cindy Athearn at or 321-3676 for more information.

Local Rotarians launch 'The Dictionary Project'
Noah Webster's Compendious Dictionary of the English Language was the first dictionary to feature distinct American spellings, pronunciations and definitions. By the time of its 250th birthday, on Oct. 16, every third-grader in the city of Juneau should have a copy of a dictionary - thanks to the combined efforts of Juneau's three Rotary Clubs (Juneau, Glacier Valley and Gastineau clubs) and Rotary International's worldwide focus on literacy.

Pets of the week
If you have been waiting for the "perrrfect" cat to come into your life, then now is the time to stop twiddling your thumbs and head on down to the Gastineau Humane Society, where there are nearly 30 cats available.

Senior menu for Sept. 29-30 and Oct. 1-3
Monday, Sept. 29

Craig M. Olson
Longtime Juneau resident Craig M. Olson died peacefully on Aug. 22, 2008, at home in Juneau, with his wife at his side. He was 50.

Emily Johnson
Lifelong Juneau resident Emily Mernice Johnson died Sept. 20, 2008, due to medical complications in Seattle. She was 41.

James Donnelly
Longtime Sitka resident James Edward Donnelly died Sept. 19, 2008, at his home in Sitka. He was 76.

My Turn: EPA should rescind its demands on mine
The community of Juneau, the mine workers and the environmental organizations believed that the Environmental Protection Agency was serving everyone's best interests and honoring their consensus agreement by proceeding with Coeur Alaska's permit for paste tailings storage.

Alaska editorial: Inquiry into Monegan issue must be finished by November election
The investigations of Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan - both the Legislature's and the administration's investigations - need to be finished before the November presidential election. Perhaps that way the voters will end up with some mutually agreed-upon facts with which to judge this curious mess.

Outside column: A financial bailout Americans don't need
Now that all five big investment banks - Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley - have disappeared or morphed into regular banks, a question arises.

Ag secretary to attend Klawock ceremony
KETCHIKAN - Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer, the cabinet-level head of the U.S. Forest Service, will attend a historic tribal ceremony on Prince of Wales Island, as tribal leaders rebury the remains of a man who lived on the island more than 10,000 years ago.

Troopers kill Craig man in standoff
CRAIG - An Alaska State Trooper shot and killed a man after a standoff in Craig.

Fire drill to occur downtown today
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Firefighters Association will hold a fire drill downtown today at the cruise ship docks.

JDHS can still bring playoffs home
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team will be battling more than just one conference foe when it takes the field at Colony on Saturday in its final regular season game.

JDHS runners head to regionals
The Crimson Bears cross country teams will take to the track at the regional meet in Ketchikan on Saturday morning with a ticket to state already in their pockets, and complacency threatening to hold them back.

Friday Boxing returns
Time to tape those fists, put on some colorful swim trunks and prepare for glory. Rough House Friday Night fights return this weekend to Juneau's Marlintini's Lounge.

Sports in Juneau

Stevens' defense shifts blame
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens was clueless about the cost and scope of a pricey makeover of his Alaska cabin that led to federal corruption charges and threatened his lengthy career, his lawyer said Thursday at the opening of his trial.

4.2 magnitude earthquake felt in Denali National Park area
FAIRBANKS - A light earthquake has been felt in the area of Denali National Park.

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