Please vote
Although Juneau demands that it remain the seat of the state's capital, most of its citizenry does not participate in the most basic obligation of government: the simple and free act of voting.

Churches and taxes
Let me see if I have got this right. We face the greatest threat to our financial system since the Great Depression, our energy woes are highlighted like never before, the fabled Northwest Passage is now open, deforestation continues unabated, storms and strange weather dominate the news, we are fighting two wars, and confidence in our direction is at its lowest in decades.

Keep watch on mine
This week's revelation of acid mine drainage problems at the Kensington Mine is a sad example of the unforeseen problems that inevitably crop up when industrial mining meets pristine watersheds.

Kensington work force to be cut in half
Alaska Native leaders who bargained with Coeur Alaska Inc. for local and Native hire at the Kensington Mine are now scrambling to help laid-off workers find jobs.

Shutting Down
Some well-known businesses in Merchants Wharf will be closing their doors at the end of the month after not having their rental agreements renewed.

Photo: Balancing on the edge
Brianne Webber eyes her next move Saturday while climbing up a wall at the Rock Dump Climbing Gym during the Rocktoberfest climbing competition.

Photo: Shred it
Todd Wright, an employee of REACH Shredding, shreds some paper Saturday for Shredding Day at the Wells Fargo Glacier Valley branch. More than 40 people disposed of confidential materials during the free event. REACH offers regular shedding services at its location downtown.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Friday's and Saturday's police and fire report will be published in Monday's Empire.

Empire editorial: Municipal election endorsements
Areawide Assembly: Bryson vs. Doll

Empire editorial: Vote yes on playground
It's completely understandable if voters may decide against the $1.7 million bond measure that would pay for a covered playground at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The community has been asked repeatedly through the years to approve bonds for big-ticket items such as a new high school and a pool for the Mendenhall Valley. Property owners may very well decide they've had enough.

My turn: EPA rules permit process
If ever there was a case of no good deed going unpunished it would be the Kensington Mine. And if ever there was a more disingenuous letter to the editor about the mine, it would be hard to find one that tops that of local Sierra Club leader, Mark Rorick, which appeared in the Wednesday Empire. For the first time, and well after the fact, Rorick expressed support for the paste tailings option - until that letter all he has supported is the study of the option.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

A fisherman's Elegy
Taking off from Juneau International Airport you can see many Juneau-area fishing spots if it is clear or the clouds are high enough.

Sunshine brightens Mount Troy hike
Perhaps there are miracles, after all! On hike day, the sky was a cloudless blue, something that had seldom happened since May. Wisps of mist drifted through the valleys, the air was crisp and cool, and Juneau was beautiful.

Fish and Game offers Bow hunter education course on Oct. 11
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game would like to remind hunters wanting to participate in archery-only hunts that they must first successfully complete a department approved bow hunter education course (International Bowhunter Education Program or equivalent).

Out & About
Today: Steel plate handgun shoot, 9 a.m. registration, Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Bryson leads spending in Assembly race
JUNEAU - City Assembly candidate Wade Bryson has raised and spent the most money in this year's municipal election, according to the most recent filing with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Dumping ground cleanup completed
KODIAK - A cleanup of a site on Kodiak Island used as a dumping ground during World War II has been completed.

One person killed in airplane crash
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said the pilot of a small airplane died in a crash.

Man injured, home destroyed in Grayling
McGRATH - The home of a Grayling man was destroyed in a fire and the man was seriously burned.

BP gas line blows at Prudhoe Bay
ANCHORAGE - State and BP PLC officials are looking into mishaps this week at Prudhoe Bay, including the rupture of a natural gas pipeline.

Aggressive bear shot in Old Harbor
OLD HARBOR - An aggressive bear was shot and killed in Old Harbor on Kodiak Island.

Bears trample Moose in playoff opener
PALMER - Palmer head coach Rod Christiansen had a hunch his Palmer Moose were catching a peaking Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears football squad.

Francis takes her third 4A state title
Juneau-Douglas cross country runner Leah Francis has been perfect in state competition since she took to the 4A high school trails three years ago. That is, unless you ask her.

Lady Bears raid Ketchikan for two conference wins
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity volleyball team stormed through Ketchikan over the weekend, picking up a pair of Division V wins and leaving thoughts of a season sweep in its wake.

Alaska Schools Activities Association, First National Bank state cross country championship results
4A Girls

Sports in Juneau

Troopergate expands into workers comp
Gov. Sarah Palin's controversial decision to fire her public safety commissioner may not present the same risks for her vice-presidential campaign as does a possible attempt to interfere in the state workers compensation system.

Palin says Obama pals with terrorists
CARSON, Calif. - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists" because of an association with a former '60s radical, stepping up an effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters.

GOP lawmakers file appeal to halt Troopergate inquiry
ANCHORAGE - Six Alaska lawmakers filed an emergency appeal Friday asking the state's Supreme Court to halt an investigation into abuse-of-power allegations against Gov. Sarah Palin before the findings are released this week.

Todd Palin plans interview in probe
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin's husband is planning to speak to an investigator looking into abuse-of-power allegations against the governor, Todd Palin's lawyer said Saturday. He previously refused to testify under subpoena in a separate probe.

Biologist's widow sues for release of records
The widow of a federal biologist who sued the U.S. Forest Service and won now wants to look at his personnel records.

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