Stop harsh treatment of President Obama
Society needs to stop judging and harassing President Obama.
Support Madsen in Assembly election
Participation in the election of Juneau's next Assembly members is critical. The city faces a significant projected shortfall in income over the next several years, which means many tough decisions for the next Assembly.
'Skin of Our Teeth' a fascinating play
Thornton Wilder's "Skin of Our Teeth" at Perseverance Theatre was a fascinating and hilarious play.
Ruth Danner will look out for women
Ruth Danner has won the Alaska Women's Political Caucus endorsement for District 2 Juneau Assembly. This only the second endorsement that the AWPC has ever given in a Juneau race. It's clear that Danner cares about women and families, and understands they are a vital part of Juneau's long-term economic health.
Legislature to review Anchorage offices
The Legislature is currently in the final few years of a lease for office space in Anchorage.
ANB Camp 2 facing wave of debt
Juneau's Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp No. 2 Inc. is struggling under a mountain of debt, facing back taxes and imminent foreclosure on ANB Hall.
Having the first name Kim in a room full of Koreans is a joke waiting to happen - something I found out Sunday during the Juneau Korean Church's celebration of Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving.
Photo: Parking garage update
Coogan Construction employee Ed Birchell talks with the Downtown Transportation Center project manager Lloyd Coogan on Friday. In the background is the 140-ton P&H crane. "We are putting the finishing touches on the second floor suspended slab sections," Coogan said. "We are fighting the winter time on this thing and hoping for a mild one."
Today, Oct. 4
Photo: 'My, what big eyes you have'
A harbor seal surfaces in the waters at the lower level of the DIPAC fish ladder on Thursday. Numerous seals have been seen at the location chasing the last returning salmon. Coincidentally there have been an increase of killer whale moving into Juneau waters.
Juneau carpenter takes grand prize in international art show
Juneau resident David Walker never imagined his carpentry skills would be the catalyst for his grand prize in an international art show.
Mattress man dances to success
At an age when many are considering retirement, 65-year-old Ted Sadtler has found more success with his Mattress Ranch franchise than in his first four decades as an entrepreneur.
Driver injured when object thrown at bus
A Juneau bus driver was injured when someone threw an object, shattering the front window of the bus.
Man, 25, reportedly shoots himself
A 25-year-old man was medevaced to Seattle with life-threatening injuries after accidentally shooting himself in the head with a .22-caliber rifle in Lemon Creek on Friday afternoon, the Juneau Police Department reported.
Tlingit language learning to expand
Juneau students will have expanded opportunities to learn Tlingit language and culture over the next four years thanks to several grants the Goldbelt Heritage Foundation obtained.
Photo: Up and over
Sierra Baker, 11, leads her dog Princess, over an obstacle ramp Sunday at Melvin park during a training. Baker, who turns 12 Wednesday, is the youngest member of the Capital Kennel Club of Juneau. She is training for an agility trial next summer.
Photo: Celebrating Yup'ik traditions
Guest artist Ossie Kairaiuak of Chefornak leads a Yup'ik song and dance, "Seal Hunt," on Saturday during the Yup'ik Traditions Family Festival at the Alaska State Museum. In conjunction with the Yup'ik science exhibit, the festival included interactive centers showing kayak hunting, bentwood hats, snow goggles and others. The exhibit will run through Oct. 17.
Photo: First tracks
Fog obscures downtown Juneau below a fresh coating of snow Friday atop Mount Jumbo.
Juneau honors fallen firefighters
To mark the start of National Fire Prevention Week, Juneau's Fallen Fighters Memorial on Saturday honored 103 U.S. firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2008.
Belligerent man on ledge of State Office Building arrested
A belligerent 41-year-old man spouting profanity Friday afternoon while pacing precariously on an eighth floor ledge of the State Office Building was arrested and charged with three counts of assault on a police officer.
Today, Oct. 5
Police & Fire
Due to an electronic file error, Juneau Police reports were not available Saturday or Sunday. Reports will be printed in a later edition of the Juneau Empire.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month Today's featured survivor
Voters meet candidates at Juneau speed-dating event
Voters can show pleasure or displeasure at the polls. They can demonstrate, call and write letters. They can attend forums and town hall meetings. They can petition. Maybe a candidate will show up at a voter's door.
Photo: Testing the flow
City water and utility operator Steve Locks conducts a flow test on a fire hydrant Thursday along Channel Drive. The Juneau water department conducts yearly tests on fire hydrants to determine the gallons per minute the fire department has available at a particular location.
Longtime Juneau-Douglas High School music teacher Ken Guiher has seen many students go through his program - including two who have returned home to perform with the Juneau Concert Band this weekend.
Echo Ranch needs volunteers
What are you doing next summer? It's probably a little early to be asking, but May is going to be here before we know it.
Photo: Community partnership against polio
In a surprise announcement onstage, Perseverance Theatre's managing director Jeff Rogers, right, presents a $250 donation to Rotary Club of Juneau President Warren Russell toward Rotary's worldwide drive to eradicate polio, during Rotary Night on Thursday at Perseverance Theatre - a reception and viewing of Thornton Wilder's "Skin of Our Teeth." Rotary and Perseverance split the proceeds from the event. Rotary will contribute $875 toward Rotary's effort to raise $200 million in three years to match the $355 million challenge grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Local Bishop meets with the Pope, Vatican officials and US Ambassador
The Bishop of the Diocese of Juneau and Southeast Alaska, the Rev. Edward J. Burns returned this past weekend from a meeting of new bishops from around the world with members of the Vatican.
Photo: Missing Juneau man
Juneau resident Richard Wright Jr. has been missing since December 2000, and his family has hired a private investigator to assist in the investigation. An Alaska Native born in 1966, he is approximately 5-feet, 11-inches tall, 200 pounds and muscular. He has dark eyes and light-complexion skin, and his dark hair was last trimmed to shoulder-length. If you have seen Wright during or since December 2000, or if you have any information regarding his disappearance, call 310-936-0643. All responses will remain confidential.
McDowell Group recently promoted Tasha Bailey to research analyst. Her responsibilities include survey field management, executive interviews, and data compilation and analysis.
Thanks to all who helped during Recovery Month
The month of September was National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Mayor Bruce Botelho proclaimed September as Recovery Month in Juneau and Gov. Sean Parnell did the same for the state of Alaska. Juneau celebrated in many ways.
Thanks for contributing to the All Cannery Reunion Dinner
The Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Elderly Services Program of the Tribal Family and Youth Services Department would like to thank the local organizations and community members who contributed to the "2009 All Cannery Reunion Dinner" held on Sept. 18 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. This event was funded by the Administration on Aging Title VI grant.
Youth employment program serves more than 100 applicants
JUNEAU - Alaska's Educational Resource Center and its community service division, The Learning Connection, were recipients of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (also known as stimulus funds) for a summer youth employment program.
Flying Lions continue relationship with McDonald house
JUNEAU - Ronald McDonald house offers a home away from home for families with children suffering from life threatening illnesses. Almost 25 children a year from Alaska are residents, some even from Juneau. Each family has a private room, TV, kitchen facilities, laundry, transportation and support of other families and staff.
Photos: Cleaning up the mountain
TEMSCO Helicopters and Trail Mix volunteers work to haul junk off Mount Juneau on Sept. 2. They also worked Saturday morning. So far the team has cut up and removed a backhoe and four shipping containers from the summit of the mountain. There is one container left, which they will cut into four pieces and flying down to the Salmon Creek trailhead. So far, TEMSCO has donated nearly $10,000 in flight time for the project.
Chez Alaska to hold several cooking classes in October
JUNEAU - Chez Alaska Cooking School is conducting several classes in October:
SAIL to host annual Dinner and Auction Extravaganza
JUNEAU - The public is invited to SAIL's annual Dinner and Auction Extravaganza from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, at Centennial Hall.
Widowed Persons hold monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Person's monthly brunch is at noon today at the Baranof Hotel.
AWARE now accepting nominations for its Women of Distinction
JUNEAU - Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies is accepting nominations for their Women of Distinction for 2010 award.
Juneau Community Foundation launches $150,000 endowment
JUNEAU - With the help of the Rasmuson Foundation and local supporters, the Juneau Community Foundation has created the Endowment for Juneau's Future. This endowment is the first general purpose endowment fund established by the foundation and will serve as the basis for making grants to address issues and areas of high need in Juneau, as established by the foundation's board of directors.
Dance school adds Studies in Movement class for ages 4 to 6
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited recently added a third Studies in Movement class for students ages 4 to 6 years old, to be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays starting this Friday.
Thank you for adding to Mendenhall River school's playground
On the first day of school, there was an unusual sight on the Mendenhall River Community School playground this year - a long line. Students waited their turn to play on two new pieces of equipment purchased with funds saved for over a decade by the Parent Teacher Organization and two generous grants provided by the Rotary Club of Juneau Glacier Valley.
Consortium to host 'Just Move It' activities Saturday
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.
Wells Fargo supports AWARE on United Way Day of Caring
Thanks from Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. to United Way of Southeast Alaska for organizing another successful Day of Caring, and to Juneau's Wells Fargo Bank and Wells Fargo Mortgage employees who volunteered a day of service on Oct. 1 for the United Way Day of Caring.
Thanks for picking up garbage on International Coastal Clean-up Day
We would like to thank the more than 100 volunteers who participated in the 2009 International Coastal Clean-up Day on Sept. 19. Volunteers picked up 3.04 tons of garbage and debris on public beach access areas all the way from Dupoint Beach to Point Bridget. Thank you so much to everyone who participated.
Thanks for taking part in Hydaburg's 2009 Culture Camp
Hydaburg Cooperative Association's staff and Council, along with the town of Hydaburg, would like to thank everyone who donated, volunteered, participated and enjoyed our recent 2009 Culture Camp and raising of four totems. This event is the beginning of our theme, "Reawakening our Past," and also the beginning of our Historic Haida Totem Replication Project. We have 17 more totems to replicate or renovate and will continue to work toward this accomplishment.
Orsi, Treston wed
Megan Treston and Nick Orsi, both of Juneau, were married Aug. 22, 2009, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception followed at Centennial Hall.
Franklin, Weisman wed
Adam Franklin, of Juneau, and Aly Weisman, of Chicago, were married Aug. 8, 2009, in San Diego. The couple makes their home in San Diego.
Serans, Sewell wed
Olga Sofia Lijo Serans, of Carballosa, Spain, and Robert Glenn Sewell Jr., of Juneau, were married Aug. 1, 2009, on the North Douglas beach at high tide. The honorable Jason Caputo, marriage commissioner-for-a-day, presided.
Bartness, West wed
Kami Bartness, of Juneau, and Todd West, of Rocky Ford, Colo., were married on Sept. 25, 2009, in Santa Fe, N.M.
Thanks for supporting the Bukessa Children's Home in Uganda
This last couple of weeks have shown me a side of Juneau I didn't know - a community made up of such diverse people with interests, travels and work all over the world, and one of deep generosity.
Photos: Working public lands
SAGA volunteers pose in front of Dredge Lake on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 19. A total of 42 volunteers, from eight different local organizations and individuals who noted no affiliation, met for SAGA's third year of sponsoring the all-day event, which aids the U.S. Forest Service in improving the public lands of Juneau. This year, volunteers improved approximately 700 feet of trail, moving about 10 yards (30,000 pounds) of glacial till. Breakfast was provided by McDonalds, Silverbow and Heritage Coffee. Subway donated lunch for the volunteers. Marc Scholten and Peter Cross, of the Forest Service, were especially helpful in planning and carrying out the event's actions, both safely and efficiently. Those with questions or comments, or who would like to share or are interested in community volunteer opportunities, can contact April Rebert, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lawrence Place, at email@example.com.
State could be hurt by student loan bill
The U.S. House recently approved a big money-saving move in the federal student loan program. The federal government will stop guaranteeing loans financed by private lenders and replace them with less costly student loans financed directly with Treasury funds. By cutting out the middleman, the federal government expects to save somewhere around $80 billion over 10 years. The savings come from what private lenders would have collected as profits on the loans, which carry virtually no risk thanks to the government guarantee. Making those low-risk, government-backed student loans proved highly profitable, and it mushroomed into a multibillion-dollar business.
Issues are important in Tuesday's city election
Juneau voters will go to the polls this Tuesday to elect a mayor, two representatives to the Juneau Assembly, and three School Board members. There also are two propositions on the ballot, both related to fiscal decisions. I already voted early, in order to avoid the lines on Election Day, but the majority of voters will probably wait to case their votes on the last possible day.
A better shield law needed
President Obama has long said that he supports a law protecting the relationship between journalists and their sources. But his administration's latest proposal hardly reflects that. The language it has given the Senate Judiciary Committee belies the president's stated support for having judges balance the public interest in news gathering against the need to compel disclosure of a journalist's sources.
Why do I mistrust Fox? Let me count the ways
Perhaps you are familiar with an old saying: even a broken clock is right twice a day. I've found that maxim valuable as I wade through the recent hand-wringing and recrimination among journalists and their critics over the fact that most mainstream media were slow to pick up on the story of corruption at ACORN.
A US general's public pressure
The president, the Constitution tells us, is the commander in chief. But is it true?
Cleveland Volcano on Aleutians spews ash
ANCHORAGE - Geologists are on alert after the Cleveland Volcano spewed an ash plume up to 20,000 feet.
Fairbanks diocese without insurance
FAIRBANKS - A recent ruling from a federal bankruptcy judge means the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese does not have insurance to cover sexual abuse cases.
Trouble ahead for Oregon wineries?
PORTLAND, Ore. - Unsold inventory and a public reluctance to continue purchasing premium wines could lead to problems for Oregon vintners.
Stryker redeployment ceremony to be held
FAIRBANKS - Soldiers completing a year-long mission northeast of Baghdad will be welcomed back next week at a redeployment ceremony in Fairbanks.
Women's caucus favors Danner for Assembly
JUNEAU - The Alaska Women's Political Caucus announced its endorsement of Assembly District 2 candidate Ruth Danner last week in a press release.
Man set on fire in Eugene, Ore., assault
EUGENE, Ore. - Police in Eugene are asking for assistance in finding out who set a homeless man on fire.
Anchorage mayor proposes layoffs
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan's 2010 budget proposal calls for layoffs of about 75 employees near the first of the year.
Industry group hails Ted Stevens' speech
ANCHORAGE - Former Sen. Ted Stevens received a standing ovation at a speech to the Alaska Industry Support Alliance, one of his first public appearances since leaving Congress.
Cleveland Volcano spews ash plume
ANCHORAGE - Geologists are on alert after the Cleveland Volcano spewed an ash plume up to 20,000 feet.
Earthquake rattles Cook Inlet area
ANCHORAGE - A minor earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.1 has struck the Cook Inlet area in southern Alaska.
Shooting in Anchorage yields 30 years in jail
ANCHORAGE - A man who previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder was sentenced to 30 years in prison after fatally shooting a drinking acquaintance.
Man indicted for wife's 2007 murder
ANCHORAGE - A 66-year-old Anchorage man has been arrested in the 2007 death of his wife.
No charges in Sitka High School hazing
SITKA - Police investigated two hazing incidents in which Sitka High School freshmen were coerced into vehicles and later tied to trees and left on Harbor Mountain.
Fort Richardson soldiers return
ANCHORAGE- A unit of Fort Richardson soldiers has returned from Iraq.
JDHS boys take second at state
The Crimson Bears boys' cross country team's strong performance with three top-15 runners earned it a second-place finish at Saturday's ASAA/First National Bank State Cross Country Championships on the Michael Janecek Running Trails at Palmer High School.
Photo: JDHS tennis heads to state
Laurel Messerschmidt, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, returns a serve Sunday at the JRC. Messerschmidt won the girls' singles tournament. Messerschmidt, along with seven teammates, will represent JDHS at state in Anchorage. A state review will appear in Tuesday's Empire.
Safety dooms Crimson Bears
After what looked to be a shootout early, defense took over the first-round game of the 4A state playoffs as the end of the line for the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears came earlier, and more dramatically than expected.
Sports in Juneau
Calendar Of Events
Juneau-Douglas boys sweep meets
The road to a second straight state swimming title for the Juneau-Douglas boys' team looks a bit more clear after a two strong outings Friday and Saturday in Anchorage.
Photo: Falcons in Ketchikan
Thunder Mountain's Hannah Wilwert, left, hits one over the net as teammate Jordan Jeans stands by in Game 3 of a match Friday in Ketchikan. The Kings won the game 25-19 over the Falcons.
Sports in Juneau
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Bears volleyball pounds Petersburg
The Juneau-Douglas volleyball team rolled to two 3-0 sweeps over Petersburg on the road on Friday and Saturday.
Veterans gather at Eagle River missile site
ANCHORAGE - A group of mysterious buildings stand silhouetted on top of Mount Gordon Lyon above Eagle River. They are what remain of a Cold War-era Army Air Defense Command Nike missile site known as Site Summit.
Ticketed protester says he does not regret his actions
CORDOVA - When wildlife investigators came to Marshall in July, Jason Isaac didn't deny fishing illegally to protest subsistence fishing restrictions on the Yukon River.
Mighty caribou herds dwindle, warming blamed
ON THE PORCUPINE RIVER TUNDRA, Yukon Territory - Here on the endlessly rolling and tussocky terrain of northwest Canada, where man has hunted caribou since the Stone Age, the vast antlered herds are fast growing thin. And it's not just here.
Todd Palin resigns from oil field job
ANCHORAGE - The husband of former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has quit his oil field job on the North Slope.
Anchorage bears quiet after last year's maulings
ANCHORAGE - Where did all the bad bruins go?
Hundreds attend Sullivan funeral
ANCHORAGE - Hundreds of people have bid a final farewell to Anchorage's longest serving mayor.
Anchorage methadone clinic halts admissions
ANCHORAGE - The only methadone clinic in Anchorage has stopped accepting new patients.
Study finds prefab houses beyond repair in villages
ANCHORAGE - As many as one-third of homes in one Western Alaska village are rotting, moldy and potentially unsafe to live in, a new report says.
Publication unveils top 49 Alaskan-owned businesses
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Business Monthly and the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce on Thursday announced their list of the top 49 Alaskan-owned businesses, which includes Juneau-based Sealaska Corp. and Goldbelt Inc. They ranked 24th and 33rd, respectively.
Alaska meat plant is humming along
DELTA - It started with 15 head of Galloway cattle he brought up from North Dakota. At the time, Doug McCollum was owner and operator of Delta Concrete. But his heart was in ranching, and he was testing the waters to see if a market existed for locally raised and processed meat.
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