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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Scott McAdams understands the needs of Alaskans
Alaskans will be making an important decision at the polls this November. Whether to elect a man with no political background supported by outside interests and money to represent Alaska, take a risky bet on a write-in candidate or vote for a person who understands the needs of Southeast Alaska and the rest of the state, Scott McAdams.

Tolls should fund second crossing
Like many others, I've followed the debate over a proposed second crossing of Gastineau Channel. I personally would use a second crossing because it would reduce the miles that we drive, the gas that we consume, and the wear and tear on our vehicle. I propose that the second crossing be paid for by the users through a toll collection system. Over time, the toll fees would flow back to the city to recoup out-front expenditures.

McAdams is the man for Alaska
There are plenty of reasons for Southeast Alaskans (and all Alaskans) to support Scott McAdams, current Mayor of Sitka, for U.S. Senator this November.

George Rogers, Architect of Alaska's statehood, dies at 93
Juneau has lost one if its most influential residents, a man who helped craft Alaska's very statehood.

Proposition 2: No bridge to North Douglas
Voters weighing in on Proposition 2 gave a resounding "no" to the measure that would have extended the city's temporary 1 percent sales tax for 10 years to build a second crossing to Douglas Island.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Mendenhall iceberg makes its way to Washington
Thousands of people will have the chance to view a roughly 1,500 pound Mendenhall iceberg later this month in Washington, D.C.

School board: Poole, Thurston easily win seats
Two new women will join the Juneau School Board, after Kim Poole and Barbara Thurston easily outpaced the third candidate in their race, Ivan Nance, on election day.

Pelican Seafoods plant foreclosed by city
The City of Pelican now owns the troubled Pelican Seafoods plant, after foreclosing on owner Ed Bahrt & Associates last month and jumping in line ahead of previous owner Kake Tribal Corp.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Featured Survivor: Rosa Miller
Rosa Miller, 84

City Assembly: Crane leads Brown at night's end
Two candidates vying for the District 2 City Assembly seat emerged in a neck-and-neck race Tuesday night, with Karen Crane holding the lead at night's end.

Officer indicted by grand jury on alleged sexual abuse of minor
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Propositions 1 and 3: Auke Bay measure passes, charter commission fails
The results for Propositions 1 and 3 in Tuesday's municipal elections proved lopsided, with voters easily approving bonds for Auke Bay Elementary School and soundly rejecting a City Charter commission.

Correction
In Monday's Empire, a story on page A1 about retiring Alaska Department of Fish & Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd misspelled Kasilof, Akalura Creek, Olga Bay and Ayakuilk.

Ervin pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

2010 Juneau municipal elections: Unofficial results
City Assembly District 2 (The candidate with the most votes wins seat)

Blackout affects 80 percent of Juneau
The combination of failures at the Snettisham line and Lake Dorothy project were responsible for a citywide blackout yesterday afternoon.

JPD pursuit of van ends with 3 in custody
A Juneau Police Department pursuit of an allegedly stolen van ended Tuesday afternoon right outside the Juneau Empire's building at 3100 Channel Drive with three suspects in custody.

Day Of Caring helps SE Alaska United Way kick off its 2010 campaign
The United Way of Southeast Alaska kicked off its 2010 campaign at DIPAC Tuesday and continued with several events across Juneau, said Brenda Hewitt, the chapter's president.

Photo: Just passing through
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, an ice cutter, sails into Juneau's downtown harbor Tuesday shadowed by the tugboat Ethan B. The Healy is returning to its homeport of Seattle after patrolling the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas and conducting three separate science missions this summer. The cutter will depart Juneau this weekend and no public tours have been announced.

Alaskan Brewing's downtown depot a hit in Year 1
The Alaskan Brewing Co. said its first tourist season in the retail game was a success.

Marilyn Merritt Morrow
Mariliyn Merritt Morrow passed away Sept. 23, 2010 in Seattle. Born July 17th, 1925 in Renton, Wash. to Kenneth "Doc" and Jessie Merritt, she moved to Juneau in 1937 where she attended Juneau schools. Marilyn was a Crimson Bear cheerleader for Juneau High School, graduating in 1943. She married Robert Morrow in 1947 and after living in Alaska, Hawaii and California, they settled in Seattle, raising three sons. She traveled the world with her husband, who was a flight engineer for Pan American Airways.

Arturo Esquare Rodriquez
Arturo Esquare Rodriguez passed away Aug. 11, 2010 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was born Nov. 30, 1930 in Fromberg, Mont. He was raised by Ray Smith and lived in Juneau for six years. Arturo loved woodburning and making dreamcatchers.

George William Rogers
George William Rogers, 93, passed away Oct. 3, 2010 at his home in Juneau. He was born April 15, 1917 in San Francisco, but moved to Juneau in January, 1945, staying for the next 65 years. He was primarily an economist, but also worked as an author, university professor, and territorial consultant.

Judy Kay Tobacco
Judy Kay Tobacco died Oct. 1, 2010 at the University of Washington Medical Center surrounded by her family. Her death was due to complications from lung cancer.

Outside editorial: On shaky ground
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Outside editorial: Record income inequality is a growing threat to democracy
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Write-in history looks good for Murkowski
Pointing to the past failures of write-in candidates, few pundits give Lisa Murkowski much of a chance of winning back her U.S. Senate seat. However, history is a lot more than statistics and results. Recalling that past is nothing more than the party loyal warning others not to waste their vote. But it's also a relatively passive argument next to the wave of mud we can expect in a three-way race.

Community colleges: America's gateway to the future
For decades, community colleges have been one of our nation's best kept secrets. But the word is out. As a result, community colleges across the country are bursting at the seams. The American dream is within reach for millions of individuals from diverse backgrounds whose perseverance and commitment will be celebrated Tuesday when President Obama and I host the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges.

My turn: Tea party policies would speed economic problems
We have a tendency in this country to treat politics like a sport and forget that it has very real consequences. But unlike a football game, the radical policies the tea party supports will directly change our lives in fundamental ways.

Crash costs Alaska police volunteers 1 of 2 cars
FAIRBANKS - The Volunteers in Policing program in Fairbanks is cutting its patrols in half after one its two vehicles was hit by an alleged drunken driver.

Minor damage from fire at new Marshall school
ANCHORAGE - There was only minor damage from a fire started by kindergartners at the new school in Marshall.

Houston city clerk resigns on election day
HOUSTON - Houston City Clerk Steve Cunningham has resigned on Election Day.

Moose euthanized after collision with bus in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Police euthanized a moose after it was injured Monday in a collision with an empty Anchorage school bus.

Volunteers train search dogs at Birchwood
BIRCHWOOD - Search-and-rescue dogs and their handlers put in a day of training Sunday at Birchwood, about 15 miles northeast of Anchorage.

Voluntary drug testing program kicks off at Juneau high schools
Juneau high school students are invited to sign up for the Juneau School District voluntary drug testing program now through Oct. 14. Students who sign up through this launch period get a free movie pass. Information packets and consent forms are available at the high schools. Students who sign up get an ID card good for perks and discounts from local businesses, as well as entry into prize drawings. For more information call your high school.

GCI to air AFN convention
ANCHORAGE - General Communication Inc. says it will provide live coverage of the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks.

Anchorage school district may buy Birchwood site
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District is looking to buy 15 acres in the Birchwood area for a new Chugiak-Eagle River elementary school.

Alaska school program brings peace to playground
FAIRBANKS - The playground at one Alaska school needs a little less adult supervision with a program that puts older children in charge of younger students.

Parnell orders flags lowered for Rogers
Gov. Sean Parnell Tuesday ordered flags in Alaska to be flown at half-staff Thursday in honor of George Rogers, who died Sunday at age 93.

Troopers charge man with assaulting brother
GIRDWOOD - Two brothers needed hospital treatment after fighting each other in Girdwood.

Berkowitz reports collecting $208,002
ANCHORAGE - The Democratic gubernatorial ticket of Ethan Berkowitz and Diane Benson have an edge in fundraising since the August primary, according to numbers submitted Monday to the Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Seafood company donates to UAF for crab research
FAIRBANKS - A California seafood retailer has donated $10,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for king crab research.

Harborview hosts parents' night
Harborview Elementary is hosting a parents' night today, starting at 5 p.m. It will focus on literacy skills children develop in first grade, testing results and procedures and ideas for supporting children in early learning stages. The meeting will take place in the library for parents, with child care in room 118. The Harborview Parent Teacher Association is providing snacks and childcare.

GOP, undeclared add voters in Alaska
JUNEAU - Nearly 6,000 more Alaskans have registered to vote in the general election than were signed up for the primary.

Sjoroos suits up for JDHS
For the first time in five years Tuesday, Juneau-Douglas football coach Rich Sjoroos suited up in full pads and participated in practice as the team prepared for Saturday's showdown against undefeated West Anchorage in the 4A state semifinals in Anchorage.

Bears swimmers combine for second-place finish
The Juneau-Douglas swim team is feeling the pain associated with a demanding swimming season, but more rest is in store after a successful trip to Bartlett over the weekend.

Group stands behind ad Murkowski calls untrue
JUNEAU - Alaska broadcasters said Tuesday that they'd decide for themselves whether to run ads by a national tea party group that U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign called "littered with lies and intentional mischaracterizations."

Murkowski to stations: Don't air tea party ad
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign is warning Alaska broadcasters not to air ads by a national tea party group that the campaign says are "littered with lies and intentional mischaracterizations" about her and her write-in campaign.

Native corporations revenues grew to $7B
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's 12 regional Native corporations doubled revenues from 2004 to nearly $7 billion in 2008.

Denali, too, gets open season bids
The Denali natural gas pipeline consortium said it has received "significant" bids from customers hoping to ship gas through its planned $35 billion pipeline from the Alaska North Slope to Alberta.

Feds to require permits for Togiak refuge rivers
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will require anglers to obtain permits on float trips on some rivers in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.

Some Native corporations may limit contracting
ANCHORAGE - Some Native corporations are proposing limits on contracts with the federal government to head off more drastic reforms being suggested in Congress.

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