A road, not a bridge, is a key to a strong economy in Juneau
In response to Juneau Assembly member Jeff Bush's boasting that a second bridge crossing to North Douglas is the answer to Juneau's economic woes, I say the following.

Vote results unchanged after final ballot count
The Juneau Clerk's Office tallied the final vote count Friday afternoon by adding 1,524 absentee ballots and 587 questioned ballots to the final Oct. 2 election night count.

Hiker safe after stormy night on ridge
Shortly before midnight Thursday members of local search and rescue teams began to rally for a 15-square-mile search for overdue hiker John Wilcock in the Lemon Creek drainage.

Ferry union votes down state offer
Members of the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific, which provides most of the crews on Alaska ferries, have voted down a tentative contract and have returned to the bargaining table.

Around Town

JDHS graduate builds career on television
A year and a half ago, Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Thad Mills was working commercial construction jobs in Anchorage.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: Playing around
Gov. Sarah Palin carries an autographed football after meeting with the Juneau-Douglas High School football team before a dinner Friday at the Governor's Mansion.

A Friday story on A1 in the Juneau Empire on hiring state workers gave an incorrect example of how job requirements might change.

Nicholas Vonda Jr.
Former Juneau resident Nicholas Joseph Vonda Jr. died on Oct. 4, 2007, in Sitka, where he lived with his longtime companion, Esther Lawson. He was 60.

My Turn: Protecting our children must be a top priority
Last month, a 15-year-old from Juneau made national headlines after she boarded an airplane and flew to Seattle without her parents' knowledge or permission. Of additional concern, she was attempting to meet someone she had encountered on the Internet.

Empire Editorial: Where did the locals go?
Perseverance Theatre is one of Juneau's crown jewels, but one of the things that has given the theater its shine has been lost of late: its cultivation of local talent.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

My Turn: Endangered herring: Why now, And why only the Lynn Canal?
We find it interesting that the National Marine Fisheries Service has recently considered listing the Lynn Canal herring stocks as threatened or endangered.

Bear watchers get an eye-full at glacier
Thousands of visitors and Juneau residents saw bears this summer at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center - so much interaction that part of Steep Creek trail was shut down for safety reasons.

Turning the Tides: Plastics are building up in the ocean
Many think the ocean is separate from humans - a backdrop - important only for its contribution to economic growth.

Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Kenai Peninsula a year-round home for hardy trumpeter swans
With winter weather closing in on Alaska, many birds already have headed to the Lower 48 for the season, but not all of the Kenai Peninsula's avian species are such fair-weather fliers.

Web links
With winter almost here, remember these Web sites when looking for fun in the white stuff:

Crimson Bears crush Colony
In their last home game of the year Saturday night, the unbeaten Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears unloaded Silver Maake and dropped a defensive wall on Wasilla's Colony Knights, beating them 33-0.

Photo: Juneau volleyball
Juneau's Krista Barril, left, Gloria Lumba, center, and Rachel Peyton, right, converge on the ball during a JIVE match against Petersburg on Friday. For more information and results, check out this week's Juneau Empire.

Prosecutors unseal revised indictment against Kohring
A former Alaska state representative fired an aide at the request of political power broker Bill Allen, according to a revised indictment unsealed by federal prosecutors.

Photo: On the Rocks
A 271-foot freight barge, owned by Portland, Ore.-based Zidell Marine Corp., rests Friday on rocks on the northeast side of Summer's Bay near Unalaska. People in a tug boat noticed the barge had broken free of its mooring at 5:30 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.

Oregon girl dies from injuries in Ketchikan plane crash
A float plane crash in Alaska that killed most of an Oregon family in August has claimed another victim with the death of a 3-year-old girl who had initially survived the accident.

Company gambles on oil exploration
Drilling in a field capable of yielding as much as 90 million barrels of oil seemed just right for Pioneer Natural Resources Co. - except for one thing. The field sits about three miles offshore in the Arctic Ocean.

Online video raises questions about Katmai grizzly bear hunt
A video that shows the legal but apparently easy kill of a grizzly by hunters in Katmai National Preserve early this week was posted Friday on YouTube.

Alaska National Guard troops headed home
The largest call-up of Alaska National Guardsmen since World War II is nearing an end with soldiers from more than 80 communities headed home.

Alaska Digest
Coeur Alaska's Arnold to leave the company; Barge goes aground near Unalaska; Court trims clerical sexual abuse cases; Man sentenced to 50 years for killing mom

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