Second crossing not the people's priority
Several times in the past few weeks, while listening to the debate on the failed second crossing, I heard City Assemblyman Merrill Sanford state, when polled, the crossing was at the bottom of a priority list for capital improvement projects for the city.

Murkowski, Miller same sides of the corporate coin
A cynical observer would find Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in bid amusing. She lost her primary because she was so busy mounting a hate-campaign against President Barack Obama and the federal government that she didn't pay attention to Joe Miller's hate campaign against her. Oops! Now she's back claiming to be a moderate, asking the Democrats she so recently despised to vote for her. Her claim? Miller is an extremist.

Conservative star Miller ran as a moderate before
Two Alaska politicians who knew Republican candidate Joe Miller before almost anyone else in Alaska say the Miller they were familiar with wasn't the one they're reading about in the media now.

Douglas earns spot in 4-H Hall of Fame
He made a difference in Juneau's youth for 20 years and is now being honored for it.

Photo: Future firefighters
Harborview Elementary School kindergarteners Jason Hope and Madeline Rose handle a fire hose nozzle as volunteer firefighter Houston Laws of Capital City Fire and Rescue leads the class on a tour of a fire truck Thursday as part of National Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme, "Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with," encourages all Americans to test alarms at least once a month, and to check their batteries and locations.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, today's featured survivor: Raemel Davis
Raemel Davis, 59

Photo: Termination dust
Termination dust coats the mountain tops around the Mendenhall Valley as seen from the Don Statter Boat Harber at Auke Bay on Monday.

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.

In Thursday's Empire, a story on page A7 titled "SEARHC honors advocates" contained an unclear headline. The awards were given by the Sitka Health Summit. SEARHC is one of the groups sponsoring the summit.

Plays at Perseverance mark time of transformation
Juneau has transformed in short order from a city lit with a surprising amount of summer sunshine and a downtown dotted with tourists to a quiet hometown covered in chilly rain, a precursor to the final metamorphosis into winter.

The end of a secular society in Turkey bodes ill for U.S.
WASHINGTON - No one should expect allies to always agree.

Bashing Turkey is a misguided GOP campaign strategy
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - For Republican pundits, Turkey is our new enemy, much like Hamas, Iran and other mosque-builders.

'Button' bucks gone wrong
A foursome of young bucks fell upon some good luck Sunday as they were pulled from the icy waters of Stephens Passage by a group of locals out to enjoy the last few days of recent sunshine. These good Samaritans describe their experience as "one of those defining moments in life."

The town friend few really knew
Romeo was known by many, but understood by few.

Autumn bits and pieces
I'm inclined to think of fall as "dud" season here. The birds are no longer nesting and few are singing; the forest is silent. Although we have our gorgeous, golden cottonwoods and sometimes some bright yellow willows, we don't have the dramatic and spectacular show of fall foliage that the Midwest and New England enjoy. The days are getting shorter and shorter. And then there is usually the rain ...

Recent rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center
Name: "STEVIE"

Photo: A view as good as gold
The view from Gold Ridge on Sept. 15 is pictured in this panoramic image. Wild Shots will run again next week. To submit yours, send them to Abby Lowell,

Safety training offered for Juneau fisherman
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a free 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Bill Ray Center, 1108 F St.

Public comment open for glacier area lakes salmon stocking program
JUNEAU - The Department of Fish & Game, Sport Fish Division, is proposing to release hatchery-raised king salmon into Glacier, Moraine and Crystal Lakes in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, according to a news release. The project is an extension of the division's freshwater stocking program and is in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.

Raffle time for the Raptor Center
JUNEAU - The Juneau Raptor Center is holding a raffle sale in an effort to raise funds for the local nonprofit from now until Sunday, Nov. 28.

Hunting closure: Bull moose in Gustavus portion of Unit 1(C)
JUNEAU - Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Douglas have announced an early closure to the moose hunting season to maintain an adequate bull-to-cow ratio during the breeding period.

Today, Oct. 8

Shooting hours: Oct. 8-30
Today, Oct. 8 6:48 a.m.-6:11 p.m.

2 former presidents, Palin will be in Ala.
MOBILE, Ala. - Alabama will host three political heavyweights on the same day with former presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, as well as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, at separate events.

Tanker truck crashes near Matanuska River
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say a tanker truck carrying petroleum has crashed at Mile 78 Glenn Highway near the Matanuska River.

Most Alaskans get PFDs on Thursday
ANCHORAGE - Most Alaskans' bank accounts swelled on Thursday.

2 charged with robbery
ANCHORAGE - Two people were charged with robbery after Anchorage police say a drug deal went wrong.

Army officer recommends trial in Afghan killings
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - An investigating officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has recommended a court-martial for one of the soldiers accused of killing three civilians in Afghanistan.

Bears' Fenumiai all grown up
Over the past two seasons, Juneau-Douglas quarterback Phillip Fenumiai has grown up right before our eyes.

Two of state's top offensive, defensive units to meet in semis
The Crimson Bears refused to let the past dictate the outcome of last weekend's come-from-behind state quarterfinal victory against Chugiak in Juneau, and this week they hope to prevent history from repeating itself once again.

Bears tennis teams primed for state
The Juneau-Douglas tennis team heads to the state tournament in Anchorage with expectations to compete with the best Alaska has to offer.

JIVE jumps off today
Right: Juneau-Douglas senior Megan Hart sets a pass during the Crimson Bears Alumni Game.

US Senate bill would strip Native corps. of contracting edge
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri says she wants to strip Alaska Native corporations of the unprecedented edge they now enjoy in obtaining federal contracts worth billions of dollars.

AP: Documents show feds investigated Hickel
JUNEAU - Walter Hickel was investigated by federal authorities for fraud for having a National Guard plane ferry personal belongings to Alaska from Washington, D.C., after President Richard Nixon fired him as U.S. Interior secretary.

A first faceoff for 3 Senate candidates
JUNEAU - Nearly two weeks after declaring the gloves off in her rematch with Republican rival Joe Miller, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski took aim at the conservative's contention that the era of earmarks is dead, saying aid to further build infrastructure in this still-young state is vital, not pork.

Anti-incumbent mood prevails in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks voters were in a mood to send incumbents packing.

Agency: Alaska subsistence overhaul up to Congress
FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Interior Department has proposed adding two seats for rural Alaskans to the board that oversees hunting and fishing protections but has stopped short of the overhaul sought by some Alaska Natives, who want stronger, explicit rights.

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