Muñoz's priorities deserve support
Cathy Muñoz has two children, one in high school and one that will begin elementary school in three years.

EPA to blame for Kensington woes
I just learned that dozens of people have been laid off at the Kensington Mine because the paste tailings disposal plan has been put on hold.

Re-elect Doll for education
Education is necessary for a strong economy, national and locally.

Keep Chilkat Cones in Merchants Wharf
I am writing this letter because I want to keep Chilkat Cones in Merchants Wharf. There aren't many places to get ice cream in Juneau. Please let them rent there again.

Photo: Tie dye
Ben Brown, left, and Nick DeHart pick up tie-dyed shirts off of the beach near the North Douglas Boat Launch on Sunday. About 40 shirts were dyed, dried, ironed, then soaked in salt water before they will be dried and ironed again. The saltwater rinse, along with the ironing, helps set the color dyes, according to Brown, who has been making tie-dyes since the 1980s. The shirts are for a Perseverance Theatre fundraisier.

Report: Palin abused power
Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power by waging a campaign against a state trooper she has a personal grudge against, an investigator hired by the Alaska Legislature has found.

Photo: Pumpkin run
"Years ago, our deck hand Don Darnell, now retired, learned of the high cost of shipping pumpkins to remote Aleutian villages," said Mark Listberger, Tustumena's chief steward. "He put together a Halloween pumpkin giveaway program through donations from the crew and the Kodiak Safeway store. For six years running, the Tustumena loads up severalpallets of pumpkins in Kodiak, decorates an area of the ship and invites the children to come aboard for some trick or treating and to select pumpkins to take to their classrooms and homes. To the delight of everyone, some of the crew and passengers dress incostumes and rig some 'tricks' and lots of treats," explained Listberger. The yearly event became successful through contributions of the Tustumena's crew and the Kodiak Safeway store.

Palin protest at state Capitol
Juneau residents staged a protest in front of the state Capitol on Saturday, urging the rest of the country to say "thanks but no thanks" to Gov. Sarah Palin's campaign to be vice president.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Mental Illness Awareness Week
Anna Kim, special assistant in Gov. Sarah Palin's office, reads an executive proclamation Friday in the state Capitol declaring Oct. 5-11 as Mental Illness Awareness Week in Alaska, to promote the health and recovery of all Alaskans experiencing mental illness. Members of different organizations stand in the background holdings signs of support.

Photo: Something old
Davon West looks at an interesting find as her mother tries to figure out what it is as they rummage through some of the antiques on one of the tables at the Antiques and Collectables Fair at the Nugget Mall on Saturday. The fair will continue until today at noon.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town

My turn: U.S.-Russian relations: The Alaska experience
In the post-Glasnost period in Russia (after 1986), many Americans are asking the essential question: How do we build a bridge of peaceful communication with Russia and other former Soviet Republics without jeopardizing U.S. security and the world's economic and social stability?

Remembering Matthew Shepard
It was October 1998, and I was new to Juneau. I had grown up in Wyoming, and for a week my attention was squarely on my old Wyoming community. It was as though the world was turned upside down. Word broke that a student from my former school, the University of Wyoming in Laramie, had been brutally murdered. He had been beaten, tied to a split rail fence, pistol-whipped, and left to die in near freezing temperatures.

Sarah Six pack goes stale
Maybe you remember "Dave." It was a 1993 movie starring Kevin Kline as Dave Kovic, an everyday guy who happens to be a dead ringer for the president. When the chief executive is stricken, his aides secretly recruit Dave to fill in for him. Problem is, Dave quickly begins to lose himself in the role. There's a wonderful scene where, trying to find money in the federal budget to fund a homeless shelter, Dave turns to his friend Murray, an accountant, for help.

Outside Editorial: Wall Street execs: See the titans run
The Wall Street executives who tried to explain themselves to Congress this week showed a galling lack of personal accountability and major chutzpah.

Still undecided? Then just don't vote
Don't vote. People will try to guilt you into it, but stay strong and resist. I'm talking to all of you who don't feel strongly about either presidential candidate, not just those 80 undecided idiots seated at Tuesday's town hall-style debate. Those people just crave attention and are way too proud of skimming enough Google News headlines to formulate a question. Give each a hug and a Debate Attendee diploma and I bet they'll pick a candidate real fast.

Outside editorial: The financial decelerator
A student of the Great Depression, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has a strong sense of what caused that calamitous crash, and of what central banks and other government institutions did, or failed to do, to keep it from getting worse. Central to Bernanke's analysis is the concept of a "financial accelerator." Roughly, this is the idea that a breakdown in the financial system, uncorrected by government, exacerbated what might have otherwise been a relatively mild drop in "real" production.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Photo: Heavy lifting
Lyle Hadel, of Juneau, tries to drag a moose from the water during a hunting trip in Yakutat recently. His hunting partner, Soapy Lingle, who also is from Juneau, shot the moose with a clean hit to the neck. Lingle said he removed about 600 pounds of meat from the moose, which he estimated weighed about 1,000 pounds. Lingle said he hunts for the meat and not for sport.

Soaring overhead: Southeast Alaska's sandhill cranes
With the advent of autumn, V-shaped squadrons of migrating birds cut through the sky as they head south. Among the most impressive of these fall migrants are sandhill cranes, their distinct rattling call and six-foot-wingspans setting them apart from ducks and geese.

Halibut recipe declared a winner for Soldotna man
KENAI - For many Alaskans, eating fish is as much a daily staple as breathing air or seeing the sun rise. After awhile though, even life-long sourdoughs yearn for a new way to prepare this familiar dish, but a Soldotna man may have a Caribbean cure for those in a fish funk.

Disaster planning seminar scheduled for Wednesday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Federal Executive Association is sponsoring a Family Disaster Preparedness Seminar from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Centennial Hall.

Housing summit planned in Juneau
The United Way of Southeast Alaska is co-host of the daylong event.

Juneau man charged with vehicle theft
JUNEAU - A 21-year-old Juneau man was arrested after police said they found him passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle that had been reported stolen early Sunday morning.

Coast Guard rescues man in sinking boat
The man's boat ran aground Wednesday on rocks in Passage Canal in Prince William Sound and began sinking.

Man dies after Parks Highway crash
Climie Douglas died en route to a hospital after the crash Thursday evening at mile 133 of the highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

Police officer to run for Anchorage mayor
Lt. Paul Honeman, the department's spokesman for the past three years, announced his campaign intentions Friday, the day he retired after 22 years with the force.

GOP questions eligibility of state House candidate
The party filed a complaint stating that Chris Tuck uses two names and that the one on the ballot for the south Anchorage seat is not his legal name.

Anchorage police seek stabbing thief
Anchorage police are looking for the knife-wielding thief, who rushed into Carol Lang's garage as she was leaving for work.

Most flood victims return to Nenana
Nenana Mayor Jason Mayrand said most residents have gone home after repairing water damage from the worst flood in the area in four decades.

Sitka schedules Alaska Day activities
SITKA - The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce invites Southeast Alaska residents to Sitka this weekend for Alaska Day festivities.

Crews to clear brush
ANCHORAGE - Volunteer crews are clearing brush along a stretch of the Seward Highway in South Anchorage to cut down on collisions between moose and vehicles.

Fun 'n' gun Bears headed to state title game
Shotgun formations? Ignoring the running game? Somebody call the cops.

Crimson Bears fall in JIVE semis
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team fell to Mount Edgecumbe in the semifinals of the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza Saturday afternoon. The 4A Crimson Bears kicked off the tournament on a hot streak, racking up a 4-0 record during Friday's pool play, but fell to a relentless effort from the 3A Braves in bracket action.

Juneau-Douglas tennis takes third
They might not be handing out Werther's Originals or pinching your cheeks anytime soon, but Merijke Coenraad and Steffan Wilcox proved over the weekend that they are indeed a pair of savvy seniors.

Sports in Juneau

Todd Palin mum on troopergate report at NH event
While attending a snowmobiling event, Todd Palin did not answer a question about the report, which said Sarah Palin abused her power by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.

State sees mixed returns for salmon harvest
"It was a mixed bag across the state," said Mike Plotnick, in the commercial fisheries division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, noting that while king runs were disappointing, the sockeye, silver and chum runs came in strong.

Ethics probe hits hardest at Todd, not Sarah Palin
ANCHORAGE - A month after she became governor, Sarah Palin's staff ushered Alaska's public safety commissioner into her private office.

Bristol Bay village project grows with competition
The Bristol Bay village of Igiugig, home to 50 residents, is ahead of the pack when it comes to putting sustainable living into practice.

Miners find encouraging prospects near Livengood
Jeff Pontius, president and chief executive officer of International Tower Hill Mines, said the company is in a good position to eventually develop a mine in the area.

Group calls for changes in Alaska Guard
Washington, D.C.-based Veterans For America released the report after a weeklong trip to Alaska.

Native winter burials to continue in Fairbanks
An official with the Fairbanks Native Association recently voiced concerns that winter burials would no longer be possible without access to Birch Hill Cemetery.

New Permafrost brand features potato vodka blend
Alaska entrepreneur Toby Foster hopes Fields wasn't far from the mark with his theory and that vodka connoisseurs from all over will appreciate a new potato vodka blend he has created called "Permafrost - Alaskan Vodka."

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