Sealaska turns downtown pit into prime spot of beauty
I want to express my appreciation to Sealaska Corporation for its latest investment in the future of Juneau. The Skinner property, known as "The Pit," is the site of a future cultural center and home of the Sealaska Heritage Institute. In the meantime, Sealaska's landscaping of the area has converted it into one of the most beautiful spots in downtown Juneau. It is a wonderful example of civic leadership and pride.

Chile mine rescue recalls loss of one of Juneau's own
Many hearts are filled with joy as the miners are being rescued in Chile. My heart goes back to a Juneau summer day when Juneau lost its' own miner - Chris Haas. Somehow I know, Chris' heart joins with those jubilant at the safe return above ground of these other brave men.

MDA arrests more than $10K from 'prisoners'
The Muscular Dystrophy Association Alaska Chapter raised more than $10,000 in Juneau on Thursday with its "Behind Bars" fundraiser at Bullwinkle's Pizza downtown.

Bridge park, seawalk project moves forward
Plans for turning an aging public works building near the Douglas bridge into a park area with perhaps an environmental museum and a seawalk are coming together.

JPD investigator takes stand in sexual assault trial
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.

Princess Cruises to add Juneau ship
Princess Cruises will be returning one of the ships to Alaska that it pulled after the state's voters in 2006 adopted a passenger head tax and other cruise industry regulations.

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.

Debra Anita Statter Meusel
Debra Anita Meusel, 51, of Ketchikan died unexpectedly at home Oct. 2, 2010.

PRO: Should the US loosen regulations on businesses?
WASHINGTON - Today, a regulatory hurricane threatens our economy and its ability to create the 20 million American jobs that we need by the end of this decade. It's been building strength for some time. Over the last several decades, more than 100,000 regulations have been issued, many of which impose heavy burdens on our job creators.

CON: Should the US loosen regulations on businesses?
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Oct. 8 jobs report showed that the U.S. economy shed 95,000 jobs in September.

Miller's silence on background makes issues difficult to discuss
Joe Miller called a press conference Monday for the curious purpose of telling members of the media he would not be talking to them, at least about a great many things.

'Backyard' bonanza
Wriggling worms. Biting beaks. Prickling pine cones.

More attention on the Treadwell Trail
An aging and decrepit stretch of the Treadwell Trail near Eaglecrest Ski Area has seen some recent improvements.

Little mysteries
Every year, I encounter little mysteries while I'm traipsing around on or off the trails. What I do not know vastly exceeds what I do know, of course. But here I'm referring to field observations that engender questions that could have interesting answers but are likely to remain in the realm of mystery. Here is a sampling:

RECENT RESCUE @ the Juneau Raptor Center
Name: "Duke"

Walk or run 'in her shoes' Saturday
JUNEAU - In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, AWARE is inviting the public to participate in a 5-kilometer run (in running shoes) or a 1 mile march in high heels beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Sandy Beach, as part of the International Men's March to Stop Gender Violence.

Level 1 ski film 'Eye Trip' showing at university tonight
JUNEAU - "Eye Trip," the latest film from Level 1 Productions, will be shown beginning at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the University of Alaska Student Recreation Center.

Tree biology, planting, pruning classes happening in Homer, Kenai
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry along with the Community Forestry Program have announced two classes that will focus on pruning and planting trees from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Homer and Kenai on Monday, Oct. 18 and Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Producing and Planting Bare Root Trees workshop
PALMER - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources Community Forestry Program has announced a workshop on Thursday, Oct. 21 aimed at producing and planting bare root trees.

Discovery Day scheduled for out-of-school students
JUNEAU - Kids between the ages of nine and 12 are invited to join Discovery Southeast for the next Discovery Day on Monday, Oct. 18 at the Saga Eagle Valley Center.

Thank you to National Lands Day volunteers
National Public Lands Day this year attracted 44 volunteers who came together on Saturday, Sept. 25 to help the US Forest Service with hands-on trail improvements. Volunteers battled rain and weather in an effort to learn about trail maintenance and help improve trail conditions on the Trail of Time, the Power Line Trail and with the Under Thunder Trail connections. These enhancements included moving yards of gravel, de-barking dozens of trees, clearing corridors and re-vegetation of approximately 800 feet of trail. These improvements will help future trail users easily navigate their way through our lush national forest.

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Shooting hours: Oct. 15-30
Today, Oct. 15 7:04 a.m.-5:52 p.m.

Flags to be lowered for firefighter
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state flags will be lowered to half-staff in honor of Anchorage firefighter Andy Mullen, whose cancer death was linked to his work.

Minor misspelling won't spoil ballot
JUNEAU - The overseer of Alaska elections says he doesn't expect that minor misspellings will disqualify write-in ballots for U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

Murkowski to air ads with Stevens
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she plans to air television ads featuring the late-Sen. Ted Stevens.

Former restaurant owner sentenced in fish scheme
ANCHORAGE - A former owner of a Juneau restaurant has been sentenced to community confinement for buying subsistence halibut.

State GOP chair questions former mayor's motives
JUNEAU - The chairman of the state Republican party says former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker is trying to influence the outcome of the Alaska Senate race with claims about GOP candidate Joe Miller.

Whale movie filmed in downtown Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Filming of the Drew Barrymore movie, "Everybody Loves Whales," is moving to downtown Anchorage.

PAC to donors of Lisa Murkowski: Want a refund?
JUNEAU - A political action committee says it will contact contributors to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's re-election campaign to see if they want to get their money back.

Soldier arrested in Fort Wainwright shooting
FAIRBANKS - One soldier is under arrest and another is hospitalized after a shooting at Fort Wainwright.

Young, Crawford debate at chamber
Both incumbent Rep. Don Young and challenger Harry Crawford said they're the person Alaska needs representing the state in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hecla plans to expand Greens Creek tailing area by 200 acres
Hecla Greens Creek Mining Corp., or HGCMC, held a public information session Thursday on its proposed tailing area expansion.

BP whistleblower program may move in-house
ANCHORAGE - BP PLC is considering whether to renew a contract with an ombudsman's office launched to handle whistleblower complaints.

Murkowski seeks support for write-in campaign
Sen. Lisa Murkowski told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday seniority in the United States Senate matters and the state should send her back to Washington, D.C. to fight for Alaska's issues there.

Murkowski reports raising about $306K
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski raised less than half the amount of her Democratic rival during a recent eight-week period.

Photo: Moose research
Bull moose eye a visitor to the Moose Research Center near Sterling, Alaska. A study under way at the facility looks to determine how much protein moose need.

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