Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Juneau's progress should be measured to preserve its beauty
My family is new to Juneau. We moved here in June 2009. Some may think we haven't earned the right to speak out; others tell me that a newcomer's perspective is a good thing. What I know is that I've been coming to Juneau in person and in my thoughts for more than a decade. I feel I belong here and I love the beauty and glorious nature that abounds throughout the city. I love the fact that I am able to run a small business that relies on tourism, a truly wonderful resource with an inexhaustable supply of money. To keep it healthy, we need only effectively manage the things that bring tourists up here - our environment and wildlife.

Beard's original Yakutat gold claims may not pan out
In September of 2009 Beard Co., owner of Geohedral LLC, announced significant gold discoveries in the Borough of Yakutat that could be mined. The company has since announced that those original claims may not be the case, leaving the small borough to wonder if there will be a mine in its future at all.

'Precipitation' in place at parking garage
Dan DeRoux huddled inside his bright orange raingear, his Xtratufs balancing his weight precariously among the rungs of an aluminum stepladder as the infamous Southeast horizontal rain beat down and through his exposed hands.

Sitka man arrested for felony vehicle theft
The Juneau Police Department arrested a Sitka man Sunday morning, charging him with one felony count of vehicle theft, among other charges.

Juneau researchers publish book on seaweeds
Books about seaweeds aren't a common sight on bookstore shelves so two local authors took it upon themselves to change that.

Photo: Partaking in pancakes
Kate Stears, 10, is brought second helpings by cook Ward Lamb during the Annual Alaska Day Pancake Breakfast at the Juneau Senior Center on Monday. The event was a fundraiser for the center's Meals on Wheels and Congregate Lunch programs.

JSD will hold college and career fair Friday
The 2010 Juneau School District College and Career Training Fair will be held on Friday. More than 60 colleges and career training organizations will be on hand to talk to students about post-graduation options. High school students from Juneau-Douglas, Thunder Mountain and Yaakoosge Daakahidi will attend the fair during the school day. Parents are invited to attend a community open house from 5-6 p.m. Friday evening.

New school board members to be sworn
The Juneau School District Board of Education will swear in Kim Poole and Barbara Thurston as its new members at 6:15 p.m. today.

Photo: Hunting heron
A Great Blue Heron hunts in the shallow waters of Aurora Harbor 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.

John Caouette Obituary
A memorial for John Caouette is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Please join us if you can. Childcare will be available. To donate to the memorial, please send your donation to Congregation Sukkat Shalom, P.O. Box 22071, Juneau AK 99801. The service will be about 90 minutes, and food and music will follow.

Barbara Jean Brown Zambrano
Barbara Jean Brown Zambrano has died. She was born on October 20, 1942 to Mathilda Josephine Benson Brown and Peter Brown in Juneau.

What says the Constitution?
The following editorial first appeared in the Kenai Peninsula Clarion:

Bumper sticker injustice
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Alaska needs Murkowksi's clout in the US Senate
Through the military, my dad, Warren Norrgard, brought my family to Fort Wainwright just days before Alaska became a state. I grew up with Alaska's statehood.

My Turn: Board of Game deals with complicated Nelchina Caribou issues
The Alaska Board of Game met in Anchorage recently to consider proposals from the public, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and several conservation groups concerning hunting options for the Nelchina Caribou Herd near Glennallen. Since this is a complex issue that has been changed many times in the past, a summary and explanation of laws and board decisions may be helpful.

Repealing financial reforms is all the GOP offers
Voters seeking revenge this election for the collapse of the economy, and their frustrations with a loud, crude campaign season, must not let anger overtake their own self-interest.

Uneasy transition from 'me' to 'we'
Bill is a bank executive in his 40s whose widowed father is legally blind and just moved in permanently. "It's not what I had planned," Bill told me, "but I'm grateful for the chance to pay Dad back."

Preserving national treasures
America's third national park, Yosemite, the home of spectacular waterfalls, silent groves of ancient trees and an unequaled alpine wilderness, celebrated its 120th birthday this month. The place John Muir considered "nature's temple" was arguably where the national park idea was born - a uniquely American idea whose enduring meaning is being proved again in the midst of an economic downturn, as millions of families have flocked to Yosemite and other parks to make memories that will last their lifetimes, to reconnect with nature and our shared history.

An aid worker's courageous success
In April, I traveled around eastern Afghanistan with an extraordinary British aid worker, Linda Norgrove. I have a photo of her dressed in a long, black skirt and loose tunic, her hair under an enveloping shawl, as she stood beside several Afghan elders. I recall the respect those grizzled men showed her as she discussed their new crops, which had replaced opium poppy fields.

Man shot to death in Fairbanks apartment
FAIRBANKS - Police say there were multiple people in a Fairbanks apartment where a 27-year-old man was shot to death.

Sitka mayor's vote to be re-counted
SITKA - Ballots in the Sitka mayor's race will be re-counted at the request of the second-place finisher.

Newspaper joins lawsuit over candidate records
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Daily News has filed paperwork to join a lawsuit seeking to make public some personnel files of U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller when he worked for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Car collision on Loop Road sends one to hospital
A car crash at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop Road and Valley Boulevard sent one driver to Bartlett Regional Hospital, according to a press release from the Juneau Police Department.

18-year-old Wasilla woman found dead in home
WASILLA - An autopsy was ordered in the death of a Wasilla teenager.

Fairbanks prepares for AFN convention
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks is gearing up to host the convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

CIRI subsidiary eyes old Fireweed Theater
ANCHORAGE - A subsidiary of Cook Inlet Region Inc. may buy the old Fireweed Theater site in Anchorage late this month.

GCI phone, Internet services suffer temporary outage
GCI customers in the Mendenhall Valley and Lemon Creek areas experienced a temporary outage of Internet and digital phone services Monday morning.

Johnston: I want to be mayor but have no platform
JUNEAU - Levi Johnston says there are really no qualifications to hold the job that Sarah Palin once held - that of mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Federal subsistence board seeking applications
The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting applications to fill seats on the 10 Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 18, 2011.

Bail set for AK man accused of sexual assault
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska man charged with sexually molesting two children was in court Saturday after being arrested in Oregon last month.

Hurtte talks tennis on and off the table
Fresh off a semifinal appearance at the ASAA tennis state championships in the mixed doubles bracket, JDHS senior Edward Hurtte reflects on his tennis career and possible plans for next year. Hurtte, an accomplished table tennis player and wing for the boys' varsity basketball team, also discusses two of his other passions outside of tennis.

Prosecutor mulling charges in editor, Miller flap
JUNEAU - A security guard said he placed a reporter under citizen's arrest at a campaign event for Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller after the journalist refused orders to leave and pushed someone into a locker.

Coast Guard admiral asks for Arctic resources
ABOVE NORTHERN ALASKA - The ice-choked reaches of the northern Arctic Ocean aren't widely perceived as an international shipping route. But global warming is bringing vast change, and Russia, for one, is making an aggressive push to establish top of the world sea lanes.

Statewide child health care an issue at Anchorage summit
Even though Gov. Sean Parnell vetoed a bill that would have made health care available for every child in the state last year, several groups are interested in finding ways to get more children insured and in pushing the bill forward again.

Miller says he was disciplined for computer misuse
JUNEAU - U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller of Alaska on Monday acknowledged he was disciplined for misuse of government computers while working as an attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough in 2008.

Alaska governor candidates spar at forum
ANCHORAGE - Alaska gubernatorial candidates answered questions for Anchorage high school students Monday that ranged from Arctic Ocean offshore drilling to their favorite Disney character.

Tension rising between Anchorage mayor, union
ANCHORAGE - Tensions are rising between Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan and a union for 550 city employees.

Palin teases Reno crowd about presidential run
RENO, Nev. - Sarah Palin launched a two-week run of tea party rallies Monday leading up to the election and teased supporters about a possible presidential run for herself, saying "we can see 2012 from our house."

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