We need to protect subsistence hunting
As I read Lorianne Rawson's My Turn, "Politicians cause trouble in Bristol Bay," I wondered how in the world can she claim to be a Bristol Bay fisherman with no regards to the welfare of the fish she claims to be fishing for?

Kensington tour 'cements' mine plan
I was fortunate to visit the Kensington gold mine recently and saw for myself the carefully planned project Coeur Alaska has built. Many things impressed me, but specifically, how small the mine's footprint is, how clean they've kept the area and the many environmental safeguards in place.

La Niña cycle could mean a cold winter for Juneau
The coming winter is likely to be a cold one for Juneau, National Weather Service forecaster Rick Fritsch said.

Around Town

Forest Service returns ancient human remains to Tlingit tribes
Human remains estimated to be more than 10,000 years old that were found in a cave in the Tongass National Forest rightfully belong to the southeast Alaska Tlingit tribes, the federal government said.

Photo: There's no brew like homebrew
Suki Patterson, left, Curtis Holmes, center, and Bobby Wilkin judge light amber beers Saturday during the 8th Annual Autumn Pour Homebrew Competition at the Alaskan Brewery.

Juneau woman survives in ocean off Maui for 19 hours before rescue
A 49-year-old Juneau woman held onto a water container to stay afloat for 19 hours until she was rescued from choppy ocean waters a mile off Maui, she said.

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

Photo: Perfect end to a perfect season
Lawrence Fenumiai of Juneau-Douglas High School checks out the traveling trophy following a 23-13 win over Palmer High School in the large-schools state championship game Saturday at Anchorage Football Stadium.

Southeast soldiers come home
A tired Pfc. Aaron McCluskey of Angoon walked off flight 79 Thursday night at Juneau International Airport and into his mother Doreen's arms.

What's the rush?
Drue Pearce, federal coordinator for the Alaska natural gas pipeline from Prudhoe Bay, says she doesn't believe the corruption trials and convictions involving Alaska legislators will affect the gas line.

My Turn: We should base Pebble Mine permitting on sound science
I am the state representative for Alaska House District 36, which includes Kodiak as well as the Lake Iliamna region, the area of the proposed Pebble Mine project.

Empire Editorial: City should fully fund the avalanche center
As the snow creeps ever closer down the sides of the mountains, we are reminded that winter is almost upon us.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Treasured Tongass
With its 17 million acres of rain-soaked natural history, the Tongass National Forest can seem timeless.

Walking the trails of North Douglas On the Trails
Although the weather forecast in the Juneau Empire predicts rain every day, we have been blessed with a few respites from gray and gloom.

Students dig new climbing wall at University of Alaska Fairbanks
Making his way up a 30-foot-long vertical crack in the new rock climbing wall in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Student Recreation Center on Wednesday morning, Tim Ciosek was at about the 20-foot mark when he stopped.

Turning the Tides: Diving with a sea lion
I have been asked to write about my maritime adventures in Southeast Alaska, which have been many and varied because I am a kayaker, diver, and sailor, and have been out, on, under, and around our local ocean environment for almost 30 years.

'The legend that is Juneau football'
Throughout the 2007 Alaska high school football season, plenty of fans statewide opined about how there wasn't one dominant team like in past years.

Short-handed Bears drop matches in Nikiski
The wrestlers who made the trip to the Kenai Peninsula performed well for Juneau-Douglas High School over the weekend.

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Photo: Time to drop the puck
Zane Chapman maneuvers the puck for a shot in front of goaltender Garrett Cheeseman during the Juneau-Douglas High School ice hockey team's Red vs. White game Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

Ryan "Bubba" Larson approached Juneau-Douglas High School's head football coach this summer to say he wanted to play quarterback for the Crimson Bears.

Despite FBI probe, colleagues support Stevens
Make no mistake, Sen. Ted Stevens still has plenty of friends. Despite a looming FBI corruption probe, Republican colleagues opened their wallets for the longtime senator in recent months to support his re-election campaign.

A taxing dilemma
Gov. Sarah Palin won the election last year saying she supported a gross tax on Alaska's oil production, in contrast to the net tax on oil company profits pushed through by former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Lawmakers work to restore Alaskans' trust
Some lawmakers say they hope to emerge from the special legislative session with renewed public trust that has eroded with two former lawmakers already convicted on federal corruption charges.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Alaska Digest
Henderson takes helm at Coeur Alaska; Two injured when helicopter crashes; Educator sentenced on child porn charges; Anchorage man enters not guilty pleas; Veneer mill increases production, needs time; Water quality tests show cleaner Kenai; Jet may have been on wrong frequency

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