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Monday, October 22, 2007

Woman appalled at dog beating
In regards to the owners of the springer spaniel who were at the Boy Scout Camp Trailhead late Sunday afternoon, I can only say that I am appalled by their behavior and angry at myself for being too stunned and not having the guts to stick up for the poor, defenseless pet.

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.

Disputing analysis of Kensington suit
I read Juneau Assembly member Jonathan Anderson's scholarly legal analysis of the lawsuit between Kensington Mine and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

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

Police & Fire
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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.

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.

Around Town

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.

Real estate market flattens
Residential real estate list prices in Juneau have dropped 5.6 percent since last October, according to data from a service that tracks home sales.

Around Town

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.

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.

Photo: Learning self defense
Sandy Burgess of the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club shows Stacy Eldemar how to fend off an attacker Saturday during a day-long Women's Self Defense class at the Zach Gordan Youth Center.

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.

'Bong Hits' game seeks to educate students, others
Google "Bong Hits 4 Jesus," and links to 923,000 pages discussing the landmark Supreme Court case pop up. At the bottom of the second page is a game that promises to educate high school students about their rights to free speech.

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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.

My turn: Dividends, beer and houses
Millionaire Rush Limbaugh once proposed a "flat tax" under which everybody paid the same amount, $5,000. He said he wanted to pay his share right now, so you knew that $5,000 meant little to him.

Outside editorial: Wounded veterans still getting the run around
All it took was an article on The Post's front page for the family of a damaged veteran of the Iraqi war to get some desperately needed help. Federal officials, embarrassed by yet another story detailing the nation's callous treatment of its wounded, cut through the red tape.

Outside editorial: Situational courage in D.C.
There was quite a scene in the Capitol rotunda this week: President Bush and many members of Congress honoring the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, with the Congressional Gold Medal. China is terribly upset with the U.S. over the award.

My turn: Praises for the Last Frontier
I miss Alaska - having been raised all my life with the belief that Alaska is both bigger and better than any place on earth.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

2007 Alaska State Football Coaches Association All-State Teams

Hoonah fighters steal the show at Roughhouse
Fighters from Hoonah made their presence felt at Friday's Roughhouse Boxing card at Marlintini's Lounge.

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.

JDHS football coaches experience sweet relief
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team swelled with elation after capturing its second large-schools football championship Saturday with a 23-13 win over Palmer in Anchorage.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

JDHS takes third place
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team took third place in the Silver Bracket of the Service/Dimond Tournament on Saturday in Anchorage.

CRIMSON REIGN
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.

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

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.

Northwest Digest
State sets new rules for trash haulers; Agrium employees attract job offers; Food drops for bears prompts debate

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

Airplane de-icer spawns new contaminant rules
The state plans to adopt a rule that would classify an airplane anti-icing fluid as a contaminant that could require an industrial cleanup - but only if it's accidentally dumped in bulk.

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.

Woman finds body in her chest freezer
A woman opened her chest freezer and made a grisly discovery: a body wrapped in plastic.

Seeking Higher Ground
Stanley Tom lives in a tiny Native community on Alaska's western coast, isolated from any road system and a world apart from the nation's urban centers.

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

Legislators hear Palin's views on net tax
Alaska legislators gathered at the Capitol on Sunday for an unusual joint session to hear why Gov. Sarah Palin had changed her mind on taxing the gross value of Alaska's oil revenue.

Alaska laws protect school children from predators
Alaska has famously ranked among the top states in the nation for the last three decades when it comes to rape and sexual assault statistics.

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