Saturday, October 23, 2010

Supporting Murkowski for her son's Alaska
While some are choosing to stay mum on personal matters until after the Nov. 2nd elections, I'd like to take this moment to share my dirty little secret. I've been volunteering on Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign, helping get the Juneau headquarters up and running, participating in literature drops, distributing signs, bumper stickers, pins, papers and these great new rubber bracelets; but, I didn't vote in the primary elections and I won't be voting in the upcoming elections. In fact, I'm not even a registered voter.

Miller would help build prosperous nation
The United States holds a debt-to-GDP ratio of 94 percent. In addition, GDP cannot be entirely devoted to debt repayment; some must be spent on survival needs. When we reach 100 percent, we will be in the same sinking boat as Greece. How did Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain and Britain get into massive debt? By spending far more on social programs than these governments collected in taxes.

Man arrested for domestic violence assault against female roommate
Juneau resident Irl A. Fredrickson, 25, was arraigned in Juneau District Court Thursday afternoon for multiple counts stemming from a domestic assault on a 19-year-old woman.

Wastewater talks continue today
The Science Advisory Panel reconvenes in Centennial Hall today to continue its work on researching methods of achieving effective and economic wastewater discharge standards.

Photo: Ripples
Mark and Susan Finkelstein paddle their double kayak out into Auke Lake under sunny skies on Thursday.

Police and 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.

Grants could lead to creation of snowmobile trail
The long-pending snowmobile access trail in Lemon Creek may be getting closer to fruition. The Juneau Blackerby Ridge Organization, or JBRO, is applying for two state grants that, if approved, could allow construction to begin this spring.

Photo: Moving indoors for the winter
Employees of the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska State Museum discuss restoration of the Yak-te Totem pole at the Auke Village Recreation Area on Thursday. The pole is suffering from rot and insect damage. With the help of AEL&P, the pole will be taken down for the winter for restoration work. The pole is the work of Tlingit carver Frank St. Clair of Hoonah and two local carvers employed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1941.

Pro: Should Hillary Clinton challenge President Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2012?
WASHINGTON - The latest buzz flitting among the Georgetown salons is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will switch jobs with Vice President Joe Biden and take his place on the Democratic ticket in 2012.

News Corp.'s hit and run
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Photos: Ready, aim ... wait a minute!
Hunter Education Instructor Butch Chase leads a group of Floyd Dryden Middle School students Tuesday on a field exercise of spotting animals and when to shoot or when not to shoot.

Sitka couple accepts honor for Tongass conservation group
Two founding members of the Sitka Conservation Society accepted the Bob Marshall Champions of Wilderness Award on Oct. 14 for the organization's efforts to protect portions of the Tongass National Forest.

Skagway area boasts serious array of lichens
Alaska may be staking out yet another claim to a natural treasure, but one which does not immediately catch the eye.

October high tides send some swimming
In early October, the highest tides of the year, which topped out at more than 20 feet, brought sea water up close to the airport dike trail. Much of the extensive meadow of grasses and sedges was flooded. Although there had been 18- and 19-foot tides in previous months, this area is so flat that just another foot or two of water means that much more area is covered.

RECENT RESCUE @ the Juneau Raptor Center: 'Rachel'
Name: "Rachel"

Early afternoon nature study for elementary students
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast naturalists are inviting local elementary school students to join in a for a few hours of nature-inspired fun from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25.

Kick up some dust at Barn Dance event
JUNEAU - Move to the music at the October Barn Dance at 7:30-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at St. Ann's Parish Hall.

First Bloom grant awarded to Skagway Recreation Center
SKAGWAY - The National Parks Foundation has awarded Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park and its partner, the Skagway Recreation Center (SRC), a grant to host the First Bloom program in Skagway.

AWARE, karate club offering womens' self defense course
JUNEAU - Women are invited to attend a self defense workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Zach Gordon Youth Center.

Level 1 ski film 'Eye Trip' showing at UAS
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.

Planetarium to show 'Life Without the Moon'
JUNEAU - The Marie Drake Planetarium will present "Life Without the Moon" from 6:30 to7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

SEARHC hosts Red Ribbon Week swim
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Promotion Juneau Health Promotion and Behavioral Health Prevention programs are hosting a family swim event on Saturday at the Augustus G. Brown Swimming Pool.

Wild shots
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Tides
Today, Oct. 22

Shooting hours: Oct. 22-31
Today, Oct. 22 7:20 a.m.-5:33 p.m.

Some frozen vegetables recalled in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - The Pictsweet Company is recalling some frozen peas and mixed vegetables because they may be contaminated by broken glass.

GOP lawmaker draws late opposition
FAIRBANKS - An opposition group has been formed late in the campaign season in an effort to unseat Alaska state Rep. Mike Kelly.

Alaska Air reports 35 percent rise in 3Q profit
SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group reports a 35 percent profit increase in the third quarter. The company says it was its best quarter ever.

Boy accidentally kills himself at Brevig Mission
BREVIG MISSION - A 13-year-old boy died after accidentally shooting himself at Brevig Mission.

Decision on Miller records expected soon
JUNEAU - A hearing is set for Saturday on whether the public should have greater access to employment information from Senate candidate Joe Miller's time as a government attorney.

No injuries in Anchorage triplex fire
ANCHORAGE - There were no injuries in a fire that burned a triplex early Thursday in the Midtown area of Anchorage.

Alaska Federation of Natives meeting in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Village survival is the big issue at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention opening Thursday in Fairbanks.

Interest in early, absentee voting
JUNEAU- Absentee and early voting could play an important role in the outcome of the Alaska Senate race.

JDHS wrestling looks to rebuild in 2010-11
It might be a rebuilding year for the proud Juneau-Douglas wrestling program, but with a new coach at the helm for a new season the outlook is bright.

'Dream fight' set for Juneau
Promoter Bob Haag, of Big H Promotions and Roughhouse Friday Boxing, is bringing a match between two of the best lightweights in the state of Alaska to Juneau.

Ballot measure would authorize borrowing $400 million
The small city of Sitka has two public pools now, but if voters approve a nearly $400 million bond package Nov. 2 they'll be getting a third. That's more than any other city of its size, and with only about 50 public pools in the state, it's about the highest per capita pool availability anywhere.

Healing Mass held for priest abuse victims
FAIRBANKS - Three Alaska Catholic bishops walked the aisles of Sacred Heart Cathedral waving spruce branches dipped in waters from Alaska rivers and sprinkling the gathering of 150 congregants in a blessing rite.

USPS rejects Nikiski's effort to get one ZIP code
If you live in Nikiski, your address might say Kenai. Or maybe you have two addresses: one in Kenai, one in Nikiski. Confused?

Sea ice melting as Arctic temperatures rise
WASHINGTON - The temperature is rising again in the Arctic, with the sea ice extent dropping to one of the lowest levels on record, climate scientists reported Thursday.

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