Superior court judge upholds city smoking ban
The legality of the Juneau smoking ordinance is less hazy after Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg shot down a private association's assertion that it was not subject to the city smoking ban.

Floyd Dryden school holds ninth annual outdoor skills program
"How many of you have hunted before this class?" firearm safety instructor Ken Coate asked a room full of sixth-graders.

Carlson appointed state rural education director
Juneau School Board member Phyllis Carlson will be the state's first director of rural education, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Thursday.

Red Ribbon Rally mixes fun, anti-drug message
Like many Alaskans, ripple effects of alcohol and drug abuse have found their way into Mayor Bruce Botelho's life. He remembers his favorite Russian literature professor from college drinking, driving and dying.

New Juneau Empire publisher named
Mark Bryan has been named the new publisher of the Juneau Empire after five years as publisher of the Newport News-Times in Newport, Ore.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month; today's featured survivor: William John Harris Jr.
Age: 79.

Photo: Boat house
Gillnetter Chris Place, left, works with Jerry Burns of Juneau Marine Services Thursday to build a covered structure for his 42-foot boat downtown. Place said he had a laundry list of projects to do and wanted a little protection from the winter weather.

Around Town
Today, Oct. 23

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Daniel Reese Bibb
Former Juneau resident Daniel Reese Bibb died Sept. 14, 2009, in New York City. He was 43.

Preventing oil spills
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks DailyNews-Miner:

Obama's health care bill ignores plight of the average American
S o Nancy Pelosi and President Obama are adamant Congress pass its health care bill. They have dismissed the August protesters and are pushing for passage as soon as possible. But, what does this mean for the average American - we'll call her Mary Smith, a single mother of two struggling to get by in a down economy?

Nobody wins in Afghanistan's runoff election
P oliticians love photo ops. So when Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., appeared alongside Hamid Karzai as the beleaguered Afghan president announced that he would agree to a runoff election, it was hardly surprising. Kerry was doing what politicians do.

'Mother lode' of lures
When a boat anchor didn't dislodge a ball of lures rooted on the bed of Cowee Creek, David Athearn fashioned a makeshift grappling hook, looped it onto the bumper of his SUV and pulled the tangle - which had been deviling anglers all season - from the water.

Hudson tops Oct. Gun Club shoot
JUNEAU - Peter Hudson topped the American Trap Association and Pacific Trap Association shoot on Oct., 10 with two wins in two out of the three events.

Hunter information, basic training course offered
JUNEAU - A hunter education and basic training course will be offered Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6 to 7 at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility.

Deer numbers down as season hits upswing
Early November is prime time for Juneau deer hunters. Bucks are active and may respond to calling, the leaves are off the trees and visibility is good, and most deer have dropped out of the alpine down into the forests.

Rocktoberfest to rock a bit bigger this year
Juneau's local climbing gym is hosting the third annual Rocktoberfest fall climbing competition and the fourth annual Reel Rock Film Tour this Friday and Sunday, Oct 23 and 25.

This amazing autumn is one for the books
I feel like I have been getting away with something I shouldn't be.

My friend the runner ... my runner the friend
I have a friend who runs. Well, actually, I have a runner who "friends."

Cavity nesters know how to stay safe
Most of our local breeding birds build open-cup nests, more or less like deep saucers with no roof. Robins, mallards, hummingbirds, warblers, and sparrows are examples of open-cup nesters.

On the hook
Local angler Holly McKinney with a bright coho she landed from a nearby stream on Sept. 28.

Out & About
Today, Oct. 23

Ski club hosts food, information, silent auction Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Ski Club is inviting the public to eat, talk and win prizes at the annual Open House Potluck Dinner and Silent Auction on from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Eaglecrest Day Lodge.

Fed decision triggers 30-day review of Shell plan
ANCHORAGE - A federal agency says Shell Oil's application to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea is complete.

Begich says he doesn't have city e-mails
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says he doesn't plan to hand over private e-mails to a lawyer for the municipality of Anchorage because he doesn't have any that relate to last year's budgetary process.

Police shoot burglary suspect in Eagle River
EAGLE RIVER - An Anchorage police officer shot a burglary suspect in Eagle River.

Coast Guard to recognize ferry crew for vessel rescue
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard is recognizing the crew of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Taku in a ceremony today for their rescue of two men off the fishing vessel Alaskan Pride in Chatham Strait last week.

Senate Republicans confirm Coghill
ANCHORAGE - State Senate Republicans have given their approval to the appointment of John Coghill to the body.

Territorial Guard statue unveiled in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A Territorial Guard statue unveiled in Fairbanks is one of eight that will be displayed around Alaska.

Feds drop charge of bear-baiting against photographer
ANCHORAGE - The bearbaiting charge filed against a Soldotna photographer has been dropped.

Palin backs 3rd- party candidate in NY House race
ALBANY, N.Y. - Less than a year removed from serving as the Republican vice presidential candidate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has endorsed a third-party candidate for an upstate New York House seat.

Building from the mat up
With the season already underway, the Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas wrestling teams look to make more early season progress this weekend in Skagway.

Sports in Juneau

Prosecutors seek prison time for Allen
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors say the former chief executive of a company that did construction work for oil companies should be sentenced to nearly four years in prison for offering bribes in exchange for legislation favorable to the petroleum industry.

Obama designates 200,000 square miles in Alaska for polar bears
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Thursday it is designating more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska and off its coast as "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

Commissioner: Rural police program improving
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's rural police program is improving, with more officer vacancies filled and a significant reduction in turnovers, the state's top police officer said Thursday.

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