Murkowski is already creating jobs
It seems to me that Scott McAdams has developed his platform on job creation by watching Lisa Murkowski do hers in the United States Senate.

Miller unqualified, Murkowski's support muddled, McAdams is the man
In my 72 years, I have never observed a candidate for office as clearly unfit as Joe Miller. His view of Constitutional law and basic rights such as freedom of the press is so distorted, I can not believe he passed the bar exam or even got passing grades at Yale.

Political rhetoric surprising
I am always surprised at the rhetoric of political process. This season, as always, one candidate bashes the other regarding their affiliation with one political group or the other and the odd vote "against" Alaskan interests.

Miller's platform will stop the borrowing in Washington
I am supporting Joe Miller for the simple reason that neither of the other two candidates is addressing what is clearly the biggest threat to our nation's economic future: the uncontrolled spending in Washington and the exploding debt which is being created for our children to pay interest on forever.

Keep yourself squeaky clean if you want to run for office
According to Senator Mark Begich, 60 percent of Alaskans are dependent upon the federal government for health care. I assume all other states are in a similar situation regarding their health care. If food stamps, disability payments, Medicare, Medicaid, mortgage and banking guarantees, and the myriad of other federally sponsored programs were factored in, the percentage of dependent people would be much higher.

Murkowski's sorry legacy being formed before our eyes
Lisa Murkowski's lasting legacy is being formed before our very eyes. It is a sorry legacy of a me-first attitude toward her party and her political tone-deafness toward the August primary voter that has reacted to their concerns with alternating calls of "all-is-well" indifference and accusatory catcalls of carpetbagger extremism.

Shipyard could be a better use of old Public Works site
Juneau is in an enviable position. The number of ugly, noisy industrial sites in this city can be counted on one hand: Lemon Creek around Costco and Home Depot, the Rock Dump, Industrial Blvd., and certain areas around the harbors are about all that come to mind.

Money and vote should go to McAdams
Funny or not, we've had a lot to laugh about lately, especially the cruel absurdity of our U.S. Senate race. GOP primary winner Joe Miller, an outside-sponsored tea party member, claims incumbent Lisa Murkowski just isn't reactionary enough, while she cries "Yes I am! Yes I am!!" Wow.

Murkowski respected in Alaska Legislature
I'll be casting my write-in vote for Lisa Murkowski for U.S. Senate.

Photo: Catching the wind

Ron Miller to head redistricting board
The Alaska Redistricting Board named Ron Miller of Anchorage as its executive director Monday to guide it through the process of drawing new legislative districts for the state.

Project funding moves forward
More than $5.2 million was approved in both grant and City and Borough of Juneau funds for several projects throughout the city at the City Assembly meeting Monday evening.

Photos: Mahler's Resurrection
Juneau Symphony Artistic Director Kyle Wiley Pickett (far left) conducts the Juneau Symphony in a performance of Gustav Mahler's "Symphony No. 2: The Resurrection" in the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The performance featured appearances by mezzo-soprano Beth Madsen Bradford and soprano Joyce Parry Moore, a former Juneauite, as well as the talents of more than 80 musicians and 60 singers.

Photo: Hangin' in there

Police and fire
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Photo: Red Ribbon Week
Navyrena Nauer, 11, reaches for a rebound with other sixth-grade students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School during a lunchtime "Slam Dunk, Drugs Are Junk" basketball game Monday in honor of Red Ribbon Week. The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign after the death of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique (Kiki) Camarena in 1985.

Photo: Sandy Beach white caps

Morning vehicle rollovers prompt JPD warnings
Icy conditions and/or alcohol played a role in two Sunday morning single-car accidents, according to a Juneau Police Department information release and department officers want citizens to know that fall weather brings increased rain and icy conditions.

Photo: Ripple effect
Common mergansers leave trails of ripples in the calm waters of Juneau's downtown harbor on Monday.

Deadline Looms for Spirit of Community Applications
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor outstanding community service by students in grades 5 through 12.

Alaska State Museum Features 'Great Alaska Games Show'
"The Great Alaska Games Show" will begin at the Alaska State Museum with an opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 5, hosted by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum.

Deadlines Near for Poetry Out Loud Registration
The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest encourages high school students to learn great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Art and Writing Competition Open to Grades 7-12
The deadline for submissions to the Alaska regional competition for the National Scholastic Art & Writing Competition is Dec. 6. It is open to students in grades 7 to 12.

Writing Contest Available to Students in Grades 4-12
The Alaska Center for the Book is inviting students in grades 4 through 12 to enter Letters About Literature 2011, a national writing contest. To enter, students must write a letter to an author, living or dead, explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves.

Police & Fire
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Original deconstruction
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Stimulus vs. austerity: USA vs. Europe
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We don't throw our trash far enough away
We walked our dogs in the neighborhood on a recent Saturday, and as we passed the elementary school, we couldn't help but notice all the teaching aids scattered everywhere. There were no textbooks or No. 2 pencils, you understand, but just about anything else you can think of was in abundance all around.

Berkowitz' efforts show desire to put Alaska first
Former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker just did something that is literally off the wall. He agreed to work with Democrat Ethan Berkowitz to build the All-Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline to Valdez. Berkowitz has not been able to articulate his vision for building this pipeline sufficiently to get his plan across to Alaskans. He is trailing rival incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell by nine points in a recent poll.

Candidates split on 'don't ask, don't tell'
JUNEAU - The major candidates in Alaska's Senate race are split on whether the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy should be repealed.

Calista Corp. named in sex harassment lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - The woman who says the longtime Calista president and chief executive sexually harassed her has named the Native corporation as a co-defendant in her lawsuit.

Anchorage may raise user fees to balance budget
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan is proposing an increase in fees on city services to bring in another $2 million a year to help balance the budget.

Kodiak Island villages in line for sirens
KODIAK - The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly has approved a contract for new warning sirens for island villages.

Alaska Federation of Natives backs Murkowski
FAIRBANKS - The state's largest Alaska Native group has endorsed Sen. Lisa Murkowski in her write-in bid in the Alaska Senate race.

Above-normal snow, cold, predicted for Southeast
JUNEAU - It could be a good winter for skiing in southeast Alaska this year.

Alaska otter gets new home in Oregon
SEWARD - Oregon now has a little MoJoe.

Alaska seafood processor settles with state
WRANGELL - An Alaska seafood processor with Oregon ties has reached a settlement with environmental regulators over wastewater violations.

Balance of power at stake for Alaska lawmakers
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Democratic leaders are expecting the general election to yield big gains for the party in both state legislative chambers, a confidence that gives Republicans pause.

Drivers escape fiery Anchorage crash
ANCHORAGE - A teenage driver trying to elude Anchorage police crashed into a pickup and both burst into flames.

Park Service to review McKinley climbing permits
ANCHORAGE - The National Park Service says it will review how it allocates permits to climb Alaska's Mount McKinley between commercial guided climbing operators and independent operators.

Judge wants more info in election lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage judge said Monday he's not ready to decide whether election workers are violating the law by handing out lists of write-in candidates to Alaska voters who request them.

'Cobra' earns decision over Duckworth
Anchorage boxer Johnny "The Cobra" Tauton gave Juneau boxing fans and Ketchikan's best leather-gloved fighter Tyson Duckworth one of the year's best technical matches in the showcase bout during Roughhouse Boxing on Friday at Marlintini's Lounge.

Falcons finish 6th at KayHi tourney, Crimson Bears 8th
Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas were among 16 teams that competed in the weekend's Bill Weiss Invitational wrestling tournament, won by the homestanding Kings, with the Falcons finishing sixth and the Crimson Bears eighth in Ketchikan.

Crimson Bears' Chapman interested in marine biology
Juneau-Douglas senior Kalea Chapman is a defensive specialist for the Crimson Bears volleyball team and a shortstop for the reigning state champion softball team, and though sports take up a lot of her time, it's not the only thing she's interested in.

JDHS falters in Service-Dimond Volleyball Tournament
After being pushed to the brink before rallying for a win at Colony on Thursday, Juneau-Douglas faltered in the semifinals before taking out Chugiak 25-18, 25-18 to finish third out of 20 teams Saturday in the Service-Dimond Volleyball Tournament in Anchorage.

Observers report high king bycatch
KODIAK - Pollock boats and other commercial fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska have accidentally caught an estimated 58,336 king salmon this year, a level of bycatch that could trigger restrictions.

Crawford runs lean, old school campaign

Touch-screen voting machines are ready for write-in election
Alaska's touch-screen electronic voting machines, purchased to assist those with disabilities but available to anyone, are prepared to handle the challenge of a write-in campaign, state elections officials say.

Judge wants more info in election lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage judge said Monday he's not ready to decide whether election workers are violating the law by handing out lists of write-in candidates to Alaska voters who request them.

State ecosystems projected to shrink by century's end
Roughly 60 percent of Alaska's ecosystems may shift in response to climate change by the end of the 21st century, according to the results of a two-year study released in September by University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Miller says he was naive to expect privacy
JUNEAU - After nearly two weeks of silence and a vow not to talk about his personal life, Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller has acknowledged he was disciplined and lost three days pay for misusing government computers while employed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Photo: Fate hanging in the balance
Alice Travis Germond, secretary of the Democratic National Committee, talks with members of the local branch of the National Organization of Women at the El Zarape Restaurant Monday evening. Germond talked about the fate of women hanging in the balance in this election. Germond travels to Anchorage on Tuesday and Fairbanks on Thursday.

New health commission to review costs
A state health commission created by the Legislature earlier this year will review rapidly rising medical costs and patterns of health care pricing among providers, the executive director of the commission said.

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