Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Rookery opens Nov. 1 Seward Street
A familiar downtown eatery opens under new management next week.

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.

Photo: A&P fire
A small fire behind the Alaskan & Proud grocery store downtown was quickly extinguished by the Juneau Fire Department.

Students get involved with Red Ribbon Week
Students all across the Juneau School District are participating in an array of substance abuse awareness activities for Red Ribbon Week.

Sealaska switches boiler system to pellet power
Sealaska is bringing a renewable energy into Alaska, starting with Sealaska Plaza. The building has been outfitted with a wood-pellet boiler system that replaces its oil-based system.

JPD arrests assault suspect
Juneau Police Department officers responded to a report of two males fighting in a Mall Road business parking lot near noon on Tuesday and a caller reported a handgun was involved.

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.

Bartlett HR assessment complete, moving forward
A review of the Human Resources department at Bartlett Regional Hospital, prompted by employee concerns with a "culture of fear" back in April, is complete and hospital administration believes it gives positive ways to move forward.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Police & Fire
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Police & 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.

Yes on Ballot Measure 1
In the Nov. 2 general election, Ballot Measure 1 offers voters a chance to increase the size of our state Legislature from 60 to 66 members - 4 new representatives and 2 new senators. I testified on behalf of this proposal in the legislature, and I urge all Alaskans to support it by voting yes on election day.

A Democrat for Murkowski
I am appealing to my fellow Alaskans - and especially to others who, like me, are registered Democrats - to please join me and write in Lisa Murkowski to send her back to Washington as our senior Senator on Nov. 2. Although my truck still displays a bumper sticker for President Barack Obama advocating "Change the Course" and I am proud to be part of the majority of Americans who made history two years ago, Murkowski's reelection is too important for partisan politics to overtake Alaskan voters.

Parnell's leadership deserves term of its own
Sean Parnell took over as Alaska's governor in 2009 after Sarah Palin's rise to national prominence and abrupt departure from office made a huge splash, not only nationally, but especially in Alaska. Parnell has guided Alaska's ship of state expertly through those rough seas and deserves an elected term as our governor.

Stimulus vs. austerity: USA vs. Europe
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

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.

Soldiers to get night training
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Fort Wainwright officials say soldiers will be conducting night training near Delta Junction.

Dumpster fire quickly contained
The Juneau Fire Department responded to a small fire outside the Alaskan & Proud grocery store downtown Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Report blames Kodiak crash on pilot error
KODIAK - The National Transportation Safety Board report says a commercial plane crash at the Kodiak's airport was due to pilot error.

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.

Study shows success in dental therapist program
ANCHORAGE - A two-year study shows that dental therapists are making a positive difference in remote Alaska Native villages where they practice.

Conservative PAC to air ads supporting Miller
JUNEAU - A conservative group hopes to tap into the frustrations of the tea party movement with an ad supporting Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller.

Cleworth takes over as Fairbanks mayor
FAIRBANKS - Jerry Cleworth has been sworn in as mayor of the city of Fairbanks after defeating incumbent Terry Strle in a close race earlier this month.

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

Anti-abortion group endorses Miller
JUNEAU - The political arm of the Alaska Family Council has endorsed Republican Joe Miller for the U.S. Senate.

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.

Noorvik man missing outside Kiana
NOORVIK - A 30-year-old Noorvik man is missing and Alaska State Troopers say his all-terrain vehicle has been found submerged in the Kobuk River.

$250,000 damage in Anchorage vandalism spree
ANCHORAGE - Damage is estimated at more than $250,000 in a weekend spree in which vandals shot out windows at businesses and vehicles in Anchorage.

Local man indicted for meth distribution
According to a Department of Justice news release on Tuesday, Ryan Budd Burnett, 28, of Juneau was arraigned before United States Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh Monday on the charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Palin to attend rally with Joe Miller
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, are scheduled to headline a rally in Alaska hosted by Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller.

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.

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.

'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.

Who needs ratings in October?
I might be the only one that feels this way, but this year's World Series is shaping up to be one of the better Fall Classics in recent memory.

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.

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.

Crawford runs lean, old school campaign

Murkowski's appeal for Democratic votes backfires
Murkowski's appeal for Democratic votes backfiresSen. Lisa Murkowski is apologizing for a campaign mailing attempting to win Democratic votes, but some Juneau Democrats say the mailing went too far.

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.

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.

AK Senate candidates spar on resource development
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - GOP Senate hopeful Joe Miller hammered away Tuesday at his campaign theme that the federal government must open up Alaska for development as a way out of its deficit spending problems, a plan his two rivals called unrealistic.

Young looking confident
"With all due respects, my opponents are waiting for me to drop dead," the 77-year-old Republican said. "I'm not giving up yet. I like what I do."

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.

ATIA picks new board members
The Alaska Travel Industry Association has announced its 2010-2011 board of directors.

Alaska Senate race bitter and unpredictable
JUNEAU, Alaska - For Alaska voters, this year's Senate election is venturing into unexplored territory.

State commerce department begins offering loans under fuel-efficiency program
The state Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, through its Division of Economic Development, recently approved its first loan under the new fuel efficiency upgrade program, according to a press release.

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