Young has contracted D.C. Arrogance
It looks like that dreaded political disease, D.C. Arrogance, has infected another Alaska politician. Rep. Don Young appears to have an advanced case of the malady that ended Frank Murkowski's career.

Don't poison the land, sea, air of Long Island
I am writing regarding my concerns about the aerial spraying on Long Island. I'm a lifelong resident of Hydaburg and have no plans to leave.

The life of the party
The Republican campaign ads say we should vote for their people because we need to have someone in the majority.

Knowles brings balance to the job of governing
Listening to Tony Knowles at Homer's recent District 35 Democratic rally reinforced why we are voting for him as governor.

Palin and Parnell will move Alaska forward
Understandably, there are those who question Sarah Palin's experience, but as has been stated before, Tony Knowles went from being a mayor to governor.

Photo: First steps
Isabelle Sam helps her daughter, Georgianna, 13 months, walk Thursday at Mendenhall Mall.

Republican group says Palin mailer does not violate law
The Republican Governors Association is denying claims that a pro-Sarah Palin mailer violated state law.

Photo: It's pronounced, Eye-gore
Max Lyons, 12, tries on a monster mask Thursday at Vicky's Joke Shop.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

Valley branch to shut doors for 2 weeks
The city's smallest and most popular library - the Mendenhall Valley branch - is expanding to better handle its traffic, which is almost twice that of the downtown library, officials said.

Popular trail slated to open in November
The popular Salmon Creek Trail will likely reopen in mid-November, nearly one year after a heavy storm rendered it unsafe.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Neighbors Digest
Capitol Kennel Club teaches puppy manners & Auke Bay Bible Church hosts mission speakers

Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Photo: Hunter education and firearm safety
Representatives from the Taku River Valley Sportsmen's Association present a $2,000 donation Sunday at Floyd Dryden Middle School to fund this year's 4-H Outdoor Skills/Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education and Firearms Safety program.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for contributing to business program, &: Thanks for attending my cancer fundraiser

Student artist in the spotlight: Vinh Le
"This was a big surprise. When she said the final winner, my heart was pounding. It's still pounding! I get good grades, but I didn't think of myself as an artist."

Photo: Jacksons celebrate 18 years of marriage
Jim and Vera Jackson, who met 22 years ago...

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Peggie Ward and Charles Kaltenbach
"(Peggy and Chuck) are deserving of a joint nomination and award for the 2006 Volunteer of the Year for their successful stewardship of Light Up a Life.

Let's not overlook fruits, such as pears
A few weeks ago, I wrote about apples and the excitement attending the arrival of the new crop.

Alaska editorial: Voter beware, as Election Day nears watch out for biased, misleading polls
As we begin to count days, rather than weeks, until the general election on Nov. 7, talk of what "the polls" say likely will become more and more commonplace.

My Turn: We can all combat domestic violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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.

Crucial series awaits JDHS this weekend
The stakes will be high for the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team today and Saturday.

Oil, business defect to Knowles
Normally stalwart Republican backers are shunning Sarah Palin and defecting to Democrat Tony Knowles in this year's gubernatorial race, with business and oil industry executives leading the way.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation & the world

Young faces Benson, others during only debate
Candidates for Alaska's lone congressional seat sparred during their only debate, during which one minor party challenger even urged people to vote for Democrat Diane Benson.

Providence Health announces staff cuts
The state's largest private employer will lay off 36 workers and eliminate 89 jobs now vacant.

Alaska Digest
Historic cutter visits capital for last time, Fairbanks double homicide investigated, Prudhoe transit line shows no problems, ConocoPhillips' third quarter profits edge up, Oregon man bursts into church, sets fire & Starbucks aims for coffee saturation

Native Alaskans blast regulators over subsistence
Alaska Native voices are being ignored on rural subsistence rights, delegates at an Alaska Federation of Natives meeting said.

Yukon Quest attracts former champion Gatt, increases purse
A three-time Yukon Quest champion has again signed up for the race, despite his claim that he wanted to focus on the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

Son to race in honor of father killed in helicopter crash in Iraq
When Hollis Troxel won a state cross-country running title for the Anchorage Christian Schools Lions last year, he did it for his sister and his mother.

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