Sunday, October 28, 2007

Look to sporting work of Catholic Action
Professional sports are becoming increasingly violent and unethical. More and more we hear of serious injuries, such as head concussions, bribing and kickback scandals, rampant steroid use, intimidation and other forms of cheating.

Remember legislators who took VECO money
The following 12 legislators all have four things in common: 1) Every one of them has taken more than $10,000 from VECO; 2) When VECO owner Bill Allen asked to be relieved of his requirement to register as a lobbyist...

Women face risks if they join military
Whether the National Guard recruiters like it or not, young women and their parents should know that thousands of American women in uniform are being raped by their fellow soldiers.

Prisoner arrested after walking away from Juneau halfway house, police say
A state prisoner on furlough to the Gastineau Human Services halfway house walked away from the facility Wednesday night, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo:A spot of tea
Shelby Girmscheid, 8, left, Brandi Wiedler, 8, center, and Erica Maiquis, 9, listen to Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday during the governor's visit to their third-grade classroom at Riverbend Elementary School. Palin and her daughter, Piper, came for the class's annual Russian Tea Party.

Juneau's commercial real estate market picks up momentum
Commercial real estate in Juneau appears to be gaining momentum as the tourism industry keeps retail property sales busy downtown and an influx of big box retailers has piqued the interest of smaller national chains, brokers report.

Around Town

Chamber of Commerce names Linda Thomas Citizen of the Year
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce named Linda Thomas Citizen of the Year during Saturday night's Under the Alaskan Sea celebration at Centennial Hall - an evening that included an address from Gov. Sarah Palin.

The Herring Conundrum:
A small, oily fish has been making some big waves in Juneau recently.

My turn: Southeast communities depend on mining jobs
I have watched with great interest Coeur Alaska's efforts to reopen the Kensington Mine. I have been a commercial fisherman for 38 years, lifetime member of United Fishermen of Alaska...

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Empire editorial: Anti-recruiters should have student access
A decision as consequential as joining the military should be made carefully with a sober understanding of what serving our country entails.

Web sites help people seeking alternatives to plastic
I've got plastic on the brain.Last week, I found myself talking it over while hiking Perseverance Trail and the next day, with girlfriends at the Island Pub. I have been thinking about the stark fact that all plastic ever made is still on the planet. If you want to see where it ends up, look at the last page of this month's issue of Sierra magazine. There you will find a photo of an albatross from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands whose stomach is filled with hundreds of pieces of plastic - its last meals colorful but fatal.

Hunting how-to
A group of sixth-graders from Floyd Dryden Middle School learned outdoor skills last week, including how-to training about hunting.

'Sterile' Long Lake produces 22-pound trout
A photograph of a hefty lake trout pulled from Long Lake along the Glenn Highway has sparked an investigation into whether the state has a new, resident population of the far north char.

Crossbills well designed for Southeast cuisine
Crossbills are very unusual songbirds, in that their upper and lower bills are crossed at the tips, instead of coming together in a point. This peculiar configuration is a clever adaptation that allows crossbills to open the cones of conifer trees and extract the seeds.

Out & About

Getting in shape now will pay dividends this winter season
Ski season is fast approaching, but being prepared to take advantage of the winter weather starts long before the snow accumulates enough to strap on the sticks.

Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys, girls win titles
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams captured a pair of conference crowns in impressive fashion Saturday in Ketchikan.

Photo: High spirits
Members of the Hurricanes football team get a chance to watch the cheerleaders perform as Abbey Wilwert, 12, of the Cougars cheer squad takes practice flight with the help of her teammates...

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.

Southeast Conference Swimming and Diving Results
SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Crimson Bears sweep Kings for top seed
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team looked impressive in a pair of straight-set victories over Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday.

Ex-VECO executive testifies he bribed Kohring
The former head of a major Alaska pipeline services company testified Friday that he handed state Rep. Vic Kohring $600 to $700 or more on at least five occasions.

Alaska Digest
Housing Authorityto offer heating help; Woman bitten by bear near nature center; Two people suspectedof forging Alaska IDs; Man gets 60 months on old pot charges; 5.4 quake shakes area near King Cove; Man arrested in case of dismembered body

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

U.S. Supreme Court expected to decide on Exxon Valdez appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday is expected to decide whether it will hear one of the final cases in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Wolves kill half-dozen sled dogs in Yukon River village
A half-dozen sled dogs in the village of Marshall were killed by a pack of wolves roaming the Yukon River village, according to villagers and Alaska State Troopers.

Legislature guts Palin's oil tax bill
A state Senate and House committee separately put Gov. Sarah Palin on notice Saturday: no new taxes. The committees gutted her oil tax bill, stripping out the most divisive section, an increase on net profits taxes from 22.5 percent to 25 percent.

Native leader urges end to 'cloak of victimization'
Tara MacLean Sweeney called on Alaska Natives to cast off a "cloak of victimization" during her keynote speech Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

State disputes claims about tax instability
North Slope oil producers fear fiscal instability like nothing else. So much so that this year the CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. badmouthed Alaska on Wall Street, saying the state had raised taxes at least 13 times in recent years.

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