Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Men need support groups, too
I'm a happy card-carrying member of the Men's Crisis Center!

Muñoz can work across party lines
This letter is in support of Cathy Muñoz for the office of state Representative.

Smells like a 'spread the wealth' program
This year, as has been the case for many years, Alaska leads the country in the category of per capita federal tax dollars sent to the U.S. Treasury versus federal tax dollars received and spent by Alaskans, a ratio of 1 to 7.

Rep. Andrea Doll supports the road
Let's be clear. Andrea Doll supports the road.

Arts emphasized at charter school
It's Thursday morning at the Juneau Community Charter School, and the students have decisions to make: Take a banjo lesson from a substitute teacher, make a wallet out of duct tape, build props for an upcoming play, or pretty much any other activity they can think of.

Juneau leaders express surprise, support for senator
For many of Juneau's Republican and Democratic political leaders, U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has been their U.S. Senator for as long as they can remember.

Photo: First ski
Demian Schane, left, and Emily Ferry with their son, Elias, 5 months, and Layla Hughes and Mark Gnadt, right, with their son, Luke, 3, cross-country ski Sunday along the Lower Fish Creek Quarry Road. According to the National Weather Service, Juneau received 2.3 inches of snow on Friday and Saturday. Today's forecast calls for rain, with temperatures in the 40s.

Authorities search for man who jumped into channel
Police and Coast Guard are searching for a man who reportedly jumped off the docks at midday on Monday near the downtown Juneau library.

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

Incumbent Doll wins most support from labor unions
Republican challenger Cathy Muñoz is making some headway in an area where Democrats usually prevail: union support.

Around Town
Today

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

Around Town
Today

Henry Howard
Angoon resident Henry George Andrew Howard died Oct. 16, 2008, in his home. He was 34.

James Austin Jr.
Juneau and former Hoonah resident James Austin Jr. died Oct. 25, 2008, in Juneau. He was 80.

Charlotte Brown
Kake resident Charlotte Brown died Oct. 25, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 73.

My turn: SEACC must work with Coeur
In a recent "My Turn" (Oct. 21) by Rod Cadmus of Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, it was asserted that the "Ball is in Coeur's court" to move the Kensington project along.

Outside editorial: Welfare for Detroit
After years of decline, U.S. auto companies face the double whammy of a credit crisis and a recession. Car and truck sales fell 26.6 percent in September, the first month since 1993 in which fewer than 1 million vehicles moved off the lots. General Motors, threatened with bankruptcy and burning through $1 billion in cash reserves per month, is groping for a merger with Chrysler. Ford's stock is down more than 70 percent in the past year, and investor Kirk Kerkorian is dumping his shares.

Alan Greenspan: Never mind
Fans of the original cast of "Saturday Night Live," will recall Emily Litella, a character played by the late Gilda Radner on the "Weekend Update" segment, hosted by Chevy Chase. Radner, as Litella, delivered the weekly "editorial," during which she opined about some outrage or injustice. In the middle of her rant, Chevy Chase would lean over and whisper the truth in her ear, after which Radner would turn to the camera and sheepishly say, "never mind."

Outside editorial: World's financial system needs improvement
Roughly 64 years ago, 730 delegates from 44 Allied nations met in Bretton Woods, N.H., to devise a post-World War II international monetary and financial order.

America's next president should support talks between Israel, Syria
The next president will inherit a depressing litany of Mideast problems. But there is a chance to change that negative dynamic by zeroing in on a promising Mideast peace track that was never supported by the Bush team.

The scariest thing about Halloween shouldn't be the candy
Just in time for Halloween, several candy companies - including Cadbury, Mars and Nestle - have been caught up in China's tainted-milk scandal. Candies made by the companies' subsidiaries in Asia were found to contain melamine and were recalled, although the companies claim that the levels were too low to pose a health risk. Milk and baby formula contaminated with melamine are believed to have killed four children in China and sickened tens of thousands more.

Shop owner won't rebuild after fire
JUNEAU - The owner of the popular Fisherman's Bend gas station and store in Auke Bay said he doesn't think it's likely that he will rebuild the store, which burned down last February.

Advisory committee members resign
JUNEAU - Half the members of Juneau's local Fish and Game advisory committee, including several people who had been on the committee for decades, resigned Monday.

Convicted rapist gets 44 years in prison
ANCHORAGE - A man who was convicted of rape and other crimes was ordered to spend 44 years in prison.

Alaska firm chosen to design, build prison
PALMER - An Alaska firm has won the contract to build and design a $220 million state prison.

Prices drop for heating fuel
FAIRBANKS - Prices for heating fuel have dropped in Fairbanks.

Alaska-based soldier dies of combat injuries
ANCHORAGE - A soldier from Fort Wainwright has died of combat injuries received in Iraq.

Fishery council seeks adviser nominations
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking nominations for its advisory panel, its Scientific and Statistical Committee, and the Pacific Northwest Crab Industry Committee.

Juneau girl struck by van and injured
JUNEAU - An 11-year-old Juneau girl was hit by a van while crossing a street Sunday in the Mendenhall Valley, according to the Juneau police.

Palin says expensive clothing not hers
TAMPA, Fla. - Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said Sunday the $150,000 in clothes and accessories bought for her by the Republican National Committee don't belong to her, equating the high-priced wardrobe with the stagecraft at campaign rallies.

Marine board hears testimony on sinking
ANCHORAGE - A marine board has started taking testimony in the sinking of a fish processing boat in which only four members of the 11-man crew survived.

Homeless shelter plans run into snags
FAIRBANKS - Freezing temperatures have arrived in Fairbanks but church groups are having trouble completing a plan to provide another shelter for homeless people.

JDHS grapplers place 9 at opening meet
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team brought a dozen wrestlers to the season-opening Mount Edgecumbe Invitational this weekend, and nine have already felt the roar of a finals crowd.

Sen. Stevens guilty on all counts, career in peril
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that threatened to end the 40-year career of Alaska's political patriarch in disgrace.

Alternate will join jury in Stevens trial
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Sunday dismissed one of the jurors at Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial after losing contact with the woman following her father's death.

Stevens vows to fight guilty verdict
WASHINGTON - He was once third in line to the presidency, his power over Senate purse strings unrivaled. He favored an "Incredible Hulk" necktie, a warning not to rile him.

State candidates forge ahead in relative obscurity
A lot is riding on this year's legislative races with the balance of power in the state Senate in flux and myriad of House races considered toss-ups.

Analysis: Decision likely to help Democrats seeking Senate seats
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' conviction Monday on corruption charges gives Democrats a late boost in an improbable drive to win the 60-vote Senate supermajority they want as they look ahead to the new Congress.

Coast Guard suspends search for two missing crewmembers
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday for two crewmembers in the deadly sinking of a fishing vessel that took on water in stormy seas last week near the Aleutian Islands.

Photo: Looking to soothe outrage over outfits
Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin blows a kiss to supporters after speaking at a rally Sunday at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla. Palin said the $150,000 in clothes and accessories bought for her by the Republican National Committee don't belong to her.

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Photo: Looking for answers
U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Malcolm McLellan points Monday during a marine board investigation into the sinking of a fishing vessel Katmai off the Aleautian Islands.

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