New book explores XtraTuf mystery
Like a Frenchman's beret, or a Scottish Highlander's kilt, a juneauite's XtraTuf boots clearly identify him as a resident of Southeast Alaska. Adaptable, resilient, thick-skinned and understated (yet stylish in their way) - the boots and their wearers share certain qualities, perhaps partially explaining their draw. But Southeast Alaskans' unusual and widespread appreciation for this particular brand, especially in a place that shuns conformity, largely defies reason.

A howlin' Halloween Dance with Twilight Hotel? Yes, please
In case you didn't already know, from seeing the JAHC's fabulous posters up all over town, Twilight Hotel, "Canada's first couple of alt-retro countrified folk," are coming to town tomorrow to host a Halloween dance at Centennial Hall in support of the impending release of their newest album, "When The Wolves Go Blind."

Note: Most bars will be participating in the Safe Ride Home program on Saturday night. Ask your bartender for details.

Snail's pace kills 'Hereafter'
The morally purest among us probably feel a twinge of guilt when they knowingly break the speed limit. More of us likely have that sinking feeling in our stomachs when we accidentally run a red light. Somewhere in between knowingly speeding and accidentally running a red (or as I like to call it, "giving too much credit to the yellow light's staying power") is the level of guilt I am at now.

Human Rights Commission to host lecture, workshop
Are you concerned about hate crimes? Bullying in school and in the workplace? The Juneau Human Rights Commission is forming a Not in Our Town Coalition and will host a free lecture and workshop by national speaker Eran Thompson. Thompson will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the Egan Library. He will also lead the Juneau Not in Our Town Coalition's organizational meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4 at the Borough Assembly Chambers downtown.

Perseverance to present 'Tuesdays with Morrie'
Perseverance Theatre's 32nd season continues with "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom, a special production running for one weekend only.

UAS Evening at Egan Presents 'The Sarah Palin Phenomenon'
UAS Professor of Political Science Clive Thomas will be this week's Evening at Egan speaker, and will focus on "The Sarah Palin Phenomenon: An Alaska, National and International Perspective." The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Friday in the Egan Lecture Hall at UAS.

Poetry Out Loud registration deadline for schools Nov. 12
The deadline for schools to register students for the annual Poetry Out Loud recitation contest is Nov. 12. This contest encourages high-school students to learn poetry through memorization, performance and competition, and helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

K3 accepting donations for next weekend's used media sale
The semi-annual K3 used record, CD and DVD sale is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., at the KTOO conference room.

Local singers, guest pianist to perform tonight in 'Let the World Go By'
Local singers Kathleen and Dan Wayne will perform some of their favorite jazz, Broadway, opera solos and duets tonight in a performance called "Let the World Outside Go By." They'll be joined by guest pianist and composer Linda Dowdell, whose compositions will also be featured in the program. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the UAS Library Building in the Egan Lecture Hall.

New cookbooks for armchair droolers, chefs at Juneau libraries
New cookbooks for armchair droolers and kitchen doers are filling up the shelves at the public libraries - here are just a few.

Zombie book a fun project for local fishing guide
As any scary movie fan knows, the line between horror and humor is often blurred to the point of nonexistence. Zombies, in particular, seem unusually well-suited to this dual role: Stupid and clumsy (though often quick on their feet), gruesome yet ridiculous, these humans without humanity are usually singularly focused on eating their way to world domination - though no doubt with ill-formed plans for what to do once they get there.

Alaska on the page
"Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike," by Charlotte Gray

A vote for Miller is a vote for a senator, not a lobbyist
The Lisa Murkowski campaign boils down to one issue that concerns all U.S. citizens, not just Alaskans. It can be summarized as follows: we need to vote for the status quo so that Alaska can continue to collect benefits from Washington, DC. The comic irony is that this is the reasoning of the Democratic contender as well.

The Joe Miller I know
For 11 years, I worked as a health care provider in Tok - a hub for medical and judicial services for the Upper Tanana. Alcoholism was a serious and daily problem. For a time, 95 percent of my after hours calls were alcohol-related. Seemingly endless medevacs were due to injuries sustained while drinking and fighting. Generally, the perpetrators were repeat offenders. As magistrate, Joe Miller took an innovative approach in addressing recidivism associated with alcohol-related crime. He pioneered an optional treatment plan; instead of going to jail, repeat offenders could opt to participate in a court-ordered naltrexone program.

Prop 2 would provide much-needed funds
I would like to address all the voting citizens of Alaska for this upcoming election on Nov. 2, concerning Proposition B. I firmly believe Alaska is the last great state in the union because of its focus on economic viability, maintaining its diverse culture, and its high regard towards providing an elite education system for our youth.

Parnell is the pick
I am voting to retain Gov. Sean Parnell on Nov. 2. He has proven to me that he is a good leader for our state. Parnell has quietly moved Alaska in a positive direction on all fronts.

Just say no to anyone but McAdams
Despite Lisa Murkowski's best efforts to promote George Bush-Ronald Reagan-style fascism with endorsements from the grave and her recruitment of several soft-core fascist shills masquerading as Democrats (Bill Sheffield, Byron Mallott, et. al.), she has no chance of buying the 2010 election. Strom Thurmond is the one and only politician to win a write-in campaign for US Senate, and Murkowski is no Thurmond.

Support for Miller
I am writing this letter to express my support for Joe Miller for U.S. Senate. In so doing, I have made several drafts in an effort to curb my urge to launch a much-needed journalistic counter-attack. However, I believe staying positive is the right thing to do so that's where I'll focus my efforts.

McAdams can work for Alaska for 40 years
It will be a cold day in hell before I vote for Joe Miller or Lisa Murkowski, two extremists whose party loyalties supersede their commitment to the people of Alaska.

Fault for misleading mailer lies with Murkowski
I don't know how others felt, but I was shocked when I went to my mailbox recently and pulled out an expensive, full-color flyer from the official Murkowski campaign office in Anchorage. A big white-on-black banner headline proclaimed: "Alaskan Democrats Who Are Voting For Lisa Murkowski - And Not Scott McAdams."

Hobbyist restores swamped troller
He calls it his lifelong hobby. Now that hobby is finishing up and starting to garner some attention.

USCG maritime enforcement officer Palmer receives enlisted honor
United States Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist Third Class Jonathan Palmer was selected Juneau Area Enlisted Person of the Quarter last week by senior Coast Guard chiefs for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2010.

Photo: Splash bath
A mature bald eagle bathes in Steep Creek at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center on Thursday.

Coalition to support discrimination, hate crime victims proposed
Evidence of hatred and discrimination has popped up around Juneau from time to time. The Juneau Human Rights Commission is looking at proactively dealing with those issues before a major incident happens.

Direct fish marketplace could be upcoming option
If you're new in town, don't fish, but would like to buy fresh caught Alaska salmon directly from fishermen, it's hard to figure out where to go.

Photo: Smoky skies
Construction-site fires and light winds have kept the Mendenhall Valley covered in smoke the last couple of days.

Allen Marine set to enter overnight cruise business
Allen Marine Tours will be entering into the multi-night tour business in 2011 with the help of some newly acquired ships.

Couple wins suit against ANB, Spirit Village
A couple suing a non-profit organization for reimbursement of past wages won their lawsuit in Judge Keith Levy's courtroom Wednesday at Juneau District Court.

Juneau man commits suicide
A man committed suicide near Thane Road Wednesday night, according to a press release from the Juneau Police Department.

Feds to fund street paving
The paving of several valley roads and other dust control measures was approved Wednesday by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Police and 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.

Advisory committee addresses seat holder criteria
The Juneau/Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee narrowed down seat holder criteria and other housekeeping issues during its fourth meeting of the year on Tuesday.

Photo: Picking up piles
Greg Fox picks up dog poop along the Airport Dike Trail Wednesday afternoon while walking his dachshunds, Schatzi, right, and Willy, not pictured. Fox has been walking his dogs along the trail for six years. "It's a shame because it doesn't take that long to pick up the poop," says Fox. "If everyone did it no one like me would have to do what I'm doing."

City boards conflict on ideas for Bridge Park
Visions for the future of the Bridge Park concept - the area near the Douglas bridge where the old Public Works building is - conflict between at least two city boards.

Police & Fire
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Juneau man accused of gun threat arraigned
A Juneau man was arraigned Wednesday on multiple counts stemming from an incident where he allegedly entered a local business and threatened people inside with a gun, then later tried to injure them with his pickup truck.

Photo: Serviceman honored
Maritime Enforcement Specialist Third Class Jonathan Palmer has been named the Enlisted Person of the Quarter by senior U.S. Coast Guard chiefs. Palmer is now a nominee for the yearly U.S.C.G. service-wide honor.

Myra Elizabeth Howe
A Celebration of Life for Myra Elizabeth Howe will take place at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A hike in her honor will precede the celebration at 2:30 p.m. Hikers should meet an the main door of the center. For more information, please contact Duane Callahan at

Valuable hire: Alaska rightfully gets adviser in Indian affairs
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

From self-reliance to servitude
We use a variety of yardsticks to judge whether our country is on the right track. Is inflation up? Has unemployment dropped? What's the stock market doing today?

NPR's public and poorly handled affair
FORT WORTH, Texas - Because of my relationship with organizations and individuals caught up in a recent flap over a highly publicized firing, many readers are insistent that I comment on the issue.

My turn: Equity in health care access essential for all Alaskans
The phone rang at about 9:30 on a Thursday evening in mid-September.

My turn: Equity in health care access essential for all Alaskans
The phone rang at about 9:30 on a Thursday evening in mid-September.

Outside editorial: Do you mind if the FBI tracks your online habits?
The Internet is developing so rapidly that users typically discover only after the fact that their privacy was invaded or their private online activities were revealed to strangers. Safeguards don't seem to keep pace. That's troubling if, for example, a private marketer stealthily follows your online activities, as the Wall Street Journal has reported, or if trusted online sources permit others access to users' personal information without their knowledge or consent.

How things don't go bump in the night
As Halloween creeps closer, a wildlife spy's thoughts can turn to mysterious flying creatures. Not mythological ones like witches and ghouls, but instead critters, like owls, bats and flying squirrels, that come out when the sun sets and darkness creeps into the woods.

Dan Moller cabin remodel to be complete in November
Instead of muskeg, I smell cedar. Light filters where only shadows crept before and the crackle from a neat wood stove offers a warm welcome to an otherwise chilly fall day.

To John Muir cabin in October
By sheer luck, a late October ramble on the Auke Nu trail to the John Muir cabin found us in partial sunshine. Some of the boardwalk was even rather dry, although most of it was still very wet and slippery. All the usual mudholes were still there, of course, and we can only hope that someday they will be filled with gravel. A major erosion channel is developing along the trail near the trailhead and a large spruce has tipped up its roots, exposing its very shallow root system.

October shooting match results
On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Juneau Gun Club held a makeup match for our normal second Saturday of the month Registered Shoot. Extreme high winds on Oct. 10 forced the cancellation of that event. The day consisted of overcast skies with cool to mild temperatures and limited showers. Three events found five to nine shooters for each of the three, Pacific International Trap Association (PITA), events.

Coffee & Collections lecture offers up raven, eagle facts
JUNEAU - The public is invited to the City Museum for November's Coffee & Collections Presentation on some of Juneau's most notorious raptor residents.

Spread this year's spooky spirit with a pony ride
JUNEAU - The Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H Club will present Halloween Pony Rides just in time for Haloween.

Gastineau Humane Society's festival to celebrate animals
JUNEAU - The Gastineau Humane Society will host their annual Pet Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Map and compass clinic teaches keys to navigation
JUNEAU - The public is invited to SAGA's Eagle Valley Center to learn the basic and important points to navigating with the time-proven tools of a map and compass.

Join SEACC to learn the 'dirty' facts about the Tongass
JUNEAU - Organizers at the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council are inviting the public to a Clean Water and Muddy Boots Field Trip from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 30.

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Crowding blamed for Anchorage prison sex assault
ANCHORAGE - The American Civil Liberties Union and the union for Alaska prison guards say the indictment of an inmate accused of sexually assaulting three other prisoners demonstrates problems with overcrowding and understaffing.

JetBlue will begin flights to Anchorage in May
LONG BEACH, Calif. - JetBlue Airways said Thursday it would begin seasonal daily nonstop flights to Anchorage, Alaska, next May 26.

Begich wants Storis used as Juneau museum
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, has written a letter to U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Robert Papp urging him to consider using the decommissioned Storis as a museum in Juneau.

Earthquake rattles southcentral Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A magnitude 4.4 earthquake shook up southcentral Alaska on Wednesday afternoon.

Food security meeting canceled
The Food Security Committee of the Juneau Commission on Sustainability meeting scheduled for 5:15 p.m. today has been canceled.

Alaska woman pleads guilty to embezzling bail
FAIRBANKS - The former district accounting supervisor at the Fairbanks courthouse has pleaded guilty to embezzling $237,000 worth of bail money.

First cargo ships to plug in for power in Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. - Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. is unveiling two cargo vessels that will be able to plug in and get electrical power while docked in Tacoma.

Anchorage school superintendent warns of layoffs
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage School Superintendent Carol Comeau says there will be layoffs and program cuts to make up an expected budget shortfall of $20 million.

Anchorage protects Campbell Creek Estuary
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Assembly approved an ordinance Tuesday to turn the Campbell Creek Estuary into protected land.

Anchorage 'Whales' movie fog generates complaints
ANCHORAGE - Fog generated recently for filming the movie "Everybody Loves Whales" near the Port of Anchorage generated a few complaints to the city's air quality department.

TVs stolen from new clinic in Kivalina
KIVALINA - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the theft of three television sets from the new health clinic in Kivalina.

Anchorage jury convicts man of murdering Army MP
ANCHORAGE - A jury has found a man guilty of murder for shooting an off-duty Fort Richardson military police officer in a dispute outside an Anchorage bar.

Former Mount Rainier ranger dies in Tibet fall
ASHFORD, Wash. - Former Mount Rainier National Park ranger Joe Puryear, noted for climbs in the Cascades, Alaska and around the world, has died in a fall on a remote mountain in Tibet.

State mails more than 30,000 absentee ballots
ANCHORAGE - Alaska election officials mailed more than 30,000 absentee ballots to voters for next week's election.

Oral argument set in write-in candidates case
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit that claims the Division of Elections should not be handing out names of write-in candidates at polling places.

2 Kasilof residents charged with stealing wire
KENAI - Two residents of Kasilof have been charged with stripping wire from a fish processing plant, melting it down and selling the metal as scrap.

Juneau Chamber picks new officers
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce selected its new board members Thursday.

Prep swimmers primed for region meet
The rest cycle is over for Juneau's prep swimmers. Now it's time to prove themselves against the best Region V has to offer this weekend in Petersburg.

Prep swimmers primed for region meet
The rest cycle is over for Juneau's prep swimmers. Now it's time to prove themselves against the best Region V has to offer this weekend in Petersburg.

Prep volleyball seniors say goodbye
Most of the girls on the Juneau-Douglas volleyball team have seen senior nights come and go over the last three years. But Saturday, it's their turn.

Photo: Mat exhibition

Royal Caribbean reports strong profits
Royal Caribbean Lines is reporting strong revenue growth and dramatically higher profits for the summer cruise season, and is singling out Alaska as a particularly strong performer.

Shell, Alaska borough plan joint science studies
ANCHORAGE - Shell Alaska and the North Slope Borough announced Thursday they will collaborate on scientific research aimed at concerns about petroleum drilling on Alaska's Arctic Ocean outer continental shelf.

Sen. Egan undergoes successful surgery in Seattle
Juneau Sen. Dennis Egan's office announced Thursday that he had undergone successful heart surgery in Seattle Thursday morning and was recovering well and looking forward to returning to work as soon as possible.

Lawmakers hope to add seats to legislature
Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, knows she can't stop rural Alaska's diminishing voice in the state Capitol, but she does hope to slow the decline.

Palin tweets to Miller's defense
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin is among the conservatives rallying behind beleaguered Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller, after records showed that Miller admitted to lying about improperly using government computers while working as a borough attorney.

Unions spend big to unseat Kelly in Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Alaska unions are spending plenty for campaign ads in a bid to unseat Republican state Rep. Mike Kelly of Fairbanks.

Lawmakers hope to add seats to legislature
Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, knows she can't stop rural Alaska's diminishing voice in the state Capitol, but she does hope to slow the decline.

Murkowski vows strong finish
ANCHORAGE - This isn't the same Lisa Murkowski of two months ago who faced Alaskans humbled, defeated by a political upstart that many failed to take seriously at first.

Alaska high court: Voters may see write-in list
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court late Wednesday blocked a lower court's order and ruled that voters at polling places may see a list of write-in candidates.

Berkowitz campaign complaint rejected
FAIRBANKS - A state commission has rejected a complaint by Democratic candidate Ethan Berkowitz claiming attack ads by a national Republican group amount to illegal campaign spending in the race for Alaska governor.

Poll shows Miller decline, possible Murkowski lead
A new Senate poll from Anchorage's Hays Research Group shows Republican nominee Joe Miller sliding rapidly, but with both his challengers gaining.

Alaska Supreme Court justice faces retention vote
FAIRBANKS - A retention vote for an Alaska Supreme Court justice has pitted opponents that call her an activist against supporters who argue that criticism distorts her record.

Palin takes aim at Murkowski during rally
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin took aim at U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski as she sought to rally Alaskans for Murkowski's beleagured GOP rival, Joe Miller.

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