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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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 '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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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