Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sickened by Sarah-bashing
I was both surprised and sickened by the demonstration on the Capitol steps and the general Sarah Palin bashing by the left wing liberals here in Juneau.

Harris a threat; vote for Doll
The purpose of the Monday newspaper ad by Cathy Muñoz was clear - a party line vote for her would be in the best interests of Juneau. This argument could decide the race for state House between Andrea Doll and Muñoz. Is it true?

Sen. Ted Stevens should resign
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, should resign. The verdict of guilty on all seven counts of violating federal ethics laws by failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and services he had received from friends leaves no other option for the senator.

Amazed by Empire's pro-McCain editorial
I was truly amazed that the paper endorsed John McCain and Sarah Palin. The claim that Palin has meaningful on-the-job experience is mind-boggling. Palin has been a disaster, an embarrassment to the state of Alaska. A net-negative, not a net-plus, unless you are the hard-core Republican base.

Chamber honors Goldbelt VP
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce named Bob Martin, vice president of operations for Goldbelt Inc., Citizen of the Year for 2008 in a ceremony Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Begich hopes to follow in father's steps
Alaska's legendary Democratic congressman Nick Begich won election victories over two of the three most prominent Republicans who have represented Alaska since statehood.

EPA passes wastewater authority to state
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday said it would hand off wastewater discharge permitting authority and enforcement in Alaska to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Tricks and treats: Winners of the Juneau Empire's Spotted Haunted Halloween photo contest
Entrants were judged based on how well they embodied the Halloween spirit.

Photo: Trick-or-treat gathering
Liam Hunt, 3, dressed as Batman, watches a game called "Shivering Shuffle Board" on Friday during the Ghost Walk at Mount Jumbo Gym.

Photo: Fire drill
From left, Paul Kelly, Erik Goldsberry, Mark Fuette and Capt. Ed Quinto cut a hole in the roof of a city building Saturday next to the bus stop on Egan and Main streets to act as a smoke and heat vent during an exercise.

Around Town
Today

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

Loreta V. Subeldia
Juneau resident Loreta "Lory" V. Subeldia died peacefully on Oct. 30, 2008, surrounded by family and friends at her home in Juneau. She was 63.

Arthur Clinton Teel
Arthur Clinton Teel died on Oct. 27, 2008. He was born in Anchorage in 1970. He came to Juneau at the age of 5 - weeks into the arms and hearts of his adoptive parents, Phil and Jean Teel and sisters, Tracy, Bonnie and Karla.

Outside editorial: Financial intervention
This editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Are we still stuck in the '60s?
The killers would have worn top hats. Having already murdered 102 African Americans, 14 by beheading, they would have driven at top speed toward Barack Obama, leaning from the windows of their vehicle, dressed in top hats and white tuxedoes, firing guns.

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

Students get hunter education
More than 200 Floyd Dryden Middle School students participated in a comprehensive hunter education program last week in Juneau.

Photo: Cold-water training
Crew from Air Station Sitka watch over a group of third-graders in survival suits kicking the water at Crescent Harbor on Oct. 28, as the students are taught how to be seen from the air. All third-graders in the Sitka School district attend a cold water survival course taught by Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team, and Coast Guard rescue swimmers.

Checking out the wildlife at Cropley Lake
W e stood at the old dam at the outlet of Cropley Lake.

Three bears maul Montana hunter on Kodiak Island
ANCHORAGE - A 31-year-old Montana deer hunter was mauled last week by a sow grizzly bear and two cubs, then spent two days in a remote cabin before he could be airlifted to a hospital.

Unit 4 deer season update
JUNEAU - Except for the doe closure enacted Oct. 1 on northeast Chichagof Island, the remainder of the unit is open to any deer.

Photo: Blue sky day
Fall leaves and recent snowfall on the Sisters mountain range catch the morning light Thursday in Sitka.

Washington teen bags 7-point elk
Lindsey May, who turns 18 this week, is the envy of grizzled elk hunters everywhere.

Garbage-raiding bear killed on Halloween
ANCHORAGE - Wildlife officials killed a 200-pound black bear that was raiding garbage in the driveway of a home as children were trick-or-treating in the Anchorage neighborhood on Halloween.

October in Anchorage 8th coldest on record
ANCHORAGE - It was a cold October in Anchorage.

Fire strikes twice at Nikiski home
NIKISKI - Fire struck twice last week at a home in Nikiski.

Recalled chocolate coins not sold here
JUNEAU - Local Costco employees confirmed the chocolate coins recalled by Canadian food inspectors because of melamine contamination are not sold in Juneau or the rest of the United States.

Kenai dentist found guilty of tax fraud
ANCHORAGE - A Kenai dentist has been found guilty in federal court on four counts of income tax evasion.

University budget tops $849 million
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents has approved a budget of nearly $850 million.

JDHS sweeps Region V
The Juneau-Douglas High School swim and dive teams achieved their goals of Region V Championships over the weekend, easily sweeping the combined boys' and girls' team scores.

'Juneau 2' takes out All-Comers Friday
The Juneau-Douglas High School JV and C teams broke up into seven squads as they hosted this weekend's All-Comers Tournament, but it wasn't the best team on paper that took Friday's title.

Photo: Senior Night silliness
From left, JDHS seniors Li'i Levale, Kristie Ely, Briana Donahue and Kyra Jones celebrate after a score during a game against a Juneau All-Stars team Saturday night. Due to cancellations from several 3A teams, the Crimson Bears faced off against the squad of Juneau-Douglas alums for their Senior Night send-off. Fellow seniors Rachel Peyton and Wendy Calderwood joined their classmates on the floor for most of the match, playing mostly away from their usual positions. The seniors won rather easily, but the All-Stars mixed in some surprisingly feisty volleys with their lighthearted effort.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Former Alaska lawmakers call for McCain Troopergate apology
ANCHORAGE - Republican presidential nominee John McCain should apologize for his campaign's personal attacks on the Alaskan at the heart of the Troopergate controversy, according two former Alaska legislative leaders.

Stevens' voter support split after corruption conviction
ANCHORAGE - Bear Ketzler has voted for Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens for more than three decades, but now he struggles to hold on to his support after the Republican icon's conviction on federal corruption charges.

Alaskans turn out in large numbers to vote in election
Early voting is a hit this year as Alaskans line up at regional election centers hoping to beat even longer lines on Election Day.

Palin takes prank call from fake Sarkozy
TORONTO - Sarah Palin unwittingly took a prank call Saturday from a Canadian comedian posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and telling her she would make a good president someday.

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