Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Drama-free McAdams is a breath of fresh air
As the senate battle between Joe Miller, Lisa Murkowski and Scott McAdams heats up, it's becoming very clear to me that McAdams is the right person for that job. He grew up in Petersburg and has a firsthand connection with fishing. His background is drama-free, which in itself is quite refreshing.

PSEA backs Berkowitz
Alaska's public safety officers (PSEA) support Ethan Berkowitz for governor. Like most Alaskans, we are conservative. Therefore, we want to point out important facts about why we support Berkowitz over Gov. Sean Parnell.

Time for Young to go
It's time to dump Rep. Don Young. With his arrogant manner, numerous ethics challenges, and frequent absences when the House votes; Don Young needs to retire. Nineteen terms in Congress is too long for anyone to serve. Thirty-eight years of dealing with lobbyists, special interests, and the entitled atmosphere of Congress would contaminate anyone's moral compass.

A reverence for committee chairmen: Murkowski is poised to lead
Every member of Alaska's congressional delegation since statehood - Republican and Democrat alike - has delivered the same message: Alaskans must fight for their rights against an overbearing federal government. To accomplish this, our delegation has carefully chosen its limited committee assignments in the Congress.

"Restoring Liberty?"
In the Anchorage Daily News, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, page A5 is an announcement: "Miller town hall meeting set for today in Anchorage." There are a couple of excerpts that are a little interesting. One is "Don't let the media skew your vies," and another is "restoring liberty to our state and nation."

Photos: Humane Halloween
Dressed as a clown, border terrier Bee dances during the Gastineau Humane Society "Pawsitively Fabulous Pet Fashion Show" at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Saturday.

Valley's old Army buildings may be demolished
One of Juneau's last vestiges of its World War II history is being sold to a private developer, who said he is likely to demolish it.

Police & 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.

Photo: Lone leaves left, last leaving like the wind
Fall storms are quickly stripping area trees, including this maple near the State Office Building on Monday.

Elections workers ready for challenge of write-in election
Polling places will be open for 13 hours Tuesday, starting at 7 a.m. and closing at 8 p.m. for today's general election.

Photo: Scary coffee
Capital Brew barrista and owner Lacey Godkin, dressed as a vampire ring leader, hands out a pleasant scare along with coffee on Saturday.

Judges on the ballot as well as politicians
There are no 10-foot-tall billboards along Egan Drive proclaiming the greatness of Judge Philip M. Pallenberg.

Photos: Last-minute championing
Joe Miller and Sean Parnell supporters wave during the afternoon rush hour on the eve of the national election.

Alaska broadband rates well above national average
A new global research database has ranked Alaska as one of the locations that charges the most for broadband Internet service.

Juneau's unopposed delegation outlines their agendas
Members of Juneau's legislative delegation aren't facing any challengers in this year's election, but they're still making public what they want to do in the new terms of office they're certain to win on Tuesday.

Photo: 'Tis suddenly the season
Crews from Chatham Electric and the State of Alaska's General Services department hang Christmas lights around the Governor's Mansion on Monday. It takes about two weeks to decorate the house inside and out for the holiday.

Photo: Pumpkin reading
Saturday daylight streams through the Halloween pumpkins at The Canvas as Sally Hand enjoys some peaceful reading time.

JYS youth artists display healing work
Editor's note: Some names in this story have been changed to protect the anonymity of minors living at Johnson Youth Services.

Hunter's plea hearing moved to Wednesday
The change of plea hearing for one of two men accused of multiple hunting violations in the Juneau area became a status hearing in Juneau District Court on Monday as both District Attorney Doug Gardner and defense attorney David Mallet, appearing by telephone for Park Myers, asked Judge Keith Levy for more time than the allotted court slot given.

Guilty plea expected today in Myers hunting violations
The lawyer for a Juneau man accused of multiple hunting violations entered a sentencing memorandum with the Juneau District Court last week which suggests his client will plead guilty at an 11:45 a.m. hearing today.

Police & Fire
Editor's note: A report for Juneau Police Department activity on Oct. 31 was not available at press time. The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers did not report any incidents in Juneau on Oct. 31.

Ada Marie Patterson
Ada Marie Patterson died Oct. 27, 2010 of ovarian cancer. She was born in Juneau on Sept. 19, 1956, and continued to live here for the next 54 years.

Mildred Anita (McCullough) Rowland
Mildred "Millie" Anita (McCullough) Rowland died Oct. 29, 2010 at her home in Wildflower Court in Juneau, surrounded by her family. She was born March 21, 1923 to Archibald and Gladys McCullough.

They all measure up: three items on ballot deserve support
Voters in Alaska will be asked to weigh in on two bonding propositions and a ballot measure Tuesday. We encourage them to approve all three proposals.

Majority less important than ending partisan rigidity
This editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Red tape rising: 2010's record flood of regulation
Regulation ranks high among this year's election issues, and new data on what it's costing Americans certainly justify voters' concern. In fiscal year 2010, the federal government adopted 43 major rules that will cost Americans a whopping $26.5 billion annually - the highest amount on record and more than the GDP of some 90 countries.

World War II vet offers view on don't ask, don't tell
Calvin Fritz has an interesting viewpoint on the controversy over the military's policy of don't ask, don't tell.

Let's uphold majority rule with ranked choice voting
Democrats face immense challenges to hold onto their majorities in Congress and state governorships. As a partisan, I want my party to do as well as it can.

550 Fairbanks students to shift schools
FAIRBANKS - About 550 children in the Fairbanks North Star Borough will change schools next year under final boundary changes announced by the borough school district.

Man shot, wounded at Uganik Bay
KODIAK - A 53-year-old man was shot on a remote Kodiak Island village and Alaska State Troopers are investigating to determine whether charges should be filed.

Activist files complaint against Miller
ANCHORAGE - An activist and frequent critic of Sarah Palin has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, claiming Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller violated agency regulations for flying on a private aircraft.

Alaska Performance Scholarship information is online
The Alaska Performance Scholarship offers Alaska public, private and home-school high school graduates the opportunity to earn substantial scholarships to Alaska academic, career and technical postsecondary institutions. Eligible students must meet requirements in curriculum, grade point average, and assessments.

Challenge to write-in list in Alaska dropped
ANCHORAGE - Plaintiffs who filed a federal challenge to the state's new practice of providing lists of write-in candidates to Alaska voters have dropped their lawsuit.

Department will pay WorkKeys test fees for seniors this year
WorkKeys assessments in applied math, reading for information, and locating information are required this school year for all juniors. However, the Department of Education & Early Development also will pay the test fees for seniors to take WorkKeys assessments this school year.

Lectures in Juneau honor Native American Heritage Month
The Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau will host a lecture in honor of Native American Heritage Month on Nov. 5. Madonna Moss, Professor of Anthropology at University of Oregon, will present on "Pre-Contact Tlingit Warfare: What Do We Really Know?"

Huckabee lending help in Alaska Senate race
ANCHORAGE - Add Mike Huckabee to the list of names lending voice in Alaska's Senate race.

Lewis named to bald eagle council
Gov. Sean Parnell has apointed Steve Lewis of Juneau to the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council, which assists the Department of Natural Resources in the development and monitoring of a management plan for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines.

Station disputes allegations about Miller coverage
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska television station is disputing allegations by Senate candidate Joe Miller's campaign that staff discussed creating or making up stories about Miller.

Small leak reported at Ketchikan dam
KETCHIKAN - The Southeast Alaska Power Agency is reporting a "pinhole" leak of water coming through the concrete of the spillway near the top of the Swan Lake Dam.

IRS reminds Alaskan tax preparers to renew PTINs
This week the Internal Revenue Service will be reminding more than 1,600 Alaskan tax return preparers to renew their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers. The IRS will require the use the PTIN on all federal returns prepared by paid tax return preparers starting Jan. 1, 2011.

Driver dies in Anchorage crash
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a driver died and a passenger was injured in single-car crash on the Glenn Highway in east Anchorage.

Red Carpet Award recognizes schools that welcome parents
AKPIRC's Red Carpet Award honors schools that partner with parents and their community.

Falcon's Bossio enjoys the outdoors
Weighing in at 285 pounds, Thunder Mountain High School senior heavyweight wrestler Cole Bossio is a load to take down.

Falcons send two to state
The Thunder Mountain High School athletics program continues to pick up steam in its second year, and the Falcons swim team is the latest group to see improvement from the first season.

Candidates make final push in Senate race
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's three main U.S. Senate candidates made their final cases to voters Monday, with high-profile surrogates also weighing in on the hotly contested race that might remain in limbo well after Election Day.

Democrats see hope for regaining Senate seat
ANCHORAGE - Democrats believe they can secure their first all-Democratic Senate delegation from Alaska in more than 40 years, with their once-overlooked nominee making a late charge and claiming the momentum is in his favor in a heated three-way contest.

Miller: Voters' support, not party, matters now
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller said Republican Party support doesn't mean much in the final hours of his hotly contested race. He said at this point, it's the support of Alaskans that matter.

Alaska lawmakers debate planned Pebble mine study
ANCHORAGE - State lawmakers are still undecided about the scope and timing of a $750,000 study of the proposed Pebble copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska.

Kasilof River proposal draws scorn, praise
KENAI - Passions ran high at a meeting on the Kenai Peninsula hosted by the state Department of Natural Resources on its proposal for a lower Kasilof River special use area and possible user fees.

Convicted Palin hacker asks probation in Tennessee
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - A former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking Sarah Palin's e-mail in 2008 is seeking probation but federal prosecutors contend he should go to prison for trying to "derail a national election."

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