Monday, November 3, 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.

Alaska awaits momentous election
As Alaskans head to the polls in record numbers, they will be weighing in on what historians agree will be one of the most important elections in the state's 50-year history.

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.

Campaign dollars fuel Doll, Muñoz contest
The Mendenhall Valley's hotly contested race between Rep. Andrea Doll and Cathy Muñoz is drawing big bucks, already topping the amount Doll spent to win the seat two years ago with last-minute campaign spending still coming.

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.

New voters in Alaska not as Republican as they were in '06
Alaska Democrats' uphill battle to take control of the Alaska Legislature is getting just slightly more likely to succeed.

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: A clean Capitol
Raymond Huffman, of Commercial Window Cleaning, pressure washes the sandstone ledge around the Capitol on Sunday. Huffman said one of the perks of his job was the opportunity to see fossils imbedded in the sandstone bricks from which the building is constructed.

Photo: Higher level of training
Capt. Keith Walker of Capital City Fire and Rescue, right, gives instructions to firefighter Sam Russell on Sunday during a training exercise with the department's 100-foot ladder truck between the Alaska State Capitol and the Dimond Courthouse.

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.

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

Around Town
Today

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

Around Town
Today

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.

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.

Outside editorial: Back in business
Remember the International Monetary Fund? Not so many months ago, it was an institution in search of a mission. Once the global lender of last resort, the IMF had less than $15 billion in credit outstanding at the end of 2007.

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

'Post-American world' is still a long way off
Is Barack Obama the candidate of American decline? To hear some of his supporters among the foreign policy punditry, you'd think he was.

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.

A rolling stone gathers no knowledge
While others worry that Americans are getting dumber, I'm excited about a future in which I am one of the smartest people in the country. These columns will win Nobel Prizes in economics, literature and fields not yet invented, like kickassedness and noyoudidntity. I will be asked to run an Ivy League university solely based on my insights: Avoid land wars in the Middle East; buy stocks when the Dow drops 40 percent; do not floss with licorice.

Christmas is all about managing expectations
If America's mass-marketing machine has taught us anything, it's that it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas.

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.

Juneau man arrested on drug charge
JUNEAU - Police arrested a 27-year-old Juneau resident on a drug charge Friday at Juneau International Airport.

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

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

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.

Snowmachiner found dead near village
NUNAM IQUA - A snowmachiner missing from a western Alaska village has been found dead.

Man loses control of vehicle on Back Loop
JUNEAU - A 21-year-old Juneau man became ill and lost control of his vehicle Saturday on Back Loop Road, according to the police.

6.1 quake shakes Aleutian Islands
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Geological Survey reported a significant earthquake near Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands.

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.

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.

Freshman Riley still perfect for Crimson Bears
Crimson Bears freshman Thomas Riley upset the state's third-ranked wrestler for his second tournament title of the season to lead the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team to another successful weekend at the Ketchikan Invitational.

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

Stevens still has lots of fans in Alaska
STERLING - Sen. Ted Stevens, days after a jury in Washington, D.C., found him guilty of seven felonies, stood in the cold outside a senior center and rejected the possibility that a single Republican supporter in Alaska has turned against him.

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.

Palin campaigns in must-win Ohio
CANTON, Ohio - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin focused on tax and leadership issues Sunday as she opened two days of campaigning in this must win swing state.

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.

Pebble development estimated at $6 billion
ANCHORAGE - The estimated cost of building the massive Pebble copper and gold mine has hit $6 billion, making it one of the most expensive projects proposed for Alaska.

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.

Stevens takes pitch to the people
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Ted Stevens is taking his appeal directly to Alaskan voters in an infomercial that will air on more than a half-dozen television stations a day before the election.

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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