Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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.

"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."

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Checking out the voting action
Ellie Thomas, 19-months-old, checks out the action outside the voting booth during Tuesday's elections at the Douglas Library. Ellie's political affiliation was undetermined but an accompanying adult stated she had "an attraction for the snack table awaiting voters on their way out of the precinct."

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.

Write-in list draws little interest among Juneau voters
After weeks of legal and political battles over having a list of official write-in candidates available at polling places, when Juneau voters finally arrived at the polls on election day there was little interest in the controversial list.

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: Excited over the outcome
Supporters for Gov. Sean Parnell send up a cheer as the first number comes in during a Republican Party celebration Tuesday at Centennial Hall.

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.

House of Representatives: Young heading back for 20th term
ANCHORAGE - Don Young has won a 20th term to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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.

Financial strategist advises against 'following the herd' when investing
James Kochan, chief fixed-income strategist from Wells Fargo Advantage Funds addressed local financial partners and community leaders on his insights about the current financial atmosphere on Tuesday.

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.

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.

Photo: Casting their votes

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.

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.

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

The denial pile
In our house, domestic assignments arise organically, following a nice, logical rubric. For instance, my wife works a job requiring professional attire, so she gets the closet. I work from home, hence my wardrobe is limited to three hooks on the back of the door. Not that I'm complaining. It's yet another excuse for wearing the same clothes every day.

Concession speeches offer more than empty rhetoric
By the time these thoughts appear in print, many of us will have listened to the concession speech of a candidate we supported for public office. And since we hate losing, we probably won't pay much attention to what seems to be little more than a political courtesy. The defeated candidate's subtle contradictions between uniting and fighting aren't empty rhetoric, though. They speak to the imperative paradox of our individual freedoms.

Outside editorial: Time to pare back Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

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.

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

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.

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.

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?"

Morris picked to lead First Alaskans Institute
The First Alaskans Institute has announced Denise Morris as its new president and chief executive officer, beginning Dec. 6.

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

Walmart Foundation gives $100K to Food Bank of Alaska
The Walmart Foundation donated $100,000 to Food Bank of Alaska on Monday as part of the Associate Choice Program, an online campaign where Walmart employees voted for a nonprofit to receive funding in their home state. A press release states the grant will help the Food Bank of Alaska purchase food to serve the 55 communities it works with in the state.

Murkowski camp complains about Miller radio ads
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski's campaign believes radio ads run by GOP rival Joe Miller don't comply with federal rules.

Kenai teenager dies in highway crash
KENAI - A 14-year-old Kenai girl died Tuesday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Mile 8 Kenai Spur Highway.

Broadcasting pioneer Tom Busch dies
NOME - KNOM broadcasting pioneer Tom Busch has died.

Man found dead at illegal camp site in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Police say the death of a man whose body was found in a tent in Anchorage is suspicious.

Egan expected to be released from hospital
Juneau's Sen. Dennis Egan, who ran unopposed Tuesday for election to the seat in the state Senate to which he was appointed in 2009 is expected to be released from the hospital today.

2 TV producers involved in Miller recording gone
ANCHORAGE - Two TV producers involved in a phone recording that Sarah Palin claimed showed media bias against Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller are "no longer with" the Alaska station.

Hockey Bears coming together
As the Crimson Bears hockey team prepares for its season opener Thursday in Anchorage against the Colony Knights, it will do so with question marks concerning leadership after graduating six seniors from a squad that lost to the West Valley Wolfpack in the Mid-Alaska Conference playoffs last season.

Letters of interest for Gold Medal due Nov. 30
The Juneau Lions Club announced Tuesday the Board of Directors has approved the dates, location, divisions in the tournament and some age changes for the 65th Annual Invitational Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

Senate: Write-ins lead at night's end
ANCHORAGE - Write-in ballots held the lead in the Alaska Senate race late Tuesday, a good sign potentially for Sen. Lisa Murkowski's long-shot effort to keep her job.

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.

State joins nation in GOP rout
Juneau's two representatives in the Alaska Legislature are each finding something to be happy about in Tuesday's early election results.

Governor: Voters give Parnell full term
ANCHORAGE - Voters have rewarded Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell with his own four-year term more than a year after he took the reins of state government following Sarah Palin's resignation.

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.

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."

Miller rep: Senate race not over until it's over
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller's campaign is gearing up for a legal fight over write-in ballots in the hotly contested race with Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

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