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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama speaks, Juneau Democrats go wild
The crowd of about 100 Juneau Democrats grew steadily rowdier after their man won the election, but they went nuts when Barack Obama finally appeared on the big screen at Centennial Hall.

Farmed fish could be labeled organic
Wild fish can be labeled organic if they're sold as fish meal, but not if they're sold for human consumption.

Juneau’s unofficial youth vote swings for Obama
The polls have just closed, and the official numbers are yet to come in, but the Youth Vote Juneau numbers have been counted.

Muñoz defeats Doll
Cathy Muñoz beat incumbent Democratic Rep. Andrea Doll tonight in the House District 4 seat. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Muñoz leads Doll 53.84 percent to 46.03 percent.

Begich narrows Stevens' lead
With a little more than 50 percent of precincts reporting, Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich has pulled within 1.4 percentage points of Sen. Ted Stevens.

Juneau Democrats react to Obama's victory
Juneau Democrats sat placidly in their seats at Centennial Hall as they watched the electoral votes roll in for Barack Obama.

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.

Stevens, Young lead in early voting
With 36 percent of Alaska precincts reporting, embattled incumbents Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young were leading their challengers.

Juneau reports strong turnout at polls
Strong turnout was reported at polling placed throughout Juneau today, but few problems other than minor delays were reported, said Alyce Houston, Southeast Region supervisor of the Division of Elections.

Doll-Muñoz race tightens
New results are narrowing Juneau Democratic Rep. Andrea Doll's lead over Republican challenger Cathy Muñoz.

McCain-Palin lead in Alaska voting; Doll leading Muñoz in early voting
Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin were winning Alaska with more than 60 percent of the vote, portending a victory in Alaska after the Republicans had already conceded the national election to Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Voting locations see changes
Early voting in Juneau has been "amazing," said Alyce Houston, Southeast Region elections supervisor.

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.

Sunny Point underpass may open late this week
The two-year long, $27 million Sunny Point project now has Egan Drive on its final route, awaiting only additional striping before the underpass opens.

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: Covered for winter
Emmy Hanson and Michael Shelby use alder branches to build a frame to hold a protective cover over their 24-foot sailboat Monday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay. The couple spent the summer near Haines and has plans to sail south after spending the winter in Juneau.

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.

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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.

Police & Fire
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Obama triumphs, will be first black US president
Barack Obama was elected the nation’s first black president tonight in a historic triumph that overcame racial barriers as old as America itself.

Douglas Bradford Ost
Douglas Bradford Ost died shortly after his birth on Oct. 28, 2008, in Portland, Ore., surrounded by his loving parents and extended family.

Outside editorial: Pitfalls at the polls
Republicans are worried that today's presidential election will be tainted by fraudulent votes; Democrats fear that minority voters will be disenfranchised. About the only thing the two sides agree on is that the election promises to be messy because of a record turnout and a huge number of newly registered voters - so messy, in fact, that it could call into question the validity of the outcome and produce another meltdown like Florida in 2000.

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.

'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.

China-Taiwan relations hold key to stability in East Asia
In the distance lies China, the regional behemoth that has risen to global prominence in a little more than a generation and a top contender for the short list of critical foreign-policy issues facing the next U.S. president. More specifically, the China-Taiwan relationship deserves special priority, for it holds the key to stability and prosperity in East Asia.

Books: Google's new monopoly?
Last week, Google settled a controversial copyright case by agreeing to pay tens of millions in licensing fees to authors and publishers, with more to come. At first glance, it looks like this great champion of the free flow of information has caved to copyright interests. But in fact, Google may be better off with a settlement than an outright win. Before the court approves this agreement, then, it must consider the deal's anti-competitive effects.

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.

Alarm turned off early in hotel fire
JUNEAU - A hotel fire alarm was cut off before firefighters discovered smoke, but no one was injured.

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

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.

Doctor says Palin is in 'excellent health'
WASHINGTON - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is in excellent health, with her only hospitalization related to her five pregnancies, her family physician said in a two-page letter the campaign released hours before Election Day.

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

Coast Guard holds heading on Katmai
SEATTLE - Several former crew members of a fishing vessel that sank in the Bering Sea, killing seven people, testified Monday about problems they observed aboard the Katmai. Three inspectors told a marine inquiry board they found no discrepancies when they looked at the boat.

Seattle Times to cut staff by 10 percent
SEATTLE - The Seattle Times on Monday announced plans to cut its staff by 10 percent through a combination of layoffs and buyouts.

Some Alaskans can vote, get flu shot
FAIRBANKS - Some Alaska residents will experience a little nonpartisan pain when they vote.

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.

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.

Troopergate's newest report clears Palin
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin violated no ethics laws when she fired her public safety commissioner, the state personnel board concluded in a report released Monday.

Stevens juror admits she lied about father's death
WASHINGTON - A juror who vanished during Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial told the judge Monday she lied about her father dying and flew to California to see horse races.

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.

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.

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.

Stevens, Young keep campaigns low-key ahead of state election
ANCHORAGE - The stalwarts of Alaska's Republican delegation campaigned quietly Monday ahead of the General Election, in which both Ted Stevens and Don Young faced possibly the toughest tests after decades in office.

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Interest in geothermal energy starts to heat up
ANCHORAGE - The state is finding that once-fading interest in geothermal energy is heating up again in Alaska.

Fairbanks police to hire domestic violence officer
FAIRBANKS - Police say Fairbanks needs its own domestic violence officer for Alaska's second largest city.

Photo: Campaign nears end
Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin appears Monday at a campaign stop at the airport in Colorado Springs, Colo. The governor conducted a grueling final day in the 2008 presidential campaign with rallies in Ohio, central Missouri and Colorado.

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