Wednesday, November 5, 2008

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.

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.

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.

Juneau man gets 18 years for coffee shop robbery
A man dubbed the "coffee shop bandit" is headed to jail — for a long time.

Juneau Democrats ecstatic about Obama
The big screen at Centennial Hall showed people in Harlem and Chicago and people all over the country in tears, and so too was Maureen Longworth. She wished her father had been there to see this election, she said.

Cruise ships issued more violations for wastewater
Alaska cruise regulators have sent five more notices of violation to cruise ships for discharging unpermitted levels of pollutants into state waters during September.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Republicans proud of party's performance
While the loss of the McCain-Palin ticket touched particularly close to home for many Juneau Republicans on Tuesday, many remained extremely proud of the Alaska governor's historic run for the vice presidency.

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

Muñoz defeats incumbent Doll in House race
Late Tuesday night, Republican challenger Cathy Muñoz pulled ahead of Democratic incumbent Andrea Doll.

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.

School Board, Frederick reach settlement in 'Bong Hits' case
Officials say the final chapter of the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" saga has been written with a settlement being reached between the Juneau Board of Education and former Juneau-Douglas High School student Joseph Frederick.

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.

High court schedules arguments in Kensington mine dispute
The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the dispute over tailings disposal between environmental groups and the operators of the Kensington gold mine.

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Photo: Juneau votes
Early morning ralliers, including Rep. Beth Kerttula, right, wave signs Tuesday at the corner of Egan Drive and 10th Street.

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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.

Nonprofit does big things for youth
NEW YORK - Marc Wheeler, vice president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, was recently selected to be one of the William T. Grant Foundation's fourth group of Distinguished Fellows.

Douglas Fourth of July Committee to host historical program
In honor of Alaska's 50th year of Statehood, the Douglas Fourth of July Committee will host a special program, "Stories and Pictures of the Douglas Bell and Cannon" by Mark Whitman, at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Mt. Jumbo Gym.

California recipe-seeker given slow cooker stew
Do you like sharing recipes? Do you like trying new recipes? Look no further. Ask Auntie Emo is where we match sought-out and shared recipes.

Thanks to the Douglas Post Office workers
For those of us with post office boxes in Douglas, it is always a pleasure to visit with the guys behind the counter, Lee and Dean. Not only do they do their jobs well, they are helpful and courteous, and they keep alive the small town flavor of the Douglas Post Office.

United Way to host two-day workshop on grant-writing
JUNEAU - United Way of Southeast Alaska will host a two day grant-writing workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 at 419 Sixth St., in the Catholic Community Services Building. The course is open to anyone interested in learning introductory grantwriting techniques for nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Juneau Dance Unlimited offers ballroom dance
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited will begin the second eight-week session of Ballroom Dance instruction from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the JDU dance studio, 8420 Airport Blvd, Suite 202.

Consortium to host pediatric dental clinic in Hoonah
HOONAH - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on Dec. 15-19 at the Hoonah Medical Clinic.

United Way seeks new partner agencies
JUNEAU - The United Way of Southeast Alaska is currently accepting new partnership applications from Southeast Alaska social service nonprofit agencies.

Thanks for attending our first Shots on Goal fundraiser
A special thank you to all who attended the first annual "Shots on Goal" Blue Line Booster Club and Juneau-Douglas Ice Association fundraiser this past Saturday evening at DIPAC. It was a huge success and lots of fun. Thank you for the generous donations from Taku Glacier Lodge/Wings of Alaska, Bear Creek Adventures, Alaska Zipline Adventures, Radio Shack, Gourmet Alaska, Nugget Outfitters, Darlene Jacobsen, Karen McGee and all of the hockey "Moms and Dads." Thank you to Abby's Kitchen for the wonderful food and to Odom Corporation for the spirits provided and donated. A special thank you to Monica Casipit for never saying no to a charity event and for her artful eye in decorating. Those I forgot to mention, thank you.

Thanks for attending the Ice Association's mid-September events
Back in mid-September, the Juneau-Douglas Ice Association hosted a Pam Dreyer Goalie Clinic and also helped Treadwell Arena with its Learn to Play Hockey day. We had a great turnout for both events and added lots of new players to JDIA.

Thanks for supporting the March of Dimes Jail & Bail event
The March of Dimes Alaska Chapter would like to thank the community of Juneau for its support of our Jail & Bail event on Oct. 16. The jailbirds turned themselves in between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at The Hangar on the Wharf. Bob Price presided as "the judge" for the day, sentencing the jailbirds for being guilty of supporting the March of Dimes and their mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, prematurity and infant mortality. All 31 jailbirds were pronounced guilty and sentenced to raising $1,000 bail. All in all they raised $11,850!

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.

Frances V. Marvin
Lifelong Juneau resident Frances V. (Bobb) Marvin died peacefully on Nov. 1, 2008, in her home with her family by her side. She was 86.

My Turn: Obama win just a start
Barack Obama has just been elected president. This was the result of a strong, positive, grassroots campaign that brought out a strongly increased Democratic vote throughout the country, in regions where the Democratic ticket hasn't done well in decades, or, in some cases, ever.

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.

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.

Outside Editorial: Government Motors
The federal government soon may subsidize the merger of General Motors and Chrysler in the hope that combining these corporate clunkers might keep them out of the junkyard of bankruptcy.

Negative campaigning
In 1800, Thomas Jefferson endured a presidential campaign in which supporters of his opponent, President John Adams, labored mightily to convince the public that the then-vice president was an atheistic coward hell-bent on ripping Bibles from the homes of God-fearing Americans. A Jeffersonian writer, in turn, called Adams a "hideous hermaphroditical character which has neither the force and the firmness of a man nor the gentleness or sensibility of a woman."

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.

Can conspicuous consumption last?
On the night of Aug. 21, 2001, my husband and I checked into a motel in Miles City, Mont. Once settled, we poured ourselves a glass of wine and turned on the TV in order to relax after a long day's drive. I've never forgotten that night. It has haunted me ever since.

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

Unofficial youth vote swings for Obama
JUNEAU - Barack Obama not only won the nation's popular vote Tuesday, he also captured the vote of a majority of Juneau school students.

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.

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.

Boeing delays test flight due to strike
SEATTLE - Boeing Co. said Tuesday the first test flight of its long-delayed 787 jetliner has been postponed until next year due to an eight-week strike by union workers.

Seattle's 'Tuba Man' dies after robbery
SEATTLE- A beloved Seattle street musician known as the "Tuba Man" has died from beating injuries he suffered in a robbery over a week ago, officials said Tuesday.

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

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.

Drunk man says he was driving own car
FAIRBANKS - A North Pole man with a history of drunk driving and charged with stealing a car from a gentleman's club told authorities the car he was driving belonged to him.

Mother delays birth to be able to vote
JUNEAU - Interest in voting was so strong Tuesday that a mother-to-be in the maternity ward at Bartlett Regional Hospital sought to delay giving birth so she could vote with a "personal representative." That's a method by which those who are physically unable to vote are able to cast ballots.

Elephant Maggie enjoys new home
ANCHORAGE - She's been gone a year and Maggie the elephant - Alaska's high profile wildlife cause - is enjoying her new home in California.

Kensington, Island Pub tied up in JAHA's Tier A
Kensington's Albert Svensson struck first in a wild first period Sunday on an unassisted goal, but needed teammate Steve Box to score of an assist from Matt Foss late in the second to scratch out a 2-2 tie with Island Pub in Juneau Adult Hockey Association action at Treadwell Arena.

Senator's future hangs in balance of close election
ANCHORAGE - Voters were deciding Tuesday whether to return a giant of Alaska politics to the U.S. Senate - overlooking that Ted Stevens has joined the ranks of the state's corrupt politicians - or go with a popular, baby-faced mayor whose congressman father died tragically in a plane crash.

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.

Young leads Berkowitz in House battle
ANCHORAGE - Republican Don Young was hanging on to his seat in Congress late Tuesday night.

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.

McCain concession casts pall over rally in Wasilla
WASILLA - It wasn't the party they hoped for when several hundred people gathered for an election night rally in GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's hometown.

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.

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.

Voters approve goody bag of road projects
ANCHORAGE - More highway improvements, bridge repairs and new traffic intersections are in store after voters agreed to use general obligation bonds to pay for the projects.

McCain voters cite experience, values
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans cited experience and values in handing Republican John McCain an overwhelming victory Tuesday over Democrat Barack Obama in the presidential race he ultimately lost in the national vote.

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

Community mourns fallen soldier
FAIRBANKS - At first some might have seen Pfc. Cody Eggleston as shy, but his superior officers soon got to know a man who was caring and ambitious.

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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