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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bail set for man accused of seven assaults
A man arrested for threatening behavior at a local business is required to have a mental health evaluation at Lemon Creek Correctional Center as a condition of his release.

Photo: Engine failure causes Aurora to dock
Captain Ken Grieser stands next to the anchor windlass and attached mooring capstans on the bow of the Alaska Marine Ferry Aurora on Thursday. Grieser said the engine, which sits on deck behind the windlass, started smoking during docking at the Auke Bay ferry terminal Tuesday night. The nearly 400 pound engine has been flown to Seattle for repairs. Allen Marine Tours will be providing transportation for walk-on passengers to nearby communities.

Kensington mine: Coeur reports strong numbers
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. stated in a press release it's building momentum after results from third-quarter reports.

Bartlett looks at future with health care reform
In an effort to better plan for the changing medical landscape, the Bartlett Regional Hospital board, senior management members and representatives from SEARHC attended a conference in San Diego this week.

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: Waiting through the snow
Jenna Makaily waits for a ride along Mendenhall Loop Road on Thursday as the first snow of the season falls.

Photo: 19,000 pounds of wood pellets
Sealaska Pellet Truck Driver Al Makaily checks to see that the wood pellet silo is full Thursday after his third trip with the corporation's new boom delivery truck. The silo is capable of holding 19,000 pounds of pellets. Their boiler is about two weeks away from starting up.

Fredrik V. Thorsteinson
Fredrik V. Thorsteinson died Oct. 7, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at Douglas United Methodist Church.

Albert E. Vetter
Albert E. Vetter, 69, was born Oct. 5, 1941 in Stockton, Calif. and passed away in his home on Oct. 30, 2010 after a long battle with cancer.

Outside editoral: Corporations, wealthy dominating politics
The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

Dems blew election chances when Obama shifted from bold to hesitant on a large enough stimulus
WASHINGTON - As expected, the Democrats took big losses in the midterm congressional elections Tuesday, holding on to the Senate but losing the House.

Right: What was the key to Tuesday's midterm elections?
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The evidence is clear: Health reform was a serious liability on the campaign trail for Democrats who supported passage of the massive overhaul law.

We need to end school bullying
School bullying must stop.

5 million footsteps
As the anvils of rain clouds closed in atop the barren summit of a mountain somewhere in the Appalachian Mountains, the last thing Jeff Sauer wanted to do was go down.

Learning about fishes and flies
For most kids, learning how to hunt and fish is a rite of passage in this world. But some never get the opportunity.

Nature's perpetual questions
Long ago, somewhere in a tropical forest, a field-course instructor told the students to sit down, take out pencil and paper, and start writing down questions. Each student was expected to come up with fifty questions about whatever he or she could see, smell, feel, or hear around the chosen seat. These were not to be questions about identifying things (i.e., What's the name of this plant or bug?). Rather, the questions were to deal with "why" or "how" or maybe "where" (e.g., why are leaves green; why do some kinds of leaves have pointy tips; how does this worm find its food?).

Local woman wins regional rifle contest
The Oct. 31 Juneau Rifle & Pistol Club rifle match found cool temperatures, overcast skies and very strong, gusty winds, which did moderate as the day progressed. Eight shooters participated in one of three different types of rifle matches.

Registration open for Yukon River Quest
WHITEHORSE, YUKON - Registrations are now being accepted for the 13th annual Yukon River Quest which will be held June 29 to July 3, 2011.

Tracks and Signs event Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Audubon Society and Naturalist Kevin O'Malley are continuing their fall/winter Tracks and Signs Programs this weekend with an outing meeting at the Brotherhood Bridge trailhead at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Wild shots
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Teenager killed in auto accident
KENAI - A Kenai girl has been killed in an auto accident on the Kenai Spur Highway.

Anchorage opts out of home weatherization program
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage is getting out of the home weatherization business.

Haines man seriously injured on Sterling Highway
SOLDOTNA - Alaska State Troopers say a 47-year-old Haines man sustained life-threatening injuries in a one-car crash Tuesday on the Sterling Highway.

Man who fled Alaska to get 6 years for shooting
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska man who fled to Canada and claimed religious persecution after shooting another man in the knee is headed to prison for six years.

Lodge, skipper cited for fishing violations
SITKA - A Sitka fishing lodge and one of its fishing boat skippers have been cited for log book and bag limit violations connected to a 2009 charter fishing trip.

Dogs kill miniature horse in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A miniature horse mauled by dogs at the Alaska Bird and Farm Animal Rescue center in Anchorage has died of its injuries.

Fairbanks school district has $61M bond proposal
FAIRBANKS - A possible $61 million school construction bond has gotten a wary reception from the Fairbanks North Star Borough administration and assembly.

Diving 'a natural choice' for Bellagh
For most people, flipping and spinning through the air is not exactly a natural feeling. But for Juneau-Douglas senior diver Peter Bellagh, you could say it's his thing.

Bears back at state, first time for Falcon boys
Juneau-Douglas is accustomed to the pressures that come with competing in the state meet, but there's still a lot to learn for the young Thunder Mountain swimmers.

Mertz sets JDHS freshman record
One might find it problematic for a swimmer to dislike submerging their head in water, but luckily for Juneau-Douglas freshman Haley Mertz there's the backstroke.

Photo: Dzantik'i Heeni wins rubber match
The Wolverines defeated the visiting Eagles 43-38 in a Juneau middle school basketball rivalry Thursday night at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Kings top Falcons 3-1 in Round 1
The Ketchikan volleyball team was stuck in a downward spiral, in danger of being buried under a pile of hitting errors and mental lapses.

With all eyes on the Gulf, BP Alaska facilities are still at risk
The extensive pipeline system that moves oil, gas and waste throughout BP's operations in Alaska is plagued by severe corrosion, according to an internal maintenance report generated four weeks ago.

BP defends 'F' ratings on Alaska oil pipelines
ANCHORAGE - Internal "F'' ratings of pipeline sections operated by BP PLC in Alaska's North Slope show the company's corrosion monitoring program is succeeding, not failing, a company spokesman said Thursday.

Murkowski acts like victor, but questions linger
ANCHORAGE - Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is acting as though she already has pulled off an improbable victory after her write-in candidacy, enthusiastically thanking supporters and telling them they've made history.

NTSB recommends review of European helicopter
ANCHORAGE - The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that its European counterpart require a helicopter manufacturer to review the design of a fuel control lever blamed for a crash in Alaska.

Hope land auction questioned
HOPE - The community of Hope might be called that for good reason.

Judge sets deadlines in polar bear listing case
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge has given the Interior Department a Dec. 23 deadline to explain why polar bears were listed in 2008 as a "threatened" species instead of the more-protective "endangered."

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