JPD to get new forensics gadgets
The Juneau Police Department will be getting some new investigative gadgets in the near future, including a device that allows investigators to retrieve pre-crash data from some vehicles in accidents.

An A1 story in Thursday's Juneau Empire about the new chief curator of museums erroneously reported a confirmation requirement. The appointment does not require confirmation by the state Board of Education.

Local Native leaders very optimistic
Two Native leaders from Southeast Alaska that attended Thursday's meeting in Washington, D.C., among President Obama, his administration and hundreds of tribal leaders reported feeling extremely optimistic about the direction federal-tribal relations are headed.

City sets goal for emissions reduction
Juneau's cars, homes and office buildings will be churning out significantly less pollution by 2012, if the city meets its new goal.

Photos: Artists in schools
Dance: Roblin Gray Davis, right, leads Jude Reed, left, and his classmates in teacher Rene Walker's kindergarten and first grade class at Gastineau Elementary School in a rehearsal of their play "How Do Animals Spend the Winter?" Gray Davis has been an artist-in-residence at the school for the past month, working in seven classrooms.

Photo: Swap prep
Erin McNally, a volunteer for the Juneau Ski Club/National Ski Patrol's 56th annual Ski Swap, puts a tag on a pair of skis Thursday at Centennial Hall. The Ski Swap will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall. For more details, see Page C1.

National Native American Heritage Month: Georgianna Foruria
Alaska Native: Georgianna Foruria (but everyone calls her Annie)

Around Town
Today, Nov. 6

Police & Fire

Juneau's role in promoting peace in the Middle East
Satellite photos taken a few days ago have shown increased activity at a uranium mine in Iran. Though Iranian officials claim Iran's increased output of enriched uranium is not intended for weaponry, concerns remain that the materials might also be used for nuclear missiles or dirty bombs.

Syria's fight is 'just and legal'
The international media has given Syria a bad rap as a sinister, warmongering nation that harbors terrorists and refuses to make peace with neighboring Israel, a Syrian official said. He told the Juneau Empire on Tuesday that his country is a misunderstood victim that has spent decades trying to recover land taken from it and to free 20,000 Syrians under siege by Israel.

Sanctions will stop arms race
Strong economic sanctions against Iran could cripple the Middle Eastern country's economy in months, destabilize its totalitarian regime and in doing so prevent nuclear proliferation in the region, said Akiva Tor, Israeli consul general for the Pacific Northwest.

Ski Sale boasts something old, new
Juneau residents will have an opportunity to purchase new and used outdoor gear Saturday at the 56th annual Ski Sale happening at Centennial Hall.

Workshop on offshore renewable energy rules offered to public
ANCHORAGE - The effort to bring clean, renewable energy to Alaska the federal Minerals Management Service will hold a public workshop on regulating offshore renewable energy development next week in Anchorage.

Applications now accepted for Capital City Fire and Rescue scholarships
JUNEAU - The Capital City Fire and Rescue is taking applications for an eligibility list for its scholarship program.

Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators holds conference
KODIAK, Alaska - The Alaska Association of Harbormasters and Port Administrators (AAHPA) held its annual conference the week of Oct. 19 in Kodiak, Alaska.

Whalefest: A marine wildlife celebration
In its thirteenth year, the Sitka Whalefest kicks off today in Sitka and boasts educational fun and events for the whole family.

Mosses: More than just green forest dwellers
Moss - it's all around us here in Juneau. We trample it underfoot when we walk in the woods. We clean it off our roofs and sometimes try to eradicate it from our lawns and sidewalks.

Trail report: New local trails now complete, others received needed upgrades
While the winter months are fast approaching, there is still time for community members to get out and enjoy what Juneau has to offer. Here's a roundup on the trails based on information from Trail Mix, Inc.

Photos from the wild side
A mother moose and her calf move out of the woods in this fall file image.

Out & About
Today, Nov. 6

'Leave No Trace' workshop offered
JUNEAU - SAGA will be hosting a "Leave No Trace Certification" workshop Saturday at SAGA's Eagle Valley Center.

Hydaburg man pleads not guilty in child porn case
ANCHORAGE - An 81-year-old Hydaburg man has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.

Nov. 14 hearing set in Kott corruption case
ANCHORAGE - A federal judge in Anchorage says he'll hold a hearing Nov. 14 on whether to dismiss charges or order a new trial for former Alaska state Rep. Pete Kott.

Coast Guard's blanket, coat and toy drive starts today
JUNEAU - Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty will begin its 12th annual Southeast Alaska Blanket, Coat and New Toy Drive today.

Alaska Army posts stay open after Texas shootings
ANCHORAGE - An Army official says Forts Richardson and Wainwright remain open following the mass shootings at Fort Hood in Texas.

Preliminary hdropower project permit granted to city of Angoon
JUNEAU - The city of Angoon has been granted a preliminary permit for the Ruth Lake hydropower project.

Empire hosts cancer fundraiser Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Empire will host a cancer fundraiser Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, with proceeds benefiting Cancer Connection, a Juneau grass-roots organization that assists those living with cancer and their families.

Alaska health officials report state's sixth swine flu death
ANCHORAGE - A sixth Alaskan has died from swine flu.

'No substitute for experience'
Thunder Mountain sent a group of 11 grapplers to Sitka last weekend for what proved to be the Falcons' most competitive tournament this season.

Photo: Tip-off time
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School basketball player Tevita Naaka takes shot Thursday during game vs. Floyd Dryden Middle School at the Dzantik'i Heeni gym.

Sports in Juneau

Obama: US must reverse course with Native Americans
WASHINGTON - President Obama assured Native Americans on Thursday that they have a place in his White House and on his agenda, telling tribal leaders their marginalized community deserves more from its government.

Dept. of Revenue head rebuts Murkowski pipeline criticism
Offering a sharp rebuttal to former Gov. Frank Murkowski, without mentioning him by name, state Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin said the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act is moving the state toward a natural gas pipeline.

AG: State has strong case in head tax suit
Attorney General Dan Sullivan told the Legislature on Thursday that Alaska has a strong case to defend itself against the cruise ship industry's legal attack on the head tax.

Shell Oil deciding on Alaska offshore drilling
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil says it will decide soon on drilling plans for oil and gas in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas next summer.

Anchorage treatment center can now commit alcoholics
ANCHORAGE- The state law used to commit mental patients against their will is now being used to hold alcoholics at a new Anchorage treatment center.

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