Skeptical of state personnel board
Members of the state personnel board are appointed by the governor.

Questioning role of prayer in politics
I am trying to understand people's belief of what role prayer plays in our national politics.

Painter discusses nature of art
With more than two decades of experience teaching children art in Canada, nature artist Robert Bateman said he could tell which students possess an innate talent after only a short period of time.

Fish and Game issues new policy on wolf pups
The state Department of Fish and Game clarified this week how biologists will deal with wolf pups orphaned by predator control programs.

Juneau city manager to step down in April
City Manager Rod Swope announced Friday that he will step down from the city's chief executive position on April 30.

Photo: Harmonious celebration
Clarinet players Bryan Johnson, right, Niko Hoskins, center, and Sarah McNair-Grove perform Sunday with the Juneau Concert Band under the direction of Brian Van Kirk at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The event was sponsored by the Juneau 50th Statehood Celebration Committee.

Photo: Natural ice sculpture
Frost covers cow parsnip Sunday near the mouth of Fish Creek on North Douglas Island. The forecast today calls for cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of rain in the afternoon.

Number of outstanding ballots grows to 81,000
The state Elections Division said Friday 81,000 votes remain to be counted, mostly early votes but also absentee and questioned ballots.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers:

Photo: History hidden in the walls
Mitch McGraw of Southeast Earthmovers works Saturday to demolish the old Capitol Motors building on the corner of Egan Drive and Main Street. The building is being cleared away to make room for a new parking garage.

Photo: End of season
Darrell Harmon lifts halibut Saturday from the hold of the fishing boat Jubilee. The Jubilee crew from Hoonah sold fresh halibut at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay. Halibut season ends on Nov. 15, but some fishermen say because of stormy seas, they are done for the year. If the Jubilee does not sell out of halibut, the crew will be back Monday to sell the rest.

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Gene Wallace Waid
Juneau resident Gene Waid died peacefully on Oct. 31, 2008, in Juneau. He was 87.

Dota Brown
Former Douglas resident Dota E. Brown died at 11 a.m. Oct. 31, 2008, surrounded by family at his home in Juneau. He was 95.

Outside editorial: Obama shows that message, not race, matters
It's hardly possible to overstate the extraordinary nature of Barack Obama's election as the nation's first black president.

My turn: Families and jobs in Southeast
It's time to stop the monkey business. In the October local election, all five Assembly candidates running supported diversifying our economy. We all agreed good paying jobs were essential for the well-being of our community and the Southeast Region.

Find ways to serve others
"I am proud just to be able to represent Wasilla," Gov. Sarah Palin told local supporters by phone after John McCain conceded defeat in the presidential election. "It represents what America is all about; hard-working families who take care of one another."

Republicans' road back
While Republicans are disappointed by Tuesday's results, we respect the American people's decision and pledge to work with President-elect Barack Obama when it is in the best interest of our nation. Some Democrats and pundits may want to read Tuesday's results as a repudiation of conservatism - a sign that Republicans should give Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue a free ride. I don't see it that way, and neither should Republicans across the country.

The world celebrates a victory
Green with envy I was, upon receiving the text message a friend sent me from an exclusive reserved section during Barack Obama's post-election gathering at Chicago's Grant Park.

Outside editorial: The Democratic mandate: Govern for all Americans
The following editorial first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Toe Toon
This week's toe toon.

Ski resorts hope plenty of snow beats weak economy
DENVER - Michelle Michaels, a Colorado Springs software support employee, is a longtime ski season passholder to Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. But she won't be getting a pass this year while she tries to pay off debts.

Yellow-billed loon makes Fairbanks appearance
FAIRBANKS - When his friend, Jordan Buetow, mentioned there was a loon swimming around in an open section of the Chena River behind his house on Sunday in east Fairbanks, Nick Hajdukovich had to check it out.

Sterling musher hits the trail with team of rescued sled dogs
STERLING - While the snow has yet to blanket the entire Kenai Peninsula, most mushers have been training their dog teams for months, and Ashley Irmen of Sterling is no exception.

Photo: Trophy buck
In this photo released by Paul Olson, Bob Decker of Eau Claire, Wis. displays a large buck on Nov. 1 that he shot while bow hunting earlier that day in a wooded area of BuffaloCounty southwest of Mondovi, Wisc.

Boat burns in Sitka's Eliason Harbor
SITKA - The Sitka Fire Department said a fire from an overheated oil stove caused extensive damage to a fishing boat docked in the city's Eliason Harbor.

Panel approves catch quota for West Coast
PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal fisheries managers in San Diego approved a new management plan for groundfish - the West Coast's biggest fishery.

State to cut back on two free vaccines
ANCHORAGE - The state of Alaska next year will not be offering two free vaccinations to all Alaska schoolchildren.

Sex offender receives more time
JUNEAU - A convicted Juneau sex offender suspected of trying to flee the state in a kayak has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Palin to talk with Van Susteren on Fox
NEW YORK - Fox News host Greta Van Susteren has landed the first post-election interview with Gov. Sarah Palin, the network said Friday.

African cat caught in dipnet in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A large cat seen prowling around Anchorage in recent weeks has been caught by a man using a dipnet.

Ketchikan resident charged with assault
KETCHIKAN - A 40-year-old Ketchikan resident was arrested by Alaska State Troopers on Saturday on a charge of assautling a household member.

Two charged with drug misconduct
FAIRBANKS - Two Fairbanks men found with 5 pounds of marijuana have been charged with felony drug misconduct.

Juneau teen missing in Eagle River
JUNEAU - Juneau 17-year-old Christina Gee has been reported missing in Eagle River, and her mother seeks help in locating her.

Officials learn little of general's death
ANCHORAGE - Air Force investigators say toxicology reports found alcohol, but no drugs in Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Tinsley, who took his own life in July.

Federal agents seize hashish in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A package containing 17 pounds of hashish was seized by federal agents at the Federal Express Consignment facility in Anchorage.

Anchorage teen dies in Palmer crash
PALMER - An Anchorage teenager died of injuries suffered when her car crashed head-on into a pickup in Palmer.

JDHS boys swim, dive to state title
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys' swim and dive team picked up a pair of state titles each from juniors Cody Brunette and Nick Rutecki as they cruised to the team title at the 2008 State Championships in Anchorage this weekend.

Bears, Knights split in openers
For better or worse, Treadwell Arena lit up for the Crimson Bears on both Friday and Saturday nights as they split their opening home series against the Colony Knights.

Crimson Bears spike KayHi for Region V 4A crown
Who's inconsistent? Not these Crimson Bears.

Photo: Tangled in defeat
JDHS freshman Thomas Riley battles against Petersburg's Tom Schwartz in a 112-pound match Saturday at the Petersburg Invitational. Schwartz won by pin, giving Riley his first loss of the season. Please look for full results in Tuesday's Empire.

Photos: Hockey highlights
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team played Colony High School Saturday at Treadwell Arena. For results, read Monday's Empire.

RUNNING: Veterans Day Run
Nov. 8, 2008

Sports in Juneau

Coming Home: Palin returns from national campaign to a changed state
Gov. Sarah Palin is returning to the Alaska political scene to find it dramatically different than when she left it in August to campaign for the vice presidency.

Stevens faces cold shoulder in Senate
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska may not have the warmest of welcomes from fellow Republicans when he returns to the Senate later this month for Congress' lame-duck session.

Alaskans ink out a living
EAGLE RIVER - There is a new buzz in Eagle River.

Palin denounces anonymous allegations as 'cowardly'
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin denounced anonymous criticisms leveled at her by former John McCain aides as lies, including allegations that Republican lawyers were traveling to Alaska to reclaim her high-priced wardrobe and that she didn't know Africa was a continent.

Alaska pollster speculates about errant prediction
ANCHORAGE - A longtime Alaska pollster has a theory of why his pre-election predictions were off base.

Ex-lawmaker charged with cocaine possession
FAIRBANKS - A former Alaska lawmaker has been charged with possession of cocaine.

State mulls proposed road through wildlife refuge
COLD BAY - This isolated outpost, where grizzly bears outnumber people and the one-page phone book is dubbed "the yellow page," is fast emerging as a flash point in the nation's debate over drilling.

Anchorage utility petitions to block natural gas exports
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage utility wants a federal appeals court to block exports of Cook Inlet natural gas to Asia.

Cab driver sentenced in Dillingham killing
ANCHORAGE - City officials in Dillingham refused to provide information about how the community regulates taxis after a cab driver was sentenced to 104 years in prison for murdering a local woman.

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Filmmaker looks into eating habits in Alaska
SITKA - Ellen Frankenstein won't say whether was able to pull the trigger and shoot a deer.

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