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

Insist on treating feral cats humanely
A few years ago, my cat, Sam, escaped and ran away from home. I was devastated. I put up posters around downtown Douglas with his picture and identifying marks, and I also placed an ad in the Juneau Empire. I walked around my neighborhood calling his name. Many people called to alert me to possible sightings. It took five weeks, but Sammy was found in a cat trap and returned to me. That was one of the best days living in Douglas. Thanks again for all your help.

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

On the defense of Dredge Lake trees
Now that the elections are over, it's time to focus on important matters. One that deserves urgent attention is the protection of the few remaining cottonwood trees in the Dredge Lake area.

State has to rely on federal intervention
Gov. Sarah Palin's proclamation of innocence by the Personnel Board means either the governor or former commissioner of Public Safety are liars.

Board of Game narrows trail buffers for traps in Juneau
Trappers will be able to set marten traps closer to some Juneau trails next winter, the Board of Game decided Monday. The board also added five trails to the 13 where trapping is restricted in the Juneau area.

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.

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.

Construction on Sunny Point access completed for the year
Traffic is now moving both directions through the new Sunny Point Intersection, after the end of this season's work on the two-year, $27 million project.

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.

Board votes down proposals that would allow killing of wolf pups
The Board of Game voted down two proposals on Monday that would have allowed people to kill wolf pups in dens.

Police & Fire
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A front-page photo featuring the Juneau Concert Band in Monday's Juneau Empire misidentified clarinet player Sarah McNair-Grove, who was playing alongside Niko Hoskins and Bryan Johnson.

My turn: A way to support veterans
This Veterans Day we will pay tribute to our heroes who have served in the military. It will be marked by marching bands and parades, flags flying high atop city buildings and over neighborhood front porches. And as you remember what our veterans have done for us, ask yourself what we can do for them.

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: Alaska Natives need to use the gifts within
When it comes to the human experience, the troublesome human quandary, it is times like these that really bind the past and future together, somehow painting a nice picture, making today not just attractive, but truly exciting. Perhaps when all is said and done at the end of the day, or specifically, at the end of an election, there is a certain sigh of relief and anticipation, whether it follows victory or disappointment.

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.

Outside editorial: Tied with Thailand
Americans like to think that we have the world's best health care. Sometimes that's true.

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.

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.

JDHS students can participate in program
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District and the Southern Alaska Carpenter's Union Training Center recently announced a formal agreement allowing Juneau-Douglas High School students to participate in the center's apprenticeship program.

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.

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.

Hospital's patient revenues grow
KENAI - Central Peninsula Hospital is expected to have another good year.

Math educator named teacher of the year
ANCHORAGE - A math teacher at Colony High School in Palmer has been named Alaska teacher of the year.

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.

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.

Hospital announces radiology upgrade
JUNEAU - In recognition of National Radiology Week, Bartlett Regional Hospital recently announced the completion of the upgrade to the Picture Archiving and Communication System in Diagnostic Imaging.

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

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.

Interior vets seek veterans cemetery
FAIRBANKS - Military veterans in Fairbanks are exploring the idea of a local veterans' cemetery.

Troopers arrest fleeing suspect
TALKEETNA - Law enforcement officers blew out the front tires of a suspect fleeing on the Parks Highway, then waited until his vehicle fell apart 35 miles later to arrest him near Talkeetna.

Coast Guard blanket drive begins today
JUNEAU - The Coast Guard cutter Liberty's annual Blanket, Coat and New Toy Drive for Southeast Alaska is set to begin today.

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame announces class of 2009
ANCHORAGE - Two Southeast Alaska legends were among the five people selected Monday by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame for its class of 2009.

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.

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.

Uncounted ballots keep trickling in
The number of uncounted ballots in Alaska keeps growing as additional absentee and questioned ballots continue to arrive at the state elections division. There are now more than 90,000 ballots which have yet to be counted, according to Gail Fenumiai, elections division director.

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.

Palin says president to blame for defeat
WASILLA - Gov. Sarah Palin, amid speculation she'll run for president in four years, blamed Bush administration policies for the defeat last week of the GOP ticket and prayed she wouldn't miss "an open door" for her next political opportunity.

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

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

Alaska mines set output record in '07
ANCHORAGE - Alaska mines produced $3.4 billion worth of minerals last year, an 18 percent increase over 2006 and a record in gross value for the state.

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.

Costco officials apply for permits in Wasilla
WASILLA - Representatives of warehouse retailer Costco have filed an extensive application with the city of Wasilla that could lead to construction of a store.

Snow cat used to curb moose collisions
KENAI - Moose Force One will be patrolling this winter.

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Photo: Ferry crew honored
Chenega Capt. Samuel Daniels accepts the Honored Seafarer Award on behalf of the ship, the Alaska Marine Highway System and the state Friday night during the Admiral of the Ocean Sea award ceremony in New York City. AMHS and the Chenega crew were honored for a rescue June 8 after they plucked two men and a boy out of the frigid waters of Prince William Sound. Chenega's crew rescued 28-year-old Luke Renner of Homer and Andy Renner, 31, and his 8-year-old son, Owen, both of Palmer, after their boat reportedly sank when the vessel's bow was struck by several waves.

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