At home with the bears of Admiralty Island
As hibernation season sets in, a bear book might be just the thing to bring into your den. The Friends of Admiralty Island will release their new book, "Pack Creek Bears and the Legacy of Stan Price," just in time for winter.

Juneau Artists Gallery features glass artists
JUNEAU - It's been a busy year for local glass artists Tasha Walen and Lincoln Farabee.

Give thanks this season with family & crafting
For eight years I spent Thanksgiving at school hundreds of miles away from my family, trying to evoke the holiday by wrapping myself in scarves and frantically sipping pumpkin spice lattes. Though cozy and delicious, they never warmed my heart as much as crafting and thinking of home. Now that I've come home I eagerly look forward to real pumpkin spice, giving thanks, and family crafting! Nothing brings the fam together quite like a cookie decorating bonanza (even though dad's contribution is more of the consumer than crafter). Here I'll pass on some tips for the best crafting experiments I've had in the past couple of years prepping for the lovely day of thanks.

Student symphony presents 'Peter and the Wolf'
JUNEAU - Conductor Rick Trostel has heard many musicians tell him that "Peter and the Wolf" first got them interested in playing a certain instrument or in classical music in general. He also wonders if it may have led him to become a conductor.

'Fable 2' one of year's most satisfying games
Role-playing tale offers complex plot with many intriguing choices

Glacier Cinema

Perseverance Theatre

'Eating Alaska' film premieres in Sitka

Register for Alaska Arts and Culture Conference
ANCHORAGE - The 2009 Alaska Arts and Culture Conference will be held Jan. 29-31, 2009 at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage.

Music, wine, lamplight
JUNEAU - The Canvas will offer live music, wine by the glass and 100 lamps for sale Nov. 14 from 5-9 p.m.

Make up workshop
JUNEAU - The Alaskan Perfume Company will host a workshop with make up artist Sergio Palmer Nov. 13-15 from 12-3:30 and 5-8:30 p.m at 406 S. Franklin St. Palmer will present the latest techniques for make up and skin care application from the Yves Saint Laurent line. The $50 cost is redeemable towards end purchases. The first 20 people to register will pay only $30. There will be raffles and free samples. To register call 780-3500.

Plein Rein Paintings on display at JAHC
"Twilight, Twin Lakes, 2008" by Constance Hartle is one of the paintings currently on display at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The Plein Rein Painters are an intrepid group of Juneau artists who meet Saturday mornings throughout the year, rain and shine, to paint outdoors. The artists vary each week, but since 2002 there has always been a group ready to capture Juneau on canvas or paper. Painters in this exhibit are: Carey Akagi, Constance Baltuck-Hartle, Nancy Brown, Barbara Craver, Jay Crondahl, Cristine Crooks, Mary Lou Elton, James Heumann, Sue Kraft, Jane Lindsey, Pua Maunu, Monica O'Keefe, Paul Voelckers, Mary Pat Wyatt and Steve Winkler.

Tyler Preston makes his musical debut
Tyler Preston is a talented musician who is shooting for the stars.

'Doubt' is intended to mess with your mind
"Doubt" is a meaty nugget of a play. With only four characters, a rich slice of life is created, layering together themes of sexism, racism, morality, creativity and the hierarchy of power.

The Canvas hosts an evening of music, wine and lamps
The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will host a "Music & Wine by Lamplight" fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

Soul Street Dance Company to perform in Juneau
Soul Street Dance Company can be enjoyed live at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

Book on Pack Creek bears set for release party
Friends of Admiralty Island will host a book release party for "Pack Creek Bears and the Legacy of Stan Price" on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Mendenhall Valley Hearthside Books.

Teaching artist workshop available Monday
Artists interested in sharing their art with school students are invited to attend the "Become a Teaching Artist" workshop Monday, Nov. 17, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

State leaders to discuss energy, transportation at annual conference
KETCHIKAN - Transportation and affordable energy will be key topics when more than 250 elected officials and municipal employees who gather this week in Ketchikan for the Alaska Municipal League's (AML) 58th annual Local Government Conference.

State attorney says legal price-gouging going on
Alaska legislators say they'll consider gasoline price-regulation or other actions, including state investment in a refinery, if refiners in Alaska don't lower gasoline prices.

'Oiled' Alaskans should receive checks from Exxon by Christmas
After waiting nearly 20 years, thousands of 'oiled' Alaskans are now set to get checks from Exxon before Christmas. The money - $507 million - comes from damage awards stemming from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. More than 32,000 Alaskans are eligible for settlement checks; 80 percent are fishermen.

Keep financial crisis real with your kids
There's a street vernacular term I try to incorporate into my daily life called "keeping it real." The original sentiment was meant to call out folks for putting on airs or generally "acting fake."

State Chamber announces priorities for 2009 session
The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has adopted five priorities for the 2009 legislative session:

What's Happening

Support Groups
ACOA/CODA Meeting, Wed. & Fri., Noon-1pm, Northern Lights United Church, 400 11th St; Sun. 11am-Noon, Assembly Chambers.

Sports & Recreation
Open Fencing Fridays 7:30pm, Saturdays 4:30-6 p.m. UAS Recreation Center; beginners Tues/Fri, experienced fencers Thurs/Sat. $3 gym floor fee for non-students. Equipment available. For more info contact Even Hales 321-9779 or

Juneau Taku Toastmasters, every Mon, Federal Bldg room 541, noon. Open to public. 465-6121.

The Janice D. Holst School of Dance is offering classes once again, ranging from ballet to tap and hip-hop. To sign up for classes or for more information contact Janice Holst by e-mail at or call 586-1462 or call the studio at 723-1462.

Lectures & Classes
Learn Spanish through Art & Play on Saturdays at Northern Lights Church, 400 W. 11th Street. Spanish Play Group for ages 2-6 meets at 10 am and the Spanish Club for children ages 7-12 meets from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Cost is $12 per child or $10 with a punch card. Song book provided. Parents welcome!

At the Senior Center
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Families & Kids
Toddler Time at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Juneau Downtown Library and at 11 a.m. Mondays at Mendenhall Valley Library and Thursdays at 11am at the Douglas Library.

Great American Smokeout Fair to be held in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Tobacco Program and Sitka Community Hospital will celebrate the 32nd Annual Great American Smokeout with a Great American Smokeout Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Harrigan Centennial Hall's Maksoutoff Room.

SEARHC to host broadcast of suicide survivor roundtable
JUNEAU - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Behavioral Health Department on Saturday, Nov. 22, will join more than 130 other sites nationwide to host a teleconference for the 10th Annual National Survivors of Suicide Day.

SEARHC to host open house for patient housing project
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will host an open house for its new $3.45 million patient housing facility at 2 p.m. on Oct. 28, at the facility located across Tongass Drive from the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. Light refreshments will be served.

Honor our promises
While we cannot hold ourselves completely responsible for events that occurred before we were born, we can hold ourselves responsible for what happens within our lifetime. Indeed, we must.

Veterans deserve better turn-out
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, my stepson and I attended the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Centennial Hall.

Despite appreciation, Stevens tarnished
I just finished th column by former Juneau Empire editor Carl Sampson, of Stayton, Ore., who seemed to be telling us what ethics in Alaska should be.

Lecturer wants end to oil dependency
Greg Brown has a plan to get the nation off imported oil quickly, which he'll present Friday for the University of Alaska Southeast's Evening at Egan public lecture series.

Alaska Natives celebrate Veterans Day
Juneau's Native community honored its members who have served in uniform in a spirited celebration Tuesday that involved honoring aging warriors and traditional Native dancing.

Photo: High and dry
A bear cub spent 24 hours on a Taku Oil dock south of downtown Juneau after climbing up Monday morning. Taku Oil employees said they were worried about the animal because it was shivering and lethargic and its mother was nowhere to be seen. Late Tuesday morning, the cub finally climbed down on its own and disappeared into the woods.

Attempted kayak escapee receives two years in prison
A convicted sex offender who tried to skip town in a kayak has been sentenced to two years in prison for violating his probation and failing to register as a sex offender.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire department officials and state troopers reported:

Photo: Discussing energy issues
Sen. Albert Kookesh, D-Angoon, speaks Wednesday during the first day of the Southeast Alaska NativeSummit at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. The summit addressingregional energy and economic development will continuetoday and Friday at the ANB Hall.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire department officials and state troopers reported:

Around Town

The My Turn "Contact attorney general about Juneau fuel prices," which appeared in Wednesday's paper, was incorrectly attributed to Empire columnist Elton Engstrom. His son, Elton Engstrom Jr., was the actual author.

Great cast makes 'Models' work
Unlike some movies in theaters right now ("High School Musical 3: Senior Year" and "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" come to mind), "Role Models" makes it easy for all ages to find characters to identify with. Beyond that, David Wain's new comedy is just plain good.

Fans may lament lack of familiar trademarks in latest Bond film
To James Bond fans, they are the "stations of the cross," those familiar, funny touches that have become trademarks of the long-running spy film series - the quips, the quirky characters, the catch-phrases.

'The Clone Wars' not as bad as fans said
'Star Wars: The Clone Wars: 2-Disc Special Edition'

Previously on Lost hooks fans of the series with quirky music
The idea first came to Jeff Curtin and Adam Schatz the way so many awesome ideas do: in the form of a rock opera.

T-Pain's success makes altered vocals a hot trend
T-Pain is tired of hearing the sound of his own, heavily processed voice.

A search for bagpipe jazz leads to old treasures
T here's some search phrases, such as "guys who look good in skirts," that Google ought to vomit right back at you. My latest atrocity: "bagpipes" and "jazz."

Cuban jazz legend Bebo Valdes still going strong after nine decades
At 90, Bebo Valdes is still unstoppable.

One Aisle Over to play Back Room at Silverbow
One Aisle Over returns to Juneau for its first live show since touring Anchorage this fall. The band will perform an evening of original acoustic material on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Back Room at the Silverbow Inn.

'Peter and the Wolf' set for weekend performances
The Juneau Student Symphony will perform "Peter and the Wolf" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16, at the Juneau Arts & Culutre Center.

Juneau Rotary presents Vocational Service awards
Vocational Service awards to local individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations capped a month-long Rotary Club of Juneau focus on business ethics. Rotary's annual Vocational Service awards recognize local businesses that provide exemplary services to the community.

Where is the sweetness without the sugar?
I have not eaten sugar in one year. People greet this information with almost universal disbelief and no small amount of skepticism. "No grain?" they say. "What in the world do you eat?" I assure them that I, in fact, eat most things, since grains are only one food group. But since I am prone to obsessing about something, my dietary strangeness has naturally progressed to a much bigger issue for me than just cooking dinner.

Auntie Emo seeks pumpkin recipes
Ask Auntie Emo is where readers share recipes and kitchen tips. Lost a recipe? Wish you had a certain recipe? Take a moment to send in your requests; we need your participation, this recipe sharing feature belongs to you - our readers.

Invasive plant surveys reveal problem in plants throughout Southeast
It has become evident that invasive species are capable of truly altering our Alaska ecosystems. Invasive species cost the world economy of $1.4 trillion in 2006 and we must acknowledge that there is no invisible bubble deflecting invasive species from entering the state of Alaska. New species are reported in Alaska each year and the plants that are already here are spreading and colonizing more area each and every year. It is impossible to say when these plants are going to start seriously impacting Alaska's economy but it is understood that this will happen if Alaskan's don't prevent the spread in their state.

Consortium's Steve Gage wins Physician Assistant award
SITKA - The Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants at its October meeting in Anchorage honored Steve Gage, of Sitka, with its Physician Assistant of the Year Award for 2008.

University changes dining program for the environment
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast and NMS, the dining services provider for the UAS community, have partnered to introduce a variety of environmentally friendly practices as part of the institutions' sustainability initiative. A small sample of the programs that have been executed to date include:

Photo: Opening house
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium President/CEO Roald Helgesen, center, speaks during the Oct. 28 open house for SEARHC's new short-term patient housing facility. The new facility has 18 rooms (14 doubles and four singles) and is located across the parking lot from the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka. It will provide a comfortable place to stay for people who travel to Sitka for outpatient medical treatment and for those patients recently discharged from the hospital who need time to heal before they head home. The first patients were housed in the facility on Monday, Nov. 3.

Consortium, hospital host Great American Smokeout Fair
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Tobacco Program and Sitka Community Hospital will celebrate the 32nd Annual Great American Smokeout with a Great American Smokeout Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Harrigan Centennial Hall's Maksoutoff Room.

Air Medical Service honors three medics
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Air Medical Service honored three of its flight medics with merit awards during a surprise potluck on Oct. 29 at the service's hangar in Sitka.

Thanks for supporting 'Jump the Broom'
"Jump the Broom" on Oct 5 celebrated love and acceptance with more than 130 supporters and $1,300 was raised to keep marriage legal and equal in California. Our $1,300 doubled into $2,600 when it was matched by another donor on arrival in California. And beyond that, some of you donated on line, so the total generated was well more than $3,000.

Thanks for contributing to Ocean Celebration
Turning the Tides would like to thank all the performers who contributed their talent and powerful performances for free to the Sept. 21 Ocean Celebration. They include singers Linda Buckley, Tom Koester, Kit Peterson, Nancy Spears and Martha Stey; drummers Ray Preston, Ed Carrillo, Edric Carrillo, Jean Butler, Terri Moles, Cherri Bell, Pete Morrisette, Shawn Damserval, Lui Fenumiai, Lawrence Fenumiai, Chance Galletes, Fletcher Sewall, Amy McComick, Bob McCormick, Annie Geselle, Myrna Allen and Jerry Ann Gray; Lyle James and the Woosh.ji.Een dancers; the Nortkut Wolf Pack Tlingit rap group; the Yuchunka Dancers; the Pamyua fusion band from Anchorage, Q'orianka Kilcher and speakers Dr. Marcus Erikson, Assemblyman Bob Doll and Harold Jacobs. We would also like to thank Jim Morgan at KINY, the staff at A&P, Jim Mahan and the KTOO sound and recording team and Derron Peterson at Centennial Hall for lighting and set-up, Tim Kissner, Rod Betit, and Rich Delorenzo for air mileage donations, and all the people that helped host out-of-town guests: the Alaskan Hotel, Terri Tibbett, Ashley Saupe, Linda and Mark at the Capital Inn and Gregg and Tina Brown. You were terrific! Thank you so very much for your time and wonderful talent.

Thank you to those invoved in the play 'Auntie Mame'
Bravo, to all who were involved with the play "Auntie Mame."

Merritts celebrate 60 years
The family of longtime Douglas residents Denny and Bonnie Merritt congratulates them on their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 13, 2008.

Young, Yengo wed
Laura Christine Young and Anthony Alexander Yengo were married on Oct. 11, 2008, at the Kea Lani in Wailea, Maui.

Scientists ponder how changing climate will impact Arctic whales
Alaska's coastal communities have long experienced the presence of whales, whether as summer visitors in Southeast or as targets of winter subsistence hunters in the Arctic.

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

Bob Martin: Citizen of the Year
JUNEAU - Bob Martin was caught speechless when he was awarded "Citizen of the Year" at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce annual banquet Nov. 1.

Chenega captain to accept lifesaving award during New York City gala
JUNEAU - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) ferry Chenega and its crew will be honored Friday night during an estimated 800-attendee gala in New York City.

Photo: Humpalope
Jeff Budd pulls out a "humpalope" during his mock scientific demonstration during the Maritime Monthly Grind variety show during Sitka WhaleFest


Scientists, sightseers celebrate state's cetacean citizens
To the untrained eye, it would have been hard to pick out the marine biologists from the tourists on the whale-watching cruise last Saturday in Sitka.

Alaska USA named one of the 'best places to work'
Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska USA Federal Credit Union was recently recognized as one of the top 10 best places to work in Alaska for 2008. The award program was sponsored by the Alaska Journal of Commerce in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management, Alaska State Council and Best Companies Group.

NANA creates new construction company
ANCHORAGE - NANA Development Corporation (NANA) is creating new construction jobs for Alaskans and generating healthy competition in the oil, gas and mining market with its new construction company NANA Construction, LLC, headed by long-time industry leader Mac McKee.

Happy Birthday!
Lucy Torvend

State senators announce bipartisan organization
Sen. Gary Stevens announced last week that the Senate Bipartisan Working Group will continue to lead the Alaska Senate during the 26th session of the Alaska Legislature.

UAF receives $1.35 million for bio research
The University of Alaska Fairbanks announced Oct. 30 the receipt of a $1.35 million award from the National Institutes of Health to fund biomedical research education in Alaska middle and high schools. The grant is part of an estimated $17 million awarded by NIH to fund 16 Science Education Partnership Awards across the country.

Theodore McIntire
Juneau resident Theodore "Ted" W. McIntire died of cancer on Nov. 8, 2008, at his home in Juneau with his family by his side. He was 79.

My turn: Alaska is a better place because of Sen. Stevens
I don't spend a lot of time thinking or writing about folks convicted of felonies, but I think the case of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens deserves a comment or two.

Alaska editorial: Which Palin is back - governor or campaigner?
Which Sarah Palin is coming back to finish her term as governor of Alaska?

It's time for Americans to negotiate a new car deal
One of the first real challenges President-elect Barack Obama faces will be what to do about the ailing American auto giants.

Outside editorial: The nation needs boost of confidence
Now comes the hard part. President-elect Barack Obama, having won a historic mandate for change, must make it happen.

Contact attorney general about Juneau fuel prices
Since the middle of July, the price of a barrel of crude has dropped from more than $147 a barrel to less than $63 as of Oct. 25. People around the country are enjoying lower gasoline and heating oil prices. Even in Fairbanks, heating oil has decreased to less than $2.70 a gallon for large volume customers.

History of prayers for president-elect
The night Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for president in Denver, John McCain appeared in an ad saying:

In election, some blacks embrace discrimination
Sometimes, progress carries an asterisk. That's as good a summary as any of a sad irony from last week's historic election. You will recall one of the major storylines of that day was the fact that, in helping make Barack Obama the nation's first black president, African-Americans struck a blow against a history that has taught us all too well how it feels to be demeaned and denied. Unfortunately, while they were striking that blow, some black folks chose to demean and deny someone else.

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Ski club, patrol to host ski sale
JUNEAU - One of Juneau's oldest traditions, the 55th annual Ski Sale, sponsored by the Juneau Ski Club and Juneau Ski Patrol, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Native summit set for today in Juneau
JUNEAU - This year's Southeast Alaska Native summit kicks off today in Juneau.

Wasilla woman reports home invasion
WASILLA - A Wasilla woman reported that three armed, masked men robbed her in her home Tuesday night, Alaska State Troopers said.

3 Fort Wainwright troops injured in Iraq
FAIRBANKS - A report in Stars and Stripes said three Fort Wainwright soldiers serving in Iraq were injured Sunday when they entered a booby-trapped house.

Sterling woman dies in two-car crash
SOLDOTNA - An 87-year-old Sterling woman died in a two-car crash on the Sterling Highway.

Minor earthquakes felt in Southcentral
ANCHORAGE - Two minor earthquakes that occurred Monday in Alaska were felt but caused no damage.

Chase suspect formally charged
JUNEAU - A grand jury indicted Victor Powell on four criminal charges, after police said he fled from officers, struck a women with his van, and wound up in the Mendenhall wetlands.

Bankrupt Montana resort owes $343M
BILLINGS, Mont. - Court documents show the exclusive Yellowstone Club resort in Montana owes an estimated $343 million to creditors such as banks and local contractors.

Wagoner leaves state for medical treatment
KENAI - The Alaska state senator representing much of the Kenai Peninsula is in California for medical treatment.

Supervisor of cyber crimes unit sent scam
ANCHORAGE - A scam came to the attention of Anchorage police when an e-mail arrived in the inbox of the supervisor of the cyber crimes unit.

Seward looks at upgrading ship dock
SEWARD - Seward is considering an upgrade to the dock used by cruise ships visiting the city on Prince William Sound.

Anchorage students' test scores decline
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage School District said reading, writing and math scores for students showed declines last year.

Post-election thoughts on John McCain's candidacy
Anyone who doesn't at the very least appreciate the historic nature of Barack Obama's election is either an idiot or a bigot. It is just that simple. So let me take a few sentences to say that as an American, I congratulate our new president, will pray for his success both personally and as our new leader, and will view his presidency with the same objectivity I had with regard to George W. Bush.

Lower 48 have Alaskan reaction
Everyone had a strong opinion about Gov. Sarah Palin's run for the White House. I've received hundreds of e-mails from people both praising and condemning her in recent months. For your reading pleasure, here are two of my favorites that recently came in.

Bears look for blood
OK, so the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears didn't exactly claw through a long, fierce regional tournament to RSVP for the 2008 4A Volleyball State Championships. Their invitation is as real as anybody's, though, and they think their chances are, too.

A strike against cancer
Feather boas were twirled. Strikes and spares were hurled.


Another winter in paradise
In the opening segment of Absinthe Films' latest movie, "Ready," the logos of snowboard companies appear as graffiti on concrete walls as snowboarders do tricks over them, while banjo music by Bert Jansch plays in the background. Banjo music is unusual for a snowboard movie, but not unusual for filmmaker Justin Hostynek, who has always pushed up against the cutting edge of snowboard filmmaking.

Begich swings into the lead over Stevens
Additional votes counted by the state Elections Division on Wednesday show Sen. Ted Stevens' 3,200-vote lead over challenger Mark Begich disappeared, and Begich now holds an 814-vote lead with thousands yet to be counted.

One week later, state elections still undecided
With the election a week past and the nation moving on, Alaskans are still waiting to find out the outcomes of numerous races.

Possible new energy source found in Alaska
WASHINGTON - Government scientists believe Alaska's North slope has huge deposits of frozen natural gas that current technology could extract, according to an Interior Department report.

Uranium mine still poses risks
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week ordered a mine company to keep treating water at a radioactive defunct open-pit uranium mine that's now a Superfund site of national priority.

Federal judge sentences Weimar to six months
ANCHORAGE - A Montana man who once owned Alaska's only network of privately run halfway houses has been sentenced to six months in prison on public corruption charges.

Palin puts 'brutal' race behind her, looks to '12
WASHINGTON - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has put the "brutal" 2008 campaign behind her and has the next presidential race in her sights, with a flurry of national television interviews and a high-profile appearance at the Republican Governors Association meeting this week.

Republican governors say party's future rests with them
MIAMI - Republican governors, down and out after the party's devastating Election Day losses, said Wednesday that the future of the GOP rests with their ranks and not Washington politicians.

Armed and nervous
ANCHORAGE - On the neatly stacked ammunition shelves at the Alaska Shooters Supply is a sign: "There is no such thing as too much ammo."

New bridge means end for Fairbanks landmark
FAIRBANKS - A wrecking ball is in store for a Fairbanks landmark.

Helicopter wolf-kills help caribou calves
ANCHORAGE - Slaughtering wolves on the Alaska Peninsula appears to have had the desired effect - more caribou got a chance to live, according to biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Homer's Salty Dawg Saloon stays open for winter
HOMER - One of Alaska's most famous saloons will break a 25-year habit and stay open past the tourist season.

Report touts coal gasification in the North
FAIRBANKS - A study commissioned by the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. is touting the value of a local plant that could turn coal and biomass into liquid fuel.

Costco drops plans for Wasilla store
WASILLA - Warehouse retailer Costco has pulled its plans to build a store in Wasilla.

Palin leaves door open for Senate run
WASHINGTON - Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she would consider serving in the Senate if God gave her the opportunity and Alaskans wanted her to take the job. The state's senior senator, Republican Ted Stevens, held a dwindling lead as the count resumed in his re-election bid.

GOP may boot Stevens from committee posts
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens, the Alaska Republican convicted of seven felony counts last month, faces a vote by his Republican colleagues next week on whether to kick him out of the Senate's GOP conference and strip him of plum committee assignments.

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