Mudslides menace downtown
Residents of several city blocks evacuated downtown Saturday morning after a mudslide released above Gastineau Avenue, bringing snapped tree limbs and a torrent of mud and water down with it.

City reopens Gastineau Avenue
Downtown residents displaced by Saturday's mudslides were allowed back into their homes Sunday morning.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

• An A2 obituary on Virginia Beaumont Post in Friday's Juneau Empire misstated her age. A corrected obituary is being republished today.

Mudslide, wind cause multiple power outages
Power outages throughout the borough Saturday morning were partially caused by a mudslide downtown.

Roofless Retirement
Mary Gunderson and Dorothy "Dottie" Norden live in low-income housing for seniors. Brian Richardson lives in a beached, tarp-draped, plywood-roofed boat near Thane. All three are senior citizens living mostly off Social Security income, and all three call themselves "lucky."

Feds to open U.S. Attorney's office in Juneau
The U.S. Department of Justice has created a new federal prosecutor position in Juneau and plans to open a U.S. Attorney's office in the capital next month.

Native American Heritage Month Eunic Akagi
Age: 89.

$10 million forest lab receives funding
A new science research lab in Juneau received funding this month when President Obama signed a bill that includes $5 million for the U.S. Forest Service project.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 16

Juneau man arrested on felony assault charge involving glass bottle
A 46-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after striking a 28-year-old man in the head multiple times with a glass bottle earlier that evening at a Mendenhall Valley home.

Builders thankful recession passed by, anticipate growth
Local builders say their business is in a downturn, but not the depression that has hit their counterparts in the building industry elsewhere in the nation.

Photo: Close call
Henry Hopkins and hisdaughter, Emma, 12, look at a large hemlock tree, one of two trees that fell Saturday morning just missing their Bonnie Brae subdivision home in North Douglas.

Native American Heritage Month: Harold P. Martin
Age: 75

JDHS teacher recognized by state building association for excellence in field
JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School teacher Craig Mapes received the Alaska Construction Academy's Instructor Excellence Award on Thursday.

Around Town
Today, Nov. 15

Enough LOVE to share
In light of National Adoption Month, experienced foster parents Janet and Steve Olmstead can look back on their 36 years in Juneau and appreciate the many children who have shared their home.

Real food in the recipe box
I am a bit of a food freak. I love to cook, I love to go pick up my Full Circle Farm box. I love to look at cookbooks. And really I love to read about food on the Internet. Really. Any recipe I want, with any ingredients, from any corner of the world, at the touch of a button. It is a far cry from how my grandmother cooked.

Google knows who you are; if you care, use Dashboard
Google knows more about you than even you would want to know about you.

Want to learn how to change a tire? Turn to page 12
"Auto is a hands-on class, but they hand you a book and say 'Good luck.'"

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 16-20
Monday, Nov. 16

Local crafters to host Christmas Card Clinic
JUNEAU - Those looking to get a head start on their Christmas cards or Christmas thank yous this year are welcome to attend the Christmas Card Clinic from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Centennial Hall.

Love INC to hold annual benefit auction
JUNEAU - Love In the Name of Christ's (Love INC) annual benefit auction will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at Centennial Hall.

DELTA: Stopping violence before it starts
A local women shelter's domestic violence prevention program is making strides with programs for local youth, coordinators say.

Thanks for making Auke Bay's Halloween Carnival a success
The Auke Bay Elementary School Parent Teacher Association would like to express its most sincere gratitude to many in our wonderful Juneau community - our amazing volunteers and the many local businesses that made our annual Halloween Carnival such a great success.

Third Robot Jamboree to be held Saturday
JUNEAU - On Saturday, 11 student teams from Juneau as well as teams from Sitka, Hoonah and Skagway will compete in the third annual For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League Juneau Robot Jamboree.


NAMI unmasks mental illness with first-ever masquerade
On Oct. 23, more than 200 members from the community came together to promote mental illness awareness at the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Juneau's first annual Unmasking Mental Illness Masquerade at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

Don't quit quitting: Annual smokeout encourages cessation
For 34 years the American Cancer Society has designated the third Thursday in November as the Great American Smokeout. This Nov. 19, tobacco users are encouraged to either make a plan to quit or to plan in advance to quit using tobacco on that day.

Photos: Territorial Guard statue
Native military veterans John James and James Lindoff Jr., standing, and Jerry Eldemar and Leo Williams, kneeling, with a statue of an Eskimo soldier in the Territorial Guard.

Photo: Helping youth
The Youth Action Committee of the Juneau Community Foundation presents a check for $7,500 to the Valley Youth Club to help keep its doors open. From left are Peter Jurasz, YAC adult advisor; Brenda Hewitt, United Way of Southeast Alaska president/CEO; Taralee Ellis, Valley Youth Club; Tom Parker, YAC; Andrea Watts, JCF; and WalterMajoros, Juneau Youth Services (sponsor of the Valley Youth Club). To make a donation to the Valley Youth Club, bring a check to Wells Fargo Bank (Account # 8632914746), or go to to make a credit card donation.

Photo: Concerto Competition winner
David Miller, standing left, rehearses "Violin concerto. No. 3 in G" with the Juneau StudentSymphony on Friday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Miller is the 2009 winner of thesenior division of the Juneau Symphony Concerto Competition and the featured soloist for the Student Symphony's Peace Concert, which takes place at 4 p.m. today at the JACC and at 7 p.m. Monday at Glacier Valley Elementary School. The cost is pay-as-you-can.

Photo: 'Laced with Silver'
A rider on the Thunder Mountain Riders 4-H Club's Breast Cancer Awareness pony, "Laced with Silver," enjoys a ride on Halloween at Swampy Acres. The pony is owned anddecorated by Evie Walker.

Archie James Cavanaugh, Sr.
Lifelong Kake resident Archie James Cavanaugh Sr. died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2009, at the Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 81.

Archie James Cavanaugh, Sr.
Lifelong Kake resident Archie James Cavanaugh Sr. died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2009, at the Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 81.

Jessie Gertrude Herrold
Juneau resident Jessie Gertrude Herrold died peacefully Nov. 2, 2009. She was 83.

Fredrick "Fred" Morgan Jr.
Former Juneau resident Fredrick "Fred" Morgan Jr. died Sept. 24, 2009, in Anchorage. He was 70.

Linda Burling (Erwin) Androes
Former Juneau resident Linda Mae Erwin died Oct. 20, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 72.

Virginia Beaumont Post
Juneau resident Virginia Beaumont Post died Nov. 3, 2009, in Bartlett Hospital in Juneau. She was 93.

MyTurn: New Juneau dock may present a health risk
This column concerns a Nov. 11 My Turn by Jim Preston, chairman, Juneau Docks & Harbors Board, titled "Reconfiguring downtown docks."

Empire editorial: Parnell keeps his word when Obama stops in Alaska
President Barack Obama's visit to Alaska on Thursday was a lose-lose situation for Gov. Sean Parnell, resulting in criticism regardless of where the Republican governor decided to be that day.

Ramras right for lieutenant governor
This past week, my friend Jay Ramras came to Juneau. Jay is the Republican Representative of House District 10, which encompasses the eastern part of Fairbanks and the Fort Wainwright Military Reservation.

Alaska-based soldiers react to Obama's visit
Alaska Star contributor Nina Peacock joined dozens of reporters and writers from across Alaska Thursday inside Hanger 1 at Elmendorf Air Force Base to observe President Barack Obama's arrival in Alaska. Obama was on his way to Japan, and Air Force One stopped in Alaska, as it has done with presidents before, to refuel on base. This was Obama's first time in Alaska, although he has said it will not count as a true visit until he is able to see more of the state.

Many of us are struggling through the gray areas of life
They killed a killer last week. I kept waiting to feel something when news came that John Allen Muhammad had been executed in Virginia. As a staunch opponent of capital punishment, I wanted some nugget of remorse at the knowledge that the government had taken his life.

Hasan's worst criminal act
Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" (Arabic for "God is great") before shooting his fellow service members at Fort Hood, Texas, woke up in his hospital bed with the presence of mind to suspend his personal jihad long enough to get lawyered up. No fool he.

Toe Toon

New dasher boards for Nanooks
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a $1 million state grant to pay for a new dasher board system at the 19-year-old Carlson Center. It will be installed next summer.

Slush wall protects Norton Sound villages
ANCHORAGE - Accumulated slush that formed a barrier on beaches protected Norton Sound villages from storm waves.

North Pole wells tested for chemicals
North Pole Mayor Doug Isaacson said the situation is not a public health emergency.

Judge sentences Rogers to 309 years
ANCHORAGE - A Palmer man has been sentenced to 309 years in prison for a December 2007 shooting rampage that killed a university student and wounded two other people.

Fairbanks woman faces assault charge
According to a criminal complaint filed in Fairbanks District Court, 49-year-old Virginia McCotter called police Thursday to report the shooting and her 54-year-old husband confirmed it when officers arrived.

Caribou killing trial moved to February
Assistant Attorney General Andrew Peterson last week filed a motion to delay the trial until February because of a medical matter. At a hearing this week, a judge granted the request.

Fairbanks air as bad as L.A., feds say
The federal government has officially designated Fairbanks a nonattainment area for PM 2.5, the government name for fine particle pollution.

Sahara Restaurant fire ruled arson
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said the fire that damaged a Midtown restaurant this month was intentionally set.

Man convicted of robbing own mother
The Anchorage district attorney said Friday that Cheng Saelee (SAY'-lee) was also convicted of illegally contacting his mother from jail and trying to get her to drop the charges.

Basketball uniforms stolen from Healy
Principal Robyn Taylor says the theft occurred between the end of last school year and this week.

Mat-Su hospital bans children visitors
ANCHORAGE - To help prevent the spread of swine flu, the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center said no one under age 12 may visit patients this flu season.

Visitor center in Portage opens
ANCHORAGE - After two years of being closed, the visitor center in Portage has reopened.

Falcons roll over short-handed Bears
In the first-ever dual mat meeting in Juneau between the cross-town rival grapplers of Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas, it was all Falcons, 70-24, against the undermanned Crimson Bears.

Raise the Roofer
A heavyweight champion was defeated and boxers released aggression by fighting it out in Friday the 13th Roughhouse Boxing action at Marlintini's Lounge.

Sports in Juneau

Volleyball season ends for JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas volleyball season came to an end Friday in the consolation round of the state tournament after the Crimson Bears went down in five games to Soldotna at West Anchorage High School.

Photo: Bears Hockey
Monroe Catholic's Tyler Holmes, left, gets controll of the puck as Juneau-Douglas' Nick Rutecki, No. 20, and Riley Leary, No. 14, batttle with Monroe Catholic's Dan Bunten in the first period Saturday. Monroe won Friday's game 3-2.

Photo: Former Alaskan swimmers reunite
Laura Miller (Ketchikan Killer Whales, now with University of Wisconsin), Meghan Cavanaugh (Northern Lights Swim Team, now with Northwestern University), Genny Szymanski (Haines Dolphins Swim Team, now with Northwestern University), and Kyle O'Brien (Glacier Swim Club, with now Northwestern University) posed for a picture recently. These former Alaskan swimmers are all swimming at Division I universities and had a mini-reunion at the Northwestern-Wisconsin meet in Evanston, Ill. on Nov.13.

Sports in Juneau

Salmon served with a warning on future
ANCHORAGE - Seattle diners who order the salmon will get their meal with a message next week.

Palin's book goes rogue on some facts
EDITOR'S NOTE - "Fact Check" is an occasional look at assertions by government officials and others on how well they adhere to the facts.

Gas plant for Denali pipeline proposes big things
ANCHORAGE - The Denali gas pipeline project proposes to build the largest gas treatment plant in the world on Alaska's North Slope, according to a report sumitted to state legislators.

Alaska Troopers say shooting was 'unavoidable'
ANCHORAGE - The fatal shooting of a 58-year-old woman after she leveled a shotgun at troopers was "completely unavoidable," said Alaska State Trooper director Col. Audie Holloway.

Palin criticizes AP's early take on memoir
NEW YORK - After The Associated Press's early recap of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's memoir "Going Rogue" made headlines Friday, Palin reacted.

Upgrade to pipeline ongoing
FAIRBANKS - The upgrade to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline is continuing with the reconfiguration expected to take a few more years to complete.

Rebate programs stimulate economy
ANCHORAGE - A statewide weatherization program with the potential of reducing energy costs in thousands of Alaskan residences will improve some 1,740 homes in 2009 alone, and Alaska Housing Finance Corp. expects to more than quadruple that number by 2011. The goal is to weatherize 4,000 homes in 2010 and 7,500 homes in 2011, said Bryan Butcher, public affairs director for the state agency, whose mission is to provide Alaskans with quality affordable housing.

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