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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Murkowski's win should send strong message to Palin, tea party
On Nov. 17, Sen. Lisa Murkowski became the first Senate candidate in more than 50 years to win a write-in campaign. On Nov. 2nd, thousands of Alaskans told Sarah Palin we are unique and we don't subscribe to hate- and fear-mongers or tea-party-backed candidates.

Photos: Double checking
Division of Elections Gail Fenumiai, center, lays out precinct voter sign-in books for observers from the Joe Miller campaign Gary Kreep, left, and Matt Johnson to inspect Thursday at the Division of Elections office in Juneau.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Memorial service for Romeo this Saturday
Funerals aren't only for humans. A special memorial service for the wolf known locally as Romeo is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the West Glacier Trail near the raft launch.

Municipal leaders told state needs a big gas pipeline
Alaska should focus its efforts on a big natural gas pipeline to ship its gas out of the state, rather than an in-state line for local needs, to develop its huge natural gas reserves, said Larry Persily, the federal government's gas pipeline coordinator.

Kokotovich hearing rescheduled
The trial call for a man who faces two charges of first-degree assault in connection with the beating of a 2-year-old girl has been rescheduled for a status hearing at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

City picks up three awards
The City and Borough of Juneau received three community awards at the Alaska Municipal League's 60th Annual Local Government Conference awards banquet Thursday night.

Juneau School District faces $4-6M deficit
Early projections in the Juneau School District budget for the 2012 fiscal year show a shortfall of anywhere between $4.8 and $6.1 million.

Cruise ship docks to see borehole drilling
Geophysical and geotechnical testing for the cruise ship dock construction will take place in February, but noise considerations have been urged.

Warren L. Huppi
Former Juneau resident Warren L. Huppi died Nov. 14, 2010, at age 72. He was born Feb. 18, 1938.

Outside editorial: Time for a sober discussion about security trade-offs
The following editorial first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News:

My Turn: ANB, ANS grand presidents urge remembrance of Native American Heritage Month
As we reflect on Native American Heritage Month, we urge you to acknowledge this important month. Native Americans are the First Americans and have contributed significantly to our country. Per capita, our Native men and women have served in the armed forces in great numbers. Our love for this land runs deep.

For whom the bell trolls
It's been said patience is a virtue. But while patience has served me well on the water, it's been a challenge when I'm either in the boardroom or out talking with policymakers. And as the head of one of the world's oldest sports fishing associations, I just can't sit back while lax fishery management measures drive one of our greatest gamefish, the Atlantic bluefin tuna, into oblivion.

Tidbits on trails
Aiming for that patch of sunshine only a few strides above me, I turned up the pace. My legs burned like furnaces. My breath came quick and I ticked up the volume on my iPod. That's better.

Tides
Today, Nov. 19

How to stay comfy, warm and bruise-free
My personal rule for any outing is: If it's not fun, don't do it.

Photo: Taking it 'to go'
A red-breasted nuthatch snatches a beak full of suet during a visit to a North Douglas bird feeder on Sunday. The red-breasted nuthatch is listed as uncommon in Southeast Alaska. Local bird counts through the Juneau Audubon Society begin next week.

Humble beginnings for a local shooting club
The Juneau Gun Club is a private trap shooting club located at 0.5-mile on Montana Creek Road that is open to the general public for recreational trap shooting on Wednesday evenings and Sundays mid-day. Many in Juneau are unaware of the clubs existence. However, Trap shooting has been going on in Juneau (and Douglas) since the late 1920s, early 1930s as shown by early photographs at the Alaska State Library.

Thanksgiving Turkey shoot this Saturday
For close to or more than six decades, the Juneau Gun Club has sponsored a Thanksgiving Community Turkey Shoot. No, there's no live turkeys. Instead, the public is invited to join neighbors young and old to participate in a variety of shotgun shooting sports.

Wandering with eyes, ears, senses open
Someone once asked me if I go out on hikes and walks looking for something in particular. Many times, I just go wandering with my eyes and ears open, and maybe nothing special is observed, or maybe I get lucky. Sometimes, however, I do have a particular objective, and chance to observe something that is not related to my initial objective at all.

Mt. Edgecumbe HS offering bike check-out
Students at Mt. Edgecumbe High School sometimes can feel trapped at the school. A new bike check-out program is giving those students a chance to have a little bit of freedom as they head to downtown Sitka.

Turkeys don't count in this year's Thanksgiving Day Bird Count
JUNEAU - The 2010 Thanksgiving Day Bird Count will take place Thursday, Nov. 25 and is organized by the Juneau Audubon Society.

Time to focus on the bird feeders
JUNEAU - The 23rd season of Project FeederWatch started Nov. 13, but the Juneau Audubon Society is still inviting locals to sign up.

Discovery Southeast hosting 'nature-inspired fun' Monday
JUNEAU - With Monday being a day elementary students are released early, Discovery Southeast is offering outdoor activities for local youth.

Mini golf is back at the JACC
JUNEAU - Local artists have teamed up to create a mini golf course at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center in an effort to raise funds for the center.

Annual Trail Mix banquet aims to raise funds for Mount Juneau Trail
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. is holding its annual auction and dinner beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Centennial Hall to help raise funds for future trail work on the Mount Juneau Trail.

Wild shots
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No Alaska exploratory wells in 2011, company says
FAIRBANKS - ConocoPhillips Alaska has no plans to drill any exploratory wells in the state in 2011.

DOT warns about Steese Highway travel
FAIRBANKS - State transportation officials have issued a warning about traveling the Steese Highway.

Former UAF player pays price for theft
FAIRBANKS - A former University of Alaska Fairbanks basketball player says he still hopes to go pro in Europe after a petty theft cost him a conviction, jail time and hefty court fees.

Bristol Palin apologizes for Facebook rant
ANCHORAGE - Bristol Palin is apologizing for herself and her sister Willow for their Facebook rant against posters criticizing their family, including their mother's new documentary series "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

Miller campaign going through voter rolls
JUNEAU - Joe Miller's campaign is going through voter registration logs as it weighs whether to concede defeat or fight on in Alaska's Senate race.

Murkowski frustrated by Reid's lame duck agenda
JUNEAU - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she's frustrated with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's push to pass legislation that would let gays serve openly in the military.

Kenai man facing drug charges
ANCHORAGE - A 42-year-old Kenai man is facing drug and firearm charges.

National GOP group mum on Miller in Alaska
JUNEAU - A national Republican group is staying mum on whether Joe Miller should concede Alaska's Senate race.

Pilot Invite begins today
With only one tournament left before the Region V meet, Juneau's prep grapplers are tuning up for the final time at home before going after a berth in the state tournament.

More than 100 kids to play in 3v3 tourney
The purpose of youth sports goes beyond winning and losing. It's more about life lessons than anything else.

College Watch
• Former area preps playing college basketball

Search continues for F-22 pilot
ANCHORAGE - Military officials Thursday were preparing to set up camps off the Denali Highway in interior Alaska in preparation for a ground search for an Air Force pilot missing after a crash of an F-22 Raptor.

Feds want to revoke BP probation in Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A federal probation officer has asked a judge to revoke BP's probation in Alaska, saying the company's conduct in a November 2009 North Slope oil spill was negligent.

Murkowski win a blow to Palin
WASHINGTON - Sen. Lisa Murkowski's stunning write-in victory was a political poke in the eye to Alaska's other favorite daughter, Sarah Palin.

House aide helped FBI investigate congressmen
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., revealed this week a former aide to Rep. Don Young helped the FBI investigate two congressmen.

Sullivan sees huge potential for Alaska
JUNEAU - Attorney General Dan Sullivan, who has led the state's legal fights against the federal government on land and resource issues, said he's willing to work with agencies to develop Alaska as the state's new natural resources commissioner.

Miller seeks to stop election certification
ANCHORAGE - The GOP candidate in the Alaska U.S. Senate race asked a federal judge Thursday for a preliminary injunction stopping officials from certifying the election.

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