Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Republican Party failed in its attempt to oust Murkowski
In the GOP primary elections this year, I wanted to vote for Sen. Lisa Murkowski. I am a registered Democrat. Mine was a questioned ballot because my name was not on my precinct register. I was told for this reason I could not vote for Murkowski. I was told the Republican primary was closed to me.

Poop problem prevalent on Airport Dike Trail
My partner and I frequently walk the Airport Dike Trail and appreciate its location conveniently close to home, and the beautiful, wide open vistas. The people are friendly and the views are soothing to the soul. This easy and accessible 4-mile hike is a real treasure of the town.

Turkeys won't be thankful on Thursday
While President Barack Obama is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It shows our compassion for an innocent animal and our concern for our family's health. It's a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness.

Wrist bands should wipe out write-ins
I lived and voted in Juneau from 1977 to 1994, and during that time you were not allowed any campaign paraphernalia, even bumper stickers on your car if you parked within 200 feet of a polling place.

Photo: Holiday prep
Margaret Tharp was just looking for a little sunlight to work in as she arranged boxes with evergreen cuttings for the holidays in Auke Bay on Monday.

Retired Supreme Court judge back behind the Juneau bench
"This sounds like a triumph of hope over experience," the judge said, looking at a defendant who hadn't quite been keeping up with his appointed probation rules. "I think you have failed miserably in following what was asked of you, but the DA and your attorney have already reached an agreement. So I am going to ask that these remarks be transcribed so the next judge can read them. Do you understand?"

City abandons attempts to get waste permit
The City and Borough of Juneau's quest in managing the city waste stream has changed and is now focused on recycling and incineration.

Photo: Experiments head into space
The contrail of a Minotaur IV is visible at sunset Friday as the rocket lifts off from the Kodiak Launch Complex Kodiak Island. The rocket, the third Minotaur IV to be launched, lifted off as scheduled at about 4:25 p.m. It rose above the island off Alaska's coastline and was carrying 16 experiments on seven satellites.

Food charities say demand is up
The spirit of charity always tends to come out around the holidays, but can it be enough to keep up with demand?

Police and fire
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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.

Efforts to stop Bart Lake leaks fail
At attempt by Alaska Electric Light & Power to stop leaks at its Bart Lake Dam has failed, but now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the utility say they can live with some seepage from the lake.

Photos: Warming up the first freeze
Joe Ross skates with his daughter, Maggie, near Skater's Cabin on the west side of Mendenhall Lake on Monday. The ice was measured at about 5 inches thick near Skater's Cabin on Sunday. The ice is much thinner on the eastern half of the lake.

Correction
An obituary on page A2 of Friday's Empire contained an error. There is no memorial fund for Warren L. Huppi.

Fredrick George Gallant II
Fredrick George Gallant II died Nov. 18, 2010 in Sitka. He was born April 15, 1969 in Juneau. A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Outside editorial: Keeping a clean House
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Election results should always reflect Alaska voters' intent
The following editorial first appeared in the Peninsula Clarion:

My Turn: Juneau's Poverty, part 1
Editor's note: This My turn is the first in a series of monthly opinion pieces addressing poverty in Juneau.

Once on the fringe, critics of the Federal Reserve are now mainstream
If he didn't know it already, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is learning that no good deed goes unpunished. Bernanke's measured move to bolster the American economy by purchasing an additional $600 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds - an attempt to pump liquidity into the economy - is triggering a backlash from the right.

Stop using 'rape' as a metaphor
Editor's note: The subject of the following commentary is on a subject of sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

My turn: Alaska can do more to help those on Medicare
Alaskans on Medicare deserve some help. A recent survey by the University of Alaska confirms what many seniors know from experience. If you're older than 65, and rely on Medicare, most general practice, or "primary care" physicians won't see you. It's a problem that is most acute in Anchorage, but is starting to spread across the state. It's a problem we should fix.

Nondalton man charged with attempted murder
NONDALTON - A 41-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and felony assault for knife attacks on two women in the village of Nondalton.

Akiak man held on stabbing charge
AKIAK - A 32-year-old Akiak man has been charged with stabbing one family member and assaulting another. Alaska State Troopers say alcohol was involved.

Fairbanks man charged with stabbing sister
FAIRBANKS - A 49-year-old Fairbanks man has been charged with stabbing his sister in the chest with a 12-inch kitchen knife.

Crash injures Anchorage police officer
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a sport utility vehicle drifted into an oncoming lane and collided with a police cruiser, injuring both drivers.

Marijuana discovered at Anchorage house fire
ANCHORAGE - Firefighters putting out a chimney fire in Anchorage discovered several marijuana plants, which were seized by police.

Fairbanks considers harsher DUI penalties
FAIRBANKS - Drivers convicted of driving while drunk in Fairbanks may see harsher penalties in the future. The Fairbanks City Council at its meeting Monday will consider stiffening penalties.

26 nations represented at Juneau World Cup
In the second-ever Juneau 3v3 World Cup, players ages 7-14 played in an all-day soccer tournament without the supervision of coaches or parents to help them gain team building and problem solving skills at Dimond Park Field House.

Reishus rules Roughhouse
Craig Reishus' mother Susan couldn't look at the ring Friday night at Marlintini's Lounge during the showcase bout. She couldn't listen to the sounds of muscle-laden kicks and punches impacting bare skin.

Maria Weyhrauch talks present and future
Right-outside hitter in the fall and post during the winter, Juneau-Douglas' Maria Weyhrauch shines on both the volleyball and basketball court. The six-foot-two-inch senior recently returned from the volleyball state tournament where JDHS placed fourth overall and was also a contributing factor in the Crimson Bears' front court on last year's basketball state championship winning team. Weyhrauch said she likes to stay actively involved at school and enjoys having a voice in the decision making process but in her free time she's happy just "kickin' it with friends".

SE College Season averages
• Cumulative season statistics for former Southeast preps playing college basketball

Halibut charter restrictions start in Feb.
ANCHORAGE - New federal rules that take effect in February to protect the halibut fishery in Alaska are expected to cut about a third of the halibut sport charters in Homer, Seward and Valdez, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.

Fishermen take advantage of engine program
KODIAK - A new state loan program to encourage fishermen to upgrade their engines is gaining momentum in Kodiak.

Miller files state court challenge
Losing candidate Joe Miller has filed a lawsuit in state court, trying to block enough votes for Lisa Murkowski to swing the election to him.

Fish and Game studying Kenai River trout
KENAI - The bow of Tony Eskelin's boat sinks down into the glacial blue waters of the Kenai River as he cuts the throttle and reaches for the large antennae mounted to the side of the boat's center console.

Ex-aide to Rep. Young gets 12 weekends in jail
WASHINGTON - A former congressional staffer who golfed in Scotland at lobbyist Jack Abramoff's expense was ordered Monday to spend 12 weekends in jail, avoiding a lengthy prison sentence after helping investigators pursue two congressman in the influence-peddling scandal.

Ice storm stretches from Anchorage to Barrow
FAIRBANKS - Meteorologists described Monday's widespread rainfall as an "epoch winter rain event" and it's not over yet.

Cancer drug shortage hits Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - A national shortage of a chemotherapy drug has hit Anchorage.

McAdams returns to quieter life in Sitka
SIKTA - Scott McAdams was back at work last week as head of the local Community Schools program.

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