We are all to blame for mine mess
It broke my heart to see the pictures of abandoned Tulsequah Chief mine. No one wants to see that kind of environmental disaster.

Too many children are out of control
I am a regular reader of the newspaper. I'd like to respond to an article that addressed homeless teens. I agree some come from abusive homes. But most are choosing to live on the street because they don't want to follow rules at home. I've spent years in therapy because my children say my expectations were too much for them. I grew up with the rules I set for my children, and they are:

Food donations pour in to Juneau charities
Food donations to local charities have poured in the past few days.

Eaglecrest Ski Area crew prepares for opening
If not for the immobile lift chairs, Eaglecrest Ski Area nearly seemed open Saturday with dozens of cars in the parking lot and crowds of people skiing, sledding and skinning near the lodge.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Around Town
Today, Nov. 24

Jobless rate climbs with end of summer
Alaska's unemployment rate rose in October to 8.9 percent, but remained significantly below the U.S. rate, according to the latest Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development figures released last week.

Homeless ask for 'peace talks' with officials
Four homeless Juneau residents and an activist upset at misperceptions about homelessness spoke at the Juneau Assembly meeting Monday night.

Two vehicles collide on Glacier Highway
JUNEAU - A 45-year-old woman was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital Sunday for precautionary evaluation after a two-vehicle accident on Glacier Highway near Central Avenue.

Assembly backs city waterfront improvements
The Juneau Assembly agreed to spend $50,000 to study a potential parking garage near the proposed subport building at its meeting Monday night.

Juneau moms bake pies for preschool fundraiser
There are a lot of little secrets to making perfect lemon meringue pie.

Missing hunter found on Admiralty Island
JUNEAU - A Juneau man was found safe on Admiralty Island Saturday, hours after not returning on time to meet his hunting party.

Photo: Riding tandem
Shayna Rohwer and her son, Reed Maier, 2, enjoy sledding Sunday at Evergreen Cemetery.

Photo: Staying for the winter
A great blue heron stands on one leg Sunday in the tidal flats of North Douglas Island. Great blue herons winter in Southeast Alaska and can be seen fishing the wetlands and shorelines.

Juneau residents appointed to suicide prevention duties
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Juneau's Phyllis Carlson to the state's Suicide Prevention Council and re-appointed Bill Martin to the council.

Free garage parking starts Friday
JUNEAU - Holiday shoppers won't have to make hourly deposits in the coin operated parking spots at the downtown Marine Parking Garage starting this Friday.

Native American Heritage Month Jacqueline Tagaban
Age: 45.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Native American Heritage Month Karen Taug
Age: 55.

Photo: Creative game
Donna Saba, visiting from Fruitland, Idaho, plays a game of checkers on a chess board with her daughter, Audrey, 6, on Monday at the Silverbow Inn.

Around Town
Sunday, Nov. 22

Lawrence Gregory 'Larry' Howard
Longtime Juneau resident Lawrence Gregory "Larry" Howard died unexpectedly on Nov. 9, 2009, in Juneau. He was 63.

Theodore John Smith Sr.
Lifelong Juneau resident Theodore John Smith Sr. died Nov. 8, 2009, at his home in Juneau. He was 86.

Roland Glenn Henrichs
Juneau resident Roland Glenn Henrichs died Nov. 7, 2009, at his home, after a lengthy illness. He was 65.

Grandstanding won't create jobs
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

New view on mammograms
Everyone who knows the prevailing medical wisdom on hormone replacement therapy for menopausal women, please stand up.

Den mother to orphaned movement
What? Another Sarah Palin piece. A lot of people say they're tired of hearing about her. They think the media pay too much attention to Sarah Palin. Forget that. I think we need to pay more attention to her.

Biomass can be beneficial to Southeast environment
A recent letter published in the Juneau Empire criticized the U.S. Coast Guard for considering burning biomass to heat its facilities. It questioned whether Alaska wood was "a clean, renewable, carbon-neutral source of energy" and claimed that biomass "adds to the problem, rather than solving it." It's better, the letter argued, to use carbon-free energy sources, such as solar, wind or geothermal, or, in the Coast Guard's case, to use heat pumps to extract energy from the ocean.

Alaska faces a number of economic challenges in 2010
We live in an environment of slow or no growth. The consumer has cut back, retailers have no pricing power and deflation is finally becoming embedded. Bad financial decisions now will become bigger burdens in the future. Going slow and using caution is your best choice while these events unfold. The recessionary feeling as we grind down will continue until we allow "too big to fail" to fail. Our challenges:

Terror trials stand to restore Americans' faith in rule of law
"We (should) wrap him in bacon and deep fry him at a state fair while Lee Greenwood stabs him in the face." - Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" on confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

Man sentenced on forgery charge
FAIRBANKS - An extensive mail theft ring broken up late last year has led to a five-year prison sentence for a North Pole man.

Alaska US Marshals get bomb-sniffing dog
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Marshals in Alaska have a new bomb-sniffing dog.

Ketchikan man gets 10 years for child porn
ANCHORAGE - A 54-year-old Ketchikan man has been sentenced to 10 years in a federal prison following his conviction for distribution of child pornography.

Johnston gets 3 years in drug case
ANCHORAGE - The mother of the man former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol had planned on marrying has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Photo: JAHA Hockey
Play It Again player Patrick Race shoots as D.K. Miners goalie Peter Sommers defends during a Juneau Adult Hockey League game Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Backs to the blue line
The Juneau-Douglas hockey team returned home after a challenging weekend in Homer.

Random notes from a cluttered sports desk
The prep sports scene is at a virtual standstill right now in Alaska, which seems strange because football and basketball are both being played back home.

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

Charters lose case against one-fish limit
ANCHORAGE - Halibut charter operators lost an attempt Monday to rid themselves of the one-fish-a-day rule, which they say is putting them out of business in Southeast Alaska.

Authors toe nonpartisan line in book on Palin
Some Alaska legislators and staff who have dealt with former Gov. Sarah Palin extensively are saying that to understand what went on in Alaska before, during and after the 2008 presidential campaign, skip the former governor's much hyped autobiography.

United Fishermen of Alaska address subsistence review
Subsistence was the gorilla, or whale, if you will, in the room at the fall meeting of an organization representing more than 35 commercial fishing organizations throughout Alaska waters.

Climate-neutral policy not realistic for Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - A climate neutral policy is not realistic for the Fairbanks campus, according to University of Alaska Fairbanks administrators.

Nation's gas prices fall at beginning of busy travel week
Retail gasoline prices headed downward in most places to begin one of the country's busiest travel weeks, with more than 33 million people expected to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Court sides with guard in workers' comp dispute
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that a former prison guard at the Anchorage Jail deserves workers' compensation for being threatened by a convicted killer.

Mystery fish all the buzz in Barrow
BARROW - Charles Maasak Brower was heading out to do some seal and caribou hunting with his four sons when they stumbled upon a beach find - a fish - that has nearly everyone stumped.

Will Palin's book tour start a new political movement?
WASHINGTON, Pa. - When Sarah Palin made her first trip to western Pennsylvania as GOP presidential candidate John McCain's fresh-faced running mate, the Arizona senator warned locals that she "doesn't let anyone tell her to sit down."

Anchorage battles chronic inebriates
ANCHORAGE - On a recent Tuesday night, Anchorage police sergeant Dennis Allen came upon a familiar face at a bus stop. It was Paul, one of Anchorage's 400 or so homeless alcoholics who chronically get drunk in public.

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