Photos: Run readying

Trial date nears for alleged shooter of Hoonah officers
As the deadline set by state law to begin the trial of the man accused of shooting two Hoonah police officers to death approaches, attorneys for the state of Alaska and for the defendant agree on one thing: they won't be ready for trial by that deadline.

Alaska unemployment tax rates to rise
Alaska workers will soon see more money coming out of their paychecks as both workers and employers will have to begin contributing more to fund the state's unemployment insurance program.

Photo: Attack analysis
Ian Demore, left, and Freedom McCorkle intently watch after putting Larry O'Keefe's king in check during Gastineau Elementary School's Chess Club on Thursday. The club meets every week and about 30 students are involved in the after school activity.

Judge allows Murkowski to participate in Senate election case
A state judge has allowed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski a formal role in candidate Joe Miller's challenge to her November election victory.

Fisherman's Bend/Andrew's Marina offered to the city
Fisherman's Bend and Andrew's Marina is being offered to the City and Borough of Juneau at a bargain rate.

Photos: Hooked on blues
Grammy-nominated blues singer John Lee Hooker, Jr. sings Wednesday at Centennial Hall. Additional performances will be held at The Rendezvous tonight and Saturday night. Hooker was nominated for 2009 and 2006 Grammys, won a 2005 Blues Award, was the Bay Area Blues Society's 2004 Comeback Artist of the Year and had the 2004 Outstanding Blues Album from the California Music Awards. "I love Juneau," Hooker said. "As long as they have me playing indoors ... it is hella cold here!"

Police & Fire
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Outside editorial: Food safety bill offers welcome display of bipartisanship
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Edwards keeps election loss in perspective
Chet Edwards has no regrets about the controversial votes he believes helped cost him his Central Texas congressional seat.

Gradual changes must be phased in to strengthen Social Security
At 75, our Social Security program is starting to show its age. The major source of retirement income for millions of Americans, Social Security is running a significant cash-flow deficit for the first time in decades.

Don't fall for the campaign to slash Social Security benefits
According to a recent CNN poll, 60 percent of Americans under 60 and 70 percent of those under 50 believe that Social Security will not be able to pay them a benefit when they retire.

Welcome, Old Man Winter
Old Man Winter may have taken the leisurely route to arrive in Southeast this year, but the latest bout of winter weather is - for many - arriving better late than never.

Trail Mix vies for $100,000 in grants
Trail Mix Inc., a local nonprofit trail maintenance group, has applied for two federal grants, administered by the state of Alaska that will aid two future projects: The improvement of the Treadwell Ditch and Peterson Lake trails.

Volunteers provide preseason grooming for Nordic skiers
JUNEAU - Tracks are set, skate trails smoothed and cold weather is in the forecast.

Avalanche workshop continues mountain education for locals
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center has teamed up with local experts to present the Southeast Alaska Snow Avalanche Workshop for outdoor enthusiasts beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

SnowTRAC offering teleconference option for quarterly meeting
ANCHORAGE - A teleconference meeting with SnowTRAC is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Totem Bight SHP Master Development Plan meeting
KETCHIKAN - The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation will host a public scoping meeting in Ketchikan at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9 at the Ted Ferry Civic Center to introduce the Totem Bight State Historical Park Master Development Plan. A general overview of the plan, goals and objectives, and general timeline will be presented. Participants will be given the opportunity to ask questions, discuss concerns and submit comments.

Deadline today for Hilary Lindh Scholarship application
JUNEAU - The deadline for this year's Hilary Lindh Scholarship, which is open to all Juneau students, is noon today.

Denali State Park partially open to snowmobiles
DENALI STATE PARK - The Mat-Su Area Office of the Alaska State Parks announced that Denali State Park is now open to the use of snowmobiles. Park staff have determined that sufficient snow cover exists to protect underlying vegetation in the park.

State Parks Advisory Board welcomes input from locals
JUNEAU - The Juneau area State Parks Advisory Board will meet again Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Alaska Department of Fish & Game headquarters.

Register now for First Responder course in Sitka
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Emergency Medical Services department is offering an extended Wilderness First Responder course from Jan. 4 to Feb. 5, 2011, in Sitka.

Look for Santa on a fire truck
JUNEAU - Santa Claus will grace downtown Juneau and Douglas beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10 atop a local fire truck.

Exploring south of Sandy Beach
The Saturday Parks and Recreation hike was scheduled to start at Sandy Beach, head south along the channel to a private cabin beyond Ready Bullion Creek, and then go uphill to the Treadwell Ditch trail and back to Douglas. Ho-hum, I thought. But I went anyway, and I'm glad I did. This hike took me to some spots I'd never visited before and learned a few shortcuts that I'll never be able to repeat.

Nov. JRPC match results
The latest shooting match for the Juneau Rifle and Pistol Club, held on Sunday, Nov. 28 was the last National Rifle Association registered match of 2010. It was held on a brisk Sunday morning with overcast skies and scattered snow showers. The match found five hardy souls enjoying the spirit of competition. Weston Moore was the winner of the hi-power division firing 479.8x, one point below a Hi-Master score. Linda Flynn fired what has become her consistent sporting/hunter rifle master score of 299.6x, while Chris Salazar shot a very impressive 395.20x out of a possible 400.40x in "F" class prone.

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Inversion spurs Alaska air quality alert
FAIRBANKS - A temperature inversion has pushed pollution to unhealthy levels that triggered an air quality alert in Fairbanks.

Anchorage takes over Campbell Creek Estuary
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage has taken possession of the Campbell Creek Estuary as a protected area, offering public access to tidal flats and views across Cook Inlet.

Murkowski raises over $245K for legal bills
JUNEAU - Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has raised more than $245,000 to help with her legal fees in her still-disputed race.

Nutmeg recall affects Alaska
Frontier Natural Products Co-op is recalling two non-organic nutmeg products that have the potential for Salmonella contamination.

Authorities check on sex offenders
ANCHORAGE - Authorities in Alaska have launched a weeklong sweep in eight Alaska villages to check on convicted sex offenders to ensure they are compliant with the state sex offender registry.

Bristol Palin strikes back at Olbermann
JUNEAU - Bristol Palin is striking back against MSNBC host Keith Olbermann for dubbing her "worst person in the world."

Trial begins for man accused of killing friend
ANCHORAGE - The trial has begun for an Anchorage man accused of killing his friend and stuffing his body in a freezer.

Anchorage presentation on large-scale mining
ANCHORAGE - A presentation today at the University of Alaska Anchorage will serve as an introduction to plans to develop the Pebble mine, a huge copper and gold mine in Southwest Alaska.

City, school board set meetings.
The regular meeting of the Juneau Commission on Sustainability that was scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 8 in City Hall Conference Room 224. The Juneau School District facilities committee will meet at noon Tuesday at the downtown Juneau Public Library, while the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Juneau Human Rights Commission will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Downtown Juneau Library.

Miller: Murkowski following business as usual
JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller says Alaska's U.S. senators - including his rival, Lisa Murkowski - are taking a page from the "big spenders' playbook" in supporting earmarks.

Southeast berth up for grabs
Given there's only one state championship berth for each weight class in Southeast Alaska, it truly is win or go home for Juneau's prep wrestlers.

Southeast berth up for grabs
Given there's only one state championship berth for each weight class in Southeast Alaska, it truly is win or go home for Juneau's prep wrestlers.

Bears set to host small-school champ Hutchison
With the Crimson Bears hockey team closing in on the halfway point - and most difficult part - of its schedule, Juneau-Douglas hopes this weekend's games will serve as a measuring stick for success this season.

Bears set to host small-school champ Hutchison
With the Crimson Bears hockey team closing in on the halfway point - and most difficult part - of its schedule, Juneau-Douglas hopes this weekend's games will serve as a measuring stick for success this season.

Photo: Holiday hoops
Alex Pihl of Schoenbar Middle School splits the defense of Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Bruce Jones and Jacob Thibodeau, right, Thursday during the opening round of Hooptime at Floyd Dryden Middle School. Friday's updated results: Boys A - Floyd Dryden defeated Schoenbar 48-43, Dzantik'i Heeni defeated Sitka 38-17, FDMS defeated Sitka 48-13; Girls A - FDMS defeated Schoenbar 33-20, DHMS defeated Sitka 31-29; Boys B - DHMS Defeated Kake 40-25, FDMS defeated Angoon 31-30, Schoenbar defeated Haines 45-15, Angoon defeated Kake 40-31; Girls B - Schoenbar defeated FDMS 28-22, Kake defeated DHMS 23-13, Haines defeated Angoon 48-34, Schoenbar defeated DHMS 37-13.

Rep. Young questions park service Alaska safety checks
FAIRBANKS - U.S. Rep. Don Young is questioning just how much authority the National Park Service has to enforce safety checks for boaters on the Yukon River.

North Slope spill report focuses on flow lines
ANCHORAGE - A new state report on Alaska North Slope petroleum spills concludes the flow lines moving crude oil, water and natural gas from wells to processing plants need heightened monitoring.

Alaska acknowledges effects of climate change
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's fish and wildlife managers have released a state plan anticipating effects on Arctic bodies of water, fishing industries and wildlife resources brought on by climate change.

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