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Saturday, April 3, 2004

Not everyone opposes resource industries
It really disturbs me when someone I don't know speaks for me and says that we oppose this or that. I'm pro-resource and an employee of the mining industry and proud of it. To those that don't know me, please refrain from saying "we" when you share your opinion.

Motorcyclists not using "brains"
This is an open letter to a couple of motorcyclists seen recently crouched low on their sleek rocket-like machines: Please do: Continue to race on Egan drive.

Education isn't one size fits all
I firmly believe that our children are Alaska's greatest natural resource and the best investment in our future. But unless we cultivate and care for them now, their prosperous and secure future will not be realized. Giving them the tools to succeed is our charge and our responsibility.

Trust professionals on fluoride issue
Naively I believed the water fluoridation debate had been resolved in the 1950s and 1960s, when opponents viewed fluoridation as a Communist plot (for the theatrical version, see Dr. Strangelove) against America. Apparently, the conspiracy theorists, assisted by pseudo-health care practitioners, are attacking fluoridation as dangerous. I guess scientific evidence to the contrary be damned.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Residents to test bear-resistant cans this summer
Some two-dozen Juneau residents got free garbage cans for the summer on Thursday at the start of a test for bear-proofing. About half of the 50 bear-resistant cans, or carts, were delivered to the Switzer Creek neighborhood as part of the Reinforced Tipper Cart Pilot Program.

Corrections
Corrections to local stories.

Photo: Juneau Hotel demolished, 1947
Paul Sincic / Juneau-Douglas City Museum 89.21.023 Bystanders watch as the historic Juneau Hotel, once located on the corner of Third and Main, is gutted during demolition in 1947.

FYI
Births, judgments and other local legal matters.

Volunteer's Web site unites classmates
Tim Randall of Battle Ground, Wash., doesn't know Jason Soza. But it's thanks to Soza that Randall may renew a friendship with a classmate from Juneau-Douglas High School now living in Seattle.

Alumni calling all classes for reunion
Paula (Cook) Critchfield of Friday Harbor, Wash., is looking forward to seeing old friends and the town she grew up in. She's one of the 124 Juneau-Douglas High School alumni who have registered so far for the all-class reunion set for July 2-3.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Wendel graduates from Nuclear Power School
Honors and awards presented to local students.

Neighbors Digest
Community related news in brief.

... for 'scooping the poop'
We would like to thank the following citizens for their time and efforts in keeping Juneau's trails clean by "scooping the poop."

Teacher Talk: Looking for grace on the Mississippi
Through Huck Finn's eyes, my class of juniors and I have just witnessed the senseless violence of the Grangerford-Sheperdson feud, and now we are following Huck back to the raft, to Jim, to the Mississippi River.

... for making convention
The Alaska Christian Ministries Association would like to thank the following that helped make our March 12-13 convention such a huge success.

Gunstrom and Toll to marry
Brooke Toll of Logan, Kan., and Jonathan Gunstrom of Juneau will be married in a ceremony planned for 3 p.m., May 22, 2004, in Logan, Kan. A reception will follow at the Logan City Building.

Photo: Generous donation
Courtesy of Marc Wheeler Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation representative Kirby Day, right, presents a gift of $25,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alask

... for supporting Dr. Seuss 100th birthday celebration
On March 2, Juneau teachers handed out 600 books to children as part of the 100th birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss. The Read Across America Celebration, put on by the Juneau Education Association, couldn't have happened, though, without the support of many fine organizations and people.

... for your donations
We would like to thank the Breeze Inn, Costco, and Heritage Coffee for their donations during the Southeast Alaska Swim Meet in February.

Yvonne 'Bonnie' Paul
Former Juneau resident Yvonne "Bonnie" C. Paul, 63, died March 6, 2004, in Salem, Ore.

Daylight saving's wasted here, but change your clocks anyway
It's time again to miss church, wake up groggy, garden until midnight or whatever it is that you do with the petty inconvenience of daylight-saving time.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Local sports briefs
Local Sports Briefs

Suit claims AOL cost Alaska millions
Communications giant AOL Time Warner cost the state of Alaska more than $70 million through manipulations of its publicly traded securities, Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes alleged Thursday.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Governor's plan to drill off ANWR coast draws Native fire
Alaska Native whalers are angry about Gov. Frank Murkowski's plan to hold oil and gas leases in state waters of the Beaufort Sea now reserved for aboriginal bowhead whale hunts. More than 266,000 acres of whaling waters off the coast of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would be open for exploration under Murkowski's proposal.

Gas line draws another player
A Canadian energy transportation company said Thursday it will seek a role in developing a natural gas pipeline in Alaska. The announcement from Calgary-based Enbridge Inc. comes a week after Des Moines, Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. walked away from a much-anticipated deal when the state refused to give it exclusive development rights.

Permanent Fund Corp. backs off ad campaign
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has scrapped plans for a $1.4 million media campaign to muster voter support to change the way dividends are calculated. Fund managers will instead wait for the Legislature to finally decide whether to put the ballot question before voters in November, said executive director Bob Storer.

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