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Sunday, July 1, 2007

The other side of the fluoridation story
There is an abundance of information on the hazards of fluoridation. Two good Web sites are www.fluoridation.com and www.fluoridealert.org.

Session gives capital move issue longevity
Way to go, Alaska Legislature! It took just seven hours to solve all their problems at Tuesday's special session? Why didn't they just call each other?

Hood was right for appealing permit
Thank you for publishing the story ("Land Use Code violations pile up for the city," June 24) on Dixie Hood's appeal of the city manager's "friendly policy" to work with people when they are in violation instead of enforcing the code. City Manager Rod Swope apparently doesn't support code enforcement because it is too "pricey."

Federal probe has critics asking why state didn't act first
With three state agencies charged with being watchdogs of Alaska government, the recent federal investigation into bribery and corruption in the Legislature raises questions about whether these groups are able to do their job.

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

Having a Blast
Gary Stambaugh's community service job is a blast. Lots of blasts, actually.

AroundTown

Commission faces criticism from all sides
The job of the Alaska Public Offices Commission is to ensure Alaskans have access to information about their leaders' finances, including personal financial interests, campaign contributions and lobbying activity.

Photo: Far-reaching expression
Xela Pasteris performs a modern dance Friday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium during the grand finale of Juneau Fine Arts Camp. The dance was dedicated to U.S. troops all over the world.

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Will environmental lobby curb interest in gas line?
Gov. Sarah Palin has signed her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act. Alaska is home free for more revenue, right?

Alaska editorial: A friendly reminder, we live in bear country
If local residents weren't convinced they live in bear country before this summer, they should be now. We should all know by now, too, that bears don't always pass by invisibly, or naturally shy away from populated areas.

Clam Gulch man spooks brown bear, cubs
In Alaska bears can be anywhere, as a Clam Gulch man found out when he was bitten on the hand last week.

Alaskans eagerly line up for Copper River sockeyes
The line to Mother Nature's grocery forms here sometime before 5 a.m.

Tiglax vessel celebrates 20 years of Alaska research, opens doors to town
Celebrating 20 years of research, the research vessel Tiglax opened its doors to the community of Unalaska during a stop on its way out to the Aleutians.

Landing sockeye at a creek out the road
The sockeye salmon burst out of the water with a sparkling back flip.

What makes Southeast fishermen go bananas?
As Southeast Alaska fishermen shopped in preparation for today's king salmon opener, what did their grocery carts look like?

Out & About
Today: Community work service project, 9 a.m. every Sunday, Juneau Youth Services, 2075 Jordan Ave. Come dressed for the weather. Details: Charles, 796-4149.

Outsiders: Gerard Helgeson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Photo: Plump pup
This photo released by the Alaska SeaLife Center shows Chloe the harbor seal with her newborn pup Wednesday at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. The 12-year-old harbor seal from the Alaska Zoo, who is currently housed at the center, gave birth on June 23.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Northwest Digest
Juneau police identified a man whose body was found in May at the southern end of Douglas Island.

Palin budget cuts dismay legislators
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday she was cutting nearly a quarter billion dollars from the state's budget with the use of her line-item veto, including more than $3.2 million in Juneau projects.

Two injured when small plane crashes
Two people were injured when the small plane they were in landed nose-down in a birch grove beside a pond surrounded by houses.

First Fairbanks Day a success
Four-year old MacKenzie Sleeman's face and eyes lit up with a huge smile as a purple balloon was tied to her wrist. Her 2-year-old brother, Tristan James, was similarly entranced with his first balloon ever.

Attorney General's role as appointee questioned
Alaska's attorney general is one of only five in the nation appointed by a governor, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Sheldon Jackson to close for a year
Alaska's oldest educational institution announced a year-long closure late Friday.

Committee's secrecy mandate makes assessing effectiveness difficult
It's no surprise to many that the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics hasn't pursued the corruption allegations now under federal investigation.

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