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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

No more excuses, Republicans
I am responding to Marc Ormsby's letter on June 26 that attempts to blame the Iraq War on Democrats.

Learn to protect kids from TV content
In reference to Wendall Bishop's letter ("GCI Cable should drop Spike, TRIO channels," June 26): Just a reminder, as parents we should learn how to protect our children from unsuitable television content.

State must provide care for orphans
On "Gavel to Gavel," I watched Rep. Les Gara and the other House Finance Committee members discuss the need for increased funding for the Office of Children's Services and foster care services in the state budget.

Only vegetarians should criticize hunting
I would like to add my opinion to the leopard hunting controversy, principally to Sherrie Jan and her critical June 19

SEACC does well by Alaska Natives
I have noted recent letters calling into question the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and its position on defending lands.

Bring back Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters
When Sarah Palin became governor, many people were relieved. There was a hope, as of yet unfulfilled, that she would undo much of the damage left behind.

Children suffer the most from fluoridated water
I support David Ottoson's stand against compulsory fluoridation ("Fluoridate our water? No thanks," Friday's Juneau Empire). Fluoridation is a crackpot idea that is perpetuated by dental professionals who should know better.

Loosen the chains that bind freedom
Congratulations to the organizers of this year's Independence Day activities. They have rightly selected "Freedom is Not Free" as the theme for the parade. Indeed, freedom is not free.

No one in Juneau cares about Supreme Court decision
(In regards to John C. Anderson's letter, "'Bong Hits' draws attention to erosion of personal freedoms" on Friday:

Office Depot plans Juneau store
Just as Home Depot opened its doors in Juneau, another big box retailer, Office Depot is aiming to build a store nearby.

Photo: Celebrating 1987
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School graduating class of 1987 are jubilant after commencement ceremonies.Scarlett Didier (Adams) stars in a scene from the 1987 Juneau-Douglas High School production of "Li'l Abner."

Photo: Garden-variety bubbles
Jayden West, 5, blows bubbles Monday as his mother, Christy Long, tends carrots in her garden plot at Juneau Community Gardens. Leah Neyhart, 6, looks on. Long said her garden's progress is "good so far."

Photo: Filling in the gaps
Volunteers Paul Ascher, left, and Zack Williams fill potholes Monday in the Gastineau Humane Society parking lot. "Cars could be lost in our potholes; Jimmy Hoffa could have been lost in one of those potholes,"

Lawmakers fear precedent set by session
Juneau's legislative delegation is back in town after the first session ever held outside the capital, and they're not happy about what happened.

Palin signs domestic violence shelter bill
Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday signed a bill toughening penalties for crimes committed at domestic violence shelters.

Correction
Due to a computer problem, wrong names were printed for the grand marshals of the downtown Juneau and Douglas parades in a special section Sunday.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reports.

Around Town

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

Photo: Army band performs in Juneau
The 9th U.S. Army Band, directed by Chief Warrant Officer 3 William McCulloch, performs Tuesday during a noon concert in the State Office Building. The band will perform today in Juneau's Independence Day parade.

Soldier sees July 4 in new light
After spending last Fourth of July in Iraq, 23-year-old Army Sgt. Lucas Shipler wanted to return home to Juneau to see family and celebrate his favorite childhood holiday with a new perspective.

Around Town

Road permits may be issued by early fall
A proposed road north out of Juneau could be issued a clean-water permit as soon as early fall, bringing the project closer to reality.

Johnson and Edwards to wed
Pennie Harris, of Juneau, and Ken Peterson, of Eugene, Ore., will marry at 4 p.m. July 7, 2007, at 101417 Fox Farm trail. The bride's brother, Willie, will perform the ceremony. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Photos: Gold Rush Days
The 18th annual Gold Rush Days took place Saturday and Sunday at Dimond Park.

Peterson and Harris to wed
Pennie Harris, of Juneau, and Ken Peterson, of Eugene, Ore., will marry at 4 p.m. July 7, 2007, at 101417 Fox Farm trail. The bride's brother, Willie, will perform the ceremony. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Photo: Employees awarded
National Marine Fisheries Service employees awarded.

Recognitions

Neighbors Digest
Sylvester to help with Girl Scout recruitment, Neighbors seeks community submissions for travel page

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Peter Trivette
Juneau resident Peter Jonathan Trivette died June 28, 2007, in Juneau. He was 22.

Grace P. Canul
Services for former Juneau resident Grace P. Canul, who died April 19, 2007, will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.

Peter Trivette
Juneau resident Peter Jonathan Trivette died June 28, 2007, in Juneau. He was 22.

Evelyn Ada Sanford
Juneau resident Evelyn Ada Sanford died July 2, 2007, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She was 87.

Josephine Guertin
Former Juneau resident Josephine Zook Guertin died June 25, 2007. She was 92.

Outside editorial: The little engine that could kill
Few products are more common in a toddler's home than Thomas the Tank Engine toys. Ask any 3-year-old about Percy, James, Henry or Clarabel and you'll likely get a discourse on each little train's personalities, antics and adventures.

Alaska editorial: Mat Maid living on state's borrowed time
Alaska's dairy industry has a long history of people working hard in the face of major obstacles. Such effort is what's needed now to see if the state-owned Matanuska Maid dairy can be kept operating in a viable manner.

Ease of special session obscures true costs of moving the capital
The recently concluded special session in Anchorage came and went quickly, making it the quickest special session in history.

My turn: Americans wanted to invade Iraq
I have had just about enough of the slings and arrows thrown against President George W. Bush regarding the war in the Middle East. It is about time the general population owned up to its own part in the war.

Alaska editorial: Tracking emissions is good for business
Should Alaska require all major greenhouse gas producers to report how much they pour into the air each year?

Outside editorial: Immigrants need to assimilate
It's just a piece of black cloth, but it says so much about immigrants and cultural assimilation. The cloth, known in Arabic as the niqab, covers some Muslim women's faces, leaving only tiny slits around the eyes.

24 Hours of Light bike Race results
24 Hours of Light bike Race results

Juneau cyclists shine in Light
Juneau bike riders won three of the nine categories in the 24 Hours of Light mountain bike festival race in Whitehorse on June 23-24.

Stevens to fly over wildfire
Two wildfires in Alaska are winding down, including one on the Kenai Peninsula that destroyed dozens of recreational cabins and homes.

Anderson defense questions informant's motives
Government informer Frank Prewitt had plenty of chances to call off a scheme to funnel payments to former state Rep. Tom Anderson but did not, Anderson's attorney contended in federal court Monday.

Congress probes safety issues at Prudhoe Bay
Congress is investigating allegations that a natural gas processing center operated by BP PLC at the Prudhoe Bay field is holding nearly double its safe capacity, putting workers' safety at risk.

Alaska Digest
Group accepting grant applications,Searchers recover body in Harding Lake, Grizzly taking own tours of Anchorage, Two nuisance bears shot near Fairbanks

Land swap could settle rustic fish camp dispute
The National Park Service is nearing completion of a deal to swap a rustic fish camp for acreage along the Lake Clark shoreline, making the Cook Inlet Region Inc. a private landowner within Lake Clark National Park.

North Slope program offers education for employment
The summer may mean that the North Slope schools are quieter than usual, but that is not the case at the Savaat Employment Center in Barrow.

Alaska Digest
Military invited to building for fireworks, Third U.S. soldier charged with murder, Two teenagers killed when car hits moose

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

Two Alaska-based soldiers killed in boating incidents
Two Alaska-based soldiers died in separate boating incidents over the weekend, an official said Monday.

Photo: Haines hit with a new landmark
Dave Pahl, founder of the Hammer Museum in Haines, poses in front of a 20-foot claw hammer that was erected recently in front of the museum.

Scientists track signs of Alaska's ice age wolves
Alaska used to be home to a previously unknown and "highly carnivorous" subspecies of ice age wolf with jaws so powerful it could snap a mammoth's thigh bone in two.

Unmanned craft scans Interior landscape
An unmanned aircraft, launched by researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, spent more than 18 hours over several days in late June taking aerial photographs of the Interior to help the Army prepare for wildfires.

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