Thursday, July 5, 2007

Gravina Island gravel road a waste of money
Spending more than $25 million for three miles of gravel road on Gravina Island is crazy.

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:

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.

Consider the following about fluoride use
Aside from the obvious wisdom of not using public drinking water as a vehicle to deliver highly cumulative people-treatment substances, consider the following:

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.

Pro-hunter letters ironically refer to 'life'
I find it ironic that two letters in support of two hunters, Dr. David Miller and Bill Adair, both reference life.

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

Elders left out of new shares in Sealaska
Every time Sealaska shareholders, who were so anxious to vote for an additional 100 shares of stock for themselves and their families without offering the same rights to our tribal elders, see a tribal elder, they should personally apologize.

Around Town

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

Juneau celebrates freedom on Fourth
Within a long line of patriotic floats, marching bands and dancers in Juneau's Fourth of July parade, two entries took advantage of their right to free speech.

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

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

Photo: Cruisin' Douglas
Jean and George Rogers, grand marshals for the Juneau Fourth of July parade, wave to spectators during the Douglas Fourth of July parade.

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.

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.

Around Town

Fourth of July Memories

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.

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

Recognitions

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

Photo: Employees awarded
National Marine Fisheries Service employees awarded.

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.

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

Peter J. 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.

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.

My Turn: Another look at 'Bong Hits' case
Many questions have been asked about what the Supreme Court's ruling in Morse v. Frederick, the "bong hits" case, really means.

Outside editorial: Dow Jones attempts to muzzle Murdoch
In its eagerness to take over Dow Jones & Co., News Corp. has agreed to let a special committee guard the independence of at least two key executives: the managing editor of the Wall Street Journal and the head of the newspaper's editorial pages.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Native leaders dig into issues at meeting on resources
Alaska Native corporations have become a powerful stimulus to the states economy and have also spread their wealth widely among the 12 Native regional corporations and 200-odd village corporations.

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

Alaska Digest
One injured, one arrested after fight, Man charged in shooting that wounded 5 people, Truck rolls, spills fuel into Kenai pond, Mine's cyanide plant receives permits

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

This Day in History
In Alaska

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.

SEARHC to fund health care efforts
A new batch of health care grants are expected to foster the next phase in the fight against diabetes and obesity in Southeast Alaska.

Teacher preserves traditional Athabascan values
If Susan Paskvan had her wish, all the people in the Interior villages along the Koyukuk River would know how to speak their native language - Koyukon Athabascan, or Denaakk'e.

History buff brings Alaska history to life with museum
As the 59th child born in Alaska in 1959, under the freshly unfurled "Eight stars of gold on a field of blue," Frank Morrison was predestined to become an Alaska history buff.

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