Friday, July 6, 2007

Potter words separated by common language
New British prime minister Gordon Brown has called J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter opus his nation's "greatest export."

Titles such as 'Finding Lubchenko' bridge young adult fiction gap
Young adult fiction bridges the gap between chapter books and adult fiction.

There needs to be TV access to fall special session
I write in regard to the story about the special legislative session held in Anchorage. It was great that 50 people came to view that session. Nevertheless, it was not broadcast on statewide television, so how many people statewide lost the opportunity to view it?

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.

Pipeline probability contingent on overcoming fear
Lew Williams is half right ("Will environmental lobby curb interest in gas line?" Sunday's Juneau Empire).

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

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:

When it comes to fluoride in the water, do the research first
We are writing in response to Emily Kane's letter of June 27. Unfortunately, Kane misrepresented the facts in her opposition to community water fluoridation in Juneau. As a practicing medical doctor and a dentist, we would like to set the record straight.

Newspaper's coverage of leopard hunters much appreciated
Thanks Juneau Empire for your coverage of the hunters. This letter is in response to Anita Martin's letter ("Empire's coverage of hunt was tasteless," Monday) blasting Korry Keeker, Dr. David Miller or anyone else who doesn't act the way she deems righteous.

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.

Where will famed 'Bong' banner go?
Although Juneau's Joseph Frederick lost his free-speech case before the U.S. Supreme Court, his controversial message may be preserved for future generations. The big question is which museum will display the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner that gained national attention.

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.

Around Town

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

Fourth of July Memories

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.

Group attempts to put fluoride on October ballot
A group of local health professionals and concerned citizens said it has collected almost enough signatures to let voters decide whether fluoride should be added back into the city's water supply.

Photo: Artist at work
Provocative juxtapositions are not uncommon in the narrative paintings of local Juneau artist David Woodie. The work on his right displays a teapot hovering over a vacant field.

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

Around Town

Recognitions
Army National Guard Pvt. Curtis N. Mills graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, S.C.

When Britannia ruled the waves
For the last few years I have collected rare books, most concerning the history and exploration of the "Northwest Coast," a term used to identify Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska 200 years ago.

Fabulous Fourth
A few clouds and light rain didn't stop Juneauites from participating in the 2007 Fourth of July festivities Wednesday. Clockwise from top right:

Moodys celebrate 50 years
Phil and Donna (Cash) Moody will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 1 p.m. Friday at the home of Pat and Stan Beadle, 4660 Glacier Highway. All friends, relatives and acquaintances are invited.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Eala and Chappell to wed
Melba Chappell and Hannibal Eala, of Juneau, will marry at 11:30 a.m. July 7, 2007, at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church. A reception will immediately follow.

Neighbors Digest
UAS offers middle school adventure camp, Tlingit curriculum series posted online, SEARHC provides more mobile mammograms, SEARHC offers boating instructor course, Arts council accepts fellowship applications, Emmanuel Baptist holds Vacation Bible School, Healing Hand Foundation seeks donations

Katzeek and Sexton wed
Sarah R. Katzeek and Cramer M. Sexton, both of Juneau, were married in a private ceremony on June 28, 2007, in Juneau.

FYI

Peterson and Corpuz to wed
Marrisa Devrie Corpuz, of Juneau, and Devin Shawn Peterson, of Kake, will marry at 6 p.m. on July 27, 2007, at Northern Light United Church in Juneau. A reception will follow at 8 p.m. at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping me attend the pageant, Thanks for lunch on the Sapphire Princess, Thanks for supporting the planetarium

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Russell See Jr.
Juneau resident Russell Raymond See Jr. died July 1, 2007, with his family by his side. He was 47.

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

Jo Ann O'Connor
Juneau resident Jo Ann O'Connor died June 13, 2007, at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. She was 70.

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

James William Griffin
Services for former Juneau resident James William Griffin, who died April 22, 2007, in Austin, Texas, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Shrine of St. Therese Columbarium in Juneau.

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.

My Turn: Fluoridation makes a big difference
The issue of water fluoridation is controversial. For some, the idea smacks of Big Brother from George Orwell's "1984." It gets people's hackles up - "Who said you could put fluoride in my water?"

Alaska editorial: Legislature should be as time-efficient in 90 days as it was in one
The Alaska Legislature, eager to prove it could be efficient and cost-conscious while holding a special session more than 1,000 miles from the state capital, worked less than a day to agree to fund a program to take care of the state's low-income seniors.

Outside Editorial: You don't need to buy iPhone to benefit from it
The iPhone, the pricey gadget that launched a thousand geeks onto sidewalks outside Apple retailers last week, finally fell into their grasping mitts on Friday. And the people said, Cool!

My Turn: Where are Juneau's priorities?
Our method of funding capital projects, such as the new high school, is broken as evidenced by the 21 percent voter turnout during the June 13 school bonds election.

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.

Guest Cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Rachel Holmes/ Juneau Citizens for Safe Water.

Precosky wins Mount Marathon
Brad Precosky's remarkable reign in what is likely Alaska's most prestigious and scary foot race is not over.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Business Digest
Hill to sell Juanita's Coffee after 4 years, Pet store closes, moves online, Meeting focuses on networking

Agency: Ship's safety equipment needs inspection
A high-end cruise ship that ran aground this spring in the fjords of Southeast Alaska has potentially faulty lifesaving equipment on board that should be inspected immediately, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

The Kimball organ marks 30
When the State Office Building was completed in the early 1970s, the eighth-floor atrium was a giant empty space. Sure, the view was nice, but by most accounts, the room felt like a cave.

Palin hopeful that producers will apply to build gas pipeline
Gov. Sarah Palin is publicly hoping that the state's major oil producers will apply to build an Alaska natural gas pipeline. The companies remain reluctant.

Alaska Digest
Fishing guide finds body of missing canoer, Denali officials release ID of probable suicide, Young grizzly killed in Anchorage neighborhood

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

Closing arguments set for today in Anderson trial
The defense in the federal corruption trial of former state Rep. Tom Anderson rested its case after breezing through a flurry of witnesses Thursday, as it tried to demonstrate Anderson has on numerous occasions voted against legislation his consulting clients asked him to support.

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.

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
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

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.

This Day in History
In 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.

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