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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Oil price has jumped since Iraq invasion
I write in response to Ken Dunker's My Turn column ("Americans wanted to invade Iraq," July 3) to say I take no responsibility for the occupation of Iraq. To a large extent, the conditions in Iraq are due to Great Britain's meddling in this region since right after World War I. Great Britain created Iraq to solve a problem it had in Mesopotamia, just as it created Saudi Arabia.

Juneau should wake up to capital creep
Wake up, Juneau! Each special session held outside Juneau is just one more step toward moving the capital.

What is the big deal about leopard hunts?
This is in response to Anita Martin's letter, "Empire's coverage of leopard hunt was tasteless," posted July 2.

All should have access to sessions in Alaska
The special session in Anchorage has come and gone, and Gov. Sarah Palin now says that because of its success, she plans to call a special session to revisit the Petroleum Profits Tax on the road system. She says that the past special session has confirmed her belief that holding the session outside Juneau increases access for Alaskans.

Photo: New Mexican restaurant is open for business
Gloria Orozco brings out her tortilla press to make an order of chicken mole. Orozco has specialized in tamales and authentic Mexican cooking in Juneau for the past decade. She now has opened a restaurant of her own, El Zarape, on Anka Street.

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

Riding the Web
Alaska's former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel, 77, is making waves in the race for the presidency, employing the most modern of campaign strategies. With little money to get his message out, Gravel is using YouTube and an imaginative corps of volunteers on the Internet to develop and distribute his videos. "The whole Internet crowd has really latched on," Gravel said this week in an interview with the Juneau Empire.

Allegations fly in School Board recall process
Following months of educational turmoil in the rural villages of Angoon and Tenakee, sponsors have filed paperwork to recall three members of the Chatham School Board.

Around Town

Magazine seeks 'truth' about Tongass
"A strange, soft storm of white flakes is floating out of the summer sky, drifting past tall mountainside evergreens onto the nets of golden lichens hung from their boughs, onto the bushes colored by salmonberries and blueberries, onto the bear-tracked shores."

Assembly to address speeding fines, sales tax and smoking
The Juneau Assembly will decide Monday night if smoking should be banned in city bus shelters.

Hazel May Clark
Former Juneau resident Hazel May Clark died July 6, 2007, in Soldotna. She was 95.

Alaska editorial: What will Big Oil do after pipeline bids?
Oct. 1. That's the date on which Alaskans will know the final list of companies, or consortium of companies, that want to build and operate a North Slope natural gas pipeline under terms laid out by Gov. Sarah Palin and her team.

My Turn: Why can't we all bribe a politician?
Accused by federal prosecutors of taking bribes in return for official action as a legislator, Rep. Vic Kohring received a standing ovation from a portion of the audience at a Wasilla Chamber of Commerce luncheon last month, while protesters outside decried the disgrace they said the representative had brought to their community.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Outsiders: Wilbur Knudson
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

Biologists learn ins and outs of bear nursing
If you're bottle-feeding a bear cub, be very careful when you run out of milk.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Sports Digest
The Juneau Jumpers jump rope team competed at the USA Jump Rope 2007 National Championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., on June 22-24.

Gastineau Channel Little League All Stars
Every year, a group of young Juneau athletes are selected to represent their community on the diamond.

JDHS swim team gets 7 honors
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team made a big national splash on July 1.

Alaska Digest
The 299-foot cruise ship that was evacuated after striking the shoals of Rocky Island in May was scheduled to resume operations Saturday in Southeast Alaska, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Sportfishing group pans Kenai River Classic
While national power brokers partied and trolled for king salmon in the annual fundraising and educational Kenai River Classic on Friday, local anglers complained they've lost the river to outsiders.

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