Wednesday, July 9, 2008

City should curtail WiFi for public health
The visual effects of WiFi towers (Empire, July 7) are the least of the problems they create. The electro-magnetic fields of these towers - along with cell phone towers and even Wi-Fi base stations - have been linked to childhood leukemia, breast cancer, Alzheimer's, inflammatory reactions, impaired immune function, sleep disruptions, difficulty in concentration, fatigue, headache, skin disorders and cardiac problems.

Sign petition for say in waterfront development
Over the years, I have heard people voice concerns over projects which they believed deviated from previously articulated and accepted community development plans, or which seemed contrary to continuation of a vibrant, sustainable community. I have at times had such concerns myself.

Iraq occupation mocks U.S. history
Just a few days ago, Independence Day came and went, and did anyone notice? June 28 was the day the U.S. returned sovereignty to Iraq in 2004, and it should be a day of celebration, a day when Iraqis mark their equal status among nations, just as Americans did more than two centuries ago.

Nation can pull together to reduce energy use
It's a shame to hear President Bush keep pushing the opening of coastal drilling and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, despite his own brother, when governor of Florida, being very opposed to it.

Legislature returns today
The Alaska Legislature will convene in Juneau today for its second special session of the year, continuing discussion of the state's plans to bring a natural gas pipeline to the North Slope.

Cruise ship grounds near Glacier Bay
About 40 people were evacuated after a Cruise West cruise ship ran aground Monday morning in Glacier Bay.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Clarification
A story in Thursday's Empire on federal and state environmental agencies researching cruise ship wastewater discharges together incorrectly said state pollution standards are based on computer models of how pollutants dilute once they're released into sea water. Those cruise pollution standards are based on Alaska water quality standards; the computer models are used to answer state legislators' questions about how cruise waste affects the waters into which it's released.

Wastewater plant fuel leak will cost thousands
A diesel fuel leak earlier this year at a city-owned wastewater treatment plant will cost $100,000 to $150,000 to clean up and fix the faulty fuel system that caused the problem, according to city staff.

Obama to set up shop in Juneau
Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's campaign is opening an office in Juneau.

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Robberies double in city as rape reports fall
Robberies nearly doubled in Juneau during 2007 while the number of reported rapes dropped by nearly one-third over the previous year. Other reported violent and property crimes remained almost static as compared to the years from 2004 to 2006.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

North Douglas boat condominium project approved
Planning commissioners unanimously approved a project Tuesday to build boat condominiums in North Douglas, with storage above the boats that may eventually be developed into residential apartments.

Cruise ship allowed to return to Juneau after grounding
The Coast Guard is allowing a cruise ship that became grounded in Glacier Bay National Park to return to a dock near Juneau.

De Hart's to open new restaurant in Auke Bay
The owner of the historic De Hart's building at the Auke Bay marina received approval Tuesday to convert part of the building from storage to a sandwich and pizza restaurant, on the condition that owner Terry Hickok scraps the drive-through espresso window and smoothes out some traffic problems.

Photo: Images from another time Governor takes oath of office, 1969
Former Alaska Gov. Keith Miller, left, takes the oath of office as administered by Chief Justice Buell Nesbett in Superior Court, which was located in the Capitol. Miller was lieutenant governor of Alaska under Walter Hickel from 1966 until Hickel's resignation on Jan. 29, 1969, after which he succeeded to the office of governor, serving until 1970.

Photo: Beauty and the barge
The cruise ship Norwegian Star and an Alaska Marine Lines tug boat and barge pass each other Tuesday in Gastineau Channel.

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McCain, Obama duel on economic fix-it plans
DENVER - Barack Obama and John McCain agree on this much: The economy is staggering under the Bush administration, and Americans are hurting. But who's to blame and how best to fix it?

Discussing weeds in the wild
Whether it's for hiking, boating, picnics or fishing, most Alaskans will find any excuse to be outside during the summer. The season is our reward for tolerating months of marginal weather, and we will brave cooler-than-usual temperatures and swarms of no-see-ums in order to enjoy it while it lasts.

Yukon blues
There is a doomsday forecast on the Yukon River, too few kings to permit even a subsistence fishery and too few for escapement needs.

Pediatric clinics to be offered in Klawock
SITKA - Pediatric nurse practitioner Nancy Cavanaugh will be in Klawock on July 14-18 to see patients from infants up to age 21 at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center.

Thanks for organizing eighth-grade dance
The Floyd Dryden Middle School eighth-graders thank the Floyd Dryden administration and the parents. The parents thank the kids for making it through eighth grade. And we all want to thank the community for its continual support.

Shrine of St. Therese to close Thursday
JUNEAU - Due to an upcoming Teen ACTS Retreat, whereby the youth and leaders will use the ground and buildings, the Shrine of St. Therese will be closed to the public from 5 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Sunday.

Thanks for supporting Fourth of July Parade
The Juneau Fourth of July Parade Committee gives a heartfelt thank you to all the parade participants, spectators, helpers and sponsors.

Photo: Girls rock science
From left, Elizabeth Tallmadge, a 2008 Juneau-Douglas High Schoolgraduate, and Elizabeth Cordero, a junior, pose during the two-weekvideo-gaming workshop held June 16-27 at the University of Alaska Southeast. To further promote female involvement in the sciences, the Juneau Economic Development Council, along with the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council, also will hold a "Girls Rock Science!" event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 at Chapel by the Lake. The event, for ages 7-14, will feature experience with mystery substances, geo-caching, Lego robotics, marine touch tanks, marble ramps and more. For more information, contact Rebecca Parks at 523-2334 or rparks@jedc.org.

Fish feed the body, soul
Several days a week, my daughter says, "I wonder if it is a good day to go fishing?" or "I wonder if the fish are biting today?" This is her very sneaky attempt to get me to take her to Twin Lakes where the fish are small, but reliable.

Emo's July challenge is fruit
Emo's July challenge is - fruit. Any kind of fruit served - hot, cold, in salads, soups, appetizers, grilled or as a beverage - send it in and we will share your recipe with our readers. Remember, it's all about sharing your favorite recipe.

Fourth of July Parade results
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William 'Bill' Henry Devon
Former Douglas resident William "Bill" Henry Devon died July 1, 2008, in Trapper Creek. He was 80.

Kathleen Elizabeth Marshall
Kathleen Elizabeth Marshall died from cancer on July 3, 2008, at her home in Bellingham, Wash. She was 62.

Emma G. Widmark
Emma G. Widmark died peacefully at 12:50 a.m., on July 7, 2008, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. She was 68.

My turn: Harnessing power from midnight sun
Of the solutions to the "energy cost crisis," solar power for Alaskan homes and businesses may be the best long-term choice. Solar power can cut Alaskans' heat and light bills in half.

My turn: Thin ice is here now
On thin ice, you move very carefully. Gail Phillips and Arliss Sturgelewski offer "Big Ideas for Alaska's Future" (Empire, July 6) and imply that problems are figured out. To the contrary, forces beyond current management threaten us: a warming ocean, melting permafrost under interior villages, high and increasing fuel costs, fish and game under pressure from habitat loss and over-harvesting, and forests vulnerable to warming and invasive species - to name a few.

Alaska editorial: Don't let politics delay decision on gas pipeline plans
When it comes to natural gas pipeline proposals, there are three major players - TransCanada, BP and ConocoPhillips together, and the state of Alaska.

Outside editorial: Cutting the fat in Medicare reform
In Spain, Pamplona has its annual running of the bulls. Sweetwater, Texas, has its Rattlesnake Roundup. And Washington has the annual farce of the physicians' Medicare fee cuts.

Inside the numbers: politics of oil
Oil and gasoline were on everybody's minds as Americans took to the roads for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Barack Obama's surge toward the middle
Until recently, one of the biggest raps against Barack Obama from conservatives was his delicate dance around any issue that might upset his core constituents. How can he claim a break from "politics as usual," they said, if he wasn't willing to upset the left? They can't say that anymore. Now they say he's flip-flopped.

One sent to hospital in accident on Egan
JUNEAU - A 45-year-old Juneau woman was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital by ambulance after she was extricated with the Jaws of Life from her vehicle on Egan Drive.

Trial for Washington set for next week
JUNEAU - The trial of a Juneau man accused of running a drug ring is scheduled to start next week.

City proposes changes in taxi fares
JUNEAU - The city manager's office is proposing to change taxi fares in Juneau to allow a 75 cent per minute charge for stopped cabs or those traveling at less than 12 mph.

Russian airline makes first trip to Alaska
ANCHORAGE - A Russian airline has started weekly charter flights between Anchorage and the Russian Far East, at least for this summer.

Authorities ID victim in Fort Yukon fire
FAIRBANKS - Officials in Fort Yukon have released the identity of a man killed in a house fire.

Hamilton takes over Coast Guard command
ANCHORAGE - The deputy commander for Coast Guard operations in the Los Angeles area is getting a promotion.

Ketchikan Assembly OKs beach bond vote
KETCHIKAN - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly will let voters decide in October whether to purchase South Point Higgins Beach.

Two Strykers summit Mount McKinley
FORT WAINWRIGHT - Two Fort Wainwright soldiers have scaled Mount McKinley.

Tibbles will manage Stevens' campaign
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has hired a former official in Gov. Sarah Palin's administration to manage his Senate campaign.

Moderate earthquake hits area near Adak
FAIRBANKS - A magnitude 5.4 earthquake was reported Monday in the Andreanof Islands region of Alaska.

Alaska renews benefit payment contract
JUNEAU - JPMorgan has a new contract with the state to handle benefit payments for Alaskans receiving state-funded assistance.

Palmer youth killed in vehicle collision
WASILLA - Alaska State Troopers say a 16-year-old Palmer girl died from injuries suffered in a two-vehicle accident.

Alaska Airlines joins with regional carrier
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines is entering into a partnership with the regional carrier Frontier Alaska.

Conservationists sue to shield Arctic mammals
ANCHORAGE - Two conservation groups are challenging the Bush administration's recent decision to let oil companies unintentionally harass or harm polar bears and walruses in the growing pursuit of fossil fuels off the northwestern Alaska coast.

Palin pushes in-state gas line
Gov. Sarah Palin announced the state would be backing ENSTAR Natural Gas Co.'s plans to build a pipeline to bring natural gas to its hundreds of thousands of customers in Southcentral Alaska.

Visitors find continent's tallest mountain elusive
TALKEETNA - Bob and Sally Corey of Dawsonville, Ga., made sure they were going to see North America's tallest mountain.

Another climber dies on Mount McKinley
The second person within a week has collapsed and died shortly after reaching the summit of Mount McKinley, officials at Denali National Park and Preserve said Tuesday.

Pike take over Alexander Lake
WASILLA - Patches of snow still dotted the grassy edges of Alexander Lake this May when state fisheries biologists Dave Rutz, Sam Ivey and Chris Brockman set about pulling up a hoop net they'd set for pike. As they reeled in the long black net, they gasped. Inside was a mass of 45 pike, and, in that mass were seven "pigs," pike 40-inches or longer with thigh-thick bellies. One measured just shy of four feet and weighed maybe 30 pounds.

American Basketball Association adds Alaska team
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Dream is the newest American Basketball Association team.

Climber who died on Mount McKinley buried at summit
ANCHORAGE - A climber who collapsed and died on the summit of Mount McKinley has been buried there, officials at Denali National Park said Monday.

Wolverine advocates give notice of intent to file suit
HELENA, Mont. - The federal government's refusal to protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act will be challenged in a lawsuit if the decision is not reversed within 60 days, a coalition of nine groups said Tuesday.

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Photo: Refreshing blast
Spectators react to a spray of water Friday during the annual water fight in downtown Sitka. The Sitka fire department took on a fire crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka. Teams used hoses to push an empty keg past their opponents.

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