Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Empire article left out name of hotel
I suppose the next time I go into the Baranof Hotel I should keep my back to the wall even if I'm not attending a legislative reception. And the same with the Goldbelt Hotel and other downtown accommodations.

Juneau needs to fight to keep the capital from moving
I wrote the city of Juneau a letter about a year or so ago, detailing what would happen if Sarah Palin were elected governor. I said she would start moving the government out of Juneau, one office at a time.

Veterans for Peace knows the realities of warfare
Hooray for Veterans for Peace and the 250 who joined their peace flotilla during this year's Fourth of July parade. They know what war is about, unlike the hawks-who-never-served in the current administration. My congratulations to the people of Juneau. Peace to all of us.

Well-managed hunting actually helps Africa's wild cat populations
We read with interest the recent letters criticizing the article about a leopard hunt in Zimbabwe ("Skinning a cat the hard way," June 17). The authors of those letters have every right to express their personal opposition to hunting.

Conservation groups ready to be partners in gas pipeline project
I am writing in response to Lew Williams' column ("Will environmental lobby curb interest in gas line?" July 1) that suggests the environmental community is lying in wait to kill the gas pipeline.

Juneau regresses to a superstitious past
The current flap over fluoride in Juneau's water has a curiously old-fashioned flavor. Some years ago there was a nationwide campaign against fluoride in water, oddly financed by a very rich man who detested the notion.

Real issue is proper distribution of fluoride
This letter is in response to a My Turn by Susan Hennon regarding fluoridation in the water system ("Fluoridation makes a big difference," Friday's Juneau Empire).

'Bong' banner belongs in the garbage, not in a museum
The "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner should go into the landfill. It's garbage - a teenager's immature prank that does not belong in a museum (See "Where will famed 'Bong' banner go?" Friday's Juneau Empire).

Juneau residents need to go out, vote
Juneauites continue to complain about "Capital Creep." Yet we only seem to want the oil dollars that fund government jobs and the economy to be here, and not the responsibility of government itself.

Juneau Assembly bans smoking in city bus shelters
Score another victory for the anti-smoking advocates and the Juneau Clean Air Coalition. The Juneau Assembly ruled unanimously Monday night to add bus shelters to list of areas where smoking is prohibited.

Jury finds Anderson guilty
A former Alaska lawmaker accused of getting thousands of dollars out of a corrections-company consultant in exchange for his help in the Legislature was convicted of bribery Monday.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Around Town

Clarification
Wendy Hamilton, tobacco program coordinator for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence-Juneau, said she unintentionally provided a wrong figure for the "Juneau Assembly bans smoking in city bus shelter" article published Tuesday.

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

Photo: Going Bearfoot in bluegrass
Tova Fostvedt 7, plays mandolin Monday during a bluegrass camp hosted by members of the award-winning band Bearfoot Bluegrass and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at Juneau Community Charter School.

BIA may move regional office out of Juneau
The Bureau of Indian Affairs' regional office and as many as two dozen employees will likely leave the capital and move to Anchorage, Regional Director Niles Cesar said.

Police & Fire

Tullis and Pittman wed
Mabel A. Pittman and Jack C. Tullis, both of Juneau, were married in a ceremony on July 7, 2007, at the Salvation Army Church. The reception immediately followed at Sandy Beach in Douglas.

Harry Potter and the hundred houseguests
Harry Potter, along with many friends and family, will share our house this summer. I hover somewhere between a Harry Potter fan and fanatic, so I am waiting impatiently for the seventh book. Recently Time Magazine wrote about what J. K. Rowling's publishers are calling "the moment:"

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Matson and Gaffney to wed
Mabel A. Pittman and Jack C. Tullis, both of Juneau, were married in a ceremony on July 7, 2007, at the Salvation Army Church. The reception immediately followed at Sandy Beach in Douglas.

Photo: Teen Sponsor Program
Newcomers to Juneau are welcomed by local residents. The Coast Guard Teen Sponsor Program welcomes, from left: Nathan Webber, Chaplain Todd Orren, Robert Orren and Lucas Webber, all of whom arrived in Juneau this summer.

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Jerome Prahl
Juneau resident Jerome B. Prahl died July 6, 2007, in Auke Bay. He was 46.

Nicole Johnson
Juneau resident Nicole Danielle Johnson died July 6, 2007, in Juneau. She was 16.

Peter Charles Warner
Former Juneau resident Peter Charles Warner died July 8, 2007, in Delray Beach, Fla.

Restricted access on People's Wharf
The tourist season is in full swing. On an afternoon when the sun is shining, downtown Juneau is nearly transformed into a pedestrian mall. Sidewalks are crowded with people moving from shop to shop.

Empire Editorial: Electing attorney general would serve all Alaskans
A recent federal bribery and corruption investigation has thrown light on a state legislature that has lost its ethical bearings. Yet it was not one of the three state agencies charged with being government watchdogs that flipped the switch.

Outside editorial: Enough: Congress needs to pass lobbying reform
Today's lesson in how a bill doesn't become law involves lobbying reform. Given the Jack Abramoff scandal and the November election results, you might have thought that this would be one of the few things Congress could actually get done.

Faith, politics and Hillary Clinton
Some unknown author once said, "Everybody should believe in something; I believe I'll have another drink."

Alaska editorial: Palin struck a blow for fiscal discipline
By cutting $230 million from the capital budget - about 1 of every 8 dollars spent - Gov. Palin struck a blow for a more open and accountable system of funding projects. She took special aim at "earmarks" - special appropriations put in by legislators, independent of any state program or local government priority list.

Sports Digest
Lail aces 5th hole at Mendenhall Golf Course, NBA salary cap rises to $55.63 million, BALCO leaker invokes Libby in leniency plea

Photo: Looking for the call
What's the call: West Juneau runner Jacob Bicknell and Ketchikan's third baseman Alex Pihl look to the ump for the call. Bicknell was called out. Look for complete game coverage Wednesday.

Photo: Red rules
The Ultimate Frisbee Summer League hosted by the Ultimate Players of Southeast Alaska concluded with the championship game at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park on June 28. Red defeated Soaring Blue Bearded Ladies 15-8 for the title.

Sitka stays perfect in Minor Baseball All-Star tournament
Sitka maintained its perfect record in the Alaska District 2 Little League Minor Baseball All-Star Tournament with a 4-2 win over Prince of Wales on Tuesday at Miller Field.

Fishing report: It's almost time to pull up the pots as end of king crab season nears
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers and crabbers that the red and blue king crab fishery is closing soon.

Support group stresses laughter to fight disease
Jennifer Fielder's rosy cheeks bloomed like begonias as she led AhLAFska Club members through exercises designed to incite mirth.

Bookkeeper accepts plea deal in theft
A bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than $150,000 has agreed to a plea deal, ending a trial 10 minutes after its start.

In Alaska, the nation, and the world
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Legislative director resigns
Gov. Sarah Palin's legislative director resigned Monday.

Alaska Digest
KTOO starts work on new facilities, Hospital corridors to close for remodeling, Creamery Board OK's mik price increase, Alaska Firefighters to battle Utah blazes

Man sentenced for selling wildlife parts
An Anchorage man convicted of trafficking wildlife parts for use in traditional Asian medicines was sentenced Tuesday to four years probation and fined $15,000.

BP freezes $4 million in severance payments to former chief executive
BP PLC said Monday it has temporarily frozen severance payments worth around $4 million owed to former Chief Executive John Browne and former refining chief John Manzoni.

Boy charged in Marshall shooting
A 12-year-old boy charged with shooting and killing a younger boy was being held Tuesday in a jail for juveniles in Bethel.

Images from another time Deadly blast destroys pump station in 1977
A bus burns July 8, 1977, in front of the charred ruins of the main building at the Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.'s pump station No. 8 after a major explosion.

Governor approves ethics bill
Just minutes after former Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, was convicted in his corruption trial, Gov. Sarah Palin gathered with legislative leaders in Anchorage to sign into law a new ethics bill.

Man burned while trying to start boat
A man was seriously burned in a "ball of fire" while using starter fluid to get a boat engine running at the Chena River State Recreation Site.

Alaska Digest
New emergency call system launched, 11-year-old killed in Marshall shooting, Village holds funeral for drowned brothers

Project began nearly 30 years ago
Almost 30 years ago, the people of Angoon pledged support for protection of Admiralty Island in exchange for the right to build a cheaper, cleaner source of power.

BLM may go ahead with drilling in sensitive area
The Bureau of Land Management could go ahead with plans to allow drilling in a sensitive area near Teshekpuk Lake on the North Slope, an agency spokeswoman said.

Angoon hydro project hits hurdles
Several groups say the draft environmental impact statement for Angoon's proposed hydroelectric project is poorly crafted, marking the latest hiccup in efforts to bring a new source of power to a village plagued by exorbitant utility costs.

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

Stevens concerned corruption investigation will affect election
Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator and once the chief power broker for dispensing federal dollars, says he's worried that a corruption investigation "could cause me some trouble" in running for re-election next year.

Photo: Discussing the future of Sitka school
A group of Sheldon Jackson College alumni, staff and students gather Friday in front of the college's Allen Auditorium in Sitka, to talk about the school in the wake of the recent announcement that the college will be "suspending academic operations" for a year.

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