Thursday, July 12, 2007

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.

It's important to be informed on fluoride
I am discouraged by how many of us, including myself, have lost our way when it comes to decision making.

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).

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.

Look at all sides before deciding on fluoride
I thought the whole water fluoridation issue had been figured out, so I'm slightly confused why this is becoming an issue again.

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.

Would Jesus persecute drug offenders? No
The justices of the Supreme Court should take a cue from the nonsensical banner that inspired their decision to limit student free speech.

Around Town

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

Photos: Glacier wedding
On ice: Jennifer and Joe Gramzinski, above, smile Wednesday as it begins to rain moments after their wedding ceremony on Eagle Glacier.

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.

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.

Former CIA head to speak
When Adm. Stansfield Turner served as director of the CIA from 1977 to 1981, the country was swept up in its concern about the Soviet Union. The fear came at a price.

Police & Fire

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.

Around Town

Business Digest
Marc Guevarra has been hired at Alaska Pacific Bank as the consumer loan officer and office manager at the bank's downtown Juneau office, the company announced recently.

City panel OKs propositions for fall election
If you walked in late to Wednesday's Juneau Assembly Finance Committee meeting, you could have mistaken it for a fantasy football draft.

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:"

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.

Gold Rush Days winners

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.

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.

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Outside editorial: U.S. holds breath over N. Korea
The architects of North Korea's putative nuclear disarmament are holding their breath this week. There's a lot riding on the events of the next few days or weeks - including the success or failure of a new diplomatic approach by Washington to the baffling regime of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il.

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.

Bush's unwinnable war grinds on
What part of too little, too late doesn't the president understand? How much longer does he think he can stonewall Congress and ignore the reality on the ground in Iraq, where neither our allies nor our enemies seem to be paying much heed to George W. Bush's hopes and plans?

Alaska editorial: Get on with building a bridge - any bridge
Ketchikan voted to build a bridge to its airport. Alaska's congressional delegation, in particular Rep. Don Young, secured the federal highway funds to pay for it.

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

Four teams advance to Minor Baseball semifinal round
Four teams advanced to the semifinals of the Alaska District 2 Little League Minor Baseball All Star Tournament on Wednesday at Miller Field.

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.

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.

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.

Witness: Murder suspect paid for drugs with bloody money
A cocaine dealer testified he took money stained with blood during a drug transaction from the man accused of gunning down a convenience store clerk nearly 12 years ago.

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.

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

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

Fallen soldier had found new life with U.S. Army
For most of her short life, Michelle Ring was chasing a fresh start. After seeing her boyfriend killed in an Anchorage parking-lot fight, she moved to Tennessee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Zoo board looks for Maggie's new home, Man dies in collision with wife's motorcycl, Man pleads guilty in wife's death, North Kenai fire victim identified

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.

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

Images from another time Ferry prepares for journey to Alaska, 1968
The state ferry E.L. Bartlett, built by Jeffboat in Jefferson, Ind., is shown on the Ohio River in 1968. The ferry made its first Alaska voyage from Valdez to Whittier on July 11, 1969. The ship served for many years in the Alaska Marine Highway System. It was retired from the fleet and sold on eBay for $389,500 in August 2003.

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