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Friday, July 13, 2007

Here are some other chapter books to read while waiting on 'Harry Potter'
Here are some chapter books to keep you busy until the next "Harry Potter" arrives:

Author of '1,000 Places to See Before You Die' lives for travel
Ever since her family's clunky station wagon pulled out of their upstate New York driveway when she was 4 and headed to the beaches of Atlantic City, Patricia Schultz has been hooked on travel.

Setting the record straight on pipeline policy positions
According to Lew Williams Jr.'s piece, "Will environmental lobby curb interest in gas line?" in the July 1 Juneau Empire, the Alaska Wilderness League "(opposes) development of any kind in Alaska."

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.

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.

Do we need a change in our constitution to restrict citizenship?
At the present time, any child born in the United States immediately becomes a citizen of our country. People are using this right to exploit the entire immigration policy. Some people come to the United States illegally so that their children can be born here and at birth become citizens.

Standing up for the mentally ill, when the government won't
As a native Alaskan with a severely mentally ill grown son, I am frustrated and embarrassed that mentally ill adults within our community have all become 3-ton elephants wandering throughout our community.

Homeless getting squeezed out of services
The recent news article about the Thane Campground ("In Juneau, a community finds comfort living outside," June 17) failed to mention the plight of the homeless who live there year-round with less than ideal weather conditions.

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.

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

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.

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.

Mrs. from Juneau wins Miss Congeniality
A few months ago, Juneau state worker Lola Savatgy received an e-mail from a Mrs. Alaska-America pageant official who had seen her photo.

Coeur report: Mine a boon for Juneau
Construction of the Kensington Mine near Berners Bay has been a bonanza for hundreds of Alaska residents, according to a McDowell Group report released Thursday at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

2,200 want to vote on fluoride issue
Citizens Promoting Dental Health turned in nearly 2,200 signatures Thursday to the city clerk's office in hopes of letting voters decide in the Oct. 2 municipal election whether fluoride should be put back in the city water supply.

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.

Around Town

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.

Photo: Plein Rein Painters
Alexis Rippe, right, leans over her pastel of the Mendenhall Glacier while Christine Crooks and Mary-Claire Harris work at their easels behind her last Saturday on the weekly Plein Rein outing.

Assembly incumbents to run for re-election
The three Juneau Assembly incumbents whose seats expire this October said, as of now, they intend to seek re-election.

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

Photo: Better than bean counting
Salmon roe processing technicians Diego Ruzbarrio, left, and Sawada Kuzuhiro pick out impurities from salmon eggs and package them in preparation for transport to Japan.

Around Town

Is canola oil devil or angel?
Recently, a lot of people have been asking me about canola oil. It seems they have read one or more articles on the Internet which make canola sound like evil incarnate. Among the accusations: All canola oil is genetically engineered.

Never question your ballot again
My son, Allan, asked me to write this article as a lesson in civics, or how a small stone cast out on a lake can cause a ripple that reaches a distant shore.

Neighbors Digest
Donate cell phones to raise money for Americorps volunteer, SEARHC takes Juneau Eagles vs. Ravens event online, WeWhoWalk Tour visits Juneau Tuesday, Crystal Lake camp set for next week

Whose wedding is it anyway?
We actually thought they would be excited for us. I don't know what we were thinking.

FYI
FYI birth and wedding announcements may be e-mailed to neighbors@juneauempire.com.

Neighbors mailbox
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Photo: In and around the garden
A deer appears in a Juneau garden in the late afternoon sometime last week.

Pets of the week
Monte and Bear

Dear Kai: A pen-pal letter from Iraq
Editor's note: Every year, the Juneau Friends Meeting (Quakers), which believes the effort to understand the life of others is a first step in any effort of peacemaking, awards a $500 scholarship to a 12th-grade student who writes the best essay on a topic related to peace and peacemaking.

Sipes-Ainza, Sims to marry
Rosie Sipes-Ainza and Jacob Sims, both of Juneau, will marry on Aug. 7, 2007, in a small ceremony on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. All friends and family are welcome to join them for a reception at 2 p.m. on Sept. 1 in the log shelter at Sandy Beach.

The Horse Pamperer
Americans are pampering their pets more than ever. According to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, we shelled out more than $38 billion on our birds, beasts and barracudas in 2006. That's almost double what we spent just 10 years ago.

McMullen, Bohan to wed
Carrie Danielle McMullen, of Spokane, Wash., and John Brannen Bohan, of Candia, N.H., will marry at 4 p.m. July 14, 2007, at Skater's Cabin in Juneau. Friends are invited to the reception at 6 p.m. at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Kraft, Ray marry
Jordan Pflugh Kraft and Forest Ray of Juneau married June 9, 2007, at Outer Point on North Douglas, with a reception following at the Eaglecrest Ski Lodge.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is done in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska. More volunteer opportunities can be found online at www.unitedwayseak.org.

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'Big Brother' is almost here
In his eerily farsighted book "1984," George Orwell describes a society in which privacy is unknown, slavish obedience a given, and nonconformity the ultimate enemy of the state.

Disgraced Alaska rep 'just does not get it'
Now Alaskans know why former state Rep. Tom Anderson insisted on going to trial, even though federal authorities caught plenty of his corrupt behavior on tape.

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.

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?

Outside Editorial: In fond memory of Lady Bird Johnson
A woman of dignity, compassion and grit. You could ask just about anyone who dealt with Lady Bird Johnson, and they would describe the late first lady the same way.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Juneau West, Sitka advance to title game
Sitka and Juneau West both advanced to the Alaska District 2 Little League Minor Baseball Tournament championship game on Thursday at Miller Field.

Fourth of July 2-mile Fun Run results
Fourth of July 2-mile Fun Run

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.

Photo: Waiting for Harry
Chloe Bostian, 18, left, Sydney Bostian, 11, middle, and Graham Toroff, 18, wait in line at Gulliver's Books on Thursday in Fairbanks, for the seventh and final Harry Potter book.

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

Dental associations give up fight against dental aides
After losing a court decision, two dental associations are giving up their fight against a program allowing dental aides to do procedures in rural Alaska.

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.

Zoo officials: Maggie not likely to leave this summer
Maggie the elephant probably won't be moved from Alaska by the end of the summer as hoped, due in part to the number of new homes Alaska Zoo officials are considering for the state's only pachyderm.

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.

Palin to have final say on Kohring's replacement
While Matanuska Susitna Valley Republicans winnow down a list of replacements for a departing Wasilla legislator, Gov. Sarah Palin said she is looking for someone who won't be pressured to toe the party line.

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

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

Northwest Digest
House Majority caucus hires Bitney, Bus driver charged with sexual assault, Firebreak keeps blaze from Oregon towns

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