Newspaper's stance on moving fall session doesn't hold up
It was not a great surprise to read in the Anchorage Daily News that the paper is beating its drum for the fall special session to be held in Anchorage ("Next meeting: Oil Tax session should be within easy reach of Alaskans," published July 5).

The evidence is in: Republicans to blame for war in Iraq
Stuart Cohen is right to credit Republicans with starting this stupid war in Iraq ("Disinformation on Iraq war's origins," July 9 Juneau Empire). Serious reporters and authors looked into the question.

A few of the pitfalls facing major capital projects
The following is prompted by Tim Whiting's My Turn, "Where are Juneau's priorities," published July 6.

With no plan for peace, it's time to get our troops out of Iraq
This letter is in response to Lew Williams' column "One question remains: Who killed Alaska-based troops?" published Feb. 11. Williams questions the actions of our congressmen in Washington, D.C., in pursuing how five servicemen were killed by gunmen disguised as American security forces.

State's backup plan for road introduces uncertainty, expense
In Malcom Menzies' July 9 response to my My Turn, "Not just a ferry link but a lifeline," published June 28, he writes that the state will homeport a LeConte-class ferry in Haines to transport drivers to the Juneau access road and to provide a link if the road were to be closed due to snow or avalanche control.

Supplemental fluoride care leaves out those on Medicaid
I would like to join the debate over fluoride.

Short-term gains not worth environmental losses in long term
While visiting the beautiful city of Juneau, I read a story in Friday's Juneau Empire calling the Kensington Mine a "boon" because it provides jobs ("Coeur report: Mine a boon for Juneau," July 13, 2007).

Counterfeit $20s, $100s pop up in Juneau businesses
Several businesses in Juneau have reported receiving counterfeit $20 and $100 bills in recent weeks.

Photos: Once a warship, now a tender
Darryl Wallace paints the 90-foot-long fish tender Saturn on Tuesday at Don Statter Memorial Harbor in Auke Bay. The Saturn was built as a submarine chaser for the U.S. military in a California shipyard in 1942.

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City planners press for affordable housing
City leaders have added to Juneau's comprehensive plan a chapter on one of the community's most pressing issues - the need to provide affordable homes.

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

Photo: Sittin' on the dock of the bay
Jason Hutchinson plays guitar Tuesday near the Don Statter Harbor ramp in Auke Bay while waiting for a ride. Hutchinson was returning from fishing.

Photo: Sprucing up downtown
Jim Scott of Juneau Parks and Recreation Landscape Division deadheads flowers in a hanging flower pot Wednesday on Seward Street. There are more than 100 hanging flowerpots in the downtown area.

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City taxes to climb for Admiralty Island mine
Juneau officials say the Greens Creek Mine will see its assessed value go up this year, not down as the Empire had earlier reported.

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

Juneau Diocese celebrates 125 years
More than 100 parishioners gathered Tuesday evening near the site of Juneau's first Mass to celebrate 125 years of Catholic life in the city.

Delez pleads guilty to manslaughter
Anthony Delez pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a reduced charge of manslaughter for the death of Richard Mason in exchange for avoiding the possibility of spending up to 99 years in jail.

Photo: Hooked
Andrew Murray, left, gaffs a king salmon caught by Isaac Landecker on Wednesday at the pond next to Fish Creek. The pond is a popular place to catch spawning king salmon.

Juneau to play part in anti-missile test
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency will locate a powerful radar array in Juneau later this year, as the city plays a small role in a test of the country's anti-ballistic missile technology.

Spotting and treating Alzheimer's
Is it Alzheimer's? Do you have trouble remembering people's names? Do you repeat yourself? Do you get lost easily? Have you lost interest in hobbies and social events? Do you have trouble reading books?

Ludeman, Rivera marry
Amelia Rivera, of Juneau, and Robert Ludeman, of Norwalk, Calif., were married on June 10, 2007, at Baby Beach in Lahaina, Maui. The bride arrived on an outrigger canoe and was escorted by her father.

Pagenkopf, Rodenberger to marry
Mark and Kathy Rodenberger, of Weatherford, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Ashley Rodenberger, to Ross James Pagenkopf. The groom is the son of Ron and Donna Pagenkopf of Juneau. Ross and Ashley will be married at Aledo United Methodist Church, Aledo, Texas, on Aug. 4, 2007.

Stay-at-home dad stays social
There is one distinct disadvantage to being a stay-at-home dad: I am not a woman. Being a man means that I mostly avoid inviting my children's friends over for a visit. Why?

Cruise 25th anniversary
Robert and Carrie Cruise celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a small gathering at their Douglas Island home. The couple was married on July 14, 1982, in Juneau. Renewed vows are planned in a topical location at a later date.

Neighbors Digest
Eagle Scouts build new covered bike shelter for SEARHC, MASST offers job training program for area seniors, SEARHC gives $10,000 in 'mini-grants' for injury prevention

Courtney, Cashen to marry
Nancy Cashen and Doug Courtney, both of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony at 4 p.m. July 28, 2007, in Juneau. Friends and relatives of the couple are invited to the following reception at 5 p.m. at Zen in the Goldbelt Hotel.

Photo: Bird spotting
A red breasted sap sucker visited a neighbor's tree at noon on July 7 at 15.5-mile just before Lena Loop.



Martin Underwood
Former Juneau resident Martin B. Underwood died at a care facility in Portland, Ore., on July 15, 2007. He was 87.

Patricia Varness
Longtime Juneau resident Patricia Ruth Varness died July 16, 2007, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where she was being treated for cancer. She was 80.

Jonathan Diebels
Juneau resident Jonathan William Diebels died July 9, 2007, of complications from a bone marrow transplant for acute myelogenous leukemia. He was 5.

Brian Sanders
Juneau resident Brian Robert Sanders died on July 18, 2007, at his home in Hoonah. He was 3 years old.

Joseph Walker
Juneau resident Joseph McCoy Walker died July 14, 2007, in a car accident in Juneau. He was 21.

My Turn: Palin's veto fails rural District 5
This year's capital budget started as a good one for District 5. Numerous health and safety projects were finally going to be funded after years of waiting.

Alaska editorial: Juneau fosters state corruption? Get real
Some would say capital-move supporters hit a new low recently in urging that the upcoming special session on Alaska's oil tax law be held in Anchorage because corruption is caused by Juneau. We admit that's a novel argument.

Alaska Editorial: U.S. workers deserve paid medical leave
Imagine your mom suddenly had a stroke, and you wanted an extended paid leave to care for her. Or you had a baby but couldn't afford much time off. Or you were simply too sick to work for weeks on end.

Outside Editorial: President must have his trade authority renewed
American trade policy deserves better than the petty political payback it is getting in Congress. So do American consumers.

My Turn: We need to plan for snow
I was reading an article by Eric Morrison published July 12, titled "City panel OKs propositions for fall election," with the sub-headline "Assembly committee divvies distribution of sales tax funds."

My Turn: How can they build a road there?
In lieu of the persistent drive of the Alaska Department of Transportation and its supporters to punch a road up this watery fjord, I think it is important to look at the fundamentals of the terrain they are looking at developing.

Outside editorial: Disarm North Korea at all costs
The Bush administration has scored an unqualified diplomatic victory in the decision by North Korea to shut down its nuclear reactor in exchange for a series of financial and other material concessions, including a shipment of 50,000 tons of heavy fuel oil.

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Juneau Seniors reach final
Juneau advanced to the finals of the Alaska District 2 Little League Senior Baseball Tournament on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over host Ketchikan.

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Midnight Suns White wins 10-under softball title
Juneau's Midnight Suns youth softball program proved well-represented at the Southeast Alaska Junior Olympic Fast-pitch Softball Championships last weekend at Melvin Park.

Juneau opens Senior Little League tourney with win over Sitka
Three Little League District 2 baseball tournaments got underway this week. District 2 encompasses all the Little League organizations in Southeast Alaska.

Northwest Digest
Alaska adopts rules for fire-safe cigarettes, Alaskan trapshooter wins major prize, Blazes in West stretchfirefighting resources

Palin announces replacement for Rep. Vic Kohring
Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday she has selected a state senator's legislative staffer to fill the seat held by departing Rep. Vic Kohring.

After 2-month delay, Stevens releases report on finances
Sen. Ted Stevens filed the annual report on his personal finances with the Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday after receiving a two-month extension to fix what he called a few simple technical errors.

Alaska school teachers learn about climate change
School teachers from across Alaska are getting lessons this month at the University of Alaska Fairbanks so they can more effectively teach their students back home about climate change.

Northwest Digest
Infant dies when van rolls into river, Brawl begins over a misunderstanding, New rule would make it easier to kill wolves

Sen. Murkowski involved in questionable land deal
Alaska's junior senator appears to have benefited from a questionable land deal, purchasing a prime piece of property on the banks of the Kenai River at about $100,000 below market price.

Group touts public funding for elections
Some Alaskans think the state, rather than private contributors, should pay for election campaigns.

Special session costs come in low
The June special legislative session in Anchorage cost just more than $90,000, far less than earlier estimates, Legislative Affairs Agency Director Pam Varni said Wednesday.

Lawmaker urges list of dangerous mentally ill
Anchorage Rep. Les Gara is proposing the state start a list of mentally ill people who the courts have said are in danger of hurting themselves or others.

Young beefs up his legal resources
Republican Congressman Don Young has spent more than one-quarter million dollars of his campaign contributions on legal services since he put a Washington, D.C., law firm on retainer this year, according to recent regulatory filings.

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Japan searches for remains of soldiers in the Aleutians
The Japanese government has resumed a search for the remains of World War II soldiers said to be buried in mass graves on the island of Attu at the western tip of the Aleutian Islands, U.S. officials said Monday.

Weyhrauch wants to move trial to Juneau
Former Juneau Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch wants his trial on corruption charges moved to Juneau not only for the convenience but to avoid delays and save money.

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