Friday, July 20, 2007

Juneau libraries offers plenty for mystery fans
Mysteries abound in the stacks at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Rowling bids her boy wizard goodbye in 'Hallows'
Harry Potter's life hangs in the balance. Millions of fans are holding their breath. Meanwhile, his creator is baking a cake - and keeping her secret.

Cyclists: Warn walkers when passing on trail
I would like to thank those cyclists who let people know when they are coming up behind them on the trails. I walk my dogs every day and appreciate it when a cyclist loudly says, "On your left," or "On your right," before trying to pass.

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).

'Stupid' laws restrict civil liberties of adults
I have lived in 11 different states, and as the years pass by, more stupid laws get passed.

Fluoride affects more than just teeth
Fluoride may be good for teeth, but what is the advantage of it in my toilet? Will it help my skin in the shower? Do my potatoes or eggs taste better when cooked in it? Does my dog benefit from it? Is my grass greener because of it? Does it make my car shine more or my ice last longer, or perhaps my clothes cleaner and their colors brighter?

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.

Letter oversimplified origins of war in Iraq
I recently read Stuart Cohen's letter ("Disinformation on Iraq war's origins," July 9) absolving Democrats of blame for the war. His letter is no more than a blatant act of oversimplification.

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.

Tongass project could help plot forest's future
Although opinions about what has taken place in the Tongass National Forest during the last 70 years vary widely, the work conducted by the Tongass Ground-Truthing project goes beyond opinion and is an on-going scientific evaluation of what has taken place in this forest.

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

Around Town

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.

Photo: Garden statement
Jeremy Bauer, right, and Jason Clifton take a moment to arrange a tendril of a kiwi vine outside their home Thursday, in the Mendenhall Valley. Their garden will be one included in the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners Juneau Tour taking place this Saturday and Sunday.

Around Town

Harry Potter hysteria hits Juneau
Hundreds of Harry Potter fans are expected to descend upon the Nugget Mall this evening to celebrate and mourn the release of the seventh and final book chronicling the bespectacled boy wizard.

Photo: Just passing through
Whale watchers aboard the St. Herman observe humpback whales passing by Hand Troller Cove on Thursday as the pod made its way toward North Pass. The St. Herman was one of several boats in the area to witness the leviathans.

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

Business Digest
New president for Brown & Associates, Loan officers win Pinnacle Award

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

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

The right man at the right time
It was one minute of his life and it flew by more than 11 months ago, but 54-year-old Juneau resident Ed Buyarski remembers that minute in vivid detail.

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.

Find flavorful tomatoes at the market from July to September
One of the drawbacks of living in Alaska is that you can't grow tomatoes. Where I grew up in Virginia nearly everyone had at least a couple tomato plants growing in their yard.

Passer, Raisl to wed
Melissa Passer, of Juneau, and Christopher Raisl, of Bloomfield, Mont., will marry at 2 p.m. Aug. 11, 2007, at Kirkwood Baptist Church in Bozeman, Mont. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony at the Bowman House.

Leighty, Reifenstein wed
Heidi Reifenstein and Wayne Leighty, both of Juneau, were married on June 23, 2007, in a beachside ceremony at the Thane Ore House. A reception followed at the Thane Ore House.

Fun facts about cats
Cats literally cannot see what's right beneath their noses. They have a blind spot around the mouth because of their forward-facing eyes and short faces. The nose blocks the view of what is under it.

Anderson, Etheridge to wed
Kimbee Anderson and Carl Etheridge, both of Juneau, will be married on July 28, 2007, at Centennial Hall. The reception will immediately follow at the same location. Friends and family of the bride and groom are welcome to attend.

Neighbors Digest
Critical CARE seeks proposals to improve prehospital care, Registration forEagles vs. Ravens now available online

Croteau, Bull wed
Sarah M. Croteau and Joshua J. Bull were married July 6, 2007, in Winnemucca, Nev.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you, Breeze In, for donating food, Thanks for playing in Juneau on the Fourth,

Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'
Dear Readers, do you have a favorite sound? These are sounds I like to hear, some unique to our Southeastern home.

Recognitions
Dean Goroski, the clinical pharmacist at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center, received two awards from the U.S. Public Health Service.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Ship shape
Holland America crew from the Statendam get the lifeboats ship-shape on Wednesday at Miner's Cove, near Merchant's Wharf.

Isturis celebrate 50 years
Marlee and Rudy Isturis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Yacht Club. They were married on July 19, 1957, in Juneau. For more information, call Leslie at 463-7133.

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

Felts, Clough wed
Megan Clough and Brandon Felts, both of Juneau, were married at Chapel by the Lake on June 1, 2007. A reception followed at the Mount Roberts Tramway.

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

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

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.

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

Mona K. Jackson
A memorial party for Kake resident Mona K. Jackson, who died Nov. 9, 2005, will be held from noon to midnight on Aug. 18, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Kake.

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.

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.

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 must fight climate change
It wasn't something I would normally watch, which mainly is due to the lack of a television at my house. But there I was, sitting in a local bar and restaurant with a score of locals, watching what was touted as the world's largest concert.

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."

Alaska editorial: Special session should undo corrupt oil vote
No date is yet set for this fall's special session to revisit the petroleum production tax voted into law in 2006.

Outside editorial: U.S. should focus on parents in fighting childhood obesity
Uncle Sam sure can cook up a mess of expensive, half-baked ideas. For instance, there's this $1 billion federal initiative aimed at persuading children to eat healthy food. It's part of an effort to address the long-running childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.

Little League standings and schedules
Alaska District 2 Little League Baseball Tournaments

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.

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.

Juneau East, West win in Major Baseball
Juneau East rebounded nicely from Wednesday's loss with a 13-6 win over Haines in the Alaska District 2 Little League Major Baseball Tournament in Petersburg.

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.

Alaska Digest
City certifies fluoride petition Thursday, Blaze damages trailer in Lemon Creek, Salvation Army smoke still a mystery, Taku to return to service today

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.

Anchorage focuses on problem of city inebriates
Anchorage is looking for a solution to its growing problem of chronic inebriates.

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.

State rejects public-funded elections bid
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell refused Thursday to certify a proposed ballot initiative for publicly funded elections.

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

Donations enable rescue mission to remain open
A Fairbanks philanthropist and an Iditarod dog musher, as well as numerous others, responded to an appeal for help and stepped forward with contributions to keep open the rescue mission in Fairbanks.

Angoon comes close to losing only safety officer
For the second time in a month, Angoon's city government is having trouble paying its bills. This time it nearly cost the town its Village Public Safety Officer.

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.

Possible 'blood diamonds' seized in Anchorage
The FedEx package from Hong Kong was labeled as a document, but when federal customs agents opened it during a routine inspection here, they found two cut and polished stones tucked inside a newspaper.

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.

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

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska

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.

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