Sunday, July 22, 2007

Property values and the Assembly
On Monday, Bruce Hale took me to task for my over-emphasis on protecting property values ("Voters care about more than property value," July 16) during a news report on local radio about my intention to seek re-election to the Juneau Assembly.

Please fluoridate my children's water
There is a significant error printed in the 2006 Drinking Water Quality Annual Report that was mailed out to city residents. The report falsely claims, "A CBJ task force recommended that artificial fluoridation cease." That task force was split evenly.

Keep the ATV park out of my back yard
I enjoyed all-terrain vehicle riding as a youth until I sustained a knee injury that required a year of medical attention. I understand the fun of these types of machines, and the adrenaline rush associated with pushing a machine to its limits is exciting. To do so fully, one must go out of bounds - the habitat and consideration for others be damned.

Building for the future
Aaron Davis dropped out of high school in Denver because he didn't like sitting in a classroom. Now Davis is preparing to take the General Equivalency Diploma test while he acquires construction skills - all in a learning environment in which he feels comfortable.

Photo: Taste test
Sissi Babich, right, offers chum salmon roe Thursday to visitors at Northern Keta Caviar. They are, from left, Shannon McCaine, Kara Winegar, Sylvie Cousantier, Lydie Anastassion and Nelly Masson. A decade ago, Babich drove to Hamburg with her Bavarian husband in a borrowed Volkswagen van to market Alaska salmon roe for her then-burgeoning company, Northern Keta Caviar.

Photo: Harry Potter fans anxiously await new book
Nicole Moore quizzes an attentive pod of pupils Friday during a mock "Slytherin House" lesson before the midnight release of the final book in the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," at the Nugget Mall.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

City looks to extend sewer to N. Douglas
North Douglas is approaching a crossroads that could lead to a transformation of one end of the island.

Lorraine Fredrickson
Lifelong Juneau resident Lorraine Laura Fredrickson died July 19, 2007, in Juneau. She was 64.

Alaska editorial: Palin's push for analysis of the oil tax feels rushed
One of the worst ways to inspire confidence in government is to be perceived as doing a rush job on a matter of public policy.

Toe Toon

The end of capital budget favoritism?
In 2001, I was a rookie state Capitol reporter watching a legislator have a temper tantrum outside the House chamber.

Nikiski angler lands lunker from Stormy Lake
"There is a creature alive today who has survived millions of years of evolution without change, without passion, and without logic. It lives to kill. A mindless eating machine, it will attack and devour anything. It is as though God created the devil and gave him jaws."

The longest 33 miles in the world
Editor's note: Earlier this month, Juneau Empire reporter Greg Skinner hiked the 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail from Dyea to Lake Bennett in British Columbia. The following is part one of a two-part series describing his adventure up to Chilkoot Summit. Part two on July 29 will describe the Canadian leg of his adventure.

Photo: Bambi on the rocks
A mother deer and and fawn pass through a garden Tuesday at 15.5-mile just before Lena Loop.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Perseverance Trail in the summer
The Perseverance Trail is one of the most heavily used trails in Juneau. Noon-time walkers from downtown, joggers and bikers, back-country hikers who've come over from Blackerby Ridge or the Juneau Ridge, guided groups of tourists, and dog-walkers - they all enjoy the trail in their own ways

Chilkoot checklist: how to get treking
From Juneau, the trip to Lake Bennett and back will cost a minimum of $300.

Outsiders: David Cesar
Outsiders is a weekly profile in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section.

GCLL with 2 teams at softball state tourneys
The Gastineau Channel Little League will have two All Star softball teams compete for state championships this month in Anchorage.

Juneau wins Junior Baseball title
With solid contributions from its entire lineup, the Juneau Junior Baseball All Stars won the Alaska District 2 Little League Major Baseball title Saturday in Sitka.

Photo: A smashing time
Kelly Erickson tries to block the ball sent over the net by Travis McCain. Robby Hickok anticipates the ball's path in the back row at the Juneau Volleyball Association's 4-on-4 Beach Volleyball Tournament on Saturday at Sandy Beach.

East Glacier Trail Tangle results
East Glacier TrailTangle

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.

Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run results
Windfall Lake Trail Challenge Run

ALASKA LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS schedules and results
ALASKA LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENTS

Two workers killed in Rock Creek Mine equipment collapse
Two iron workers died after a manlift collapsed at the site of the Rock Creek Mine project near Nome.

Body of man suspected of heading large drug ring found near Palmer
A body found this month in the Jim Creek area near Palmer is that of Tom Cody, an Anchorage man suspected of being a real estate investor and head of a multimillion-dollar drug ring.

Thousands of Nelchina basin hunting permits ruled invalid
Thousands of moose and caribou hunting permits for the Nelchina basin have been ruled invalid by a Superior Court judge in Anchorage.

Alaska Digest
A Fairbanks woman has pleaded no contest to manslaughter in the death of a pedestrian she hit with her minivan last year.

Court orders Shell Oil to suspend drilling off Arctic shore
A federal appeals court has ordered Shell Oil to stop its exploratory drilling program off the north coast of Alaska, at least until a hearing in August.

Murkowski gas advisor questions Palin strategy
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski's top oil and gas advisor says he fears a gas pipeline won't be built under the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, and that a combination of rising costs and a flawed approach will likely delay the crucial project for many years.

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

Ruling could require boat pollution permits
A ruling by a judge in California could affect all boat owners in Alaska, except the military.

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