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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Cartoon was insulting to Don Abel, locally-minded businesses
The Toe cartoon in the July 15 Juneau Empire was insulting to Don Abel and his company.

There needs to be a Department of Peace to end violence
There is a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives, House Resolution 808, proposing the establishment of a U.S. Department of Peace.

Do you know what your kids are up to?
I'm writing this to whomever it was that decided emptying a fire extinguisher inside our Explorer was a fun thing to do.

Tune would be different if proponents realized they had to pay for road
Rich Poor's lament ("The joys of a Lynn Canal Highway," Tuesday's Empire) is typical of the churlish "me" attitude so prevalent in our country.

Conservative cruisers to meet a Juneau welcoming party
On Aug. 1, a special cruise will in be in town. Subscribers and speakers from the National Review will embark from the Noordam in Juneau.

Around Town

Taku River reaches near-record levels
A glacier dam broke open this weekend during its annual release and dumped enough water into the Taku River that it reached its second highest level in the 20 years records have been kept.

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

Photo: Filling time
Rebecca Canaday, co-owner of Ragdoll Boutique, paints Saturday at her shop. Canaday often paints when there is a lull in business.

Around Town

Photo: Unusual weather for these tourists
Kathy and Joel Adams enjoy a walk in the rain Monday along South Franklin Street. The tourists are from the desert town of St. George, Utah, an area that doesn't see much rain. "We need rain in Utah," Kathy Adams said.

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

Photos: Campers' spirits anything but 'Damp'
The dance floor churned with couples all through Saturday night during the annual Camp Damp weekend retreat at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp.

Legislators fight session move plans
Juneau's legislative delegation met with Gov. Sarah Palin last week, trying to persuade her that any special session should be held in the state's capital.

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Frank Chapados
Former legislator and Alaska pioneer Frank X. Chapados died of complications from a stroke on July 12, 2007, at the Anchorage Pioneer Home. He was 93.

Outside Editorial: Vick needs to be suspended
The National Football League should suspend Michael Vick - and not for a short time.

Alaska editorial: There's a silver lining in cloud of misconduct
A bright, heartening moment of optimism earlier this month briefly dispelled part of the dark cloud of legislative ethical misconduct that's been hanging over the state when a jury found former state Rep. Tom Anderson guilty of conspiracy and bribery.

My turn: Spirit the eagle needs a new home
A bald eagle sits in a crate at the top of Mount Roberts, gazing with his one good eye at the numerous people who come via tram or trail to see one of these incredible creatures up close.

Alaska editorial: Finally, FEMA has an office in Alaska
At last, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has an area office in Alaska. The new FEMA office, in the Anchorage Federal Building Annex, was opened as a result of amendments to the federal Homeland Security Appropriations Act last year.

My turn: Science supports fluoride
As a dental hygienist, who has been practicing for 37 years, I know the benefits of water fluoridation. There is much misinformation about fluoridation.

My turn: There is no due process with e-mail
Kevin Reeves' commentary in the Juneau Empire, ("'Big Brother' is almost here," July 13) amplifies a discovery I made that scares the living frijoles out of me: With today's technology the government can monitor our e-mail and eventually all computerized documents without ever needing a search warrant.

Outside editorial: Aaron's grace slips surly Bonds
Barry Bonds's pursuit of a record-setting 756th home run is supremely awkward for Major League Baseball, as one of the game's most hallowed records falls to one of its least loved superstars.

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.

Tee Harbor Road Race results

Juneau Jambaars reach semifinal round but fall in Lake Oswego Nike Cup
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars boys soccer team reached the semifinal round of the 2007 Lake Oswego Nike Cup on Sunday in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Juneau West, East in semis
Juneau West completed pool play Sunday in the Alaska District 2 Little League Major Baseball Tournament with an undefeated record in Petersburg.

Alpine Adventure Run results

Alaska Little League Tournaments Standings and Schedules

Photo: Man vs. mountain
John Bursell navigates the Gavan Hill mountain ridge in Sitka during the Alpine Adventure Run on Saturday. Bursell placed second in the approximately 8-mile run up and down the mountains.

Juneau West advances to championship
Juneau West's Jackson Lehnhart pitched a complete game with an impressive 11 strikeouts as his team advanced in the District 2 Little League Majors tournament Monday in Petersburg.

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

Former residents of abandoned King Island reunite in Anchorage
The people of King Island abandoned their Bering Sea village decades ago, but an unprecedented family reunion at an Anchorage park Saturday reminded Becky Amarok a little of home.

Unexploded ordnance found near trail system
A trail system frequented by hunters, hikers and berry pickers near the Denali Highway has been closed after a federal worker found an unexploded shell nearby.

Sailboat's journeys reveal ocean of genetic knowledge
Dwarfed by an opulent megayacht moored nearby, the 95-foot sailboat Sorcerer II looked beautifully simple in the morning fog alongside the Doyon's Landing dock in Ketchikan.

3,500 gallons of fuel spilled in grounding
A fishing vessel spilled at least 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel into the waters south of Valdez after a hard grounding, Coast Guard officials said Sunday.

After 11 days in front of store, Harry Potter fans finally have book
They waited in line 11 days to get "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," and now that they have it, two Alaska sisters are in no rush to finish.

Northwest Digest
Salmon donated to Dillingham schools, search for climbers yields stash of gear, wildfires threaten U.S. Air Force range, Oregon firefighters gain control of blazes

Cleanup starts on diesel spill near Valdez
Clean-up crews on Monday started mopping up a spreading sheen of diesel that leaked this weekend from the ruptured fuel tank of a fishing vessel after it grounded in Prince William Sound, state environmental officials said.

Native Olympics rooted in skills of Arctic survival
With four grown men hanging like rag dolls from his 340-lb. frame, Demetrius VanFleet lumbers nearly 100 feet before weariness sets in.

Cooking fire destroys six apartments in Anchorage
Six units were destroyed and two cats were found dead in an apartment building fire that began as a woman fried some fish for her boyfriend.

Rain Dive
A bald eagle swoops down to nab a fish in the rain Sunday in Clover Passage, near Ketchikan.

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

Railroad project to reroute track delayed
Work on a $40 million project to reposition train tracks on military land in Fairbanks is being delayed until next year.

Alaska Digest
Skagway history teacher recognized, Fort Richardsonsoldier killed in Iraq, man sentenced on exploitation charge

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