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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

President Bush can't fool Americans again with anti-Iran talk
If you were to guess which countries in the Middle East represent the biggest threat to our troops and to the Iraqis, what would you say? Iran and Syria? You would be wrong.

Glacier Highway needs maintenance to keep cyclists, walkers safe
There is one viable route for bicycle commuting between the Mendenhall Valley and downtown. The endpoints are good routes and are safe. The problem is with Glacier Highway through Lemon Creek and Twin Lakes. It is unsafe.

A ferry isn't equipped to handle severely ill patients
Stephanie Scott, in her letter to the editor ("State's backup plan for road introduces uncertainty, expense," July 19), explains her support for maintaining the current ferry system by suggesting the ferry serves as a life-link "to make sure I can get to Juneau when my life or the lives of my friends or neighbors depends on it."

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.

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.

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.

FDA needs resources to do its current job, not more responsibility
This week, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and her colleagues on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will be discussing legislation that will give the Food and Drug Association the authority to regulate tobacco products.

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

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.

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.

Around Town

Man who pleaded guilty in student's death not attending treatment
Sixty days after pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the 2005 death of Jody Watson, David Alex still has not attended a treatment program, for which his sentencing was delayed.

Correction
A July 22 photo caption in the Juneau Empire incorrectly identified visitors to Northern Keta Caviar. They were Nelly Masson, Lydie Anastassion, Sylvie Cousantier, Kara Winegar and Shannon McCain. Also, McCain's last name was spelled incorrectly in the original caption.

AEL&P plans heliport, bunkhouse near Thane
The Juneau Planning Commission approved on Tuesday night a proposal to build a heliport, 10-bed bunkhouse and a storage area on Thane Road for a Lake Dorothy hydroelectric project support site.

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

Photo: Friendly reminder
Mike Folkerts, a recreational boating safety specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard, stands Tuesday next to a shoreside box containing life jackets at Harris Harbor.

Ship passengers spot white porpoise in upper Lynn Canal
Passengers on the Yukon Queen, running between Haines and Skagway on Sunday, got a rare look at what appeared to be an albino porpoise.

Boat with tons of explosives sinks near Juneau
A 61-foot landing craft carrying 21 tons of mining explosives capsized Tuesday in Sunshine Cove, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Volunteer shares her pet terrier's companionship
Add one more comfort and service to the wide array of things that people in Juneau are volunteering to offer to clients of Hospice and Home Care.

Helfinstine, Sellers to marry
Brynn Helfinstine and Azri-el Sellers will be married in a private ceremony on Saturday, July 28. A reception for family and friends will be held following the wedding at 7 p.m. at Smith Hall, Chapel By The Lake, in Auke Bay.

God is not here to validate your status quo
I'm not particularly religious, nor am I appreciative of religion in general. Where Karl Marx has been soundly criticized for writing that "religion is the opium of the masses" (I have seen various versions of that statement), I agree that religion has often been used to help hold persons or peoples in intolerable situations.

Pulling the heart strings
HeartStrings director Lisa Miles presented scholarship money for the Crescendo Fund Scholarship to Juneau Arts and Humanities Council student representative Sue Ann Randall Saturday at the University of Alaska Southeast Noyes Pavillion.

Maust, Chenoweth to marry
Cheryl Maust, of Haines, and Charlie Chenoweth, of Juneau, were married on July 28, 2007, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A reception immediately followed.

Neighbors Digest
Widowed Persons Service to host picnic at Lena Beach, Jensen-Olson Arboretum to open to public, for education and beauty

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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: Updated 'Seven Wonders' list whets the appetite for travel
The Seven Wonders of the World are new and improved. Even though nothing from the United States made the list, it's great. Even the runners-up are wonderful.

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.

Alaska editorial: Oral health matters more than the letters 'D.D.S.'
The peaceful settlement of a legal dispute between dentist associations and Native health care providers this month gives Bush residents a better shot at something city dwellers take for granted: decent dental care.

My turn: Anti-war activists must act
The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass famously remarked, "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has. Never will."

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.

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.

My turn: Gravina: Buy your own road
I much appreciated the vigorous call for the building of the so-called bridges to nowhere that have received so much attention over the last few years, but I think I have a way that much of the resistance to building these projects could be overcome.

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 West wins Major Baseball title
A big first inning propelled Juneau West to the Alaska District 2 Little League Major Baseball title Tuesday in Petersburg.

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.

Critics line up to protest proposed mine
Environmental groups are taking aim at a massive proposed Alaska mine that's just 45 miles away from the state's largest city.

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

Army Corps to begin Agent Orange search
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start digging in Tok this summer in the search for six barrels of the dangerous herbicide Agent Orange.

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

Photo: Face to face with Alaska-based soldiers
Gov. Sarah Palin talks to Sgt. Dewey Green of Nome on Tuesday during her surprise visit with soldiers of the Alaska National Guard's 3rd Battalion 297th Infantry Regiment in Kuwait.

Alaska Digest
Planning commission OKs dock addition, murder trial starts in missing woman case, U.S. Army identifies soldier killed in Iraq, BP profit rises 1.5% on one-time gains, Juneau chef joins national cook-off, EDA seeks support for reauthorization

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.

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.

Rep. Don Young under investigation
U.S. Rep. Don Young is under criminal investigation, the second member of Alaska's congressional delegation to be part of a federal corruption probe, a newspaper reported.

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.

Palin visits troops in Kuwait
There were no politics at play Tuesday when Gov. Sarah Palin made a surprise visit to Alaska National Guard troops stationed in Kuwait.

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.

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

Bold black bear sends bikers flying
This bear wasn't fazed by a few bikers roaring along on large, noisy motorcycles.

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

Committee faults Ramras for cruise ties
The Legislative Ethics Committee decided Rep. Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, behaved improperly when he used his position as a lawmaker to advocate for cruise ship companies with which he does business.

Five killed in Southeast plane crash
ANCHORAGE - A sightseeing plane with a pilot and four cruise ship passengers crashed into steep mountainous terrain Tuesday. There were no survivors, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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