Health care has already been paid for
The world, and America in particular, are awash with resources. The gross domestic product is largely derived from technology handed down freely from previous generations. (This letter could not be written and you could not read it but for the gift of language from our ancestors.)

Losing faith in Kensington mine
I have just read the latest news on the Kensington mine and I have been following the story all along.

Committee: Voters should have say on tobacco tax
The Assembly Finance Committee voted Thursday night to let voters decide in October whether or not to raise taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products.

Geography students find route to Juneau
The University of Alaska Southeast is mapping a way to a stronger academic program for the Juneau school.

Taku River flooding could near record
The Taku River is flooding, and this year could be a big one.

French makes local campaign stop
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Hollis French of Anchorage said he'll be living in Juneau and supporting Juneau if he's elected the state's next governor.

Photo: Monkey business
Megan Stidolph, left, and Dawn Walsh, right, carry Naughty Monkey on a downtown shopping excursion Thursday. Walsh, who co-owns shoe store Shoefly with Sydney Mitchell, uses the monkey for marketing. 'I have a monkey on my back,' Walsh stated. Added Stidolph, 'The monkey and I have been dating for a year now.'

Photo: Concrete measurements
Dave Hurley of Wilson Construction prepares concrete samples Thursday afternoon on the site of the City of Juneau's Capital Improvement Program for the new Downtown Transportation Center. The concrete samples help determine the compressive strength of the concrete at different stages of curing.

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

Around Town
Today, July 24

Obituary Helen E. James
Reno resident Helen E. James died July 17, 2009, in a nursing home in Las Vegas.

Outside editorial: Military suicides
Last year, 143 soldiers, 41 sailors, 41 Marines and 31 airmen took their own lives. For the first time, suicides in the Army have outpaced the rate for the same demographic group in the nation at large, with the highest number since the Pentagon began keeping track in 1980.

Outside editorial: Drawing a line on guns
The nation dodged a bullet Wednesday. In a rare defeat for the powerful gun lobby, the Senate routed an amendment that would have federalized concealed-weapons laws by forcing all states that issue such permits to gun owners to honor those granted by other states. States with strict rules regarding concealed firearms, such as California, essentially would have had their laws nullified by states with lax rules. Yet so spineless have gun-control advocates in Congress been in recent years that there was no guarantee common sense would trump political cowardice. It was a nailbiter, but the amendment failed on a 58-39 vote.

Arctic shipping presents unprecedented challenge
The dog days of summer slow down the pace of life for many of us, but it's the busy season in the Arctic. The Inuit people who inhabit the top of the globe in Alaska, Canada, Russia and Greenland are out on the land and ice, camping, hunting, fishing and visiting family. Meanwhile, annual supply ships visit Arctic communities, bringing next year's provisions before the ocean freezes again.

Minimum wage stuck in the 1950s
Are you better off than you were 40 years ago? Not if you're a minimum-wage worker.

Anchorage fire chief to be replaced under Mayor Sullivan
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Fire Chief Craig Goodrich says he has learned he will be replaced under Mayor Dan Sullivan's new administration.

Mat-Su charging for false fire alarms
WASILLA - The Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services has begun charging for some false fire alarms.

Man shot on Anchorage bike path
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

Puppy stolen from parking lot
FAIRBANKS - A pit bull puppy is one of the latest items stolen in the parking lot of Regal Cinemas in Fairbanks.

Work starts to relocate Alaska village
ANCHORAGE - Work has begun to relocate the eroding village of Newtok.

Changing colors
JUNEAU - From Crimson Bear to fledgling Falcon. Born and raised in Juneau, Jason Wilson was a member of the 1985 Juneau-Douglas High School state champion boys' swim team and was an assistant coach at JDHS last year. Now, he's taking over as the head swim coach at Thunder Mountain, an interesting dynamic not lost on Wilson.

Battle for bragging rights
Juneau West 7, Juneau East 2

Anchorage budget gap expected to expand by $9 million
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage officials are forecasting an additional $9 million budget shortfall because of an expected drop in tourism this summer and weak returns on the city's investment funds.

Parnell wants to stop ethics case leaks
ANCHORAGE - Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is asking Alaska's attorney general to recommend ways to stop people from leaking confidential information in ethics investigations.

Gardeners in Sitka reap giant harvest
SITKA, Alaska - The notion that it's impossible to grow vegetables in Sitka falls away quickly when you visit Florence Welsh on Davidoff Street.

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