Thursday, July 26, 2007

Please consider the fluoridation facts
I am writing this letter in response to all of the misinformed articles I have been reading lately. Have any of you people out there even done any research on fluoride at all?

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."

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.

Keep ATVs out of North Douglas
You only have to go out to Echo Cove to see how all-terrain vehicles destroy the terrain. It's bad enough as it is. I think Rough Riders Alaska should be satisfied with being allowed to wreck the cove and should not spread the destruction elsewhere. One idiot deciding to go outside any park boundary for the lure of untracked wetland is all it takes for habitat destruction that would not repair itself for decades.

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.

Why harass cruise ship passengers?
Despite what some in Juneau think, there are multiple opinions that weave our political landscape.

Photo: Horde of humpbacks
A pod of more than 12 humpback whales feed as a group using a technique known as "bubblenet feeding" on Tuesday in the Saginaw Channel near Juneau.

Photos: Buoy Tender Roundup Olympics

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

Around Town

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.

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

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.

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.

Filmmaker Moore: Illness knows no political stripe
When Michael Moore releases one of his new documentaries, it's hard to turn on the television without seeing him or a talk-show talking head debating his methods.

Birth center to break ground on new building
The Juneau Family Birth Center hopes to get a lot of little shovels involved with the ground breaking Saturday at its new and permanent home on Hospital Drive.

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.

Photo: Into the mist
A cruise ship slips into a fog bank Tuesday while sailing out of Gastineau Channel after a day in Juneau.

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.

Owner of capsized boat says load of explosives shifted on skipper
The official investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard could take weeks to explain what caused a 61-foot landing craft with 21 tons of explosive material to capsize then sink Tuesday in Lynn Canal. However, the boat's owner has his own theory.

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.

Around Town

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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Virginia 'Pat' Ground
Former Juneau resident Virginia "Pat" Ground died July 19, 2007, in Anchorage. She was 90.

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.

My turn: Gov. Palin: Call the special session
Gov. Sarah Palin is waffling on whether to call a special session of the Alaska Legislature to reconsider oil taxes.

Alaska editorial: State must act to keep good D.A.s around
Last week's news release from Attorney General Talis Colberg announcing the appointment of three new district attorneys contained a cryptic remark about the position in Fairbanks.

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: Alberto Gonzales must leave
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales portrays himself as the piano player in the bordello, unaware of what is going on around him. The insulting act failed again.

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.

My turn: 'Second chance' is a ray of hope
During the recent American Correctional Association meeting in Tampa, Fla., I did not attend but heard that an often asked question was, "Why has it taken more than three years to get the Second Chance Act passed in Congress?

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.

Sports Digest
Juneau falls in Junior Baseball state tourney, Schilling rips Bonds', McGwire's lack of denials, Lance Briggs, Bears agree to 1-year deal, Rosenhaus called it a "fair tradeoff," Priest Holmes toreport to Chiefs camp, NHL No. 1 overall pick Kane signs with Chicago, sources say bookies associated withDonaghy identified

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.

Feds oppose trial move for Weyhrauch
Federal prosecutors are objecting to a request by former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, to move his trial to Juneau, saying that Anchorage would be more convenient for them and just as convenient for him.

Alaska soldier among four killed in Afghanistan
An Alaska soldier and three others died of wounds they sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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

Ethics plaint filed against Murkowski
A complaint against U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski was filed with the Senate ethics committee on Wednesday, the same day a federal law enforcement official confirmed that U.S. Rep. Don Young was under a criminal investigation.

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.

Victims in plane crash identified
A sightseeing plane crashed in the mountains of Misty Fjords National Monument, killing the pilot, and two sisters and their husbands on a side trip from an Alaska cruise, state troopers said Wednesday.

Northwest Digest
Alaska sending fire engines to Montana, Hooper Bay pilot program takes off, Fed chair says oil cushions inflation, Homer ski area gains permanent protection, Senate panel clears wilderness expansion

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anchorage seeks to take tax burden off homeowners
Anchorage city leaders are considering an overhaul of local taxes to shift some of the heavy tax burden away from property owners and onto businesses.

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