Friday, July 27, 2007

Story teller Simpson ponders life, death 'In the Driver's Seat'
We live in an age of artistic excess. Novels get thicker. Movies get longer, begetting sequels and then threequels.

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Book review: 'Feingold: A New Democratic Party'
For people on the political left, Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold has emerged over the past five years as something of a maverick hero. He was one of 23 senators to vote against giving President Bush authority to invade Iraq and has been unrelentingly nettlesome on the issue ever since.

Senator plans to sell land in questioned deal
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday she and her husband will sell Alaska land back to its former owner, a day after a complaint was made to the Senate ethics committee about the purchase of the riverfront property.

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

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?

Support the troops so we can end the war in Iraq
In response to Linda Cohen's letter on July 3, I did not blame Democrats for the war. What I said was that if the Democrats had voted along their party line, we would not have had the resolution to use force.

Toothpaste is the best way to get fluoride, not drinking water
I am compelled to supply a common sense answer to the pro-fluoride jibber-jabber I have seen lately in your paper.

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.

Correction
Due to incorrect information given to the Empire, two major contributors who helped finance the new Juneau Family Health and Birth Center were listed with incorrect donation amounts in a Thursday article. The Rasmuson Foundation contributed $550,000 and the city contributed $70,000 to the$3 million project.

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.

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

Swope: Big projects could boost economy
Several major projects that are in the works could boost Juneau's flat economy, City Manager Rod Swope told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Office closure could halt return of artifacts
Groups around the country, including some in Southeast Alaska, are protesting the University of California-Berkeley's decision to eliminate the unit that restores Native artifacts to their original owners.

Photo: On the mend
Chad Walling, left, and Flynn Lobaugh mend a gillnet Thursday at Harris Harbor. They are getting ready for the next gillnet opening on Sunday.

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

Photos: Buoy Tender Roundup Olympics

Around Town

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.

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.

Business Digest
Juneau woman named Small-Business Champion of the Year

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

Photo: Relay ready
Kara Winegar runs Thursday on Basin Road. Winegar is training for the upcoming 25th Annual Klondike Trail of '98 Road Relay in which she will be running a 16-mile segment.

Around Town
Today

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.

Pets of the week goes to the birds
Blue, right, and Oscar, left, are a pair of male parakeets who will keep your home alive with their song and chatter. Flobert, bottom, is de-clawed adult male cat. He has a calm and soothing personality for those who want a quiet companion on a rainy Juneau day.

The Interstate Highway System: A love story
Dwight D. Eisenhower may be my favorite American President. He was the father of the American Interstate Highway System.

Book review: 'Feingold: A New Democratic Party'
For people on the political left, Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold has emerged over the past five years as something of a maverick hero. He was one of 23 senators to vote against giving President Bush authority to invade Iraq and has been unrelentingly nettlesome on the issue ever since.

Neighbors Digest
Shrine of St. Therese closed until Sunday due to teen retreat, Widowed Persons Service to hostpicnic at Lena Beach, Teen Health Center offers free health clinics on Tuesdays, Book committee seeks applicants for third volume of publication, Alaska Youth Choir hosts summer music camp Aug. 13-17, Haines to hold first Bald Eagle GolfClassic tournament, City Museum now registering for Juneau Explorers Week

Elegant old cities: Uppsala and Stockholm, Sweden
Last spring, just before Don and I left for Scandinavia, Don injured his knee. Don's injury was the first of several setbacks on our trip to Sweden and Norway, the land of Vikings, ancient sites and tall blonde men and women.

Jensen-Olson Arboretum to open
In the mid-1960s Caroline Jensen moved "out the road" with her husband Carl to the property that he had just inherited from his aunt, Irma Olson. Once their new home was built, Caroline started to transform three of the 17 acres into some of the finest gardens in Juneau.

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Recognitions

Story teller Simpson ponders life, death 'In the Driver's Seat'
We live in an age of artistic excess. Novels get thicker. Movies get longer, begetting sequels and then threequels.

FYI
FYI birth and wedding announcements may be e-mailed to neighbors@juneauempire.com.

Notes from Ghana
Women here may not be taking the easy way, but there's something about their ascent to authority that commands attention.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for support during Robert's illness, Thanks for donating to hear Ronnie Kaye speak, Thanks for the continuing community support, Thanks, Home Depot, for the community grant

The Russians are coming
The Russians are coming. The Russians are coming. A Russian rear admiral will soon be in town. He once commanded a nuclear missile submarine.

Ludeman, Rivera Wed
Amelia Rivera, of Juneau, and Robert Ludeman, of Norwalk, Calif., were married on June 10, 2007, at Baby Beach in Lahaina, Maui.

Photo: Feeding frenzy
A pod of humpback whales bubblenet feed July 19 just North of Shelter Island.

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

Alaska editorial: Upkeep funding gives parks a needed boost
The people at the state Division of Parks were happily stunned at the beginning of the Palin administration when they were told that they might be able to get $1 million for deferred maintenance.

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.

Teach your children well
As U.S. citizens, we have access to the best resources in the world. There is no reason why we can't have the most well-educated students. The only thing holding us back is ourselves and the decisions we make.

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: Vying for a Juneau aesthetic
I overheard some people talking in the Anchorage airport recently about the baffling preponderance of jewelry stores in downtown Juneau. They couldn't figure out how these stores relate to this place. Neither can I.

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?

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.

Outside editorial: 'We do not torture, but...'
"We do not torture," President Bush says. Yet that oft-repeated assurance has been followed by an unspoken "but" in reference to interrogation of suspected terrorists by the CIA. Last week, that troubling "but" was translated into an executive order that, while forswearing torture, allows the intelligence agency to use "enhanced" interrogation methods off-limits to the U.S. military.

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

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Juneau softball rolls to Game 1 win
Juneau made a strong statement Thursday in the opening game of the Alaska State Little League Junior Softball Tournament in Anchorage.

Strong second leg lifts Haiku to victory
A dominant second leg by Haiku led to a victory in the Juneau Cup Challenge's Admiralty Cove Rendezvous sailing race last weekend.

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

Pregnancy-bias case in Anchorage settled for $55,000 by Zale Corporation
The nation's largest specialty jewelry dealer has agreed to settle a pregnancy bias discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of an expectant mother who worked at an Anchorage store.

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.

Federal agency yanks air charter owner's licenses
The owner of a Kenai air charter service has had his licenses revoked, with federal agents listing a string of violations they said constituted an emergency.

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.

Photo: With the wounded
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visits Army Pvt. James Pattison on Thursday during a morale tour at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. Pattison is being treated at the center for injuries.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Anchorage girlpresumed dead after fall into the sea, Heavy rainfall triggers landslide, closure on major Kodiak road

Despite fears, officials say state ferry to keep Prince Rupert terminal
Prince Rupert city officials fear the Alaska Marine Highway System is going to move its terminal from British Columbia port to the tiny Alaska community of Hyder.

Senator plans to sell land in questioned deal
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday she and her husband will sell Alaska land back to its former owner, a day after a complaint was made to the Senate ethics committee about the purchase of the riverfront property.

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