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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Disgusted by housing prices, 14-year resident bids goodbye to Juneau
To the Juneau I deeply love and never thought I'd leave - after 14 years of making you home - goodbye.

Anchorage session would be hidden from public view
I am very concerned about the special session on oil taxes planned for this fall.

Alaska's bridge and roads to nowhere a scam on taxpayers
The state of Alaska and Ketchikan are making the $215 million bridge to nowhere a top priority for funding and construction, defying the wishes of the American taxpayers and efforts in Congress to end earmark pet projects.

Fluoride campaign should stick to facts instead of razing Kane
Recently, an Anchorage public relations firm has been calling Juneau residents with a survey about water fluoridation. The survey included questions not only about fluoridation but about people's opinions about the local alternative medical community, including a specific question about Dr. Emily Kane.

Around Town

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

Photo: Breaking ground
Joslyn Mckown, right, plays in the dirt with her toy bulldozers while other children, from left, Sayja Bradley, Claire Engstrom, Krishant Samtami and Sahil Bathija join her on the earth mound during a Saturday afternoon groundbreaking event on the site where the future Juneau Family and Birth Center will be built.

Community sounds off on ATV use at Echo Cove
Worries about all-terrain vehicle use and abuse at Echo Cove have been reverberating throughout the community in recent weeks. Trespassing, vandalism, destruction of property and littering have become so rampant on Goldbelt's property that it periodically has placed security guards on its land near Echo Cove, said Bob Martin, vice president of operations for Goldbelt, Juneau's urban Native corporation.

Police question two Juneau men in counterfeit case
Juneau police said they are preparing to press charges against two local men accused of involvement in a local counterfeit ring.

Nonprofits see worker shortage
Several nonprofits providing services to people with disabilities in Juneau are beginning to feel an employee shortage. "It's the worst I've seen," said Kim Champney, support services program director for REACH.

Jonathan Diebels
A service celebrating Jonathan William Diebels, who died July 9, 2007, will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. A reception will follow in the Hall.

Toe Toon

Outside editorial: Needing a cure for Walter Reed
It has been five months since an investigation by The Post exposed squalid conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and federal policy-makers now have no shortage of good advice on how to fix the bloat, inefficiency and indifference of the military health-care system.

Alaska editorial: Irwin's outreach helps state develop, conserve
Alaska's commissioner of natural resources has had it, and who can blame him?

Who will defend Alaska's U.S. reps?
Isn't anyone going to defend Alaska and Alaskans? Maybe this writer is more sensitive than most because Ketchikan keeps getting hit with that "$200 million bridge to nowhere" tag.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Chilkoot Trail More than a nature hike
Editor's note: Earlier this month, Juneau Empire reporter Greg Skinner hiked the 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail from Dyea to Lake Bennett in British Columbia. The following is part two of a two-part series describing his trip to and from Chilkoot Summit. This part describes the Canadian leg of his adventure.

Allison Point offers easy access
This is where laid-back lawn-chair urban fishing butts up against some of the best that Alaska wilderness angling has to offer.

Chilkoot Timeline
1874: George Holt is considered the first white person to have crossed the Chilkoot Trail.

Photo: 205-pound catch
From left: Matt Turley, 14, of Pauslbo, Wash., AJ Edwards, Sarah Edwards and Zach Turley pose by a 73-inch-long, 205-pound halibut that Turley caught last Sunday near Southern Lynn Canal. It took all four to subdue the fish and get it in the boat.

Dual winners at 25th annual mountain run
For Keith Larsen and Geoff Roes, the first shall be first and the last shall also be first.

Mount Roberts Tram Run Results

Midsummer Night 10K and 1-mile Run results

Juneau West has one shot left
The Alaska State Little League Major Baseball Tournament will come down to one final game for the championship.

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 breaks out the bats to win state championship
After winning Thursday's opening game of the best-of-three Alaska State Little League Junior Softball Tournament, the Juneau All Stars had two shots to seal the title.

BP cites progress one year after oil pipeline shutdown
It sits, still unused, on supports about 7 feet high and it lies 4 miles long.

Jury begins deliberations in Fairbanks murder trial
A Fairbanks jury began deliberations Friday in the trial of a man accused of killing a convenience store clerk.

State reissues 3,000 Nelchina hunt permits
The state has reissued about 3,000 subsistence hunting permits for Nelchina caribou and moose, with almost 1,300 of them going to hunters who did not originally win permits.

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

Director named for Anchorage Museum
After a nine-month national search, James Pepper Henry has been chosen as the new director of the Anchorage Museum.

Northwest Digest
Juneau Police found a late model Chevrolet truck submerged below an embankment in Aurora Harbor early Saturday morning.

Court rules against Exxon in pipeline case
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected an effort by Exxon Mobil Corp. to overturn rules governing access to a potential multibillion-dollar pipeline that would transport natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 states.

Family of fallen soldier receives Silver Star
The family of an Alaska-based soldier who was killed by insurgents in Iraq received the Silver Star on his behalf Saturday.

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