Friday, August 3, 2007

Steve Goodman biography pays homage to writer
Clay Eals wanted to write a biography on star-crossed folk singer Steve Goodman that people wouldn't be able to put down.

New nonfiction at local libraries
"World Party," a Rough Guide. Want a reason to travel? Check out the festivals listed here and start packing!

Why is the FBI going after Alaska's U.S. representatives?
Several of Alaska's state and federal representatives are being accused by the FBI of numerous felonies, including conspiracy and bribery.

State workers being offered a 'negative pay raise'
State negotiators who offered employees in contract negotiations a 4-3-3 pay increase (4 percent the first year, 3 percent the second and third years) is a negative pay raise after projected rates of inflation are factored in.

Medicating water is unnatural and impacts weak immune systems
We must ask questions and seek the facts to make an informed decision to fluoridate water or not.

Fluoride is aluminum industry's poisonous by-product
Fluoride in our water supply is pure and simply poison. Why? Fluoride is the by-product of Alcoa's process of manufacturing aluminum.

Juneau residents have a right to be 'paranoid' about Palin
Changing venues for the Alaska Legislature? Does this sound anything like Gov. Sarah Palin's campaign promises being debunked? Does this sound familiar to other Alaskans?

Clean Elections Act is critical for saving our democracy
The "Clean Elections Act" is the movement - the only movement - that may save our faltering democracy from dissolution. All the political haggling that went into recent ethics reform amounts to nothing but a Band-Aid on our splintering body politic.

Survey was not meant to attack anti-fluoride voters
I would like to respond to David Ottoson's letter of July 29 ("Fluoride campaign should stick to facts instead of razing Kane").

Walker takes wearable art to world stage
Douglas craftsman David Walker has proven his crowd-pleasing mastery of wood design with six consecutive top-three finishes in the annual Wearable Arts Extravaganzas.

Photo: Sibling rivalry
Sage Thibodeau dives to block a shot made by his sister, Elisha Thibodeau, on Wednesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School practice field.

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Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Holy Trinity rebuilds from ashes
Saturday afternoon the congregation of historic Holy Trinity Episcopal Church begins to rebuild its house of worship and community hall lost in the spring of 2006 to an arsonists blaze.

Sharing a taste of Alaska
Retirement has given Laraine Derr the chance to work at what she really loves - combining teaching with the culinary splendors of Southeast Alaska.

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

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

Business Digest
New manager named for food program, meeting focuses on drug abuse training, KeyBank raises funds to give iPods to troops

Becker will not seek another school board term
Longtime Juneau School Board member Mary Becker announced Friday she will not seek another term in the Oct. 2 election.

Photo: Washing clean
Craig Brown, a career firefighter with Capital City Fire and Rescue, washes the assistant fire chief's vehicle Thursday in front of the Juneau Fire Station downtown.

Bad Larry livin' large
The dozen friends that make up Bad Larry Productions have been filming ski and snowboard runs on Eaglecrest Ski Area for seven years, so they know the challenges of the lean snow years.

Correction
Thursday's Juneau Empire gave an incorrect identification of who appointed Ben Stevens to the state Senate in 2001. Democratic Gov. Tony Knowles made the appointment.

Photo: Demolition Man
Josh Bulard, a worker for the North Pacific Erectors, demolishes the concrete steps to one of the emergency exits at the Gastineau Elementary School in Douglas. Much of the Douglas school is being renovated this summer.

City Assembly may tighten its panhandling regulations
Panhandling has been getting tougher in Juneau, says Daniel Bennett, who frequently solicits money from people downtown. "I've been getting such a hard time about panhandling lately," he said. But it may get even tougher.

Photos: Hoonah BBBS fifth anniversary
Princess Tours hosted 66 Littles, Bigs and community supporters at a luncheon and ship tour on July 26 aboard the Dawn Princess at Icy Strait Point.

Neighbors Digest
Christian center holds Vacation Bible School, Golf tourney for breast cancer held in Haines, Holy Trinity holds Saturday market, Shima memorial garden to be dedicated today

Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge kickoff
SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's 2007 Eagles vs. Ravens Wellness Challenge kicked off Sunday at the Tlingít-Haida Community Center.

Southeast Alaska State Fair
The Southeast Alaska State Fair, which took place July 26-29 in Haines, provides a showcase for agricultural and domestic arts, creative arts and crafts and the opportunity for educational, cross-cultural and social exchange. This year's theme was "A Fair for All."

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Recognitions
The Rie Munoz Gallery recently donated artwork valued at $7,000 by local artist Dale DeArmond to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The museum has sought work by the artist who passed away at the Sitka Pioneer's Home last year.

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Powers, Glenn wed
Gretchen Glenn, of Key Largo, Fla., and Rusty Powers, of Juneau, were married on June 9, 2007, at Auke Lake. A reception followed at Skater's Cabin on Mendenhall Lake.

Photo: Child Development Associate
Michele McEdward, center, a member of Gastineau Elementary School's support staff was awarded a Child Development Associate credential from the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Explorers wanted
Juneau Explorers gold pan last year at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's weeklong summer camp, "Juneau Explorers."

Photo: Now a natural
Sgt. Noli Bata, of Juneau, recites the Pledge of Allegiance after becoming a U.S. citizen on July 29, while stationed in Kuwait.

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William Bright
William Earl Bright died July 30, 2007, at home. He was 72.

Douglas Jay Hart
Former Juneau resident Douglas Jay Hart was killed in a one-vehicle collision on Sunday, July 29, in Port Angeles, Wash. He was 44.

Robert Jonothan Stanbery
Juneau resident Robert Jonothan Stanbery died in the early hours of July 30, 2007, in his home. He was 31.

See the mine for yourself
Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit the Kensington Mine just north of Juneau as a guest of Coeur Alaska. I wish more Juneau residents could see this operation firsthand, because I think it would encourage those with undecided minds to support the mine.

Alaska editorial: Corruption probes of Alaska U.S. delegation an East Coast power play
It's in some part politics when all members of a state's congressional delegation face possible ethics investigations as the nation prepares to enter an election year.

Alaska editorial: Cloud over delegates a 'sad day' for Alaskans
It's a sad day for Alaska when a leader as influential and respected as Ted Stevens, 30-year veteran of the U.S. Senate, has his house searched by FBI and IRS agents.

My Turn: Shielding 'Missile Defense'
This is in regards to the July 19 Empire article "Juneau to play part in anti-missile test."

My Turn: Don't rush to judge Murkowski
"There is no there there." The quote from Gertrude Stein kept coming to my mind as I followed the coverage about Sen. Lisa Murkowski purchasing a Kenai River lot for its assessed value.

My Turn: Enforcing laws 'out the road' is hard
"Out the road" law enforcement has always been a problem for the limited number and distance of state troopers and city police officers. The problems with all-terrain vehicle users reported at Echo Cove highlight this issue.

Outside editorial: Balancing privacy with security
Millions of Americans are caught on cameras every day, mostly in retail stores and government buildings. Still, we are not photographed nearly as much as the residents of London.

Juneau falls in regional opener
The Juneau All-Stars dropped the opening game of the West Region Little League Junior Softball Tournament on Thursday in Tucson, Ariz.

Urata training like an Olympian
In her first meet as a member of the U.S. Junior National Synchronized Swimming Team, Kimiko Urata helped her squad place third at the 2007 U.S. Open National Championships.

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.

Ancient Unangam mask found on Amaknak Island
Archaeologists excavating on Amaknak Island have discovered what may be the oldest Unangam whalebone mask.

Gov. Palin to call session on oil tax
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Thursday that today she'll call a special October session of the Alaska Legislature to take a new look at the state's Petroleum Profits Tax.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Fairbanks businesses question Army Corps contracting process
Some Fairbanks companies are questioning the selection process for multimillion-dollar military construction contracts awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Alaska.

Feds look at funds Stevens steered to wildlife center
ustice Department officials investigating Sen. Ted Stevens are examining whether federal funds he steered to an Alaska wildlife research center may have enriched a former aide, say officials familiar with the probe.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Two Outside mining companies partner on Pebble project
The Canadian company that owns the Pebble Mine prospect has partnered with a London-based company to develop the mine in Southwest Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Alaska foreclosures on the rise, Production slips at AK's largest gold mine, Hunting violations captured on video

Alaska Digest
Mystery fumes force Nikiski evacuation, Man survives frigid waters for three days,

Corruption allegations casting pall over state
One former state representative is guilty of bribery. Three more await trial on similar charges. The state's lone congressman is under federal investigation for corruption. A U.S. senator just had his home searched by the FBI.

Dates raise questions about former legislator
While descriptions in indictments in the VECO Corp. corruption case point to former Senate President Ben Stevens as the unidentified "Senator B" discussed in federal allegations, a little-noticed part of one indictment raises questions about why Stevens would be offered bribes when he wasn't even in office yet.

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