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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Kudos to government officials doing their jobs
I appreciate the federal and state officials doing their jobs and investigating reports of elected officials abusing the public trust responsibilities associated with their positions, not only in Alaska, but nationwide.

Taking fluoride does not replace good dental habits
I recently visited MayoClinic.com to find more information about oral fluoride supplements. The Mayo Clinic is an internationally renowned medical practice based in Rochester, Minn.

Gravina road project is not being developed for benefit of a few
I appreciate Don Hoff's passionate opposition to the Gravina road project ("As Ketchikan turns, so do our lives," June 28), and respect his right to voice his opinion. But I feel it necessary to respond to several points he made.

Radar has no weapons capability
Response to "My Turn: 'Shielding Missile Defense'" on Aug. 3.The radar has no "directed-energy weapons" capability whatsoever.

How effective can the 'surge' in Iraq be, when more are dying?
This letter concerns the state of affairs in Iraq. Recently, we have been informed by CNN and other television sources that the "surge" may well be working. The evidence for this, we are told, is the decline in deaths of our troops during July and also that of Iraqi civilians.

Making government representative
As ancient observers noted, a democracy - in which the voice of each person is weighed - is almost impossible to achieve. Perhaps today, with the Internet and e-mail, we can get close to that, but it still is an illusion. A complete democracy is impossible.

All can enjoy public land with a little give, take
Once again we see the narrow-mindedness of some people that think their choice of recreation is better or more important than mine

Peters out of election for School Board seat
Juneau School Board President Bill Peters announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election this October.

Study touts effectiveness of youth mentor program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau volunteers have been making a difference in Juneau classrooms one hour at a time with their school-based mentoring program.

Around Town

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

Alaska's bridges see extra scrutiny after Minnesota collapse
Alaska has six steel-deck truss bridges like the one that collapsed in Minnesota last week, but state highway officials aren't worried about any of those. And it also has dozens of bridges with the same "structurally deficient" label as the Minnesota bridge, including the Mendenhall River bridge in Juneau.

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

Photo: Succulent find
A patch of ripe blueberries glistens with drops of rain. The trail along the Mendenhall River is packed with the ripe berries.

Debate on proposed ATV park heats up
Douglas residents made impassioned pleas Wednesday night to the city to reconsider the all-terrain vehicle park proposed at Fish Creek Quarry in North Douglas.

Juneau writer sheds light on Alaska's role in World War II
During World War II, Soviet Army officer Boris Dolitsky was stationed in southern Siberia and couldn't help but notice the influx of American goods and supplies pouring into the country.

Artist envisions whale sculpture in Juneau
Sculptor RT "Skip" Wallen wants to commemorate the 50th anniversary of statehood on a grander scale than he did with his silver-anniversary bear sculpture outside the Capitol.

Photo: Taking command
Avery Calnan, 6, hugs her father, Cmdr. Joseph Calnan, moments after he assumed command of the U.S. Coast Guard communications post at Mayflower Island. The post was officially commissioned Wednesday during a ceremony on the island.

Rescue efforts go high-tech
With the snap of a sharp salute Wednesday, the newly minted commander of the U.S. Coast Guard's Alaska Rescue 21 Project Office assumed command, and the communications post was officially launched.

Two more file for municipal election
Incumbent Johan Dybdahl confirmed Tuesday he will run for re-election to the Juneau Assembly.

Around Town

Hiroshima remembered
On any day in Hiroshima, tens of thousands of folded paper cranes blow in the breeze around a statue of a young girl. The girl, who stands holding a bronze crane, symbolizes a call for peace.

Neighbors Digest
40th reunion celebration for Juneau-Douglas H.S. Class of 1967, end of Eagles vs. Ravens celebrated in Haines and Klukwan

Room enough for both parties in the Great Land
In response to the interest of my readers, I recently made my way to the Governors Mansion at 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.

Patterson, McNaughton marry
Courtney Patterson and Kyle McNaughton, both of Juneau, were married on July 28, 2007, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. A reception followed at the Baranof Hotel.

Leegard, Wilson marry
Erica Leegard and Shay Wilson, both of Juneau, were married on June 22 in the Treadwell Ballroom of the Baranof Hotel in Juneau.

Giguere-Clair anniversary
Lynda Giguere and Rick Clair will celebrate 30 years of marriage this weekend, 5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 to 4 p.m. Aug. 12, with a party for friends at the Shrine of St. Therese.

Olivas marry
Courtney Ann Oliva and Westly Leo Oliva Jr., both of Juneau, were married on June 23, 2007, at Aldersheim Wilderness Lodge.

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Ralph Leslie Fuller
Former Juneau resident Ralph Leslie Fuller died Aug. 2, 2007, in Skagway. He was 57.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans will have to force earmark reform
Some critics assailed the ethics reform bill that Congress just passed because they said it weakened the rules on disclosing who sponsors special-interest earmarks.

Outside editorial: Support for science, innovation is essential
Though the United States has led the world in science and technology innovation since World War II, countries in Europe and Asia now pose a serious challenge to the nation.

My Turn: Alaska can lead the green economy
At the heart of our global problems are the sins of greed and gluttony that our global economic system supports and encourages.

Outside editorial: Tragic tale a clear result of a hardhearted border
Just a few weeks ago, the chances of Pedro Guzman reuniting with his family seemed remote indeed.

Missile defense poses questions beyond Lena Point
Juneau's government-based economy has never been dependent on national defense spending. The plans for Lena Point to be a site for a radar array that will aid in the testing of the Pentagon's anti-missile defense system may not change that.

Alaska Digest
Police report fire behind Gastineau intentional, U.S. Army identifies soldiers killed in Iraq, two hooligan grizzly bear cubs killed, state dairy posts profit following losses, Palin opposes listing for beluga whales

Young appears ready to fend off investigations
Investigations dogging U.S. Rep. Don Young have not damaged his effectiveness in Congress, the Alaska Republican said Tuesday, and he warned challengers of consequences if they sling rocks during the campaign next year when he runs for a 19th term.

Don Young finally pays the bill for seven years of crab dinners during fundraisers
U.S. Rep. Don Young has agreed to pick up the tab for seven years worth of crab dinners after it became clear that the contributions needed to be disclosed, his campaign treasurer said.

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

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

Effort to move HQ fails
In a surprise attempt during a spring meeting, the chairman of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s Board of Trustees tried to move the corporation's headquarters from Juneau to his hometown of Anchorage.

Senator, Alaska politics under siege
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' home sits on a quiet, graveled street where black bears occasionally ramble and traffic is a rarity.

Friends rescue man after severe mauling
A Western Alaska man is recovering at an Anchorage hospital after a bear mauling, thanks to quick action by two hunting partners who may have saved his life - and his legs.

Victims of Sitka plane crash identified
Four people who died when a single-engine airplane crashed into an empty home in the coastal community of Sitka were identified by police late Tuesday, while the investigation into the crash's cause got under way.

Former state Sen. Stevens goes back to his roots
Former state Sen. Ben Stevens is going back to his roots.

Alaska Digest
Raptors arrive in Alaska, thousands without Internet in Anchorage, Fairbanks voters have final say in sales tax

Mother sentenced to 10 years in baby's death
An Anchorage woman who pleaded guilty to killing her baby by smashing her head repeatedly against the floor will likely have to spend more time in prison.

Palin extends deadline for gas pipeline
Gov. Sarah Palin has extended by two months the deadline for applications for companies interested in building a natural gas pipeline she believes will one day ship trillions of cubic feet of reserves to market.

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