Monday, August 13, 2007

Vote yes; add fluoride to Juneau's water
When have you last worried about scurvy, rickets, dysentery and polio? Thanks to the usage of vitamin C, vitamin D, chlorine and vaccines, I have never heard or read anything about these health issues in Southeast Alaska.

One rotten apple costs support for ATV park
There have been quite a few letters to the editor in the Juneau Empire arguing the pros and cons of all-terrain vehicle riding in the community, and I have followed the issue closely while trying to consider all positions and statements fairly.

Lower Slate Lake dam would be a time bomb
A line in Benjamin Brown's Aug. 2 column regarding the Kensington Mine struck me as symptomatic of a mind-set that has governed, and still governs to an alarming degree, our relationship to the natural world.

FBI is investigating for a reason
(In reaction to Linda Chandler's Aug. 3 letter "Why is the FBI going after Alaska's U.S. representatives?")

ATV rider asks: What happened to Alaskans?
I am ashamed that the Juneau Empire printed such a letter from Bob Hunsick (" For the public good, please don't let ATVs have North Douglas," Aug. 1).

Palin must back Juneau publicly as state capital
I was very pleased to read that the Alaska House of Representatives has "voted by a better than 2-1 margin to hold October's special legislative session in Juneau." I'm glad some of our elected officials are standing up to the governor on this issue.

Photo: Look out, I'm coming through
A young black bear walks toward a group of tourists Friday morning near Mendenhall Glacier as a U.S. Forest Service employee, right, directs people to move back.

Man with a passion for hammers opens unique museum in Haines
Over the past two decades, Haines resident Dave Pahl transformed his fascination with tools and history into a museum that may boast the world's premier collection of hammers.

Photo: Send in the clowns
Lorenzo "El Magnifico - El Fantastico," a Juneau clown, gives away balloon animals and hats Saturday at Marine Park in a belated celebration of National Clown Week, which was observed the first week of August.

Juneau police kill sword-wielding suspect
A Juneau police officer shot and killed an assault suspect wielding a samurai sword near the Thunder Mountain Trailer Park on Friday evening.

Around Town

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

Leaving Juneau
Juneau's population sprung a leak, and a flood of young professionals left the community, according to a recent report.

Photos: Coasting Trollers
Trollers put in long days and often fish from dawn to dusk.

Residents question use of deadly force
When witnesses saw Randall Clevenger assault a woman Friday night and heard him say he wanted to kill himself, they figured he would spend some time in jail.

Around Town

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

Coday receives 101 years
Convicted killer Jason Coday, 29, was sentenced Friday to serve the maximum sentence of 99 years in prison for the 2006 killing of Anchorage painting contractor Simone Kim.

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Helen Baxter
Former Juneau resident Helen McIlhardy Baxter died peacefully on July 31, 2007, after a valiant fight with lung cancer with her husband and daughter at her side. She was 67.

Cecelia M. Carlson
Longtime Juneau resident Cecelia Carlson died July 4, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz., after a long illness. She was 81.

Empire editorial: Let's make Juneau a better place to live for state legislators
Juneau can breathe a sigh of relief that the fall special session on the oil profits tax will likely be held in Juneau.

My turn: 'Clean elections' will work
In his My Turn, "Clean Elections a bad idea," (July 30) Sean Parnell, president of the Center for Competitive Politics in Washington, D.C., was off the mark equal to the distance from the nation's capital to Alaska.

Alaska editorial: Stevens' chairmanship critical for all Alaskans

Be wary of Alaska reps' 'show' trials
Judging by pictures and stories, that must have been quite a parade of media and government officials to Girdwood when federal agents - led by the FBI - searched the home of Sen. Ted Stevens.

My turn: Legislature should meet in Juneau
Holding a legislative session outside of Juneau raises a number of serious concerns and I've been surprised by the muted public reaction around the state.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Outside editorial: A miracle on the African plains

Out and About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities. To have your group included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Alaska's next fishery?
Charismatic mollusk are not words that are generally used together, but that's exactly how researcher James Browning describes the giant north Pacific octopus. Browning and other Alaska biologists are exploring the potential for a commercial fishery for these fast-growing, short-lived and abundant creatures.

River of salmon flows with nutrients
There is a 'river' that flows upstream in salmon-spawning season-a 'river' of fish is headed upstream to the spawning area.

Floating on kayaks, men fish for sharks
Picture this: There's a 50-pound sit-on-top kayak, a 170-pound man and about 15 pounds of fishing tackle and gear.

Herbert Glacier Run raises money for Hospice and Home Care of Juneau
Saying it will have something for everyone, Hospice volunteers Lori and Tony Yorba are organizing the second annual Herbert Glacier Trail Run at 10 a.m Saturday at the Herbert Glacier trailhead.

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.

Intense start brings success for the Bears
Juneau-Douglas High School defensive coordinator Eddie Brakes was interested to see how his team would react immediately following Saturday's 41-0 win over Kodiak.

Large-school football standings

Saturday's box score

Juneau-Douglas JV opens season with 26-6 victory over Sitka
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team made new coach Bill Byouer a winner in his debut Friday.

Runners enjoy the rugged terrain of Treadwell Tandem
The Treadwell Tandem Run, sponsored by the Southeast Road Runners, proved an entertaining course for the community's loyalists.

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.

Crimson Bears rout Kodiak
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team's defense showed off its speed and power Saturday.

Photo: Honoring crash victims
More than 100 Sitkans gather Thursday for a service at the accident site to honor four New Jersey residents who died when their single-engine plane crashed into an empty house in the Native Village area of Sitka.

FBI seizes Stevens note on renovation
FBI agents earlier this week retrieved a handwritten note by U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens to former U.S. Attorney Wev Shea in which Stevens said he and his wife paid "over $130,000" for the VECO-supervised renovations to their home in Girdwood.

Young accused of altering earmark
Alaska Rep. Don Young or his staff may have changed the language in a $10 million earmark after it had already been approved for another project, a retired federal government budget expert said in report released this week.

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

Scientists go hunting for rare right whales
Scientists are hunting this summer for one of the most precariously positioned animals on the planet - Pacific right whales.

Northwest Digest
Taiwan presidentto make Alaska stop, grounded flier claims FAA has vendetta, pilot program aimed at minority teachers, fire closes entrance to Yellowstone park, Grand Teton visitor center dedicated

State employees receive long-awaited wage increases
Gov. Sarah Palin's new administration nearly has completed a series of union contract negotiations, giving what some union officials called the best deals they've had in years.

Lake mower clears paths for floatplanes
Mowing the lawn at the world's busiest seaplane base requires a life jacket, air traffic control clearance and lots of training. Fishing poles are optional.

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

Hospital loses laptop with patient information
For the past two months, Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage has been unable to locate a laptop containing confidential information for up to 250 cancer patients.

Alaska Digest
Pipeline giant to file gas line application, Juneau woman accused of assault, Police suspect foul play in disappearance, Jurors undecided in Lawson murder trial

Alaska seniors test their skills at annual sports competition
Tim Sander bent his knees slightly, swung his right arm behind him and chucked a bean bag to within inches of a coffee can that lay in the grass at Pioneer Park on Friday.

Protesters plan to attend Don Young public event
Five days after protesters taunted guests at private fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Don Young, the Alaska Republican has planned a public barbecue in downtown Anchorage that may draw more unwanted attention.

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