Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Public should not rush to judge police officer
I think that before Juneau residents question the use of deadly force against Randall "Randy" Clevenger they should look at the people and circumstances involved. I personally know both the shooting officer and Randy.

Look for an alternative site for proposed park
We would like to address the conflict regarding the hotly contested proposed all-terrain vehicle park in North Douglas. Our property sits immediately in front of the proposed park so we have some viably serious concerns.

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.

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.

Fear is policy in post-9/11 America
This is regarding Rich Moniak's column in the Juneau Empire on Juneau dock barriers ("Restricted access on People's Wharf," July 11).

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.

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?")

Driven to poetry by fluoridation debate
Fluoride! Fluoride! I must confide ...

Public water should be fluoridated
I have no expertise in the medical or public health arena, but my late mother did. She held three master's degrees: chemistry, nursing and public health.

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.

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

Photo: Smooth sailing
A sail boat glides Monday in front of the cruise ship Radiance of the Seas in Juneau Harbor.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire and state troopers reported

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.

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.

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

Photo: Fleeting days of summer
Tino Kensinger-Duran, 9, releases a radio-controlled dragonfly Monday while playing at Sandy Beach. The forecast calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s today and Wednesday, making conditions pleasant for flying dragonflies and other outdoor activities.

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.

Filing period closes for municipal election
Incumbent Jeff Bush filed Monday for re-election to the District 1 Juneau Assembly seat in the October municipal election.

Diane Benson gears up for another try at Young's seat
Candidate Diane Benson spent little more than $200,000 to pull 40 percent of the statewide vote to U.S. Rep. Don Young's 57 percent last November.

Around Town

Man threatened wife with sword in '95
When witnesses told a Juneau 911 dispatcher Friday that a man was holding a knife to a woman's throat, there was little chance they knew Randall Clevenger had threatened similar action before.

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Francis A. Smith
Lifetime Juneau resident Francis A. Smith died Aug. 12, 2007, in Juneau. He was 79.

My Turn: Is lake disposal better for environment?
This letter is written to address a single issue regarding the Kensington Mine. That question is whether it is environmentally preferable to construct a dam to enlarge Lower Slate Lake and then deposit mine tailings behind that dam, or to use a dry-stack facility.

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.

Outside editorial: A miracle on the African plains

Alaska editorial: Stevens' chairmanship critical for all Alaskans

Alaska editorial: Special session sends the wrong message
Gov. Sarah Palin has, unfortunately, chosen to call the Legislature into special session later this year to make some changes to the new - new - petroleum profits tax.

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.

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.

Large-school football standings

Juneau football vaults to 3rd
The second Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network prep football poll of the season saw plenty of movement on Monday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Green: Palin should poll Senate about session
Alaska state Senate President Lyda Green is not budging when it comes to polling her members about where to hold a special session this fall to review the state's petroleum production tax.

State: Damage from toxic spills short-lived in oil fields
The network of pipelines spanning Prudhoe Bay, the nation's most productive oil field, was widely criticized last year following a pair of high-profile crude oil spills.

Alaska Digest
Jury finds Lawson guilty of murder, Homer makes listof best towns in U.S., stream cleanupeffort to be expanded

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

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.

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.

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

Protesters clash with supporters at Young picnic
Protesters and supporters of U.S. Rep. Don Young mostly stayed away from each other Monday for the first two and a half hours of a four-hour barbecue put on by the campaign for the Alaska Republican.

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