Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Sessions should take place in Juneau
It should not even be a question of where to hold any special sessions.

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

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.

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.

Hold candidates responsible
I support Wayne Olson's proposal in the Aug. 8 Juneau Empire, "Making government representative." A law requiring that campaign donations to an Alaska public office candidate must only come from potential constituents is spot on.

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.

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).

Disappointed with Senate president
It was disappointing to read this morning that Senate President Lyda Green and others have ceded their legislative prerogatives to the governor.

Around Town

Tribal Journey
After paddling roughly 325 miles over 20 days during an intertribal canoe festival in Washington state last month, artist Duane Bosch aims to complete the final leg of a journey he began more than a year ago.

D.A. says use of deadly force was justified
A Juneau police officer was justified when he killed an assault suspect wielding a sword last weekend, according to District Attorney Doug Gardner.

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.

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.

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.

Photo: Paddling in calm waters
Kelsea Clapper enjoys a quiet outing in her kayak Tuesday in Auke Bay. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and pleasant temperatures today as well.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire and state troopers reported

Office Depot hits a bump in the road
After some procedural wrangling Tuesday night, the Juneau Planning Commission unanimously voted to reconvene later to examine a conditional-use permit application for the proposed 21,155-square foot Office Depot store in Lemon Creek.

Around Town

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

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

Corrections
A story in Tuesday's Empire incorrectly identified U.S. House candidate Diane Benson's chief opponent in the 2006 primary election for that seat and a photo Aug. 8 accompanying a story in problem bridges showed the wrong bridge.

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.

Photo: Jail break
A Dungeness crab makes a break for freedom Tuesday from the hold of the Americanus, which was docked at the Don Statter Harbor.

School Board reviews progress test results
Juneau Assistant Superintendent Charla Wright presented Annual Yearly Progress test results to the Juneau School Board on Tuesday in the first of two planned sessions.

Photo: A Not-so-subtle stowaway
A sea lion boards the bow of a 20-foot Olympic boat that was anchored and fishing for halibut on Sunday, Aug. 12, in Young's Bay. The sea lion did not stay long; apparently, it couldn't find a comfy spot. It jumped up on the bow several times before leaving.

Pets of the week
Elvin didn't tell us much about his past when he came in as a stray and Raymond is one of a kind.

Autism's source: chemicals
I may be to blame for my daughter's autism. Last year, the Israeli army released a study in which men over 40 were found to be almost six times as likely to father autistic children as men in their 20s.

Do Alaska's wonders ever cease?
I am not myself east of the Mississippi. This is odd, since I spent 19 of my first 22 years in the Midwest surrounded by flat farmlands and suburban strip malls.

Buildings shed light on frontier history
Albert Shaw asked me to write a story about old buildings on South Franklin Street in the 1930s, '40s and '50s.

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

Patricia Becker
Former Juneau resident Patricia P. Becker died July 25, 2007. She was 81.

Lynn Sundborg
Former Juneau resident Lynn Marie Sundborg died Aug. 5, 2007, in Seattle. She was 36.

Francis Smith
Lifelong Juneau resident Francis A. Smith died Aug. 12, 2007, at his home in Juneau. He was 79.

Outside editorials: Sounding off on Rove
Wizardry was limited to winning elections, the architect of Bush strategy leaves, master of elections but failure on policy

My Turn: Too much fluoride out there already
When I joined the mayoral commission to study the issue of municipal water fluoridation in 2004, I was fairly certain adding fluoride to city water was not the best approach to dental health.

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.

My Turn: Assembly is doing what it should
Once again, I am forced to take the time to rebut Gordon Jackson (Aug. 7 My Turn, "Assembly not following its plan") on behalf of our development, the Valley Professional Center.

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.

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

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Sampson rewards education excellence, Engine problems take ferry out of service, school district hires 20 new teachers, District implements new bully policy

Governor likely to poll senators on special session
Rebuffed by Senate President Lyda Green, Gov. Sarah Palin is likely to go ahead and poll senators on her own to decide where a fall special legislative session on oil taxes should be held, her spokesperson said.

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.

Ethics cloud stymies lawmakers
When he was a keeper of the federal purse strings, Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska told another Republican senator who opposed the infamous "bridge to nowhere," "I don't threaten people. I promise people."

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.

Survey shows number of Alaskans going hunting, fishing is declining
A survey by a federal agency found that the number of people going fishing and hunting in Alaska is in a steep decline.

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