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Sunday, August 19, 2007

You can't judge officer unless you were there
Reading and listening to the news over the last few days, I've been shocked at how much ink and air time has been given to those Monday morning quarterbacks judging the actions of one of Juneau's finest.

Community should support officer
I was disheartened to hear that there are residents of Juneau who have issue with the officer's decision to use deadly force ("Residents question use of deadly force," Aug. 13).

FBI probes a fact of life in politics today
Linda Chandler, of Wasilla, wrote in the Juneau Empire ("Why is the FBI going after Alaska's U.S. representatives?" Aug. 3), and the Anchorage Daily News (on Aug. 8), "Are other states having their legislators targeted like ours? ... Is this the FBI having to justify the new building or their jobs?"

SEACC, you are the 'dark cloud'
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council board member Erik Lie-Nielsen may think that he's not asking other taxpayers to pay for his ferry rides, as he writes in his letter ("Tune would be different if proponents realized they had to pay for road," July 24), but every time he or anyone else rides a state ferry, his passage is being subsidized by the state by more than 50 percent.

Clevenger squarely to blame for shooting
I doubt the Juneau Empire in all its journalistic liberalism will print my opinion regarding the officer-involved shooting of Randall Clevenger, but I have to respond to the Empire's Aug. 13 article and interview with Fred Oleson, who questioned the validity of the shooting.

Photo: Giving the gift of music
Reed Bowman, second from left, his wife Toni, right, and their children Logan Kiefer, 11, left, and Emily Bowan, 6, wave to drivers on the Glacier Highway with offers of free soda, cake and watermelon to help support the Tunes for Troops program Saturday by the Jordan Creek Center.

A life of violent threats
The women in Randall Clevenger's life said they are not surprised he was killed by a police officer, or that his death came after a violent outburst.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state police reports.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

Photo: Point and shoot
Bruce Bowler, right, a volunteer shotgun coach, gives Jared Markovich, 10, left, pointers on shooting clay pigeons Saturday during a waterfowl clinic, sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Teenager buys one-way ticket to a nightmare
Early Wednesday morning Elise Pringle awoke to find her daughter missing. Her nightmare had only just begun.

Mary Mae Pepin
Juneau resident Mary Mae Pepin died Aug. 12, 2007, at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 92.

Empire editorial: Green's balking a poor example of leadership
Senate President Lyda Green showed little political courage last week when she refused to poll her fellow senators about where to hold the fall special session on the petroleum profits tax.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artisit Toe.

My turn: Welcoming all aboard ship
My brother-in-law, Joe Tompkins, has been confined to a wheelchair since he lost the use of his legs in a drunk-driving accident at 18. Since then, he has gone on to accomplish things that only a fraction of the so-called "normal" population could even dream of doing.

Alaska editorial: Health care that works
Medicare woes, doctor shortages and high costs in general plague Alaska's medical care system. But at least one aspect of the system is quietly doing a good job - community health centers that serve low-income people across the state.

Photo: Perfect Perch
Untold crevasse falls later, a Mount McKinley climbing season haunted by the winter of 2006-07 is winding to an end.

Bears and even wolves benefit from the yearly bounty of salmon
Watching black or brown bears at salmon spawning streams is a popular activity in coastal Alaska. Both residents and tourists enjoy visits to such spots as McNeil River falls, Anan Creek, Pack Creek and our own Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Birders Web site offers resources for all
Alaska bird lovers have a powerful new tool called eBird.Alaska bird lovers have a powerful new tool called eBird. The interactive web site eBird benefits backyard birders and biologists, said Rich Capitan, an education specialist with Audubon Alaska.

Tough season on McKinley tests veteran climbers
Untold crevasse falls later, a Mount McKinley climbing season haunted by the winter of 2006-07 is winding to an end.

Birders Web site offers resources for all
Alaska bird lovers have a powerful new tool called eBird.Alaska bird lovers have a powerful new tool called eBird. The interactive web site eBird benefits backyard birders and biologists, said Rich Capitan, an education specialist with Audubon Alaska.

North Pole man reels in 340-pound halibut to take derby lead
To hear charter captain Dennis Petre tell it, the 340-pound halibut that Jim Adams of North Pole caught on his boat last Saturday was "an accident."

Photo: Perfect Perch
Untold crevasse falls later, a Mount McKinley climbing season haunted by the winter of 2006-07 is winding to an end.

Big game winners
A successful hunter in Alaska needs to be lucky, and not just in the field. Some of the state's most popular hunts have way more people interested in them than there are opportunities.

Successful start for the JDHS tennis team
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team got an early jump on the season with a swing through Fairbanks over the weekend.

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.

Skateboarders rock The Pipeline
For about 45 minutes before the contest began, roughly 25 skateboarders warmed up at The Pipeline Skate Park in Mendenhall Valley on Saturday. They practiced tricks along the quarter pipe, rails and other obstacles on the course, hoping to win the Sequence Skateboarding Competition.

Herbert Glacier Trail Run results

Photo: Running for a cause
The runners start the Herbert Glacier Trail Race/Walk on Saturday at the Herbert Glacier Trail. The race is a fundraiser for Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

JDHS football defeats Lathrop
It was almost a year to the day that Juneau-Douglas High School running back Silver Maake saw his freshman campaign succumb to a broken leg.

Treadwell Twosome Traverse results

Five killed in plane crash near Ketchikan
A sightseeing airplane crashed near this island city in Southeast Alaska, killing five people, including a 3-year-old boy, his parents and his grandfather, authorities said.

Arctic sea ice levels at record low
There was less sea ice in the Arctic on Friday than ever before on record, and the melting is continuing, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported.

Earmark interchange removed from road plan
An Interstate 75 interchange study in southwest Florida that would have been paid for by a controversial congressional earmark has been removed from a regional road plan.

Gustavus loses two in Arctic plane crash
Gustavus pilot Steve Wilson, 41, and hunting partner Eric Lochman, 36, died in a small-plane crash while scouting for Dall Sheep above the Arctic Circle on Monday.

Without earmark, Ketchikan bridge project going nowhere
It's been dubbed the "Bridge to Nowhere," thanks a federal earmark that made Alaska the subject of national ridicule and a symbol of federal pork-barrel spending.

This Day in History
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Alaska Digest
Sen. Inouye lends support to Stevens, Kensington minefacilities complete, Man pleads guilty to hunting violations, Church investigates sex allegations

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