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Monday, August 20, 2007

FBI has a reason to investigate Stevens, Rep. Don Young
This is a response to Lew Williams Jr.'s tirade in the Empire on Aug. 13 ("Be wary of Alaska reps' 'show' trials").

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).

U.S. reps stand for America, not just constituents
I was living in Alaska when Sen. Ted Stevens was a neophyte in Washington, D.C. I now live in New Mexico, a state with a population not much larger than Alaska's.

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.

Why aren't Alaska's U.S. representatives presumed innocent?
Why are Alaska's U.S. senators and congressional representative not being given the basic rights of citizens of the United States? Are they guilty before any investigation is complete?

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?"

New kayak ramp is ruining the serenity of Eagle Beach
When I was little, I spent countless hours fishing with my family out just past Eagle Beach. I have camped there countless nights every year I have lived in Juneau.

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.

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.

State's clerical staff needs a raise, not just commissioners
As a long-term state of Alaska employee, I've heard that the average person feels that we who work for the state are rich, well-off and have no worries.

Photo: Lift off
An eagle takes off from a log Sunday in Gastineau Channel, where the cruise ship Vision of the Seas is docked in the background.

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

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.

Corrections
A 15-year-old girl who bought an Alaska Airlines ticket without her parents' permission did not use a false name, a story on A1 Sunday incorrectly described the results of a search for two Gustavus hunters in the Brooks Range.

Around Town
Today

Lawmakers say ethics ruling won't affect them
Although the House Ethics Committee ruled it was "improper" for one House committee chairman to have introduced a bill on a topic in which he had a personal financial stake, other committee chairmen in similar circumstances say the ruling shouldn't affect them.

Photo: Class of '67 reunites
Virginia Lockhart, left, and her daughter, Darcy Richards, center, talk with Walter Soboleff Jr. during the Juneau-Douglas High School Class of '67 reunion Sunday at Sandy Beach.

Marine Research Institute to open doors Tuesday
With its state-of-the-art laboratories and rooms for researching small mammals and fish of all sizes, the $51 million Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute is poised to help meet the region's growing research needs.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Outside editorial: Padilla verdict shows the lie behind 'Gitmo'
The conviction of Jose Padilla by a jury of his peers demonstrates that accused terrorists can be tried in civilian courts offering a panoply of protections for the defendant.

Even a creep has a right to free speech
Meet Jack McClellan. You might want to shower afterward. Nobody in the greater Los Angeles area will have to ask what I mean.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artisit Toe.

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.

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.

Outside editorial: Hugo Chavez's despotic designs
The Venezuelan businessman told inspectors there was nothing but books and papers in his suitcase. So imagine everyone's surprise when Argentine customs officers opened the suitcase - and found $800,000 in cash.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Treadwell Twosome Traverse results

Quarterly report shows 'A' grade for JDHS
Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears

McFarlin wins the Dirty Tour
Dale McFarlin won all three stages of the Dirty Tour mountain bicycle race to capture the Juneau Freewheelers event on Sunday.

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.

Herbert Glacier Trail Run results

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.

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.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the World

Home Turf
Cathy Parker finally saw the fruit of her labor.

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
In Alaska and the World

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.

Northwest Digest
Armed man attempts to rob service station, man charged with attempted murder, Canadians end large Arctic exercise, Idaho governororders evacuation

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

Su Valley School prepares to welcome back students
Less than three months after fire destroyed their school, students at Su Valley Junior-Senior High School were preparing to return Monday for classes in temporary facilities.

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.

Weyhrauch seeks to have trial separated from Kott
Former Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch of Juneau wants his upcoming trial on corruption charges severed from former fellow Republican lawmaker Rep. Pete Kott.

Attempts to recover hunters unsuccessful
An attempt to recover the bodies of two Gustavus hunters whose plane crashed last week in the Brooks Range was unsuccessful, police in the North Slope Borough said Saturday.

Man proposes after girlfriend saves him following mauling
A man mauled by a grizzly bear last month married his longtime girlfriend, a health aide who help keep him alive when he was rushed to her clinic in Shaktoolik.

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