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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hatch was justified in his actions
My hat's off to a job well done regarding the shooting of Randall Clevenger by Sgt. Hatch. In light of the situation, Hatch remained professional and did his job.

Hatch deserves full community support
From September 2000 to November 2006, I was a proud member of the Juneau Police Department, serving as a captain and briefly as the assistant chief of police until my retirement.

Wharf has apostrophe in the right place
The apostrophe in Peoples' Wharf is in the right place (Joe Karson's Aug. 10 letter, "Put the apostrophe in the right place").

Bear watchers need to be considerate
The Juneau Empire's Aug. 16 story, "Bear activity shuts down glacier trail," while informative and entertaining, missed a more important issue than Steep Creek Trail being closed.

Should we vote for a 'loser' candidate?
People keep telling me about favorite candidates they won't vote for if they think those candidates can't win. They're afraid to waste their vote. I'm guilty of the same, but I don't buy it anymore.

Decision to release recording in bad taste
I know that the Aug. 10 shooting death of Randall Clevenger has been traumatic to your community. As a cousin of Randy, I can say it has been traumatic to our family as well.

A victim of an attack responds to shooting
I am a victim of attempted murder by my former husband. I was stabbed several times in the neck. Some say he "snapped" when I wanted out of our marriage. His abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs did not help his emotions.

Hatch deserves our support and prayers
My heart ached when I read of the unfortunate event that required the use of deadly force by a member of the Juneau Police Department.

Juneau, be kinder to those who hurt
Would you want your epitaph splashed on the front page of the local Sunday paper, sensationally writing off your life as one of "violent threats" (or overeating, laziness, sarcasm, fill in the blank)?

Photo: Images from another time: Nimbus, 1982
The controversial Robert Murray sculpture "Nimbus" was defaced by graffiti in 1982. "Nimbus" was commissioned for the Dimond Courthouse. The bright green sculpture was called "Juneau Green" by Murray.

Photo: Joy of sailing
The sailboat Joy Spring heads south Sunday in Gastineau Channel.

Photo: Everybody now
Juneau Student Symphony conductor Rick Trostel, center, directs the audience in a sing-a-long Monday during the symphony's Pops Concert on the eighth-floor atrium of the State Office Building.

Corrections
Due to incorrect information from the Juneau Police Department, an item in the police blotter on Page A2 Sunday incorrectly indicated an arrest, a photo caption on Page A2 in the Sunday paper misidentified one person and included incorrect spellings

Around Town

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

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

Officials dedicate $51 million lab
Local dignitaries, scientists, educators and policymakers gathered Tuesday morning to dedicate the $51 million Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute.

Assembly OKs bond propositions for fall election
The Juneau Assembly approved three bond propositions for the Oct. 2 municipal election at its regular meeting Monday night.

Protesters gather at dedication
Protesters shouted and carried signs at the gates of the Ted Stevens Marine Research Center during a dedication ceremony held hours before the public was allowed inside the center for tours.

SEACC urges cooperation on mine
Contesting the 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals ruling on mine tailings disposal will only further delay gold production at Kensington Mine in Berners Bay, environmentalists told the Juneau Assembly on Monday night.

Around Town

Photo: Going back to school
More than 400 incoming freshmen and a few upperclassmen who served as tour guides gather during freshmen orientation at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym. Wednesday is the first day of classes for the 2007-08 school year.

Smathers remains free after second felony conviction
Eight months after signing a confession that she stole nearly $4,500 in cash and merchandise from her employer, Stephanie Smathers pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree theft in Juneau Superior Court.

Juneau's role in '08 missile test small
Juneau's role in next year's missile intercept test by the Missile Defense Agency will be small, Alaska Region Director Col. Thom Besch said to a crowd of about 40 residents of the Lena Point area Tuesday evening.

Knudsons celebrate 53 years
Ralph and Harriet Knudson celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on Aug. 21, 2007, with a special barbeque on Aug. 19, held with their children, grandchildren and great children present.

From Juneau to the Jamboree
Scouts from all over the world gathered at the 2007 World Scout Jamboree, held July 27 to Aug. 8, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, United Kingdom, for the Jamboree held once every four years, but also to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting on Aug. 1.

Pets of the week
Angel Kitty has heavenly eyes and a demeanor to match and Bendi the bouncy baby guinea pig.

Which nation owns the North Pole?
That is the question being posed seriously for the first time in the history of the world. The first man to claim that he reached the Pole was Robert Peary. Traveling by dog sled, Mathew Henson and he, both Americans, arrived on April 6, 1909.

Villanueva, Riutta marry
Jean Grace Villanueva and Aaron Lee Riutta, both of Juneau, were married on Aug. 14, 2007, in an intimate ceremony with family and friends at Paradise Park in Tiburon, Calif.

Neighbors Digest
Mobile mammogram van visits Hoonah, Anna Scharen fundraiser, Benefit dinner for Helping Hands

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Erik Alan Lochman
Lifelong Alaskan and Kodiak Island resident Erik Alan Lochman was killed in a plane crash on Aug. 13, 2007, near Cane Creek in the Brooks Range. He was 36.

Steve Ray Wilson
Longtime Gustavus resident Steve Ray Wilson died Aug. 13, 2007, in a plane crash 40 miles north of Arctic Village in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while hunting Dahl sheep. He was 41.

Outside editorial: Human rights panel isn't being allowed to do its job
A favorite tactic in despotic regimes is to create toothless, ineffectual human rights commissions that are really fig leafs designed to cover for the regimes' abuses. I

Outside editorial: Double standard with India's nuclear program hurts U.S. credibility
More than a year after the Bush administration reached an agreement to undo U.S. restrictions on India's nuclear program, negotiators have worked out the details.

My Turn: At what price affordability?
For the past several years, many in Juneau have pleaded for affordable housing. It's finally coming, but not because of public meetings or money.

My Turn: Patients should be able to file electronic claims
I haven't seen Michael Moore's "Sicko" yet, but I do have a health care horror story to share. It should send a little shiver through all those insured through the state of Alaska retirement system.

Outside editorial: Russia regresses
In the former Soviet Union, psychiatrists invented definitions of mental illness so warped that they came to include people guilty of nothing more than pursuing truth and justice.

JDHS football stays at No. 3
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team stayed put in the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network large-school prep poll.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Northwest Digest
Crash kills 1 dog, sends 4 people to hospital, Taiwan leader stops in AK en route to meeting, Tribal commercial season opens

Republican legislator calls for politicians' resignations
One of the most conservative members of the Alaska Legislature called for some of the state's most prominent Republican politicians to step aside.

State drunken driving deaths are decreasing
Drunken driving fatalities increased in 22 states in 2006 and fell in 28 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, federal transportation officials said Monday.

Valdez businessman offers $2.1 million to buy state jet
The infamous, state-owned jet that Alaska can't seem to sell could be off the market as soon as this week if an offer put forth by a Valdez businessman pans out.

Alaska Digest
Low-level eruptions continue at volcano, Russian River bears, anglers getting along, Anchorage considers new rules for pets

Don Young helps fund ferry office purchase
U.S. Rep. Don Young helped obtain $1.5 million this summer so the Alaska Marine Highway System could buy its office building in Ketchikan, supporting the controversial move of the ferry system headquarters out of Juneau.

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

Feds hope new report will lead to Arctic drilling
Under orders from a federal judge, the Interior Department on Monday released a revised report of how oil and gas exploration would affect one of the most important habitats for calving caribou and migratory birds in northern Alaska.

Anchorage partners with China to further open trade
Leaders of the world's third-largest air cargo airport signed several agreements with Beijing officials Tuesday, vowing to increase the nearly half billion dollars in exports Anchorage delivers to China each year.

Crashed plane to be moved for investigation
The National Transportation Safety Board will move the airplane that crashed last week in Ketchikan, killing five, to somewhere more accessible for further investigation.

Oil profits tax bringing in $800 million less than expected
The state will be getting $800 million less than expected from the new net-profits tax on the oil industry, according to a Palin administration report.

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