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Friday, August 31, 2007

VECO scandal is not tied to campaign contributions
Tim June's assertion (in his My Turn "'Clean elections' will work" on Aug. 12) that government-financed elections in Arizona resulted in a "significant" drop in incumbent re-election rates does not hold up to the facts.

Check your license plates - yours may be expired
I am writing this letter to anyone whose car registration may be expired without their realizing it.

Letter correction soothes writer's 'nerd conscience'
On Aug. 23, the Juneau Empire published my response to Mark Regan's Aug. 21 letter regarding the Wharf's apostrophe. Although I believe my analysis and conclusion are correct, I did misspeak and muddle up a couple terms that may lead to confusion.

Some should resign over Gravina road
The people behind this Gravina road system need to get their priorities in order or step down from their positions.

Labor pool shortage not really a surprise
I got a good laugh out of the article about the Juneau labor pool drying up ("Is Juneau's labor pool drying up?" Sunday's Empire).

Coeur Alaska should work with SEACC
Although I still have concerns about the impact of the Kensington Mine on the environment in Southeast Alaska, I laud the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council for its suggestion that Coeur Alaska return to its original plans for disposal of the tailings.

Around Town

Eaglecrest board to raise rates
Eaglecrest Ski Area has announced price increases for the coming ski and snowboard season.

Diver missing since Aug. 24 found dead
A 43-year-old diver found dead in the water off Lena Point on Wednesday had been missing since Aug. 24, Juneau police said.

Photo: Slim pickings
Capt. Ed Haney of the Lucky Dog cleans a small halibut Thursday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor at Auke Bay. "There's fish out there, but it's taking a lot more work to find them," Haney said about the slow coho catch rate.

Photos: A new semester at UAS
Students began a new semester at the University of Alaska Southeast Thursday.

Photo: Construction rolling along
Tony Don, left, and Paul Demiero, center, heavy equipment operators for Bicknell, work on fresh asphalt as Jeanni Fabiano, a quality control inspector for R & M Engineering, tests the depth of the asphalt on the west student parking lot of Thunder Mountain High School.

City advised to recycle more
Consultants told Juneau residents Wednesday night the city's best option is to keep its landfill and increase its recycling.

Around Town
Today

Photo: The lone troller
A lone fisherman trolls on Thursday along the Breadline next to the Shrine of St. Therese.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Business Digest
First Choice Health hires new manager, Silverbow hires new operations manager, Naylor joins Mount Edgecumbe staff, Hort returns to SEARHC dental staff, Resource Data Inc. hires programmer

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Photo: Finding Falun Dafa
A man meditates Monday, Aug. 27, on the dock in downtown Juneau. The sign on the left describes Falun Dafa, a system of "mind and body cultivation" introduced in 1992 by Li Hongzhi in China.

Neighbors Digest
WISEGUYS sponsors Sitka prostate cancer awareness run/walk, SEARHC hosts FASD wellness walk, otherawareness activities, Alaska VocationalInstitute offers free orientation Wednesday, MASST program seeks individuals 55 years or older

SEARHC breaks ground at new Kake Health Center
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium broke ground on a new Kake Health Center during a ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Kake.

Taylor, Cave wed
Stephanie Lynn Cave and Greg Taylor, of Juneau, were married Aug. 11, 2007, in the backyard of Jerry and Janice Taylor. A barbecue reception immediately followed.

MacLean to minister with Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
On Aug. 15, the Rev. Kenneth Torquil MacLean began a six-month consulting ministry with the Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which is celebrating 50 years in Juneau this year.

Photo: Edelman estate goes to hospital foundation
The Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation recently received $316,000 from the estate of Grace J. Edelman to establish the Grace and Phil Edelman Scholarship Trust Fund.

FYI

Nutritional pioneer Price championed indigenous diets
It is widely accepted that poor diet is a contributor to many adverse health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer and tooth decay. Yet there still seems to be considerable disagreement about what the ideal diet is to prevent these afflictions.

Recognitions
Edward K. Thomas gave the keynote address to the 30th Annual Council for Tribal Employment Rights conference on July 24 at the Seneca Hotel in Niagara Falls, Logan R. Spencer, of Juneau, was among 446 students accepted to start in the fall at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Pets of the Week
The Gastineau Humane Society has some adorably uncoordinated, uncannily cute cuddly critters up for adoption right now.

Goutermonts celebrate 30 years
Donna and Galen Goutermont, of Juneau, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Aug. 27.

Student artist in the spotlight: James Johnie
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you from the Shotridge family, Thanks to the lady who gave us a ride

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Alaska editorial: Purging all politicians with oil ties is wrong
The news that "First Dude" Todd Palin would return to his job with BP Alaska on the North Slope was notable, and - for the most part - Alaskans responded to the news as they should, the governor and her husband took the steps they should have taken, and newspapers did what they should do.

My turn: Buy American; it matters
Recent recalls of Chinese products are a reminder of one of the dark truths about a global economy: Americans buy from abroad because of a perception that foreign goods are cheaper. Unfortunately, all Americans ultimately suffer because of this belief.

My turn: Dry tailings option could be an 'awesome' solution for everyone
Hellooo! That's what my daughter would say to me when she was a teenager and I was being totally oblivious to the obvious.

My Turn: Free up more land for Juneau
The feature story, "Leaving Juneau," in the Empire on Aug. 12 covers the Juneau Economic Development Council's report of population declines. Why have these populations declined, and how can the prosperity of Southeast Alaska be restored?

My Turn: Holistic problem-solving
Juneau has several related problems that don't seem to be addressed holistically by anyone.

Alaska editorial: End 'drive-by' mastectomies
For those of a certain age, our nation's collective memory of women who have beaten breast cancer goes instinctively to the vision of Betty Ford making a point to wave to well-wishers when she was released from the hospital.

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.

Crimson Bears cross country, volleyball teams go on the road
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams go on the road for the first time this year as they head to Wrangell.

JDHS run stuffers face stiff test
While it may not exactly be the immovable force and irresistible object, Friday's football contest between Juneau-Douglas High School and Palmer presents each team's major strengths going head to head.

Bear shootings may be work of vigilante
Speculation is increasing that someone has decided to solve bear problems near a small development south of Anchorage by shooting bears and leaving them to rot near Bird Creek.

Horse gives old coat its blue-ribbon story, look
Joyce Larson was so busy scrubbing down cows and adding a new layer of filth to her 30-year-old jacket Tuesday afternoon that she almost missed cleaning up at the Alaska State Fair's Crusty Carhartt and Tales contest.

Ex-con wanted in connection with missing Anchorage nurse
Federal authorities are looking for a man acquitted four years ago of the rape and murder of a woman in connection with the disappearance of another woman.

Ex-Rep. Kohring claims FBI coerced him
Former Alaska Rep. Vic Kohring is accusing FBI agents of coercing him into allowing a search of his Wasilla office a year ago.

Military official sees changes for Interior
The Fairbanks area can expect more changes as the Interior adjusts to its new role as a military training center, according to the commander of the Alaska Command.

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

Dems: New oil tax should be gross tax
Alaska House Democrats called Thursday upon Gov. Sarah Palin to revamp how the state taxes its oil resources and described a tax structure that sounded like a gross production tax.

State test shows gap between poor students, others
While 68 to 80 percent of Juneau students passed the most recent state achievement test, one area continues to stand out: Poor students are more likely to fail the test.

Global warming trip pairs evangelicals, scientists
Standing at a federal visitors center that once offered views of a spectacular glacier, global warming's odd bedfellows got a firsthand look Wednesday at the effects of climate change on America's northernmost state.

Kohring wants trial moved to Washington
Former Rep. Vic Kohring, R-Wasilla, wants his trial moved from Alaska to Washington state, saying corruption has "become a mainstay of local discourse" and he likely can't get a fair trial anywhere in Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Palin agrees with decision to sell dairy, drunken driver seeks sentence reduction, pedophile suspect arrested at airport

U.S. education secretary tours Alaska schools
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings toured schools in two remote Alaska towns on Wednesday as part of a Bush Administration campaign to tout the successes of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which is up for reauthorization this year.

Alaska Digest
State ferry Kennicott stops cross-gulf sailing, Man gets 85 years for Petersburg murder, Six courtrooms set to open in 2008

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

Drunk dad has 11-year-old drive him home
A father who was too drunk to drive had his 11-year-old son get behind the wheel of his pickup and drive them home, authorities said.

Sweden, Norway Part II: Vikings and the Sami
After spending four nights in Uppsala, we traveled by train to Goteborg (English: Gothenburg) on the west coast of Sweden. We disembarked from the train, walked across the street to Tourist Information, in a large upscale shopping mall.

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