Saturday, September 1, 2007

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Around Town

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

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

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: 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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