As millionaires, Alaskans could buy back their politicians
In Wednesday's letters, Thomas Baxter of Kasilof writes to suggest that the state offer $1 million dollars out of the Alaska Permanent Fund to each of its 650,000 citizens, making every Alaskan a millionaire.

Don't assume Coeur can't go ahead with its tailings plan
After reading the Empire's article on Aug. 21, "SEACC Urges Cooperation on Mine," I thought we should remind readers that just because the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council continues to say, "Coeur Alaska lacks lawful means of handling the tailings" doesn't make it true.

Coal is not evil, and Southcentral Alaska needs to develop it
In reply to "Coal will take us backwards". Bob Shavelson's commentary was typical of greenie innuendo. All fluff, little substance.

Vote no on adding fluoride to Juneau's public water system.
What percentage of our public water passes over our teeth? Most of our water is used in flushing toilets, bathing, and washing dishes or laundry, where fluoride makes no difference.

Is fluoride linked to aging or longevity?
I have a comment on fluoridation and health. I assume that since you published a lady from England, you might accept a note from the Lower 48.

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

Around Town

Coeur Alaska, SEACC reach out cautiously
The Kensington Mine's owners are willing to work with environmentalists on a new plan to dispose of mine tailings - if they can get environmentalist support for the new strategy.

District calls sessions to plan new curriculum
Starting this week, Juneau-Douglas High School students will be released one hour early each Monday so staff can begin planning for the new theme-based academies that begin with the 2008-09 school year.

Photo: Tough itch to scratch
An baby porcupine scratches its arm Sunday on a beach near the Shrine of Saint Therese.

Teenager discovers healing in music
Juneau-born teenager Morgan Fawcett couldn't concentrate in school, grew tired quickly and suffered from such severe short-term memory loss he often needed to be watched.

City bans ATVs at Echo Cove
Hundreds of all-terrain vehicle riders expecting to celebrate the Labor Day weekend on the backs of their machines ripping around Echo Cove got some bad news Wednesday.

Photo: Tied up at the moment
Saturday's climbing festival at the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

Court request gives mine owners hope
A federal court has indicated it may be willing to resurrect a controversial waste disposal plan for the Kensington Mine.

Empire Editorial: Juneau should look into curbside recycling program
Juneau has a looming problem. Right now the city's mountain of garbage towers six stories tall, is visible to drivers along Egan Drive and has become a magnet for ravenous seagulls.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Analyzing the economics of death
Dad died in January, 30 years ago, just a few days after he turned 67. I'll be 67 in January, but I'm not worried. A new Alaska Life Table from state demographers tells me that I can expect to live until July 14, 2023, on which date I will be 82.5 years of age -- and dead.

Fish culturist enjoys a canoe trail without a canoe
As a fish culturist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Chuck Pratt spends his days with trout.

Finding wildlife on Douglas beaches
Sandy and gravely beaches support less diversity of animals than rocky beaches. But they are not necessarily "boring," contrary to the opinion of one of my friends. And small children find numerous treasures, including special stones, eagle feathers, stranded sea-stars, and cockleshells.

Out & About

Winged wonder abounds on Southeast's remoteSt. Lazaria Island
Facing the open ocean on the far edge of Sitka Sound, St. Lazaria Island is a seabird magnet that is rarely visited by humans or other mammals due to its foreboding topography.

Big-play Bears down the Moose
Sometimes numbers and statistics can be deceiving. The Juneau-Douglas High School football team led Palmer 14-7 at halftime despite amassing just one first down and 20 yards of total offense Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

JDHS boys, girls best field at Wrangell
With what promises to be a massive field at the Palmer Invitational awaiting them, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams worked on some different strategies Saturday in Wrangell.

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Men's Prostate Cancer 5K Run Results

JDHS spikes Sitka
With almost a complete new varsity, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team showed it still knows how to win over the weekend.

Champion cabbage tips scales at state fair
As his cabbage teetered on the scale Friday night, Scott Robb added back a small piece of leaf that had fallen off his monster. Even in the world of giant vegetables, where double figures are the norm and triple figures are an achievable dream, every little bit helps.

Moose hunting season opens in the Interior
There's only been one year of the 23 years Darvil West has been hunting moose on the Tanana Flats that he hasn't come home with a moose.

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

Alaska Digest
Pallenberg replaces Weeks on bench, Beef in Alaska may be tainted with E. coli, Panel: More funding needed for education, Teen gets 75 years in drug deal death, Site aims to preserve Dena'ina language

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