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.

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.

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.

Smoking outside helps social life
I admit it, I like to frequent the Juneau bars and blow off some steam, every so often. A beer now and then, some friends to visit.

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.

Gov. Sarah Palin should uphold law
Regarding Coeur Alaska's proposed use of Lower Slate Lake as a tailings disposal site, Governor Palin should uphold the law and the Alaska Constitution.

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.

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

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

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

Probe into Clevenger shooting continues
The Juneau Police Department investigation into the shooting death of Randall Clevenger is not complete.

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.

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.

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.

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Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire, and state troopers reported

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.

Weyhrauch plans defense strategy
Former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, supported an oil tax bill because he believes in responsible development of the state resource - not because of any bribes, according to defense attorney Douglas Pope.

Photo: Just in time for Labor Day
After an early morning fog, Juneau skies cleared Sunday in time for walkers to enjoy a stroll on the Mendenhall River wetlands. Today's weather forecast calls for partly cloudy conditions and a high of 64.

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Photos: Building life-saving skills
Students participate in a swift water rescue certification course in the Mendenhall River Sunday. The course is a part of the Outdoor Studies Program at the University of Alaska Southeast.

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.

Labor Day marks bad news for laborers
Americans used to take pride in our shared prosperity and strong middle class. For the first 30 years after World War II, the United States benefited from a balanced economy that brought about a tremendous increase in national wealth and living standards.

Alaska editorial: State should not fund campaign on predator control
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game didn't ask for the money. That should tell us something.

My turn: ATV noise is the worst
I find the argument that the noise, fumes and destruction caused by an all-terrain vehicle can somehow be likened to a jet flying out of our airport or a truck driving on our streets somewhat thoughtless.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Fine-tuning the machine
Football games aren't generally won by just one particular play. It's about the culmination of actions, reactions, discoveries and adjustments.

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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.

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.

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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Anchorage police arrest man in case of missing nurse
A man sought for questioning in the disappearance of an Anchorage psychiatric nurse was taken into custody Sunday morning.

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.

Railroad service opens doors to Chugach trails
Whistle stop railroad service is now up and running in Chugach National Forest, part of a multi-million dollar effort to make Alaska's great outdoors more accessible to everyone.

Number of hunters steadily declines
Hunters remain a powerful force in American society, as evidenced by the presidential candidates who routinely pay them homage, but their ranks are shrinking dramatically and wildlife agencies worry increasingly about the loss of sorely needed license-fee revenue.

Authorities investigate missing bear claws in collision death
A grizzly bear killed by a vehicle on the Sterling Highway had its claws illegally harvested, federal wildlife authorities said.

Alaska Digest
Neighbors protest waste disposal plant, Subway restaurants robbed in Fairbanks, man dies of injuries in wreck with moose, Alaskans compete in facial hair contest

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