Thursday, September 6, 2007

Abandon tough guy politics
Can we hope that Americans finally are ready to exchange "tough guy" power politics for thoughtful, intelligent negotiation and cooperation with the rest of the world?

Flouride can cause medical problems
I got a flyer in my mailbox today quoting a local doctor and dentist cheerfully telling me that "community water fluoridation benefits everyone."

Vote Sargeant for Juneau School Board
Destiny Sargeant has my vote for Juneau School Board!

Prior experience with SEACC raises questions
The Aug. 31 article regarding Coeur Alaska and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is reminiscent of pre-ANILCA (Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act) negotiations between SEACC and an ad hoc interested parties committee.

ATV riding will continue despite opposition
Juneau is getting out of control. All-terrain vehicle users are getting a horrible reputation just because a few people are abusing the activity. There are hundreds of ATVs in Juneau, and they aren't going to just go away.

Bridge repair should be highest priority
The recent bridge collapse in Minnesota has Alaskans wondering what will be done to make their own bridges safe. Will Gov. Sarah Palin show her practical side and redirect money where it's really needed, into updating and repairing our roads and bridges?

Apostrophe debate is worthwhile
Alaska experienced open discrimination in years past. Even now, some members of Alaska's different racial, ethnic or national-origin groups prefer to remain separate from the general society.

Dry tailings option should be explained
(In response to George Figdor's Aug. 30 My Turn calling for dry tailings at Kensington Mine.)

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

Palin offers new plan for state oil tax
Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday the state's profits-based oil tax was not working, but she did not call for the gross revenues tax she and some critics had wanted.

Council establishes Tribal Court
Twenty-seven thousand Tlingit and Haida members have a bit more sovereignty as of Tuesday with the creation of a Tribal Court, according to local Native leaders.

Session to be held in Juneau
Allaying fears in the capital that a special session might be held elsewhere, Gov. Sarah Palin on Tuesday called for it to start in Juneau on Alaska Day.

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

'Bong Hits' case goes back to court
Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year on Joseph Frederick's free-speech case, the legal debate is not over.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Seal pup released after successful rehabilitation
Garnet the Seal peeked out of his traveling-crate, sniffed for 90 seconds and took three tentative steps back into the wild.

Around Town

School testing shows some progress in student ability
The dropout rate has slowed in general in the Juneau School District, the achievement gap closed slightly, and reading and math scores have improved somewhat. But the graduation rate also dropped slightly, and district-wide writing scores have dropped significantly.

Photo: Assembly candidates attend forum
Dixie Hood a candidate for the Juneau Assembly, answers a question Tuesday during a forum sponsored by the Rotary Club of Juneau at the Baranof Hotel. Candidate Marshal Kendziorek, center, and Assembly member Randy Wanamaker listen.

Business Digest
Elgee Rehfeld Mertz declares new partner, Institute offers free orientation Wednesday, Social worker group to hold conference

Neighbors mailbox

Here's to all the ships at sea
Often, people like to make lists of the most famous men or events, of presidents or baseball players, of movies or books.

Knowing when it's time to hang up the car keys
For many older Alaskans, driving is the key to independence and connection with goods, services and activities available in the community. As a group, older persons are relatively safe drivers.

Needing both change and constancy
The high school reunion was a mix of the familiar and the new. Though we were now in our 50s, the "girls" appeared the same, especially when we laughed or talked.

Photo: Man at work
A Statendam crew member paints a door on the bow of the Holland America cruise ship on Aug. 23 at the cruise ship dock downtown.

Photo: Summer to remember
From left, summer visitors Maggie Klecker, 12, Jay Shenai and Katie Klecker, 15, stand Sunday at a ridge overlooking the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier was one of the most memorable experiences they had in Alaska.

Photos: Mona's memorial
Friends and family celebrated at Mona Jackson's memorial pole ceremony and party on Aug. 18 in Kake.

Hostess with the mostest
Charlotte Brown, 13, the first Southeast representative in American Coed Pageants, now holds two pageant titles - Miss Alaska Hostess and Miss Alaska Pre-Teen.

Soldier stories: Cpl. Randy Catterson
Station: Cpl. Randy Catterson was part of the largest call-up of Alaska National Guard soldiers since World War II. He is a member of Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry and has been deployed since July 2006.

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Stanley Dale Burrows
Longtime Juneau resident Stanley Dale Burrows died Aug. 30, 2007, after a six-year battle with breast cancer. He was 59.

Elena Rae Isturis
Lifelong Juneau resident Elena Rae (Webster) Isturis died Sept. 1, 2007, in Juneau.

Eleanor Nickell
Former Juneau resident Eleanor M. Nickell died Aug. 14, 2007, in Vancouver, Wash. She was 88.

Kevin Gallagher
Lifetime Juneau resident Kevin Barry Gallagher died Aug. 29, 2007, in Juneau. He was 43.

Lee Lewis Antrim
Juneau resident Lee Lewis Antrim died Sept. 1, 2007, at his Lynn Canal home in Juneau after an extended illness. He was 85.

Outside editorial: Earning and yearning: Higher incomes, but...
Back in the bad old days of TV cigarette commercials, there was one for Camels that asked: "Are you smoking more now but enjoying it less?"

My Turn: State's treatment of its workers makes me sick
I am disgusted with the state's attitude toward the General Government Unit in its contract negotiations. I drove a school bus in this town for six years. That means I worked part time during the school year and scraped by on unemployment during the summers.

Empire editorial: Special session news is good for the capital
A Tuesday announcement that the October special legislative session will be held in Juneau is welcome news.

The battle for hearts, minds and the capital
For the past two weekends, I had the pleasure of manning a booth at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer on behalf of the Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Alaska Committee.

My Turn: Why not have a Sportsmen's Caucus?
I n today's increasingly urbanized cultures, the traditions of hunting, fishing and trapping are constantly threatened by a number of factors.

Alaska High School swimming and diving top 16
Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Top 16 Performances

Juneau Youth Football League: Senior Division
Games take place Saturdays at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field Check out pictures and full roundups from each round of games in the Juneau Empire.

Juneau Youth Football League: Cub Division
Games take place Saturdays at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field Check out pictures and full roundups from each round of games in the Juneau Empire.

Time for some home cooking
For a team that spends nearly its entire season on the road, the lone home meet is a special thing for the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team.

Juneau Youth Football League: Junior Division
Games take place Saturdays at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field Check out pictures and full roundups from each round of games in the Juneau Empire.

Dimond Park Mountain Bike Race results

JYFL roundup: Red Raiders roll in their 1st game
Leka Maka took the opening kickoff for a touchdown and added two more rushing scores to pace the Red Raiders to a 26-6 victory over the Hurricanes on Saturday in Juneau Youth Football League Senior Division action.

Juneau Youth Football League: Pee Wee Division
Games take place Saturdays at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field Check out pictures and full roundups from each round of games in the Juneau Empire

Alaska Digest
Educator finalist for 'principal of the year,' Assembly appoints three to Airport Board, Prosecutors say Kott took improper gifts, Attorney: Tapes show Weyhrauch is innocent

'Into the Wild' debut draws packed house near Fairbanks
The debut of "Into the Wild," a movie directed by Sean Penn about a 24-year-old young man who starved to death in Alaska wilderness, drew a packed house at a venue outside Fairbanks.

Usibelli Coal Mine applies to expand its operations
Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc., has applied to state regulators to expand its operations northeast of Healy.

Alaska Digest
Pilot's remains set for burial on Friday, NOW holds 3rd annual candidate forum, Fairbanks man charged with 25-year old murder

Weyhrauch trial delayed
Former Juneau Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch's federal trial on corruption charges, scheduled to begin Wednesday, was delayed early in the day when he won a key last-minute ruling.

Selawik man gets 25 years in prison
A Selawik man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping and beating his girlfriend in what Alaska State Troopers characterized as one of the worst assaults they've investigated.

Photo: Fire destroys Yakutat lodge
A fire destroyed the office, restaurant and staff housing at Leonard's Landing Lodge on Monday in Yakutat, Police Chief John Nichols said.

Fairbanks man wins second place in mustache competition
A Fairbanks man won second place in an international mustache and beard competition.

Family looks for answers in case of missing nurse
The family of a nurse missing for more than a month hopes a man charged with stealing from her bank account will provide clues to her fate.

Trial for ex-Fairbanks mayor is rescheduled to next year
The trial of former Fairbanks city Mayor Jim Hayes and his wife has been rescheduled for January.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Special session work likely to be done here
Some lawmakers on Wednesday were cool to Gov. Sarah Palin's suggestion that committee work be held outside of Juneau for the fall special session on oil taxes.

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