Wal-Mart is bad growth for Juneau
On Sept. 12, with its grand opening, we will have grown a "Mal-Wart." Here's a few reasons for this statement:

All ATV riders pay for bad choices of a few
My family and I enjoy a sport that, unfortunately, has come under great scrutiny lately. We are ATV enthusiasts and go riding whenever we get the chance.

Fluoride has too many risks
Like most people, I never gave fluoridation a thought until the recent debates. I wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so I did some research. I am now opposed to fluoridation for many reasons.

Juneau needs to take responsibility for trash
I applaud the Juneau Empire for endorsing expansion of the recycling program in Juneau to extend the life of the landfill. I was disappointed, however, that the editors didn't mention or endorse the key portion of the recommendations submitted by the waste consultants at the Aug. 29 public meeting.

Jury duty complaints: A rebuttal to a letter
The process of getting arrested for failure to appear for jury service is not simply a matter of missing jury duty and then getting arrested as a result.

Time to broaden talk about the future
John Sandor, in his My Turn, "Free up More Land for Juneau," on Aug. 31, suggested that restoring prosperity in Juneau can be achieved by continuing forest management practices and policies put in place 100 years ago. But, a lot can change in a century.

Thanks for some words from a wise man
Kudos and thank you to John Small for his letter to the editor on Sept. 2. Small is 82, has consumed fluoridated water for 55 years, and stated that he has not gotten any of the ailments that readers seem to anticipate.

Photo: Emergency landing in Sitka
Sitka fireman Robert Dennard walks back to a fire truck Sunday after looking at the damage to a Guardian Flight King Air aircraft that landed at the Sitka airport without a front landing gear.

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

African Children's Choir will perform in Juneau
Some of the 25 Ugandan children touring with the African Children's Choir had seen large buildings before, but most of them had never seen a washer and dryer, or even a microwave, before embarking on their current 14-month jaunt through the United States.

Around Town

Two sentenced in case of illegal bear hunting on Kupreanof Island
Two men have been sentenced for their roles in an illegal bear hunting case on Kupreanof Island that dates back to 2000, the U.S. attorney's office in Anchorage announced this week.

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

Southeast tribal leader Paul Jackson dies at 75
Paul Jackson, cultural leader of the Sockeye Clan of Haines, died Monday. He was 75.

Wal-Mart to open doors Wednesday
Business and community representatives gathered for a sneak preview of the first Wal-Mart superstore in Alaska on Monday night, getting a glimpse of merchandise and prices ahead of the store's Wednesday opening.

Around Town

Online video of encounter with endangered seal may lead to fine
A man who posted an online video that appears to show him harassing an endangered monk seal may be in trouble with the law.

A Sunday story, "Angoon mayor resigns," in the Juneau Empire did not include the complete quote by Lillian Woodbury, an Angoon city council member.

Photos: Remembering Sept. 11
Honoring friends

Missile Defense Agency to outline Juneau plans
The federal Missile Defense Agency will hold a public meeting on Thursday to further explain Juneau's role in upcoming missile interception tests over the Pacific Ocean.

Photo: A glimpse into life in Pakistan
Journalist Ethan Casey stands Tuesday in Juneau. Casey will offer a presentation, "Alive and Well in Pakistan," at 5:30 p.m. today at the Assembly Chambers.

Photo: Taking center stage, 1979 Images from another time
Patricia Hull, center, playing Eliza Doolittle, sings "Wouldn't It Be Lovely" in Juneau-Douglas High School's 1979 production of the musical "My Fair Lady." The Cockneys, from left, are Ron Ciraulo, Greg Peck, Jon Lutterman and Gordon Mikesell.

Man found dead on beach near downtown
The body of a 52-year-old homeless man, John Hansen, was found on the beach near the Department of Labor building downtown Monday evening.

City moves ahead with $50 million dock plan
Juneau leaders on Monday continued to move forward with plans for a $50 million cruise ship dock improvement plan that would allow two modern ships to dock at the same time by 2010.

Photo: Assembly candidates gather for forum
Candidates running for Juneau Assembly participate Tuesday in a candidate forum sponsored by the National Organization for Women at the Juneau Senior Center.

Of shamans and storms: A Shishmaref story
On one of my last days in Shishmaref, I heard the story of the last shaman. In it, the village's last shaman walked under a large whalebone arch and disappeared. Just like that. My students were unwilling to tell me more,

Rost, Williams wed
Kelli A. Williams and Paul E. Rost, of Portland, Ore., were married on Aug. 11, 2007, at Osprey Estates in Florence, Ore. The couple was united in a simple ceremony surrounded by friends and family.

Juneau groups partner to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day
Three Juneau nonprofits are teaming with the Alaskan Brewing Co. to clean Juneau beaches from 9 a.m. to noon on International Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 15, and they're asking Juneau residents to join them to leave our beaches cleaner and safer for fish, seabirds and other wildlife.

Photo: Health fair junkies
Melissa Kenny, Lillian Haggard and Genevieve McLaughlin pose for a picture at the second annual Juneau Health Fair, Aug. 25 at the Nugget Mall.

There are many words for the wind
I recently received a letter from Dr. Walter Soboleff, telling of the upcoming annual convention of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Oct. 2-6 in Kake.

Jordans celebrate 50 years
John and Joan Jordan celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sept. 1, 2007, at the Mount Roberts Tramway with family and friends. They were married Sept. 1, 1957, in Tracy, Calif.





William Nickinovich
Former Juneau resident William "Bill" Nickinovich died Aug. 25, 2007, surrounded by family at his home in Magnolia, Wash. He was 94.

Fenton David James
Longtime Juneau resident Fenton David James died Sept. 9, 2007. He was 75.

Creston Faver
Former Juneau resident Creston Faver died Aug. 28, 2007, in Amarillo, Texas. At the time of his death, he was a resident at the Clairmont retirement community in Amarillo. He was 74.

Evelyn Veronica Scott
Juneau resident Evelyn Veronica Scott died Sept. 10, 2007, at her home.

LaVerne G. LeBlanc
Longtime Juneau resident LaVerne G. LeBlanc died Sept. 7, 2007, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 98.

My turn: Fluoridation: Why Europe matters
Europe largely does not fluoridate its water. For two reasons, this matters to us in Juneau as we decide whether to put fluoride back in city water.

Outside editorial: America's military commander, ambassador see progress in Iraq
Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker testified Monday that the surge of U.S. forces in Iraq has led to military and political progress and that ultimate success in the mission is possible.

We've reached the moment of truth
For the past three weeks the tension, apprehension and, yes, suspicion surrounding Juneau's Kensington Mine has grown in speed and intensity. It's now at a feverish pitch.

Outside editorial: Save standards of U.S. schools
The debate on No Child Left Behind begins in earnest this week, and the outcome will be determined by one fundamental question: Does this country want to make schools better - or just make schools look better?

Sports Digest
JDHS grad Ryan Gorle earns academic honor, Bills' Kevin Everett likely to be paralyzed, Russell, Raiders finally agree to contract

JYFL: Cougars mount comeback to down Hurricanes 20-18
The Cougars rallied from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Hurricanes 20-18 in Juneau Youth Football League Senior Division action on Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Photos: Capital City Soccer League champions
The Capital City Soccer League Truckers defeated the Rapids 1-0 on Aug. 26 to win the men's championship. Pat's Douglas Inn captured the CCSL Women's Tournament Championship in a 4-1 victory over Valley Paint on Aug. 29. Megan Thomas scored three goals in the win.

JDHS moves up to No. 1
A big road win by the Juneau-Douglas High School football team and an upset in Anchorage led to a shake-up in the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasters Network poll, released Monday.

Midnight Suns take fifth place at Washington state 12-and-under tournament
The Juneau Midnight Suns 12-and-under baseball team took fifth place at an Amateur Athletic Union regional qualifier tournament in Lacey, Wash., over Labor Day weekend.

Contrasting portraits kick off Kott trial
Former state Rep. Pete Kott was a willing puppet dancing to strings pulled by officials for an oil field services company that stood to be enriched if a natural gas pipeline was built, a federal prosecutor said Monday at the opening of Kott's corruption trial.

Study: Gray whale comeback may be based on miscalculation
One of the great success stories of the ocean, the return of the Pacific gray whale, may have been based on a miscalculation, scientists reported Monday in a study based on whale genetics.

Alaska Digest
Tlingit artist crafts canoe for exhibit at Smithsonian museum, University of Alaska Foundation reports good financial year, minimum bid for Matanuska Maid dairy is $3.3 million, Alaska Strykersoldiers to trainwith Indian army, shareholder may challenge resultsof board election

Officials want BP execs to explain recent fires
Alaska officials Tuesday said BP must address the causes of four recent North Slope oil production facility fires, reprising concerns over BP's lax maintenance practices that last year led to a partial shut down of Prudhoe Bay, the nation's largest oil field.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Secret FBI recordings emerge in Kott trial
Jurors in the trial of former state Rep. Pete Kott got their first hint Tuesday of a "smoking gun" - direct evidence that the former House speaker received a financial benefit from the company that stood to make millions if Kott helped push through natural gas pipeline legislation.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Oil executives talk of Stevens' support in video
During a secret meeting to discuss what prosecutors say was a dirty deal to keep Alaska oil taxes low, two oil contractors said they had a powerful ally coming to town who could help build support for the plan: Sen. Ted Stevens.

Makah seek to distance tribe from whale killing
The Makah Indian Tribe said Monday it was flying some of its members to Washington, D.C., to assure the state's congressional delegation the tribe did not authorize the killing of a gray whale over the weekend.

UAF tries to boost number of Native doctoral students
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received a grant to help boost the number of Alaska Natives pursuing doctoral degrees.

Campaign law violations past APOC's scope
An FBI investigation into corruption in the Alaska Legislature has turned up numerous instances of violations of the state's campaign finance laws that will not be prosecuted.

Alaska Digest
No damage from Cook Inlet quake, hunter still missing near Delta Junction, jury selection to begin in murder trial, dead whale to serve as lesson in Unalaska, hunter kills moose on private land

Hearing held on bill to create universal health care in Alaska
State lawmakers are looking at a new bill in advance of the legislative session that would attempt to create universal health care in Alaska.

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