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Friday, September 14, 2007

Faulks returns with 'Engleby'
Sebastian Faulks is comfortable in the past, and readers love him for it. It's the present that has eluded him.

Libraries hold new fiction, including 'Blind Submission'
A sampling of new fiction for your autumn reading pleasure at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Soaking in chemicals
I do not want to be forced to ingest or absorb fluoride against my will.

Fluoride saves money
To mark its 20th anniversary, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is recognizing important achievements in chronic disease prevention and control during the past two decades.

Cease fire on our congressional delegation
Alaskans, get out your ledger books. On the left, list the purported ethics violations that Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young are being accused of. On the right side, list all the good things they have done for this state and its people.

Photo: Dry Run's dry launch
A boat aptly named the Dry Run sits in the Douglas Bridge roundabout Friday after it slipped from its trailer. The boat was hoisted back onto its trailer by a crane. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Photo: Marching for suicide awareness
Drummers lead a candlelight march Wednesday on Main Street to commemorate National Suicide Prevention Week. The march organizers hope to call attention to the problem of youth suicide and encourage the prevention of youth violence, bullying and suicide.

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

Wal-Mart opens to big crowds
The Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot was almost full by 9 a.m. Wednesday on opening day of the 121,000-square-foot Lemon Creek store.

Missile Defense Agency reps grilled by residents at public meeting
Missile Defense Agency representatives say they need Juneau to play a role in an important missile intercept test, but a few Juneau residents said Thursday they were didn't want that to happen.

Photos: Carving out a heritage
Artist Doug Chilton uses a chain saw to carve the full-size, Northwest Coast , ocean-going dugout canoe Thursday at the Sealaska Plaza. Sealaska Heritage Institute commissioned Chilton to make the traditional, cedar canoe for exhibit at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

Around Town

Southeast Conference to host marine highway talks
The future of the Alaska Marine Highway System will be a hot issue at next week's Southeast Conference annual meeting in Skagway, conference organizers said Thursday.

Business Digest
Pest control company opens Juneau office, small business center to be set up in Angoon

Around Town

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

Photo: Fishing Buddy
Henry Jebe gets a little help retrieving a silver salmon from his dog, Buddy, during a fishing on the Mendenhall wetlands on Thursday. When Jebe fishes with Buddy, he never needs to bring a net because Buddy wades out and retrieves the catch.

City advances plans for parking garage
Juneau city planners are working on how to make a new 380-car parking garage on Main Street attractive and integrate some leasable commercial space on the ground floor.

Arts conference focuses on funding, roles of local councils
Back in the mid-1980s, when there was more state funding for Alaska arts organizations, more cities and towns had professionally staffed arts councils.

FYI

Price part II: Findings still resonate today
Last time I wrote about the pioneering work of Dr. Weston Price. Back in the 1930s, Price conducted extensively documented studies of traditional peoples on six continents and found that those still eating their indigenous diets enjoyed robust good health and remarkable immunity from tooth decay.

Recognition
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop approved Juneau's Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant for the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award as a result of outstanding employee safety and health programs.

Getting their ducks in a row
Rain and drizzle didn't stop 50-plus people from attending Glacier Valley Rotary's first annual Juneau Duck Derby on Saturday at Riverside Rotary Park.

Anderson, Kirkham to wed
Janelle Kirkham and Erik Anderson, of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 2007, at Juneau Christian Center, 8001 Glacier Highway.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you, Catwoman, for such an informative article on declawing

Does God really exist?
These days, it's no surprise to hear that someone doubted the existence of God - unless that someone happened to be Mother Teresa. Long before 2002, the year she was beatified by Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa was revered as a living "saint of the gutters."

Neighbors Digest
SEARHC to host wellness training in Sitka on Sept. 27; Times reporter Revkin to speak on climate change on Tuesday; Sitka to host Safe Routes to School training today; Alaska museums seek candidates for museum collections committee

Student artist in the spotlight: Malia Miller
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.

Problem without a name still a problem for mom
I tried being a stay-at-home mom once. My husband was offered a one-year teaching position at a small college in Southern California, which seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to take those maternity leaves I had bypassed when my children were born.

Anderson, Orr to wed
Taja Ann Maurie Anderson and Robert Anthony Orr, of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. Sept. 23, 2007, at 8311 Aspen Ave., in Juneau.

Photo: Serving from a Sherpa
Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Davis, right, puts a combat patch on Staff Sgt. Dermott Howard, center, on Aug. 1 in Balad, Iraq.

Photo: Partnership for mentorship
Juneau School District Superintendent Peggy Cowan, left, and Rear Adm. Arthur Brooks, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District, shake hands after signing a partnership agreement Wednesday at the Coast Guard buoy deck.

Pets of the week
Four cuddly cats at the Gastineau Humane Society.

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Paul H. Steidley
Juneau resident Paul H. Steidley died Sept. 11, 2007, in Juneau after a brief battle with mesothelioma. He was 86.

Theresa Doogan
Juneau resident Theresa Frances Doogan died Sept. 8, 2007, at St. Ann's Residence in Victoria, British Columbia. She was 82.

My Turn: Fluoride beneficial, despite distorted arguments
It's very sad to see some Juneau residents who posture themselves as public health advocates distort scientific research to suit their own purposes, despite the fact that their fellow citizens will suffer if they succeed in keeping fluoride out of our municipal water supply.

Outside editorial: Baghdad envoy speaks truth to Washington
Ryan C. Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, deserves credit for frankly and soberly delivering a message this week that neither his audience in Congress nor his superiors in the Bush administration wanted to hear: That a political solution in Iraq will take considerably more time than Washington has counted on.

My Turn: Fluoride requires a prescription
Why are some doctors, dentists, and 7,000 EPA scientists calling for a moratorium on fluoridation?

Outside editorial: Campaign finance system needs fixing
Norman Hsu may turn out to be the best thing that's happened to campaign finance reform in years. The Hsu episode illuminates how the current system produces bad results and why changes need to be made.

My turn: Liberal economic principles bring prosperity to America
The Juneau Empire's publication of Ross Eisenbrey's essay on Labor Day and Rayda Renshaw's My Turn two days later gave me pause to think about the economic fortunes of working people in Alaska and America.

Powerful allies vs. philosophical truths
One former state representative has been convicted of bribery. The trial of another is just beginning. With two more to come and investigations of possible corruption by Alaska's two most powerful lawmakers, what is the role of the news media?

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.

Reaching new heights
Amy Skilbred's Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team reached a total of 43 athletes this year.

Juneau-Douglas' quiet engine
They are the faceless, nameless players on the football team. Yet, without them, the team accomplishes nothing.

Arctic teens speak out in DVD
Today, almost every community event in the Northwest Arctic Borough schedules a slot for Native dancing.

City of Tanana to experiment with propane as primary fuel
The city of Tanana is teaming with the state on an ambitious demonstration project to use propane from the North Slope for heating, hot water, electricity and more.

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

Alaska Digest
Son of Alaska governor enlists Sept. 11; Alaska's elephant will move to California; Anti-meth commercials airing in Alaska; Army may move Striker brigade to Alaska

Bethel celebrates 50 years
A public citywide celebration continues to mark the 50th anniversary of municipal incorporation in Bethel.

Ex-VECO head says he bribed Ben Stevens
The former head of an oil field service company admitted Thursday in court that he bribed three Alaska legislators, including the son of a U.S. senator who is the target of a federal investigation.

Former CIRI chief defends contractor
The former chief executive of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. is defending an Anchorage contractor accused of illegally taking $40 million from the Alaska Native corporation.

Dems recruit Stevens to champion efficient light bulbs
It's a bright idea: Get one of the Senate's biggest skeptics of the causes of global warming to co-sponsor legislation that encourages conservation.

Alaska Digest
Coast Guard promotes volunteers in schools, missing Montana hunter found alive, small earthquake rumbles Tyonek

Former patron testifies in Kott's corruption case
The former head of an oil field services company testified Wednesday he was willing to do whatever it took to push the Alaska Legislature toward steps that would lead to the construction of a natural gas pipeline tapping the state's vast North Slope Reserves.

Lobbyist called an unindicted co-conspirator
Former Senate Majority Leader Jerry Mackie has been named an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the federal corruption investigation in Alaska.

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

Residents of Kivalina flee town as storm nears
More than 200 residents have fled the coastal village of Kivalina as seasonal storm surges threaten to flood its slender barrier island in northwest Alaska, officials said Thursday.

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