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Sunday, September 16, 2007

A sarcastic reply
It's true that the city holds a junk car roundup, no questions asked - only because so many people dump their cars instead of taking responsibility for themselves and their own property.

Enjoy the low prices
I read with interest letters to the editor stating that they don't agree with Wal-Mart economics. I shop at Wal-Mart because of its low prices. And I look forward to the opening of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in spring '08 here in Fairbanks.

Photo: Coastal cleanup
Brian Blitz, left, and Cathy Tide haul trash back to their car just north of Eagle Beach on Saturday during the 22st annual International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers picked up debris on beaches throughout Juneau as part of an international event.

Juneau scientist explores world's largest marine canyon
At 1,300 feet below the water's surface, in the giant Zhemchug Canyon in the middle of the Bering Sea, Juneau marine ecologist Michelle Ridgway piloted her Deepworker submarine through the squid zone.

Proposition looks to extend sales tax
Extending the temporary 1 percent sales tax to fund capital improvement projects is one of the issues voters will decide on in the regular city election on Oct. 2.

Around Town

Photo: Music with a message
Native American flutist Morgan Fawcett, right, and violinist Arvel Bird perform for students from Yaakoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School on Friday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church. Fawcett, 15, suffers from Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. He encouraged students not to drink alcohol.

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

Fluoride issue tops spending for election
The issue of fluoridating Juneau's water is leading the campaign spending for the October city election.

Cutter hands over vessel suspected of illegal fishing
The Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell transferred custody of the suspected high-seas drift net fishing vessel, Lu Rong Yu 6007, to the Chinese Fisheries Law Enforcement Command on Thursday.

My Turn: We owe it to Alaskans to determine Alaska's oil value
Excited and grateful to tackle the issue, my administration and the 25th State Legislature owe it to Alaskans to determine the value of Alaskan-owned resources, declare that value, and move the state forward as we share that value with producers of our resources.

My Turn: Former mayor of Angoon speaks his mind my turn
(Response to article "Angoon Mayor Resigns", printed Sept. 9.) A couple of news reports have been brought to my attention in regard to the city of Angoon.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Empire Editorial: Take muzzle off campaign financing watchdog
Former Rep. Pete Kott's bribery and extortion trial is not simply revealing how corrupt politics work. It's also exposing how broken Alaska's system of checks and balances is.

Down but not out: Numbers fall but deer hunting season proceeds
Doe season opens this weekend, and wildlife biologists are keeping an especially sharp eye on deer this fall.

Fungi play many roles, some strange and amazing
This is a good time of year to see a wide array of fungi along Juneau's many trails. The cap on toadstools is the spore-producing part of the fungus, growing from the less visible filaments that commonly live underground or in rotting material.

Juneau nonprofit fights for health of ocean
Turning the Tides is a Juneau-based non-profit organization. Our focus is the ocean and its health.

Keeping track of deer populations
When it comes to monitoring Sitka black-tailed deer in the dense rainforests of Southeast Alaska, biologists look at deer sign as well as deer.

Couple embarks on year-long raft trip
They landed at Mountain Point on Sunday evening after about 1,000 miles of bush-whacking, beach-walking and pack-rafting up the Pacific coast from Seattle.

Kayaker develops carry-all accessory
For those with a passion for paddling, few things are more rewarding than kayaking deep into an obscure cove, following the twists and turns of a remote river, or exploring some other out-of-the-way location.

Southern Panhandle a Different Story
Predators and weather make the southern part of the Alaska Panhandle a very different place for black-tailed deer than the northern half of the region.

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.

Juneau-Douglas girls sweep the field in final regular season race
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams wrapped up the regular season with a bang Saturday in Ketchikan.

Ketchikan Invitational results

JDHS wins Railbelt Conference title
One big quarter provided everything the Juneau-Douglas High School football team needed to seal its second Railbelt Conference title in three years Friday.

APOC eyes McGuire's work for health provider
A state senator whose ex-legislator husband was recently convicted of taking bribes while in office is herself under investigation by the Alaska Public Offices Commission, which oversees the finances of state lawmakers.

Ex-VECO head says employees worked on Ted Stevens' home
In the latest sign of corruption problems for Republicans, a corporate executive testified Friday that his employees worked for months to remodel the Alaska home of Sen. Stevens.

Palin forms climate change committee
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Friday she has created a committee to tackle and prepare for climate change.

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

Missing Anchorage nurse found dead near Wasilla
Mindy Schloss, an Anchorage nurse whose disappearance sparked a six-week search, was found dead this week in a heavily forested area in Wasilla, authorities said Friday.

Alaska Digest
Truck rolls over after crash on Egan Drive, State issues disaster declaration for Beaver, New York Timesreporter to speak, Missing teen found safe in Juneau, Juror dismissed from Kott trial, Evacuees returning to Arctic village

'Papa Pilgrim' pleads no contest to rape, incest
A man known as "Papa Pilgrim," the patriarch of an Alaska wilderness family, agreed on Thursday to a no-contest plea on charges of rape, kidnapping and incest.

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