Monday, September 17, 2007

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.

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.

Quit your neo-hippy complaints about new Wal-Mart
Juneau reminds me of podunk towns in Texas - and even they have Wal-Mart. Look at the Letter to the editor posted about Wal-Mart in the Tuesday newspaper, which was obviously copied from the anti-Wal-Martian Web sites out there.

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

The gift of life
Far from home, Douglas resident Troy Kahklen received an incredible present for his 47th birthday Thursday: Doctors doubled his life expectancy with a five-hour transplant surgery that gave him a new kidney.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Around Town

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.

Photo: Scanning for salmon
A young female black bear scans the water in Steep Creek for sockeye salmon Sunday near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Recent rains have increased the water level, making it easier for the salmon to move up to spawn.

Around Town

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

Photos: Arts council prepares for move
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is readying to move into the building at the end of the month. The council will relocate its office and gallery there from its current location on Franklin Street.

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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.

My turn: Flouride discolored our kid's teeth
We are writing regarding the fluoride issue that is on the Oct. 2 Juneau municipal ballot. Our family has a personal experience that we would like to share.

My turn: Coeur should move forward with permitting legal mine
Eric Twelker's My Turn in the Juneau Empire on Sept. 4, though it directed as many insults toward the plaintiffs in the Kensington litigation as he could fit in, did raise some important issues.

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: Take cautious stance on petroleum tax changes
Some early observations about the changes Gov. Sarah Palin wants to make to the state's oil tax system and that she presented last week in rough form:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Intensity drives JDHS to its 2nd conference crown in three years
Juneau-Douglas High School offensive coordinator Rich Sjoroos had a feeling Thursday night during the team dinner that his Crimson Bears were locked in for Colony.

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.

Siverly closes the season with a nighttime win
The Saturday evening sunbeams allowed Juneau's staunch mountain bikers to prepare for an eventful season finale to the local racing scene.

Juneau-Douglas' JV stops a Colony drive late in regulation to seal its third straight win
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity football team won a thriller Friday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

'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.

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

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.

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

Eroded Alaska village begins building new site
One of Alaska's most eroded coastal villages has begun to build a new community on higher ground - a colossal undertaking being closely watched as more storm-battered settlements face their own forced relocations.

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

Fairbanks police say Taser still popular
The Taser remains a popular tool with local law enforcement agencies despite a weakness that came to light last month.

Ex-lawmaker says prosecutors pressured him to plead guilty
The Justice Department inappropriately pressured a former state lawmaker to consider pleading guilty in a corruption case, according to his lawyer, who wants a federal judge to review the agency's actions.

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.

Defense seeks to dispute claims of Kott's 'friends'
If former state Rep. Pete Kott hopes to be acquitted of federal corruption charges, he will have to overcome three days of testimony by men he once considered close friends.

Northwest Digest
Juneau man, daughter rescued near Gustavus; Man donates 1 million soup labels to school; Bear problems up this year in West; Horizon to resume flights next week

This Day in History
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