Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Only donations should be from constituents
I support Wayne M. Olson's proposal ("Making government representative," in the Empire on Aug. 8). A law requiring any campaign donations to an Alaska public office candidate must only come from his potential constituents is spot on.

GGU members need to remember to vote
Whether you approve or disapprove, make sure you vote, General Government Unit members.

Glad to see Wal-Mart open store in Juneau
I for one welcome Wal-Mart to Juneau. Things are expensive enough in this town that any break a family of five can get is great.

Fluoride is still hazardous waste
Let me get this straight. You can't put fluoride into the air; it is hazardous waste and a strictly regulated pollutant.

Stirred from slumber by loud fog horns
I foolishly set my alarm clock for 4:45 a.m. a few nights ago - I did not need too. I was jolted from my slumber at 4:25 a.m. by a blast of a tour ship fog horn.

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.

Job Fair slated for Wednesday
Local residents will get a chance to check out potential jobs and careers at the fall 2007 Juneau Job Fair.

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

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.

Lynn Canal herring may be threatened
Federal scientists are studying Pacific herring stocks in Lynn Canal to see if the fish should be listed as endangered or threatened, a move that could add more regulatory hurdles for the Kensington gold mine and other proposed developments in Berners Bay.

Around Town

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.

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.

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

Photos: Franklin Street harvest
Michelle Isturis picks some ripe crab apples to snack on Monday in the garden next to the Archie Van Winkle memorial on South Franklin Street.

Around Town

Photo: Holding back the rain
Crew members from the cruise ship Zuiderdam line up with umbrellas Monday as passengers disembark during a heavy rain shower near the Mount Roberts Tramway.

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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.

Outside editorial: Cheating Patriots may deserve asterisk
In the run-up to Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron's home-run record, detractors wanted an asterisk placed next to Bonds' accomplishment - to show he cheated by using performance-enhancing drugs.

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.

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:

My turn: Time to put fluoridation behind us
"Water Fluoridation is obsolete. Nations who still practice it should feel ashamed of themselves," said Dr. Arvid Carlsson, pharmacologist and winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology.

Outside editorial: Yet another fight against corruption
Paul D. Wolfowitz is long gone as president of the World Bank, but the job of restoring a sense of mission and morale at the venerable poverty-fighting organization goes on.

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.

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.

Ayers ready for his next challenge
Two state baseball championships, six conference titles and dozens of former Juneau-Douglas High School players who participated in college rank among the accomplishments of Crimson Bears head baseball coach Jim Ayers.

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.

JDHS remains tops in the state
A convincing 20-6 victory over Colony helped the Juneau-Douglas High School football team remain on top of the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network prep football poll.

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

Republicans resist corruption
Legislative ethics travails have mostly focused on Republican failings so far, but the ongoing trial of former House Speaker Pete Kott, R-Eagle River, is painting some in the party in a different light.

Palin questions whether Cowdery should keep post
Gov. Sarah Palin said Monday that Senate leaders should review whether Anchorage Republican John Cowdery is qualified to remain the Senate Rules Committee chairman.

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

Sculpture stolen from Whitehorse building
A moose antler sculpture, valued at $50,000 in Canadian currency and three years in the making, has been stolen from the Canada Games Centre.

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.

VECO official helped organize Young fundraiser
The names of prominent national politicians continued to pop up Monday in the corruption trial of former state Rep. Pete Kott.

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.

Northwest Digest
City threatens to bill residents for cleanup; Anchorage officials consider closing pools; Spokane Hells Angels leader gets 7 years

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

Kohring plans to probe pressure to plead guilty
A former state lawmaker facing corruption charges plans to file a motion in federal court to review the relationship between the Justice Department and another state lawmaker who urged him to plead guilty, his attorney said Monday.

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.

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.

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