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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Where were the parents during 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus'?
I voted no on the Empire poll Sunday. Joseph Frederick of the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case does not have the right to sue for damages. We, as taxpayers, pay for the schools and teachers and expect them to keep order and to teach our children.

Congratulations to airport for taking needed action
While reading the Juneau International Airport Board meeting notes from August, I noticed that the airport board finally recognized the inappropriate use of the airport as a staging area.

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

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.

Anti-Kensington SEACC members could be replaced
We are all discovering that corruption and undue outside influence take many forms.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo: Learning to skate
Carly Varness begins to fall off her skateboard while learning to ride Tuesday on Third Street in Douglas. "It's going to start snowing in a month and a half, so I better learn now," Varness said.

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.

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

Around Town

Around Town

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.

Brown to drop out of School Board race
Greg Brown announced Tuesday he will withdraw from the three-way race for the Juneau School Board.

Proposition seeks to upgrade schools with code violations
Ronald Reagan was a first-term president the last time Harborview Elementary School's Eisenhower-era construction was remodeled. Glacier Valley Elementary has not been renovated since its completion during the first years of Lyndon Johnson's administration.

Photo: First snow appears on mountaintops
A small iceberg floats Tuesday on Mendenhall Lake near Skater's Cabin. Fresh snow is visible on the mountains above the glacier.

Dad learns a lofty lesson
People sometimes wonder to what lengths men may go to retain their sanity when left at home with their children every day. In my case, the answer is about 60 feet.

Fox, Albrecht wed
Annie Fox and Greg Albrecht, both of Juneau, were married Aug. 18, 2007, at the Shrine of St. Therese.

Neighbors Digest
University of Alaska Southeast sponsors Theory Slam Thursday; The Bridge Adult Day Program participates in food program;

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International Coastal Clean-up Day was big success in Juneau
More than 80 Juneau residents participated in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean-up day on Saturday. Volunteers collected an estimated 3 tons of garbage from 12 beaches in Douglas and Juneau.

Arts & Crafts Fair
Professional and recreational crafters alike set up booths for the fall Arts and Crafts Fair held Saturday and Sunday at the Nugget Mall.

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Rolando Rodriguez
Former Juneau resident Rolando Tolentino Rodriguez died Sept. 4, 2007, in Las Vegas, due to a fall causing a concussion which led to a hematoma. By his side were his brother, Rudolfo Rodriguez, and children. He was 63.

Evelyn Butalla
Former Juneau resident Evelyn "Ev" Bernadina Butalla died Aug. 31, 2007, at Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Wash. She was 80.

Outside editorial: Caffeine nation
Not that we tend to be conspiracy theorists, but doesn't there seem to be a drive to sneak caffeine into every ingestive aspect of our daily lives?

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: Fluoridated water will hurt my children
Please don't fluoridate the water. I am very distressed by claims of absolute safety of fluoride for all people. That is simply not true. I'm one of the people who will be hurt by fluoridated water, and even worse, two of my children also will be hurt by fluoridation.

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.

Outside editorial: Consumer watchdog agency lacks bark, bite
A U.S. Senate subcommittee last week began looking into why Elmo, Barbie, Thomas the Tank Engine, Dora the Explorer and other toys decorated with lead paint in China were given to American toddlers to handle, chew and lick.

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.

My Turn: The law, not SEACC, blocks Kensington
I really have tried to keep my mouth shut on the Kensington Mine/Southeast Alaska Conservation Council issue (those who know me will doubt that, but it's true).

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.

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.

JDHS running with confidence
Saturday may be the Southeast Conference cross country championships in Sitka, but the race should serve more as a warm-up than a cutthroat competition for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls teams.

Huskies score late win over Tigers
A key two-point conversion by Trevor Pfaff lifted the Huskies to a 16-14 victory over the Tigers in Juneau Youth Football League Junior Division action on Saturday.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Men's and Women's Volleyball Standings

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.

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.

Cowdery pulls out of special session on tax
State Sen. John Cowdery, R-Anchorage, announced Tuesday he will not participate in the October special legislative session on oil taxes, after he was implicated in the ongoing corruption trial in Anchorage.

Ramras alleges bribery by mine company
A Fairbanks legislator is asking the state's attorney general to investigate allegations of bribery by the developer of the hotly debated Pebble mine project in western Alaska.

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.

Northwest Digest
Alaska crude oil sets record high price; Alaska Airlines to test in-flight Internet; Western groups signal auto-emission lawsuit

Ex-legislator's son takes stand in corruption trial
The son of a former Alaska legislator charged with corruption took the stand in his father's defense Tuesday, claiming money he took to work on his father's re-election campaign was an advance payment for flooring work, not a bribe.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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.

Palin's son leaves for boot camp in Georgia
Gov. Sarah Palin's son, Track, left on Tuesday for infantry boot camp in Fort Benning, Ga.

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.

Woman killed while walking on Ketchikan dock
A woman walking on a city dock died after being struck by an amphibious tour vehicle.

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.

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

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

State regulators press Alaska Railroad to curb spread of coal dust near Seward
The Alaska Railroad is proposing inadequate measures to prevent black dust from spreading from its Seward coal-loading facility across the picturesque seaside town, state regulators said Tuesday.

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