Thursday, September 20, 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.

A case in support of fluoride
When my daughter was born in 1966, the first vitamins her pediatrician gave me contained fluoride. He suggested I give them to her daily because at that time we lived where there was no fluoride in the water.

Support pool funding proposition
On Oct. 2, I would like to encourage Juneau voters to support Proposition 4, the issuance of general obligation bonds for building Juneau's much-needed second swimming pool.

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.

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

We must keep our patients' rights
Patients' rights and freedom of choice are a big concern in this day and age. I have lived in Juneau since 1991, and in the past few years, I have been very blessed by having excellent doctor-patient relationships, which have been more of a true partnership than I have ever experienced before in my life.

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.

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

Around Town

Correction
A Sept. 9 photo of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier that ran with a story in the Juneau Empire's Outdoors section listed an incorrect source for that photo. The photo was courtesy of Above & Beyond Alaska.

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.

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

Southeast cities consider creating regional landfill
Representatives from several Southeast communities decided this week to take steps toward establishing a regionwide solid waste authority to govern the management of a possible regional landfill.

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.

Around Town

Perseverance artistic director to leave Juneau for Chicago
Perseverance Theatre Artistic Director PJ Paparelli knew he wasn't going to extend his four-year contract when it expired at the end of the 2007-08 season. But he didn't know he would be leaving the theater mid-season, in November.

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.

Photo: Trolling for jobs
Alaska State Trooper Lt. Jeffery Laughlin, left, a Division of Operations recruitment supervisor, speaks to Chris Hausler on Wednesday during the Juneau Job Fair 2007 at Centennial Hall.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Elizabeth Haffner
Lifetime Juneau resident Elizabeth "Betsy" Haffner died Sept. 15, 2007, in her home. She was 67.

Paul Jackson Sr.
Longtime Juneau resident Paul Mason Jackson Sr. died Sept. 10, 2007, in his home.

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

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.

Alaska editorial: Federal measures make college more affordable
It didn't get a lot of attention, but families and students who struggle to pay for college will get some more help, thanks to a measure Congress passed earlier this month.

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?

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.

Ma, I finally get it
We never called her "Mom." For all three of us boys, it was always "Ma", and she wouldn't have had it any other way. It is a mystery where in the family the title originated, or when, but it seems to have been a part of my vernacular since the characteristic Celtic loquaciousness kicked in.

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).

My Turn: Consider program for the homeless
We lost another one last week. A member of our community was found on the shores of Gastineau Channel. John Hansen was not a nameless, anonymous newcomer to our town. Yes, he was homeless, but he was so much more than that.

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.

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.

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.

Crimson Bears happy to be back at home
Last weekend's tour in Washington state definitely proved eye-opening for the young Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team.

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

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.

Permanent Fund dividend set at $1,654
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday this year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend will be $1,654.

Alaska Digest
Voters league to host candidate forum; UAS hosts climate change presentation; Search launchedfor missing boaters; Alaska inmate dies in Arizona prison

Ellsworth takes stand in lawsuit with Native corporation
A businessman accused of taking $40 million from an Alaska Native corporation was on the witness stand this week in Anchorage Superior Court.

This Day in History
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Ex-legislator denies he sought job from VECO
A former state representative on trial for corruption on Wednesday denied that he sought a job with a major Alaska oil field service company in exchange for his influence on a crude oil tax and other legislation.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Palin calls for Ben Stevens to leave post
Two of the state's top Republican elected officials are calling on Ben Stevens, a former state senator and the son of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, to resign from his post on the Republican National Committee.

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

Contractor says he paid workers for Stevens' fundraisers, house work
Contractor Robert Williams spent nearly six months remodeling Sen. Ted Stevens' home and, to him, it was just another of his boss's pet projects. He helped run the senator's fundraisers and moved some furniture for him, too, but it never seemed to matter who covered his pay.

Union divided over contract
State employees are voting on a new contract a top union official calls the best they've had in years.

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