Friday, September 21, 2007

Ex-British prime minister's wife signs publishing deal
Cherie Blair has signed a book deal to write about her life as a leading British human rights lawyer and the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, her publisher said Wednesday.

Chapter books at the public libraries include 'At the Firefly Gate'
Chapter books for the chapter book crowd are available at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Putting an end to Alaska corruption
Sheila Patterson (Sept. 14 Empire) says we've robbed Sen. Lisa Murkowski of a house on the Kenai. What we've done is put a stop to the political corruption that is blatantly obvious in Alaska - money for votes, promises of jobs, the enrichment of politicians' relatives with state and federal tax dollars.

Fluoride proponents cite press releases
A My Turn piece promoting fluoridation by Lee and Sherie Dye claims fluoridation opponents are wrong about facts and science. But in their two examples, it is the Dyes that have the facts just plain wrong.

Education or political manipulation?
Vacations are great. Sometimes the only downside is missing out on important news that's released when you are gone.

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.

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.

Water related deaths and autopsies
My brother, Mark Jackson's body was found on Douglas Island on May 19. I agree with Juneau Police Sgt. Campbell that families deserve to know how and why their loved one died.

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.

Around Town

Talking trash and capital creep
Candidates for the Juneau Assembly divided on strategy for growing the economy, fighting capital-move attempts and taking care of our trash, at a Thursday election forum.

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.

Around Town

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.

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

Tax Division collects $26.6 million from cruise fees
The state Tax Division has collected $26.6 million this year from a new $46 per cruise-ship passenger fee that Alaska voters approved last fall, the division's director announced during an update to the Southeast Conference on Wednesday.

Photo: From the ground up
Matt Euteneier, a mason for Coogan Construction, installs split-face block Thursday on the side of Thunder Mountain High School in the Mendenhall Valley. The school is scheduled to open in fall 2008.

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.

Woman stabs man in the chest and leg after argument
A 25-year-old Southeast Alaska man is expected to recover from a collapsed lung after he was stabbed Wednesday night by a 25-year-old Juneau woman in a Glacier Highway apartment.

Hunt continues for missing boater
U.S. Coast Guard helicopters flew Sitka divers to town on Thursday afternoon to search for the body of 58-year-old Juneau resident Al Kegler about 30 feet off the north coast of Lincoln Island.

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.

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

FYI

Fluoride and the 'Oops' factor
I'd like to write about Juneau's favorite topic - the great fluoride debate of 2007 - but please wait until you reach the last paragraph.

Fawcett, Bird play FASD awareness event
As part of the first annual Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder awareness event, Native American flutist Morgan Fawcett and well-known contemporary Native American violinist Arvel Bird performed a concert Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks to those who provided love, support after Karl passed

Coté, Herrera wed
Jesse D. Coté and Anthony Herrera were married on Aug. 4, 2007, in Lancaster, Calif.

Neighbors Digest
'Lift Up Your Eyes' worship retreat to take place Sept. 27-29; Poetry Omnibus calls poets for publication in public buses; SEARHC clarifiesprocedures for medical services in Ketchikan; SEARHC awards injury prevention mini-grants to five Southeast towns ... and more

The whole onion: Seeking peace through selflessness
There is a story from "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky about an old woman and an onion.

Recognitions

Photo: Rotary scholarship
Romie Moskito shows the $10,000 scholarship check he received from Glacier Valley Rotary Club President Eric Forst during a lunch Wednesday at the Juneau International Airport. Funds for the scholarship came from the Juneau Duck Derby held on Sept. 8 at Riverside Rotary Park.

Pets of the week
Jerry, Boomer are suave,not spastic, and lookingfor permanent homes

Artist in the spotlight: Kristina Paulick
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

When summer vacations go south, sometimes the poop hits the floor
I was flying alone on Alaska Airlines with my two toddlers. I was cursing myself for seating myself close to the bathroom, forgetting about the unpleasant smell. I soon realized the stinky odor wasn't coming from the bathroom - but from my child.

Photo: Edith Carter tree, plaque dedication
Friends of longtime Juneau resident Edith Carter dedicated a tree and plaque in her memory on Sunday in Capital Park downtown.

Neighbors helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

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John T. Cass
Former Juneau resident John T. Cass, a resident of Seaview, Wash., died Sept. 15, 2007. He was 81.

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

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

Robert Lynn Poe
Robert "Bob" Lynn Poe died Aug. 31, 2007, in his home. He was 55.

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.

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.

Outside editorial: Don't let Ground Zero be defiled by the enemy
No. No. No. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot be allowed to defile Ground Zero, must be stopped from exploiting this hallowed landmark, this tragic product of a fanaticism cousin to the demons in Ahmadinejad's soul.

My Turn: Fluoride will lose; science has failed us
Pro-fluoride advocates are fighting a losing battle trying to convince the Juneau populace that it is wise to add fluoride to the city water supply.

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.

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.

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.

JDHS heading to Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity tennis team travels to Anchorage this weekend for a preview of what to expect next month at the Alaska state championship tournament.

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.

Pete Kott apologizes for language, but proclaims innocence
A former state legislator on Thursday apologized to jurors for foul language the FBI secretly caught him spouting in wiretaps and a hidden camera while investigating him on corruption charges.

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

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

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.

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

Photo: Clipped wings
The wings are dismantled from a Curtiss JN-4 biplane Tuesday in the Fairbanks International Airport terminal in Fairbanks. The plane is being moved for display at Eielson Air Force Base.

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.

Alaska Digest
Wayward bear enters Amalga Street home; City museum will start its winter hours; State museum shifts to winter hours Sept. 25; Search continuesfor missing hiker; Slowing seismic activity at Pavlof Volcano

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

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.

FBI spied on Ted Stevens as part of sting
The FBI, working with an Alaska oil contractor, secretly taped telephone calls with Sen. Ted Stevens as part of a public corruption sting, according to people close to the investigation.

Series of tuition hikes continues for Alaska's university system
Tuition at University of Alaska campuses will continue rising for at least the next two school years, according to a unanimous board of regents decision Wednesday.

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

Advocacy group helps mom find body of missing daughter
Law enforcement didn't help Mary Weir track down her missing daughter this spring. On her own, she found her daughter's picture on the Internet and connected her to Jane Doe 17-05 in San Bernardino County, Calif.

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