Tuesday, September 25, 2007

On burning porcupines, Wal-Mart economics
My thanks to Jamal Kennedy and his letter of Sept. 17. It opened my eyes. I never thought I was a "neo-hippy." I thought I was a registered Republican who thought of another Clinton presidency in the same category of enjoyment as giving birth to a burning porcupine.

Halt when you see school-bus stop sign
School time has rolled around once more; this means there are many school buses on the road again.

Why $46,000 to support fluoride?
According to their campaign report, the pro-fluoride group Citizens Promoting Dental Health has raised more than $46,000 to promote fluoridation, more than all other candidates and ballot groups combined.

California will come to Alaska's rescue
The letter to the editor "Cease Fire ..." on Sept. 14 is a classic example of a lifelong Alaskan who thinks Alaska won't survive without Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young.

Wal-Mart falls victim to greed
I used to have one opinion about Wal-Mart until I caught an eye-opening expose on the Starz channel. Wal-Mart tends to monopolize and shut out small businesses, resist contributing to the communities and abuse workers in China, etc., all to provide Americans with these low prices.

Know the costs of fluoridation
A recent letter to the editor promoted the cost benefits of putting fluoride in our water supply. I would like to present a different view.

Alaskans should drink Alaska's milk
We should be crying over spilled milk. In fact, we should be bawling about the Matanuska Maid Dairy being sold. There is a nationwide trend to develop food resources within a 100-mile radius of one's home.

Assembly passes new panhandling ordinance
The Juneau Assembly approved a new panhandling ordinance Monday night that clarifies the time, place and ways people can panhandle after free speech issues were raised about the old ordinance.

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

School Board candidate: Bell-Graves promotes vocational education
JoAnne Bell-Graves said her commitment to her young son kept her from running for the Juneau School Board when people asked her to in the past. But after she got a few calls urging her to run this time, her son, now in high school, told her, "go for it mom."

Photos: On the run
More than 50 motorcycles line Franklin Street on Sunday during the Bob Valliant Memorial Toy Run. The event collects toys for children receiving treatment at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Photo: Icebreaker on break
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy docked Monday at the Juneau waterfront. The 420-foot polar icebreaker, commanded by Capt. Ted Lindström, is the nation's newest and largest heavy icebreaker.

Police & Fire
Juneau police reported

Photo: Decked out
John Lager drills holes in a beam Monday to be used in the new wing of his Highland Drive home. Lager, a longtime shoe repairman, musician and all-around handyman, is building his home addition by himself. He started the project in July.

School Board candidate: Sargeant says she'd work for student, family choice
At the top of Destiny Sargeant's list of priorities is choice - for students and for parents. The Juneau School Board candidate spent six months on the committee planning for Juneau's new themed-based high school curriculum, called "Next Generation."

Around Town

Around Town

Photo: Evidence that fall has come
A car along Basin Road shows signs of the changing of seasons Sunday as it collects cottonwood, mountain ash and alder leaves.

Incumbent only candidate for District 1 Assembly seat
Juneau Assembly incumbent Jeff Bush realizes he's in a pretty enviable position.

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John D. Magers
Juneau resident John D. Magers died Sept. 9, 2007, at home after a lengthy battle with liver disease. He was 65.

Alan Gerard Kegler
Juneau resident Alan Gerard Kegler died Sept. 19, 2007, following a boating accident off the waters of Lincoln Island in Juneau. He was 58.

Empire editorial: Vote yes on Proposition 5
A reminder that people used to regularly carry guns into one of Juneau's elementary schools shows just how much times have changed.

Empire editorial: A valley pool a good choice for all of Juneau
In a season in which people often can't step outside without drenching rain coming at them sideways, you'd think the last thing Juneau needs is another place to get wet.

My Turn: This is fluoridation? This is madness
Maybe you've read the Juneau Smiles folks' information pamphlet on why Juneau needs fluoride in our drinking water. Hopefully the following information will assist in better understanding this issue.

Keep Juneau's water fluoride-free
One of our many privileges here in Southeast Alaska is access to an abundance of pure and excellent fresh water. I'm happy to enjoy this water straight from the tap without added fluoride.

My Turn: Don't throw the baby teeth out with the bath water of fear
The people who will gain the most from a Yes vote on Proposition 2 on Oct. 2 are children. This is especially so for those among us whose families are poor and without access to doctors and dentists.

Huge win keeps JDHS at No. 1
For the third straight week the Juneau-Douglas High School football team stayed on top of the latest Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network prep poll.

Ling's win sparks JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team showed it can play with some of Anchorage's top teams over the weekend.

A single wing and a prayer
With Friday's game against West Valley well in hand, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team played some old-school football in the fourth quarter.

Results: Southeast Conference Cross Country 1-2-3A Championships

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.

Haines' boys, girls roll to small-school regional championships
Juneau-Douglas High School's Hunter Brown may have won the Southeast Conference Class 4A boys cross-country title Saturday in Sitka, but that doesn't mean he was the fastest on the course.

UA program aims to aid rural vet care
A pilot program aimed at increasing the number of veterinary technicians in rural Alaska is going into full swing this fall.

Closing arguments made in Kott trial
A former Alaska lawmaker on trial for bribery made drunken boasts about his legislative maneuvers on behalf of an oil field services company but did not sell his influence for bribes, his attorney said in closing arguments Monday.

This Day in History
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Northwest Digest
School district to host bullying forum; Search for missing hiker suspended; Mount Ashland ski expansion blocked

UA foundation celebrates banner year
The University of Alaska Foundation had one of the highest amounts of donations in its history in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Duckling a hope for Steller's eiders
Maybe it was the private room with soft moss for nesting. Maybe it was the duck penthouse about 8 inches off the ground to simulate the raised ridges upon which Steller's eiders like to breed in arctic Alaska.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

'Into the Wild' a marketing puzzle for state
As the film version of "Into the Wild" opens in movie theaters, tourism officials and local leaders in Alaska face a challenge.

Feds may have to reimburse marijuana grower
A Fairbanks man whose marijuana growing operation was disbanded in the early 1990s is poised to be reimbursed for property confiscated by the federal government.

Alaska Digest
Teen dies after shooting at home; Natural causes ruled out in prison death; Troopers release names of plane crash victims

VECO polling assistance comes under scrutiny
The Alaska Public Offices Commission decided Monday to investigate whether VECO Corp. may have violated campaign finance rules by providing poll results to favored candidates without reporting the cost of the poll.

Ketchikan experiencing numerous nuisance bears
Erika Decker was surprised one recent afternoon when she opened the door to the deck of her Creek Street apartment.

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