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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

It's time to build a DZ basketball court
I am writing because I am concerned about our community. As a parent I support the construction of the basketball court at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The DZ community needs this basketball court so that children can enjoy it.

Don't shut the entire town to smoking
Myself and others have no problem having smoke-free places available for children and young adults; I understand.

Stevens should say why VECO involved
This is a response to the Sept. 28 article, "Stevens, worker at odds over fundraising."

Plastic grocery bags can be recycled
Regarding the Sept. 23 Outdoors column, "Reduce, reuse and recycle to save the Pacific Ocean," the assertion that plastic generated from recycled plastic bags is of "limited usefulness" is incorrect.

Channel Drive anglers need to be respectful
I work on Channel Drive, and every day during our breaks, my co-workers and I take a walk to get some fresh air.

A fourth-grader speaks her mind
I think that if the people who want to be elected make a promise to get elected and don't keep their word, they should either get a lower pay, or get fired.

Leave the big-box stores alone
Wal-Mart and Home Depot concerns and comments need to be put to rest.

Listen to 6-year-old about bears, trash
I am a resident of Angoon, and my 6-year-old boy wanted me to write a letter to the editor. He has this to say:

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

Photo: Potential fast ferry tested, 1982 Images from another time
A Boeing jetfoil blasts through the Gastineau Channel in August 1982. The jetfoil, brought to Southeast Alaska as a fast ferry demonstration project, sailed Southeast waters for tests, but no ships were ordered.

Hikers rescued near glacier
Rescuers were called to Mendenhall Glacier on Sunday night to bring out two hikers that became stranded in the rain and darkness after their dog became skittish on cliffs near the glacier.

UAS approves new degree in art
Starting this spring, University of Alaska Southeast art majors can take a more art-centric course load.

Around Town

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

Photo: Catching a ride
Jason Hort tows his daughter, Kara, 4, as they skate Monday during a parent and tot skate session at the Treadwell Ice Arena. The popular skating rink is now open seven days a week, and offers several skating options including youth and adult hockey, skills and drills lessons, open skating and a special Halloween skate.

Photo: Working amid the dust at the Governor's Mansion
Workers are replacing the 95-year-old building's antiquated plumbing system and are generating lots of dust as they remove old pipes. The first phase of construction is scheduled to be completed in December. The second phase will be done next year.

Photo: Heart of Mendenhall Glacier exposed
Amy Sherwin, a visitor service information assistant at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, kayaks near a wall of blue ice Sunday at the face of the Mendenhall Glacier.

Photo: Passing the shoe
Gary and Claudia Pierce share a laugh Saturday with customers who came to visit during their last day of work at Hudson's Shoe Store on Seward Street.

Around Town

Absentee voters show high turnout
Turnout could be relatively brisk in the general city election if the number of absentee votes is any indication.

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Richard Van Trump
Juneau resident Richard "Tiny" Van Trump died Sept. 21, 2007, in Juneau. He was 44.

Harley L. Edwards
Former Juneau resident Harley L. "Red" Edwards died Sept. 18, 2007, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Ore. He was 84.

Alaska editorial: Lengthen statute of limitations for campaign violations
The VECO corruption scandal has revealed a stunning loophole in Alaska's political integrity laws. Candidates, corporations and others who violate state campaign laws apparently get a free pass if they can hide their offenses for a year and a day.

My turn: Improve public transportation in Juneau for common good
In any community, preventing or ending homelessness is a complicated and multifaceted concern. Each problem requires its own solution, and none of this can happen overnight. But there are some solutions that are basic and far-reaching in helping to find an answer to many of these problems.

Outside editorial: Kids' health check
President Bush appears determined to veto the $35 billion expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program that the House and Senate approved last week.

My turn: Tuition hikes for students, perks for administrators
For years, the University of Alaska's statewide administration has been a source of wonder for those of us who track UA's use of public money: "Statewide" does little to no teaching, has few to no students, yet it spends tens of millions of dollars every year on its well-heeled administrators.

My Turn: SEACC won't decide what's feasible
A while back I wrote to suggest a solution to the Kensington mess - the legal mess, that is ("Solving the Kensington dilemma," Sept. 2).

JDHS tops final poll
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team was voted into the top spot again, in the final Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network prep poll of the season, released Monday.

Gonzales busts out the big guns in Roughhouse opener
Anchorage's Cordereo "Gun 'em down" Gonzales won two fights Friday to open the Roughhouse Boxing season at Marlintini's.

Powerful defense helps JDHS make gridiron history against Rainier
Without a doubt, the 2005 Juneau-Douglas High School state championship football team was the most dominant force in program history.

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 boys and girls win up north
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys' and girls' swimming and diving teams made big statements over the weekend in Anchorage.

Fort Wainwright experiencing a baby boom
As Nancy Cone awaited the arrival of her 13th grandchild at Bassett Army Community Hospital last weekend, the atmosphere was intense, she said.

Company denies Prudhoe layoffs connected to VECO
Recent layoffs of Prudhoe Bay oil field workers has nothing to do with the scandal that surrounded VECO Corp., according to CH2M Hill, the company that recently bought VECO.

Moose hunt begins in Chugach State Park
A new hunt begins today in Chugach State Park to reduce the number of moose roaming in and near Alaska's largest city.

Russia steps up bomber exercises near Alaska
Russian warplane exercises around Alaska have become routine in the past few months, U.S. military officials said Monday, as the former Cold War superpower steps up flights from its Arctic bases.

This Day in History
In the nation and in the World

Crippled mother moose nurses calf
A crippled cow moose in west Anchorage is showing such a knack for survival that state biologists have so far avoided the normal course of putting her down.

Travel group expects drop in cruise contributions
The Alaska Travel Industry Association is concerned it may see a drop in funding as some cruise companies opt not to contribute to its coffers because of increased taxes on the industry.

Alaska man tries hand at Zulu stick fighting on show
In Zulu stick fighting, there are three ways to win. Force your opponent to quit. Knock him unconscious. Or draw blood.

This Day in History
In the nation

Alaska Digest
Power out in valley for more than 2 hours; Health officials say powder not anthrax; Four killed in plane crash near Katmai; New stamps feature northern lights

Northwest Digest
Juneau man arrested after Ketchikan crash; Group to offer free hearing screenings; Alaska dairy farmers propose cooperative; Woman dies after fall in Yellowstone; Group criticizes wolf control plan; Wash. wheat farmers rolling in the dough

Committee focuses on rapes of Indian and Alaska Native women
U.S. senators are expressing alarm at the frequency of rape in Indian country and have vowed to write legislation to help Indian and Alaska Native women who are victims of sexual assault get medical attention and justice.

Is bridge's fate connected to road?
Juneau leaders are trying to figure out if Gov. Sarah Palin's decision to cancel Ketchikan's nationally controversial "bridge to nowhere" is going to help or hurt construction of the Juneau access road.

PFD auditors work to root out cheaters
The Alaska Permanent Fund's Dividend Division has heard it all when it comes to excuses to cover up fraud - from "my dog made me forget" to "I didn't know I was supposed to be living in Alaska."

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