Wednesday, October 3, 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.

Juneau man laments the state of the nation
Well, the U.S. Senate approved another $150 billion for the suppression of Iraqis while we extract their oil. Man, those defense and oil industries must be rolling in our dough and our blood as well. Don't guess the troops will be coming home soon.

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:

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

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

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.

Wal-Mart should be held accountable
We've read article after article about millions of imported toys containing toxic lead and dangerous magnets. Mattel has taken responsibility for the safety of its products, but Wal-Mart has to be held accountable as well.

Photo: High stepping
The New Archangel Dancers from Sitka perform Tuesday at Centennial Hall during the Alaska Travel Industry Association's annual convention and trade show. The convention runs through Thursday.

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

Around Town

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.

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.

Voters support sales tax, school renovation bonds
Juneau voters overwhelmingly voted in the Tuesday city election in favor of extending a temporary 1 percent sales tax and providing $22 million in bonds for renovation of two elementary schools.

Incumbents Wanamaker, Dybdahl, Bush sweep Assembly election
Juneau voters decided against making any changes to the Juneau Assembly as incumbents made a clean sweep of three races on Tuesday.

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Smathers faces 3 years in prison
An effort to paint Stephanie Smathers as another victim in the 2005 traffic accident that left a college student dead fell on deaf ears as Judge Patricia Collins sentenced the 21-year-old to six years in prison, with three suspended.

Photo: First landing on hospital's new helipad
A helicopter touches down Tuesday for the inaugural landing on Bartlett Regional Hospital's new helipad, located on the building's new wing.

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.

Juneau says no to fluoride
Juneau's voters delivered a resounding "no" to fluoridating the city's water supplies on Tuesday, putting an end, for now, to one of the most hotly contested and expensive ballot initiatives in the city's history.

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

Voters approve Mendenhall Valley pool; ball players must stick to mud
Voters on Tuesday approved a $19.8 million swimming pool in Mendenhall Valley, but rejected a measure to provide $3.9 million to pay for artificial-turf ball fields.

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.

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

Recognitions
Top three winning pairs in the Juneau Duplicate Bridge Club's special "Match Point" tournament game were Mary Lou Meiners and LaVerne Bruce; and Elizabeth Blecker and Morgan Landry.

Neighbors Digest
City Museum begins winter hours, season of free admission; United Way sponsors local Day of Caring on Thursday; SEARHC Kake Health Promotion plans breast cancer walk; Riverbend Elementary holds Healthy Futures Family Nights

SEARHC hires new President,CEO
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Board of Directors on Thursday selected Roald Helgesen to be SEARHC's new President/CEO.

Blanc, Branch wed
Noelle Blanc and Clark Branch were married in a small private ceremony on July 28, 2007, at the Gustavus Inn in Gustavus.

Pets of the week
Cats and rats up for adoption

Novotney, Koeneman wed
Crystal Novotney, of Juneau, and Jamie Koeneman, of Petersburg, were married Sept. 17, 2007, at Disney World. A Juneau reception will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Hangar Ballroom.

Photo: A ton of fun
More than 1,000 pounds of toys were delivered to Bartlett Regional Hospital by the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers Motorcycle Club following the annual Toy Run on Sept. 23.

Chlamydia is a common infection
I will never forget calling my 63-year-old patient, married all her life to the same man, to tell her she had Chlamydia. At the clinic we screened all our patients for Chlamydia even though many, like this woman, would not have appeared to be at high risk.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for donating fresh pink salmon; Thanks for supporting responsible dog owners

CHOICE retreat to SAGA
Sponsored by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, the CHOICE retreat included "low initiative" events, which required physical and mental cooperation among a group of individuals to solve a task. SAGA's facilitators focused on group cohesion, trust and communication among group members.

Sterley, Johnson wed
Megan Marie Sterley, of Juneau, and Kiley Charles Johnson, of Spokane, Wash., were married in a private ceremony on July 21, 2007, at Chewelah Golf and Country Club, in Chewelah, Wash.

Kocsis, Della Rosa celebrate 25 years
Steve Kocsis and Cristina Della Rosa celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2007, by the Mendenhall Glacier, which they reached by kayak.

Photo: Youth haul
Juneau Youth Sailing volunteers hauled a floating dock out for the season on Sept. 30. The Juneau Youth Sailing support team is creating a volunteer network this fall for the 2008 sailing season.

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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.

Timothy Rollmann
Former Juneau resident Timothy Kent "Tim" Rollmann died unexpectedly on Sept. 25, 2007, at his home in Searcy, Ark., where he lived for the past three years. He was 50.

My turn: The heartbreak at DIPAC: fishing area is a hodgepodge
Reading the letter about the mess on Channel Drive with litter and waste prompts me to add my comments to the situation there.

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).

Celebrate the wealth of local art this month
Two weeks ago, about 35 board members and staff of local arts agencies from around Alaska came to Juneau to learn how to improve the work they are doing to promote artistic activity in their communities.

Empire editorial: Task force should act on summit concerns
Going into last Saturday's economic summit hosted by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, one might have expected the same old folks to be grousing about the same old issues of the past few years, this time expecting a different outcome.

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.

The Hurricanes hand Sitka its first JYFL Senior Division loss
Randy Segelhorst's 30-yard touchdown reception from Camden Thomas sealed the Hurricanes' 32-27 victory over Sitka on Saturday in the Juneau Youth Football League Senior Division.

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.

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

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.

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.

Palin releases draft of oil tax bill
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has released a bill proposing to boost oil taxes for the second straight year, setting the stage for a battle with major petroleum producers.

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

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.

Outsiders weigh in on PFD
When Homer Simpson crossed the border into Alaska in the animated film, "The Simpsons Movie," the customs agent greeted him with a wad of cartoon cash in a poke at the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend check that Alaskans receive every year just for being a resident.

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.

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Commission rushes to finish VECO report before start of special session
Before the Alaska Legislature starts meeting in a special session on Oct. 18 to rework oil taxes, the Alaska Public Offices Commission hopes to report on VECO Corp.'s illegal influence in the Legislature.

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.

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."

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.

Alaska Digest
Clerks catch suspect after botched robbery; Fourth plane crash victim identified; Contract to run Army utilities awarded; Man sentenced in drunk driving death; Delegation backsinsurance program

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