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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Support Juneau football
What happened to the Juneau crowd? What happened to the support that the Juneau Youth Football League used to enjoy?

Enforce law at DIPAC
Recently, there have been several letters in the Juneau Empire that highlighted a few of the many disgusting activities that are currently running rampant at the dock near Douglas Island Pink and Chum.

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.

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.

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.

Raising dough with pie
The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery hopes its "Dance For Pie" fundraiser on Friday night is a big step toward raising a final $100,000 to complete the popular downtown arts center.

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: 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.

Alex sentenced to 3 years in prison for student's death
David Alex, 24, sobbed hard in the already tearful courtroom Wednesday, before he was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the 2005 traffic death of Jody Watson.

Around Town

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: Casting a vote
Rich Conneen, left, casts his ballot Tuesday at the North Douglas precinct at the Juneau Fire Station. Precinct worker Tom Matthews assists him.

Unofficial results of municipal election by precinct

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

Business Digest
Juneau Power Sports offers Chinese ATVs; Hudson's Shoe Store sold to new owners; Nominations sought for citizen awards

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

Corrections
Because of inaccurate information provided to the Juneau Empire, a Tuesday story on the fluoride ballot initiative contained an incorrect statement about dental services.

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.

Judge gives Delez 12 years
Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins said Wednesday she had high hopes for Anthony Delez as she sentenced him to 12 years in prison for manslaughter and drunken driving, with almost five years suspended.

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.

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.

Around Town

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.

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

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.

Pets of the week
Cats and rats up for adoption

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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: 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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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.

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.

My turn: Californication of Alaska
To the Alaskan-now-Californian who suggested that Alaska takes more than it gives and that Ted and Don are irrelevant so we should kick them out of office.

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.

The religious right's threat
Back in May 2000, I learned firsthand that James Dobson is a tough man to please.

Outside editorial: America's attic is rotting within the Smithsonian
Any responsible property owner faced with a leaky roof or faulty wiring would figure out some way to undertake the repairs. Not so the caretakers of the nation's treasures at the Smithsonian Institution.

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

JDHS looks to come together
Just one look at the list of teams attending this weekend's 16th annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza tournament is all it takes to know that the Crimson Bears will have their hands full.

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.

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.

Corrosion issue resurfaces in Palin's tax bill
Gov. Sarah Palin is taking a new tack to try to keep the state from having to pay for the cost of years of inadequate North Slope pipe maintenance with tax breaks.

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
Dividend deliveredto Alaska residents; Trial opens for man charged in death; Man avoids jail time for selling seal parts

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.

Coeur, environmental groups meet about mine tailings
Representatives of three conservation groups met with the owners of the Kensington Mine and Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho throughout the day on Tuesday to discuss the mine's tailings disposal, but the substance of the talks were kept confidential by all parties.

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

Alaska teachers' union sued again over former director's behavior
Alleged workplace discrimination by the former executive director of the Alaska teachers' union, Tom Harvey, has drawn a lawsuit from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

This Day in History
In the Nation and in the World

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

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.

Laboratories in Barrow a new hot spot for climate research
A long-awaited research facility scientists hope will house the next generation of arctic research is perched above the table-flat tundra a few miles from downtown Barrow.

Regulators withdraw permit for Red Dog mine pollution
Federal regulators have withdrawn their approval for a permit that would allow the release of waste from the state's largest mine into waterways near the village of Kivalina in northwest Alaska.

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