Fluoride vote a disappointment
The Oct. 2 election was a lost opportunity for the people of Juneau. The gap between the haves and the have-nots in this country is getting larger all the time. The rich are becoming richer and the poor are struggling and becoming more numerous.

Outside interests skewed fluoride debate
While I do not consider myself to be overly astute politically (I always seem to vote for the candidate who does not get elected), I feel confident venturing the guess that the side in favor of returning fluoride to Juneau's water supply seems to be concerned about much more than the dental health of the defenseless little children of our town.

AK Women in Timber to hold reunion
For some 20 years, Alaska Women in Timber was a strong advocate for the folks who lived in the woods and made their living from the timber industry. When the mills closed, camps closed, jobs were lost and the remaining AWIT members had to give up on their organization.

Don't be shocked when state has no workers
As an 18-year employee of the state of Alaska, I read the Empire's Oct. 5 article, "State steps up efforts to keep, find workers," with great interest. I was eager to find out what rhetoric the state would use to sidestep the real issues of dealing with lousy pay and its pathetic Tier IV retirement system.

Theater still important part of community
I've been reading with great interest the letters about Perseverance Theatre and the changes to come. After the Empire Editorial on Sunday, I was moved to write something in response. I work at Perseverance Theatre, but this is not an official response.

Coeur owned by its shareholders
Coeur and the Kensington Mine are owned by the shareholders of the publicly owned company Coeur - not the managers who met with the representatives of three conservation groups as reported in a article.

Watson family suit seeks $100,000
With both defendants serving prison time for their involvement in the 2005 Brotherhood Bridge accident that killed college student Jody Watson, her family is moving fully into the civil phase of the case.

Photo: Mental Illness Awareness Week declared
Anna Kim, special assistant to Gov. Sarah Palin, second from right, shakes hands with Walter Majoros, executive director of Juneau Youth Services, after she read an executive proclamation from the governor Monday at the Capitol.

Photo: Fresh coat
Joe Edwards of Alaska Stone and Concrete paints the new handrails Monday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum during a break in the rain. The handrails were installed earlier this summer, but painting was delayed because of high tourist traffic.

Commission approves Office Depot permit
The Juneau Planning Commission unanimously approved a land-use permit for Office Depot in Lemon Creek on Tuesday, despite questions about a shortage of industrial land and possible implications for a second access road to the area.

Critics: State retirement plan was too risky
After more than 1,000 state employees lost a total of about $5.65 million in their retirement accounts in an unexpectedly risky bond fund, some critics of changes to the retirement system last year say they shouldn't have been investing there anyway.

Planners to review Office Depot permit
A land-use permit for an Office Depot planned in Lemon Creek is back for review before the Juneau Planning Commission tonight, after a study showed the store will not increase traffic significantly in the area.

Photo: Serving children, one step at a time
Hunter Duncan, a fourth-grade student at Auke Bay Elementary School, walks along an obstacle course on stilts that he and "Big Brother" Dave Klein built Tuesday at the school.

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Police & Fire
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska consolidate offices
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska recently consolidated its independent agencies into one statewide organization in what it described as an effort to better serve children, families and schools.

Big Brothers Big Sisters unites statewide to best serve Alaska
In an effort to bring its life-changing mission to an increasing number of children, families, schools and communities across Alaska, Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Alaska consolidated on Aug. 1.

Franks celebrate 50 years
Wally and Elizabeth (Gamble) Frank Sr., of Angoon, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 10, 2007, in Juneau. Friends and family will host a potluck style dinner on Oct. 11.

King, Roff wed
Angela Marie King and Christopher Roff, both of Tucson, Ariz., were married June 16, 2007, at Lake Powell Resort in Page, Ariz. The reception followed on the Escalante Lawn at the Wahweap Marina.

Children know the power of names
Children feel the power of names. I know my daughter likes her babysitter; she began saying the sitter's name almost immediately. Strangely, I gauge her comfort by her willingness to name the people around her.

Tools of the trade
Joe Orsi gave the second presentation of the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners Presidents Lecture Series last Friday at the Mendenhall Valley library.

Pets of the week
'Sassy,' 'classy' old lady cats seek stable homes

Neighbors Digest
Filipino-American Association hosts scholarship fundraiser; The Learning Connectionannounces extended hours





Nicholas Vonda Jr.
Former Juneau resident Nicholas Joseph Vonda Jr. died unexpectedly on Oct. 4, 2007, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, while being treated for pneunomia. He was 60.

Bruce Edmund Hinke
Longtime Juneau resident Bruce Edmund Hinke died Oct. 3, 2007, in Juneau. He was 62.

Stories among the darkness
The autumn equinox last month marked the official end of summer, and thus we began the journey to the shorter days of winter. The change in daylight hours comes rapidly, urging us toward the darkness while the endless days of the season past seek refuge in our memories to become part of our life stories.

My turn: State reviewing hiring options
This year, the state has offered the best union contracts in 15 years. What else can the state do to attract and retain professional, well-qualified employees?

Outside editorial: Guiding judges
Last week, the Supreme Court addressed an issue ripped from the headlines - or at least the Op-Ed pages. Should the possession of crack cocaine lead to a significantly longer prison sentence than possession of the powder variety?

Outside editorial: Time for a passenger bill of rights for air travel
Heeding growing groans of frustration from airline passengers, President Bush has given Transportation Secretary Mary Peters and Robert Sturgell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, until the end of the year to present him with a plan to do two things.

My Turn: Clean elections will keep us on course
Alaska is an amazing place for grassroots democratic action. Perhaps it is because Alaska's rich history is younger than most other states that the vibrant nature of politics shines so brightly.

Outside editorial: Deadly Wisconsin shooting should serve as a warning
A quarrel breaks out, and suddenly six people are dead. Later, the shooter himself is shot. That tragedy took place in Crandon, Wis. - a quiet North Woods community previously known to the outside world for a long and bitter dispute over a proposed copper and zinc mine.

Second-half scores lift Wildcats past Cowboys
A pair of second-half touchdowns helped lift the Wildcats past the Cowboys 13-6 on Saturday in a Juneau Youth Football League Cub Division battle.

More honors for JDHS cross country
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams picked up more honors at the Alaska School Activities State Cross Country Championships in Palmer.

Crimson Bears set for 1st ever state tourney
The best player in the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis program's brief history literally just fell from the sky.

How the first ASAA state tourney works
There will be little margin for error for teams wanting to win the first-ever Alaska School Activities Association State Tennis Championship this weekend in Anchorage.

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JDHS roundup: Bears' tennis prepares for state
The Juneau-Douglas High School tennis wrapped up its regular season on Sunday at the JRC/The Alaska Club in the Mendenhall Valley.

Northwest Digest
Report spurs police, Coast Guard search; Governor's press secretary to depart; Basin Road trestle closed for repairs; Ex-Iditarod director dies in balloon fall; Fairbanks officials question prison plan; Agency endorses plan for fish recovery

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Seward woman named Teacher of the Year
Eighth-grade teacher Laura Beck demands excellence from her pupils and usually receives it, but she's not one to hold a grudge if a kid has a bad day.

Northwest Digest
Conference looks at oil spills in Arctic; Oregon teacher wants to take gun to school; Pollution found in remote areas of park; Effort to halt climate change blocked in Wyo.

State announces plans to add 2,000 prison beds
State officials are visiting several communities that could have their local correctional facilities expanded under the state's new prison plan.

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Anchorage has new tool to catch child predators
Cases of child pornography are on the rise in Alaska, and police say they are falling behind in their efforts to catch child predators who are using the Internet to target victims.

Torrent of Discovery
A private dive team exploring the waters of Southcentral Alaska has discovered the oldest American shipwreck ever found in the state, officials said Monday.

Proposal to loosen rules for Nelchina caribou herd rejected
A joint board killed a proposal to open the land where the Nelchina caribou herd roams to more hunters.

State workers lose millions to bond fund
After a supposedly low-risk bond fund in which 1,100 state employees invested their retirement money plunged in value in August, state officials are considering pursuing legal action against one of the nation's top mutual fund companies.

Land dispute in Kodiak heads toward appeals court
A recent federal court ruling siding with a Kodiak Island village Native corporation in a land dispute could be headed for an appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Tom Anderson says he accepts responsibility in bribery case
For the first time since facing federal corruption charges, former Anchorage Rep. Tom Anderson is publicly admitting he broke the law.

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