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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Thanks, Palin, for not supporting bridge
Some of us have been waiting through 30 years of opinions and arguing for someone to finally put a stop to the construction of the "Boon-doggle Bridge to Nowhere."

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.

Business could be better for state workers, too
Thank you for your informative news coverage of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce forum held last weekend.

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.

Alaskans will get what they pay for
Of course I'm voting against the proposed General Government Unit state workers' contract.

Paparelli brought bold projects to Juneau
I'm writing to thank PJ Paparelli for his years of dedication to Perseverance Theatre. Together with the incomparable Producing Director Jeffrey Hermann, Paparelli passionately forged his vision for the theater, full of bold projects that garnered funding from such major foundations as the Doris Duke Foundation.

Business Digest
Ketchikan company buys Evergreen Motors; DOWL Engineers buys Toner-Nordling; Nominations open for chamber board; New career resource now on the Internet

Avalanche experts seek more money
With snow beginning to accumulate on the mountains above town, the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center is looking for more money before it commits to forecasting Juneau's urban avalanche threat this winter.

Around Town

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.

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

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.

Around Town

A cultural transformation
What a difference a month and 70-plus volunteers can make.

Recall vote for Chatham School Board members set for Nov. 20
After a glitch in the signature gathering, petitioners seeking to recall three members of the Board of Education in the Chatham School District have succeeded in setting a special election for Nov. 20.

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.

Photo: Trashin' fashion
Juneau-Douglas High School students Kelly Fernandez, left, Ashley Troupin, center, and Alisha Mack stage a mock-runway show Wednesday in Ali McKenna's classroom in anticipation of the Second Annual Trashin' Fashion Show.

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.

Photo: LEGO action
FIRST LEGO League is an international program for children age 9-14. Children use LEGO materials and work with adult mentors to design, build and program robots to solve real-world challenges such as energy management and conservation.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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Beverly Alice Williams
Lifelong Alaskan Beverly Alice Skeek Loy Williams died Oct. 8, 2007, in Anchorage, following a brief battle with cancer. She was 74.

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

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.

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: 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.

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.

Don't spend Gravina money yet
Before Ketchikan residents and their representatives get too strident criticizing Gov. Sarah Palin over canceling the Gravina bridge project, we should remember she agreed with Ketchikan's Sen. Bert Stedman and Rep. Kyle Johansen to put $46 million in the state budget to complete the Swan Lake-Tyee Lake Intertie.

Empire editorial: Missile defense needs to be addressed on national, not local, level
Who could have thought that tiny "isolated" Juneau would ever be caught up in the web of missile defense?

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.

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.

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.

Local iron men ready for world's biggest triathlon
Just to be in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, swimming in the Pacific Ocean and mingling with Ironman triathlon professionals is amazing enough for Juneau's Tracy Rivera and John Bursell.

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.

Juneau-Douglas wrestlers ready for season of change
It's been an offseason of change for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team.

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.

Alaska Digest
Mike Chambers leaves post as transportation spokesman for state; After fire, BP may cut oil production by 30,000 barrels a day; Lawmakers to talk about erosion at fieldhearing in Anchorage; School goes into 'stay put' mode after security finds BB gun

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

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

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.

Ex-stripper accused of borrowing murder plot from a 1994 movie
In the 1994 movie "The Last Seduction," a femme fatale coaxes her lover into killing her husband for money. Prosecutors say a beautiful stripper obsessed with the film followed the script to its murderous end.

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.

Rough waters ahead for the ferry system
Alaska's ferry system will have to cut costs or raise fares to meet a new goal of increased service, which its advisory board approved Wednesday.

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

Kott asks judge to vacate his guilty verdict
A former Alaska lawmaker convicted on three federal corruption charges has asked a judge to throw out the verdict or allow a new trial.

Two more jump into race against Rep. Don Young
Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, and current state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Kodiak, both announced Wednesday they are challenging Alaska's U.S. Rep. Don Young in his 2008 re-election bid.

Kohring back in court on a new indictment
Former state Rep. Vic Kohring was in federal court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty on a new indictment handed up last week.

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