Urge Alaska delegation to help override veto
It was ironic that the very day President Bush vetoed the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, we in Juneau awoke to hear that our community voted down protection for our children's dental health.

Voting for anti-Alaska Dems makes no sense
The recent Juneau election results on bond issues, state employees dissatisfaction with wages and benefits really have me confused.

No surprise over fluoride vote outcome
It's not the least bit surprising to me that even after the people of Juneau voted with their health in mind, letters continue to pour in to the newspaper. I'm almost positive that for this one that was printed, 25 more were left on the cutting room floor.

Parents should ensure health of kids' teeth
This letter is in response to the editorial by Dr. Kim C. Smith, "Fluoride vote a disappointment," on Oct. 9. Smith stated that "Next time you see a young child with rotten teeth, just think how much harder it will be for him or her to be successful in society because of the poor first impression that smile will make."

Bristol Bay's natural resources good as gold
I have just become aware of the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska. I encourage the citizens of Alaska to resist the lure of the potential wealth the developers of this mine hope to create. The price is much too high.

Fair pay only part of the problem
I am a state employee and have written in regards to issues involving our pay. While pay is probably the most crucial part of the loggerheads we are at, it is only the tip of the iceberg.

We have a common enemy - apathy
When Pete Weber suggested in his Oct. 8 letter that environmentalists and unions have sent our manufacturing jobs overseas ("Liberals, unions cause damage to the nation,") my first thought was that he is granting these organizations far more power than they really possess.

Alaska state ferry not just for tourists
I read with interest the story about increasing the cost to ride the ferry system, and wonder what input there is from those towns not on the "tourist" runs.

Police & Fire
Juneau Police, fire officials and state troopers reported

Photo: Picturesque day
Brittney Cochran, left, and Michelle Johnson review their pictures Sunday near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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Photo: A break in the weather
Mary Capobianco, left, and Ann Turner Olson take advantage of Sunday's sunny weather to go for a power walk up the Eaglecrest road. A snow-covered Mount Stroller White is in the background.

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

City OKs security cameras for docks
Big Brother could be watching you - even in Juneau. The Juneau Assembly appropriated $219,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security at its regular meeting Monday.

Bartlett remodel nears completion
In job-site lingo, it's referred to as "the bid-two remodel phase-one." Next spring, when the freshly remodeled 36,000 square-feet of hospital space reopens, it will be a respiratory therapy room, a gift shop, and physical therapy and surgical recovery rooms.

Photo: Perfect shot
Etienne Soboleff, a fifth-grader at Glacier Valley School, raises her hands in excitement Monday after her basketball goes through the net while playing H-O-R-S-E with high school student volunteer Alex O'Neal-Smith at the Juneau Boys and Girls Club.

Photo: Preparing for restoration
Addison Field, curator of collections and exhibits for the Juneau-Douglas Museum, looks Monday at an oystercatcher head, a piece that came loose from the "Four-Story Totem Pole" outside of the museum.




Outside editorial: Illegals are here for the jobs
A court ruling Oct. 10 threw a major wrench into the Bush administration's chief mechanism for blocking the employment of illegal immigrants in this country. Despite the ruling, we still think the administration had found the right formula for workplace enforcement and should keep pressing to implement it.

Outside editorial: Few candidates tiptoe on the Third Rail
When it comes to the presidential race, the problem of runaway entitlement spending is something like the weather: All the candidates complain about it, but few want to get specific about what they would do to change it.

My turn: A response to Kreitzer's data on state employees
I have to take issue with several points in Alaska Commission of Administration Annette Kreitzer's editorial of Oct. 10. She stated, "The average stay of an employee with the state right now is about 10 years, and the average age of that employee is about 45.

My turn: PPT creates more money, helps indie producers
The state says one-quarter of our projected oil production will come from projects requiring significant new investment in just two more years.

Outside editorial: The Rendition Case: No further review
It's not often that the Supreme Court inadvertently promotes a Hollywood movie with one of its rulings. But the soon-to-open Jake Gyllenhaal thriller "Rendition" just got a big boost from the nation's highest court.

My turn: We need Juneau vs. Ketchikan middle school soccer
I have lived in Ketchikan for more than 15 years. My three children have gone through the school system enjoying the opportunity to compete in sports and other activities both at Ketchikan High School and Schoenbar Middle School.

Juneau duo of Bursell and Rivera conquer world's toughest triathlon
Juneau's Tracy Rivera and John Bursell more than held their own Saturday at the 2007 Ironman World Championships triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Wunderlich's hat trick propels Doc Water's Pub
Three goals by Michael Wunderlich led Doc Water's Pub past the Ice Pirates 4-1 in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A matchup on Oct. 7 at Treadwell Arena.

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

Northwest Digest
Boy on bicycle struck by police vehicle; Plan for lights viewing station irks neighbors; Bering Sea crab fishery less deadly; Idaho grizzly death raises questions

Clam Gulch man looks for burglar, finds a bear
A Clam Gulch man awakened by a bump in the night went to investigate and found an intruder, but it wasn't a burglar.

Poll asks legislators about ties to VECO
The Alaska Public Interest Research Group on Monday released results of a survey asking sitting legislators whether they'd been the recipient of a VECO Corp. poll or had any other contacts with the company.

Anderson sentenced to five years
Former state Rep. Tom Anderson helped the FBI investigate a half dozen other cases of suspected public corruption in Alaska.

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

Peace groups display boots to show cost of war
Peace groups brought a solemn display to Anchorage: an exhibit of 109 pairs of black boots representing the 109 American servicemen and women with connections to Alaska who have died in Iraq.

Drilling shows rich deposits at Pebble Mine
Exploratory drilling this year at Pebble Mine near the world's most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery supports earlier findings: it's extraordinarily rich with high-quality copper and gold.

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

Alaska Digest
Closed-door talks about mine continue; Fort Richardsonsoldier killed in Iraq; Fairbanks teen dies in high-speed crash; Pilots warned of ash from Russian volcano

Pregnant women told to limit fish consumption
The Alaska health department issued its first guidelines on Monday recommending pregnant women and young children to limit their consumption of certain fish from Alaska waters because of dangerous levels of mercury.

Palin promotes oil tax in Anchorage
Gov. Sarah Palin spoke to a crowd of oil industry representatives, lawmakers and residents on Sunday, trying to convince them that her proposed new oil tax should replace the one passed under former Gov. Frank Murkowski's administration last year.

Alaska Territorial Guard celebrates 60th anniversary
Harold Bahr became a man at 11, when he joined a largely Native militia called up to protect the vast territory of Alaska from the threat of Japanese aggression during World War II.

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