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Monday, October 29, 2007

Information about recruitment needed
As the President of Juneau Veterans for Peace, I was intrigued by a story describing National Guard Sgt. Seth Beebe's presentation to the Juneau School Board ("Recruiter complains about school protesters," October 17), and a subsequent letter to the editor on that topic.

Support mining; mining supports you
I have just read the article "Judge rules initiative can move forward" in the Oct. 18 issue of the Juneau Empire and would like to comment.

Women face risks if they join military
Whether the National Guard recruiters like it or not, young women and their parents should know that thousands of American women in uniform are being raped by their fellow soldiers.

Remember legislators who took VECO money
The following 12 legislators all have four things in common: 1) Every one of them has taken more than $10,000 from VECO; 2) When VECO owner Bill Allen asked to be relieved of his requirement to register as a lobbyist...

The big oil picture: Keep Alaska weak
Being just a common citizen of Alaska who is trying to understand the oil industry's position on Alaska oil, I will try to place myself in their shoes. If I were in charge of one of the oil companies operating here in this day and age, what would be my incentive to invest here?

Look to sporting work of Catholic Action
Professional sports are becoming increasingly violent and unethical. More and more we hear of serious injuries, such as head concussions, bribing and kickback scandals, rampant steroid use, intimidation and other forms of cheating.

Rescue group given a new set of wheels
On the morning of Oct. 5, as search teams looked for overdue hiker John Wilcox near the Lemon Creek Trail, Juneau Mountain Rescue prepared its new Polaris Ranger 6x6 utility vehicle for its inaugural search-voyage.

Juneau's commercial real estate market picks up momentum
Commercial real estate in Juneau appears to be gaining momentum as the tourism industry keeps retail property sales busy downtown and an influx of big box retailers has piqued the interest of smaller national chains, brokers report.

Around Town

Chamber of Commerce names Linda Thomas Citizen of the Year
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce named Linda Thomas Citizen of the Year during Saturday night's Under the Alaskan Sea celebration at Centennial Hall - an evening that included an address from Gov. Sarah Palin.

Around Town

The Herring Conundrum:
A small, oily fish has been making some big waves in Juneau recently.

City to address sewer expansion
The Juneau Assembly will take public testimony at its regular meeting tonight on an ordinance to create a Local Improvement District in North Douglas to help fund sewer expansion.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo:A spot of tea
Shelby Girmscheid, 8, left, Brandi Wiedler, 8, center, and Erica Maiquis, 9, listen to Gov. Sarah Palin on Friday during the governor's visit to their third-grade classroom at Riverbend Elementary School. Palin and her daughter, Piper, came for the class's annual Russian Tea Party.

Photo: Free as a bird
Janet Capito, president of the Juneau Raptor Center, releases a red-tailed hawk named Montana on Sunday near Skaters Cabin. The bird was picked up in September very skinny and soaking wet.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and state police reported

Prisoner arrested after walking away from Juneau halfway house, police say
A state prisoner on furlough to the Gastineau Human Services halfway house walked away from the facility Wednesday night, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Photo: Spooky seat
Erik Frenette, 7, left, Emily Nelson, 7, center, and Alyssa Nelson, 8, gather pumpkins Sunday at Don Abel Building Supplies. Along with a haunted house, all proceeds from sales help fund the Midnight Suns Fastpitch Softball Program.

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Outside editorial: Act on Shield Law
Outside editorial

Empire editorial: Anti-recruiters should have student access
A decision as consequential as joining the military should be made carefully with a sober understanding of what serving our country entails.

Alaska faces transportation problem
A few Alaskans, the media and politicians cheered when Gov. Sarah Palin canceled Ketchikan's bridge to its airport on Gravina Island. The only one profiting from that action was the governor, in publicity.

My turn: Southeast communities depend on mining jobs
I have watched with great interest Coeur Alaska's efforts to reopen the Kensington Mine. I have been a commercial fisherman for 38 years, lifetime member of United Fishermen of Alaska...

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Crossbills well designed for Southeast cuisine
Crossbills are very unusual songbirds, in that their upper and lower bills are crossed at the tips, instead of coming together in a point. This peculiar configuration is a clever adaptation that allows crossbills to open the cones of conifer trees and extract the seeds.

Web sites help people seeking alternatives to plastic
I've got plastic on the brain.Last week, I found myself talking it over while hiking Perseverance Trail and the next day, with girlfriends at the Island Pub. I have been thinking about the stark fact that all plastic ever made is still on the planet. If you want to see where it ends up, look at the last page of this month's issue of Sierra magazine. There you will find a photo of an albatross from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands whose stomach is filled with hundreds of pieces of plastic - its last meals colorful but fatal.

Out & About

'Sterile' Long Lake produces 22-pound trout
A photograph of a hefty lake trout pulled from Long Lake along the Glenn Highway has sparked an investigation into whether the state has a new, resident population of the far north char.

Getting in shape now will pay dividends this winter season
Ski season is fast approaching, but being prepared to take advantage of the winter weather starts long before the snow accumulates enough to strap on the sticks.

Hunting how-to
A group of sixth-graders from Floyd Dryden Middle School learned outdoor skills last week, including how-to training about hunting.

Southeast Conference Swimming and Diving Results
SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE SWIMMING AND DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Crimson Bears sweep Kings for top seed
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team looked impressive in a pair of straight-set victories over Ketchikan on Friday and Saturday.

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-Douglas Crimson Bears boys, girls win titles
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams captured a pair of conference crowns in impressive fashion Saturday in Ketchikan.

Photo: High spirits
Members of the Hurricanes football team get a chance to watch the cheerleaders perform as Abbey Wilwert, 12, of the Cougars cheer squad takes practice flight with the help of her teammates...

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Officials aim to keep state's shipping hub free of rats
State biologist Rick Sinnott is the city's point man for putting down belligerent moose and garbage-munching bears, but he says it's the smallest creatures that are the most invasive.

Alaska Digest
Housing Authorityto offer heating help; Woman bitten by bear near nature center; Two people suspectedof forging Alaska IDs; Man gets 60 months on old pot charges; 5.4 quake shakes area near King Cove; Man arrested in case of dismembered body

Northwest Digest
Montana governor has yet to draw an election challenger; Scientists want more data on Northwest seismic hazards; UFO Reporting Center moves from Seattle to old missile site; Nearly 50,000 pounds of dead fish removed from lake

Wolves kill half-dozen sled dogs in Yukon River village
A half-dozen sled dogs in the village of Marshall were killed by a pack of wolves roaming the Yukon River village, according to villagers and Alaska State Troopers.

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

Ex-VECO executive testifies he bribed Kohring
The former head of a major Alaska pipeline services company testified Friday that he handed state Rep. Vic Kohring $600 to $700 or more on at least five occasions.

Ted Stevens, Don Young pledge to fight for Native corporations
Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young are warning Alaska Natives that efforts are under way to get rid of contracting privileges given to Native corporations.

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

Native leader urges end to 'cloak of victimization'
Tara MacLean Sweeney called on Alaska Natives to cast off a "cloak of victimization" during her keynote speech Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

State disputes claims about tax instability
North Slope oil producers fear fiscal instability like nothing else. So much so that this year the CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. badmouthed Alaska on Wall Street, saying the state had raised taxes at least 13 times in recent years.

Zoo holds going-away party for Maggie
After months of a tug-of-war between those wanting Maggie to stay and those advocating for a warmer climate where she could be in the company of other female elephants, the 25-year-old African elephant at The Alaska Zoo is heading to sunny California on Thursday.

U.S. Supreme Court expected to decide on Exxon Valdez appeal
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday is expected to decide whether it will hear one of the final cases in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Legislature guts Palin's oil tax bill
A state Senate and House committee separately put Gov. Sarah Palin on notice Saturday: no new taxes. The committees gutted her oil tax bill, stripping out the most divisive section, an increase on net profits taxes from 22.5 percent to 25 percent.

Service dog helps autistic boy in Anchorage
A miracle dog lives in Anchorage. Her name is Halo. She hasn't caught any criminals or won a sled dog race but a 4-year-old Oceanview boy named Leo really likes her.

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