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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Daughter alleges abuse in military
I heard there is a big local issue about truth in recruiting and the fact that women are not safe in the U.S. military. I was asked by a Juneau friend to write the following letter.

Support protection for Juneau wildlife
A recent article described the flooding problems that have been created by beavers in the Dredge Lake area of the Mendenhall Valley, but the measures being taken in an attempt to resolve the problem - trapping and killing the beavers - are not only inhumane, but are also unlikely to affect the flooding problem long term.

In contempt of high court's abortion ruling
On Nov. 2, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled by a 3-2 margin that the state law requiring parental consent for a child's abortion is unconstitutional. Saying that the Alaska Constitution denies parents the right to control a serious medical procedure on a minor is a travesty.

Academy is not for underachievers
I'm outraged and quite disappointed by Jean M. Mischel and Paul M. Skan's Nov. 12 My Turn editorial "Don't let focus on dropouts hurt high achievers." There is a common phrase, don't judge a book by its cover.

State workers' rights include free speech
Some Alaska State Employees Association staff and leaders have totally forgotten that the association's constitution not only protects free speech but requires the union to encourage it.

Bishop Michael Warfel prepares to leave Juneau
Bishop Michael Warfel, the first Catholic priest in Southeast Alaska elevated to that position, leaves Juneau in January for reassignment to the Diocese of Billings in Great Falls, Mont.

Around Town

Afghanistan ambassador details successes, struggles
Afghanistan ambassador to the United States Said T. Jawad emphasized Tuesday night that there are significant differences between Iraq and his home country.

Juneau focuses on energy issues
Energy issues have come to the fore as the Juneau Planning Commission reviews the city's long-term plan, which originally included a goal of converting all homes, private vehicles and public transportation to electric power.

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

Photo: 'Tis the season of decorating
Roz Cruise, an employee with Department of Administration Grounds and Gardens, hangs Christmas decorations Monday on the Governor's Mansion. Work crews have been busy decorating the mansion for the holiday season.

City pays $200,000 to speed up construction of high school
The city of Juneau has agreed to pay Coogan Construction as much as $700,000 extra to finish Thunder Mountain High School on time, an incentive created in part because of a 60-day setback caused by bad weather.

Around Town

Power bills on the rise as electricity surplus dries up
Electricity customers can expect to see their bills rise this month as a dry August left lake levels low and the power company expects to have to burn diesel to make up the difference.

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

Correction

Photo: Juneau airport, 1943 Images from another time
The Juneau Airport is show in 1943. The airport was built in the 1930s for military use. From 1941 to 1945, the U.S. military used the airport for World War II missions. The first terminal was dedicated in 1949.

Andrea Doll receives crash course during fall special session
When Gov. Sarah Palin called a special legislative session to revamp the state's oil tax, freshman Rep. Andrea Doll, D-Juneau, and a handful of other legislators began a crash course on how the oil business works and Alaska's role in it.

New poll riles advocates of Juneau road
Juneau access road opponents conducted a statewide poll that they said shows 80 percent of Alaskans would rather the state spend money on their local transportation projects than on building the road.

City affordable housing panel offers solutions
Young professionals and middle-income families cannot afford to buy an average home in Juneau, members of the Juneau Affordable Housing Commission said Monday.

Juneau man charged with online enticement of teen
A Juneau man was arrested Sunday after being accused of trying to entice a friend's child into a sexual encounter over the Internet in August 2006.

School Board mulls offer for settlement in Bong Hits case
The Juneau School Board held a closed-door executive session Tuesday to discuss a recent settlement offer in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case.

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium patient housing project in Sitka breaks ground
A decade-old dream came closer to reality on Friday, Nov. 16, when the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium broke ground on a new $3.45 million patient housing facility across from the SEARHC Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Be thankful for good health on Thanksgiving
Among the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving is the good health of my family. I was reminded of this during a recent trip to the hospital.

Recognitions
Emily Elizabeth Osborn was awarded a Child Development Associate credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The credential was awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition in Washington, D.C., which represents he early childhood education profession.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for contributing to our championship

Photo: Practical math
Coast Guard Capt. Michael Cerne teaches the importance of personal flotation devices and vessel safety last Friday to sixth-grade advanced math students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. When asked if they go boating, all of the students raised their hands.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for opening your cupboards and hearts for families

Neighbors Digest
First Church of Christ, Scientist to celebrate Thanksgiving; Sponsor-a-Family needs sponsors this holiday season; Friends of the Alaska State Museum to hold workshop for youth; Denali KidCarepediatric dental clinic to be held in Angoon; Learning Connection extends its hours for month of December

Vergano, Egan wed
Jill Egan, of Juneau, and Sandy Vergano, of Randolph, N.J., were married on Oct. 7, 2007, in Portland, Ore.

Teens Against Tobacco Use members join Great American Smokeout
The local Teens Against Tobacco Use group chose the theme "If you Must Smoke, Smoke Salmon!" for this year's Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 15.

Let us embrace unity in the midst of our diversity
My inaugural contribution to Living and Growing is accompanied by a host of feelings. Among them, sadness at the passing of longtime contributor, Kathleen Wakefield, yet gladness that she is finally home in glory (Please pray comfort for family and friends missing her).

Abbott, Sims to wed
Calista Sims, of Juneau, and Charles Abbott, of California, will marry at 2 p.m. on Nov. 23, 2007, in Juneau.

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John Pauly Taylor
Former Juneau doctor John Pauly "JP" Taylor died Nov. 11, 2007, in his San Diego home. He had just turned 94.

Laura Bohulano
Juneau resident Laura Tajaran Bohulano died Nov. 18, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, where she resided for eight years. She was 90.

Martha Nelson
Angoon resident Martha (Johnson) Nelson, Kindu.éin, Ch'aak Tláa, died Nov. 18, 2007, at Mt. Edgecumble Hospital in Sitka, surrounded by family and friends. She was 94.

Jules Duane Roulet
Former Juneau resident Jules Duane Roulet died peacefully in his sleep Nov. 15, 2007, at home following a short battle with cancer. He was 65.

Robert Jennings Simi
Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Bob" Jennings Simi died Nov. 8, 2007, at his home in Salmon, Idaho, after a lengthy illness. A 1973 exalted ruler of the Elks Club, post 420, he was 78 years old.

Outside editorial: Holes in the screens
This editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times: Six years after 9/11, airport screeners are getting pretty good at spotting terrorists -- as long as they're inept amateurs.

Outside editorial: Ethanol fuel has an unfair advantage
The following editorial first appeared in the Kansas City Star: The problems of corn-based ethanol are threatening to overshadow its promise to help reduce the nation's addiction to oil.

Empire editorial: Governor needs to step in to restore legislative integrity
Too many Alaska legislators still don't get it. A surprising number act as if they don't have a grasp on the basic concept of conflicts of interest.

My turn: Alaskans deserve fair share of resource wealth
I believe the recent flyer, "Resource Review, The Tipping point," is another example of a greedy and biased group of individuals who are in the back pockets of the oil company giants...

My turn: Assembly the right place for action
The Juneau Empire's editorial addressing Juneau's involuntary participation in the anti-missile defense testing at Lena Point (On Oct. 11) stated that "getting the Juneau Assembly involved in what is a national defense policy would be a wasted effort for everyone involved."

My Turn: Thoughts about oil and Arctic refuge
I am glad to hear that Gov. Sarah Palin has helped increase the taxes on the oil that we are allowing a company to come in and take from our natural resources surplus.

Sports Digest
JDHS girls soccer team to hold skills clinic

Alaska Sports Hall of Fame voting ends Sunday
Now in its second year, the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame is holding public nominations for its second class this week. The public vote will end this Sunday at midnight.

Sports Digest
Juneau's Talisa Rhea scores nine points in win for Oregon State; Egolf sparks Bradley in South Padre Island Tournament opener; Knutson-Lombardo competes in national championship race; Angels trade Cabrera to White Sox for pitcher Jon Garland; Rivera, Yankees say OK to $45 million,three-year contract

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.

Sloths earn their second win
Kim Smith scored off Bret Connell's assist in the third period to hand the Sloths their second win of the year after beating D.K. Mining 2-1 in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B battle on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Fairbanks expert says wolf killed man
A Fairbanks wolf biologist testified at a recent Canadian coroner's inquest in what has been declared North America's first documented fatal attack by a wild, healthy wolf or wolves.

Eyak Tribe redirects hazardous materials
Neither sleet, nor rain, nor the dreary grayness of a chilly autumn day in Cordova could dampen the spirit driving the Native Village of Eyak's electronics recycling program.

Photo: Show of support
Lt. Col, David Osborn, center, and Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Feaster, right, of the Alaska Army National Guard unit 3-297 infantry battalion, present Gov. Sarah Palin with a flag on Monday that the unit flew from an Army gun truck while deployed in Iraq at Fort Richardson in Anchorage.

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

Beer makers in Alaska brace for skyrocketing price of hops
Alaska beer makers say a worldwide shortage of hops has drastically raised the price and cut the accessibility of this popular ingredient.

Alaska Digest
Architect firmto hold open house; Ketchikan settles with construction company; Kevin Fryslie to head Anchorage FBI office; Missing 14-year-old found dead in Bethel; Wasilla man charged in infant's death; Anchorage man pleads guilty in drug slaying

Stevens bristles at corruption question
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens lived up to his reputation as irascible Monday when reacting to a question about the ongoing federal investigation into corruption.

Photo: Iced berries
High-bush cranberries hang on branches lined with fresh snow Nov. 11 in the Kenai Mountains near Cooper Landing.

Alaska Digest
Woman leads police to hit-and-run suspects; Afghan ambassador to speak in Juneau; Student arrested in connection with fire

Alaska priest abuse cases still pending in Fairbanks diocese
Victims of sex abuse by Alaska-based Jesuit priests have settled for $50 million in a lawsuit against a Catholic organization in Oregon, leaving the diocese in Fairbanks as the sole defendant in the case.

Student numbers drop in Fairbanks
A number of Fairbanks-area schools with large military-dependent populations have seen marked declines in enrollment the past two years, the aftermath of shifts in the military population here, especially on Eielson Air Force Base.

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