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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Which is a greater threat to residents?
I was recently amazed by the Assembly's approach to the fluoridation issue. In short time, the Assembly agreed to remove fluoride from our water while scientific evidence supported fluoridation and opposed it at the same time.

What does it take to get snow cleaned up?
During the past few days, I've come to the conclusion that the city of Juneau has no preparedness concerning matters outside of pandering to the tour Industry.

Protection of minority rights is up to courts
Paul H. Grant (Nov. 19) offers a succinct explanation as to why the State of Alaska should provide benefits to same-sex couples.

If road moves forward, it'll be a double theft
It'll be a double theft if Gov. Frank Murkowski is allowed to push forth his "pioneer road." The first theft will be tying up $30 million of public funds for a road that might not be built, because it doesn't meet federal requirements.

Correction

Photo: Fast-moving Berg
Juneau resident Lori Berg cross-country skis Tuesday on Mendenhall Lake.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

State scales back access road project
Two contractors Wednesday submitted bids almost double what was expected for construction of the Juneau access pioneer road, causing the state to immediately scale back the project.

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

Gustavus granted subsistence rights
Steelhead's for supper in Gustavus.

Photo: Sunny and clear
Snow glistens as the sun shines on downtown Juneau on Wednesday.

City approves hike in taxi fares
Taxi passengers will pay at least 10 percent more for a ride beginning next week.

Photo: Stretch those wings
A bald eagle soars Tuesday over the Mendenhall Loop Road.

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

Business Digest
Center offers marketing class, Development council board selected, State's small-business climate ranks 17 in U.S. & Travel group names its board of directors

Session's timing erases economic bonus
A special legislative session in the middle of November could have meant a welcome bonus for Juneau hotels and restaurants - any other year.

Photo: A tree fit for the Governor's Mansion
Department of Administration employees, from left, Dave Blackwell, Paul Disdier and Brian Parker measure the Governor's Mansion Christmas tree on Wednesday before cutting it so it will fit in the mansion.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Neighbors Digest
First Church of Christ has Thanksgiving service, The Canvas art studio begins classes January & Imagination Library holds enrollment

Living in God's day alleviates lonliness
"This is God's day; I do not wish it, To be any other day or time., This is God's place; I do not want it, To be any other place" - from the poem Divine Contentment Heals, by Peter Henniker-Heaton, Jubilee and Other Poems, 1979.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: your charity to Angoon residents, keeping the roads clear of snow, supporting high school tennis, helping in Jonathan's fundraiser, uniting our family, encouraging us while we mourn, serving us for the Day of Caring, contributing to our fall festival & funding phone book recycling

Photo: Dancing at school
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students Loretta Harris, left, and Billy Moy dance with the Children of the Noble People dance group on Oct. 23 at the school.

William Stevenson
Lifelong Juneau resident William "Bill" Robert Stevenson, 57, died Nov. 16, 2006, at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.

My turn: Separating marital status from benefits
The controversial issue of same-sex benefits is better understood through the context of the 1998 marriage amendment of the Alaska Constitution (Article 1, Section 25).

My Turn: Employee benefits shouldn't be up for a vote
I've worked lo these 23 years, a public servant toiling alongside straight people in relationships married and not.

My turn: Rural voters don't take voices for granted
I recently responded to a Gallup Poll that asked, "In the election for president in 2004, did things come up that kept you from voting or did you happen to vote?"

My Turn: Taking Celebration for granted
While waiting for the grand exit at Celebration 2006 to commence, I encountered a young woman from Ketchikan.

Sports brief: Juneau bowlers roll for awards at Special Olympics
Juneau bowlers roll for awards at Special Olympics

Tennis players double their fun at annual autumn tournament
The duo of Dream Suchitbharapitya and Diane Antaya won the women's JRC/The Alaska Club Fall Doubles Tennis Tournament on Sunday with a perfect round-robin record of 3-0.

Sports brief: Alaska Sports Hall of Fame to announce 1st class
Alaska Sports Hall of Fame to announce 1st class

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.

JAHA roundup: Wild last minute of play leads to Tier C draw
Mason Morriss' goal with 26 seconds left in regulation gave D.K. Mining a 3-3 draw against the Grey team in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier C action on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Anchorage unhappy with bridge plans
The city of Anchorage is criticizing proposals to put a bridge across the Knik Arm, finding each one is "unacceptable."

Panel backs reclassifying Kenai River as impaired
A local parks advisory board voted to support a proposal to list the lower Kenai River as impaired under the federal Clean Water Act.

Northwest Digest
Coast Guard reports details in diver's death, Sutton residents don't want another prison & Native corp. to pay $85 million to IRS

Brigade to return this weekend
The 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to start returning from Iraq this week.

Murkowski praises lawmakers' action
Lame-duck Gov. Frank Murkowski Tuesday praised a measure setting an advisory vote on same-sex benefits for public employees but didn't say where the issue was headed next.

Pipeline flow intentionally slowed
The amount of oil flowing through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline has been intentionally slowed because of high winds at the marine terminal in Valdez, where oil is loaded onto tankers for shipment to West Coast refineries.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Photo: Tears for a comrade
Pfc. Daniel Stackhouse pays his respects to Army Spc. James L. Bridges of A Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade...

Surge in oil supply drives down prices
Oil prices fell Wednesday after U.S. government data showed rising supplies of crude. Natural gas futures declined on the heels of a separate report that showed healthy domestic inventories of the home-heating fuel.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Groups file new aerial hunting suit
Another lawsuit has been filed in a new attempt by conservation groups to stop the state-sponsored killing of wolves.

Alaska Digest
Another Democrat joins Senate coalition & Two snowmachiners presumed dead

Dispute over oil, gas field development continues
Oil companies have been "stalling" for decades on developing the Point Thomson oil and gas field, and now the state should strip them of their leases on the property, former Gov. Wally Hickel and others said Monday.

Oil flow resumes at Valdez
The loading of oil into tankers at the Valdez marine terminal has resumed after high winds forced a slowdown of crude through the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Photo: Skate time
Skaters take to the ice at Westchester Lagoon on Sunday in Anchorage.

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