Doctors OK; strategy for campaign was not
I agree with Larry Weeks in that Carolyn and George Brown are admirable doctors and human beings who do not deserve to be castigated for expressing their views on fluoridation. I have no quarrel with their personal conduct during the election.

Juneau should declare tax holiday
In case you've missed it, the wholesale price of heating oil and unleaded gasoline has increased since this day last year.

Photo: Reflections on art at the Public Market
Sara Hagen, reflected in the left mirror, looks at a glass flower and dish with her daughter, Annie, 8, on Friday as they are helped by Rob Morgenthaler, right, at the Public Market at Centennial Hall. The glass artwork is the work of Nell McConahey of Spiral Studio in Juneau.

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

Around Town
Community work service project, 9 a.m. every Sunday, Cornerstone, 9290 Hurlock Ave. Come dressed for the weather. Sponsored by Juneau Youth Services. Details: Brad, 523-6549.

Eaglecrest to benefit from FAA power plan
Summer hikers, berry pickers and cyclists soon will no longer have to bushwhack on dangerous hillsides to reach alpine play land.

My turn: Passing the baton to Juneau Commission on Sustainability
A recent city of Juneau resolution created the Juneau Commission on Sustainability and repealed a resolution that gave life to the Juneau Energy Advisory Committee. The newly established commission met for six hours recently to continue its important work of establishing goals and strategies.

Empire editorial: High school delays should not be secret
Why in the world is the city of Juneau agreeing to pay Coogan Construction as much as $700,000 to speed up completion of Thunder Mountain High School when the city and the Juneau School District have known since last May the project is at least two months behind?

My turn: Respect military, troops' efforts
My name is Sgt. Leo Librando and I'm currently serving with the U.S. Marines. This is my response to the articles I have read in the Juneau Empire about serving in the military.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Packing a few extra items can prevent a tragedy in backcountry
With the heavy accumulations of snow that fell in several backcountry locations this past week, many are preparing to head for the hills this weekend, and whether snowmachining in Turnagain Pass, skiing the Resurrection Trail, or mushing in the Caribou Hills, all outdoor recreationists should be prepared for an emergency situation.

Photo: Heads up
Two Barrow's goldeneye ducks are spooked by a harbor seal downtown by the wharf pilings in this montage photo.

Palin's parents live a life of affinity with wilderness
Think Gov. Sarah Palin is an interesting person?

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

State lawmakers hope to help with downside of high oil prices
During a special session in which Alaska tried to profit from the increasing value of its oil, worries over the effect of those high prices for heating oil at times threatened to derail the deal.

Survey: Alaska youth engage in fewer risky behaviors
Alaska high school students smoke and drink less compared to a decade ago, according to a recent survey.

Warm weather blankets state
It's been an unusually warm week for much of Alaska.

The Rise of Oil
The price of oil is climbing toward the once unimaginable level of $100 a barrel, with prices closing Friday in New York at a record of more than $98 a barrel. That's good news for Alaska, which has more riding on high oil prices after the just-completed special session on oil taxes. "We'll start sharing in this bounty of high prices," said Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage. "If it goes down, we're in trouble," according to Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage.

Rep. Don Young woos voters with telephone meetings
U.S. Rep. Don Young is reaching out to voters through an increasingly popular tool for lawmakers: the telephone town hall meeting.

Northwest Digest
Juneau Assemblyto hear Hood appeal

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