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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Juneau should fully fund snow removal
I don't think any one was attacking the snow removal crews personally in recent letters to the editor.

Fluoride down, chlorine to go
I am so happy to hear that Juneau has removed fluoride from its water.

Youth gun-safety program a good idea
I would like to compliment Tom Milliron, the principal of the Floyd Dryden Middle School in Juneau, for his implementation of the program to teach all of his students gun safety.

Calls for Somerville to resign are unfair
Those who are calling for Ron Somerville's resignation from the Board of Game are being unreasonable and unfair.

Capital move talk is just that - talk
I am writing in response to Sunday's Alaska editorial, "If swearing-in moves, what moves next?" by the Ketchikan Daily News.

Is bias clouding hiring of educators?
I've been considering a position as substitute teacher here in Juneau, however, I've recently become aware of some disturbing issues.

Transportation is critical to prosperity
Juneau's Public Market and the news of Costco's expansion plans, Home Depot's construction and Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer's huge remodeling projects all remind me of the central place Juneau still has as a hub of Southeast Alaska.

Quitting fluoridation is disappointing
I was disappointed to see that the Assembly plans to cease the city's water fluoridation program.

Drivers need to get back to basics, too
In response to Patrick Walter's letter, "Pedestrians need to get back to the basics," Nov. 24, I would like to remind him and every other driver what the Alaska Driver Manual has to say on the subject of drivers and pedestrians.

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

Photo: Sound of the season
Buddy Smith drops his donation into the Salvation Army kettle Monday on Front Street as Bob Rose rings his bell and looks on.

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

Lost boarder finds refuge in snow cave
Douglas snowboarder Jay Blair set out at 3:30 p.m. Sunday for one last run down Eaglecrest Ski Area's East Bowl.

Space heaters trigger fires; 2 homes saved
After extinguishing two home fires, firefighters warned people Monday to be careful with space heaters, and frozen pipes kept plumbers busy with emergency calls.

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

Images from another time: Territorial governor's birthday, 1969
Former territorial Gov. George Alexander Parks, left, and then-Gov. Keith Miller prepare to have birthday cake for Parks on July 3, 1969, at the Capitol.

Costco wins preliminary approval of easement for expansion of store
Costco was granted a "no-build" public easement Monday evening by the city's Lands Committee, a subcommittee appointed by the mayor to address the city's land use issues.

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

Photo: One more day of blue skies
The fish tender Alaskan Pride enters the Don Statter Boat Harbor beneath clear blue skies on Monday in Auke Bay.

Man who shot, dumped black wolf pleads guilty
A Juneau man accused of killing a wolf out of season, then dumping its body on a road, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges.

Recognitions
Pvt. Edward D. Horton & Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School announced its first quarter honor roll students.

Neighbors Digest
The Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, a community, volunteer-run organization held March 16 and 17, is seeking volunteers to help with the less scientific jobs of organizing the science fair.

How can the Bible be the 'Way of Life' if we don't read it?
When I was making my entry into the work-a-day world, I lived in a rather strange apartment in California.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting 'Off the Grid' film showing

Pets of the week
Frankie, Kink seek homes

Photo: Shaking on it
Pastor Dan Wanders, left, and Executive Director Marc Wheeler shake hands at service on Nov. 19, after Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Big Brothers Big Sisters signed a Memorandum of Agreement...

Betty Weaver
Juneau resident Betty Barbara Weaver, 75, died Nov. 21, 2006, in Juneau.

Dale DeArmond
Former Juneau resident Dale DeArmond, 92, died Nov. 21, 2006, at the Sitka Pioneers' Home, where she lived with her husband, Robert.

Alice Elizabeth Kendall
Alice Elizabeth Kendall, 95, died Nov. 15, 2006, at Wildflower Court.

William B. Maloch
Juneau resident William "Bill" B. Maloch, 59, died Nov. 21, 2006, in Juneau due to an apparent heart attack.

Herman Rosenberger
Juneau resident Herman "Smokey" Jacob Rosenberger, 86, died Nov. 18, 2006, at his home in Juneau.

Cole Morgan Griggs
Former Juneau resident Cole Morgan Griggs, 26, died Nov. 14, 2006, in Anchorage after sustaining injuries while working on the North Slope.

Alaska editorial: Keep the state capital in Southeast Alaska
This editorial appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

My turn: All I want for Christmas
All I want for Christmas is to add my family to my health insurance coverage with the State of Alaska. Is this too much to ask for, Santa?

My turn: Let fluoride continue to be a matter of choice
During the last Assembly meeting on fluoridation, the dental community came out in support of fluoridation of our water.

Photo: Thrill of victory
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School celebrates a last-second 37-36 victory over Floyd Dryden on Monday at Dzantik'i Heeni.

Photo: Juneau Adult Hockey Association
The Yellow team's Sharon Cameron tries to get to the puck before the Blue team's Gina White during their Women's B tier game on Sunday.

Mushers, Olympic champs make Hall of Fame
Mushers and Olympians dominated the inaugural class of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

Nankervis stands tall for Island Pub
The Orange peppered Island Pub goaltender Jerry Nankervis with 30 shots but couldn't slip one past him in Monday's Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B 2-0 loss on Monday at Treadwell Arena.

Northwest Digest
Mitkof Island timber sale moves forward, UAA offers graduate degree in Seattle & New report may alter debate on land use

Alaska Digest
Murkowskis plan trip around the world, LeConte delayed in returning to SE run, DOT director charged with DUI, assault & Iditarod scrambles to recoup losses

Palin names transition team leaders
Gov.-elect Sarah Palin Monday named 18 members of her incoming administration's transition team, including some with local connections.

Three commissioners chosen
Gov.-elect Sarah Palin on Tuesday began appointing the commissioners who will run state government during her administration.

This Day in History
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Palin: Commissioners can live outside Juneau
Gov.-elect Sarah Palin has reversed state policy and will no longer require members of her Cabinet to live in the capital.

State to take away oil leases at Pt. Thomson
The state plans to strip oil companies of their leases on the Point Thomson oil and gas field after finding the primary lease holder, Exxon Mobil Corp., in default for failing to come up with a viable plan for developing the field's vast North Slope gas reserves.

Former governor's spokesman pleads guilty to harassment
A former spokesman for Gov. Frank Murkowski and husband of Juneau Assembly member Sara Chambers pleaded guilty to harassing his wife and received two years probation, according to court records obtained Tuesday.

Welcome-home ceremony slated for Stryker soldiers
The Army in Alaska is planning an official welcome home for members of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team after their extended tour in Iraq, an Army official said Monday.

Senate leaders announce committee assignments
The Alaska Senate's new leadership coalition announced committee chairmanships for the 2007 legislative session Tuesday, with Democrats playing pivotal roles.

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