SITKA - Every third Thursday in November, tobacco users are encouraged to set a date to quit or pledge to be smoke-free for 24 hours as a part of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.
Quarantines of big cities such as Toronto and Hong Kong have been making the news this spring. The little city of Juneau made similar headlines in October 1918 when Mayor Emory Valentine, chairman of the Health Board, J.H. Montgomery and City Health Officer Dr. L.O. Sloane ordered a quarantine Oct. 29 as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virulent Spanish influenza. The reason for the quarantine was the recognition of three cases of the flu on the previous day. Ketchikan had been the first city in Southeast Alaska to see flu, according to the Alaska Daily Empire, and had already been quarantined. Now, in Juneau, people were "requested to keep from congregating in any public place."
As a boy growing up in Wrangell in the late 1950s, I feared going to the dentist because of the inevitable need to fill a tooth cavity. This was always preceded by the painful shot of Novocain in the mouth which on a couple of occasions didn't work. I am glad my children and most of their mates didn't have to go through those experiences. Much of the credit for this is water fluoridation that Juneau provided until recently.
Community water fluoridation is not a new and untried experiment. Millions of people have drunk naturally fluoridated water for generations.
Recently, a group of Juneau citizens began circulating a petition to put the issue of fluoridating our drinking water on the fall ballot.
Residents of Saxman voted to sell land to the Cape Fox Corp., which plans to build a technology training center on the parcel near its headquarters.
The winners of the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, held Saturday in Juneau, are Joey Bosworth and Erika O'Sullivan in a group project on the effects of age and succession type on the composition of forest overstory and understory; Sara Bogert, who studied how carbon source affects microbial sulfate reduction in mine tailings; and Sam Post, who studied how wing curve affects lift force.
The 2004 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair was held Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, at the Marie Drake gym. The fair's major sponsors were: Alaska Airlines, British Petroleum, Coeur Alaska Inc., Conoco Philips, Juneau School District, Leighty Foundation, Murray & Associates PC, and Wells Fargo Foundation.
Every third Thursday in November, tobacco users are encouraged to make a plan and set a date to quit for life, or pledge to be smoke-free for 24 hours as a part of the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout.
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