Sunday, February 13, 2005

Young-adult books new on shelves
Young-adult books are generally written for readers in grades eight and up.

Channeling the wrong crisis
In response to Craig Wilson's Feb. 8 "My Turn: Solve the health crisis before worrying about Social Security," Craig not only hit the nail on the head, but I think he buried it in the wood. Seems our all-knowing and all-seeing fearless leader has been channeling the wrong crisis. Yes, Social Security may be in trouble, quite a few years from now, but let's look a little closer to the present.

Keep homophobic messages to yourself
While pulling out of Floyd Dryden Middle School the other morning, I noticed a sign in the back window of a large truck with a crude, profane and homophobic message.

Terrorism in road debate
Everyone who has traveled on commercial aircraft since 9/11 knows the drill: show up early, don't pack scissors, and prepare to take off your shoes before walking through the airport security checkpoint.

Environmentalists question Coeur finances
The Idaho-based mining company backing Juneau's proposed Kensington Gold Mine is facing criticism from Juneau environmentalists over its financial record.

Correction
Due to an editor's error, a story in Friday's Empire gave the wrong date for a Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction conducted by AWARE. The event is March 12.

Critical Capitol guard is fired
Ex-Capitol security guard Dan Bussard expected to "maybe get a reprimand" for writing a letter to the editor about legislators drinking alcohol at the state Capitol.

Photo: A pause for a restorative
Nancy Thomas gives her husband, Steff, a kiss during the annual Sweetheart Relay on Saturday in Douglas. The 5-mile fun run is sponsored by the Southeast Road Runners.

Friends find Mass' body
The body of Rebecca Mass was found in the woods near the end of the North Douglas Highway on Saturday afternoon.

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

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

Gary Henry Broderick
Gary Henry Broderick, 44, died Feb. 10, 2005, after an extended battle with colon cancer.

Robert (Bob) Charles Elmore
Former Juneau resident Robert Charles Elmore, 52, died Feb. 6, 2005, in Fairbanks.

Empire editorial: Time to outlaw steroids in Alaska
Through the ages children have been fed many fantastic prohibition lines, from TV-induced blindness to the dreaded chocolate-acne link - see-through scare tactics that probably only further a teen's natural tendency to test limits.

Golf course approval is long-awaited news
Like the long-awaited second high school for Juneau and the oft-debated and much-anticipated environmental impact statement for a road out of Juneau, the community now knows it will likely have an 18-hole golf course on north Douglas Island, perhaps as soon as 2009.

Inspiration from a fellow radical
So it was Super Bowl Sunday and I was at the Seattle Symphony with my friend Margaret, wondering in the middle of the Mozart whether the game had started and if the Eagles were winning.

Aren't we in the visitor business?
This writer thought that Alaskans were promoting the visitor business and Alaska salmon, especially in Southeast Alaska, hard-hit by the shutdown of the timber industry.

Snow report
As of Saturday, Eaglecrest Ski Area had 36 inches of snow at the base and 124 inches at the top.

Outdoors Digest
Hunter ed facility to suspend public hours

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

Firefighters climb renamed mountain
If you've driven through Kenai on a clear day, you've no doubt seen the mountain without giving it a second thought.

Out&About
Feb. 11-20: Juneau Ski Club State Invitational Junior Olympic Qualifying Series, Alyeska Resort in Girdwood. Note change in time and venue.

One, two three... counting birds
You don't have to be in your backyard for the upcoming Great Backyard Bird Count. Organizers of the event, which runs from Feb. 18 through Feb. 21, will be glad to take findings from any location.

Yukon Quest mushers leave Whitehorse today
Wasilla musher Kelly Griffin drew the No. 1 spot out of the chute at the 22nd Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Colony sweeps a pair from the Juneau boys
Because the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team couldn't put together a complete game, the Crimson Bears dropped a pair of homecoming weekend games to the Colony Knights.

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.

Jazz owner chides team
The frustration over the Utah Jazz's disintegrating season reached the top of the organization last week.

Bear girls take two from Knights
The Juneau girls basketball team used intense defense to get the job done in a homecoming weekend sweep of Colony.

UAA ties No. 9 Minnesota one day after upset win
Martin Stuchlik was the only Alaska Anchorage player who didn't take part in the team's optional morning skate on Saturday.

Defendants in Time Warner suit ask for dismissal
Attorneys for eight corporations and men accused of costing the state $70 million through stock manipulations argued Friday in a Juneau courtroom that the lawsuit shouldn't be decided there.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

For fliers, a real-time weather image is just a click away
Before Jon Percy loads his plane with passengers and luggage, the pilot for Wings of Alaska checks one more thing in addition to weather and pilot reports.

Alaskan puzzled after being turned back at Canada border
An Alaska Native man says he's in the middle of a Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare after trying to cross into Canada to play in a basketball tournament that began Friday.

Haines library described as 'best'
There isn't a small-town library in the country that does a better job serving its community than the Haines Borough Public Library.

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