Monday, February 14, 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.

It's high time for immigration reform
This is in response to Tiffany Sargent Thompson's letter to the editor of Feb. 3.

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.

Fish and Game Dept. oddly silent
Like most, I'm not against development per se. The golf course in north Douglas sounds great.

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.

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.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

Photo: Angels in paradise
Jayden West, 3, makes a snow angel as he and his mother, Christy Long, take a walk Sunday on Mendenhall Lake.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

One-woman Peratrovich play to premier in Juneau
Diane Benson couldn't help but identify with Elizabeth Peratrovich once she set about writing a play about the Alaska Native activist's historic anti-discrimination testimony in front of the 1945 Territorial Senate.

Groups say arts center should have two venues
A handful of arts organizations told the Performing Arts Center Commission on Saturday that any future center should contain at least two differently sized venues.

Photo: Setting up for the extravaganza
Sybil Davis and her husband, Ken DeRoux, are part of a crew of local talent working on props for next weekend's 5th Annual Wearable Art Extravaganza. Sponsored by Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the event is on Saturday, Feb. 19, at Centennial Hall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts

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

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

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.

Outdoors Digest
Hunter ed facility to suspend public hours

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

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.

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.

Quest mushers hit the trail
John Schandelmeier is hoping a team of discarded dogs helps him win his third Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

Nave leads JSC skiers at Alyeska
Former Juneau skier Kristen Brandner took first place, and current Juneau Ski Club member Julia Nave finished fourth overall at the Kensington Gold Mine Cup girls slalom race held Saturday at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

This problem solver finds innovative use for bad shortening
Michael Lengenfelder found a novel use for 57 cases of bad shortening when the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered him to get rid of the stuff.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Borough prepares for plant shutdown
Lost jobs, shrinking property and sales tax revenues, business losses and other ripple effects on the Kenai Peninsula Borough's economy are expected when Agrium USA's Nikiski fertilizer plant closes in the fall.

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.

Bush budget calls for deep cuts in rural Alaska
The Bush administration's call for drastic cuts in spending on new water pipes, sewers and other projects in rural Alaska had Sen. Lisa Murkowski singing, but the tune wasn't one of praise.

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.

Bill would open up child custody
When Johnny and Mary McGrew returned to their Anchorage home from a fishing trip in July 1999, their world was turned upside down by the homicide-suicide of their son and the mother of their two grandchildren.

Salmon take breaks record
Southeast Alaska's commercial salmon harvest in 2004 hit records and then some, state biologists reported.

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