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Friday, January 4, 2008

Libraries' new nonfiction features 'A Complete Guide to Arctic Wildlife'
Here's a little new nonfiction to start the New Year off right.

Ohio volunteers turn Bible scripture into Braille
For two decades, volunteers have gathered at Fairlawn (Ohio) Lutheran Church for three hours at a time to help spread the word of God throughout the world.

Longing for Northwest Cable News on GCI
On Jan. 1, GCI Cable television discontinued Northwest Cable News on channel 72. This is an important news, sports and weather channel for anyone interested in the Pacific Northwest.

Do pro-development types enjoy wilderness?
When Pete Webber asked on Dec. 27 if environmentalists kept their Alaska Permanent Fund dividends, he took a leap of logic. Personally, I would like to know how many resident development-at-any cost types - who maintain the opinion that we should rip up the wilderness for any and every project - enjoy the clean air and water, solitude and happy hunting and fishing.

Questioning Capital Transit bus schedule
I question whether Capital Transit bus service is predictable and capable of providing a reliable service.

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

Photo: Needle work for the needy
Doreen Merrell, left, and Lorrie Garner work on a quilt Wednesday at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Photo: Moving day
Nick Campbell, an employee of the Legislative Affairs Agency, unloads a van of office supplies Wednesday into the Capitol. Three van loads of legislative office supplies will be unloaded in preparation of the upcoming session that starts Jan. 15.

Around Town

Man faces porn rap
A former Boys & Girls Club instructor appeared in court last week charged with six counts of possessing child pornography after police said they found hundreds of photos and video images of teens and children stored in part on a computer hard drive stolen from the club.

Business varies for bars after ban
For the first time anyone can remember, no one smoked a cigarette Wednesday night in the Alaskan Bar.

Photo: Baby New Year
Crystal and Kolt Garvey of Juneau pose with their newborn son, Cedrych Garvey. Cedrych was the first baby born in Juneau in 2008. Cedrych was 9 pounds, 22½ inches long at birth at 7:19 a.m. Wednesday at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Draft of truck scale appeal expected for Assembly
The Juneau Assembly has drafted a decision that would deny an appeal by citizen Dixie Hood against the Board of Adjustment for a variance granted for a truck scale built next to Lemon Creek without proper permits.

Around Town

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

10-year-old dials 911, curbs fire damage
Ten-year-old Jennifer Jimenez's quick decision to call 911 was essential in reducing damage and determining the cause of a fire that destroyed her neighbor's home Wednesday afternoon in the Sprucewood Trailer Park, Juneau fire officials said.

Photo: Christmas stockings
The Juneau Coast Guard Military & Family Association's, formerly known as the Coast Guard Women's Association, recently completed their Christmas Stocking for Disadvantaged Children Program.

SEARHC Health Center welcomes Michele Susie
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announces the hiring of Michele R. Susie as Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Community Health Aide Program supervisor at the SEARHC Kake Health Center.

Neighbors Digest
Widowed Persons Program sponsors Sunday brunch; Mitey Mites ski program accepts applications for 10-week program; Juneau Student Symphony to host reading rehearsal; SEARHC to host Denali Kid Care pediatric dental clinic

New year brings promise of new beginnings
The eighth year of the new millennium has begun. What will it bring, we wonder?

Cat-Choo! Practical advice for those with cat allergies
So you're allergic to cats? Me, too. Fortunately, there's a lot we can do to reduce the irritation.

Photo: Christmas color
A striking sunset was seen at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 25 driving out the road.

Photo: New Year's thrill
Three adventurous bikers pedal Tuesday across frozen Mendenhall Lake.

FYI

United Way of Southeast offers diversity training
Compass II, the community assessment research conducted by United Way in 2005, indicated that one of Juneau's top five social service needs was diversity training and appreciation for the rich cultural diversity in Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you fordonating to AWARE this holiday season

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Christine Addleman
Former Juneau resident Christine Addleman died Dec. 19, 2007. She was 87.

Luise Marie Nielsen Brabaw
Juneau resident Luise Marie Nielsen Brabaw died Jan. 1, 2008. She was 85.

Alexander Gillespie
Alexander "Bill" Gillespie died Dec. 4, 2007, in Lakeport, Calif.

Looking back and forward
As we begin the New Year, naturally there's excitement about the promise of things to come. Each of us has aspirations for 2008: projects we hope to accomplish, resolutions we hope to keep, and journeys we long to make.

A few love-my-country resolutions for the new year
My New Year's resolutions: I resolve to worry more about Pakistan's 75-weapon nuclear stockpile than about global warming. I am more worried about being incinerated by a loose nuke than I am about the water table rising a few feet.

Outside editorials: President Bush and an absence of compassion
President Bush showed a modicum of courage and compassion last month when he commuted the sentence of Maryland resident Michael Dwayne Short.

Subprime mess: Buyers, sellers, financial institutions and government - all failed
A single, startling week last month challenged anyone's delusions of the unimpeachable wisdom of free markets.

Outside editorials: More foot-dragging on climate change
The Bush administration finally took a positive step on global warming by agreeing to work toward a new international climate treaty. Yet there are disturbing signs that the administration will continue to frustrate progress on the home front toward that goal.

My Turn: Growth of Lemon Creek 'mountain' needs stopping
I would like to comment on the waste study presentation held at Centennial Hall on Nov. 27. The WIH Resource Group was hired by the city to analyze Juneau's current and future waste needs.

Happiness does not reside inside of you; it is out there
A new year is upon us, and the self-help industrial complex is in full swing, pestering us to slim down, bulk up, become a new you, a better you, a happier you. Yes, it's all about you.

Empire editorial: Thumbs up to free taxi service; down to Exxon

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.

Juneau's biggest Holiday Cup ever draws to a close
Five champions were crowned as the biggest Holiday Cup indoor soccer tournament to date drew to a close Monday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Fairbanks borough considers energy projects fund
Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker wants to set aside funds to support energy projects.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Officials: Oil prices could mean more money for state - if trend continues
After oil prices briefly slipped above $100 a barrel on Wednesday, Alaska officials said they weren't sure how the recent spike will affect the state budget.

Alaska Digest
Bartlett Regional Hospital appoints chief operating officer; KTOO-TV to launch 24-hour all-Alaska channel 360 North; Chris Hayes wants husband's trial pushed back before testifying; Woman assaulted and robbed by two near Talkeetna; 72-year-old Galena sex offender accused of calling children; Snowmobile hits truck, 15-year-old girl injured but OK

Missionaries escape violence
Two Sterling women are resting easier today knowing their missionary loved ones have managed to escape the violence in Kenya that has left 300 dead.

Arctic drilling riles conservationists
The federal government will open up nearly 46,000 square miles off Alaska's northwest coast to petroleum leases next month, a decision condemned by environmental groups that contend the industrial activity will harm northern marine mammals.

Crude prices reach $100
Crude oil prices briefly soared to $100 a barrel Wednesday for the first time, reaching that milestone amid an unshakable view that global demand for oil and petroleum products will outstrip supplies.

Alaska Digest
Parks and Rec. accepts commercial use apps; Wainwright soldier busted in sex sting; Police seek robber of Eagle River theater; Statehood show to feature Thunderbirds; Collision damages trooper patrol vehicle

Judge says Kenai Peninsula Borough can up taxes
A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Kenai Peninsula Borough has the authority to increase the sales tax to 3 percent without a vote of the public.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Overcrowding causes space pinch at Anchorage jail
One prisoner lounges on the top bunk, another on the bottom, and a third stands awkwardly near the toilet in the pinched space of cell No. 15, his bed on the floor, partially slid under the sink.

Photo: License to celebrate
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin unveils the new Alaska Statehood Celebration license plate on Thursday during a news conference in Anchorage.

Liquid natural gas plant agreement ensures adequate supplies for Alaska
Energy companies ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corp. reached an agreement with the state ensuring there will be adequate supplies of natural gas for years to come in Southcentral Alaska, Gov. Sarah Palin announced Thursday.

Cowdery will not seek re-election
Beset by poor health and dogged in a corruption investigation, state Sen. John Cowdery has withdrawn his bid for re-election, officials said Thursday.

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