Saturday, January 5, 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.

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

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.

Around Town

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you fordonating to AWARE this holiday season

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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