Friday, January 6, 2006

Nonfiction available at library
Here's a taste of a few of the new nonfiction books on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

Correcting the Rev. Michael Nash story
The allegations in the Associated Press article "Vatican Boots Juneau Priest" were shocking, but no more shocking than the misrepresentation of facts.

Wants clarification in Empire editorials
I appreciate the Empire's policy of publishing editorials from other papers around the country; it allows our community to hear diverse viewpoints.

Burnham hits the mark on labels
Regarding the article written by Hillary Burnham, "Watch for labels; they're everywhere" (letters to the editor, Jan. 4) I say, thank you, Miss Burnham, for your brave and succinct article.

Look at effects of existing mine
Mr. Thomas (prophetic words) states "in the end, however, it will be up to the citizens of Alaska to decide whether or not that mineral extraction will be worth the short-term economic gains (jobs) and irreversible devastation and degradation of the natural resources which will be impacted by those mining operations."

Standing up for privacy is appreciated
As a liberal Democrat, I often disagree with our congressional delegation. I'm writing to applaud both Lisa Murkowski and Don Young for their steadfast support of our personal freedom against the worst excesses of the Patriot Act.

Eaglecrest may ask city for money
If Eaglecrest Ski Area doesn't get enough snow for skiing this year, its board will ask the city for $350,000 to cover the loss in revenue.

Students battle over known world
The race for the coveted title of Floyd Dryden Middle School geography bee champion was whittled Wednesday to two students and three questions - and ultimately decided by one very small European country.

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

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

Airport ponders parking fee hike
Keith Goering didn't have to pay to park at Juneau International Airport Thursday night because he got in and out in less than a half-hour.

The search for a piece of Russian America
Editor's note: In late November, Juneau writer Allan Engstrom and Vladimir Kolychev, the president of the Moscow Historical Society of Russian America, set off in search of the roots of Alexander Baranov, who was chief manager of the Russian American Co. from 1790 to 1818.

Photo: A snowy flyby
A raven flies through a snow flurry Wednesday over the parking lot at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Photo: Rush hour light show
Juneau commuters head north on Egan Drive on Thursday during the evening rush hour.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Old-timer Dean Williams first in season's fireside chats
Longtime Juneau resident Dean Williams leads off the 44th season of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's winter fireside chat series tonight with two free hour-long lectures about the early days of Juneau skiing, icefield research and the Taku and Mendenhall glaciers.

Images from another time: 'Bear Man,' 1980
The late Stan Price, known as the "Bear Man of Pack Creek," walks with his movie camera near his cabin on Admiralty Island, about 30 miles south of Juneau, in 1980.

Dumped glass irks recyclers
Just like he has done for years, Wilson Valentine washed and carried his glass bottles to be recycled at Juneau's recycling center this week.

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

City considers Admiralty annexation
A Juneau city panel is considering annexing more land on the northern tip of Admiralty Island, including the hunting and fishing destination of Funter Bay.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Helping you find where you are needed

Photo: On the sunny side
Downtown Juneau has it made in the shade as Mount Juneau basks in the sunlight

FYI
News about the people you know

Beliefs on the radio waves at KTOO
It's time for Juneauites to pick up their pens and submit essays to KTOO's "This I Believe" radio essay series.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Student Artist in the Spotlight
Bethany Bibb

Catherine Rae Batt Barrett
Juneau resident Catherine Rae Batt Barrett, 54, died Jan. 2, 2006, at her family home from breast cancer.

Natalie Ellers
Longtime Juneau resident Natalie Ellers, 90, died Jan. 3, 2006 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Empire Editorial: Cut into class sizes
While Alaska is again flush with oil money, lawmakers are lining up to support more funding for education.

My Turn: The Ben Stevens recall dismissal heads to court
On Jan. 4, 2006, Alaska Superior Court Judge Craig F. Stowers will hear oral arguments regarding an appeal of the state's rejection of the application to recall Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens.

My Turn: Consider outsourcing Juneau city government
A fter careful thought and deliberation, it has occurred to me that the cure for many of America's woes can be found in the Big Book of Big Business.

Empire Editorial: Message in a bottle
It took one curious recycler to shatter the illusion of many Juneau residents that their diligent washing and depositing of glass bottles at the city's recycling center meant they were saving the dump from filling up on glass.

Juneau Masters Basketball Association Standings
as of today

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.

Hockey tourney rings in season
The Juneau-Douglas Ice Association recently hosted the Holiday on Ice 3-on-3 hockey festival at Treadwell Arena. The round-robin tournament featured 75 local youth players and lasted five days, ending Dec. 30.

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.

JDHS to face off against Huskies
The Juneau-Douglas High School ice hockey team heads into tonight's series with visiting Delta Junction two invaluable games wiser and with three more weeks of practice under its belt.

Bears open tournament with a win
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team overcame sloppy play to beat previously undefeated West Valley 53-43 on Thursday in the Alaska Prep Shootout at Dimond High School.

Juneau Pool League Standings
As of Dec. 29

Economist: State economy poised for more growth
Alaska's economy has expanded for years, and one state analyst sees no reason why that trend shouldn't continue in 2006.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Images from another time: North Star III, 1973
The North Star III sets sail for Alaska from Seattle in August 1973. The ship was operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and it served many Alaska communities, bringing needed supplies from 1962 through 1984.

State gives mine time to meet water regs
Alaska regulators have extended the deadline for builders of the Kensington Mine to comply with state water quality standards.

Lawmaker wants eminent domain for development
Several Alaska lawmakers want to limit governments' power to seize private property after last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision on eminent domain, but one sees an opportunity to spur oil and gas drilling.

Sen. Ted Stevens gives up contributions after Washington lobbyist pleads guilty
Sen. Ted Stevens has forfeited campaign contributions from lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients.

Accident raises questions about airline's outsourcing
Almost eight months after Alaska Airlines hired an outside company to handle ground operations at its primary hub in Seattle, an accident aboard a Burbank, Calif.-bound flight has raised questions about outsourcing jobs.

Judge tosses recall effort against Sen. Ben Stevens
The attempt to recall state Sen. Ben Stevens has been blocked again, this time in court.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Towns look at new boroughs, but see system flaws
The town of Hoonah and some neighboring northern Panhandle villages are taking another look at the option of forming a borough.

Alaska's Y2K 'millennium bug' immunity law expires
The Y2K "millennium bug" threat disappeared when the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, 2000. Six years later, the last Alaska remnant of the Y2K scare has also been erased.

Dump suggested for Southeast AK
One way to solve Southeast Alaska's costly garbage problem is for the region to create its own dump, said Rollo Pool, executive director of the Southeast Conference.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

what's happening
news of local entertainment evnts

First Friday: Artists show off an eclectic mix of art to begin the new year
Two years ago, Juneau photographers Barbara and Micheal Francis Kelly found themselves in the habit of taking morning walks in the forest with their cameras usually in their hands.

Telling stories in song
Singing an original song in public for the first time can be intimidating, even for a seasoned performer.

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news of local arts

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