In the Stacks: Fiction features fantasy, tragedy, and several versions of the truth
Here's a taste of the new fiction coming out this week at the Juneau Public Libraries.

The call of the solitary life: a look at the lives of hermits
In "A Pelican in the Wilderness," British author Isabel Colegate sets out to examine the intriguing question of why certain human beings seek a solitary existence, usually in an empty or wild landscape, with few or no comforts. Why does the spare "hermit's cell" beckon? Why hide in a cave from all visitors?

Ephedra banned, tobacco still OK?
It was very easy for the FDA to ban products containing Ephedra after a prominent sports figure died and another 150 deaths were attributed to Ephedra across the nation over a period of years.

Origins of 'mean Republicans'
The "mean Republicans" only took the tax policy of JFK, who stated "a rising tide raises all boats" when he reduced taxes on "the rich." Linda Orr is free to give as much as she wishes to the poor. With the liberals in charge of the free market there would soon be no boats, or any tide to lift them.

'Harry Potter' and 'Rings' are entertainment only
Finding irony while starting a wood stove

Everyone entitled to religious opinions
Thanks to Pastor Pat Brayton for sharing his interpretations of biblical scripture concerning homosexuals. Isn't it great to live in a country where religious views can be expressed without fear of governmental intervention?

Finding irony while starting a wood stove
Starting the wood stove tonight, I grabbed two pages of your fine paper. It happened that the first page was a Christmas tree article from Nov. 28.

Good prevails in 'Potter' and 'Lord of the Rings'
I respectfully disagree with Michael Liliedahl that the Harry Potter tales are only "pop-culture" and "stories that glamorize black magic" (Mr. Liliedahl's words). Harry Potter books are, like Lord of the Ring books, archetypal stories of the battle between good and evil forces, and good always prevails in J.K. Rowling's series.

Questions left unanswered
To my response to Michael Lileidahl, my intention was not to upset anyone but to inquire why some children are not allowed to watch Harry Potter. Mr. Liliedahl compared the two very nicely, but he did not really answer why? How many people out there watched Lord of the Rings because it was the "best Catholic novel?" How many people read Lord of the Rings because it is "fundamentally religious and Catholic?"

Disagreements OK, but honor country
I would like to add a "fresh perspective" in response to Logan Spencer's. As a young person in today's America, I feel as though my perspective truly is "fresh" because it seems many a youth has a lost sense of love for their country.

Children should draw their own conclusions
In response to Mr. Liliedahl's response to Mr. Ashton's letter about "Harry Potter" and the "Lord of the Rings": As an avid LOTR fan I am obliged to speak and proffer my carefully calculated convictions.

Web site a source of smoke ban information
I respectfully request that all members of the CBJ Assembly read the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) issue analysis regarding smoking bans. This is the introduction to the report from the ALEC Web site (

Black wolf near glacier brings locals delight - and some concern
No matter how friendly the lone black wolf recently spotted near the Mendenhall Glacier seems, people should keep their distance, the local wildlife biologist for the state Department of Fish and Game said Friday.

Juneau man enters guilty plea in sex case involving teen
A 49-year-old man facing 17 felony charges ranging from sexual abuse to child pornography has entered a plea agreement that could give him 2 1/2 years in prison for his relationship with a teenage girl.

Charter school integrates art into its classes
Students at Juneau Community Charter School sat in a semicircle Thursday as art specialist Dianne Anderson showed them a reproduction of Van Gogh's "Starry Night."

Attack shatters family's dreams
When Maria Miller went to work Wednesday, she was saving up for a nice wedding. Now she is thinking about taking care of her fiance, who can't even push the pain-medication button from his hospital bed, she told the Empire on Friday.

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

Changes for school buses could affect many families
The Juneau School Board is gathering public opinion on proposals to save money by dropping some school bus routes and changing school hours. A forum will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Will budget cuts scuttle Juneau's charter school?
Juneau's charter school likely will close at the end of the school year if the school district reduces its budget as proposed, parents say.

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

Clark Milliken Hoffpauer
Clark Milliken Hoffpauer, 73, died Jan. 4 in Crowley, La., after bouts with cancer.

Darwin Mears
Lifelong Alaska resident Darwin H. "Bim" Mears, 45, died Dec. 29, 2003, at his family home in Ketchikan, following a year-long battle with cancer.

Toe cartoon
Editorial cartoon by local artist Toe.

My Turn: Southeast timber industry has responded to change
I would like to address a recent article published in the Juneau Empire by Mike Sallee of Ketchikan. Mr. Sallee begins by stating that he has "become increasingly concerned about a gap between Southeast Conference's goals for our economy and the true needs of our region."

Snow report
On Saturday, Eaglecrest Ski Area reported 34 inches of snow at the lodge and 90 inches on top, with just a trace of new snow.

Cold Climbing
Most of the time in Juneau, ice climbing requires walking to the Mendenhall Glacier and a bit of walking on ice before reaching safe crevasses to climb. The cold snap that hit Juneau in the last two weeks has provided some more exciting options for Juneau's small ice climbing scene, though.

Book awards tailored for outdoor adventure
A decade ago, adventure writers and photographers who climbed the world's tallest peaks, paddled the most dangerous waters and told the tallest tales had trouble peddling their stories.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Web sites
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Saceda, Cox help Juneau wrestlers win dual meets
Two Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers came through in the clutch to give the Crimson Bears the winning points in a pair of dual meets this weekend in Ketchikan.

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.

Empire Archives: 1979 - Bear boys roll past Haines
A look back at a Juneau basketball series sweep from 25 years ago.

Ward back in running for state Senate
Former state Sen. Jerry Ward has returned to the political ring, filing to run in the August Republican primary against Sen. Tom Wagoner, R-Kenai.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Avalanche blocks ski train
Crews on Saturday finished clearing up the remains of an avalanche that blocked a train packed with skiers and a Florida film crew as they returned to Anchorage from a promotional trek near Portage.

Dems, GOP cutting deals early this year
Majority Republicans will have to head to the bargaining table with Democrats early this session as lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday for the second year of the 23rd Alaska Legislature.

Photo: Porky chows down
A porcupine makes a meal of an outdoor Christmas tree last week in Petersburg.

This Day in History
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