Friday, January 11, 2008

Picture books for the young-at-heart include 'Phooey!'
Here are some picture books for the young and the young-at-heart.

Star could be anywhere
What if they gave a legislative session and nobody came? Before we waste precious tax dollars on yet another ill fated attempt at this, please consider that I have yet to meet a single Juneau resident who has ever attended a legislative session. Tell you anything?

Online checkbooks are a good idea
What is an online checkbook? A free and publicly searchable Web site with information telling who does business with the state. This is a concept that Sen. Bill Wielechowski is offering in the form of a state statute.

Opposition to Planned Parenthood
On Dec. 14, Suzanne Forsling wrote a letter to the editor about the joy of life. How good it is to be alive. How good it is to enjoy our family, friends, neighbors, sons and daughters. How you breathe without realizing you are breathing. This is life.

SEACC fights for the people
It is flattering, in a way, that some people see the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council as an evil empire that controls this area.

Road to Juneau would solve many problems
Juneau is at a crossroads. By all objective indications, the status quo has not been working. Our population is aging more rapidly than in other parts of the state, and our growth is flat. Our youth are leaving because of lack of meaningful employment and the high cost of living, including transportation in and out of Juneau.

Barack Obama is a symbol of unity
Unfortunately for Vicki Allison (Jan. 8), the burdensome and ridiculous system of racism in America doesn't allow for mixed-race people to be looked upon as anything other than black, if they appear to have any distinguishable African racial features.

Forget the docks, build the road
First, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council bullies Coeur into spending more money, burning more diesel fuel and choosing an environmentally inferior tailings plan. Now they are addressing Cascade Point and Goldbelt, Juneau's urban Native corporation.

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

Photo: Breaking out the heavy machinery
Jim Tyner clears snow out of the driveway Wednesday in front of his Douglas home. Tyner said it was the first time this winter he had to use his snow blower.

Bailey pleads guilty to 2 counts of online enticement of minor
A previously convicted sex offender pleaded guilty to two counts of online enticement of a minor Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Image from another time: A hint of crimson and clover, 1969
The Juneau-Douglas High School Drill team poses for a photo in 1969 in the JDHS gym. Barbara Cooper coached the team in the 1960s.

Path likely to be built to Nugget Falls
Building a trail at Mendenhall Glacier that'll make it easier to reach Nugget Falls in warmer months has moved about as fast as, well, a glacier.

Thrift shop installs security cameras
In the nearly 20 years of working for the Salvation Army, Henry James can't recall the storefront ever being so clean when arriving at the downtown thrift shop in the mornings.

Business Digest
Former DMV director moves to Juneau; Owners weigh in on state minimum wage

Around Town

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

Around Town

Photo: Sunny day stroll
Sarah Dunlap and Butch Laughlin walk past the parking garage as they walk Thursday on the cruise ship dock. "It's great to be here," Laughlin said about walking in Juneau during the sunny day.

Neighbors Digest
Glacier Visitor Center hosts Fireside lecture, Winter Safety Expo; SEARHC offers Lifestyle Balance classes in Juneau and Sitka; Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition hosts LunaFest film festival; Angoon to do smoke, carbon monoxide detector checks

Girl Scout cookies: Take a bite
Soon Girl Scouts will be asking for community support through the purchase of Girl Scout cookies. Beginning in January, Girl Scouts will be taking orders and will deliver cookies in March.

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Shedding the martyr's mantle
"I give, and I give, and I give ..." Yes! Yes! That's just how I feel!

Energy fields are a bridge to everywhere
Picking up brachiopod shells plentiful on Sandy Beach, I was reminded of the fossil dig in Iowa.

Juneau needs more trails for cross-country skiing
You're skiing along a groomed trail, which has not yet been touched by another pair of skis. The snow sparkles and glitters, dusting the trees and covering the ground in a thick, fluffy blanket.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks to the friends, family of Bernice Stoll; Thank you to the people at Wildflower Court, who made her last days the best they could be; Thanks for supporting our annual Christmas stocking project

Student artists in the spotlight
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Xylitol: A healthy, natural sweetener
January is typically considered "diet" season. It is also the season for my annual rant against "diet" products containing artificial sweeteners, and in particular aspartame, a.k.a., Nutrasweet.

Neighbors helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

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Jane Ann Couts
Juneau resident Jane Ann Couts died Jan. 7, 2008, peacefully at home. She was 80.

Donald E. Burlingame
Former Juneau resident Donald E. Burlingame died Dec. 12, 2007, in Lacey, Wash., of pulmonary fibrosis.

Calvin Fred Sr.
Former Angoon resident Calvin Matthew Fred Sr., of Anchorage, died Jan. 3, 2008, at his home. He was 57.

Who got rocked, and who roared
Well, now we know. Some thoughts on the two presidential races going forward:

Outside editorial: Close New Hampshire results are good news for voters across U.S.
For all the hoopla over Barack Obama's post-Iowa bounce, in the end the Democratic primary in New Hampshire turned out to be surprisingly close.

Empire editorial: Stop procrastinating on polar bear issue
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's announcement this week that it would miss the deadline for a recommendation on whether to list polar bears as a threatened species was a disappointing development in an issue that has dragged on long enough.

Campaign questions remain unasked
Question 1: Why is it that every time a pundit points out former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has no real foreign policy experience, the obvious second part of that observation - that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also has no foreign policy experience - never comes up?

My Turn: Act now to preserve our state history
On Jan. 3, 1959, Alaskans awoke to the news that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had signed the bill which admitted us as the 49th state in the union.

Crimson Bears girls win first tourney round 52-27
The Juneau-Douglas High School Girls basketball team kicked off the Lady T-Bird Classic Tournament with a solid win over Kodiak, 52-27, in the first round Thursday night in Anchorage.

JDHS boys fall to Kodiak Wednesday in Anchorage
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team lost to Kodiak 65-50 Wednesday in Anchorage.

Sports Digest
Treadwell Arena offers skills and drills, parent and tot lessons

Crimson Bears girls topple Bartlett 53-13
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball beat Bartlett on Wednesday in Anchorage. They take on Kodiak in the opening game of the Lady T-Bird Classic today at East Anchorage High School.

NOAA nixes replacing research vessel
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will not replace its oldest research ship, the John Cobb, due to retire after 57 years of scientific service to Alaska fisheries, a NOAA spokesman said.

Alaska Digest
Goldbelt providing security at airport; FAA clears pilot in Ketchikan crash; Judge: Alaska Grown is Alaska's own; Gravel's health puts campaign on pause; APOC director Miles to retire next March; Fishing boat captain honored for rescue; Ex-post office official charged with assault

Capital advocates fear creep
Some legislative observers don't think a new bill to move the capital from Juneau to Anchorage has much of a chance.

Palin rejects ConocoPhillips natural gas pipeline plan
Gov. Sarah Palin has rejected a multibillion proposal by ConocoPhillips to build a natural gas pipeline linking the state's energy rich North Slope to Midwestern states, opting to stick with a plan by pipeline company TransCanada.

Groups take first steps toward polar bear protection lawsuit
Three conservation groups on Wednesday began legal action to force the Bush administration to list polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

State revenues expected to rise via tax rate, oil
A new tax rate and soaring oil prices will help boost state revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, according to a Department of Revenue forecast.

Start of race to be permanently moved
Modern challenges are catching up with the world's most famous sled dog race.

This Day in History
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This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Alaska Digest
Firefighters extinguish Mendenhall Valley fire; Playwright project winners announced; Standoff ends with Elim man's arrest; Memorial scheduled for pilot in deadly crash; Agrium workers eligible for federal aid

Company wants to test wind turbines at Hatcher Pass
A company is in the early stages of developing a wind farm at Hatcher Pass and is applying for permission from the state to erect test turbines.

Ferry plans get widely panned
State ferry officials are saying their proposed summer schedule provides even more service than last year, but community representatives from around Southeast are questioning the Alaska Marine Highway System's priorities, and even the ability of its managers.

State lawmaker criticizes Palin's role in fundraiser
Gov. Sarah Palin planned to co-host a campaign fundraiser Wednesday night for Republicans in the state Senate minority, raising objections from a lawmaker who said it raises questions of a conflict of interest.

Stevens opposes listing bears
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said listing polar bears as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act could block development of an Alaska natural gas pipeline.

Three appointed to Chatham School Board
When English teacher Melissa Cullum lost her job last spring, against the wishes of parents and students in Angoon, she never imagined becoming a supervisor for the superintendent who recommended her termination.

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