Friday, January 12, 2007

New large-print titles at local public libraries
New large-print titles at the Juneau Public Libraries include "Lisey's Story," by Stephen King, "Suite Francaise," by Irene Nemirovsky, and more.

Richard Wilbur looks back on rare life of a happy poet
Poetry is not literally in the air as you drive through the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, but as the temperature cools and your cell phone loses its signal, a certain space does open up in your mind, a swell of rhythms from an older and calmer time.

Yale University Press mines data from Soviet archives
Documenting the crimes of the Soviet Union has been a project that Jonathan Brent has been preparing for all his life.

Keeping kids in class
When I was reading the Empire article about raising the age for legally dropping out of high school, I thought back to when I was in high school.

Christmas wasn't over for everyone
Although I live in Sitka, my daughter lives in Juneau, and I was somewhat amazed to have her tell me that the one day Juneauites are given to dispose of their Christmas trees for free was the day before Russian Christmas.

Be fair to MacKinnon
Joe Geldhof and Clay Good have implied that the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Acting Commissioner John MacKinnon has been corrupt in his handling of the Juneau Access project in relation to his partial ownership of a mine located near the proposed road.

He fooled us twice
What is it with President Bush and this "surge" of troops to Iraq?

Consensus exists on global warming
Consensus exists on global warming

How can green groups support ferries?
My wife and I rented Al Gore's film last week, the one titled "An Inconvenient Truth" and like many who have watched it, we were stunned by dramatic graphs and scientific testimony regarding the threats to our planet due to global warming.

Who has right to stop happiness?
I'm a seventh grader at Floyd Dryden Middle School. I see that you have been discussing gay health insurance.

Photo: Shove off
Gail Wilcox brushes the snow off a friend's fishing boat tied up Thursday in Aurora Harbor.

Woman pleads guilty to homicide
A Juneau woman pled guilty Wednesday to a charge of criminally negligent homicide in the Aug. 31, 2005, traffic death of University of Alaska Southeast college student Jody Watson.

Biologists ask public to help with deformed bird study
If you spot a bird with a beak that looks like it came from a novelty shop, it's no laughing matter.

More trouble for defendant in homicide case
A Juneau woman who pled guilty Wednesday to criminally negligent homicide in the traffic death of a University of Alaska Southeast student faces an unrelated charge of felony theft.

Subsistence issue tabled for one year
Sitka area subsistence fishermen have one more year to persuade the Federal Subsistence Board to close an important herring spawning area to commercial use.

Photo: Get your motor runnin'
Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, sits on his scooter Thursday in his office at the Capitol. Seaton and other lawmakers are busy unpacking and setting up their offices in preparation for the start of the 25th legislative session next Tuesday.

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

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

Photo: Nice day for a picnic
Greg Bledsoe has a chilly and blustery noon picnic Wednesday at Marine Park, as temperatures in Juneau hovered in the low teens.

APOC fines Senate president
The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Thursday found state Senate President Ben Stevens in violation of financial reporting requirements but cut his recommended fine in half to $5,000.

Juneau legislators' bills focus on wages, class size, marital abuses
Juneau's legislators have introduced bills on schools, wages and other issues in advance of the 2007 session that begins next week.

Juneau a 'true Western town'?
Maps of Alaska put Juneau in Southeast, but it's really the true West.

Photo: Blustery afternoon
A pedestrian walks in blowing snow Wednesday next to City Hall on Marine Way.

Business Digest
KIN Pub Night will be held next week, Business class to help minimize taxes & Women's boutique opens in valley mall

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

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

Setting a course for the next generation of students
Educators, school board members, teachers, parents and students are taking a look beyond the next new school building and trying to figure out what students will actually be learning there in years to come.

Photos: Dzantik'i Heeni Science Fair
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Aurora House held its annual Science Fair Thursday morning.

Recognitions

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: donating to Breakfast Club, covering our Montessori event & coming together on my behalf

Parsnips: A treasure trove of nutrition
Although today we can buy virtually any fresh vegetable even in the dead of winter, in the time before refrigeration people's options were much more limited.

Neighbors Digest
St. Vincent de Paul dedicates housing units, Learn to Ski Weekend held Jan. 27, 28 & Public invited to DeArmond reception

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Rhys Coffee
"I will definitely keep playing the violin. My mom and Dad won't let me quit; they say, 'You have gotten too far to quit!' Sometimes I don't like practicing, but I like playing violin most of the time."

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Partnerships for Families and Children
The Partnership is a group of 16 non-profit and state agencies who work collaboratively to promote a seamless web of support services and increase broad based community support for young children and their families.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Mary Lee Choate
Juneau resident Mary Lee Choate, 77, died Jan. 2, 2007, at the Alaska Native Medical Hospital in Anchorage.

Mary Lee Choate
Juneau resident Mary Lee Choate died Jan. 2, 2007, at the Alaska Native Medical Hospital in Anchorage. She was 77.

My turn: Support the system to review Pebble Mine
A laska is a resource development state. Whether fish, minerals, oil and gas, or timber, resource development has driven Alaska's economy for generations.

Alaska editorial: Lessons to be learned from efforts to tie up ANWR
It hasn't taken long for opponents of opening a small part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to energy development to take advantage of the opportunity presented them by the arrival of a Congress controlled by Democrats.

My turn: Not worth the high court's time
It's a puzzlement. The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case from Alaska that didn't deserve its attention.

Alaska editorial: Voters are looking for changes in ethics laws
Alaska voters made it very clear on Election Day: They want tighter ethics rules for public servants.

Crimson Bears fall to Notre Dame 68-58
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys cut an 18-point deficit to 4 with six minutes remaining, but fell 68-58 to Notre Dame Academy (Va.) on Thursday in the first round of the Alaska Airlines Tournament at West High School.

Bears crush Wolverines 69-40
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls flew out to a 30-point first-half lead and crushed South Anchorage 69-40 Thursday afternoon in the first round of the three-day East Tournament.

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.

Photo: JDHS graduate competes for All Star dance team
BritanyTroutt: Brittany Troutt, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, and a dancer with the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, was one of three Clippers dancers chosen to compete to represent the team at the NBA's All Star Game in Las Vegas.

Photo: JAHA Hockey
Loose puck: DK Mining (black) fights for the puck against team Yellow in the Treadwell Arena on Tuesday night in Douglas.

Juneau-Douglas loses to Wasilla 57-44
The Crimson Bears were off to a strong start Wednesday night, scoring the first five points against Wasilla.

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.

Crimson Bears defeat Bartlett
Four Juneau-Douglas High School players doubled Wednesday night, helping the Crimson Bears defeat Bartlett 65-42.

Alaska Digest
Charges filed in lost fish and wages, Education Web site launches this week & Downed plane found, pilot still missing

Oil pipeline back in full operation after shutdown
The trans-Alaska oil pipeline was temporarily taken off-line Tuesday after workers found a spill of up to 500 gallons of crude oil.

Palin names Sampson, Hartig, Fedullo to staff
Gov. Sarah Palin continued to assemble her staff Wednesday by adding three members who will serve the departments of education and environmental conservation and the press office.

Northwest Digest
KTOO to launch new stations today, Waldenbooks to close three Alaska stores, Judge allows class action in Costco case & Tribes sue over trust fund management

Photo: Fawning over a reflection
A young deer looks at its reflection in a door Tuesday at Paul Lutheran Church in Kodiak.

Two entities will work together on gas line
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority and the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority have signed a formal agreement to work cooperatively on developing a natural gas pipeline.

This Day in History
In Alaska the nation and the world

Congressional delegation's reaction to Iraq plan mixed
Alaska's all-Republican congressional delegation gave a mixed reaction to President Bush's proposal to boost U.S. troops in Iraq by 21,500.

Senator works to settle land claims
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has reintroduced legislation to resolve land problems facing a village Native corporation near Ketchikan.

Pioneer pilot Ruth Jefford dies at 92
Ruth Jefford, a noted violinist and Alaska's first female commercial air taxi pilot, has died at 92.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Palin names 3 more to cabinet
Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday named three more members to her administration, including Labor Commissioner Clark "Click" Bishop, Deputy Labor Commissioner Tara Jollie and Administration Commissioner Annette Kreitzer.

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