Saturday, January 12, 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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Around Town

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

FYI

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

Title

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska

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.

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.

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.

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.

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