Libraries boast of new picture books for young listeners
Here's just a tiny sample of the Juneau Public Libraries' great new picture books for young listeners and their readers.

Rice to meet with publishers about memoirs
NEW YORK - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be meeting with publishers later this month to discuss three book projects, including a memoir of her service in the Bush administration.

Gov. Sarah Palin
Republican, Wasilla

Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell
Republican, Anchorage

Speaker of the House Rep. Mike Chenault
District 34 - Republican, Nikiski

Rep. Mike Hawker
District 32 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. John Harris
District 12 - Republican, Valdez

Rep. Lindsey Holmes
District 26 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Bob Herron
District 38 - Democrat, Bethel

Rep. Craig Johnson
District 28 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Reggie Joule
District 40 - Democrat, Kotzebue

Rep. Wes Keller
District 14 - Republican, Wasilla

Rep. Scott Jiu Wo Kawasaki
District 9 - Democrat, Fairbanks

Rep. Mike Kelly
District 7 - Republican, Fairbanks

Rep. Beth Kerttula
District 3 - Democrat, Juneau

Rep. Bob Lynn
District 31 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Charisse Millett
District 30 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Cathy Muñoz
District 4 - Republican, Juneau

Rep. Mark Neuman
District 15 - Republican, Big Lake

Rep. Kurt Olson
District 33 - Republican, Soldotna

Rep. Jay Ramras
District 10 - Republican, Fairbanks

Rep. Woodie Salmon
District 6 - Democrat, Chalkyitsik

Rep. Pete Petersen
District 19 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Bill Stoltze
District 16 - Republican, Chugiak/Mat-Su

Rep. Paul Seaton
District 35 - Republican, Homer

Majority Leader Rep. Kyle Johansen
District 1 - Republican, Ketchikan

Rep. William A. "Bill" Thomas
District 5 - Republican, Haines

Rep. Chris Tuck
District 29 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Sharon Cissna
District 22 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Bob Buch
District 27 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Alan Austerman
District 36 - Republican, Kodiak

Rep. Peggy Wilson
District 2 - Republican, Wrangell

Rep. Harry Crawford
District 21 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. John Coghill
District 11 - Republican, North Pole

Rep. Mike Doogan
District 25 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom
District 18 - Republican, Anchorage

Rep. Bryce Edgmon
District 37 - Democrat, Dillingham

Rep. Anna Fairclough
District 17 - Republican, Eagle River

Rep. Richard Foster
District 39 - Democrat, Nome

Rep. Les Gara
District 23 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Berta Gardner
District 24 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. Carl Gatto
District 13 - Republican, Palmer

Rep. Max Gruenberg
District 20 - Democrat, Anchorage

Rep. David Guttenberg
District 8 - Democrat, Fairbanks

Obama's job and ours
Despite the optimism that Barack Obama's election brings, I have been troubled by the simplicity with which some view this dramatic event. It has been suggested, by some students at my university, by well-meaning adults, even by Stephen Colbert, that Obama's election spells the end of American racial and ethnic inequality.

Packing a nation's hopes, Obama rides rails to D.C.
Obama invoked a grand heritage of American giants as he appealed "not to our easy instincts but to our better angels," an echo of Lincoln's first inaugural address. He took note of the enormous challenges that lay ahead and promised to act with "fierce urgency," a phrase often used by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Visiting the Capitol; simpler than it sounds
In Alaska, the state's citizens are welcomed throughout the Capitol, but it's not always easy. With a little bit of inside knowledge, however, what goes on in the building is readily available.

Palin returns from campaign to a changed state
Gov. Sarah Palin is returning to the legislative scene to find it dramatically different than when she left in August to campaign for the vice presidency.

Palin calls new budget 'prudent'
Gov. Sarah Palin rolled out her proposed budget for next fiscal year in Juneau on Dec. 15.

Falling oil prices to limit budget options
Plunging oil prices are likely to give Alaska less money to spend in the next year and have Gov. Sarah Palin looking at a bare-bones state budget for next year.

Palin health care proposals promise less controversy and more changes
Gov. Sarah Palin's health care proposal for this year's Legislature may have a better chance than last year's did, but it's not because of what's in the plan. It's what Palin left out.

Legislative child care center OK'd
As a legislator, Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, couldn't find child care for her infants. She brought in her 81-year-old grandmother from Colorado to Juneau to care for her children.

Women lag in Alaska Legislature
Nationwide, women are being elected to state legislatures more and more frequently, but in the last election their numbers declined in Alaska.

State department phone numbers
Dept. of Administration 465-2200Annette Kreitzer,

Legislative Information Office Directory
Anchorage Leg. Information Office

Why is Juneau silent about Israeli violence?
Has anyone seen the Juneau peace establishment while Gazan children are being dismembered? Why are Vets for Peace AWOL while this American-financed and supported massacre is taking place? Do Juneau People for Peace and Justice need more facts before taking a stand? Is the World Affairs Council only responsible for hosting Palestinian speakers, but absolved from acting on the knowledge gathered? Where are the religious groups in this season of peace? How about the Juneau Democratic Party with their new-found "fierce urgency of now."

Human rights group offers apology
The Juneau Human Rights Commission, although in existence for many years, was reconstituted in the spring of 2008 with a charge from the Assembly to develop educational and informational programs designed to bring about the prevention and elimination of discrimination, promote harmonious inter-group relations, examine sources of tension, practices of discrimination, advise the Assembly about specific problems of prejudice or discrimination, and to make recommendations to the Assembly about actions or policies to be considered.

Palin releases energy 'plan'
Gov. Sarah Palin Friday rolled out her new statewide energy plan aimed at bringing affordable energy to all Alaskans.

Botelho against city subsidy for electric bills
Workers began the Snettisham power line repair Thursday. If they finish on schedule, Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho says he's not going to recommend to the Assembly that the city help pay residents' high electric bills.

Cowan makes surprise resignation
Two weeks after the Juneau School Board gave Superintendent Peggy Cowan a positive job evaluation, Cowan said she's calling it quits.

Photo: Drilling for heat
Chad Gregory, an employee of Gregory Drilling, operates a drill Wednesday at the site of the future Dimond Park Aquatic Center. When the Mendenhall Valley was being developed in the 1960s and 1970s, the site had been a construction yard and gravel pit. Tree stumps and other waste from clearing land were dumped into the pit, which the contractor ran into this week while drilling test wells for a possible geothermal heat system for the future pool. The stump dump is not expected to be a problem, officials said.

Photo: Not so shipshape
A boat is shown mostly submerged Friday in Harris Harbor. The vessel is one of three that have sunk in city-run harbors in the last two weeks, Juneau Docks and Harbors officials reported.

A Tuesday story in the Empire incorrectly identified the entity which owns the Snettisham Hydroelectric Project and leases it to Alaska Electric Light & Power. It is the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, not the Alaska Energy Authority, that owns the facility which provided Juneau's power.

Around Town

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

Kira: Peregrine falcon in passing
In the fall of 1990, a young peregrine falcon began her first migration south, leaving the bluffs that overlook the Yukon River to escape the harsh Arctic winter. The waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds that are her prey are departing, and instinct is urging her to do the same.

Thank you for helping make Capital City Classic another success
Thank you to Juneau-Douglas High School's Sandi Wagner and Karen Boddy, along with the many volunteers and staff, for their part in completing another successful holiday basketball tournament. The fans who attended these games enjoyed good basketball, a high level of sportsmanship and some fine entertainment.

Book on Tlingit battle wins national award
JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast faculty and authors Richard and Nora Dauenhauer were in Berkeley, California recently to accept an American Book Award. They joined a ceremony, reception and book reading with fellow award winners at Anna's Jazz Island.

Rasmuson Foundation to host teleconferences
JUNEAU - The Rasmuson Foundation recently announced it would host three teleconferences this week for artists interested in learning more about the Foundation's Individual Artist Awards. Foundation staff will provide information about the grants, which are awarded directly to artists and answer questions about eligibility, the application process, supporting materials, timeline, the selection process and other questions brought forward by participants.

Alaska Brain Injury Network to hold events this week
SITKA - The Alaska Brain Injury Network will hold its Board of Directors meeting, public testimony and provider training Jan. 21-23 in Sitka. The events are hosted by SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and Sitka Counseling and Prevention Services.

Sitka High School Class of 1989 seeking classmates reunion
SITKA - Students of Sitka High School's Class of 1989 are seeking other classmates for the upcoming 20-year reunion.

Juneau World Affairs Council to host Eric Brown
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will host Eric Brown to speak on the topic "Can Video Games Promote Peace?" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library public area.

American Cancer Society announces Daffodil Days
JUNEAU - Pre-sales for the annual Daffodil Days, a fundraiser event for the American Cancer Society, will be open from Wednesday, Jan. 21, to Feb. 11. Money raised from the event is used for cancer research, educational programs, advocacy activities and services for cancer patients and their families. In the past years Juneau, Skagway, Hoonah, Tenakee Springs and Gustavus have supported this program with great enthusiasm. Last year, Juneau was, once again, number one for sales in Alaska.

JDU still has openings for children's hip-hop
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited still has openings in the children's hip-hop class for 8- to 12-year-olds on Saturdays, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and the teen/adult hip-hop class on Sundays, from 4 to 5 p.m.

Shepherd of the Valley welcomes new pastor in first service today
JUNEAU - The congregation at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church is excited to announce that the Rev. Tari Stage-Harvey has accepted the call to be their permanent pastor. The church has been without a permanent pastor for almost two years.


Juneau citizens flocked to jail
On Feb. 23, 2008, many people from all walks of life headed to jail in Juneau. Most will return to jail on March 14 to do it again.

Senior menu for the week of Jan. 19-23
Monday, Jan. 19

Stories and mysteries in snow
It was a perfect day in December, one in the longest series of fine days we had in 2008. Mostly clear skies, temperatures in the high teens and low 20s. The snow was perfect too - about 4 inches of fresh, fluffy stuff unmarked by humans, on top of a good base. With two companions, I set out on what we call a tracking expedition, looking for animal tracks and trying to read the stories the tracks might tell.

Juneau Community Foundation donates to local nonprofits on behalf of Machamer
On Dec. 19, the Juneau Community Foundation donated $14,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations in Juneau, on behalf of the Machamer Charitable Trust.

Photo: Nick Waldo earns Eagle Scout
Scoutmaster Keith Pahlke, left, congratulates Nick Waldo on earning his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor in August. Waldo, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, is a member of Troop 11, sponsored by Resurrection Lutheran Church. Waldo's Eagle project was thedemolition and construction of a rescue equipment shed on top of Eaglecrest Mountain.

World Quest champions
The Un-Mensa-bles team - from left, Sally Schlichting, Bob King, Mary Watson, Jeff Gnass, John Schlicting, Linda Kruger and David Watson - pose with the Watsons' dog, Poppy, on March 9 at the Watson residence. The team recently became the Juneau World Affairs Council's World Quest champions.

Pets of the week
Red is an extremely gentle and kind 3-year-old lab mix who needs a home where she will get lots of love and attention. She loves other dogs and listens very well.

Caitlin De Rocher, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High was accepted into the People to People Presidential Inauguration program. De Rocher will join a select group of returning People to People travelers from around the world to celebrate this monumental event in Washington, D.C.

Thanks for contributing to our Pub Trivia Night on Jan. 10
Perseverance Theatre would like to thank The Rendezvous Bar for hosting a Pub Trivia Night and live auction event on Jan. 10. The event was a fundraiser for Perseverance and a promotional event for our current production, "Wittenberg," by David Davalos.

Kim Marie Paris-Hegar
Juneau and Petersburg resident Kim Marie Paris-Hegar died Jan. 11, 2009, in Zihuantenajo, Mexico. She was 37.

Terie Ann Sawyer
Juneau resident Terie Ann Sawyer died at 8 p.m. Dec. 9, 2008, at the Virginia Mason hospital in Washington. She was 47.

Obama's job and ours
Despite the optimism that Barack Obama's election brings, I have been troubled by the simplicity with which some view this dramatic event. It has been suggested, by some students at my university, by well-meaning adults, even by Stephen Colbert, that Obama's election spells the end of American racial and ethnic inequality.

Alaska editorial: May Shinseki do right by vets
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Eric Shinseki is a cinch to sail through his Senate confirmation vote as secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Bush's final curtain call
President George W. Bush's final curtain call is Tuesday. That's the same day the curtain goes up on President George W. Bush on Broadway, played by Will Ferrell reprising his "Saturday Night Live" role. Adam McKay, Ferrell's longtime collaborator, directed the show, "You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush," which will run through March 15. He spoke with Outlook's Rachel Dry about why presidential punch lines are almost always funny and what Barack Obama has in common with Lisa Simpson.

Toe Toon
This week's Toe Toon.

Harbor board will discuss raising shorepower fees
JUNEAU - The city Docks and Harbors board is proposing to raise shorepower fees for some boat owners to cover temporarily higher electricity rates.

2 guides sentenced
ANCHORAGE - Two Juneau guides have been sentenced for wildlife crimes.

Three boats sink in Douglas, Harris harbors
JUNEAU - At least three boats have sunk in their berths at city-run harbors in the last two weeks, Juneau Docks and Harbors officials reported.

Senate President Sen. Gary Stevens
District R - Republican, Kodiak

Sen. Albert Kookesh
District C - Democrat, Angoon

Sen. Lesil McGuire
District N - Republican, Anchorage

Sen. Linda Menard
District G - Republican, Wasilla

Sen. Kevin Meyer
District O - Republican, Anchorage

Sen. Donny Olson
District T - Democrat, Golovin

Sen. Joe Paskvan
District E - Democrat, Fairbanks

Sen. Bert Stedman
District A - Republican, Sitka

Sen. Gene Therriault
District F - Republican, North Pole

Sen. Joe Thomas
District D - Democrat, Fairbanks

Sen. Tom Wagoner
District Q - Republican, Kenai

Sen. Tom Wagoner - Broken
District Q - Republican, Kenai

Majority Leader Sen. Johnny Ellis
District L - Democrat, Anchorage

Sen. Bill Wielechowski
District J - Democrat, Anchorage

Sen. Con Bunde
District P - Republican, Anchorage

Sen. Fred Dyson
District I - Republican, Eagle River

Sen. Kim Elton
District B - Democrat, Juneau

Sen. Bettye Davis
District K - Democrat, Anchorage

Sen. Hollis French
District M - Democrat, Anchorage

Sen. Lyman Hoffman
District S - Democrat, Bethel

Sen. Charlie Huggins
District H - Republican, Wasilla

Reigning champ falls in Friday night fights
Twenty-two-year-old Bailey Johnson, of Angoon, shocked the packed crowd at Marlintini's Lounge Friday for the monthly Roughhouse fights. Johnson picked up an electrifying victory over 2008 Roughhouse Southeast Showdown Champion 19-year-old Aaron "The Red Baron" Tucker, of Juneau.

JDHS hockey konks Rams
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team closed out its 2008-09 home season Saturday with a 6-1 victory over Fairbanks' 3A Monroe Catholic, pairing it nicely with Friday's 5-0 shutout win.

JV hoopsters split wins with Wrangell
The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity basketball team split itself along class lines while hosting this weekend's games against Wrangell's varsity, with a sophomore-led group picking up the 54-31 win Friday and a mostly freshman crew falling just short 35-28 Saturday.

Earnings may override other issues of legislature
ANCHORAGE - Alaska lawmakers spent much of their 2008 session deciding what to do with a surplus of oil money. They're happy now they didn't spend it all.

Large spill occurs at North Slope oil field
The spill of 24,400 gallons, of which the state estimates 90 percent to be crude, happened at the Milne Point field operated by BP and was the sixth largest spill on the North Slope. Milne Point is a medium-sized North Slope field located northwest of the huge Prudhoe Bay field.

This Day in History
• In 1909, Robert Stroud, later known as the Birdman of Alcatraz, shot and killed J.K.F. von Dahmer in Juneau.

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