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Friday, January 19, 2007

Book recounts New Haven's Black Panther trial
This city was supposed to be a model of urban renewal in the 1960s, but by 1970, authorities were so worried about a large-scale riot that they sent in tanks and the National Guard.

New fiction books explore animosity, youth, Dracula
Here's just a small sample of the new fiction at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Young people not as likely to be prejudiced
I am writing in response to Josh Carter's letter that was published in Tuesday's Juneau Empire. Let me first say, the reason us "young" people do not respect our elders is because of "old" people like Carter.

Don't hide behind safety issues
Either you want a road out of Juneau or you don't. You just can't hide your true motives behind safety issues that are nonfactors.

Climate change is happening in Alaska
I am very concerned about what is happening to our blue Earth.

Unclear on whether letter was satire
I would like to submit a comment concerning Tuesday's letter to the editor titled "A few thoughts on gay marriage" by Josh Carter.

Small-mindedness clashes with Alaskan spirit
Due to his Tuesday letter to the editor, we now know more about Josh Carter's beliefs regarding gay rights and immigrants, than we know about the last salmon that made his or her great sprint upstream on his or her last mating run - something that is far more important to Alaska and something that demands more attention than this man's opinion about sexual companionship.

Venezuelan leader should be thanked
I read with interest the comments and feelings of people about villages in Alaska accepting fuel payments from Venezuela.

City emergency crews brush up on their skills
Charlie Blattner, emergency medical services training officer at Capital City Fire and Rescue, has a simple way of describing his job and that of his fellow EMS workers.

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

Correction

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

State of the State

Church arsonist sentenced to 8 years in prison
A Juneau man who set a fire that destroyed a historic downtown church and a house was sentenced Thursday to eight years in prison.

Residents debate routes for crossing
When a North Douglas crossing was first studied during the mid-1980s, Juneau planners proposed 15 places the bridge could extend over Gastineau Channel.

Photo: Making a splash
A vehicle splashes through a flooded street Thursday on Vintage Drive.

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

Orphan bear drops out of sight; denning plan is abandoned
The Douglas orphan black bear is on its own, if it's still alive.

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

AK troopers' sting nets 8 in Juneau
Alaska State Troopers swept through and arrested eight people in Juneau this week in an operation to net fugitives, state officials said Thursday.

Business Digest
Denny DeWitt named to new advocacy job, Chamber luncheons move to new location & Report: Southeast economy on the rise

Neighbors Digest
Bowl for Kids' Sake kickoff on Saturday, Community forums on education start Jan. 24, FASD conference for region starts Jan. 25 & Diabetes Support Group hosts speaker

Recognitions

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Ron King
Volunteer Organization: Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

Food For Thought: Kumquats are exotic, can be used to add zest
As we enter the later part of January, there is scant cause for excitement among purveyors of fresh produce.

FYI
Births,Marriage licenses and Courts

Photo: Donation to Holy Trinity
Standing on the site of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church's former altar, Rev. George Silides, right, receives a $3,000 check for the church's rebuilding fund from Jetta Whittaker, chairperson of the Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

King and Roff to wed
Angela King, formerly of Juneau, and Christopher Roff will be married June 16, 2007, at Lake Powell Resort in Page, Ariz. The couple met while stationed at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Photo: New pastor installation
The Rev. Daniel Doran, left, and his wife, Carol, pose for a picture in fall 2006 on a ferry to Skagway.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping the Kids Voting program

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Katherine Wray
"I like that art is creative and fun. I like paintings and drawings best. Sometime I'd like to climb the space needle to sketch the stars at night."

Alaska editorial: No more delays on ethics laws
Just in case some reluctant lawmakers needed a reminder - or a kick in the head - why it's imperative that they quickly pass clear and precise ethics legislation this session, they need look only as far as last week's Alaska Public Offices Commission ruling against Anchorage Sen. Ben Stevens.

Alaska editorial: Capital move talk distracting
Granted, if you were starting from scratch with a choice for Alaska's capital city, you probably wouldn't choose Juneau. No rap on the lovely Southeast city, but it's far from where most Alaskans live and off the road system.

My turn: Tackling climate change
As a 20-year-old Yupik Eskimo from Dillingham majoring in Environmental Studies, I am learning a lot about climate change.

Alaska editorial: Alaska must quickly resolve allegations against campaigns
No personal offense meant to anyone involved, but decisions and - if necessary - fines must come much quicker in high-profile cases of Alaska campaign law violations.

My turn: Argument to move Legislature is flawed
Mike Staso's My Turn (Wednesday's Juneau Empire) is so full of innuendoes and flawed logic it is hard to know where to begin.

Alaska editorial: Capital should be readily accessible
It was inevitable, of course, that one of the first bills prepared for introduction in the new Legislature would be one to move Alaska's capital to a more central location. Make that the Mat-Su Borough.

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.

Towering tests for two teams
As the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team prepares for two critical contests against rival Ketchikan this weekend, one particular lesson learned should be especially useful - start quick.

JDHS hockey faces Delta
This weekend at Treadwell Arena, the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team will try to beat Delta Junction for the first time in program history.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
Here is the first Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll of the season for Class 4A teams with records through Jan. 14.

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.

Kayhi presents stiff challenge for the Bears
With a shrinking roster due to injury, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will face a stiff test this weekend as it travels to undefeated Ketchikan for two games.

Fairbanks mayor takes a look at tax alternatives
Fairbanks Mayor Jim Whitaker says he wants voters to be able to consider different tax options to temper soaring property taxes in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Ex-Fairbanks mayor, wife indicted for embezzlement
Former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes and his wife, Chris, were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly funneling more than $450,000 in government grants to fund construction of a church where he is the pastor.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

State appeals subsistence board ruling
The state is appealing a Federal Subsistence Board decision granting the community of Ninilchik a subsistence priority in the Kenai River drainage waters on federal land.

Parnell pledges help on key Native issues
Alaska's Native communities are facing a crippling series of problems, many of which stem from alcohol abuse, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell told Native leaders Wednesday.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

New passport rules worry Canadians, border states
Canadians and U.S. border-state officials are concerned that rules requiring passports for Americans and other travelers entering the United States will hurt commerce and tourism.

Alaska Digest
Thane Road to be closed for two hours, Kodiak testing site to require cleanup, 2 men get 10 years on cocaine charges & Fish processor arrives at Aleutian Island port

Alaska Digest
Coast guard tows floating fish processor, Tugboat to run this winter in Cook Inlet & Mat-Su assembly votes on prison site

AK senators support fuel efficiency bill
Alaska's U.S. senators are proposing tougher vehicle efficiency standards and other controls on petroleum consumption.

Images from another time Mystery photo
The Alaska State Library staff is trying to identify people and activities in historical photos in the library's collection.

Legislature called to act on corruption
A political odd couple working at the request of the governor called Thursday for tough ethics reform in Alaska.

Palin outlines gas line plan
Gov. Sarah Palin blasted former Gov. Frank Murkowski's abortive gas line contract in her highly anticipated inaugural State of the State speech on Wednesday.

Starbucks drops milk products with growth hormone in Alaska, other states
Starbucks Coffee Co. is ending its use of milk products that contain an artificial growth hormone, starting in much of the West and New England.

International panel to vote on reducing halibut harvest levels
Charter boat anglers could see the bag limit on halibut decrease from two fish to one this summer under a proposal being voted on this week by the international panel that manages Pacific halibut.

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