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Friday, January 26, 2007

Gamut of nonfiction topics at libraries
The new nonfiction at the Juneau Public Libraries this week runs a gamut of topics, from science to dog-training. Here are a few of our new titles.

Mild-mannered author delves deep into India's underworld
Baby-faced author Vikram Chandra, in brown V-neck sweater and sipping a skimmed latte, does not immediately strike you as a guy who has spent most of the past decade hanging out with gangsters.

Governor introduces ethics bill
Gov. Sarah Palin introduced an ethics bill Thursday, focusing mostly on the executive branch.

More honest conversation needed in mine debate
1. Coeur is in business to make money for its stockholders. If the choice is between maximizing jobs and maximizing profits, it will maximize profits.

Global warming is still not an excuse for the road
John Norton (Jan. 11 Juneau Empire) asked how a person concerned with global warming could oppose the road when fast ferries burn so much fuel. I would like to address that question.

Jail a more fitting punishment than fine
I am appalled by the fact that we have yet another "ethics" committee. Why are we paying these people who represent us to review what every first grader is taught in school, if not at home?

Ill-planned development hurts all Alaskans
We can't take any more of this boom-bust mentality. Myopic resource development is ruining our state.

Spin can't change fact that the war is about oil
It's still about oil, and all of the White House spin to distract you from that brutal fact is more of the same coming from the president and his accomplices.

Slurs, satire and the Empire's correction
I'm just curious, regarding Josh Carter's letter (Jan. 16 Juneau Empire).

People need a refresher on the roundabout
I would like to see the Department of Transportation rules for roundabout use put in the paper again as a reminder to drivers. Vehicles in the yield section are not checking oncoming traffic for vehicles already in the roundabout that have the right-of-way.

God's unchanging word?
I live in Juneau and was raised in the Methodist church, yet somehow I don't consider hating homosexuals a family value.

Photo: Wake not, want not
The City Docks and Harbors Board met Thursday and introduced an ordinance to reduce the speed limit in Gastineau Channel to 5 mph.

Photo collection recalls another day, another attitude
The principal of White Mountain School buys a seal for his Inupiaq students' lunch.

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

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

Slide larger than thought; warning system to go on line
An avalanche that cascaded within about 120 feet of a home in the Highlands neighborhood last weekend left a pile of dirty snow larger than first believed, an avalanche expert said.

Some question transparency of Alaska Committee
Once a month at 7 a.m. on a Wednesday, a group of Juneau residents gather in a conference room on West Willoughby Avenue to talk about one thing: how to retain Juneau as the state capital.

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

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

Business Digest
Employee wellness group honors program, Bookkeeping class offered on Jan. 31 & Economic council hires 3 new staffers

Galligaskins to convert to mail-order-only business
Many people in Juneau are used to ordering goods from Outside by mail, but Galligaskins is banking on another trend - Outsiders ordering in.

Photo: And there was light ...
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School dance team - from left, Stefanie Davis, Gloria Lumba, Rachelle Sloss, Rachelle Albay and Amanda Leamer - practice their "Light March" on Wednesday at the Marie Drake gym.

Photo: Feeding finches
Feeding frenzy: Four female Common Redpoll (Finch) feed...

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: making our spelling bee a success, helping our dessert auction, contributing to Winterfest carnival & supporting the Ski Club's raffle

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Ethan Seid
"I will keep playing the violin. As I get older, it gets a lot more fun. Now I get to play famous pieces that I've heard on CDs and in the orchestra."

Rose and Deering to wed
Kesha Rose, of California, and Morgan Deering, of Juneau, will wed on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in Santa Monica, Calif. Family and friends are invited to join the couple in their thoughts and hearts.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Sally Willson
Volunteer organization: AWARE.

Neighbors Digest
Beginning crochet class starts Saturday & SEARHC EMS offers course in Sitka

Hibernation Tellabration
Eight Juneau storytellers participated in the International Day of Storytelling celebration, "Hibernation Tellabration," on Jan. 20 at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitors Center.

Laura Avenell Shanks
Former Juneau resident Laura Avenell Shanks, 89, died Jan. 13, 2007, quietly in her sleep at home in Sun City, Ariz.

Walter Hermes
Former Juneau resident Walter Emmerson Hermes of Edgewood, Wash., died Jan. 22, 2007, in his home. He was 76.

Alaska editorial: School dress codes are a good idea
The idea of imposing dress codes in public schools has been garnering enough support for it to be the topic of a bill filed before the state Legislature.

My Turn: Is it OK if they pay to be gay?
A laska's Supreme Court has ordered granting spousal benefits to same-sex partners of state workers. Our Legislature seems determined to figure a way out of it. Instead, they should be working on how to do it.

Alaska editorial: Build a Capitol in the capital
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My turn: What the 25th Legislature faces
It is with a great sense of a renewed opportunity to make a difference for the people of the state that the 25th Alaska Legislature embarks on its first session.

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.

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Crimson Bears' girls look to continue playing tough defense as the Cougars come to town
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will try to extend its three-game winning streak as it hosts Service this weekend.

JDHS boys host Dimond, Alaska's top-ranked team, for two games this weekend
Fans will be treated to a marquee boys basketball matchup this weekend as Juneau-Douglas hosts Dimond from Anchorage.

Crimson Bears head to Kayhi for SE tourney
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team, coming off what coach Kris Mercer called "the best week of practice in years," could make some serious noise at the Southeast Conference championship tournament Saturday in Ketchikan.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll for class 4A and 3A teams with recordss through Jan. 21, first place votes in parenthesis and total poll points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Records may fall at Alaska Open
When Juneau's Glacier Swim Club joined forces with Sitka and Ketchikan for the first time in December, GSC coach Scott Griffith compared it to a school dance with different factions on opposing walls.

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.

Cities make pitch for sharing wealth to Palin
Alaska's cities and boroughs are hoping to share in the state's bounty this year, and former Wasilla Mayor Sarah Palin may be able to help them from her new position as governor.

Expert: Despite oil prices, state on track for surplus
The price of Alaska crude oil has plummeted in the last six months, but an economist said Monday the state is still in position to reap a big surplus.

Photo: From Iraq to Anchorage
The USS Shugart, carrying vehicles and equipment from Fort Wainwright's 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team and Fort Richardson's Charlie Company, 84th Engineering Battalion, arrives Wednesday at the Port of Anchorage.

Lawmakers say consultant memo highly revealing
A memo released Thursday shows a former consultant for the state privately expressed concern over parts of the natural gas pipeline deal he publicly supported and helped broker for then-Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Bills would alter the pardon process
Jessica Ridinger stood ready to serve rice pilaf, tilapia and garlic bread to her family on a December evening when the phone rang.

Two island communities looking for cemeteries
Two Prince of Wales Island communities, Hollis and Thorne Bay, want to buy land from the state to use as cemeteries.

Alaska Digest
City's adult ed center changes its name, Man hospitalized after stabbing on Douglas, Wearable Art tickets go on sale Saturday & Ketchikan man found guilty of killing wife

Alaska Air narrows loss in 4th quarter
Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday said its loss narrowed in the fourth quarter as revenue grew. The results missed Wall Street expectations, sending shares down 2.4 percent.

Governor appoints four to Board of Regents
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday appointed four new members to the University of Alaska Board of Regents, including retired publisher Fuller Cowell II of Anchorage.

Ex-principal found with child porn
A former principal who has worked in schools throughout Alaska was arraigned Wednesday on charges of possessing thousands of images of child pornography on several home computers.

State ordered to pay attorney fees in wolf case
The state has been ordered to pay attorney fees for an animal rights group over a lawsuit that temporarily halted Alaska's aerial wolf control program.

This Day in History
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State commission listens to testimony about problems caused by warming
Paula Terrel has spent the past 25 years fishing in Alaska for salmon and halibut, but she recently has been eating a lot of tropical fish.

Northwest Digest
Homer shootout gets federal attention, Idaho plans to charge $26.50 to bag a wolf & 65-year-old woman beats mountain lion

Governor introduces ethics bill
Gov. Sarah Palin introduced an ethics bill Thursday, focusing mostly on the executive branch.

This Day in History
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