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Friday, January 27, 2006

In the stacks: Nonfiction audio books at the library
Here's a sample of some of the new nonfiction audiobooks on compact disc at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Planned Parenthood can prevent abortions
I was very glad to read your article on the possible opening of the Planned Parenthood clinic here in Juneau this fall.

Who is the criminal?
A recent Juneau Empire article stated, "But Berkowitz added that the effort to criminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana may be futile as courts would still side with the constitution and not overturn their 1975 decision."

ADN doesn't restrict
Contrary to comments by the Alaska Gasline Port Authority's communications director in a Jan. 23 My Turn column, there is nothing in the contract between the Anchorage Daily News and Voice of the Times restricting the publication of letters critical of the Times.

Valuable services
I was pleased to read that a Planned Parenthood clinic is to be opened in Juneau (Jan. 25 Empire), but was disturbed by a quote at the end of the article.

No independent source
After reading Elizabeth Bluemink's article in the Jan. 22 edition, I was quite shocked to see her assessment of Dr. David Chambers as being an "independent scientist in Bozeman, Mont."

Remember freedom on Alito vote
According to Sen. Leahy of the Judiciary Committee, "The president is in the midst of a radical realignment of the powers of the government and its intrusiveness into the private lives of Americans. ...

Impeach Bush
President Bush must abide by the laws of this country, just like you and I do.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photos: Opening day at Eaglecrest
Carraig New breezes down the Platter run at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Thursday, the opening day of the season.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Brainstorming a playground
John Dean, designer for Leathers and Associates from Ithaca, N.Y., works on a playground design Thursday in the Harborview School lunchroom.

Wordsmiths battle to the final stinger
Elsa Robinson knew she would be the next Juneau School District Spelling Bee champion when she heard the word "fatigues" read aloud Wednesday night.

Legislators become stair masters
Anyone who frequented the Capitol during the last week may be stepping on the scales to see if they are a few pounds lighter.

Former Peace Corps volunteer recalls experience
Nearly 20 years have passed since Dave D'Amore landed with his Peace Corps cohort in Mali with hopes of making the world a better place.

Accused killer's words questioned
Rachelle Waterman's comments to state troopers and her correspondence implicate her in planning her mother's death, her prosecutor told jurors while opening his case Wednesday.

Five-year study tracks links between Native lifestyle, health
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium is hosting an open house today in hopes of generating interest in a five-year national health and wellness study of Alaska Natives and American Indians.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Jesse Peterson
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Photos: Snow Happy
After several disappointing months, snow enthusiasts finally had something to smile about this week as heavy snowfall blanketed Juneau.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the community

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

FYI
News about the people you know

Wrights marry
Marlene M. Wright of Juneau and Richard Wright of Skagway were married at 4 p.m. Jan. 14, 2006, at Church of God in Juneau.<

Janice Marie Katzeek
Juneau resident Janice Marie Katzeek, 41, a Tlingit Chilkat Eagle-Thunderbird, died at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 17, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage.

Ralph A. Wegener
Former Juneau resident Rev. Ralph A. Wegener, 88, of Forest Grove, Ore. died Jan. 19, 2006, at his home.

My Turn: What Senator's newsletter said about the gov's jet
Gov. Frank Murkowski's so mad at me I think I hear a sonic boom

My turn: Alaskans should develop gas line on their own terms
There's no more important jobs and business development project for Alaskans than a natural gas pipeline.

Alaska editorial: Control predators, follow law
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game did the right thing in temporarily suspending the state's predator control programs.

Alaska editorial: AK Constitution calls for powerful governor
With the 50th anniversary at hand of the signing of the Alaska Constitution it's an appropriate time to remind some of the state's legislators of what went into the drafting of that historic document.

My turn: Southeast's transportation system falling into place
In 2005, I wrote several My Turns identifying the positive benefits that the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities' Juneau road access Alternative 2B would have on all residents traveling Lynn Canal.

JDHS nears the end of first hockey season
For a team that started the season unsure of what the future held, the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team hopes to end its inaugural year with a bang.

Class 4A Wrestling Rankings
According to http://akmat.org

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.

Juneau's Joe Tompkins competes in Korea
Juneau's Joe Tompkins competed in a pair of World Cup for the Disabled alpine ski races in Pyeong Chang, Korea on Monday.

Prep Basketball Alaska Sportswriters Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball poll with first place votes in parenthesies, best available team records and total points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

Crimson Bear boys look to extend seven game winning streak
Normally for homecoming, schools will invite weak teams so the home squad can enjoy a victory before celebrating with a dance.

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.

JDHS prepares for Southeast tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team may not be as deep as it was in October, but the Crimson Bears remain a powerful force.

Balanced attack leads Crimson Bears' JV past the Sitka Wolves
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity team earned an impressive sweep of Sitka's junior varsity last weekend.

Feds launch investigation into Ketchikan jet crash
Authorities on Thursday identified the pilot who was killed when his small military-style jet crashed in Ketchikan.

Marijuana bill passes on reconsideration vote
An effort to strip the marijuana provisions from a bill that also aims to crack down on the manufacture of methamphetamine failed in the Senate Wednesday.

Jet hits trailer; 1 dead
A small jet crashed into a mobile home park Wednesday, killing the pilot, who was found strapped to his seat 100 yards from the site, authorities said.

Defense: Men said girl not involved in killing
Two men awaiting sentencing for killing Lauri Waterman near Craig 14 months ago were recorded by state troopers saying that the woman's then-16-year-old daughter wasn't involved in the plot, a witness in the girl's murder and conspiracy trial said Thursday.

Photo: Kid lobbyists
Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, is given a plate of oranges Wednesday from Ian Lear, 5, left, and Clem Taylor-Roth, 4.

Permafund trustees eye pipeline investment
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. trustees may consider investing a portion of its $33 billion fund in a future natural gas pipeline from the North Slope.

This year's legislative session a mad house from start
Legislators and their staffs don't usually work 14-hour days until the session's frantic end, and the bills don't usually flow quickly through committees.

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

Amendment would kill gay benefits
The Alaska Legislature could soon be deliberating a proposed amendment to the state constitution to nullify a court decision ordering the state to pay benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

New drug plan overwhelming for many seniors
Confusion over signing up for a new Medicare prescription plan is leaving many Alaska seniors without drugs.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

New drug plan overwhelming for many seniors
Confusion over signing up for a new Medicare prescription plan is leaving many Alaska seniors without drugs.

State game board maneuvers to bring back wolf control program
The state Board of Game rewrote its aerial wolf hunting regulations Wednesday in a move to revive a program deemed illegal by a judge last week.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the box office

briefly
news of local arts

Iraq play lets audience draw own conclusions
One moment, then-Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney is wondering "how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth?"

Chinese Spectacular
From his office in Branson, Mo., or his company's second headquarters in Shanghai, China, International Special Attractions producer Michael Wilson makes it his job to keep track of the more than 17,000 acrobats performing in China.

Burns' Night celebration set for Saturday at Centennial Hall
Burns' Suppers, or Burns' Nights, have been held on or around Jan. 25 ever since the legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns (born Jan. 25, 1759) died at 37 in 1796.

String ensembles to play concert
The Juneau String Ensembles, a new nonprofit umbrella group overseeing the youth groups Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and Aurora Strings, will host a concert featuring all three ensembles from 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Northern Light United Church.

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