A slice of reality for the children
Here's a short list of some of our new nonfiction for kids that's hitting the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries this week!

Final Harry Potter book to be released in July
Hold on to your broomsticks. The fate of the world's most famous wizard will soon be revealed.

Serving all Alaskans
Thank you for the Empire's very professional coverage of ethics reform (Pat Forgey and Brian Wallace) of Alaska's public "servants."

Not the fault of environmentalists
Recently Coeur Alaska placed an ad falsely blaming the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council for the stoppage of work at the Kensington Mine.

Highlight the experts, not the ordinary
Lately I have noticed that instead of highlighting a downhill skier, cross-country skier or other outdoor enthusiast in your Outdoor section "Outsiders" column you have concentrated on average people with little skill to share.

Off-highway vehicle riders must speak up
I attended a meeting of off-highway vehicle riders on Jan. 27. I did not expect a large turnout; however I wanted to attend to let my voice be heard in support of the effort to gain riding ground here in Juneau.

Juneau Plenty of space for ATVs
In response to Ron Berg's letter on Jan. 30, "Increased ATV use on trails is not a good idea," the hard truth is that Juneau is far from having a balance in availability to all groups when it comes to recreational activities.

Nation founded by Christians
Eric Lie-Nielson should pick on someone his own size, and stop harassing a child who stands up for our Christian United States.

Ripping off state employees
I was disturbed to read the Empire article "Retirement covered, but troubles loom (Jan. 28), particularly the part about "For current government employees, however, raises may be crimped." I believe it needs a correction.

Cartoonist celebrates decade of laughs
When Gov. Sarah Palin defeated Tony Knowles in the November election, the political satirist inside Juneau resident Tony "Toe" Newman couldn't help being pleased.

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

Photo: Fresh catch
A pile of spot prawn heads sit discarded Wednesday on a cleaning table at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay.

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

Business Digest
Marketing series relaunches Friday, Business owners asked for input & amp; Local couple opens dental office

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

Photo: Falling in love all over again
Chelsie Harris enjoys a walk in the sunshine Wednesday along the Alaska Steamship Dock.

Legislature takes over neighboring Masonic temple
The Alaska Legislature accepted on Thursday ownership of Juneau's Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and agreed to begin a $1.5 million renovation of the building.


Photo: Moonset
A full moon sets over the Chilkat Mountain range on Thursday morning.

Photo: Glacier's edge
Three cross-country skiers take enjoy a sunny day Thursday on Mendenhall lake.

The soloist and the symphony
Annaliesa Place's plane was fogged in Wednesday night, and Alaska Airlines lost her luggage, but the New York City violinist finally arrived Thursday afternoon in Juneau.

Fifth and seventh graders prepare for annual testing
Not all students share her excitement, but Gastineau Elementary School fifth grader Melanya Mason likes standardized tests.

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

Photos: DZ HOCKEY dukes it out
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Culture Club Hockey Team faced off against the staff team Wednesday at Treadwell Arena.


Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Cats get cabin fever too
Cats, like people, get cabin fever. It's especially bad this year, when snow has so long covered the scents and sounds that delight indoor-outdoor cats.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for help in Montessori celebration & Thank you, Helping Hands, for the food

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Jasmine Isturis
"I did this mask for a school project. I liked this project because, now, when my brother is gone, I have something to remind me of him! No, I'm joking, it doesn't look like him. My mask took about two and a half weeks. It is from New Zealand."

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: American Red Cross
Coordinator: Valerie Strasburger, Programs and Services manager.

Let's use Groundhog Day as a day to address our challenges
Here we are, halfway between winter solstice and the vernal equinox, approaching Candlemas Day, better known in North America as Groundhog's Day.

James Donner Jr.
Gustavus resident James Edward Donner Jr., 60, died peacefully Jan. 21, 2007, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage surrounded by his family.

Alaska editorial: University regent under indictment should step down
Surely former mayor and Board of Regents member Jim Hayes has his reasons for holding on to his University of Alaska Board of Regents position even after two highly respected people have asked him to step down.

Outside editorial: Time to follow through on ethics promises
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised the "most ethical Congress in history."

My turn: Surge or denial: Contradictions between president's war strategy and follow-through
President Bush calls it a surge. Some in Congress and the majority of Americans oppose this new strategy, seen as an escalation of the war.

My Turn: Don't run the bridge over precious wetlands
The Juneau Audubon is very much concerned with the status of the present second crossing proposals.

Alaska editorial: Governor's ethics bill is a good start
Gov. Sarah Palin has released her idea for an ethics bill to the Alaska Legislature. She said in her State of the State address earlier this month that it didn't matter who wrote the final bill, as long as good ethics legislation results.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll

JDHS girls topple Bartlett
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team won its sixth straight game Thursday by nipping Bartlett 48-41 in the Lady Lynx Tournament in Anchorage.

Crimson Bears extend their winning streak to six games after beating the Wolfpack
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team may have gotten into Fairbanks late on Thursday, but it still managed to kick off the roadtrip with a win.

Once more, with feeling
It's been a season of growth for the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team.

Sports in Juneau

Dante Santos leads Crimson Bears' crew at state tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team will be represented in 11 of 14 weight classes in at the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships in Chugiak.

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.

Photo: Blonde ambition
Juneau-Douglas High School wrestler Dante Santos hoists teammate Matt Barry in the air during the Crimson Bears' final practice...

Cystic fibrosis screening added to tests done on Alaska babies
Starting today, babies in Alaska will be tested shortly after birth for cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that attacks the lungs and intestines and can lead to an early death.

Alaska Digest
Man sentenced in old murder case, House passes bill to honor Susan Butcher, Stevens proposes Web traffic limits & Village of Anderson faces winter flooding

Judge refuses to stop wolf-killing program
A judge denied a request Wednesday to put an immediate stop to an Alaska program that allows wolves to be shot from the air.

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

Feds, state leaders disagree on delays in building gas pipeline
Federal energy regulators say they are ready for Alaska to submit a plan for a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline, but the state's schedule has "slipped considerably."

Northwest Digest
Maintenance work scheduled for Marine Parking Garage, SEARHC announces new VP of finance, GCI planning move into Eagle River & Yakima Valley farm to supply canola to biofuel plants

BP continues its probe of corroded oil pipeline
Oil company BP plans to remove a 40-foot section from a major Prudhoe Bay pipeline to learn more about leaks that led to the partial shutdown of the nation's largest oil field last summer.

Analysts: Budget drought ahead
With North Slope oil production declining and oil prices slipping, a legislative budget analyst warns state spending - now flush with oil-fed billion dollar surpluses - could be back in the hole as early as next year.

Stranded governor drops in on elementary students
Gov. Sarah Palin had planned to meet with Exxon Tuesday in Juneau but instead found herself in Ketchikan, where she sought out an invitation to read aloud to children at Houghtaling Elementary School.

Alaska Airlines reveals new cargo-passenger fleet
Alaska Airlines on Thursday unveiled the first cargo-passenger plane in a new fleet that's expected to enhance service.

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

BP's problems could cost state twice
British Petroleum's oil spill and the resulting shutdown of Prudhoe Bay last August may cost the state more than expected.

New study shows Exxon Valdez oil persists off coast
Lingering crude from the nation's largest oil spill has weathered only slightly in some places almost 18 years after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground and fouled hundreds of miles of Alaska shoreline, a new federal study released Wednesday concludes.

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