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Saturday, February 2, 2008

New audiobooks available on CD and cassette at Juneau Public Libraries
Look for new audiobook titles by Diana Gabaldon, W.E.B. Griffin and Dean Koontz, among others, on both CD and cassette.

'Charlatan' profiles goat gland huckster, medical scams through history
"Charlatan" (Crown Publishing Group, 336 pages, $24.95), by Pope Brock

Getting To & Around Juneau
By Air

Miles and Miles of Trails
With more than 250 miles of trails, many within minutes of downtown, Juneau is the place to literally "take a hike." Trails range from being fairly flat and wide and accessible by wheelchairs and strollers to strenuous uphill paths for serious hikers. Although the weather can be a challenge, the trails around Juneau provide a window into the rugged rain forests in Southeast Alaska.

Welcome to Bear Country
Juneau is in the heart of rich bear habitat. Its estuaries, avalanche chutes and salmon streams provide brown and black bears with high-quality foods.

What's the secret to catching fish in Alaska?
When you're in the world's greatest fishing country, it's tempting to expect huge fish everywhere, all the time. But Alaskan salmon are migratory species with very specific peak seasons.

Roughing It
Cabins

Common Questions
Q: How can you spot an Alaskan?

Annual Events
For descriptions and additional events go to our web site www.traveljuneau.com

Explore Juneau
There's nothing like a good map to get you oriented to a community. Grab a Juneau map at the airport, Marine Park visitor information kiosk, cruise ship terminal, Auke Bay ferry terminal, or the visitor information center located in Centennial Hall. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum also has a comprehensive map of historic downtown. Watch for the blue three-sided historic signposts through

Fun Facts
Geography

Local Lingo
The Bridge: "The Bridge" is the one downtown that crosses the Gastineau Channel to Douglas. Technically, it's called the Juneau-Douglas Bridge.

A Golden History
A first rush of about 40 miners brought trading posts, saloons and missionaries. Within a year, the tent camp became a small town, the first founded after Alaska's purchase from Russia.

Winter Excitement
Insiders have known for years that skiing and snowboarding in Juneau is special. The diverse terrain and snow conditions will challenge everyone from the first timer to the expert thrill seeker.

Unpack & Stay Awhile
Juneau is a world-class cruise port, but it is also a great place to park yourself for few days and really get to know the place and the people. Here are a few ideas on how to fill up several days and get an unforgettable Alaska experience in return.

Native Heritage
Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people have lived in Southeast Alaska for thousands of years, but Tlingits are the most numerous of the three in Juneau and the northern panhandle.

Arts, Shopping & Dining
Arts

Glaciers To The Max
North America's fifth largest icefield sits in Juneau's backyard, stretching across a 1,500-square-mile area that straddles the boundary between Alaska and Canada.

Bird Watcher's Paradise
Southeast Alaska's rain forest is alive with the chirps and trills of more than 300 species of birds that flutter along the flyways of the state's panhandle. More than 280 species nest in Juneau. The best month to observe nesting birds is June, also the best time for listening for their songs.

Whales
Humpback Whales

Support Hillary, participate in caucus
The pages of future American history books are being written right now. The Democratic Party has two very impressive primary candidates for president of the United States, either of whom will make a fabulous president and lead America to regain its lost prestige at home and abroad. The decision to support one rather than the other presents a struggle, and yet the very opportunity for the struggle is an exciting privilege.

Restore checks to fish, game management
Alaskans need to tell their elected officials they now have a chance to fix yet another of former Gov. Frank Murkowski's messes by supporting House Bill 41.

Juneau will likely not hold on to the capital
It seems to me that holding on to Juneau for governing is not going to last forever. I give it a generation - maybe more, maybe less - but in the long run, Juneau will no longer hold onto the location for statewide government legislation.

Keep Alaska's capital in Juneau
I am writing this letter, not as the state employee that I am, but as an Alaska citizen. I was just reading a news story on KTUU's Web site that talked about yet another push to move the legislative sessions out of Juneau. There was a statement in the article saying, "The governor says legislators have made it clear that they don't want her meddling in their business, so she says she will sign the bill if it reaches her desk."

Redfern under fire for Centennial shutout
A Canadian mining company rented all of Centennial Hall to host a Monday public information session on its plans to use a hoverbarge to transport materials from the Tulsequah Chief Mine down the Taku River to Juneau.

For burials, a season of waiting
In death as in life, Lower 48 rules don't always apply up here in this cold, wet country.

Choosing death to make a living
The appropriately named Steven Graves, director of Juneau's Alaskan Memorial Park & Mortuary, has been interested in the funeral business since he was a teen.

High school activity funds source still iffy
A task force assigned to come up with a way to make high school sports and other extra-curricular programs equally available to all students continued to wrestle Thursday with how to fund next year's $2.2 million estimated price tag for school activities.

Images from another time: Patriots on parade
An Army truck drives byduring anIndependence Day Parade in the early 1940s on the corner of Front and Franklin Street. There was an Army camp at Duck Creek during World War II. The truck appears to be a Dodge half-ton carryall.

Around Town

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

Sitka Fine Arts Camp recognized nationally
The Sitka Fine Arts Camp - a nonprofit dedicated to offering students in remote, Alaska towns the opportunity to explore and strengthen their artistic skills - was recognized nationally on Jan. 28 as one of 18 youth arts and humanities programs to receive the prestigious 2007 Coming Up Taller Award.

City Museum to host presentation on China Joe Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will host a presentation by Mark Whitman on the life of China Joe, who had the first bakery in Juneau during the Gold Rush at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Applications for Rotary youth Leadership awards due by Feb. 22
JUNEAU - High school sophomores and juniors, and any Rebound Exchange student currently in high school may apply to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. All total of six participants will be selected to be sponsored by Juneau Rotary, Gastineau Rotary and Glacier Valley Rotary Clubs. More than 80 youth from across the state of Alaska will be awarded with the opportunity to attend.

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to hold photo contest
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is seeking submissions from professional and amateur photographers for its photo contest and exhibition "Wild Places, Wild People and Wild Life - Images from the Tongass."

Thanks, Public Market, for chance to raise funds
The members of the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary would like to take advantage of the Neighbors section of the Juneau Empire to thank the Public Market for the chance each year to have our most productive fundraiser.

Thanks for contributing to John Stoll's fundraiser
John Stoll and family would like to extend our thanks to the following businesses for their support and generosity to help make the Mardi Gras party and benefit such a success:

Thanks for contributing to Robbie Burns Night
Stroller White Pipes and Drums and Highland Dancers thank all the individuals and businesses who generously contributed to the Robbie Burns Night celebration on Jan. 19 at Centennial Hall.

Recognitions

FYI

Student artist in the spotlight: Douglas Harris Jr.
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Consider all the factors when choosing a cat
Choosing a cat or kitten is a lot like choosing a spouse. You have a good idea of what you want. Then along comes someone very different and you fall in love.

Stevens, Parr to wed
Kari Amber Parr and John Scott Stevens, both of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. on March 9, 2008, at Lake Havasu, Ariz.

Give teachers a break!
I got a job at Auke Bay Elementary School about a 1½ years ago teaching violin. My first day, I did the "Let's get to know each other" thing and started them out pretty well.

Pets of the week: Unique, playful cats are crazy to find homes
Come visit Pearl, Cinnamon, Pebbles and Baby Girl from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Light Up A Life: A place for everyone
Some celebrations just warm your heart because they bring together people from so many different parts of our community - and from places beyond as well.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Aiding women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies
Volunteer coordinator: Sophie Stradley.

Alaska youth hold March summit on civics, conservation
JUNEAU - Alaska Youth for Environmental Action program of the National Wildlife Federation is holding its seventh Civics and Conservation Summit for teens from March 9-13 in Juneau.

Cleo June Booth
Metlakatla resident Cleo June Booth died Jan. 27, 2008, in Ketchikan. She was 79.

Helen Magill Smith
Lifelong Alaskan Helen Magill Smith died Jan. 4, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, with family by her side. She was 91.

Empire editorial: Democrats should support Obama
Barack Hussein Obama. More than one voter has pondered the name of the Democratic presidential candidate and waxed on what it represents.

My Turn: Administration should give supervisory unit a raise
Gov. Sarah Palin should change course from her administration's unrealistic position regarding contract negotiations with the supervisory unit of the Alaska Public Employees Association. Supervisory unit members were backed into a corner over these past 22 years of sub-par contracts, and now we've come to a "fight or flight" situation. We shouldn't back down, because we simply can't afford to. This is not a matter of one-upmanship, or disrespect, but a matter of necessity and livelihood.

Outside column: Entering Sector D
There's something about the word "disembowel." Or "depravity," or "disfigurement" - about so many words that begin with the letter "d." Divorce, destitution, doubt, drugs, dirt, dwindle. So many of them are on our lips just now - though not "disembowel," and we should be thankful for that much. Once more, as a nation, we have entered Sector D.

Kodiak death now investigated as possible homicide
KODIAK - A Kodiak man who was severely beaten more than a week ago has died.

Police charge man with sending indecent material to minor
ANCHORAGE - A two-week investigation led to the arrest of a 21-year-old man on a charge of electronically distributing indecent materials to a minor, Anchorage police said.

Bill allowing for kidney donation passes House
JUNEAU - Members of the Alaska House unanimously signed on as sponsors and then approved a bill that would help one of their own receive a kidney from a legislative staffer.

Criminal charges won't be filed in airport shootout
HOMER - Federal attorneys said on Thursday they will not file criminal charges against law enforcement officers involved in a fatal shootout nearly two years ago at the Homer airport.

Troopers arrest man with singed socks outside burned lodge
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old Fairbanks man is being investigated in the Tuesday morning fire that destroyed a local landmark, the old Cleary Summit Ski Area lodge.

Boy dies in Anchorage mobile home fire
ANCHORAGE - A 4-year-old boy died Wednesday night in a mobile home fire, the Anchorage Fire Department said.

Kootznoowoo Permanent Fund issues dividends
JUNEAU - Shareholders of Angoon's village corporation, Kootznoowoo, were issued a dividend of $3.27 per share Thursday in the first distribution of 2008 from the shareholders' settlement trust.

University and school district may partner to pilot math program
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast Mathematics program and Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School are sponsoring a public talk by representatives from Project Special Elementary Education for the Disadvantaged, or SEED, for those interested in math education.

Pipe-freeze warning in effect after city's thawing unit breaks
JUNEAU - The city's thawing unit is not working, so the city temporarily can't thaw frozen service lines.

Anchorage man kills brother over argument
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man killed his brother during an argument, police said.

Murkowski downplays role in pipeline project
FAIRBANKS - Former Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski said media reports of his involvement in a North Slope natural gas pipeline have been exaggerated.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Legislature moves forward with Anchorage office
The Alaska Legislature moved forward Thursday with plans for a new regional office building in Anchorage, despite concerns over a possible capital move and skyrocketing costs.

Environmental, Alaska Native groups sue to stop lease sale
Conservation and Alaska Native groups sued the federal government Thursday seeking to stop a petroleum lease sale within an area nearly the size of Pennsylvania off Alaska's northwest shore.

Lawmakers take up first of many conflict of interest measures
Lawmakers are conflicted over whether, and how, to change the rules that govern voting on legislation in which they may have a financial stake.

Young challengers report fundraising totals
Ethan Berkowitz and Jake Metcalfe, two Democratic candidates looking to unseat Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young, announced campaign fundraising efforts Thursday.

Direct Hoonah ferry service coming
The new summer ferry schedule released this week by the Alaska Marine Highway System includes direct LeConte runs between Hoonah and Juneau, said Roger Wetherell, spokesman for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

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