Juneau libraries' new fiction shelves are captivating
We've got something on our new fiction shelves to captivate almost everyone - here's a sample.

Acclaimed young author signs new two-book deal
When Uzodinma Iweala's debut novel, "Beasts of No Nation," was published in 2005, book critics jostled for room at the literary altar to offer praise.

Local merchants, beware identity thieves
I am writing to inform the residents (both consumers and vendors) about a crime that was recently committed against my mother, a Juneau resident.

Rebuttal is not the same as harassment
This letter is in response to Alfredo Velazquez' letter in Friday's Juneau Empire. Velazquez should re-read Erik Lie-Nielsen's letter (Jan. 28), which was respectful and complimentary to Kelsey Stark (Jan. 24).

Charter fleet needs to live with its piece of pie
Opinions are cheap and so here is mine. Charter operators need to stay in their catch ranges.

Forest Service goes in wrong direction with Tongass plan
I live on Icy Strait. I know how precious the Tongass can be.

Unhappy with a shift in conference focus
As a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Southeast, peer mentor, student government and student alumni member, and participant in last year's legislative affairs conference...

Wrong message sent to capital movers
According to the Juneau Empire's front-page story about the Alaska Committee (Jan. 26), our mayor and former mayor are unhappy with the volunteer group that has been successful in promoting Juneau as Alaska's capital.

Religion shouldn't impede living freely
I am a ninth-grader at Juneau-Douglas High School. I'm writing in response to Kelsey Stark's letter opposing same-sex marriage in the Jan. 24 edition of the Juneau Empire.

Photo: HIV awareness
Dolly England walks Wednesday in front of the Capitol while wearing a sandwich board in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Business Digest
Sealaska announces new venture officer, New board member joins travel group, Timber corporation names new director & Networking event slated next week

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

Sewer to connect to N. Douglas
Workers are connecting nearly 50 homes on North Douglas Island to the city's sewer system, an improvement that will curb wastewater flowing into the Mendenhall Wetlands.

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

Officials fear for Romeo
Romeo, Juneau's favorite lone wolf, has been having close encounters with people and their dogs, causing game experts to worry about his well-being - not to mention that of the pets.

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


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

Photo: Cutting it down to size
A maintenance excavator attacks a pile of snow on Thursday.

UA regents to request budget increases
The president of the University of Alaska is requesting nearly $352 million from the Legislature to cover increases in contributions to the state retirement system and the expansion of academic programs, he said Wednesday.

Andrew Weil eats chocolate too
Four or five years ago the well-known health author Dr. Andrew Weil came into the store. "You're Andrew Weil," I said. "That's right," he replied.

Nelsons celebrate 50 years
James and Ruth Nelson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 in a celebratory Mass at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Briseno and Williams to wed
Consuelo Briseno and Donald Williams Jr., both of Juneau, will marry on June 2, 2007, in Juneau.

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, awarded Marianne Manning, of Juneau School District, an Arts Educator Award Grant.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Jessi Segelhorst
"I've drawn my whole life; nobody has taught me what I can do. The class I signed up for didn't say anything about it being Native art, but I like it. It is something new and nothing I am used to."

Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Miller and Berg to wed
Rebecca Ruth Berg and Jeffrey Laine Miller, both of Seattle, Wash., are engaged to be married on July 28, 2007.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting our Adopt-a-Book drive

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: AWARE
Volunteer coordinator: Ati Nasiah.

Photo: Wise women wear red
Members of the SEARHC WISEWOMAN program show off their red clothes during a luncheon, Feb. 2 for National Wear Red Day and National Heart Month.

Maria Paz Ramos
Juneau resident Maria Paz Ramos died Feb. 6, 2007, in Juneau, she was 80.

My turn: Where does SEACC's money come from?
For those of us trying to make a living in the real world on working people's wages, democracy and justice seem accessible to only to those who have money.

Alaska editorial: Legislature must act to restore public trust
This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

My turn: There is no rush to judgment: Second crossing has been studied
Recent commentary on the North Douglas crossing in the Juneau Empire has raised many questions and at times has been less than entirely factual.

Alaska editorial: We need measures to protect tourism
It would be economically terrifying if Ketchikan lost its tourism industry.

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.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll

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.

Cheering back from the brink
What would it be like if there were no cheerleaders at Juneau-Douglas High School home basketball games?

Sports brief: Zabel rolls first perfect game of the season
Bob Zabel of Juneau rolled the first perfect 300 game of the season on Jan. 28 at the Juneau Bowling Center.

Photos: A little extra practice
Juneau-Douglas High School basketball players Dominique Brinson and Kayla Harrison, shoot during exhibition games against the Kenai Central Kardinals on Wednesday at the JDHS gym.

Sports brief: Powers wins Southeast Masters tournament
Kathy Powers captured the fourth annual Allyn Hayes Southeast Masters Tournament on Jan. 28 at the Juneau Bowling Center.

New DOT head listens as critics blast ferry system
New Transportation Commissioner Leo von Scheben on Thursday made his first appearance before the Alaska Legislature, where critics of the ferry system blasted his department.

Northwest Digest
Electric company to drill 2 test holes & B.C. mining minister resigns over e-mail

BP looks into watchdog's allegations
BP is looking into allegations by a longtime oil industry watchdog, including a claim that a company employee substituted water for more expensive chemical agents used to prevent corrosion in its Prudhoe Bay pipelines.

Group to call for pipeline accountability
A bipartisan group of state senators plans to introduce a bill today designed to keep oil companies from deducting facility maintenance costs that are the result of neglect.

Men suing priest for back child support
A Jesuit priest who impregnated two woman decades ago while working in rural Alaska is being sued by his two grown sons for child support and damages.

Fresh problems surface on BP's oil tanker fleet
BP has reported more problems with its new fleet of oil tankers after a scramble to repair cracked rudders and faulty anchors.

Lawmakers demand tax answers from BP
Democratic critics of the controversial petroleum profits tax approved last year by the Alaska Legislature are calling upon BP to say whether it will ask the state to pick up the cost for repairs to its deteriorated North Slope oil pipelines.

Man arrested after threatening to shoot schoolchildren
A drunken man who threatened to shoot students and teachers at the Scammon Bay school this week has been arrested by Alaska State Troopers.

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

Oldest Coast Guard vessel decommissioned
The U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned its oldest vessel Thursday, retiring the cutter Storis with eight rings of a bell and the playing of taps in a gymnasium at the Kodiak Coast Guard Base.

Missile interceptor field being built at Fort Greely
The military is adding a third missile interceptor field to Fort Greely as part of an expansion of the nation's anti-ballistic missile program.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Lawmakers push ahead with vote on same-sex benefits
Some Alaska lawmakers on Wednesday decided to push forward with a $1.2 million election that would ask voters if they would support a constitutional amendment next year to overturn court-ordered benefits for the partners of gay public employees.

Alaska Digest
Defense tries to plant doubt in Beluga trial, Williams named to harbor board, Education reps plan talk on student aid & Body found near mouth of Kasilof River

Legislators begin push to restore longevity bonus
Lawmakers began hearings Wednesday to discuss restoring the state's longevity bonus, a system that made cash payments to Alaska senior citizens.

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