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.

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: AWARE
Volunteer coordinator: Ati Nasiah.

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.

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."

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.

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

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

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?

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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