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Friday, February 16, 2007

Group encourages reading banned books
Spurred by events in South Florida, a national group is urging students to read books that have been burned in Cuba.

JYC Battle of the Books team represents Juneau in state today
Battle of the Books is a statewide reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians.

Children's book awards announced at libraries
Awards for children's books have been announced - here are a few of my favorites. Check our Web site under Kids Stuff for the complete booklists.

Millions for billions
Billions of dollars were at stake, and lobbyists spent millions of them last year trying to influence the Petroleum Profits Tax, the gas line and other issues before the Alaska Legislature.

Governor promises cooperation with AFN
Gov. Sarah Palin told Alaska Native leaders her administration will listen to their concerns and work cooperatively to find solutions to problems that have long plagued the Native community.

Palin seeking study of state's health care system
Gov. Sarah Palin has ordered a review of the state's health care system, a job she will entrust to an unpaid ad-hoc task force.

Palin seeks more money for budget
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday submitted an $82 million supplemental budget for the current fiscal year, including an additional $20 million for the state ferry system.

Proposed cargo tax would mean higher costs for Alaskans
Angry Alaska lawmakers and industry experts sounded off Thursday about Washington state plans for a cargo container tax that could increase the cost of most basic goods by as much as 10 percent.

Bush's budget is fiscally irresponsible
If I were to make $30,000 a year to support my family, and I spent $13,200, or 44 percent of my budget on guns and other weaponry to protect them...

Second crossing is a suburban fantasy
With all the discussion about the second crossing, few seem to acknowledge that the project is deservedly rated extremely low by state transportation planners.

Capital flight costly due to lack of competition
I am concerned that the Legislature has taken no action to make its sessions more available to the public.

Say no to a bridge on Gravina Island
According to Mal Menzies, the Alaska Department of Transportation's Southeast regional director, the estimated cost of bridges to Gravina Island via Pennock Island has increased by $67 million.

Help save Romeo
I've lived in Juneau for nine years. Since then, I've seen pictures of the white bear, heard stories of a white moose and now Juneau's very own celebrity, Romeo.

Don't use glue traps
Many wildlife control operators refuse to use glue traps and other killing devices because they are cruel and ineffective (see Sunday's Outdoors article, "Unwanted guests").

Move or kill the wolf
The wolf has already been ruined by Juneau's people and dogs getting too close to it. Someone will get hurt, and it is only a matter of time.

Board's decision bad for Kamishak brown bears
I am writing in regard to the Alaska Board of Game's approval to open 95,000 acres of state lands in the Kamishak special-use area (Douglas River to Kamishak River), which lies between McNeil River State Game Sanctuary/Refuge and Katmai National Park.

Lew brings up a good point on war in Iraq
Lew Williams hit a home run with his column in Sunday's Juneau Empire ("One question remains: Who killed Alaska-based troops?").

Concrete created for cold-weather building projects
A cold-weather concrete invented for the military could help construction companies in Juneau lengthen their work seasons.

Home Depot to open June 28
Construction of Home Depot in Lemon Creek has been delayed mostly due to the weather, a spokeswoman for the retail store said Wednesday.

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

Juneau Digest
Special election registration open & Planning commission approves office park

Eaglecrest celebrates New Year's seven weeks late due to poor weather
Fireworks fans will get another chance to celebrate the New Year; or at least the slightly used year.

Business Digest
Marketing, business finance classes slated, Volunteers needed for Board of Equalization, Local executive earns credential

Two women arrested after assault in downtown Juneau
Police arrested two women Wednesday afternoon on felony charges after one brandished a knife and stole a woman's purse.

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

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

Around Town

Photo: Flying fish
Alaska Airlines' "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon" taxis to the runway Thursday at the Juneau International Airport.

Correction

Photo: A lot of love for Tongass
U.S. Forest Service officials from left, Pete Griffin, Forrest Cole, and Dennis Neill accept a Valentine's Day card Wednesday from Beth Peluso, media coordinator for Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor center.

Peratrovich legacy continues to grow
When ANS Camp 2 President Micalyne Kunz McGhee was growing up, her grandmother, Cecelia Kunz, would often talk about Feb. 8, 1945, the day Native rights activist Elizabeth Peratrovich testified before the Territorial Senate.

City eyes improving public transit
City officials are beginning to look at improving public transportation as bus ridership continues to increase - to more than a million passenger trips a year.

Photo: Glacier Valley wins Battle of the Books
Glacier Valley Elementary School's Battle of the Books team poses Feb. 3 at Riverbend Elementary School after winning the competition for grades three and four.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: leadership in CHOICE projects, Donating to the Breakfast Club, Gus' heartwarming story, Contributing to Mathcounts, Helping with our arts celebration, Supporting the DZ science fair

Quinoa is the 'mother of all grains'
The relationship between ancient civilizations and their staple foods is fascinating. The people of antiquity weren't stupid.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: AARP - Tax Aide
AARP Tax-Aide provides tax preparation assistance to low and moderate income taxpayers, with an emphasis on assisting those over 60.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Bradley Gilbert
"I think art is really, really fun. When I was little, I did a lot of stick figures, usually a little one holding a big one's hand, because I saw a picture like that in a church. I like to sketch people, make things out of clay, and I like painting sometimes."

Bradbury, Schaufler to wed
Cheri A. Bradbury and Dr. Lawrence E. Schaufler, of Juneau, will marry at 3:33 p.m. Feb. 17, 2007, at Chapel by the Lake in Juneau. A reception and dance will follow at 5 p.m. at the Orca Room of the Frontier Suites.

Neighbors Digest
Family concert to be held this Sunday, Sourdough Pancake Cook Off set for March 17 & Diabetes classes to be Feb. 20, 21 and 28

Photo: Virtual field trips
Kris Dorsey's kindergarten and first-grade students at Angoon Elementary School take a virtual field trip last week to Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kan.

FYI
Marriage licenses, Births and Courts

Recognitions
Victoria "Torie" Powers, of Juneau, was recognized by Western Illinois University for completing her first semester with a 3.6 grade-point average making the dean's list. A 2006 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, she is majoring in kinesiology/athletic training and is a member of the Western Illinois Westerwind Division 1 softball team. A four-year varsity player for the JDHS softball team, she helped the Bears win two state championships and two runner up trophies. She was also the setter for the Bears volleyball team for three years.

Pets of the week
Friendly kitties show their purrrrsonality

Robin S. Lingle
Juneau resident Robin Sue Lingle died Jan. 31, 2007, in Juneau after a long bout with diabetes. She was surrounded by her family. She was 58.

Vivian Renshaw
Pioneer businesswoman Vivian Renshaw, 97, died Feb. 8, 2007, in her home in Juneau.

My turn: Pebble Mine would soil 'Alaska brand'
By BARBARA BELKNAP

My turn: Put a stop to the revolving door
We've got a revolving door in Juneau. Top government officials who make decisions worth millions to corporations such as Exxon resign or get fired, and, before their executive chair has reached room temperature, the official lands a lobbying job with Exxon or some other big corporation.

Outside editorial: Addressing global warming requires change on all fronts
Getting everyone on the same page as to the cause of global warming - or even its existence - is no small feat.

Alaska editorial: Legislators must fix Murkowski damage
Frank Murkowski left behind his mark, but not the natural gas pipeline or higher oil production he had promised in his winning campaign for governor in 2002.

Outside editorial: An empty measure
The U.S. House launched a welcome debate this week on the Iraq war. It's too bad three days of points and counterpoints will end in a vote on a pointless resolution.

Alaska editorial: Military base changes worked well for state
Over the years, we have been very leery about what might come from actions by the various reports from the Base Realignment and Closure Commission...

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.

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

Bears battle Kings in final home series
One of the most decorated senior classes in recent Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball history plays their final home contests this weekend.

JDHS boys look to keep rolling
While the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team hasn't played a game in two weeks, it doesn't mean the break has been uneventful.

Culture Club helps make hockey accessible to all of Juneau
Hockey has been the rage of Juneau for the last couple of years.

Alaska Digest
State shops for broker to sell jet, Applications being taken for judicial seat & Mackey's lead firm at Quest's halfway point

Governor promises cooperation with AFN
Gov. Sarah Palin told Alaska Native leaders her administration will listen to their concerns and work cooperatively to find solutions to problems that have long plagued the Native community.

Companies say they should operate pipeline
BP told lawmakers Thursday that it plans to take tax deductions and credits for repair work to corroded pipes on the North Slope.

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

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

Palin seeks more money for budget
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday submitted an $82 million supplemental budget for the current fiscal year, including an additional $20 million for the state ferry system.

Refuge proposal complicates debate over Pebble mine
A proposed game refuge in Bristol Bay that would honor one of Alaska's most beloved governors could stymie plans for a giant gold and copper mine in western Alaska.

BP to deduct repair costs
BP told lawmakers Thursday that it plans to take tax deductions and credits for repair work to corroded pipes on the North Slope.

Palin seeking study of state's health care system
Gov. Sarah Palin has ordered a review of the state's health care system, a job she will entrust to an unpaid ad-hoc task force.

Proposed cargo tax would mean higher costs for Alaskans
Angry Alaska lawmakers and industry experts sounded off Thursday about Washington state plans for a cargo container tax that could increase the cost of most basic goods by as much as 10 percent.

Millions for billions
Billions of dollars were at stake, and lobbyists spent millions of them last year trying to influence the Petroleum Profits Tax, the gas line and other issues before the Alaska Legislature.

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