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Friday, February 17, 2006

In th Stacks: Young adult fiction at the libraries
Young adult fiction is shelved with the libraries' adult fiction but marked with a green spine label for easy browsing.

Business Digest
Staff reports of local business news.

Hypocrisy reigns over dividends
It has come to our attention recently that our U.S. representatives (Sens. Murkowski and Stevens and Rep. Young) will be exempted from the provisions of HB273.

What is gained by plagiarism?
I read with interest the letter by Wade R. Rogers about a slip of the tongue by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Kids - and fetuses - will be kids
I have kids ages 14 years to 5 months, so I have experience with kids and helmets. My first thought is how often kids leave homes with helmets, but they don't stay on.

People need to face facts about teen sex
It seems that every other week another pro-life group comes out swinging with made-up statistics showing that Planned Parenthood causes teens to have sex. Quite frankly, this needs to stop.

Hormones influence teens, not politics
Anti-abortionist Jim Sedlak was paraphrased in Eric Morrison's above-the-fold front-page story Feb. 15 as predicting the (long-needed) services of Planned Parenthood in Juneau would cause an "explosion of teenage sexual activity." That's a bit of a stretch.

Add boulders to hazard list
A Juneau women says she is lucky to be alive after a truck-size boulder slammed into the side of her house Sunday.

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

Dropouts build home for low-income residents
Juneau high school dropouts have an opportunity to construct a house from the ground up this spring after the city decided to donate a vacant lot in the S'it'tuwan Subdivision.

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

Girl recognized for heroism
When 10-year-old Sylina Jackson saw a neighbor's Labrador retriever heading for her little brother 2½ weeks ago, she didn't have time to think, and the boy didn't know what was happening until the attack was over.

Downtown Juneau, circa 1983
Juneau peace activists protest next to the Dimond Courthouse. The protesters objected to the Reagan administration's involvement in Central America.

ID thief sentenced to serve 2 years
Before being sentenced Wednesday to serve two years in prison for stealing the identity of one of her Bayview neighbors, Susan M. Marthaller said she only wanted to provide a better life for her two sons.

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

Juneau group to offer sexuality education
A holistic sexuality course for elementary-age children in Juneau is planned for this spring.

Launching Lessons
Some Douglas kids had the chance to reach for the stars in school this week.

Haitian Sensation
Growing up 90 minutes from the volatile Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, Juneau resident Julio Gregoire knew neighbors with friends and relatives who had moved to the United States.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Tlingit teacher mourned
The Alaska Panhandle has lost one of its beloved teachers of the Tlingit way.

Student artist in the Spotlight: Mallory Nilsen
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.

Running for the cure
Alice Sollie rode her bicycle 100 kilometers in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising event on Feb. 12 in Florida.

Forrest and Hatcher to wed
Former Juneau resident LaQuita Forrest of Jackson, Miss., and Ayatti Hatcher of Macon, Miss., will be married at 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 at New Horizon Church in Jackson, Miss.

Neighbors Mailbox
You've got thanks

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding academic achievements

Wearing the bracelet
If you look at people's wrists these days, their watches are often sharing the coveted space with a rubber bracelet.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Maxin' and relaxin'
Maxin' and relaxin': Dan and Tina Waschae and their blue-healer mix, Ruccuss, enjoy the sun and watch the skaters on Twin Lakes Thursday afternoon.

FYI
News about the people you know

Schroeder and Hotch wed
Kaci Schroeder of Klukwan and Aaron Hotch of Klukwan were married at 4 p.m., Dec. 21, 2005, at Haines Presbyterian Church. A reception followed at the Alaska Native Brotherhood in Haines.

Robert G. Lium
Juneau resident Robert G. Lium, 76, died Feb. 12, 2006 at his home in West Juneau following a short illness.

Agnes Bellinger
Juneau resident Agnes Martha Tlunaut Bellinger, 78, died Feb. 14, 2006 at her home.

My turn: Governor isn't listening to sentiments about the road
If we ever had a governor who did not want to hear what people thought about the state and the way it spends our money, it has to be Frank Murkowski.

Alaska editorial: Locking out public access
In a failed attempt to block public access to state lands north of the Yukon River, state senators squawked out a number of Chicken-Little style arguments on the floor last week.

My Turn: Montana dams show folly of dumping tailings
When I heard of Coeur D'Alene Mines' proposal to dump toxic mine tailings into a lake that feeds into Berners Bay, I had to write a word of warning. I live in Missoula, Mont., downstream from two tailings facilities

Joe Tompkins finishes second in downhill at U.S. Nationals
Juneau's Joe Tompkins claimed second place in the downhill competition of the United States Disabled Alpine Championships on Wednesday in Park City, Utah.

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.

Prep Basketball Alaska Sportswriters Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball poll with first place votes in parentheses, best available team records and total points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

SE roundup: No. 1 Yakutat tops Lumen Christian
The Yakutat boys basketball team, Alaska's top-ranked Class 2A squad in both the Alaska Sports Broadcasters and Prep Sportswriters polls, demolished host Lumen Christian 79-25 on Wednesday.

Glacier Swim Club travels to Ketchikan
For the younger athletes of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club, this weekend's Southeast Regional Championships in Ketchikan represents the biggest event of the season.

Sitka poses a challenge for Crimson Bears
The Sitka High School girls basketball team is clearly more than just one person, but center Kim Dodson looms large as the focal point for Juneau-Douglas.

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

New Nat'l Guard recruits won't go to Iraq
Anyone joining the Alaska National Guard for the next several years will not be deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan unless he or she requests the assignment, Brig. Gen. Craig Christensen said Wednesday.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photo: Honoring a doyenne of civil rights
Myrna Chaney, left, Caroline Luckey and Danielle Grams, right, watch the Elizabeth Peratrovich celebration at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center on Wednesday in Ketchikan.

State eyes Alcan funds to pay for road out of town
State officials plan to use an obscure federal law, originally crafted to maintain the Alaska Highway in Canada, to pay nearly half the cost of a Juneau access road.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports

Citizens: State should give gay partners benefits
Ministers, high school students and others told the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that an amendment aimed at taking away benefits extended to partners of gay state workers is discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Reallocation of petroleum-reserve grants approved
The state Senate has approved a reallocation of revenues from the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska despite protests from communities affected by nearby oil and gas development.

Democratic leader slams Murkowski for oil-tax bill delay
The leading Alaska House Democrat on Thursday accused Gov. Frank Murkowski of caving to pressure from the state's largest oil companies a day after the Republican governor delayed introducing a bill to tax the companies' net profits.

Gov. delays bill at request of oil companies
The heads of three major oil companies on Wednesday asked Gov. Frank Murkowski to delay filing a bill to tax their companies' net profits until they can meet, the governor's chief of staff said.

Binkley tops candidates' money race with $351,568
Fairbanks Republican John Binkley's campaign has taken in $351,568 in a month and a half, giving him by far the largest war chest of any of the declared candidates in the 2006 Alaska governor's race.

Fairbanks diocese blasted for withholding documents
A national organization for survivors of priest sexual abuse blasted Fairbanks Catholic leaders Wednesday, saying officials are trying to keep records of an accused priest secret as the case heads for trial at the end of the month.

Prepare for the Extravaganza
No one who attended last year's Juneau Wearable Arts Extravaganza at Centennial Hall will soon forget the sight of the lit scrim rising and Suzanne Sakewitz emerging as some sort of 7-foot-tall garden mummy mermaid.

A journey to Seattle & the past
My husband, Don, and I are strong historical preservationists and have been since our high school years in Seattle and Everett, Wash.

CINEMA GUIDE

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news of local arts

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news of local entertainment events

Music Maker supports blues artists
David Butler learned how to play the guitar when he was a teenager, a long time ago now, and he never stopped.

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