Saturday, February 17, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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").

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Pets of the week
Friendly kitties show their purrrrsonality

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."

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 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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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