Friday, February 23, 2007

New fiction audio books include bestsellers
Look for new fiction audiobooks on CD, including bestsellers from Dana Stabenow and Janet Evanovich, on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Huck Finn's father takes center stage in new novel
LANSDALE, Pa. - Far from the murky waters of the Mississippi River, at a sunny kitchen table with a pretty suburban view, one of the nastiest, scariest characters in Southern fiction has been reanimated.

Author still haunted by childhood
The nightmares won't stop.

A reality check
After reading Edwin E. Johnson's letter to the editor in Monday's Juneau Empire, I think it's appropriate to add some desperately needed balance to extremist letters of that nature.

Getting along
This is in response to Bill Connor's letter referring to 50-pound wet lock boxes being flown home with charter and lodge visitors to Alaska.

Alaskans should get travel incentives
Alyse Galvin should be thanked for her recognition that we in Southeast Alaska are continually taken advantage of (see Friday's Juneau Empire).

Same old tune, but with a new excuse
"Crimp pay raises for state employees." This is nothing state employees haven't heard before. The only thing new is the excuse.

Torturing greenhouse gas emissions rates
In reading an Associated Press article titled "Industries bump up greenhouse gas emissions rates" (Sunday's Juneau Empire), I was very disappointed at the typical one-sided environmentalist view which takes liberties with data generated by so-called "studies."

Commercial fleet feels pocketbook pain
I find it extremely ironic that an article from the Homer Tribune, dated Feb. 14, states that the charter fleet thinks the decision of the halibut commission to impose a reduced bag limit has caused it heartache, and pain in the pocketbook.

A conservationist's real motive
My neighbor recently asked why conservationists were advocating for a new direction on the Tongass in the 2007 forest plan amendment.

Voicing opposition to the Pebble Mine
As an avid Alaska fly fisherman of more than 20 years, I have fished the pristine waters of the Newhalen, smaller Lake Clark streams and the Naknek River for the past decade.

Proposed bag limit for recreational fishermen is just like gun control
After proposing a one-fish bag limit for recreational fishermen, placing a moratorium on the number of charter boats that is now being proposed by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is like gun control.

Harbor board OKs fee cut for cruise ships
After considering a fee increase for cruise ships Thursday night, the Docks and Harbors Board decided instead to provide a discount for vessels lightering short-term in Juneau.

JDHS science team eyes nationals
Juneau-Douglas High School devastated its opponents at this year's "Tsunami Bowl" and swept the top three spots of the regional ocean science competition.

Photo: Powder kick
Alex Wertheimer cross-country skis in fresh powder Wednesday at the Mendenhall Lake campground.

Correction

Correction

Photo: Building industry leaders honored
Jim Parr of Panhandle Builders, left, receives a gold pan Thursday from John Wood, after being named Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association Builder Member of the Year at the Buoy Deck.

'Into the Woods'
Juneau-Douglas High School English teacher Michaela Moore directed or co-directed dozens of musicals, one-act and three-act plays in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area, but she never found the right opportunity to take on the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods."

Photo: Snow Bears
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team members, from left, Eric Schlechter, Hunter Brown, Katie Krehlik and Leah Francis run Wednesday on Glacier Highway.

After Mendenhall Mall sale, new plans still under study
The new owners of the Mendenhall Mall want Juneau residents to see the building as a community center, said Larry Bauer, a Realtor who is also now mall manager.

Sen. Murkowsi urges Alaska to support U.S. effort in Iraq
While Juneau residents protested the Iraq war outside the Capitol, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke inside to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature, which cheered her support of the troops.

Clarification

Around Town
Today

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

Business Digest
Hecla Mining scores highest-ever profits, Building industry offers reception, Business center hosts bookkeeping class & Sealaska accepting board nominations

Around Town

Coeur nets record '06 earnings
Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp., the Idaho-based parent corporation of Juneau's Kensington Mine, reported Wednesday a record net income for 2006 of $88.5 million, yielding 30 cents per share.

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

Neighbors Digest
KTKU hosts fourth Country Cares, Mobile mammograms travel Southeast, Strength-training to start March 6 & Diabetes Support Group hosts speaker

Bananas: A constant in the ever-changing produce aisle
In the produce aisle, things are in a perpetual state of flux.

Photos: Rotary uncorks winetasting
The Juneau Rotary Club hosted its annual winetasting Feb. 16 at Mendenhall Auto Center.

Photo: Designing a church
From left, Terry Hoskinson, architect Jeff Robertson, Bart Rozell, Mary Jane Tenney, Sarah Isto, Jill Matheson and Bill Andrews review draft plans Jan. 28 for the new Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and McPhetres Hall.

FYI
Births

How do you define the word 'hope'?
"It was a dark and stormy night."

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Maintaining the Mendenhall ski track, Contributing to Hospice and Home Care, Helping our bowling fundraiser, Attending our winter concert & Thanks, Larry Weeks, for your dedication

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Rachelle Sloss
"Dance is my art. I have always loved dancing. ... As a child, I took dance classes from Juneau Dance Unlimited. I love dancing with the high school dance team. I love performing at basketball games and at our season show."

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Alaska Health Fair Inc.
Volunteer coordinator: Sarah McKinney, Southeast program director.

Juneau Job Fair 2007
The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Juneau Job Center, in conjunction with the Juneau Empire, hosted the spring 2007 Juneau Job Fair on Feb. 21 at Centennial Hall.

Recognitions

Alaska editorial: Split 9th Circuit
You begin to wonder how many times Congress will have to get the message before it accepts the reality that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals needs to be split.

My turn: Time to rethink the 90-day session
Last December, the offices of several state legislators were searched in an FBI probe looking for evidences of corruption.

Alaska editorial: Parents need to be watching, Web literate
If those first two lines don't mean much to you, you're probably like a lot of adults who don't use or don't know much about the Internet.

My turn: The truth about SEACC and dry-stack tailings
There have been some letters and ads published lately that suggest Southeast Alaska Conservation Council opposed the dry-stack tailings disposal method for the Kensington Mine in 1997. These statements are false.

Outside editorial: Don't let your kids read this
The best children's book published last year begins with a passage about a rattlesnake that bit a dog named Roy right there on, um, the first page. Right there on ... the passenger's seat of a '62 Cadillac. OK, OK. On the scrotum.

How to skate ski can be as easy as 1, 2, 3
Nordic skate skiing is taking Juneau by storm.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketbal Poll
Here is this week's Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll with records through Feb. 18, first place votes in parentheses and total poll points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis.

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.

Gross leads Bears' junior varsity
Eric Gross exploded for 21 points as the Juneau-Douglas junior varsity defeated a collection of JDHS All-Star athletes 67-41 on Wednesday.

One final run for seniors
For six seniors on the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team, a significant portion of their athletic life will draw to a close this weekend.

Northwest Digest
Meth users may buy drug from Outside & Black bears headed for new Portland digs

Natives worried about Shell plan
Alaska Natives and several environmental groups are protesting Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to conduct offshore exploration drilling in the Beaufort Sea.

Washington senator's freight proposal raises ire in Alaska
It's been called obnoxious and offensive, even described as "an act of aggression from our southern neighbors."

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

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

Alaska Digest
Thane Road closed for avalanche control, Alaskan soldier killed by bomb in Iraq, Third dog dies in Yukon Quest race, New indictment holds Hayes liable for more &Tennessee tourism ad uses Alaska photo

Company says Pebble deposit bigger than previously thought
The company that wants to develop a giant copper and gold prospect in southwest Alaska has released new estimates showing the deposit could be much larger than previously thought.

Ethics bill leaves out provision for bribery
Debate opened Thursday on a comprehensive ethics reform bill with a failed effort to include criminal penalties for lawmakers who trade votes for campaign contributions.

Pioneering Alaska lawyer dies at 94
A burial service was arranged Wednesday at the Wasilla homestead of Mahala Ashley Dickerson, the state's first black lawyer, who died this week after a short illness. She was 94 years old.

British withdrawal from Iraq leaves just an alliance of one?
President Bush's "coalition of the willing," long seen by much of the world as a shell for a largely U.S. operation in Iraq, is quickly becoming a coalition of the unwilling.

AK saves as dependents go missing
Thousands of people have lost valuable state employment benefits recently, but they're not complaining. That may be because they didn't exist in the first place.

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