Saturday, February 23, 2008

'The Ugly Truth About Managing People' available in new nonfiction
Here are a few of the new nonfiction titles that caught my attention this week:

Naked, making a point
Joe Knowles stripped to the skin and hiked into the Maine woods for two months in 1913 to make a point. The frontier was gone, and the rush to industrialization was changing life as we knew it, eroding our self-reliant, westward-fueled sense of identity.

Fuzzy with substance
Barack Obama's message, "I want you to believe in change," etc., may make many feel warm and fuzzy. But I see no substance. I would like to see someone express my believe-ins: our constitution, our sovereignty and our rejection of a government that has made us an empire - still warm and fuzzy, but with some substance.

Ferries float on cash
All it takes to keep Alaska's ferry system afloat is about a $100 million subsidy from the state of Alaska. This is because the ferry system is a huge money loser, and federal earmarks are dwindling.

Dimond Park Pool designs vetted
The transformation of the Dimond Park Pool from a city wish into reality took off Thursday night with a presentation of four basic design concepts of a 34,000-square-foot, two-pool aquatic center.

Locals protest proposal for legislative hall
A bill that would allow cities around Alaska to compete to build a new legislative hall for Alaska was the subject of an emotional hearing in the Legislature on Thursday.

Auto tech classes at JDHS may end
A popular elective program that lets Juneau's high school students work on cars may not be available to all but a few students next year.

Coeur report estimates Kensington Mine payroll
Once up and running, the Kensington Mine will pay $23 million a year in its payroll, according to a study paid for by mine operator Coeur Alaska.

Comedian ready to leave impression on Juneau
Comedian Craig Gass knows what sounds funny.

Planners discuss area to protect herring spawning
City planners who proposed designating herring spawning habitat around Berners Bay an "area of special concern" were sent back to the drawing board this week by planning commissioners.

Around Town
Today, Feb. 22

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Correction
The Hooligan calendar listed an incorrect day for a live jazz performance by singer Sammi Baker, Tom Locher on piano, Clay Good on drums and Wayne Norlund on saxophone. They will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the The Island Pub in Douglas.

Lobbyist story threatens McCain image
WASHINGTON - John McCain sought to minimize damage to his man-of-character image and his presidential hopes Thursday, vigorously denying and denouncing a newspaper report suggesting an improper relationship with a female lobbyist.

Women of Distinction
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) will hold its 12th annual Women of Distinction Gala and Silent Auction at 5:30 p.m. March 8 at Centennial Hall. The event will honor four distinguished women - Alberta Aspen, Betsy Brenneman, Helen Abbott-Watkins and Susan Baxter - who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of Juneau's women and children.

Photo: Locks of Love
Sierra Coleman, 8, of Juneau, has donated enough hair through Locks of Love to make a full wig for a cancer patient. She grew out her dark hair twice, once giving 10 inches and another 10 inches last Christmas. A student at Faith Community School, Coleman got the idea to donate her hair when her music teacher was diagnosed with cancer. "I felt sad for cancer patients," Coleman said. "Giving them hair was the only thing I could think to do to make them happier." When asked what she would tell others about donating, she said that by "doing something for (cancer patients), you would feel good inside as well."

Recognitions
Ariel Lyon, 17, of Juneau, and Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, 13, of Soldotna, were named Alaska's top two youth volunteers for 2008 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. The awards program, now in its 13th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Thank you to the Snowmobile Club
Big thanks to the Juneau Snowmobile Club and especially Ray Howard for working with the Juneau Nordic Ski Club to groom nordic trails in Spaulding Meadows the weekend of Feb. 16 to 18.

FYI
Births

Student artist in the spotlight: Travis Jones
Age: 9.

Ayurveda tradition uses ginger root
"Let your food be your medicine" was the advice of Hippocrates, offered more than 2,000 years ago. The ancient traditions all relied on the healing properties of plants and developed a profound understanding of the value of certain foods in health.

Candy bar pie makes pick of the week
Calling all cooks! Look no further, this is where readers ask for and share recipes. Are you looking for a lost, forgotten or wish-you-had recipe? Ask Auntie Emo and let our readers help.

Katasses celebrate 21 years
Mary and Tim Katasse, of Juneau, were married by the Rev. Joe Bettridge on Feb. 21, 1987, at the Hoonah Presbyterian Church.

Nordic Ski Club and Snowsports School sponsor nordic ski clinics
JUNEAU - The Juneau Nordic Ski Club and Eaglecrest Snowsports School are co-sponsoring their nordic skiing clinics on Saturday and Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council holds Thinking Day celebration
JUNEAU - The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council will hold its annual council-wide Thinking Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday starting at the U.S. Forest Service Building, 8510 Back Loop Road, and continuing to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church.

State museum holds program on Alaska's history of tourism
JUNEAU - A special program based on the history of tourism and an exhibition currently on display at the Alaska State Museum titled the "The Lure of Alaska" will be presented between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum.

Southeast Alaska Conservation Council seeks photo submissions
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is seeking submissions from professional and amateur photographers for its photo contest and exhibition "Wild Places, Wild People and Wild Life-Images from the Tongass." Photographs will be accepted until Feb. 29 and may be submitted by e-mail, CD or digital upload.

Empire editorial: Thumbs up to LeDoux, Boozer and JDHS kids
Thumbs up to Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Kodiak, for exposing the ridiculous rules that not only allow legislators with ethical conflicts to vote but requires them to do so, even when the conflict is clear.

My Turn: Alaska needs energy relief
The people of Alaska face a critical situation regarding the rising cost of every form of energy we use, in both urban and rural parts of the state. The plain fact is that the rising cost of energy has become a threat to the viability of many communities, as well as individuals and family households.

My Turn: Learn to spend within your means
I am responding to Olivia Osborne's desperate plea for a good state of Alaska contract (My Turn, Feb. 7).

Alaska man wanted for attempted murder arrested in Montana
RONAN, Mont. - An Alaska man charged with attempted murder for allegedly beating and choking a teenager nearly to death was arrested north of Ronan after a routine traffic stop.

Temperature sets new record in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Earlier this month, temperatures were hovering at minus 45 degrees in Fairbanks. What a difference two weeks can make.

Minor earthquake felt in Homer, Ninilchik
FAIRBANKS - A minor earthquake was felt in Homer and Ninilchik.

Operating budget debate begins in House
JUNEAU - Legislators in the House Finance Committee have begun poring over the state's operating budget looking to finish their work in record time.

Fairbanks bank robbed twice with three weeks
FAIRBANKS - Authorities say a bank has been robbed for the second time within three weeks, and it may have been by the same person.

Marquee matchup set for JDHS gym
For Southeast Alaska basketball, it doesn't get much better than this weekend as two rivals, high stakes and one fired-up crowd converge in Juneau.

Sports in Juneau
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 22-23

All-Alaska pipeline pitch to get 2nd look
The merits of an all-Alaska pipeline project will get another look, lawmakers have decided.

Cowdery aides give grand jury testimony
Two aides for state Sen. John Cowdery said they have testified before a grand jury meeting in Anchorage.

Palin responds to Stevens' criticism of natural gas line
Gov. Sarah Palin is challenging U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' criticisms of her natural gas pipeline development strategy, the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, which was adopted by the Alaska Legislature last year.

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens files for re-election
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican in Senate history, filed for re-election Thursday.

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