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Friday, February 24, 2006

'Smiler's Bones' leads pack of chapter books
New chapter books for kids are hitting the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

Show the real America to world
This is a message to all my peers on a road to a new life.

Straight men have the right to tell truth
Enough already about the rights of the gay people being stepped on and circumvented.

Why waste money on education?
Alaska is a state rich in natural resources, minerals, fish, timber and oil. We must utilize our resources.

Hydrotherapy is all wet
I just read the article on colonic hydrotherapy and am aghast at the thought.

Killing sea gulls is no answer
I was appalled to read my newspaper Thursday morning and see the photo of the man stalking birds at the dump with a rifle.

Goose-stepping meth cops
Take a real close look at the governor's meth bill to ensure that there is no talk of a secret police force hidden in it, because the way Sen. Green is pushing that the law be left open-ended so they can change the wording at a whim without asking us scares me to no end.

Contempt for the Board of Game
Knowing Joel Bennett is the Alaska representative of Defenders of Wildlife, Wolfsong of Alaska and co-author of an initiative banning aerial wolf control, I was not surprised by the contempt he expressed for the current Board of Game (Feb. 3, 2006).

Marine highway to nowhere
Recent proposals to close the Bellingham terminal of the Alaska State Marine Highway System threaten to make this a "highway to nowhere."

Ratings slump, but Olympics still a big business
This month, Juneau Pets and Supplies co-owner Dayna Robertson funneled the majority of her advertising dollars toward commercial slots during NBC's prime-time Winter Olympics coverage on KATH-TV.

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

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Tommy Sands
Irish folk singer Tommy Sands is guardedly optimistic about the peace process in Northern Ireland.

Photo: Cutter call
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet leaves Juneau after making a port call this week.

Biologists kill gulls to protect airplanes
Federal biologists have killed 50 garbage-dump sea gulls this winter to curb a threat to airplanes flying near Juneau International Airport, and now they want to take 100 more.

Photo: Big valley
A morning flight reveals a clear view Thursday over the Mendenhall Valley.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Woman assaulted on Sandy Beach at night
Juneau police are searching for the alleged attacker of a woman who said she was assaulted while she walked her dog Tuesday at Sandy Beach, Sgt. David Wrightson said.

Photo: Birds in a bush
An eagle and raven watch traffic Wednesday from their perch above South Franklin Street, perhaps planning an upcoming potlatch or just waiting for a snack.

Photo: Fast-food pickup
A bald eagle grabs some food Thursday from the waters of Gastineau Channel near the old Douglas Cold Storage dock.

City sticks with fluoridating water - for now
The majority on the Juneau Fluoride Study Commission recommends against shutting down the city's public water fluoridation until members see a highly anticipated federal study next month, its chairman said Thursday.

Nationwide vigil draws a small crowd to protest Bush policies
Paul Nelson believes every voice makes a difference when standing up for beliefs.

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

James and Days to marry
Cassandra Dianne James and Robert "Rob" Bruce Days of Juneau will be married at 4 p.m., March 5, at the Chapel by the Lake Log Cabin in Juneau.

Photo: Helping to succeed
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School Principal Laury Scandling receives a $500 check from Juneau Rotary Club President Cliff Stone, far right, at a Rotary club meeting in January. The contribution will go toward the high school's Readiness Campaign.

Student artists in the spotlight: Ellen Peyton and Hillary Buck
Highlighting Juneau's outstanding student art community

FYI
News about the people you know

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks

Neighbors Digest
Diabetic clinic to postpone opening until beginning of April

Charles Dean Snyder
Juneau resident Charles Dean Snyder, 90, died Feb. 23, 2006, in Juneau, following a long battle with Alzheimer's.

Carroll John Holst
Former Juneau resident Carroll John (Caje) Holst, 42, died Feb. 20, 2006, at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago.

Soledad M. Olam
Juneau resident Soledad M. Olam, 85, died Feb. 19, 2006, at her home in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Pipeline ownership brings big bills, no clout
Once the trans-Alaska oil pipeline was the hottest property in the state. It carried 2 million barrels of oil a day at its peak in 1988. It was a cash machine that made its owners billions of dollars over the years.

My Turn: ACLU wrong about booze, everything else
The American Civil Liberties Union continues to pick the wrong side of nearly every issue it chooses to get involved in, whether it's defending the Nazis' right to march in Jewish neighborhoods or NAMBLA's right to advocate that adults commit crimes against children - raping young boys.

Alaska editorial: Tanker accident should serve as wake-up call
It is rare that one gets a second chance to avert a disaster, but in the case of the tanker traffic in Cook Inlet, that is exactly what just happened.

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 Sportswriteres Prep Basketball Poll
as of Feb 20

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 Digest: Baastrup earns rank of Shodan
The rank of Shodan, a first-degree black belt, was conferred upon Birger Baastrup in December 2005 following an examination administered by Master Shojiro Koyama of the International Shotokan Karate Federation.

Girdwood's Rosey Fletcher claims snowboarding bronze medal
Rosey Fletcher finally saw the big picture, then posted her first big-time Olympic result.

Mighty Mites take tourney championship in the Yukon
Last year, the Juneau-Douglas Ice Association Mites hockey team went to Haines Junction and dropped three of four games at the Spirit of 2010 Haines Junction Novice International Tournament.

Top seed is on the line for Juneau
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball regular season is set to end in dramatic fashion this weekend.

Candidates discuss fiscal plans
Four of Alaska's five declared gubernatorial candidates Wednesday offered ideas for stabilizing the state's economy.

Natural gas pipeline will help, not solve, supply problems
A $25 billion pipeline carrying natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 states would play an important role in satisfying the nation's long-term supply needs, but experts say it will not reverse America's rising dependence on imports or cause fuel prices to plunge.

Man indicted on weapons charges
Security Aviation of Anchorage and an Eagle River man were indicted by a federal grand for allegedly buying rocket pod launchers to be affixed to aircraft and not registering them with federal authorities, officials announced Thursday.

Writer of ethics bill unhappy with changes
A proposed law to place restrictions on speaking publicly about ethics complaints against state employees has been whittled down to where its author says he wouldn't vote for it in its current form.

18-ton test missile launched from Kodiak Island
A missile blasted off more than 100 miles into the atmosphere from Alaska's Kodiak Island Thursday in the first of several tests planned this year for the national missile defense system.

State slashes fast ferry winter runs
The fast ferries Fairweather and Chenega will not run their regional routes in Southeast Alaska and Prince William Sound next winter, and the state will not purchase two more such vessels, state officials have decided.

Oil tax bill incentives questioned
On their first look at the governor's new oil tax reform bill, Alaska legislators worried about its proposed write-offs and tax credits.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Glennallen man arrested on charges of killing his wife in '97
A 32-year-old Glennallen man has been charged with killing his wife nearly nine years ago after cold case investigators revisited the death.

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

A play in a play
When "Pippin" opened on Broadway on Oct. 23, 1972, in the thick of the Vietnam War, it was heralded for its anti-war, anti-establishment sentiments.

Baranof Hotel to host 'Third Night at the Casbah'
Five dancers and two drummers will perform during "Third Night at the Casbah," a four-course dinner with four dance sets at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Baranof Hotel's Gold Room.

briefly
news of local arts

Baritone to sing Franz Schubert's melancholic saga
For years, baritone Philippe Damerval has contemplated singing Franz Schubert's epic 75-minute, 24-song cycle "Winterreise."

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Hope to perform 30-minute adaptation of Tlingit story
Ishmael Hope will present his one-act, 30-minute adaptation of the Tlingit story "Gunakadeit" during the second installment of the three-part "Storybox" storytelling series Thursday, Feb. 23.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Sierra Club to sponsor 'Affluenza' at Gold Town
The Juneau chapter of the Sierra Club will sponsor two free showings of "Affluenza" at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

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