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Saturday, February 24, 2007

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

Correction

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.

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.

'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: 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.

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

Around Town

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."

Recognitions

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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