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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Public libraries hold new picture books for all ages
For information about any Juneau Public Libraries programs or to place a hold on any material, visit www.juneau.org/library or call 586-5249.

Publishers embrace short nonfiction
NEW YORK - As he prepared a biography of Edgar Allan Poe, author Peter Ackroyd read through more than 20 volumes of Poe's work and filled two file cabinet drawers with notes - more information than the most devoted fan could absorb in a lifetime.

Photo: Story Prize winner
Jim Shepard, author of "Like You'd Understand, Anyway," won the fourth annual Story Prize, a $20,000 award, on Wednesday. His book is a collection of short fiction focusing on everyday lives from ancient Rome to today's Texas.

Olsen twins working on 'Influence' fashion book
NEW YORK - The Olsen twins are hoping to spread a little "Influence."

District says it will honor high school choices
High school students will be getting their first choice of which building and program they will enroll in next year, according to a new plan by the Juneau School District.

Photos: Opera Inverted
Opera to Go! production of 'Dido and Aeneas' puts the actors in the seats and the audience on stage.

Various users brainstorm on Tongass forest plans
As passionately as loggers and conservationists have fought each other in the past, this week they sat down together and cordially discussed Southeast Alaska issues including and beyond the timber supply.

Home Show organizers expect to attract thousands this weekend
Lowell Frank has a secret weapon to lure folks to his booth this weekend at this year's Juneau Home Show.

Photo: Up close and political
Sen. Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla, speaks with Alison Bilafer, 15, of Palmer, right, Marija Spaic, 17, of Palmer, center, andSophie Severance, 15, of Anchorage, during a luncheon Thursday with legislators at St. Ann's Parish Hall for visiting students in the Alaska Close Up program. Close Up brings students to Juneau to watch state government in action.

Around Town
Today

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

Whatever I lost in translation, I found during carnival
If you were to arrive in the peaceful country of Portugal on the first day of carnival, you would be greeted by a land inhabited almost completely by clowns, cross-dressers and teenage boys dressed in teddy bear suits.

Spring Shimmy belly dance workshop set for March 14-16
JUNEAU - The Spring Shimmy bellydance workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 14 and 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on both March 15 and 16 at the University of Alaska Southeast Activities Center.

School District's Elementary Art Show open to public March 1-9
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District's Elementary Art Program will hold it's annual Elementary Art Show from Saturday to March 9 at the Nugget Mall. The mall will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

University, Eaglecrest sponsor fourth annual Snow Jam on March 9
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast and Eaglecrest are sponsoring the fourth annual Snow Jam, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 9 at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Community sponsors needed to run summer food programs
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Child Nutrition Services is looking for community sponsors to run summer food programs to prevent children in low-income areas from going hungry when school lunchrooms close for the summer.

Juneau Student Symphony performs 'Fantasia Concert'
JUNEAU - The Juneau Student Symphony will perform its "Fantasia Concert" at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and at 4 p.m. March 9 in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

Thanks for supporting the build-a-bridge challenge on Feb. 23
We, members of the state of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the American Society of Civil Engineers, take great pride in extending our service to the community through mentoring.

Thanks to those who helped improve the Lakeside condos
On behalf of the owners of the Lakeside Homeowners' Association, the board of directors would like to thank the following individuals and agencies for their fine work over the past few years in repairing, maintaining, reconstructing and improving the Lakeside Condominium culvert and drainage system at our Mendenhall Loop Road entryway.

Thank you for helping with the Community Arts Celebration
Arts for Kids would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part in the fourth annual Community Arts Celebration on Feb. 2, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Recognitions
Marlowe Dunker, of Juneau, spent January studying in Southeast Asia through a special study program at Linfield College. A senior majoring in nursing, Dunker is the daughter of John Dunker and Amy Paige, of Juneau. In Southeast Asia, she took the traditional and modern healthcare class, which was designed to expose students to the impact of history, economy, politics, environment, culture and religion on the health system in Southeast Asia. Dunker was one of 172 students participating in on-site study programs through Linfield's January term, a four-week period of concentrated study in whic students enroll in one course.

FYI
Births

Kake tribes take the head of an American official
Alaska was not yet a part of the United States when a female Kake warrior gave America a bloody nose in a daring raid for the head of an American official.

Being strong enough to ask for divine help
A friend of mine shared a story of her son's faith: He was working at a facility in the South that cared for the elderly who could no longer care for themselves. A man who experienced dementia wandered off into the surrounding desert; time passed before the staff noticed, and they were unable to find his trail. There was no sign of him as the day passed into night.

Ketcheson, McLellan wed
Philip N. Ketcheson, of Juneau, and Jodie McLellan, of Lillooet, British Columbia, were married in a civil ceremony on Dec. 28, 2007, in Ketchikan. An evening reception followed at the Landing Hotel.

Carte, Pfaff to wed
Cindy Pfaff and Jake Carte, both of Juneau, will marry at 4 p.m. May 17, 2008, at the Mendenhall Glacier. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Thane Ore House.

Chickens in paradise
In December 2006, my sister-in-law, Patty, and her gentleman friend, Mike, called to tell my husband and I they had purchased engagement and wedding rings at a Seattle Fred Meyer. The sale price was too good to pass up.

Wellness coalition honors Alaskan Brewing Co.
JUNEAU - The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored Alaskan Brewing Co. with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for February. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

Closed campus will just bring more problems
The New Generation Planning Committee recently decided that a closed campus policy will be phased in during the next four years. For the 2008-09 school year, freshmen will not be able to leave during lunch. Each year, a new grade will be phased in. This will occur at both schools.

Klawock School, Alicia Roberts Medical Center honored for employee wellness
KLAWOCK - The Prince of Wales Employee Wellness Coalition has honored the Klawock School and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Alicia Roberts Medical Center, with the Well Workplace of the Month Award for January. The award recognizes a local organization's efforts in promoting employee wellness within its workplace.

Helen Marie Cavitt
Former Juneau resident Helen Marie Cavitt died Feb. 25, 2008, in Kansas. She was 81.

Pilot dies in plane crash near Tyonek
ANCHORAGE - Officials have released the identity of a pilot killed in a crash near the village of Tyonek.

Two convicted in restaurant robbery
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been convicted of robbing a restaurant.

Fairbanks man gets two years for shooting
FAIRBANKS - A 30-year-old Fairbanks man was sentenced to two years in prison for shooting a friend in the neck last year.

Palin to honor musher Susan Butcher
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin will kick off the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race by signing a bill to honor four-time winner Susan Butcher.

Mat-Su coal bed methane plan advances
ANCHORAGE - A state commission has taken steps that advance a private company's plan for drilling coal bed methane in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough but the project faces other regulatory hurdles.

Former Houston mayor's daughter files recall applications
ANCHORAGE - A pair of city council members in the Matanuska-Susitna community of Houston are the targets of recall applications.

Thief steals fuel oil from firefighters
KETCHIKAN - Alaska State Troopers say somebody is stealing from volunteer firefighters outside Ketchikan.

St. George awaits shipment of fuel oil
ANCHORAGE - Officials with the state Division of Emergency Management say they are monitoring a fuel shortage in the Pribilof Island community of St. George.

Back-to-back Mackey?
ANCHORAGE - Lance Mackey is looking to make history again.

Top seed on the line for JDHS
The mission for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team couldn't be simpler - win two to play one.

Photo: Puck chasing
Juneau's Tod Baseden fights for the puck Thursday with Whitehorse's Sam Logan in a Juneau Douglas Ice Association Pee Wee Tier 3 game. Juneau won 5-0.

Sports in Juneau
Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1

Legislative hall bill advances
The Alaska Legislature on Thursday advanced a bill easing the way for a capital move.

Permanent Fund Corp. to study office move
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.'s Board of Trustees wants to know if the managers of $38 billion in state money should be located outside of Juneau.

Alaska seeks funding to sue BP over shutdowns
The state of Alaska intends to sue BP for losses incurred by oil spills, pipeline leaks and shutdowns on the North Slope two years ago.

School funding sails out of Senate Finance
An education funding package is ready to move onto the Senate Floor after a speedy ride through the Senate Finance Committee.

Juneau biologist discovers new kelp in Aleutian Islands
Seaweed expert Mandy Lindeberg was concerned that the volcanic island's steaming beach was going to melt her boots when her attention was grabbed by a glowing yellow plant in 15 feet of crystal-clear water.

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