Friday, March 9, 2007

Stephen King tries comic books
There are few things Stephen King hasn't tried when it comes to his work. He's already the master of horror fiction, a tour guide through disturbing and fantastical worlds, a writing coach, a nonfiction author, a screen writer and even a director.

Author goes to the edge, tells what he sees
William T. Vollmann has long been concerned with the fringes of society, where necessity reduces moral questions to their most elemental fiber and survival is the greatest good.

In the Stacks: New picture books available at the Juneau Public Libraries
New picture books for little listeners and their big buddies at the Juneau Public Libraries.

How about building a railroad out of town?
Speaking about a road out of Juneau, yes, I'm for it. I feel this is a very good plan. We need it for our community.

Welcome to halibut allocation chaos
After reading the Feb. 28 Sitka Sentinel article about rejecting the one-a-day halibut rule for guided charter fishermen...

Please publish more Empire editorials
I agree with managing editor Lori Thomson's statement in Sunday's Juneau Empire, soliciting volunteer columnists. The editorial page should be thoughtful and thought-provoking on issues of local and state politics, community issues and social trends that affect Alaskans.

Slow when passing broken vehicles
Juneau drivers beware. My husband is a mechanic and was on the side of the road near Eaglecrest Ski Area on March 2, fixing a delivery truck that had broken down.

Keeping climate change debate real
In response to Sally Schlichting ("Where's Alaska on climate change?" in Monday's Juneau Empire), it is amazing to believe that humans have a great deal to do with climate change.

It's time to comment on Tongass plan
Spirit Walker Expeditions is a small Gustavus-owned kayak guiding company. Guiding trips in Southeast Alaska is a great pleasure and responsibility.

In favor of rephasing the sewer project
One of the great things about living in Juneau is the amazing sense of community we have. We see it at grocery stores, schools, ball games and even in city government. I like the fact that my Assembly members are my neighbors.

A valid idea whose time hasn't come yet
I am among those who think a second channel crossing is superfluous at this time, but I disagree with Stuart Cohen (Feb. 16) and Andy Grossman (Feb. 28) about the viability of the concept.

Around Town

Clarification

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

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

A new spin on an old story
Disney's 1991 award-winning animated version of "Beauty and the Beast" turned "Be Our Guest" into a household refrain. But those who catch the Juneau Lyric Opera's take on Disney's Broadway adaptation can expect a different spin.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Business Digest
Voice chatline for singles launched, Business owners receive dividend, KIN Pub Night slated for next Thursday, Juneau business group sets goals, Travel company names new vice president, Juneau Empire sales manager honored & 'Starting a Business' offered this month

Juneau's Edfelt named to Board of Fisheries
Larry Edfelt of Juneau was appointed Thursday to fill the remainder of a vacated term on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, Gov. Sarah Palin's office announced.

Photo: Mountains of snow
A dump truck unloads snow Wednesday as a front-end loader pushes the snow on to a beach near the Douglas Boat ramp.

Photo: Congratulations
Leticia Castaneda, left, and Richard Barton embrace after both become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Thursday at the federal courthouse in Juneau.

New school on schedule but over budget
Thunder Mountain High School is on schedule for completion in 2008 but will cost more than initially expected, officials say.

Juneau musher found after brief disappearance
Deborah Bicknell of Juneau, competing in her first Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, was located Thursday afternoon, hours after officials began searching for her along a treacherous stretch of trail.

Photo: Jump for joy
Owen Kelley takes a jump Thursday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Louanne Lumbab
"It highly struck my interest because you can really do anything digitally. I think it's fun to play around with overall because I can fully express my creativity."

Smith and Metcalfe to wed
Moira K. Smith and Jake Metcalfe will marry June 2 in Anchorage.

Willis and McCrummen wed
Adaira Leigh Willis and Hugh Daniel McCrummen IV, both of Juneau, were married on Feb. 17, 2007, at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Juneau. A reception followed at the same location.

Neighbors Digest
Yoga, meditation teacher holds workshops, Gastineau holds flapjack feed on Sunday, Community Schools seeks events for calendar & Daffodils Committee takes orders till Monday

Butler-Wright and Helms wed
William Richard "Rick" Helms Jr., of Juneau, and Krista Butler-Wright, of Marietta, Ga., were married Dec. 20, 2006, in Marietta. The ceremony was held at home of the bride's brother.

Recognitions

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Photos: Home & Garden Show
The Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association, a nonprofit trade group, held its largest fundraising event, the 28th annual Home & Garden Show, on March 2, 3 and 4 at Centennial Hall.

Padron and Gregson to wed
Katie A. Gregson and Jorge A. Padron, both of Juneau, will be married at 5:30 p.m. on March 11, 2007, at the Gruening Park Recreation Hall. A reception will follow at the same location.

Pets of the week
Silly kitties dream of new homes

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: SAIL/ORCA
Volunteer coordinator: Katy Jordan, SAIL / ORCA Activity Coordinator

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Contributing to hockey culture, Making our beer tasting a success & Keeping us in your thoughts

Denise Smallwood
Lifelong Juneau resident Denise Arlene Smallwood died March 6, 2007, in Juneau. She was 46.

Mary Elizabeth Leach
Juneau resident Mary Elizabeth "Liz" Leach died on March 3, 2007, at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 91.

Patricia 'PJ' Gingras
Patricia "PJ" Gingras died peacefully on Feb. 24, 2007, at Anchorage Regional Hospital after a brief struggle with cancer. She was 54.

My Turn: We need ID theft protections now
The Alaska Senate failed to pass identity theft protections in the last legislative session. Sadly, this means that Alaska is falling behind other states who have taken common sense steps to protect consumers.

Alaska editorial: Feds were right to reject halibut rule
To folks in Washington, D.C., it may not seem like there's much difference between halibut charter clients on Alaska fishing trips being allowed to catch one fish a day or two.

Alaska editorial: Kudos to efforts to fix state retirement
Alaskans should know by now that there's a big financial problem with the two state-run public employee retirement systems - the Public Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System.

Alaskans already aware of energy issues
We Alaskans know we have gas issues. We're still paying historically high prices for fuel for our cars, boats and aircraft, especially in the landlocked enclaves of Southeast Alaska.

Outside editorial: Charge into reform of credit card fees
While he gets most of his attention as one of the chief critics of the conduct of the war in Iraq, U.S. Sen. Carl Levin is plunging into a domestic issue of enormous impact for Americans: abusive practices by credit card companies.

Kake opens title defense with victory
Kake High School opened defense of its Class 2A Southeast Conference boys basketball title with a 74-36 Thursday win over Skagway at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium.

Auke Bay musher in 68th place
While four more mushers scratched from the 35th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Auke Bay's Deborah Molburg-Bicknell kept chugging along Wednesday.

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

Takotna treats mushers to a family dinner
While the front-runners in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race were battling for the lead Wednesday, more than a dozen mushers were getting spoiled at the Takotna checkpoint.

JDHS boys, girls draw Kayhi
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls basketball teams find themselves in a familiar situation.

Hotch wins middle school state title
Juneau's Floyd Dryden Middle School wrestling team wrapped up a successful season on Saturday at the Tanana Middle School Invitational - the unofficial state championships for seventh and eighth grade athletes.

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.

Hydaburg handles Hoonah's swarming defense in victory
Thursday's afternoon snow flurries didn't prevent the Class 2A Southeast Conference girls basketball tournament from getting off to a hot start as the Hydaburg Lady Warriors overcame Hoonah's full-court defense in a first-round win.

IDITAROD SLED DOG RACE STANDINGS
As of 9:49 p.m. Thursday

Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network Prep Basketball Poll

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.

Strong finish lifts Hoonah past the Thorne Bay boys
Hoonah outscored Thorne Bay 47-25 in the final three quarters to win 56-34 and advance in the Class 2A Southeast Conference tournament at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Former air service owner pleads guilty to 15 federal counts
The former owner of an Anchorage air charter service pleaded guilty in federal court to charges he participated in a scheme to swindle an elderly widow and her trust fund out of more than $52 million.

AK seeks big payday in tax case
A highly confidential claim of unpaid income taxes could result in a windfall for the state of Alaska, but apparently it's one the state should have collected years ago.

Alaska Digest
Anchorage sues motel under nuisance law & Star Trek's voyage thwarted near Kodiak

Alaska Digest
Three backpackers rescued from sea ice, BP brings Northstar field back online & Anderson's friends raise money for legal fees

Ketchikan ready to race in the Louisiana Derby
Saturday is a big day for Ketchikan in New Orleans.

State says cruise ship head tax mandate is unclear
Just what did voters mean last August when they approved spending $4 of a $50 head tax on cruise ship passengers to place ocean rangers on board the vessels to monitor their environmental practices?

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

Civil engineer named head of ferry system
Dennis Hardy, a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was appointed Thursday to head the state's ferry system.

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

Exploring Cultural Ties
Battles are waged to the beat of drums, witches slink across the stage as land otters, and Banquo's ghost dons a raven mask in a Tlingit language adaptation of Shakespeare's brutal and bloody tale of a murderous Scottish lord.

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