Friday, March 10, 2006

In the stacks: Large-print fiction, nonfiction available at all branches
Large-print fiction and nonfiction are available at all branches. In addition to the titles below, look for the latest by Zadie Smith, Sue Grafton, Amy Tan and Patricia Cornwell.

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

SE Alaska deserves quality ferry service
Two articles in the Empire this month illustrate that the Alaska Department of Transportation abandoned quality ferry service in favor of political maneuvers over roads.

Fast ferry issue began with Knowles
I'd like to respond to Rob Glenn's letter ("Ferry system was set up to fail.")

Make our neighbors feel welcome, safe
While attending the last home stand of the Juneau-Douglas High School boy's basketball team against Ketchikan (our Southeast neighbor, not rival) Feb. 24 and 25, I was both appalled and disappointed.

End sales tax on food for everyone
Since the senior citizen sales tax exemption is up for discussion, why not consider replacing it with one that is fair to all. End the exemption and replace it with an exemption on food for everyone - not prepared, restaurant or take-out food, but food found in the grocery store. This would be fair to all and would cost about as much as the current senior citizen exemption. Also, the cost would not increase over time, except as Juneau's population does.

Speaking in defense of Joel Bennett
Ever since Alaskans For Wildlife stepped forward to sponsor a ballot measure limiting the state's aircraft predator control program, our organization and our initiative have been subject to a concerted assault of misinformation and emotion-laden rhetoric by special interest groups such as the Alaska Outdoor Council and their allies.

Kensington Mine waste creates risks
While the jobs and business associated with the development of the Kensington Mine may be appealing...

More than pay should steer officers
After the police recruitment article in the Empire on Feb. 27, I felt compelled to write a letter to the editor.

Repeal the 1998 marriage amendment
It's getting better here. Our nation is moving slowly, yet surely, toward embracing all subsets of people.

The truth about Alaska's swift boats
How amazing is it to hear somebody blame the Murkowski administration for spending $66 million for fast ferries, despite known failure of those kinds of boats in British Columbia?

Stupid is as stupid does
I agree with Ron Glenn of Ketchikan's letter on March 3.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Teens charged in Kayhi jersey, equipment thefts
Three Juneau teenagers have been charged with felony theft of personal belongings from Ketchikan High School basketball players during a Feb. 24 game against the Crimson Bears at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Task force calls for public comment on future of tourism
While the Juneau Assembly reviews four future tourism scenarios, what it really needs are recommendations about how to cause or prevent those competing visions, some city officials say.

SAIL to host deaf history play Sunday at Perseverance
Southeast Alaska Independent Living is staging a play about deaf history Sunday to help a group of area interpreters attend the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Region V conference, April 27-30 in Anchorage.

Valley café honors military
The Udder Culture, a sandwich and frozen yogurt café in the Mendenhall Mall, also serves a slice of life from soldiers' experiences in the Iraq War.

Photo: Snow quality
Liam Cover and Robin Jung of Analytica Alaska take a snow sample from the corner of Front and Seward streets on Thursday.

City lands manager to retire
After nearly 33 years of serving Juneau, Lands and Resources Manager Steve Gilbertson has decided to step down and enjoy the area he helped build.

Harbor seals shot on Douglas
Two harbor seals were shot several weeks ago at Outer Point on Douglas Island, and on Thursday federal investigators offered up to $2,500 for information.

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

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

Future of Christian education in limbo
In ways it was like a church service, but instead of listening to a sermon or singing hymns, the people who gathered at Auke Bay Bible Church on Thursday night were praying for the future of Christian education in Juneau.

Teen walks as prosecutor decides whether to appeal
Craig teenager Rachelle Waterman walked out of Lemon Creek Correctional Center on Wednesday, free on bail the morning after Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins tossed out an indictment charging her with murder and conspiracy in the 2004 killing of her mother.

Photo: Sledding advantage
Will Bartlett, 2, and Portia Carney, 4, go sledding Thursday at Twin Lakes. The children were on an outing after preschool with their parents.

School Board may cut jobs designed to curb dropout rate
The Juneau School Board may be forced to cut several positions aimed at curbing the dropout rate.

Photo: Shooting the breeze
Mary Taug a client at the Bridge Adult Day Center talks about how her sons Oly and Ron are such good fishermen while Heather Sincic works on her hair in the salon.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Living and Growing: Spending time with God and knowing him better
Jogging up Basin Road one rainy autumn afternoon, I was having a pretty one-way conversation with God.

FYI
News about the people you know

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Photo: Speaking out
Author Liz Conor speaks Wednesday during the International Women's Day Peace Vigil across the street from the Capitol.

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

Student artist in the spotlight: Trevor Pfaff
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Hansen and Oleson to marry
Katrina Eileen Hansen and Frederick Stephen Oleson of Juneau will be married 4 p.m., March 25, at DocWater's Restaurant. A reception will follow the ceremony at Marlintini's Lounge.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor!

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Charles Johnson Jr.
Kake resident Charles "Topsy" Skon Johnson Jr., 75, died March 4, 2006, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Irene Gray-Austin
Former Juneau resident Irene Gray-Austin, 76, died March 7, 2006, at the Pioneers' Home in Sitka.

Anoalo Tausili
Juneau resident Anoalo Tausili, 33, died Feb. 28, 2006, in Juneau.

Joel Christian Grant
Juneau resident Joel Christian Grant, 24, died Feb. 27, 2006, in Seattle.

My turn: Of highway lies and hatchet men
Gov. Murkowski came to Haines and Skagway several weeks ago with his staff via the ferry because he needed quiet time to get work done, according to reports.

Alaska editorial: Municipalities should be allowed to set own taxes
As if the Matanuska-Susitna Borough doesn't have enough financial challenges, here comes another one, served up by Ketchikan state Rep. Jim Elkins.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should keep future in mind while crafting budget
Oil and gas may be dominating the day in Juneau, but in reality the Legislature doesn't have to approve any legislation whatsoever on the topic.

Team AK volleyballadvances to final
The Team Alaska junior female volleyball team advanced to the gold ulu game of the Arctic Winter Games Thursday at Skyview High School.

Photo: Learning from the best
United States Figure Skating Association Director of Skating Programs Susi Wehrli talks to a crew of skaters on Monday at Treadwell Arena. Wehrli led a clinic for the Juneau Skating Club.

Former JDHS girls basketball standout Mary Rehfeld leads CSU-Pueblo to the Big Dance
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate and Colorado State University-Pueblo freshman Mary Rehfeld helped her team go where no other ThunderWolves team has gone before.

Alaskan Open swings through Arizona
For the 20th straight year, members of the Juneau Golf Club competed in the Alaskan Open.

Juneau boys look to rise to occassion
All 22 regular season boys basketball games Juneau-Douglas High School player gave the Crimson Bears one opportunity to go to state.

Bears look to control boards against Sitka
With a perfect conference record and a number-three ranking in the final Alaska Sports Broadcasting Network pool, everything should be perfect for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team.

Village of Takotna gives mushers a nice break in race
The dog teams leading the Iditarod spent just a few minutes at this hillside village on Wednesday, but many mushers stayed to recuperate at one of the sled dog race's most hospitable checkpoints.

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 in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau

Two silver ulus for Juneau's Ord
Juneau Ski Club member Nathan Ord helped Team Alaska dominate the slalom and giant slalom events at the Arctic Winter Games.

Turin Paralympics to be televised on World Wide Web
Fans of Juneau monoskier Joe Tompkins can follow his races at the 2006 Turin Paralympic Winter Games via the Internet.

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

Waterman killers land 50, 99 years in jail
The judge in the Lauri Waterman murder case sentenced Brian Radel on Wednesday to serve 99 years in jail and Jason Arrant to serve 50 years for killing the mother of their former girlfriend, Rachelle Waterman.

Gov.: Lawmakers can see contract after passing tax
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday the Alaska Legislature should approve a new oil tax system before getting a peek at the natural gas pipeline contract, which he claims is nearly finished.

State to continue Glacier Bay ferry service
The Alaska Marine Highway System is planning to send the state ferry Malaspina on two cruise-style excursions into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve this spring.

AK officials worry about federal food safety law
Alaska officials said this week they are worried that a U.S. House of Representatives-approved bill could undermine the state's ability to regulate food safety.

Two legislators explore blogosphere
Two Alaska legislators are keeping their constituents in the know with a medium that has been slow to catch on inside the Capitol.

Photo: Young performer
Dressed in traditonal regalia, Kenaitze Indian Tribe Jabilaina dancer, Denali Bernard, 2, peeks out from between costumes as the group prepares to dance Thursday at an Arctic Winter Games cultural event in Kenai.

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

briefly
news of local entertainment events

Making 'Hair' fuller
Last year, artistic director PJ Paparelli thought about making a few changes for Perseverance Theatre's presentation of "Hair" and put in a call to James Rado, the co-writer of the original script.

Shall we dance?
Ballroom dance teachers Pat Belec and Frank Bergstrom are pleased to see the success of the ABC program "Dancing With the Stars."

Legends from the Hawaiian Islands
In Honolulu, storyteller Alton Chung learned early there are some things you simply do not do.

Ocean cinema
The Alaska Oceans Program will bring the Alaska Ocean Film Festival 2006 to Juneau for two showings at the Backroom at the Silverbow, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

what's happening
news of local enterainment events

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