Saturday, March 11, 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.

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

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.

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

FYI
News about the people you know

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.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

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.

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 Digest
Staff reports from around the community

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

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.

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