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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Juneau Public Libraries hold new fiction for adult readers
"The Damned Season," by Carlo Lucarelli. This sequel to "Carte Blanche" continues the story of Commissario De Luca, whose work for Mussolini's regime, however unwilling, has put him in danger now that Mussolini is no longer in power. On the run under an assumed name and without papers, De Luca is blackmailed by the local police into helping solve the brutal murder of an entire family. Lucarelli presents readers with an unblinking look at a post-war society on the edge of anarchy, and a man doing his best to stay alive and yet true to himself.

Menke's book named finalist for nature award
"Alaska/Yukon/Arctic Light - Gifts of the Wild," by Haines author and photographer Kathleen M.K. Menke, was named a finalist in ForeWord Magazine's 2007 Book of the Year awards for independently published books.

Unintended consequences
While Rep. Mark Neuman, R-Wasilla, may intend House Bill 54 as a means of moving the Legislature to his home district, he has stated that any community, Alaska Native corporation, or commercial business could apply to provide a legislative hall. He may not realize that at least two large complexes are available right now and would need little modification to house the legislators and their staff. The complexes could easily accommodate the state supreme court, as well.

In praise of 'Dido and Aeneas'
We write to you in praise of Dido and Aeneas, an opera performed by Opera To Go! with William Todd Hunt conducting the chamber orchestra and Roald Simonson directing the staging.

Bravo to Dredge Lake beaver heroes
Thank you for the March 10 article on the front page about the Dredge Lake beavers.

Laptops lend a hand
Kayla Ryan is gaining a high school diploma Friday but losing a laptop.

29th annual boat show to open
The three-day 29th Annual Boat and Sports Show opens tonight at Centennial Hall with new vendors and plenty of boats, some barely squeezed through the doors into the Sheffield Ball Room.

Around Town
Today, March 14

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

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Robert Beierly
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. To have your student art included, contact your school office.

Photo: Academic Decathlon in Anchorage
Juneau-Douglas High School's Academic Decathlon team poses on March 2 after returning from the statewide competition held at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Standing, from left, are adviser Karina Reyes, Daniel Piorkowski, Sam Messerschmidt, Faye Van Dusseldorp, Andrea Axmann and Ethan Hubbard. Kneeling are Dana Shannon and team captain Maggie Schoenfeld.

Photo: Alaska Youth Choir dinner
From left, Alaska Youth Choir members Mary Hale, Erika Cruz and Mariah Gosling hold shell necklaces for distribution at their fundraising dinner on March 8 at the Moose Lodge. The dinner raised funds for the choir's Pacific Rim International Children's Choir Festival Tour in July.

Photo: Swearing in
Juneau's newest Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers were sworn in on Jan. 30 at the Dimond Courthouse by Judge Patricia Collins. Volunteers completed a 32 hour training in preparation for their roles in advocating for children and youth in state custody. From left are Tom Shanley; Lynn Squires-White, CASA program coordinator; Jill Burkert; Janine Reep, assistant public advocate; Allen Hulett; Don Harris and Macky McClung.

Archaeology Fair to take place March 29
JUNEAU - Youth will have an opportunity to travel through time at the Archaeology Fair being held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center.

KTOO seeks donations for sale on March 29
JUNEAU - KTOO is soliciting donations for its semiannual used record, compact disc and video sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 29, at KTOO Studios.

Spring wellness fairs to happen in Southeast
SITKA - Spring is a time when many Alaskans awake from their winter's hibernation and start becoming more active. After months of ice and snow, people go hiking, fishing and enjoy Alaska's outdoors.

Youth of the Year finalists compete today
JUNEAU - Alaska Boys & Girls clubs Youth of the Year finalists will compete today in Juneau for three University of Alaska College Savings Plan college scholarships and an opportunity to attend Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Youth of the Year competition.

Ethel Lund health occupations program accepts applications
SITKA - Few people get to watch real emergency room doctors in action, be with operating room staff during surgery or even watch a dentist performing a root canal. Southeast Alaska Native high school students can experience these and other opportunities when they participate in the Ethel Lund Village Health Occupations Program.

Science fair celebrates 16 years, needs judges
JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair is celebratiing its 16th anniversary this year. In conjunction with the University of Alaska's Experimental Discoveries in Geoscience Education program, more than 120 high school students from Juneau and Southeast will compete and display projects at this year's fair, which will take place March 28 and 29 in the Marie Drake gymnasium.

Cameron to present on 'True Health'
JUNEAU - Dr. Stephen Cameron will present a two-day workshop on "True Health" at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 29 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 30 at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center.

Earlier school start time contradicts brain research
According to the Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School information guide, "Bell time for the high schools will be set 15 minutes earlier during the 2008-2009 school year, with first period beginning at 7:45 a.m. and school ending at 2 p.m. Since this is not an ideal schedule for adolescent students, the administration will continue to look at options for the 2009-2010 school year."

Thanks for contributing to our choir fundraiser
The Alaska Youth Choir would like to express their sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Pacific Rim International Children's Choir Festival Tour fundraising dinner on March 8 at the Moose Lodge. It turned out to be a fabulous success and will assist AYC choristers to attend this prestigious festival in Hawaii.

Thanks for donating to CASA training
The Juneau Court Appointed Special Advocates program would like to thank Catholic Community Services for the generous donation of their training facilities for the recent CASA training. Subway of Juneau also provided lunch for the volunteer class during the training. The Juneau CASA program appreciates the support of the Juneau community in their mission to provide advocacy for Juneau's abused and neglected youth.

Thanks from the family of Darian Lee Richards
The family of Darian Lee Richards, who died Jan. 26, at 2½ years old, would like to thank the community for support during their difficult time.

Thanks to the friends, family of Robyn Rehbein
The family of Robyn Raye (Gee) Rehbein want to thank the many friends and family members who contributed food, flowers, cards and monetary gifts, as well as the many visits and phone calls.

Recognitions
Kerriann Powers, of Juneau, was named to second honors on the fall 2007 dean's list at Clark University, in Worcester, Mass. Powers, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, is studying mathematics. To be eligible for second honors, students must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

FYI
Births

On Vogler, an independent Alaska
It was not long ago that Joe Vogler terrorized Alaska politics with his demands for Alaska's independence from the United States. Vogler's cragged face, lined by Alaska winters going back to 1942, would appear from under a ruffled gray fedora as he spat hot acid onto politicians who wanted the same old, same old, for the state.

Ludlam, Ryan to wed
Joseph James Ludlam and Janien Crystal Ryan are engaged to be married in December 2008 at the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores, N.C., with a reception to follow. A pre-wedding reception will be held in Juneau in June, when the engaged couple arrives for a summer visit.

Photo: 'Grumpcicle' gals
Janice Holst dancers pose on Jan. 3 at a practice for the annual "Grumpcicle" show, which will be held at 7 p.m. on March 29 and at 3 p.m. on March 30 at Juneau-Douglas High School. Tickets are $8 for all and can be purchased at the door before the show.

Getting ready for Easter, reviewing vocab of Lenten season
Right now, in our churches, we are contemplating the events told about in the Bible, that occurred in the period of time before Easter, a time of preparation and discipline for the events of Holy Week, that we call Lent. Knowing my interest in words, you might not be surprised that I have been thinking about the vocabulary of the Lenten season, words such as Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras, Passover, Tenebrae, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter.

Happy to be at Echo Ranch
I have been working at Echo Ranch Bible Camp for almost seven years now. I first heard about the camp on the radio while living near Minneapolis, Minn., in 2002. Born in Anchorage, I was a little more familiar with Alaska, moreso than some Lower 48ers, but I never expected to be back serving at a Bible camp.

The hardest words are often most important
"Mrs. Donaldson, I think your daughter has a drinking problem."

Eric Ray Eidsness
Longtime Juneau resident Eric Ray Eidsness died March 8, 2008, in Wasilla, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with addiction. He was 37.

Lori Jo Hall
Lifetime Juneau resident Lori Jo Hall died March 8, 2008, in Juneau. She was 46.

My Turn: Parental leave bill would advance rights of families
Paid parental leave should be the next step in Congress' ongoing efforts to advance the rights of families. We've made solid progress on this issue in recent months, and hope to make paid parental leave a reality during the 110th Congress.

My Turn: Undo the Juneau road choice
I wish to publicly thank Gov. Sarah Palin for her accomplishments in undoing many of our previous governor's mistakes and for trying to restore integrity to our state government.

Outside editorial: Boom to doom
This editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Alaska's parks set record for visitors
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's national parks saw a record number of visitors last year.

Two city offices to swap locations
JUNEAU - The Sales Tax Office and Human Resources and Risk Management Division will swap locations starting Monday.

Canadian man pleads guilty to terrorism charge in pipeline plot
SANTA FE, N.M. - A Canadian man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a terrorism charge for plotting to blow up the trans-Alaska oil pipeline eight years ago.

Agrium won't move forward with coal gasification project
SOLDOTNA - Agrium announced it will not be moving forward with coal gasification for its Nikiski plant on the Kenai Peninsula.

Washington poacher gets jail time
ANCHORAGE - A Washington was sentenced to jail for poaching in what authorities said was an illegal hunt that left carcasses across Alaska.

Palin keeps Dillingham fisherman in North Pacific fish council seat
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday nominated a lifelong commercial fisherman from Dillingham for a second term on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The nominee, Eric Olson, is chairing the council in his first three-year term.

Arctic Winter games roundup: Bennett and Hurtte defeat Yukon in table tennis

State supervisors approve contract deal
The state's last major union without a contract has voted to approve a new deal that includes a 5.5 percent raise this year for supervisors, announced state officials and the Alaska Public Employees Association's Supervisory Unit on Thursday.

Alaska GOP may oust state party chairman
It's supposed to be a show of unity before Alaska sends 29 delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer.

Palin offers plan to end budget standoff
Gov. Sarah Palin offered a plan Thursday for settling differences over the supplemental budget at an open informal meeting with House members that many say was unprecedented.

U.S. Senators Murkowski, Stevens seek ANWR drilling
With oil prices hitting $110 a barrel, gasoline prices reaching record highs and energy costs becoming prohibitive, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Thursday it's time to reconsider oil exploration on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Stevens says earmark attitude is harmful
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Ted Stevens says Gov. Sarah Palin is making it harder for him to get earmarks for Alaska.

Photo: A well earned rest
Kate Palfrey, wife of Canadian Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race musher Warren Palfrey lies with one of her husband's sled dogs Thursday in the dog lot in Nome, as the dogs wait to be transported home after finishing the 1,100-mile race.

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