Friday, March 16, 2007

Latest Bascombe book will be the last
It's easy to pinpoint the spot where a road map of New Jersey hung on the wall of Richard Ford's boathouse during the four years he spent writing his latest Frank Bascombe novel.

New chapter books at the city's public libraries
Be the first to read one of these new chapter books at the Juneau Public Libraries.

SEACC, Outside money having a negative effect
I find it hard to believe the effect the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and the large sum of money being funneled into Juneau from Outside has on our residents.

Kensington Mine debate is personal
This letter is in response to Wednesday's Coeur Alaska ad featuring surface foreman Jerry Harmon.

Helicopters culling wolves a bad idea
The March 11 Juneau Empire article titled "Helicopter pilots part of wolf control plan," with the sub-heading "Game Board wants more cost-effective culling methods" made me take a deep breath of disbelief.

Murkowski's comment says it all
This is in response to the article titled "Murkowski may have misused jet" in Monday's Juneau Empire.

Juneau drivers are being set up
Finally, some clarity in the Juneau winter road driving chaos.

Plant trees but not at expense of old growth
There were valid reasons to preserve old-growth areas of the Tongass National Forest, including watershed, biodiversity, recreation and tourism.

Halibut consumers have rights too
Amid the halibut debates lately, one "user group" hasn't been heard from - consumers.

Weather's cyclical; spring coming soon
I'll tell you what happened with the winter weather.

Alaska's double standard on taxes
I find it incongruous, but entertaining, that Alaskans are upset another state (Washington) may now be considering enacting a tax on cargo containers that will raise a reported $50 million a year from others for maintenance projects within its own state...

Around Town

City closes in on snowiest year
A winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service for today will inch Juneau closer to its snowiest winter on record.

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

Corrections

Boat show offers tips, prizes
Besides the latest array of boats and water sports equipment, this year's Glacier Valley Rotary Boat and Sports show features some new educational and safety programs.

Photo: Salvage operation
Alfred Cook, of Cook's Marine Salvage, works on tying lines to the Alrita, a sunken 40-foot wooden boat, on Thursday at Aurora Harbor.

High school principal candidates to take part in public interviews
The Juneau School District has whittled its list of candidates for principal of Thunder Mountain High School to five people and is looking for public feedback for the final selection, Superintendent Peggy Cowan said.

Business Digest
New owners take over Willie's Marine, Chamber announces new chairwoman, UFA reaches all-time high membership, The new officers begin their new positions June 15., Architects group buys medical office & Commission OKs ACS expansion plans

Fair to highlight budding scientists
Most high school students don't get to study glaciology or bears, at least not personally. In Juneau, it's almost a requirement.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Sexual assault suspects
The Juneau Police Department released two sketches of male suspects believed to have been involved in a sexual assault of a 37-year-old Juneau woman on Feb. 26.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Making our raffle successful, Supporting Culture Club hockey, Help with swallow nest box project, Thanks to those at JRC The Alaska Club & Canvas or paper or plastic?

Neighbors Digest
Alaska Miners Association holds four-day conference, Nordic skiing workshops held Saturday and Sunday, Gibson and Jeffers give long-term care workshops & ANB Camp 12 hosts Hoonah appreciation potluck

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: United Way of Southeast Alaska
United Way of Southeast Alaska is a volunteer-driven, grass-roots organization that creates lasting change by bringing people and resources together to address community wide issues and strengthen and build community.

Arugula epitomizes changes in American tastes
It is the middle of March, a time we are encouraged to "think green" in honor of St. Patrick's day, and perhaps also in anticipation of Spring.

Recognitions
Haley Summer and Sierra Gadaire, of Juneau-Douglas High School, were third place finalist section winners at the 19th annual Alaska Statewide High School Science Symposium held March 4 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. They won a one-year UAF tuition scholarship, all expense-paid trip to Nationals in Alabama, a $1,000 Army/Navy/Air Force scholarship, $200 cash and six contributed certificates.

Reaume and Carrillo to wed
Emilie Christine Reaume and David Quimpo Carrillo are engaged to be married on June 16 at the First Assembly of God in Ketchikan.

Photo: Speaker pro tem?
Gov. Sarah Palin's youngest daughter Piper Palin, 5, sits in Speaker of the House John Harris' chair Tuesday as her mother was giving a tour of the Capitol.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Christopher Jim
"I want to be a firefighter. I can draw while I'm waiting to put out fires.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Sturdevant and Nussbaumer wed
Molly Sturdevant, formerly of Wrangell, and Dave Nussbaumer, formerly of Fairbanks, were married on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2007, at home in Juneau.

John 'Jack' Oullis
Juneau resident John "Jack" Oullis died March 11, 2007, in Juneau. He was 55.

Irene Marie Greany
Former Juneau resident Irene Marie Greany died March 1, 2007, at her home in Hood River, Ore., with family by her side. She was 90.

Outside column: Breaking down the political bracket
Let's play ball, baby!! You have your March Madness, which is a tournament that decides who is the No. 1 basketball team in the U.S.

Outside editorial: The attorney general relents
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' backtracking on the appointment process for federal prosecutors in effect admits that the Bush administration was playing politics in firing eight U.S. attorneys.

Alaska editorial: Message to lawmakers - Work the days you're paid
Members of the Alaska Legislature are now grappling with the unintended consequences of what one lawmaker, with the support of many others, asked Alaska voters to do in the last election - approve a reduction in the length of the Legislature's second session from 120 to 90 days.

Alaska editorial: Legislators need to fix problems with Palin's gas line bill
This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

My turn: Tales from the Twilight Zone
When I awoke on March 5, I sensed something was wrong.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings
Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings

High marks for JDHS
The boys and girls basketball teams weren't the only ones competing for a trip to the state championships last weekend in Sitka.

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.

Pipeline plan at odds with constitution?
To make Alaska more welcoming for companies to develop a natural gas pipeline, Gov. Sarah Palin is proposing to freeze tax rates for 10 years.

Alaska Digest
Conference looks into reproductive justice, City wants bridge to be a top priority & House OKs bill to cut back cruise ship law

Senior bonus no longer part of Palin budget
One high-profile item in Gov. Sarah Palin's spending plan is conspicuously absent from the version of the operating budget that will be introduced in the House Finance Committee on Thursday.

Alaska Digest
Defendant's son testifies in trial, State: HIV deaths have dropped, Lawsuit challenges protection for bird & $60 million secured for salmon disaster

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

Scientists working to put Alaska on nat'l weather map
Greg Newby wants to put Alaska on the map - on the weather map, that is.

First Judicial District presiding judge appointed
Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins of Juneau will become the presiding judge of the trial courts in the First Judicial District this summer, Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe said Wednesday.

Bill extends life of domestic violence council
In a single day in Alaska last year, more than 400 people sought help from agencies that work with victims of violence and sexual assault.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Feds may jack up aircraft fuel tax
Small-plane operators in Alaska said they are worried about a Federal Aviation Administration proposal to nearly quadruple fuel taxes for general aviation aircraft.

Halibut season begins
Todd Bayne watches Tuesday as a load of halibut is hauled out of the hold of the Archangel to the Sitka Sound Seafoods dock in Sitka.

Legislators eye electing state's attorney general
State Rep. Harry Crawford wants to have Alaska join the vast majority of states where voters elect an attorney general rather than allow the governor to make the appointment.

Senate OKs $35 million for gas line
The Alaska Senate unanimously passed a $35 million supplemental request Wednesday, largely to help Gov. Sarah Palin's efforts in getting a multibillion dollar gas line built.

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