Saturday, March 22, 2008

Libraries have fascinating nonfiction, including 'Poet's Corner,' 'The Anatomist'
Here are a few of the new how-to's, histories and other fascinating nonfiction titles that are going out on the shelves this week at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Bear slaughter gives Alaska a black eye
It would seem as she presides over bringing yet another life into the world, Gov. Sarah Palin also is presiding over one of the bloodiest administrations in regards to our wildlife.

Juneau's spot on the map
While searching on Google for directions to a plumbing store from his home, Juneau resident Matt Huston became curious about the Web site's "Street View" mapping feature that popped up on his computer screen.

Photo: Tired of winter
Nadine Marx pushes her 6-year-old son Ryan on a tire swing Thursday at the Twin Lakes Playground. Kids and parents were out enjoying the first day of spring with sunny weather and warmer temperatures.

Library Internet filter legislation moves through House
Alaska's public librarians may soon be required to make sure kids aren't looking at pornography while at the library.

Photo: Rally for peace
Tim Moore holds a sign and waves to passing cars Thursday as the names of U.S. soldiers that have died in the last year are read off in front of the Capitol steps. Veterans For Peace, the group organizing the event, said there were about 750 names.

Around Town
Today, March 21

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

TATU builds memorial wall for Kick Butts Day
JUNEAU - In recognition of Kick Butts Day on April 2, the Juneau chapter of Teens Against Tobacco Use and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium have teamed up to sponsor a memorial wall for those who have died due to tobacco use. A Web site was created for this event at www.kickbuttsdayjuneau.squarespace.com.

Duncan, Brightwell wed
Sabrina Duncan, of Juneau, and Michael Brightwell, of Winston-Salem, N.C., were married Feb. 29, 2008, in a private ceremony performed by Lynette Ensor at the Mendenhall Glacier.

FYI
Births

St. Vincent De Paul Society of Juneau
Volunteer coordinator: Ida Barnack.

Recognitions
Melissa Goade, a 2004 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was named to the winter semester dean's list at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. The dean's list requires a grade-point average of at least 3.6. Goade, the daughter of Dave and Stacy Goade, who now reside in Anchorage, will obtain her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in anthropology this year, as well as her Cultural Resource Management certification.

Pets of the week
Cheery kitty, fearless 5-year-old cat seek permanent homes

Thinking outside the box of cookies
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scouts engage in a variety of activities - such as selling their annual Girl Scout cookies - but the secret to their proactive success is thinking outside the box.

Sellick stuns at fifth monthly Master Gardener series
JUNEAU - Wendy Sellick stunned fellow gardeners with her huge begonia tubers during the fifth presentation of the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners' Presidents Monthly Program series on March 11 at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Swieconka: Poland's sweet Easter food blessing
Easter Sunday is considered by many to be the holiest day in Christendom. Yet, beyond colored eggs, chocolate bunnies and perhaps ham, there are surprisingly few food traditions commonly practiced here in the United States to mark this auspicious occasion.

Examining the other side of Easter
Easter is coming. And I'm overwhelmed.

Equinox: Day meets night
I was driving down Egan yesterday, and an eagle flew low over my car, its beak easily supporting a 4-foot-long branch. The time of nesting is here, the time of opposites attracting and blending, and we feel it regardless of our gender just like the salmon feel the stream they are coming home to.

Bike club announces spring events
SITKA - The Tlingít & Friends Bike Club is gearing up for spring with a full schedule of club meetings, family bike rides and bike safety classes for commuters and kids.

Thank you to those who contribute to the Juneau Senior Center
Sometimes people are wonderful. I have found, in all the years I have dealt with folks from working in schools, prisons, homeless shelters and now a senior center, surprises just jump up and catch you.

Thanks for donating to the Alaska Outdoor Council fundraiser
Once again, the Alaska Outdoor Council would like to say thank you to all of its Alaska donors for helping make its fundraiser a large success.

My Turn: Go beyond earmark standoff
In the world of politics, the complex realities of life regularly overtake the simplistic language used in political slogans. I believe this is the case in regard to the subject of "earmarks."

Empire editorial: Alaska should divest to help fight genocide
Should we attempt to fight genocide in Sudan by forcing the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. to divest from companies involved with it?

Outside column: Iraq is a minefield for presidential candidates
WASHINGTON - For the third time since World War II, Americans are picking a new president amid sharp national divisions over a bloody, financially draining war in Asia.

Juneau assistant superintendent nominees named
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District will be interviewing soon for a replacement for Assistant Superintendent Charla Wright. Wright is scheduled to retire at the end of this school year.

Man gets six months for Native Education program theft
ANCHORAGE - A 24-year-old Sitka man will serve six months in a federal prison for stealing from a federally funded program.

Man ordered to pay hefty fine in wire fraud mail case
ANCHORAGE - A Kenai man received three years probation and was ordered to pay a hefty fine for wire fraud.

Attorney says insanity defense for Palmer man will be explored
PALMER - An insanity defense is being considered for a man charged with using a machete to kill his father and seriously injure his father's fiancee.

Prosecutors ask judge to reject Kohring hearing request
ANCHORAGE - Federal prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to deny former state Rep. Vic Kohring's request for a new trial or hearing.

Finalists chosen for state education commissioner post
ANCHORAGE - The state selected three finalists in the search for a candidate to serve as commissioner of Education and Early Development.

Red paint poured on veterans memorial
ANCHORAGE - A memorial to veterans in Anchorage was defaced on Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Basketball a family affair
When basketball coach and father Terry Friske heard the Haines-to-Fairbanks pipeline, which carried aircraft fuel north to Eielson Air Force Base, was being dismantled, he wanted a piece of it.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

Kake pulls out win, advances
It wasn't easy, but the Kake Oldtimers moved into Saturday's C Bracket championship game with a 95-88 win over the Klukwan Chilkats on Thursday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School gymnasium.

South Anchorage downs JDHS boys 68-67 at tourney
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team made a late push but came up short against Southeast Anchorage in the Alaska School Activities Association Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at West Anchorage High School.

Wasilla wins rematch with Juneau-Douglas
ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's hopes to make amends for last year's state title fell four minutes short Thursday.

Fossman's 39 points powers Haines to win
Haines sophomore Kyle Fossman poured in a game-high 39 points as the Glacier Bears toppled Grace Christian 65-52 in the Alaska School Activities Association Class 4A boys basketball state tournament quarterfinals Thursday at the Wells Fargo Center in Anchorage.

Klukwan advances to Master's final
It took the Klukwan Chilkats 34 minutes to earn their first lead of the game against the Yakutat Old Timers and 20 seconds to give it back Thursday.

Good day for Hoonah in the loser's bracket
All three Hoonah teams won their elimination games Thursday in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Eagles win 2nd straight championship
The Yakutat High School girls basketball team proved it is Alaska's best Class 2A girls basketball program for a second-straight year on Thursday at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Today's schedule

Legislature move gains traction
An attack on Juneau's role as the capital of Alaska took a step forward Thursday, when a key House committee passed a bill to build a new legislative hall, almost certainly outside Juneau.

State's high court hears marijuana arguments
An effort to recriminalize marijuana is in the hands of the Alaska Supreme Court after the high court heard oral arguments Thursday.

Palin calls for accountability
Lawmakers could face a second round of vetoes, Gov. Sarah Palin said Thursday, if they don't justify $70 million worth of previously vetoed projects they put in the supplemental budget.

House candidates debate everything from fish to earmarks
KODIAK - Five of the six candidates vying for Alaska's lone congressional seat attended ComFish Alaska's Fisheries Debate on Thursday, touching on a broad range of topics - from the controversial crab rationalization program to the issue of federal earmarks.

Absences help bill move
Key absences have helped Rep. Mark Neuman's bill to build a new legislative hall move forward.

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