Friday, March 23, 2007

A formula for big bucks: 50 Cent's rap meets pulp
You'd be forgiven for judging the paperback novella "The Ski Mask Way" by its cover.

New adult fiction includes 'Mathematicians in Love'
Here's a sample of some of the new fiction for adult readers at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Branch to release book of conversations with Clinton
Dozens of taped conversations between then-President Clinton and historian Taylor Branch will be edited into a book, tentatively titled "Wrestling History: The Bill Clinton Tapes," to be published in 2008, Simon & Schuster announced Thursday.

Juneau-Douglas girls cruise to state final

Government was not founded on religion
In regards to Mike Shakespeare's letter in Monday's Juneau Empire, "Opposing homosexuality on religious grounds," our government is not a religious one.

Law, morals and irony
The Juneau Empire's "Vote no for family values" editorial in the March 11 issue followed two lines of argument to support its conclusions:

The Bible says a lot more than some think
Mike Shakespeare's letter in Monday's Juneau Empire exhorts us to vote "Yes" on religious grounds in the April 3 advisory vote on same-sex benefits for state workers.

Should we begin stoning people?
In response to Mike Shakespeare's letter in the March 19 Juneau Empire, I would like to reference the texts he uses to validate his argument and chastise people who are living healthy and natural lives, undeserving of such ridicule.

Tongass managers stuck in a different era
In an interview in the Missoula (Mont.) Independent, recently retired Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth spoke about the "eras" the Forest Service has gone through in the United States.

Juneau snow crews can only do so much
While reading Claude Epperson's March 15 letter to the editor titled "Juneau Drivers are being set up," I at first thought it was a satire. The more I read, I found he was quite serious.

Police sketches aren't very helpful
The police sketches that were released on March 15 of the two suspects accused of sexual assault were absolutely ridiculous. Where exactly are we supposed to be looking for these guys? Mars?

Reinstate old standard for Denali Kid Care
For the last couple of years the members of the Alaska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics have been advocating a resumption of the 200 percent of poverty guideline for Denali Kid Care (Medicaid) enrollment.

Photo: Pulling for victory
Lorenzo Malacas, left, and Manuel Guillen, right, both 11-year-old students at Riverbend Elementary School, compete in the stick pull Wednesday during the Native Youth Olympics at Mendenhall River School.

Snowmobile club seeks Eaglecrest land access
The Juneau Snowmobile Club wants more room to ride and is proposing to use Eaglecrest Ski Resort to expand its playground.

New confidential teen crisis line to open on Sunday
Talking with adults about sensitive issues such as date rape or sexual abuse can be difficult for teenagers, says Lucy Dominguez, who is becoming a crisis counselor at age 15.

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

Avalanche risk high as city hits record
Juneau set a seasonal snowfall record Wednesday as officials warned of extreme avalanche danger and set up a temporary shelter for people who wanted to move out of danger zones.

Photo: What remains
A vehicle passes the remains of Wednesday's avalanche Thursday along the Thane Road.

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

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

School budget in limbo
A $63.15 million draft budget approved this week by the Juneau School Board will be left on the table until the Alaska Legislature decides how much it will spend on education.

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

Business Digest
Two Crow Gallery to close March 30, Alaskan Brewing Co. launches new beer, Launch parties were held March 16 in various Juneau bars.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: The Glory Hole
The Glory Hole provides food, shelter and hospitality daily to all who are nonviolent and alcohol or drug-free; and assists with job and housing searches, health care and counseling.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Taylor Vidic
"Whenever I sing and perform, I get an awesome feeling, like I could do it forever."

Photo: Early educators honored
Patty Winegar, left, of Harborview Elementary School, presents Debbie Fagnant, a past chairwoman of the Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska board and 2001 award recipient, at an awards ceremony to honor AEYC-SEA early childhood educators and advocates.

Photo: Anti-Slavery Day
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School student B.G. Olmstead looks at the "values" wall prepared by the ethics and service class.

Seward, signer of Alaska purchase, honored Monday
"Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the Patriotism, Integrity and Abilities of William H. Seward, of New York, I have nominated and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint him to be Secretary of State of the United States."

FYI
Births and Marriage licenses

Neighbors Digest
Empire seeks photos of record-breaking winter snowfall, Alaska Health Fair distributes blood test gift certificates, Applications available for Village Health Occupations Program & Alaskan and Proud holds fundraiser for Twin Lakes playground

People either love or hate blue cheese
Last week I mentioned how the American palette has evolved over the past several decades.

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Steve McCarthy
Former Juneau resident Steve McCarthy, died Feb. 27, 2007, at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, surrounded by family. He was 43.

Marilyn Freymueller
Longtime Juneau resident Marilyn Freymueller died at home on March 19, 2007, after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 76.

Alaska editorial: A needs-based program better than restoring bonus
Instead of restoring the longevity bonus, which paid millions to only some seniors, the core House leadership wants the state to distribute monthly checks to all low-income seniors.

My turn: Tourism is everyone's business
Seventeen years ago, economist Michael Porter put forward the recipe for competitive success by establishing that winning industries or regions will be those that differentiate themselves by promoting their uniqueness.

Alaska editorial: Congress deserves praise for reforms
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My turn: The truth about Pebble 'truth'
Why is it that when something happens in my neighborhood, everyone wants to speak up and try to influence what happens?

Unalakleet beats Yakutat in 2A tourney
Unalakleet defeated Yakutat 66-56 Thursday at the Class 2A boys basketball tournament in Anchorage.

Hoop Time Basketball players prepare for finals
For the last three months, dedicated and disciplined fifth- through eighth-grade girls and boys from various Southeast Alaska communities have been honing their fundamentals and basketball skills.

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.

Knights end JDHS boys team's hope of 4A title
For the second-straight season the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team's quest for a state title ended prematurely.

Eagles fly to Class 2A girls state title
If the Yakutat girls basketball team felt sore after a night full of diving for loose balls on Sullivan Arena's hardwood, the Eagles were too busy celebrating to care.

JDHS girls move to semis
Thursday's Class 4A girls basketball state quarterfinal game at Service High School certainly wasn't the prettiest game ever played, but Juneau-Douglas High School will gladly take the result.

Yakutat boys, girls 2A basketball teams roll

JDHS cheer team takes 2nd at state
The Juneau-Douglas High School cheer team came so close to winning the state coed cheerleading competition it was given a first-place trophy with its team picture on it.

Sports in Juneau

Federal rules stall funding for rural plumbing projects
Millions of dollars in government funds for Alaska rural water and sewer projects are stalled by an impasse between state and federal officials.

State puts bounty on wolves to boost predator control
The state is offering incentives for people who kill wolves in an effort to boost Alaska's predator control program, which so far has failed to meet expected numbers.

FBI probes pressure on oil regulators
The FBI is investigating whether Alaska political appointees improperly punished state regulators who tried to enforce environmental rules against oil companies operating in Alaska, according to people contacted by investigators.

Company does some juggling after Princess lodge fire
A company catering to visitors to Denali National Park and Preserve is having to juggle housing arrangements for some of its summer guests following a fire that destroyed an 11-room unit at the Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge.

Northwest Digest
Palin cools support of port authority, Death spurs closure of homes for elderly & Annual tundra swan migration under way

Fire damages much of Mormon chapel
A fire caused extensive damage Thursday to a Mormon chapel, which is adjacent to the faith's Anchorage temple.

Two British sailors die in sub explosion
Two British sailors were killed in an explosion aboard a Royal Navy nuclear-powered submarine in the Arctic Ocean. Another injured crewmember was evacuated to Anchorage, officials said Wednesday.

Flu pandemic may hit tourism states hardest
States that rely on tourism and entertainment for much of their economy would likely be the hardest hit during a severe influenza pandemic. Nevada, Hawaii and Alaska are at the top of the list, according to a report released Thursday.

Gas companies begin discussions on pipeline
At least one natural gas company unabashedly supports Gov. Sarah Palin's plan to build a natural gas pipeline and ultimately transport trillions of cubic feet of North Slope reserves to market.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Lost dog home after 11 days on cold trail, Grizzlies to be delisted in, near Yellowstone & California coast regulators sue Navy

Photo: Eagle view
Bald eagles sit Monday on trolling poles on boats in ANB Harbor in Sitka. Birds are lining the harbors and shores, waiting for the arrival of spawning herring.

Alaska at top of nat'l list of toxic producers
Alaska again led the nation in release of toxic chemicals as measured by weight, with Greens Creek Mine listed No. 7 in the country by federal regulators in a report covering 2005.

Palin asks Legislature to give up some power to get gas line
Last year the Alaska Legislature spent months debating Gov. Frank Murkowski's gas line proposal without approving it.

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