Friday, March 30, 2007

Sedaris sticks to his stories
Usually, when bestselling author and hipster National Public Radio storyteller David Sedaris goes on a nationwide tour, he has at least a half-dozen weirdly humorous new stories to preview for his fans.

New nonfiction titles grace the shelves
Here's a sample of some of our new nonfiction on a huge variety of subjects at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Drop the wolf bounty
A bounty on wolves? Why not a bounty on eagles? We had a bounty on both at one point in time.

Remembering what constitution is all about
Rep. John Coghill's annoying My Turn column is so full of distortions and twisted logic that it cries out for a response.

Halt the state bounty on wolves
This bounty on wolves, along with all aerial hunting of wolves, is a huge black mark on Gov. Sarah Palin's new administration.

Rejecting additional school funding hurts only ourselves
If you wish to save taxes or "punish" our Juneau Assembly, city and new high school supporters by not approving the bond measures at the June special election, recognize you'll be hurting yourself.

Slippery slope toward unjust laws
With all of the recent letters to the editor regarding the upcoming advisory vote on benefits for same-sex couples, I'd like to take a moment to clarify the ethics we will be voting on.

Don't be ruled by fundamentalism
Here may be some good news for our dear Mike Shakespeare, who wrote urging everyone to vote for the proposal to amend the Alaska Constitution to forbid any level of state or local government from providing equal benefits for same-sex couples.

Freedom for more than just your religion
Thanks to those who reminded Mike Shakespeare and Jim Miller of their selective and arbitrary use of bible passages, and the importance of separation of church and state as an integral part of the framework of freedom of religion in this country.

Bong Hits 4 Jesus and Joseph Frederick
Members of the Juneau District School Board have succeeded in making Juneau the official laughingstock of the entire world for the Bong Hits 4 Jesus court case.

Vote no on benefits advisory ballot
On April 3 the State of Alaska is spending $1.2 million just to find out if we want a measure to appear on the 2008 ballot.

Pet airfare is far from fair
Alaska Airlines has once again used it's monopoly in Southeast Alaska to tighten the financial noose around the necks of those who can afford it least.

Sick of the secret agenda yammering
I want to say I find it utterly appalling that certain adults take every event, every class, every article and every conversation about teaching children to treat other children with basic human kindness, civility and, oh yeah, Christian charity...

Commercial fleet has faced hard quotas before
It is interesting to hear from the editor of a major Alaskan newspaper calling for a solution to the problem of the unregulated growth and over harvest by the charter halibut sector.

Christianity misrepresented
In response to Robbi Woltring's letter condemning Christianity and the Christian perspective that homosexuality is morally wrong, I would like to point out that she has completely misrepresented Christianity.

Palin brings back ferry advisor panel
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday resurrected the Marine Transportation Advisory Board and promised to treat it differently than did former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Former legislator wins delay in bribery trial
A federal judge has delayed the bribery trial of former state Rep. Tom Anderson until June, after the expected end of the Alaska Legislature's 2007 session.

Around Town

Kensington supporters turn to Palin for mediation
At least two Southeast Alaska groups are asking Gov. Sarah Palin to help negotiate an out-of-court solution that would allow the Kensington Mine to keep working toward opening.

From one sacrifice to the next
Bailey Johnson had a choice of when he could take leave from his Army National Guard post in Kuwait: his 21st birthday or the week of his mother's birthday and the Gold Medal basketball tournament.

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

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

Photo: Uncommon art at the commons
Juneau artist Selena Beierly plies her craft Thursday in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons.

Pioneer biologist left legacy in Alaska resource management
Longtime Juneau resident and pioneering Alaska fisheries biologist Rupe Andrews, 77, died at home Wednesday due to complications from colon cancer.

Washington nixes tax on shipping containers for now
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday signed a resolution opposing a Washington state tax on shipping containers, even though the legislature in Olympia had already changed its mind and its proposed legislation.

Poet: Look for places to fight government
In the early 1960s, American poet Robert Bly wrote to one of his heroes, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Senate OKs extension of timber payments
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a plan to extend payments to rural communities hurt by cutbacks in federal logging, including those in Alaska.

UAS forum attracts award-winning poet
Robert Bly, controversial poet and a founder of the men's movement, is the keynote speaker of a three-day gathering at University of Alaska Southeast on "Sustaining Culture, Community and the Environment."

Photo: A king of kings
Jose Garcia sorts golden king crab Wednesday on the Alaska Glacier Seafood dock in Auke Bay.

Business Digest
Discussion focuses on market research, Juneau Travel Fair slated for Saturday, Shee Atik announces fund distribution & Senators introduce 'telework' legislation

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

Photo: A birthday donation
Reece Milks, 10, holds his donation of toys and money on March 14 to the Gastineau Humane Society.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Photo: Master gardener
First place winner of the Master Gardener Association category of the Juneau-Douglas Science Fair Melissa Axmann poses on March 17 in front of her project at Juneau-Douglas High School with Master Gardener and science fair judge Kristine Trott. Axmann...

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Zach Gordon Youth Center
Volunteer coordinator: Kristi West, ZGYC manager.

Student Artist in the Spotlight:
"I was inspired by my grandma, who gave me a drawing book. My mom thought some of them were good, so I kept drawing."

Neighbors Digest
Alaska Public Health Fair starts April 6, Widowed Persons Service holds brunch & Discovery Southeast hosts spring gathering

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks city crew for clearing our streets, Thanks for helping clear snow on the track and Thanks for contributing to middle school event

Recognitions
Air Force Airman Jessica N. Cure has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Photos: Early Scholar's Program hosts Raven Tales
The Juneau-Douglas High School Early Scholar's Program hosted "Raven Tales" on March 24 at the Tlingit and Haida Hall.

Lawrence Musarra
Lawrence Musarra of Juneau died March 17, 2007 in Tacoma, Wash., after a short battle with cancer. He was 52.

Elaine Esther Knudson
Juneau resident Elaine Esther Knudson died March 27, 2007. She was 51.

Ivan A. Sanders
Former Juneau resident Ivan A. Sanders died March 12, 2007, in Phoenix, where he was visiting family. He was 71.

Robert 'Jim' Pegues
Former Juneau resident Robert James "Jim" Pegues died peacefully of cancer on March 15, 2007, at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his two daughters by his side. He was 90.

Elaine Knudson
Lifelong Juneau resident Elaine Esther Knudson died March 27, 2007, in Juneau.

Ronald Lorensen
Juneau resident Ronald Lorensen died March 29, 2007.

My turn: Protect the children with a 'no' vote
When I was 10 years old riding my bike home from school along a narrow wooded road, I glanced over my shoulder and saw a car coming. I'm not sure whether the car hit me, or just forced a crash. I regained consciousness lying on the road.

Alaska editorial: New deadline means Alaska Legislature must knuckle down
We would like to point out that the 60th day of the 2007 legislative session in Juneau has passed.

My turn: When Alaska towns lose their reason to be
I would like to see a special committee, comprised of members of both chambers of the Alaska Legislature, formed to asses the economic viability of every city, town and village within the boundaries of the state.

Alaska editorial: On impeaching University of Alaska Regent Jim Hayes
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My turn: Missing the achievement gap
W ith the effort people have put into configuring school facilities, it's unfortunate that none of the arrangements are likely to affect the achievement gap much.

Alaska editorial: Keeping America's competitive edge
Schooling isn't just about achieving a good GPA for college and then using that education to get a lucrative job.

Gold Medal trivia
Today's trivia question: In 1986, this team was initially passed over for an invitation into the "A" bracket. It jumped in when another team couldn't make it, and eventually beat Metlakatla 91-89 for the title. Name the squad and the team it replaced.

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.

Gold Medal roundup: Juneau UAS tops Yakutat to move to Saturday's title game
Juneau UAS moved on to Saturday's final with a 76-47 win over Yakutat in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Intermediate Bracket elimination game on Thursday.

Wednesday's Box scores

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings

Thursday's box scores

Angoon defeats Kake in I-Bracket
Angoon stayed alive in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Intermediate Bracket on Thursday with a 79-58 victory over Kake.

Ginter's goal lifts Island Pub
Jason Ginter scored off Tim Bristol's assist with 5:40 left in regulation to give the Island Pub a 3-2 win over the division-leading Kensington Goldminers on Monday in the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B.

Gold Medal trivia
Today's trivia question: At the 1949 Gold Medal tournament, what was the nickname of the team from Kake?

Yakutat holds off Kake rally to win in I-Bracket
Yakutat started Wednesday's Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Intermediate Bracket matchup blazing hot and survived a late rally by Kake to win the opener.

Correction

Loss doesn't dampen special homecoming
Defending Intermediate Bracket champion Angoon played Juneau tough on Wednesday morning considering it didn't have last year's tournament MVP, Bailey Johnson, until midway through the second half.

Juneau-Douglas opens season in sunny, snow-free California
Heavy snow may still blanket the fields of Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park, but not those in California.

Thursday's schedule

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.

Gold Medal roundup: Petersburg women stay alive
Petersburg's Jen Thomassen scored 25 points to lead her team to a 65-41 victory over Sitka in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament women's bracket elimination game on Wednesday.

Metlakatla moves on in Mighty B
In a do-or-die Mighty B Bracket match-up, Metlakatla employed an eager Willie Hayward to help beat Sitka 98-77 in a Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament elimination game on Wednesday.

Haines edges Hydaburg in Mighty B thriller
In a game of big shots by both teams, Thursday's Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament Mighty B Bracket battle between Haines Merchants and two-time defending champion Hydaburg came down to free throws.

Willie Hayward's big night helps lift Metlakatla
Metlakatla kept its Mighty B Bracket championship hopes alive Thursday with a 92-86 win over Angoon in the Juneau Lions Club Gold Medal Tournament.

Friday's schedule

Sperm whale caught pilfering fish
The thief moved with supreme delicacy in the dim light, boldly attempting a quick heist before retreating into the watery shadows, but not before tape from a nearby camera captured the culprit's massive flippers and capsule-shaped head.

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

Ice traps five boats in Bering Sea
Ian Pitzman and his crew had transferred their crab harvest to a processing ship just off a remote Alaska island when slabs of ice rushed in faster than he'd ever seen in his two decades as a Bering Sea fisherman.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Alaska Digest
Anchorage teachers to vote on contract & Army hunts for troop housing in Fairbanks

Northwest Digest
Senate OKs ocean ranger funding return and Nenana Ice Classic ticket deadline nears

Lawmakers consider possible amendments to Palin's gas line bill
As lawmakers wrap up testimony from Gov. Sarah Palin's administration and the oil and gas industry this week, potential amendments to Palin's gas line bill have emerged.

Replacing missile defense electronics to cost $38 million
The Missile Defense Agency is looking at a $38 million repair bill to replace electronics at seven missile silos under construction at Fort Greely after the components were ruined by unprecedented flooding.

Ocean rangers may be placed on ships
The state is moving forward with plans to place ocean rangers on board cruise ships this season, and not just when the ships are in port but while they are under way, Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday.

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