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Saturday, March 31, 2007

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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."

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

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

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...

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

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.

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

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

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Gold Medal Roundup: Hydaburg advances to Mighty B final
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.

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.

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.

Saturday's schedule

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.

Correction

Thursday's box scores

Friday's schedule

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings

Friday's box scores

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

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

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.

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.

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