Saturday, April 5, 2008

Libraries feature amazing new nonfiction for kids, adults
There are lots of amazing new nonfiction books on a huge variety of topics for kids and adults who read with them at the Juneau Public libraries.

'Wicked City' just as good as 'White Shadow'
"Wicked City" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 336 pages, $24.95), by Ace Atkins: The Atkins family's criminal history was a source of shame, something spoken of in whispers after the children fell asleep. But for Ace Atkins, crime reporter turned mystery novelist, it's "a point of pride."

Enjoy view before cruise ships come
Well, with less than a month to go before the cruise ships start arriving, I'd like to encourage people to get outside and enjoy our beautiful clean and clear air while they can.

Withholding sales tax is wrong
I am writing to you on the latest sales tax issues. How could businesses get so far behind on the sales tax?

Framer of Alaska's constitution
Those who knew Judge Thomas Stewart describe him as an avid outdoorsman, decorated veteran, devoted family man, savvy politician, respected judge and champion of the arts.

City can't tax mines on ore due to law
How Juneau assesses mine taxes is very different from how it's done in most other parts of the country, according to Donald Ross, a geologist and mine appraiser who consulted on mine appraisals for the city in the past.

200 registered sex offenders living in Juneau
Last month Alaska State Troopers registered nine sex offenders living in Juneau and filed charges against one offender for not letting officials know where he actually lived, as the law requires.

Jeep rolls over after man allegedly huffs while driving
A Jeep rolled over on Egan Drive on Thursday after the driver, who had allegedly been "huffing" from an aerosol can, lost control north of the Nugget Mall intersection, police said.

Photo: Women's conference keynote
Tlingit artist and cultural teacher Florence Marks Sheakley delivers the keynote address Thursday during the Southeast Alaska Native Women's Conference at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Around Town
Today, April 4

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

Correction
A headline on a story on the Juneau Empire's front page Thursday misidentified what project proposal had stalled in the Legislature. The headline should have read "Plan to build new offices for Anchorage legislators stalled."

Eaglecrest hosts 3rd Cabin Reunion Day
Even at 90 years old, longtime Juneau skier Dean Williams will participate in the upcoming 3rd Cabin Reunion Day celebration, honoring 40 years of rope tows on Douglas Island.

Part I: Rooster can't get a crow in during Cambodian wedding season
At 4 a.m., the reverberating hum of the cicadas is interspersed with the solo performances of frogs crooning in the early hours of morning. An occasional bat will let slip a squeal of delight as it dives down for a meal while geckos both in and out of the houses make their tell-tale clicking noise. Rats scurry across the corrugated metal roofs adding percussion to the nighttime serenade.

Buyarski speaks on trees and rootstalks
Thirty-one gardeners attended the March Master Gardener past-president lecture series talk on fruits and berries on March 18 at the Mendenhall Valley library. Ed Buyarski, past-president and multi-term board member, addressed the crowd and answered questions until after 9 p.m.

Mobile mammogram van to visit Kake
KAKE - The mobile mammogram van will visit Kake starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 21, with appointments running through the afternoon of Wednesday, April 23.

Class to sponsor Spirit of '87 Scholarship
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School class of 1987 has created a scholarship, "Spirit of '87 Scholarship," aimed toward the students who obtain less-than-perfect grades but have the desire and drive to further their education beyond high school restrictions.

Bike club arranges Kids I safety class
SITKA - The Tlingít & Friends Bike Club is offering a free Kids I bicycle safety class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Main Building, 456 Katlian St.

University students organize Dog Walk
JUNEAU - Brandon Eells and Niki Menze, students in the University of Alaska Southeast's Humanities 120 class, taught by Ernestine Hayes and Lauralye Miko, will host the UAS Dog Walk starting at noon on April 12 at the Noyes Pavillion in the UAS parking lot. Eells and Menze chose this project because they care about the dogs in Juneau, and they want to make Juneau a better place for dogs to live.

Raven Correspondence to host open house
JUNEAU - Raven Correspondence School will host a homeschooling open house and informational session at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, at the Raven Office, 3141 Channel Drive, #100.

The Learning Connection offers scholarships
JUNEAU - The Learning Connection will offer up to five scholarships to recent GED graduates. Scholarships include opportunities to attend the University of Alaska Southeast and pursue training opportunities in computers and other office skills.

Hospice prepares for benefit 5K race
JUNEAU - Hospice and Home Care of Juneau is preparing for its third annual Heart of Hospice Run at 10 a.m. on April 26 at Salmon Creek Trail. Participants can run the 5K or walk the half-mile with family and friends on behalf of HHCJ and in partnership with the Southeast Roadrunners.

Thank you to the Snowmobile Club and Roughriders
Thanks again to the Juneau Snowmobile Club for setting track and providing transportation tfor skiers up to Spaulding Meadows March 15 and 16. Thank you also to the Juneau Roughriders ATV club for help transporting skiers up to the meadows. The Juneau Nordic Ski Club looks forward to more successful cooperation with the two groups.

Ghee: Rejuvenating, good for the eyes, with a high smoke point
A few weeks ago I extolled coconut oil as a healthy saturated fat. Today I want to discuss another saturated fat that has a long tradition of use as both food and medicine. That "healthy fat" is ghee, a "clarified" butter that has had milk solids and moisture removed.

FYI
Births

Why does my cat do that?
Why does my cat butt his head against my shins when I come home?

Student artist in the Spotlight: Charles Leroy Batton II
Age: 12.

Photo: Whoopi! Sweepstakes
Auke Bay Co-op Preschool recently won the "Whoopi! We're Reading! Sweepstakes," a national sweepstakes sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs, and will donate its prize of 1,000 books to Tlingit & Haida's Headstart program. Pictured are ABC Preschool students. Top row: Addy Mallott, Ava Pomajzl, Will Bartlett, Torsten Heavner, Camden Erickson and Blake Kohlin. Bottom Row: Keelan Cunningham, Eli Mead and Karin Helgesen.

Please pass the small green balls
Two months of learning a completely foreign language has been one of the most interesting and, in many cases, most demeaning experiences of my life.

Photo: Hockey hooray
The 2007-2008 Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team and Blue Line Club thanks its neighbors for all the support this season. With the community's financial support, encouragement and attendance, the Bears had a successful season, ending with a 12-9-1 record. Front row, from left are Robin Woodby, Zane Chapman, Logan Miller, Josh Mayer, Sam Post, Garrett Cheeseman, Matt Noreen, Cole Carnahan, Zander Hoke and Trevor Held. Back row from left are assistant coach Andy Bullick, head coach Dave McKenna, Nolin Ainsworth, John Carlson, Albert Svensson, Andrew Ainsworth, Kacy Carlson, Evan Wood, Nick Rutecki, Eric Verrelli, Chris Klawonn, Jake Eames, Chris Budbill, assistant coach Tom Rutecki and team manager Callie Conerton. Not pictured are Colton Good, Nick Mow, assistant coach Luke Adams.

Alaska Raptor Center names Reeder as executive director
SITKA - Debbie Reeder was named executive director of the Alaska Raptor Center by the not-for-profit's board of directors.

Alaskans make April Bear Awareness Month
JUNEAU - While bears can be active year-round, spring is the time of year when most bears are beginning to emerge from their dens throughout Alaska. In some areas around the state, bears have already been observed, a sign that more bears will soon be waking and out looking for food.

Rebecca Ann Kristjanson
Douglas resident Rebecca Ann Kristjanson died March 31, 2008, in Juneau. She was 39.

Barbara A. Bogert-Taylor
Longtime Juneau resident Barbara A. Bogert-Taylor died April 1, 2008, in Juneau. She was 74.

Local column: Fight the cycle of domestic violence
This week I attended a legal-training seminar in Anchorage sponsored by the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault.

My Turn: KTOO strives to serve state, improve service
The Empire story titled "Network cuts back Capitol broadcasting" on April 2 raised some important questions about Gavel to Gavel Alaska and 360 North.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers will have little time for informed natural gas line choice
This editorial appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Small fire in Behrends attic
JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue quickly extinguished an attic fire Thursday morning at 141 Behrends Ave.

Date set for cottage housing appeal
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Thursday set May 19 as the date to hear both parties' arguments in the formal appeal of the Juneau Planning Commission's decision to grant Bicknell Inc. permits for a three-phase cottage housing development on Back Loop Road.

Trial date set for Washington
JUNEAU - A tentative trial date for Aaron Washington is set for June 2 in Juneau Superior Court.

Alaska Railroad says it had a banner year
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad Corp. released its annual report on Thursday.

Kodiak woman indicted on theft charges
ANCHORAGE - A 43-year-old Kodiak woman was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges she stole money from the government.

Anchorage election had low turnout
ANCHORAGE - A look at this week's citywide election in Anchorage shows that voter turnout was low.

Groups attempt to halt port expansion
ANCHORAGE - Three groups are working together in an effort to halt the massive Port of Anchorage expansion.

JDHS, Ferris battle to 2-2 draw
One of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team's biggest weapons this year isn't a big leg or an accurate head - it's a pair of arms.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Governor extends olive branch with vetoes
Gov. Sarah Palin signed a hotly disputed state supplemental budget bill Thursday, using her line-item veto pen to strike more than 80 percent of $70 million in capital projects that were inserted by lawmakers.

Legislature mulls big bet for big debt
Is it possible to borrow your way out of debt?

Former stripper faces harsh murder sentence
During two murder trials in Alaska, most of the focus was on a beautiful ex-stripper with a reputation for charming men into giving her their hearts as well as furs, jewelry and money.

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