Friday, April 6, 2007

New fiction titles are available at libraries
Here are just a few of the new fiction titles for young adult readers at the Juneau public libraries.

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FICTION

Poet Frederick Seidel relates his inspired life
Frederick Seidel, one of the world's most inspired and unusual poets, orders an espresso and Pellegrino at the Carlyle Hotel.

Veteran novelist's new book delves into Civil War
Robert Olmstead always considered his war the Revolutionary War, when he was growing up on a farm in New England.

Rotating grades through both schools is an excellent idea
Having ninth and 10th grades at one high school and 11th and 12th grades at the other would let Juneau's youth share the same experiences and opportunities, and would avoid splitting the town.

Alaska senators should support employee free choice
Union jobs in Alaska are better jobs. A union worker earns more money than a nonunion worker, is more likely to have employer-provided health insurance, and is four times more likely to have a pension. Unions are family friendly.

There should be equal opportunity for health coverage
Thank you for posting Glenn Gray's letter (March 27 Juneau Empire). I believe that it is the right of every citizen to have equal opportunity to health insurance.

Fans from Juneau should be ashamed
I was dismayed to learn what happened at the Gold Medal championship game. I know the rules state that after two technicals you're out, but I also had heard that Matt Carle got a technical after a game was over, so technically it would only have been one.

Affordable housing?
Want affordable housing? The answer given last December in the Juneau Empire was to make gingerbread houses. I laughed real hard at that because affordable housing has been a problem here since forever.

Split upper and lower classes between schools
I agree with much of the April 1 Empire editorial, which speaks of the great educational opportunity our community has with the coming of the new high school.

If the wolf bounty protects deer, so be it
Connie Brady's March 28 letter about the wolf bounty is unreasonable.

Religion should not be the measure to judge others by
OK, I'm confused. Who's good book is right?

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

April 3 special advisory election
Results

Delivery service brings Juneau restaurants to residents' doors
On Tuesday, the first day of business for the new night-time delivery service Juneau To Go, the owners sat by the phone.

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

Business Digest
New coffee business opens downtown, Treat shop reopens, Nominations sought for family-friendly employers in Juneau & Home business class offered Wednesday

Photos: Observing Holy Week
The Rev. Michael Warfel, Catholic Bishop of Juneau, right, reads the gospel held by alter server Nico Glocke during Mass on Thursday at the Cathedral of the Nativity.

Around Town

Fire leaves 18 homeless
For years, commercial fisherman Norval Nelson III and friends lived in the eight-unit apartment building at 331 Gastineau Ave.

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

Fire guts apartment building
A fire gutted a four-story downtown apartment building Wednesday, forcing some residents to jump from windows and others to escape down ladders hustled over by remodeling crews who were working nearby.

Photo: Healthy smiles
Garrett Gleaton, 4, left, and Tristan Gleaton, 5, rinse off some 'dirty' teeth Wednesday in one of the stations at SEARHC's 14th Annual Children's Dental Clinic at the SEARHC dental building.

Photo: Moon over Aurora
A brilliant full moon rises Tuesday night over Aurora Harbor.

Neighbors Digest
Women Voters holds convention April 13-15

My son met the ghost of Marshall Zhukov
My son, Allan, met the ghost of Marshall Zhukov on his recent visit to Moscow.

Henhouse health cause for egg labels
In the week before Easter, more eggs are sold than at any other time of year. While eggs have been called the "perfect food," there is a tremendous disparity in how the chickens that laid them are raised.

Healing grief through volunteer work
I was aware that Hospice and Home Care of Juneau offered bereavement support to those who are grieving, but that wasn't why I initiated contact.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Bruce Jones
"I feel like this year I have become serious about art. I was surprised when my art was selected to be in the Nugget Mall student art show. In the past, my art was not always the best. I am not ready to like one kind of art. I like it all and want to study it all."

FYI
Births and Marriage licenses

Passover calls us to correct our problems
Every year, on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan, Jews the world over gather with family and friends to celebrate Passover.

Photo: Women's Auxiliary doll sale
From left, Phyllis DeMuth, Joan Jordan and Georgene Davidson show off collectible dolls.

Photo: American Idol Challenge winner
Heidi Adams with the $10,000 check she won by entering the American Idol Challenge contest online.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Southeast Alaska Food Bank
The Southeast Alaska Food Bank collects, stores and distributes donated food items to nonprofit member agencies serving Southeast's disadvantaged populations including the low-income, homeless, disabled or elderly.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for sponsoring the Bridal Extravaganza

Antone Calhoun
Juneau baby Antone Cruz Calhoun died March 30, 2007, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 4 months old.

My turn: Give new Fish and Game commissioner a chance
There has been considerable public debate lately about the selection and eventual appointment of Denby Lloyd as acting commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Ken Taylor as deputy commissioner.

Outside editorial: A U.S.-China trade war looms
Not too many Americans will be much affected by a U.S. tariff on Chinese coated paper, and even fewer noticed when the Commerce Department announced the move last week.

Alaska editorial: Increasing pollution in the Kenai River is a problem for us all
It's our river, it's our problem, right? Well, partially. The looming effects of hydrocarbon pollution in the Kenai River stand to hit Kenai Peninsula residents the hardest in myriad ways.

Alaska editorial: Kudos for legislation to help train more doctors
The Legislature's decision to expand the program that pays for Alaskans to go to medical school out of state, then return home to set up practice, is a helpful, long-term step toward improving health care in Alaska.<

My turn: Mixing zones compromise fisheries
The Legislature needs to overturn the Murkowski's administration's regulations that place our commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries at risk by allowing mixing zones in spawning streams.

My turn: Cowardice is not an option
ExxonMobil, British Petroleum and ConocoPhillips (the producers) have stated openly that they are prepared to play the hardest of hardball as they negotiate against Alaska.

Sports Digest
Juneau synchronized swimming duo places 5th at junior nationals, Southeast Alaska swimmers take 17th at sectionals, Franklin wins singles tournament at JRC/The Alaska Club & Phillip Murray wins division at Alaska Shotokan Tournament

Juneau wins four titles at Southeast Shootout
Juneau teams performed well at the he Princess Cruises HoopTime Southeast Shootout basketball tournament on March 29-31.

Juneau hits the trails at Buckwheat Ski Classic
Juneau's dedicated cross-country skiers were well represented March 24 at the Buckwheat Ski Classic in Skagway.

Photo: Helping spring along
Volunteers help clear snow Saturday from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. The winter's record-setting snowfall has completely covered the artificial turf field at the stadium.

Doc Water's wins in overtime
Dave Kovach scored with 2:23 left in overtime Sunday to give Doc Water's Pub a 3-2 win over Play It Again Sports in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier A postseason game.

TBG Office Solutions of Juneau finishes in second place at MLK tournament
Balls Deep lived up to its name on Sunday afternoon in the men's division final of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hoops for Scholars Classic basketball tournament at Lathrop High School.

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.

Volleyball Juneau Parks & Recreation

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.

Pending settlement temporarily halts Tongass timber sales
More than two million acres of roadless tracts in the Tongass National Forest have been temporarily closed to timber sales under a pending settlement between environmental groups and the U.S. Forest Service.

Public to weigh in on bottom trawling
With ocean waters warming because of climate change, the public is being asked to weigh in on options for bottom trawling in the northern Bering Sea.

Northwest Digest
Cross country coach arrested, suspended and Ruling leaves plan for grasslands in limbo

Alaska Digest
Avalanche danger raised to high, Name of paratrooper killed in Iraq released, Alaska Air chief gets less than $1M in comp, Commercial fishermen pull up big, old rockfish & Leaders pledge to fight climate change

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

Man sentenced in wife's murder
A Ketchikan man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for murdering his wife and for other crimes.

Narrow win may set back benefits fight
Republican legislators opposed to providing benefits for same-sex partners of state employees may have made a strategic mistake when they asked voters to weigh in on the issue, some say.

Anchorage voters back a smoking ban in bars
People can still do pretty much what they want in Anchorage bars - drink, shoot pool, sing off-tune karaoke. But they can't smoke. Not after July 1.

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

Arctic sea ice misses record for the fewest miles covered
Arctic sea ice this winter just missed setting the record for fewest square miles covered since monitoring by satellite began, according to University of Colorado researchers.

Wolf control halted in Nelchina Basin
State officials have halted a wolf-culling program in one of five areas allowing aerial shooting, saying enough of the animals have been killed to meet the goal set by the Alaska Board of Game.

Juneau road loses staff money, will proceed anyway
A committee in the Alaska Legislature has cut nearly a half-million dollars in salary money for engineers slated to work on a road northward from Juneau.

King salmon quota drops by about 17,000
The Southeast Alaska king salmon harvest quota for 2007 has been set at 329,400, slightly less than last year's, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced.

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