Saturday, April 7, 2007

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.

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FICTION

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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."

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for sponsoring the Bridal Extravaganza

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

Neighbors Digest
Women Voters holds convention April 13-15

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.<

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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