Friday, April 13, 2007

Crace travels through a post-apocalyptic America
Jim Crace has mixed feelings about America.

New fiction hits the shelves at the library
Look for these titles and many more on the new fiction shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Granger tells of bisexual past in memoir
In Farley Granger's newly published memoir "Include Me Out," the former screen idol makes a revelation that is unusual among Hollywood tell-all books: He was bisexual.

Let's see how 'open season' works out
We think the Palin administration and the Legislature have spent too much time with the North Slope producers over the proposed gas pipeline project.

Don't meddle with cruise ship initiative
The citizens' cruise ship initiative should be sacred and followed to the letter of the initiative.

Setting the record straight for projects
I was left rather perplexed after reading Gordon Jackson's letter, titled "Affordable Housing," in Friday's Juneau Empire.

Give all Alaskans medical insurance
As I get older, some things that seemed black and white get more gray. Nevertheless, expanding medical insurance coverage and increasing access to medical care are goals that most of us can agree on.

All Palin needs is a bigger stick
Exxon, BP and ConocoPhillips say they can't finance the construction of a gas line unless Alaska contracts away its right to adjust future tax rates.

Juneau has solution to affordable housing
As we think about affordable housing here in Juneau, let's take a good look at our harbors, which are already a real and viable affordable housing option for many of us.

Around Town

Corrections

Author turns hobby into picturesque Juneau books
Bob Armstrong was shooting pictures near the Mendenhall Glacier in July when a man asked if he was working on a book.

Coast Guard IDs Juneau mariner
The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday released the name of a Juneau man who ran his boat aground Tuesday morning near Eldred Rock in Lynn Canal, spurring a rescue by the ferry LeConte.

New group: don't allow snowmobiles
Eaglecrest Ski Area can't handle a mix of skiers, snowboarders and snowmobiles, says a new group formed to keep the machines off the city's ski hill.

Around Town

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

Photo: Chocolate Drops pick it up
Members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops play for a full house as the guest artists at the Alaska Folk Festival on Thursday night.

Trail may open on time despite avalanches
Despite early-season construction delays and late-season avalanche danger, Perseverance Trail may be able to open as planned in little more than a month.

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

Bomb scare clears building
A suspicious package left under a large fuel tank near the Court Plaza Building prompted authorities Thursday to clear the building.

Correction

Photo: 'Tommy' cast plays a mean Folk Fest
The cast and band of Perseverance Theatre's production of "The Who's Tommy" perform a selection of songs Tuesday at Centennial Hall during their appearance at the Alaska Folk Festival.

Business Digest
Rain Tree Quilting has new owner, Palin seeks Exporter of the Year nominees, Local businesswomen featured in newspaper, KIN to host panel on tourism businesses & Coeur announces progress on mine

Overflowing with art
Juneau-Douglas High School is overflowing with sketch pads this week, as 140 students from all over the panhandle have converged for the annual four-day Southeast Arts Fest.

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Wildflower Court
Wildflower Court is a not-for-profit skilled nursing facility that provides short-term care for rehabilitation and complex medical needs between a hospital stay and home, and long term care with 24-hour skilled nursing care.

Photo: Paying for a playground
Lonnie Glaudo, of Coca Cola of Juneau, left, presents a $2,500 check to James King, Project Playground general coordinator, last week at the Twin Lakes site.

Neighbors Digest
United Way promotes volunteer month and Auke Bay Aztecas show Nahuatl legend

Recognitions

Student artist in the spotlight: Alex Nelson
"I plan to get a minor in music as well as play with as many people and groups as possible during college. I plan to get a doctorate in biochemistry and a minor in music, as well as pursue a career as a research scientist."

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting AWARE's annual dinner, Thanks for helping Friends of the Flags, Thanks for participating at Eaglecrest this year, Thanks for contributing to our Youth Summit & Thanks for matching our Penny Drive funds

Photo: Birthday at bridge
Bernice Stoll, center, celebrates her 96th birthday at a contract bridge club meeting on Monday at the Valley Senior Center.

FYI

Unrefined coconut oil sees rise as health food
Does eating fat make you fat? Ten years ago, most people would have answered this question with an unqualified "yes." However, opinions about fats and oils have evolved considerably as of late.

Photo: SIFE wins Rookie of the Year
The University of Alaska Southeast Students In Free Enterprise team competed on April 5 in the SIFE regional competition in Seattle, and received the Rookie of the Year award.

Photo: Rotary donates to UAS
From left, Sally Smith, president of Juneau Rotary, presents a check on April 3 to John Pugh, chancellor of University of Alaska Southeast, in the amount of $15,705...

Turn to Toon for esoteric illnesses
One of my favorite doctors is Terry Toon. She works at Good Hardware, located behind the Foodland Shopping Center. She deserves the honorific title of "Doctor."

Ederlina Abella Abad
Juneau resident Ederlina Abella Abad died April 6, 2007, in Juneau. She was 54.

Daniel P. Fay Jr.
Longtime Kake resident Daniel P. Fay Jr. died April 9, 2007, at his home. He was 64.

Daniel J. Kelley
Former Juneau resident Daniel J. Kelley died Jan. 17, 2007, in Bethesda, Md., after a short illness. He was 82.

Robert Milton Sr.
Longtime Douglas resident Robert Milton Sr. died April 11, 2007, surrounded by family and friends. He was 77.

My Turn: Wilbur's redemption - a lesson for Alaska
As Abraham Lincoln said, "Trample on the rights of others and you lose the genius of your own independence." The close vote in the April 3 advisory vote yielded an impressive educational opportunity.

Outside editorial: Fix the broken tax
It's time to reform the federal alternative minimum tax, which no longer limits its reach to millionaires who use loopholes to skip out on their fair share of taxes.

My Turn: Ocean rangers program needs fixing
As an Alaskan who makes his living transporting visitors through Prince William Sound, I was dismayed last fall by the passage of an initiative placing unnecessary and unwieldy new provisions on the cruise ship industry, an industry that is important to many Alaskans.

Outside editorial: So you want to be president?
The three top Democratic presidential candidates - Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and former Sen. John Edwards - have declined to participate in an autumn presidential debate...

Alaska editorial: Pipeline legislation changed for the better
Lawmakers are trying to fix several of the shortcomings in the governor's gas line bill. It's a start; now keep working to improve other provisions in the legislation.

My Turn: Eschew the holy books
Recently (March 21), Marlin Bricker wrote a My Turn regarding how the "Bible is a book to be honored" and that the "Holy Scriptures (are) still relevant in today's world."

My turn: Southeast avalanche center is Juneau's new best friend
The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center, a nonprofit agency, provides an important service for those of us who live in, travel through or work in areas around Juneau that are subject to potential avalanche dangers.

Alaska editorial: Alaska's constitution should be rewritten to be gender neutral
OK, now here's a proposed amendment to the Alaska Constitution that really shouldn't engender much controversy.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Co-Ed Volleyball Standings

Sports in Juneau

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.

Photo: Time to play ball
Volunteers clean up the last bit of snow Sunday from Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Hickok's overtime goal lifts Les Schwab
Karn Hickok's goal with three seconds left in overtime boosted Les Schwab past Alaskan Dames 2-1 on Sunday in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's Tier B game at Treadwell Arena.

JDHS soccer teams host Spring Fever tournament
The fourth annual Spring Fever Soccer Tournament this weekend will give the girls and boys Crimson Bear varsity and junior varsity soccer teams their first chance this season to play home games.

This Day in History

Group aims at curbing greenhouse gas emissions
A new global warming "sub-cabinet" will help Gov. Sarah Palin explore ways Alaska can reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions and develop policies to help the state adapt to climate changes.

Fewer cod vessels will take to sea this year
Alaska's cod fleet is about to shrink.

November '08 deadline set for sea otter habitat
A federal agency has until November 2008 to decide whether to designate critical habitat for sea otters in southwest Alaska, where the smallest of marine mammals are becoming increasingly scarce.

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

Alaska Digest
Juneau man arrested for drugs; attempted break-in alleged, Dividend check amount expected to grow, State scrutinizes Alyeska safety after tank farm fire, Anchorage company announces oil discovery & Manslaughter trial begins in Fairbanks

Northwest Digest
Anchorage scofflaws face seizure of cars, Teen charged as adult sentenced to prison, Racehorse Ketchikan won't run in derby & Grizzly Bear attacks man near Idaho home

Tourism funding gets cold shoulder from lawmakers
Alaska's tourism industry needs more money, its members say, but they're having a tough time finding it in the Legislature.

Fairbanks voters postpone tax cuts
Fairbanks voters have approved a delay in implementing a property tax reduction they passed last fall.

Lawmakers review legalities of Palin's gas line bill
A Senate committee continued its legal analysis of Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line bill, starting Wednesday with the most divisive subject: Can the state provide long-term economic incentives to North Slope producers without violating its own constitution?

Small charter schools get a reprieve
Special funding for small charter schools, rejected earlier by the House of Representatives, has been resurrected in the Senate.

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