Saturday, April 14, 2007

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around Town

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.

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.

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

Correction

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.

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.

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."

FYI

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...

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

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

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."

Recognitions

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

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.

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: 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.

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...

Sports in Juneau

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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