Monday, April 18, 2005

In the stacks: New nonfiction crop hits shelves
Here's what's new in nonfiction at the Juneau Public Libraries

Red Cross should take iron-rich blood
Once again the Red Cross is coming to town for a blood drive and once again, I will be turned away unless I have a doctors order for therapeutic phlebotomy and $85 in hand.

Sen. Stevens doesn't serve the people
Mr. Pope writes that he views my earlier letter expressing disappointment in Senator Ted Stevens' senatorial performance (April 11) to be "a vile attack upon an Alaskan who has spent his entire life in public service." Unfortunately, Senator Stevens has not spent one minute "in public service." His entire career has been spent serving those who have bought and paid for him every election, the timber and oil industries. According to Mr. Pope, my letter attacked Senator Stevens simply because he has "failed to enshrine into law every piece of liberal aspiration ever proposed." Exactly what were those pieces of "liberal aspiration" mentioned in my earlier letter that Mr. Pope feels Senator Stevens has properly rejected? They were the support of the constitutional rights of individuals, health insurance for the 40 million people who have none, protection of the environment and support of a decent retirement for our senior citizens. "Liberal aspirations?"

How about making an informed decision
Kudos to Mr. John Colman-Pinning in his letter of April 11 for not only spotlighting the absurdities of the dominant paradigm but for also pointing out yet another example of the narrow- minded hypocrisy of U.S. society's opinions of what is and isn't acceptable and how corporations use their endless wealth, lobbyists, and multi-million dollar ad campaigns to manipulate these opinions to their favor.

How can birth policy be justified
How can a hospital justify delivering babies at all if they can't do VBACs (vaginal birth after Cesarean section)?

Patient should be the primary consideration
I'm saddened that women in Juneau will no longer have the option of VBAC (vaginal birth after Cesarean section).

New state Capitol building not needed
In my opinion, if there is going to be a new state capitol building in Juneau it should be a "Virtual Capitol Building."

The young at work
More than 340 Juneau students did volunteer work around the city Friday to celebrate National Youth Service Day.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Family fest
Members of the Dads' Band and the Stone Soup Singers and Wanderers perform on stage during the folk festival's family concert Saturday morning at Centennial Hall.

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

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

Fight over charter diversity goes on
The diversity debate that preceded the Juneau School Board's approval of a public Montessori school didn't end with its April 5 vote.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Festival ends, planning begins
The 31st Alaska Folk Festival ended Sunday night with a raucous performance from guest artist Jawbone and the crowd's traditional send-off version of the Ledbelly song "Good Night Irene."

Students to perform epic drama
A god comes to Earth and makes peace among the Pacific islanders in Auke Bay Elementary School's theatrical version of the Tongan legend of Tongaloa.

UAF in nationwide search for extension agent to serve Juneau
Juneau could get a new cooperative extension agent this fall, University of Alaska Fairbanks officials said last week.

Cheerleading how-to
Malina Sargeant, 6, cheers during a Juneau Youth Football League cheerleading clinic held Saturday at Riverbend Elementary School. About 40 girls ages 6 to 16 participated in the event.

Empire photos, column, cartoons, win top honors at Press Club awards
Juneau Empire photos, columns and editorial cartoons from 2004 garnered top honors when Alaska Press Club awards were announced Saturday night in Anchorage.

Friday concerts bring historic organ to life
Every Friday at noon, J. Allan MacKinnon turns a 77-year-old Kimball pipe organ into a one-man orchestra, the lobby of the State Office Building into a concert hall.

Franklin William Hotch Jr.
Juneau resident Franklin William Hotch Jr. died April 14, 2005.

Katherine Molly Williams
Juneau resident Katherine Molly Williams died April 3, 2005, at her home.

Toe toon
Comic by local artist Toe

Knowing diversity within Native culture important
When I am asked to represent the Alaska Native view on one or another issue, I usually respond that it isn't fair for me to speak for Native peoples; just like it wouldn't be fair for me to ask a Caucasian, Euro-American, middle-class, man to speak for all white Americans.

My Turn: Improvement needed for future water rescues
This is in response to the article that appeared in the Empire on April 4, 2005, "Death shines a spotlight on rescuers," relating to Peter Barrett's fatal kayak accident.

Empire editorial: Fix the market, and not the tax assessor
Shock over housing prices is almost a rite of passage for newcomers to Juneau. But even many old-timers were stunned in the last two weeks as the latest tax assessments arrived in their mailboxes.

A dog-eat world
When Kurt Cox and his dog Pepper sat down for lunch while hiking in the woods, both caught a glimpse of a porcupine minding its own business.

State, federal biologists have unanswered grouse questions
The hooting was incessant, and a small crowd of tourists gathered on the nature trail near the Mount Roberts Tram last spring. They pinpointed the tree that seemed to be the source, but they couldn't spot the bird.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in town

Spruce grouse a separate subspecies in SE Alaska?
Southern Southeast Alaska - Prince of Wales and a few adjacent islands - may be the only place on Earth where spruce grouse occur in a temperate rain forest.

Outdoors Digest
Red Cross offers water safety instruction

Bears earn second sweep
The Juneau-Douglas junior varsity softball team completed an impressive sweep of the Prince of Wales varsity with two wins Sunday.

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.

JDHS boys and girls win Sitka meet
Juneau-Douglas High School track and field coach Scott May felt pleased about a number of performers as both his Crimson Bears boys and girls squads won the Sitka Invitational, which took place over Friday and Saturday.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

Juneau softball topples POW
Though they were the junior varsity, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team played like seasoned veterans in a doubleheader sweep of the Prince of Wales varsity Saturday.

Bears soccer downs Kings
Both the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams inched closer to the state tournament with wins over host Ketchikan Friday and Saturday.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Ketchikan priest describes service as chaplain in Iraq
A U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane twisted and dived through a midnight Iraqi sky last June, maneuvering sharply to avoid fire from the ground as the plane prepared to land.

North Slope oil firms bet on heavy oil
BP and ConocoPhillips are betting that heavy oil in Alaska will result in a big payoff.

Plantaholic brings 'em back alive
When Deborah Koons goes grocery shopping at Fred Meyer, the first place the self-proclaimed "plantaholic" looks is the plant section.

Senate passes $2.56 billion operating budget
Alaska Senate Republicans and Democrats passed the $2.56 billion operating budget Friday with a vote of 18 to 1, congratulating themselves on joint efforts.

SE king gillnetters get first shot at marketing
A long dormant chinook fishery will be the first to open Alaska's summer salmon season this year, beating out the much-anticipated Copper River run for the coveted marketing rush.

Senator Lisa draws a bead on fish farms
Fish farming in federal waters would face significant new hurdles under a bill introduced by Sen. Lisa Murkowski late last week.

This Day in History
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Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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