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Friday, April 20, 2007

In the Stacks: World films available at the Juneau libraries
Missed any of this years' World of Film nights? Now's your chance to see "Shaolin Soccer," "Schultze gets the Blues," "Paradise Now," "The Way Home" and "The Dinner Game," all available at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Novel draws on summer spent with upper crust
Brian Groh's first job out of college sounds like something out of a novel - a summer spent mixing with society's upper crust in one of Maine's picture-postcard resort towns as he cared for an aging, sometimes erratic, matriarch.

Photography book takes unflinching look at victims of Arab-Israeli conflict
When Gillian Laub took off for Israel five years ago, she didn't know what she was going to photograph.

Carle should be cheered for taking stand against officials
Not many people from Juneau booed Matt Carle during the Gold Medal championship game. Here are my thoughts:

Medicare should bargain for lower drug prices
Most consumers are justifiably outraged when they learn that Americans pay more for prescription drugs, on average, than anyone else in the world.

There's still a bastion of acceptable hate
Had Don Imus said "dykes, or faggots" there would have been no uproar. Heck, those words do not earn a collective yawn.

And now it's time for the rest of the story
Why would Radhika Sarin (April 3) from Washington, D.C., care about Juneau? Maybe because whatever he says does not affect him, but rather Juneau.

State employment paycheck woes
I rarely write to newspapers because normally my views never appear to be what the editors want to print. Nevertheless, I did want to express my opinion as a state employee on some misconceptions I see in the community.

Egg label means hens treated properly
This is in response to David Ottoson's article "Henhouse health cause for egg labels," which was published April 6.

Forest Service plan should support SE commercial fishermen
Since 1984, Southeast commercial salmon fishermen have earned approximately $1.6 billion in ex-vessel value for their fish, an average of about $69 million per year, according to the U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

What's legal this season?
Note to sportsmen as they prepare the fishing gear: Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials say the job isn't quite complete without a check of this year's regulations.

Photo: Hanging out
William Maclay, 6, shields his eyes Thursday at his house in Douglas.

Correction

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

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

Police & Fire
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Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Suspected bomb was a Mr. Coffee
Authorities said Thursday no charges would be filed in a bomb scare that led police last week to shut down a section of downtown Juneau near the State Office Building for more than six hours.

Harassment gets the silent treatment at high school
A day of silence to protest school bullies came to a screaming halt Wednesday in the commons of Juneau-Douglas High School.

Photo: Marking the spot
Ken Thynes, left, and Grad Greenwell of the engineering and survey company Toner-Nordling & Associates, mark locations for pilings for Project Playground on Thursday at Twin Lakes.

Business Digest
KeyCorp announces first-quarter earnings, Forest Service names engineering director, Bank names first business specialist, 'Smart Staffing' class to be held April 27, Business now includes framing consultations & Knowledge Industry Network event tonight

A Tribute to Spring
Springtime is here, and the Juneau Symphony has the score - a slightly pared-down orchestral presentation of "light, bouncy" works of Francis Poulenc, Robert Schumann and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

District tightens bullying rules
The Juneau School Board has approved a new policy that would result in a full investigation of any sort of bullying, with the possibility of expulsion for offenders.

Car chase ends in crash, felony charges
A 22-year-old fleeing an assault complaint drove against traffic without lights on Egan Drive and led police on a high-speed chase that ended Tuesday night when he crashed into cars parked in a Switzer Village driveway.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Juneau Jazz & Classics
Juneau Jazz & Classics celebrates and supports musical programs for everyone through the presentation of an annual 10-day music festival, this year May 18-27, featuring jazz, classical and blues.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Hotel hideaways can be a mother's retreat
The feeling starts at check-in. "Hello, Ms. Prentice. Let's see if we can get you an early check-in today."

Ware and Buhite wed
Patricia A. Ware and George A. Buhite were married March 24, 2007, in Bisbee, Ariz.

Neighbors Digest
Peter Alsop to give kid's concert Sunday & The Canvas sponsors printmaking class

Photos: Firehouse rules
Firefighter volunteers went through the final stages in their training Saturday at Hagevig Regional Fire Training Center...

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Ioné Linzmeier
"The fact that it is such an open media is what really attracts me to painting. I've experimented with many other forms, and found that I was drawn to the freedom that paint allows."

Our various faiths relate us to the environment
Every religious tradition I know of offers wisdom about what it means to be human, as well as how we may best relate to one another and to the environment.

It's fun to personalize your travel experience
My son, Elton, has recently made frequent trips back and forth to Seattle on business. He has introduced me to a travel option that I have never used in almost 70 years.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Volunteering at MRCS marathon, Supporting the Co-op Preschool, Making HeArt and Sole great, Inspiring my government students, Coordinating the Public Health Fair & Hosting the juried art exhibition

Dandelions can take some getting used to
It has been said that a weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place. By the same token, plants that some regard as weeds are esteemed by others.

Alaska editorial: Take another step forward on funding
House and Senate leaders have agreed to forward fund public education with $1 billion in budget surplus, the temporary boon of high oil prices.

Alaska editorial: Taking a closer look at the bear hunt issue
Headlines that focus on numbers and killing are understandable when it comes to a no bag limit bear hunt in Alaska, but Alaskans should know to take a closer look when they see such stories.

My Turn: Christianity is not hate-filled
I hesitate to write in recognition that the Juneau Empire uses letters and My Turns simply as tools to raise circulation.

My Turn: Why I support AGIA
The major North Slope oil and gas producers - ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips - don't want to build a natural gas pipeline.

Outside editorial: Who's the anonymous senator?
The U.S. Senate hit a pothole on the road to modernity on Tuesday.

My Turn: No 'sweetheart deals' here
My wife and I take offense with the statement in the Juneau Empire's April 5 editorial that shore excursion operators who have contracts with cruise lines have a "sweetheart deal."

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.

Sports Digest
JSC Gale Force wins indoor soccer title, Hospice Run 10K postponed & Warriors claim final NBA playoff spot

Juneau golfers help raise more than $1,100
The Juneau Golf Club raised more than $1,100 for the Juneau Junior Golf Club during the Alaskan Open from March 5-9 at the Francisco Grande Resort and Golf Club in Case Grande, Ariz.

Photo: Championship focus
Island Pub goaltender Jessica Parks focuses on the action during Tuesdays Juneau Adult Hockey Association Womens Tier A championship game at Treadwell Arena.

Competitions await Knights
With competitions on the horizon, the Juneau Aurora Knights Synchronized Swimming Team has logged plenty of hours in the pool to get ready.

JDHS graduate Ruddy shows her horse sense
Considering Elena Ruddy spent most of her life concentrating on horses, it's easy to assume she'd be solely focused on preparing for the national collegiate equestrian championships in three weeks.

Northern Keta captures Women's A championship
Northern Keta wrapped up the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's Tier A championship on Wednesday with a 1-0 shootout victory.

Sports Digest
JDHS junior varsity boys sweep South & Family friend says Oden to enter NBA draft,

Alaska Digest
Barge runs aground, sinks near Kenai River, Offshore lease sale generates $42 million, Coast Guard responds to vessel in distress & Anchorage accountant charged with thefts

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

State sets up new office to monitor oil infrastructure
Alaska on Wednesday established a new office to provide oversight of its oil field infrastructure, just months after corrosion was blamed for the partial shutdown of Prudhoe Bay.

Hopes for tunnel linking Russia, Alaska revived
An idea first mulled in the czarist era - a tunnel under the Bering Strait - is being revived as part of an ambitious project to build a 3,700-mile transport corridor linking Russia with Alaska.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Regulators cite AK railroad after coal dust complaints
The Alaska Railroad failed to prevent unacceptable levels of sooty dust at its Seward coal loading center from drifting across the seaside town, regulators said this week after investigating complaints from scores of residents.

UA campus trains for a massacre scenario
The two largest campuses in the University of Alaska system are giving procedures and emergency training a fresh look after this week's shooting rampage at Virginia Tech.

Tlingit and Haida leader resigns
Ketchikan - Edward Thomas, who led the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska for the past 23 years, announced his resignation Thursday.

Senate OKs $9.82 billion state operating budget
The Alaska Senate passed a $9.82 billion state operating budget Wednesday, an amount that was called both staggering and inadequate in debate on the floor.

Coeur to remove temporary dam
Coeur Alaska, under court order, will remove a temporary dam intended to hold spring snowmelt near Lower Slate Lake and the Kensington gold mine, federal officials said Thursday.

Northwest Digest
UAF students reach out to Virginia Tech, Bacterial meningitis kills Kodiak woman & Fisherman shoots a protected sea lion

State predicts darker future for oil revenue
Alaska's oil money future is getting bleaker, state Department of Revenue officials said Thursday.

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