Sunday, April 25, 2004

In the Stacks: Explore the world of yodeling, learn origami, or get organized - all at the Juneau library
New non-fiction books are waiting for you at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Photos: Going to the ball in Xtratufs
Seattle publisher Sasquatch Books has produced two children's titles with an Alaska flavor.

Review: Lots happens in this Southeast Alaska tale - and it's not pretty
A page preceding the text of "Rogue's Yarn" gives a definition for this nautical jargon: "A brightly colored strand woven contrary to the braid of a rope to show the strength or purpose of the rope."

Existing dog rules aren't enforced
Gee, I wonder why people dislike dogs that are not on a leash. On April 21, I was bitten by an unleashed dog.

Nonsmokers shouldn't rule over businesses
So much controversy over this ban on smoking in public buildings. I can understand why nonsmokers would like to avoid smoke in the places they visit. What I don't understand is why these people want to force some bar owners and their patrons to submit to a government regulation that they are bitterly opposed to.

Keep church and state separate
Separation of church and state - a gift of God if ever there was one. Nowhere in the Constitution, the document that prescribes how we are governed, is there any reference to "God," "creator," "divine providence," or any other reference to the supernatural.

Southeast music fest strikes the right note
Before their duet began, Elena Ruddy and Shannon Dore stood enclosed in the dark space between two curtains at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium. The Juneau girls were two of the 600 student singers and instrumentalists at the Southeast Alaska Music Festival held here Thursday through Saturday.

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

Photo: Open house for REACH
Rachelle Flansaas, right, shares a laugh with Executive Director Richard Fagundes, center, and Family Resource Director Kate Wolfe during a Community Open House at the new REACH offices Friday in downtown Juneau. Flansaas is a student in the Juneau School District's Transition Program and a client of REACH, a nonprofit with a staff of 245.

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

Photo: Educators rally
Richard Kronberg, president of the National Education Association-Alaska, based in Anchorage, addresses Juneau teachers from the steps of the Capitol on Saturday during a rally to support education funding.

Mary Jean McManamin
Former Juneau resident Mary Jean McManamin, 83, died April 16, 2004, at her home in Anchorage.

Rajesh Kumar Rawal Shrestha
Former Juneau resident Rajesh Kumar Rawal Shrestha, 50, died of a heart attack April 10, 2004, in Sanepa, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Alaska students need history
State Rep. Mary Kapsner, D-Bethel, is disappointed. Her bill to require that high school students take one semester of state history before graduating has been amended to the point of being ineffective.

Empire Editorial: Thumbs up thumbs down
Thumbs up to Gov. Frank Murkowski for not shrugging off the ethics complaints against Alaska Republican Party Chairman Randy Ruedrich.

My Turn: Speak up for education
It began as a growing sense of concern, three and one half years ago, when my son entered kindergarten in the Juneau public school system. All seemed fine at first as my wife and I shared both excitement and pride for our young son's start down America's educational pathway. It was not long before our idealism was tempered by reality as realizations dawned that numerous problems lurked the school hallways.

Diehards milk the last snow of the season
They are the Nordic farmers of Fairbanks, trying to milk every ounce out of winter and spring that they can before surrendering to that wretched, Godforsaken, snow-less season known as summer.

Trolling for a cause
Juneau resident Don Vanderheyden has changed the oil, checked the belts and is gearing up his 34-foot boat, The Roter Koter, for the month-long 8th Annual Spring King Salmon Derby.

Wildlife Notebook: Conference discusses issues facing amphibians
Some 50 scientists met in Juneau to discuss the disappearance of toads and frogs, among other issues regarding the state's amphibians. They gathered March 30 to April 1 to share their knowledge of the state's frogs, salamanders and toads at the First Statewide Conference on Alaska's Amphibians.

After false starts, spring season is on
Remember the snow on April Fools' Day? Was that nature's little joke? Perhaps announcing that 2004's summer had just been canceled and it was winter again?

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Going for distance
The Juneau-Douglas High School track and field team nearly wasn't represented at this weekend's Skyview Invitational, one of the state's largest regular-season meets.

Wolf blanks Expos
The Montreal Expos sure could use Randy Wolf in their batting order. Wolf homered, hit an RBI double and pitched a four-hitter for his seventh career shutout, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the punchless Expos 7-0 Saturday.

Photo: Little League opener
Glen Tagert, 5, waves to his family while standing with teammates London Dumas, 6, left, and Taylor Dallas, 6, right, during the Gastineau Channel Little League opening ceremonies Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Park.

Pressure-packed win
Hemmed in by trees and the looming hulk of Thunder Mountain, Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park was a pressure cooker Friday night with the steam of soccer players' collective breath lingering in the cool, damp air.

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.

Fort Wainwright unveils new urban combat center
The Army's new urban warfare training facility at Fort Wainwright is the closest thing to battle and the rigors of survival, as far as Cpl. Jared Goertzen is concerned.

Governor's appointee to labor board silenced
A man Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed to the state's labor relations board won't be able to participate at least until a Juneau judge considers union claims that he isn't qualified.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Defense wants Angoon murder trial moved
Angoon, a town filled with family and friends of Richard "Buddy" George Jr., is no place to try the mother of his children for his murder, according to the accused woman's defense attorney.

Simpson e-mail ignites capital move squabble
Paulette Simpson, vice chairwoman of the state Republican Party and a board member of the Juneau group that has fought attempted capital moves, is under fire for what critics say is an attempt to instigate a capital-move debate.

Vote put off on use of permafund
The state House is delaying until Monday a vote that could lead to tapping the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for state government in future years.

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