Friday, May 4, 2007

Libraries house new nonfiction DVDs, including 'Gaza Strip'
In the Stacks: New nonfiction DVDs to look for include Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth," and National Geographic's "The Search for Adam."

Where have all the statesmen gone?
After watching the drama unfold over ethics legislation, am I the only one to wonder where have all our statesmen gone? I don't mean politicians, because we have more of those than you can shake a stick at.

Alaska needs to base policy on science
Let's hear about polar bears from scientists rather than politicians. I'd like to hear scientists, rather than politicians, reassure me that polar bears are not being affected by climate change.

Consider sales tax before revenue sharing
It blows me away that Anchorage, in anticipating municipal revenue sharing, would promise to give its residents "tax relief" payments.

Vegetarian's comments naive, shortsighted
Holly Adams' April 24 letter, "Stop eating meat for a better Earth," was interesting and made some good points; however, it was a bit shortsighted and naive in my opinion.

We can't just drill our problems away
Alaska can't keep drilling away its oil problems, which are no longer a concern but a reality. It's not just the leaks or the fuss, but the constant "need" and striving for petroleum.

If you ban guns, what's next? Knives?
Why is it that any time there is news about a shooting, there always has to be a call to ban guns? It isn't the gun that kills people; it is the lunatic pulling the trigger.

Gun control laws empower criminals
In response to Linda Cohen's April 25 letter, I would like to contradict a few of her statements.

'Lost Boys' speak
When Benjamin Ajak was of high school age, he studied at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in the desolate reaches of northern Kenya. For nearly a decade, from 1992-2001, his daily meal was half a cup of corn meal.

Police & Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town

Photo: Sprucing up the founders
Eddie Monignok paints exterior walls next to the "The Founders of Juneau" artwork by RD Robinson on Thursday at the Marine View Center.

Photo: Images from another time: 'The High Plains Drifter'
Former Democratic Gov. Steve Cowper poses in front of the Capitol for a cover photo for the Juneau Empire's 1987 legislative guide.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials, and state police reported:

Business Digest
Resource Dataannounces new staff, Rainbow Foods' egg stance recognized, Airlift Northwestto be honored, New ferry service opens in Glacier Bay & $11 million available to small businesses

Photo: Road work
Randy Harkness operates an asphalt roller as Secon starts a repaving project Thursday at the corner of South Franklin and Front streets.

Around Town

Photo: Cramming in the sunlight
Corin Hughes, a student from West Virginia, studies lines in a play Wednesday for his acting class under the watchful eye of a raven sculpture in the Egan Library courtyard at the University of Alaska Southeast.

NOAA moves into new research center
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration officials were handed the keys to their new $51 million building at Lena Point this week and have begun moving in.

Neighbors Digest
Co-op preschool applications due today, Juneau celebrates Preservation Month, Yacht Club sponsors boating safety fair, American motorcycles featured at show, Pioneers hold King, Queen Regent Tea

Photo: Volunteer Firefighter's Association donates to playground
Tom Gill, Juneau Volunteer Firefighters' Association president, presents a $5,000 donation to James King on behalf of JVFA.

Photo: Teen teachers in training
Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School students Ami McRae, left, and Amber Beasley teach about the dangers of underage drinking to Jan Faure's first-grade class at Riverbend Elementary School, as part of their Protecting You/Protecting Me class.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Project Playground
Project Playground is a Juneau based community project to custom build a large playground with multiple climbing structures, slides, swings and other features.

Buscaglia reminds us to plant a seed
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." So wrote Leo Buscaglia.

League of Women Voters
The Juneau League of Women Voters recently elected new board members in a meeting on March 24 in the Assembly Chambers.

Suyun is like Mr. Rick in 'Casablanca'
Hayder Suyun, owner of the Zephyr Restaurant located in the Simpson Building on Second and Seward streets, reminds me of Mr. Rick of "Casablanca."

When buying strawberries, look for shiny, deep red fruit
When I was in college, I spent a few weeks picking strawberries for a fellow named Mr. Henderson, who had a produce stand near where I lived.

Recognitions
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School announces its third-quarter honor roll students.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Support during my cancer battle, Finding my debit card on April 5, Helping rescue Cliff LaRue, Gold Medal basketball games, Inviting us to an exhibition game & supporting spring soccer tourney

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Tyler Campbell
I chose to learn how to play guitar, and over time, it has developed into bass, piano, harmonica, viola, mandolin and a couple other instruments.

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Mary Yvonne Knudson
Juneau resident Mary Yvonne "Baby" Knudson died May 1, 2007, in Juneau. She was 29.

Don't reject snowmachine use outright
Just when I thought our wonderful little community had fully focused all of its abilities and attentions on the panoply of controversial issues near and dear to us...

Alaska editorial: Governor needs some compromise in gas pipeline bill
Two wrongs don't make a right, nor can they build a gas pipeline.

Let's use logic to reduce abortion
"You're pregnant." No words in any language can bring a woman more joy or more anguish.

Alaska editorial: College-bound Alaskans should consider UA schools first
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton makes a compelling pitch that when students are considering where to go to college they should take a look at the UA system.

Crimson Bears defeat Kayhi and West Valley
For a team with a grand total of two outdoor practices under its belt, the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team acquitted itself quite well Wednesday at Melvin Park.

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.

Gastineau Channel Little League set to honor its volunteers
One of the longest standing sporting traditions in Juneau starts anew Saturday as the Gastineau Channel Little League launches its season.

JDHS softball stays perfect
Andrea Doerflinger gave up just one hit in six innings as Juneau-Douglas High School coasted to a 5-0 victory over West Valley High School in Thursday varsity softball action at Melvin Park.

State Track and Field bests
2007 Track and Field State Bests

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.

Crimson Bears ready for their home debut
With more than 60 athletes on its roster, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams are ready for their home debut.

Producers continue attack on gas bill
Energy giants long considered key players in building a major natural gas pipeline from Alaska's North Slope have sharply backed away from Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line bill, arguingthat her plan is unworkable.

Alaska Digest
Governor travels to Fairbanks and Barrow, Glacier center open for summer hours, Selawik remainsa dry village & Charges dismissed in floatplane fatality

Alaska to review its oil and gas facilities
Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday the state will spend the next three years assessing the condition of Alaska's oil and gas facilities.

School board member faces censure over obscene gesture
A Ketchikan School Board member said an obscene gesture he made at a recent meeting was inappropriate, and he agreed with a colleague that he should be censured.

BP admits to withholding documents
A top BP executive has acknowledged that the company withheld key documents last year from lawmakers who were investigating whether cost-cutting measures were a factor in the pipeline corrosion that caused Alaska's largest onshore oil spill.

Hockey coach fills vacancy on Regents board
A Fairbanks high school hockey coach has been chosen to fill a vacant seat on the University of Alaska Board of Regents.

Superior judge denies Exxon's appeal stay
A superior court judge on Tuesday denied Exxon Mobil Corp.'s request to delay the outcome of its appeal to regain leases from the Point Thomson fields.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

This Day in History
In Alaska

Alaska Digest
Chilkat River Walk set for Saturday, Man gets 20 years for meth, firearms charges, Palin has 3 candidates to replace ousted judge, Alumnus donates $2.6 million to UA, Juneau lawmakers take aim at doll & Jury acquits driver of manslaughter

State may use subpoena in fight over gas
Alaska state oil regulators say they want to work cooperatively with Exxon Mobil Corp. to determine how much natural gas can be taken from the disputed Point Thomson field on the North Slope.

State legislators question calls for gas competition
Oil companies are lining up to oppose the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, but there's one part of it they say they like.

State takes on larger share of retirement
State lawmakers have tentatively agreed on a plan to shoulder a portion of municipalities' and school districts' soaring retirement costs and set up a method of paying down a staggering multibillion dollar shortfall in the state retirement system.

Taku River barge information meeting today
A public information meeting is scheduled tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. on a mining company's proposal for hoverbarge transport of mineral concentrate and supplies on the Taku River, with transshipment through Juneau.

Weyhrauch indicted by feds on bribery, extortion charges

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