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Friday, May 11, 2007

In the Stacks: New library books feature something for everyone
True adventure, biographies of artists and generals, and Japanese swords - something for everyone on the new book shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Brazilian author thrives on contradictions, extremes
Paulo Coelho hates seeing books neglected, gathering dust on his shelves. And so he leaves most of what he reads in parks, bus stations, his local Japanese restaurant, for random readers to find.

We know Kohring; he couldn't have done this
Thank you for remembering that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Respecting that, we ask you to consider this:

A plan for getting out of Iraq
Leaders such as President George W. Bush, Rep. Don Young and Sen. Ted Stevens proclaim we must stay in Iraq "to fight the terrorists there so we don't have to fight them here in America."

Rep. Kohring should resign right now
It's past time for the Alaska Legislature to get it right. We have now learned to the extent that smarm, malfeasance and corruption may have penetrated Alaska's legislative ranks.

Cartoonist Trudeau's depiction of Dobson belies ideology
No one expects the funny pages to reflect the same level of journalistic fairness that news pages do, but when a cartoonist gets it as wrong as Garry Trudeau did recently, it's worth taking the time to correct the record.

A few suggestions regarding the pipeline
By way of qualification, I have been running a small boat (20- and 24-passenger), high-end, cruise business in Southeast Alaska since 1980.

Auke Lake seems to be doing just fine
Pristine means belonging to the earliest period of state, not spoiled, corrupted or polluted.

Reject the snowmobile club's Eaglecrest plan
In discussing the issue of snowmobiles at Eaglecrest, I find it striking that a stance by Eaglecrest management has been publicly neutral.

Snowmobiles should not be allowed at Eaglecrest Ski Area
Motorized vehicles are incompatible with the intended use of the Eaglecrest Ski Area and should not be allowed or encouraged in any way.

Around Town

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

Business Digest
Airport snow crew honored for service, Hands on Banking goes to high school, New rewards card structure at Fred Meyer, True North announces new Yakutat Branch & UA business plancontest goes online

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

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

Recycling gone wrong? Jeep dealer fined $44,600 by EPA
A Douglas Jeep dealer was fuming Thursday over a $44,600 fine from the Bush administration for failing to properly document used oil he burned to heat his building.

Photo: The breakup
Icebergs float on Mendenhall Lake on Wednesday, after the lake ice broke up the night before.

James King appointed head of state parks department
Trail Mix Executive Director James King is leaving Juneau for Anchorage and a new job as director of the state Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

Palin assures Alaskans first for pipeline jobs
Gov. Sarah Palin and state Commissioner Emil Notti stopped by the Native Issues Forum Luncheon at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Wednesday, assuring their listeners that the proposed Alaska Gasline Inducement Act will bring natural gas pipeline jobs to Alaskans first.

Gun dealer IDs murder weapon
A gun dealer who showed an alleged murder weapon to Jason Coday identified the sawed-off .22-caliber rifle in court Thursday.

Ships in port today

Photo: Beaver tree
John Schwinghammer, a naturalist for the U.S. Forest Service, examines the work of a beaver on a large cottonwood tree Wednesday near the Mendenhall Visitor Center.

Shopping center slaying: Testimony begins in murder trial
Following jury selection Wednesday, the murder trial of Jason Coday got off to a quick and descriptive start in Juneau Superior Court.

Recognitions

Caught in the Middle: Remembering a past Mother's Day
"You sure you want to do this, Mom?" I ask, steering her Buick toward the cemetery.

Photos: Fourth-grade Sea Week
Fourth-grade elementary school students participated in the 2007 Seaweek Wetlands field trip last week at the Mendenhall Wetlands. Thrilled to get out and visit the wetlands...

Tempeh is versatile food, more digestible than tofu
Do you ever have to cook for a group that includes both vegetarians and meat eaters?

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks to tutoring Costco employees, Thanks, Brett, for teaching storytelling & Thanks for donating to our dance group

Mattson and Martin to wed
Debbie Mattson, of Juneau, and David Martin, of Wasilla, will marry at 1 p.m. June 16, 2007, in Wasilla, with a reception will follow at 3 p.m. at Evangelos Restaurant in Wasilla. There will be a Juneau reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Valley Chapel on Back Loop Road.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Hospice and Home Care
Patients can receive a variety of health care services at home through Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work.

Death of a soldier is a stab in the heart
"Johnny comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah!" has been a stirring anthem for close to 150 years, whether the soldier wore a blue cap or a round or curved steel helmet.

Photo: One-pitch champs
The Juneau Empire softball team took first place on Saturday at the co-ed one-pitch tournament.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Neighbors Digest
Viking Ship made of plastic bottles, Breast cancer Chilkat River Walk draws 160, Garden clubs prepare for annual plant sale, Local mail carriers collect for food drive, SEABIA to award $500 scholarship, Juneau History Grant applications available, Volunteers needed for playground construction, USDA funds millions for grant program

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Kane Ginter
"My favorite type of art is drawing because you get to draw different things."

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Grace P. Canul
Former Juneau resident Grace P. Canul died on April 19, 2007, after a long illness at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash. She was 70.

Jean M. Anderson
Former Juneau resident Jean M. Anderson died May 6, 2007, in Arlington, Wash. She was 87.

My Turn: A simple solution to kids' health insurance
It's 2007. Some 18,000 Alaska children do not have health insurance. Half of those children are from working families.

Alaska editorial: Anti-VECO sentiment shouldn't translate to passage of gas line bill
Will the Legislature be stampeded into passing Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line incentive bill now that VECO executives have pleaded guilty in the Juneau corruption scandal?

Alaska editorial: Looking for good in light of scandal
Last week's indictments of sitting and former legislators along with VECO Chief Executive Officer Bill Allen's admission of bribery in federal court Monday have thrown a collective knot into Alaskans' stomachs.

Gas pipeline only addresses symptoms
A natural gas pipeline sounds like a logical way to address our nation's growing demand for energy.

Alaska editorial: Major ethics legislation needed in light of scandal
The worst scandal in Alaska's modern political history keeps spreading, and there is almost surely more to come.

Alaska editorial: We want an honest, fairly crafted gas line proposal
It's a sad time in Alaska's history with the revelation of government corruption.

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 in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Photo: Ready for their closeup
The Juneau Aurora Knights Synchronized Swimming Team will be performing "A Mother's Day Spectacular" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

JDHS opens roadtrip with 4-2 victory
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team kicked off its four-game series in Anchorage on a positive note Wednesday.

JDHS softball wins 4 of 5 at Mat-Su
• Editor's note: The softball game occurred too late to make Thursday's deadline for the print edition. Look in Sunday's edition for a full story on the Crimson Bears.

State High School track and field Bests

Bears blank Kings
Impenetrable defense and clutch hits lifted the Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team Thursday in its Southeast Conference opener.

State to share money with cities, boroughs
The Alaska Senate on Wednesday passed a revenue-sharing plan to help the state's cities and boroughs.

Legislative start date still not settled
The Alaska Legislature failed Wednesday to settle on next year's start date but may be able to do so today.

Companies renew interest in gold
Interior Alaska saw a surge of new mining claims last year with prospects north of Big Delta near the Pogo Gold Mine leading the way.

Palin's gas line bill moving forward
Gov. Sarah Palin's gas line bill inched closer to lawmakers' approval Thursday.

Alaska Digest
Police investigate kids with air guns, 650 moose killed by Alaska drivers, Fairbanks PD arrest suspect in robbery &[; New Chugach Electric leaders reconsider wind power proposal,

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

Agriculture director resigns
The director of the state Division of Agriculture has resigned, claiming he's frustrated with Gov. Sarah Palin's administration's lack of direction on key issues such as the Alaska's ailing dairy industry and a state-run meat plant.

Alaska Digest
Funding for Alaska schools in the works, Troopers seek 2 in Fairbanks murder, FBI arrests airline passenger for lunging & State BLM names new fire service manager

Cruise ship rebate goes back to Senate Judiciary Committee
Prospects look dim for a bill designed to credit cruise ship passengers for local head taxes.

Photo: A change of command
An F-22A Raptor stealth superfighter is seen in a hangar Thursday during a change-of-command ceremony for the 90th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

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

Legislature to have consistent start dates
Next year's session of the Alaska Legislature will begin the third Tuesday in January, and so will the 2009 session.

Right-wing corporate voice snuffed by ADN
The Anchorage Daily News announced Wednesday that it would stop publishing a daily half-page editorial section paid for by the top officer of VECO Corp.

Angoon students lose teacher, stage protest
When students in Angoon got wind that their beloved English teacher would not be returning next fall because her contract wasn't getting renewed, they quit class and packed a school board meeting to protest.

Ethics reforms continue after indictments
The Alaska Legislature is on the verge of adopting sweeping ethics reforms, following the state Senate's adoption of an omnibus ethics package this week.

Chris Hayes resigns from human rights panel
The wife of former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes has resigned from the Alaska Human Rights Commission at the urging of Gov. Sarah Palin.

Washington container tax nixed for now

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