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Saturday, May 12, 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.

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

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Recognitions

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

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

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

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...

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

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

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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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