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Saturday, May 13, 2006

In the Stacks: Young adult fiction good for older readers too
Young adult fiction isn't just for high school readers. There's lots here for adults to enjoy, too.

A few facts on a 'boondoggle'
As a famous politician from another era once said, "There you go again."

Let people enjoy Auke Lake
By now you have probably heard of the movement to ban motorized usage on Auke Lake. As a 46-year resident of the lake, I would like to offer another perspective on the situation.

Photo: A message for the governor
"A Bong Hits for Murkowski" bumper sticker was placed on the picket fence of the Governor's Mansion.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Accidental overdrive
Driver Ben Bingham, 23, said the throttle stuck in his girlfriend's white Chevy pickup, causing him to jump a curb and drive over an Alaska Electric Light & Power junction box, a telephone junction box and a decorative hedge at the entrance to the Travelodge on Glacier Highway near the Juneau International Airport.

City's housing options grow, but costs remain high
Housing developments are springing up around Juneau, though few offer affordable housing options for many middle- and low-income families.

Juneau businesses, residents feel pinch at pump
The prices at the pump continue to jump in Juneau.

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

FYI
News about the people you know

Neighbors mailbox
You've got mail, neighbor

Lagoudakis and Tremblay wed
Cindi Lagoudakis of Juneau and Bill Tremblay of Petersburg were married on April 29 in Petersburg. A reception was held at the Sons of Norway Hall.

Spring brings back thoughts of honorable lost fishermen
April 30. It is snowing but it is spring, because the robins are singing with full throated cheers to the long days. April is a time of pilgrimage and visits to places of special meaning.

Photo: Fresh color to combat fresh snow
Parks and Recreation employee Floyd Spinner hangs a banner near Marine Park.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Catholic Community Services
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Valente and Jones to wed
Shana Karelene Valente of Homer and Scott Richard Jones of Petersburg will be married at 3 p.m., May 27, at Land's End Resort in Homer. A reception will follow.

Buffalo: the other red meat
"Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam." This well-known song hearkens back to a time when the Great Plains of North America were the wild range of the American bison, commonly known as the buffalo.

Grimm and Brent wed
Jessica Lynn Grimm and Ernest Garland Brent of Juneau were married March 2 at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau. A reception followed at El Sombrero.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Maria Kiefer
Her mother and grandmother are from Russia. Maria came from Russia when she was two years old; she speaks Russian.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Anne Coogan
"I like Ms. Lehnhart. She has cool art ideas. I like doing all kinds of art. My favorite song is 'Let the Rain Fall Down,' by Hilary Duff."

Student recognition
Recognizing outstanding scholastic achievements

George Whiteley
Juneau resident George John Whiteley Sr., 64, died May 9, 2006, in his home.

My turn: Juneau's drinking problem
Having spent the past nine months trying to increase awareness regarding underage drinking in Juneau, I have come to one sincere conclusion: We, as a community have failed our children miserably.

My turn: How the Legislature can control school costs
A conclusion in search of a study" is a clever quip from Senate Finance Chairman Gary Wilken, regarding the area cost differential (ACD). This study attempts to fairly calculate the relative costs of educating students in various parts of the state.

Alaska editorial: Health care should not be a luxury
It's beginning to cost too much to stay healthy. A study released recently confirmed what Americans know to be true: Health insurance is so expensive that people aren't signing up like they used to.

Time for the big boys to battle at the Southeast Showdown
Four-time Southeast Showdown heavyweight champion Russ "The Dirt" Stevens will return to the ring for a shot at his fifth title tonight, after a two-year layoff from boxing.

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

Juneau-Douglas knocks off Ketchikan, 4-3
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Nano Jacobsen's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Crimson Bears a 4-3 win over Ketchikan on Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Alaska Air chief upbeat about airline's future
After a bruising year marred by layoffs, delayed flights, complaints about lost bags, and a spate of cabin pressurization scares, the head of Alaska Air Group Inc. exudes confidence the company has "turned the corner."

Contract lets Big Oil pull out without price
The state's draft contract with three oil companies requires no commitment from them to build a North Slope natural gas pipeline, and it allows the companies to withdraw from the deal without penalty.

Fort Knox reaches golden mark
Mine managers and employees watched from a dusty metal stairway on Wednesday as the three millionth ounce of gold was poured into molds at the state's largest gold mine.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Governor says ballot initiative is a contract deal-breaker
Gov. Frank Murkowski said he hasn't made a decision on when the Alaska Legislature should revisit the bill that rewrites the state's oil-tax structure.

Hibernating Hybrid
A DNA test has confirmed what zoologists, hunters and aboriginal trackers in the far northern reaches of Canada have dreamed of for years: the first documented case of a grizzly-polar bear in the wild.

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