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Friday, May 25, 2007

Large type fiction includes works by Scott, Ault, Flock
A new batch of large type fiction has arrived at the Juneau Public Libraries. Look for recent bestsellers by Marisha Pessl, Mary Higgins Clark and Stuart Woods, as well as the titles below.

Cyclists should be praised, not vilified
In the May 18 Juneau Empire, Robert Tonkin suggested that cyclists be charged a road-use fee for sharing the road with cars.

Judge not until you've walked in Bruce's shoes
I knew former Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, R-Juneau, as a student at Sheldon Jackson College, where I was chairman of the environmental studies department. He was as honest as they come.

Iraq invasion created terrorist training camp
President George W. Bush's speech to Coast Guard Academy graduates reminded me of an arsonist I prosecuted some 40 years ago.

Make a little room for those who ride
I'm not sure if Robert Tonkin meant for his letter to be published on National Bike to Work Day, (May 18) but the irony was not lost on me.

Tale of a fish denied by a charter boat
On May 18, my brother and I were fishing near the rocks at north Douglas. The tide was high and the boat traffic was light-to-medium as the fishing was slow.

Bike lanes in Juneau are a win-win for all
I am encouraged by recent letters to the editor that advocate for motorists and bicyclists to be considerate of each other and share the road.

House members misled Sen. Hoffman
The funding level for the ocean rangers program is no fault of Sen. Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel. Hoffman told me he was misled by House Finance members and their budget staff in the free-conference committee.

The Legislature let seniors down last week
How do we know who our friends are? We know who they are because they are the ones who show up when the chips are down.

Our teachers are back-seat heroes
I can remember when we used to carry our children on our shoulders. Now we stand on their shoulders to see the future. Our children's education should always be on top of the list, because one of them will be a leader some day.

Court decision halts dock in Berners Bay
A $5 million dock proposed by a local Native corporation became a casualty of this week's 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against Kensington Gold Mine.

School Board OKs $64 million budget
Closing out a second night of wrangling, the Juneau School Board voted to accept the $64.4 million operating budget for the 2008 school year. The new budget is $10 million more than last year's funding.

Photo: Doing the 'cedar bark twist'
Percy Kunz pulls red cedar bark back and forth around a post the porch of her Village Street home.

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

Photo: Feeling right at home
Hatti Langsford and her daughter, Emma, 5, feed crows Wednesday at Marine Park.

Ships in port today

Small charter schools take a hit in funding
Alaska's small charter schools took a hit from the Legislature in the final days of the session as lawmakers scrutinized institutions such as Juneau Community Charter School.

Correction

Around Town

Photo: Plowing right in
Forrest Wilcox puts the finishing touches on the blade of the Eaglecrest Ski Area's snowplow. Wilcox designed the image of a skier, "doing a grip," and then painted the mural with a team of other students from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Photo: Chalk it up to experience
Denise Vaught, of the city's Parks and Recreation Maintenance Division, pours a chalk line Thursday at one of the Savikko Park softball fields in Douglas.

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

Business Digest
Japanese steakhouse to open on Friday, Mortgage company expands its team, New salon and spa opens in Juneau, U-Haul reveals new goshawk design & Alaska engineering firms earn spot among nation's tops

Supporters seek $17.1 million for school
Parents, students and community members worked Wednesday on a voter pamphlet for a special election requesting $17.1 million additional funding for Thunder Mountain High School.

Palin extends senior benefits through July
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday that she would use her emergency powers to keep the state's SeniorCare program running for at least one month or until a long-term solution can be found.

Recognitions
Genevieve Carson, a 2002 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, graduated on May 19 cum laude from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance performance. She was named Best Student Choreographer and the Outstanding Senior in the dance program. Carson was a member of the JDHS dance team and participated actively in highland dance. She is the daughter of Tom and Cheri Carson.

Photo: Math League competition
Ray Huebschen, left, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, accepts his award, a graphing calculator, from JDHS Principal Bernie Sorenson on May 15 for winning the 2006-07 JDHS Math League competition.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Kevin Koenig
"I like the art, because it is my culture, and it is peaceful to create. I started the second quarter of last year working under the direction of David Boxley Jr."

Gerlach and Buyarski to wed
Melissa Kaye Gerlach and Everett Paul Burns Buyarski will marry on June 30, 2007, at the Gonzaga University student chapel in Spokane, Wash.

Stevens, Weeks receive Light of Hope Award
Judge Larry Weeks and guardian ad litem Martha Stevens were honored with the Light of Hope Award 2007 by Alaska Court Appointed Special Advocates in a ceremony held Monday at St. Paul's Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Photos: A day at the beach
Amy Hamrick's first-second-grade class from Mendenhall River Community School was fortunate to have a beach day on Friday at Auke Village Recreation Area during the sunny weather.

Baxter and Casey to wed
Kelly Baxter, of Juneau, and Alan Casey, of Dallas, Ore., will marry at 4 p.m. on June 9, 2007, at Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony.

Work is well rewarded when preparing fava beans
For certain vegetables, their preparation is a social activity. Or at least it used to be. Shelling peas or shucking corn used to be done communally by family members or friends sitting on the porch or around the kitchen table.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: AvaDogs Alaska
Volunteer coordinator: Jim Craig.

Neighbors Digest
Art grant program to be available July 1, Home can sealer clinic held Friday, Symphony holds 'Carmen' auditions, Tribal child support unit open for business & Moose Lodge sponsors dinner fundraiser

Her name was the Situk
A month or so ago I saw an orange-colored power scow tied up at the Alaska Steamship dock. Her name was the Sea Lion.

Briseno and Williams to wed
Consuelo Christiana Briseno and Donald Alvin Williams Jr., both of Juneau, will marry at 11 a.m. on June 2, 2007, at downtown Bullwinkles Pizza Parlor in Juneau. A reception will follow at 3 p.m. at Cedar Park Rec Hall. All family and friends are invited to attend.

Norman Woinowsky
Longtime Juneau resident Norman Wayne Woinowsky died May 18, 2007, at home. He was 60.

Dwayne Brown
Former longtime Juneau resident Dwayne L. Brown died May 19, 2007, at Northwest Hospital in Seattle. He was 76.

Welcome to the world of spin
One hopes there's a little something extra in the pay envelopes this week for whatever flacks represent Jimmy Carter and Clinton Portis. Surely, the spin doctors have earned it.

Alaska editorial: Let's take stock of the recent legislative session
Well, they did it. The Legislature managed to push through the big-ticket items before the clock struck midnight Wednesday - barely.

Alaska editorial: Move the Legislature closer to the people
If Gov. Sarah Palin convenes a special session of the Legislature in the fall, we hope she does so in the Anchorage area, as she has suggested doing. And she should consider it a trial run for a full-scale relocation of the Legislature.

Outside editorial: Jimmy Carter should not be calling the kettle black
Those too young to recall the Carter years got a revealing glimpse of Jimmy Carter, the president, Saturday.

Outside editorial: John Edwards, reg'lar feller
Oh, good. John Edwards is explaining himself again. We're more and more enjoying his explanations.

My turn: House needed time to review bill
T he Anchorage Daily News editorial crew continues to get it wrong.

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.

Quick start propels JDHS
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team struck early and held on late to beat Sitka High School on Thursday at Ketchikan.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

Crimson Bears prepared for state meet
Hot weather greeted the 22 Juneau-Douglas High School track and field athletes in Fairbanks as the Crimson Bears prepare for the Alaska School Activities Association Track and Field State Championships this weekend.

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.

New Alaska oversight team investigates leak
A state oil and gas industry oversight agency is making its debut by investigating a leak that forced BP to cut production by a fourth from the nation's largest oil field.

Plan for special session outside Juneau questioned
Gov. Sarah Palin wants to hold a planned legislative special session next fall in the Anchorage area, presumably to save money since a majority of lawmakers live in or near the state's largest city.

Anchorage Assembly calls for decision on Maggie the elephant
The Anchorage Assembly has stepped up pressure on the Alaska Zoo to make a decision on the future of Maggie the elephant.

Zoo discusses elephant's fate
The Alaska Zoo's board of directors met Thursday to decide whether the state's only elephant should be moved south, and the board's president predicted she would be.

Northwest Digest
Four Alaska-based paratroopers killed and Bear injures Montana man at Yellowstone

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

Anchorage Assembly votes to ban felons from lobbying city
Convicted felons will be banned from lobbying city officials under new rules passed by the Anchorage Assembly. The assembly Tuesday night voted unanimously to tighten its lobbying rules.

Northwest Digest
911 caller hit with a skateboard police say, Army IDs Alaska-based soldiers who were killed & House OKs one-year extension of payments

Court won't reconsider Exxon ruling
A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to reconsider its earlier decision to cut by nearly half a $4.5 billion award punishing Exxon Mobil Corp. for the 1989 Valdez oil spill that fouled 1,500 miles of Alaskan coastline.

Dog saves bike rider from grizzly
A bicycle rider says his golden retriever distracted a charging grizzly bear long enough to let him escape. It was the second time the dog has played hero.

Yellowjackets make early appearance in Interior
With yellowjackets returning earlier than usual to Interior Alaska, experts are warning residents to start setting traps and stocking up on bug spray.

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

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