Friday, May 26, 2006

In the Stacks: New fiction at the public library includes tale of a mountaineer
Here's a sample of some of the new fiction for adult readers at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

Are we losing our Forest Service cabins?
In the 1960s and '70s, the National Forest Service started building public-use cabins for the purpose of allowing people a way to enjoy the national forests.

Fictitious-name stunt baffles reader
How fascinating that Richard Schmitz, the Murkowski administration's spokesman for the Department of Corrections, was found to have violated the Juneau Empire's Letter to the Editor policy, by signing a fictitious name to a recent submission ("It's not all right to bad-mouth neighbors," May 14).

Fake-name allegation under investigation
I was recently informed of an allegation that an employee of the Department of Corrections has been using a pseudonym to submit letters to the editor of the Juneau Empire on national and local political issues.

Media are doing what they're supposed to do
Alaska's Gov. Frank Murkowski urges the news media (My Turn, May 18) to put pressure on their corporate owners to "get the truth out about opening ANWR to oil exploration."

Implement governor's transportation plan
(Editor's note: This letter is in response to a letter by Ken Russo, "If it's about access, move the Capitol," on May 17.)

Parents deserve an explanation
My wife and I witnessed what could only be described as an outrageous and very dangerous situation.

Road would solely benefit mines
The current Department of Transportation's rush to extend a road north from Juneau is a poorly disguised corporate subsidy for the Kensington Mine and for other future mines north of Berners Bay.

Diatribe was totally out of line
This responds to the letter to the editor from Richard Rose, aka Richard Schmitz, on May 14. In his letter, "It's not all right to bad-mouth neighbors," he complains about an advertisement, and then he proceeds to bad-mouth his neighbors.

Caught in the Caucasus
When the Soviet Union collapsed, many ex-bloc countries experienced a cultural awakening. In Kyrgyzstan, the artists fled.

Photo: Cowabunga!
Jason Haffner takes advantage of a sunny day to wakeboard Thursday on Auke Lake.

Photo: Chicks on wheels
Five Steller's jay chicks lie in their nest in an old bicycle frame outside an Auke Bay home.

Accident leads to arrests of drunk drivers
A sport-utility vehicle driven by an alleged drunken driver was totaled Tuesday night after rolling over on Mendenhall Loop Road when struck by a truck driven by another allegedly impaired driver.

Sports clubs want piece of facility pie
In an ideal scenario, Juneau sports clubs would like to someday have an artificial-turf soccer field and basketball courts under the same roof in a new center that's being eyed for the Mendenhall Valley.

Photo: Roadside dining
A Sitka blacktail deer walks next to the Glacier Highway and Lena Loop Road intersection.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Senator, public to discuss war at Iraq forum
Juneau will get the rare opportunity next week to discuss the war in Iraq with a U.S. senator.

School unveils Cultural Diversity Mural
Auke Bay Elementary School has painted a clearer picture of its cultural diversity.

Vinson and Harvey wed
Former Juneau residents Kathleen Marie Vinson and Jerrod Frank Harvey were married on April 29 in Juneau.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Helping you find where you are needed

Student artist in the Spotlight
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Olive oil was deemed the 'great therapeutic' by father of medicine
Does eating fat make you fat? Not necessarily. Some fats are good for you. Instead of making you fat, these so-called "friendly fats" actually help you maintain a healthy weight.

Photo: Lighting the path for youth
Tlingit & Haida Family and Youth Services Youth Specialist Jason Wilson, left, and Office of Children's Services Social Services Associate Malonie Vance, right, both received the Light of Hope Award from Juneau Court Appointed Special Advocate Supervisor Janine Reep, center, in an awards ceremony on May 16 at Valentine's Coffee House.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

FYI
News about the people you know

A colorful character in Alaska
One of the most colorful characters ever in Alaskan political life was Albert White.

Lyman Woodman
Juneau resident Lyman Arthur Woodman, 96, died May 10, 2006, in Juneau.

Platnico service
Former Juneau resident Edmund R. Platnico, 75, died Oct. 18, 2005, in Carson City, Nev., and Juneau resident Alice Platnico died Sept. 22, 1999, at her home in Juneau after a long illness.

Alaska editorial: In support of the governor's revenue plan
Six billion dollars is big bucks. Alaska and its communities could build just about whatever we wanted with annual revenue of at least $6 billion.

Alaska editorial: Legislature must pick up pace on gas line deal
Time is a wastin'. April 11 has come and gone, and we're still nowhere on the North Slope natural gas pipeline.

My turn: If you want questions, this is for you
The state of Alaska and three for-profit companies have negotiated a contract to construct a natural gas pipeline.

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

Bears conclude regular season 19-0
The Juneau-Douglas High School softball team celebrated its senior night Wednesday by finishing the regular season undefeated.

Photo: George and Joe
President George W. Bush poses with Juneau's Joe Tompkins at the White House on May 17.

Sitka routs JDHS baseball in SE tournament
Sitka stands one win away from a chance at defending its state baseball championship in Fairbanks after beating host Juneau-Douglas 19-9 in six innings on Wednesday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial 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.

Sitka wins conference on Crow's home run
Sitka displayed a champion's resolve Thursday in winning the inaugural Southeast Conference tournament 6-5 over Juneau-Douglas at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Juneau reaction to proposal is mixed
Conducting hearings on a proposed gas pipeline contract in Anchorage bothers some in Juneau, while others are not too worried.

Senate nears vote on interior secretary
A Senate vote on President Bush's nomination of Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne to serve as interior secretary could occur as early as today, after Sen. Mary Landrieu dropped her opposition.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Helicopter mapping project collects information on Ketchikan coastline
Two helicopters will be flying low over the coastline near Ketchikan in the next few weeks, collecting information for detailed maps.

NRA-backed law would expand use of deadly force
A campaign by gun rights advocates to make it easier to use deadly force in self-defense is rapidly winning support across the country, as state after state makes it legal for people who feel their lives are in danger to shoot down an attacker - whether in a car-jacking or just on the street.

Wrangell files a petition to form own borough
Wrangell has petitioned the state to incorporate into a borough, eyeing land sought in a proposed expansion of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Ferry staff rebooks thousands of trips
The state ferry reservation system is booking summer travel in Southeast Alaska, but due to some major schedule changes planned for the LeConte, Taku and Fairweather, the printed schedule for the entire summer has been offline for days.

30 Thorne Bay residents make citizens arrest of suspects in assault of 55-year-old man
A crowd of about 30 Thorne Bay residents made a citizens arrest of three teenagers suspected of assaulting a 55-year-old man.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Governor releases full gas contract
Gov. Frank Murkowski and executives from the state's three largest oil companies appeared together Wednesday to endorse a contract proposal that now includes placeholder language for a long-term freeze on the companies' oil and gas taxes.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Agency considers delisting eastern Steller sea lions
Federal regulators should review the eastern population of Steller sea lions to decide if they can be taken off the endangered species list, suggests a draft plan released Wednesday by the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Murkowski to unveil re-election plans today
Gov. Frank Murkowski planned to announce his re-election intentions today, and not even his family knew what his decision would be.

House mulls moving some hearings north
House lawmakers are considering holding some committee hearings in Anchorage during the special legislative session.

House OKs oil drilling in ANWR
Citing the public outcry over $3-a-gallon gasoline and America's heavy reliance on foreign oil, the House on Thursday voted to open an Alaska wildlife refuge to oil drilling, knowing the prospects for Senate approval were slim.

Photo: A moving wall
Alan Coble, a Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division in 1967-68, looks through the tens of thousands of names of fallen soldiers on The Moving Wall at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday in downtown Fairbanks.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Smokehouse to RocK Celebration
Juneau bass player Archie Cavanaugh and Angoon guitarist Walter Jack have played together in scores of combinations over the last 25 years, but Smokehouse - their current band - has turned out to be their most consistent incarnation.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Topdog/Underdog
"Topdog/Underdog," the new play on Persev-erance Theatre's second stage, chronicles two unfortunately named brothers - Lincoln and Booth - full of resentment for the world and each other.

Beyond Heritage returns
Beyond Heritage, Juneau's fifth annual celebration of contemporary and traditional Alaska Native culture, returns Tuesday, May 31-Saturday, June 3.

'Laramie' challenges its actors
Playing a fictional character is one thing. Portraying an actual person, whom your director has met numerous times, is another dilemma altogether.

briefly
news of local arts

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