Saturday, May 26, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Correction

Ships in port today

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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