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Saturday, May 27, 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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

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

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.

FYI
News about the people you know

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Helping you find where you are needed

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

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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