Friday, June 1, 2007

Steve Geng, a thief, addict, is unlikely author
NEW YORK - "Feel this," says Steve Geng, grinning. He takes your hand and rubs it on his head, the top of which, it turns out, is dented like an old fender. "That's where the brother of a girlfriend caved my head in with a claw hammer."

McCloud to give presentation, workshop on graphic novels
To whet your appetite for guest artist Scott McCloud's upcoming presentation and workshop on graphic novels, this week's column is devoted to new graphic novels for kids and adults at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Property taxes relief needed before bonds
I am in a real quandary when considering how to vote on the school bonds on June 12. I believe the bonds will provide improvements to the new school and would like to vote for them.

Promoting local jewelry stores is the solution
Whether Juneau should follow the lead of Ketchikan and pass a law to disperse new jewelry stores around the city is the wrong question and the wrong approach.

Shame on those who profit from war
Apparently to Carol Hozid (May 18) it is OK for the husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to make millions from the war in Iraq; I don't see Hozid calling for Feinstein to be impeached.

Time to end the war, start a new political party
The Democratic Party has failed us, and I wish I could say it was for the last time.

A student concerned about our new high school
Our new high school was originally estimated to be $35.96 million. It then grew to an estimation of $38.25 million, and then to $46.97 million, and then to $54 million! A few months ago, they asked for $21.6 million more!

Why is the city letting Wal-Mart into town?
I'm writing you about Wal-Mart. Did you know that Wal-Mart exploits its workers?

Why not an exemption in Clean Water Act?
The Kensington Mine finds itself between a rock and a hard spot, no pun intended. Politics make things really complicated sometimes.

Yow! Comics chronicler coming to town
At home, Scott McCloud has a "very, very large to-be-read pile" of mini-comics, manga, fanzines and graphic novels.

Business Digest
Hoonah businesswins national award, Sitka's hospitals earn Level IV trauma rating & SE Alaska groupsreceive federal money

State funds aid passage of the school budget
With a boost in state education funding, the Juneau Assembly quickly and unanimously passed a $78.9 million school district budget at its special meeting Wednesday evening.

Photo: Graduation day
Heading to high school: Alea Uddipa, left, and Jemaica Tabbad, right, graduate Thursday morning at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

District loses $1.1 million
The state recently sent a bill to Superintendent Peggy Cowan asking the Juneau School District to pay back $104,600 in funding previously granted to four "intensive need" special education students.

Castillo wins 11th annual spring derby
Spring King Salmon Derby winner Joseph Castillo had a driving purpose each day he went out fishing at False Outer Point on Douglas this month - and it wasn't to win the $8,200.94 in cash and prizes.

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

Around Town

Photo: Cleaning up
Rakoen Castro gets the finishing touches on his haircut with the aid of a vacuum.

Photo: Meeting a Pulitzer Prize winner
Michael Chabon, author of "The Yiddish Policeman's Union" and a Pulitzer Prize winner, shakes hands Wednesday night with Susan Shields at the Hangar Ballroom in the Merchants Wharf. Chabon was in town as the guest of Hearthside Books.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reports.

Correction

Ships in port today

Photo: Closing moments
Buddy Soriano, last year's Spring King Salmon Derby winner, shows a friend how to thread a herring.

Photo: Excellent teacher
Jennifer Thompson, Gastineau Elementary School science teacher, was recently awarded the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by President George W. Bush.

Seniors awarded in 2007 ceremony
It's the last week of school and students district-wide are having a hard time sitting still in class. This is when field trips and special events occur almost continuously to help keep them entertained until the final bell rings on Friday.

Photo: Donating to a playground
Alaskan and Proud market proudly presented a $2,300 donation to Project Playground on May 9 at Twin Lakes. From left are Melanie Coleman, Jolene Julian, Project Playground food coordinator, Sierra and Logan Coleman, Susie Williams, Ben Williams and James King, Project Playground general coordinator.

Photo: Traveling to China
Members of Aurora Strings, an intermediate string ensemble of the Juneau String Ensembles conducted by Guohua Xia, take a photo in April in front of Mendenhall Glacier. The Aurora Strings left Thursday for a performance tour of China.

Apricots high in vitamin A
A sure sign that it is summer somewhere in our hemisphere is the appearance of the "stone fruits" in stores. Peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots are members of this family, so-called because they have a pit or "stone" in the middle of the fruit. Usually, apricots are the first to appear. For produce purveyors, their arrival signals the beginning of summer, and the impending explosion in varieties of fresh fruit available to enjoy.

Photo: Getting ready
Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association board members pose in April with staff and high school students at Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School.

Recognitions
Jillian Louise Hahnlen, a 2006 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was named to the dean's list for the 2007 winter quarter at the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences. She is the daughter of Bruce and Donna Hahnlen.

Juneau Urban Forestry Partnership
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Eek, a mouse!
A series of urgent, muffled mews awakened me. My little cat Annie sat on the bed talking with her mouth full. She had a gift for me - a gift with four limp feet and a dangling tail. Annie was bringing me breakfast in bed.

Shivers and Dudley to wed
Meagan B. Shivers, of Juneau, and Samuel J. Dudley, of Wasilla, will marry at 5 p.m. on June 16, 2007, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Juneau. A reception will follow at the home of Russ and Caroline Shivers.

Neighbors Digest
Widowed persons give brunch Sunday and Perseverance's STAR open for auditions

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Neighbors mailbox
Thanks, Juneau for building a playground, Thanks for making PE a great experience, Thanks for supporting our Aqualaps swimmers, Thanks for contributing to our dinner, auction, Thanks for Juneau Appreciation Day sales

James and Garrison to wed
Allison James, of Angoon, and Geramie Garrison, of Hoonah, will marry at 3 p.m. on June 1, 2007, at Freash Water in Hoonah. A reception will follow.

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James A. Ruotsala
Longtime Juneau resident James "Jim" A. Ruotsala died May 27, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Martha Higgins
Juneau resident Darlene Martha Higgins died May 30, 2007, in her home.

Effie Harvey (Lynch)
A family gravesite ceremony for longtime Douglas resident Effie Harvey (Lynch), who died on Dec. 22, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Fleek family plot at Evergreen Cemetery in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Alaskans made poor decision with 90-day legislative limit
The Alaska Legislature's 2008 session will be the first held under the 90-day limit mandated by voter initiative, but lawmakers aren't waiting until January to grumble.

Outside editorial: Rachel Carson was a visionary with critics
On her ceremonial 100th birthday celebration, Rachel Carson, mother of modern environmentalism, stands accused of genocide.

It takes a socialist village ...
Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has unveiled her economic vision. Should she be given the power to implement it, we can say goodbye to the prosperity and opportunity we have enjoyed since the Reagan years.

Worse than murder: The bottom line on sexual assault
Which is worse, being raped or murdered? Over the years - during hushed, late-night, soul-baring conversations - this question has come up.

Outside editorial: Pressure to bear for Sudan
President Bush's call on Tuesday for additional economic sanctions against the African nation of Sudan may not save one life in Darfur today. Or tomorrow. Or a month from now.

Alaska editorial: Task force must have statewide representation
Five members from the House, five from the Senate and one person named by the governor.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

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.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

U.S. Junior National team selects Urata to represent country
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Kimiko Urata will do something very few athletes at any level in any sport ever get to do - represent her country.

Stingy Bears aim to stay tough at state tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team enters today's state tournament first-round game with one of the best defenses in Alaska.

Sports in Juneau

JDHS baseball pounds Prince of Wales
The Juneau-Douglas High School baseball team routed Prince of Wales to successfully open the Region V Baseball Tournament on Thursday in Sitka.

Juneau girls blank Homer in quarterfinals
Another game, another shutout for the Juneau-Douglas High School girls soccer team. The Crimson Bears triumphantly opened play in the Alaska School Activities Association State Soccer Championships with a 4-0 win over Homer on Thursday in Anchorage.

Unique system by JDHS keeps the ball moving
When the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team takes control of the ball, it often looks like complete chaos.

Crimson Bears boys defeat East Anchorage
Colin Flynn scored twice as the Juneau-Douglas High School boys soccer team successfully opened tournament play Thursday in Anchorage.

Japan argues during conference for right to hunt minke whales
A sometimes contentious debate on whether four small Japanese coastal communities should be allowed to hunt minke whales is scheduled to be decided Thursday by the International Whaling Commission.

Court OKs Tongass settlement
The Alaska District Court approved a settlement Wednesday in a series of lawsuits over timber sales on the Tongass National Forest.

This Day in History
In Alaska & the Nation

Scientists talk on warming's effect on forest
Climate change provides opportunities as well as challenges, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks vice chancellor for research.

Task force appointed to consider school funding
Leaders of the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate have each appointed five members to a new education task force, and Gov. Sarah Palin on Thursday appointed the 11th member.

Photo: Blessed ground
Traditional Chief David Salmon blesses a ceremonial wooden stake he made for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center being built along Wendell Street on Wednesday in Fairbanks.

Empress of the North must sail south for repairs
The cruise ship Empress of the North must head south for repairs after it hit a charted rock near Juneau earlier this month.

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

Alaska Digest
Police arrest manin alleged assault, One dead, 2 missing at Interior lake, Minor crimes can now be reported online, Zoo delays decision on elephant's future, City wants to move against rogue cabs, Wisconsin men fined for illegal Alaska hunt & Forest Oil announces sale of Alaska assets

Alaska Digest
Meeting on ocean ranger program, Pedestrian signs to be installed downtown, Fifth Street closure is scheduled Sunday,Commission reclaims anti-whaling majority, Sen. Stevens holds fundraiser in Fairbanks

N. Pole man shoots threatening moose
A North Pole musher shot a moose as it threatened to charge him. Alaska State Troopers said he would not be cited.

Legislators now get 30 days notice for special session
Frustrated with numerous special legislative sessions last year, lawmakers decided to make the governor give more notice before calling them together.

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