Friday, June 2, 2006

In the Stacks: Audio tapes for young people available at public libraries
Audiobooks on tape and compact disc for young listeners abound at the Juneau Public Libraries. Look for classics like "The Secret Garden," "Alice in Wonderland," "Wind in the Willows," and "Charlotte's Web," as well the titles listed below.

Business Digest
Staff reports from the business community

Amazed road hasn't been built sooner
I have been reading quite a number of letters in the paper from people who definitely appear opposed to the road north out of Juneau.

Thane path valuable to all residents
Bike path, pedestrian way, sea walk, coastal trail - whatever term is used, a separated route for walkers, joggers and bikers, from downtown to the Sheep Creek bridge, would contribute dramatically to the safety of all Thane Road users - in and out of vehicles - and would be a valuable amenity for all Juneau residents and visitors.

Cigarette butts are garbage too
Thanks for the article about neighborhood garbage (May 30). It's timely now that spring is here, flowers are appearing, and volunteers have been cleaning up all over town.

Two presidents' track records
I'd like to thank Jeremiah Crockroft for replying to my question of what positive achievements President Bush has made over the last six years.

Bush's action reminds writer of a joke
The Bush administration coddled and rewarded their buddies in the oil industry until the voters finally showed signs of rebellion.

Speakers on Iraq war were inspiring
I attended the forum on Iraq with Sen. Lisa Murkowski and had the privilege of hearing many community members speak about the war.

Soriano captures spring derby title
Andres "Buddy" Soriano earned a big paycheck for taking the month of May off from his postal service job.

Rep. Weyhrauch won't run again
As candidates scrambled to file election papers before the deadline Thursday afternoon, Juneau's Republican Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch announced he would not run for re-election, and Deputy Mayor Randy Wanamaker, also a Republican, said he will run for the empty seat.

City looks at property tax rate reduction
The Juneau Assembly Finance Committee on Wednesday advanced proposals that would funnel more than $400,000 in new state money to school programs next year and cut the property tax rate to nearly offset homeowners' skyrocketing tax assessments.

Helicopter crashes on glacier
Poor visibility is believed to have caused a Bell 206 helicopter to crash on the Mendenhall Glacier on Wednesday evening, officials said.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Special showing
Artist Fausto Paulo exhibits his beadwork Wednesday during the Northwest Coast Artists gathering at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. This is the first time Paulo has shown his art in public.

Welcoming the Celebration
A few minutes after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, four canoes swung around the hulking hull of the Veendam and came into view of Marine Park, passing the boat ramp before circling wide to their left.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Goldbelt Inc. elects new leaders
Juneau's urban Native corporation, Goldbelt Inc., anticipates that the design and permitting on its long-awaited Hobart Bay cruise ship destination will be accomplished this year.

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

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

Time for Celebration
The biennial event attracts more than 5,000 people and runs through Saturday night.

Native shaman items returned
Sometime in the late 19th century, Lt. George Emmons, an officer with the U.S. Navy and a well-known ethnographic collector, is thought to have removed a series of shamanistic items from the Berners Bay grave of Kaawa.ée, leader of the Auk Tribe.

Photo: Blooming down the avenue
Justin Dorn of the City and Borough Landscape department plants flowers Thursday in one of the 24 flower beds in the Egan Expressway median.

Neighbors helping neighbors: Trail Mix Inc.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Settimo's Ordination ceremony
Father Scott Settimo lies in prostrate in prayer during his ordination to the priesthood on Wednesday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Bishop Michael Warfel officiated the ceremony.

FYI
News about the peple you know

Yakutat provides beauty and good-hearted, hardy people
Yakutat is one of the most beautiful spots in Southeastern Alaska.

Student artist in the spotlight: John Pasillas
Student Artist in the Spotlight is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Neighbors mailbox
You've got thanks, neighbor

Steve Hole
Former Juneau resident Steve Hole, 60, died of esophageal cancer May 25, 2006, at his home in Roseburg, Ore.

Alaska editorial: Face unknowns and choose gas tax system
When legislators return to work after their Memorial Day break, it's time they make the decision and adopt a new oil and gas production tax.

My turn: Legislature rebuffs Local Boundary Commission
By near unaminous votes, the state House and Senate poked a stick in the eye of the Local Boundary Commission.

My Turn: Don't let Planned Parenthood come
It has recently come to my attention that, once again, Planned Parenthood is digging in for another stronghold here in Alaska.

Alaska editorial: Problems plague Medicare drug plan
Covering prescription drugs through Medicare was a good idea. Expensive but good.

My turn: School shortfall: Don't ignore voters
The Juneau Assembly is poised on June 5 to make an unprecedented withdrawal of more than $4.5 million from the City's Emergency Budget Reserve account.

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.

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.

Gubernatorial race may attract national money
The past two statewide campaign seasons have been flush with money from outside Alaska but political consultants disagree on the outlook for the gubernatorial race this year.

Study says Arctic was once a lot like Miami
Scientists have found something about the North Pole that could send a shiver down Santa's spine: It used to be downright balmy.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska man recounts weekend bear mauling
Mike Mungoven had two thoughts as he stumbled into a large grizzly on his morning run Sunday.

New House oil tax bill mimics governor's plan
The House Finance Committee on Thursday unveiled a new version of an oil tax bill that looks more like what Gov. Frank Murkowski had in mind when he introduced it earlier in the special session.

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

Hearings begin on changes to Stranded Gas Act
Hearings began in the Alaska House and Senate Thursday on legislation meant to move forward Gov. Frank Murkowski's contract with three oil companies to develop the North Slope's natural gas reserves.

Photo: To the rescue
U.S. Coast Guard crewmen from the cutter Anacapa help a whale biologist free a humpback whale from a salmon gillnet Tuesday in Frederick Sound outside Petersburg.

Millions more sought from Exxon for spill
Federal and state authorities asked the Exxon Mobil Corp. on Thursday for an additional $92 million to clean up residual oil from 1989's devastating Exxon Valdez spill.

Most state races now contested
The deadline has come and gone for candidates who plan to run for public office this year, and while the field is crowded in some areas, it's sparse in others.

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

Sharing Raven tales for Beyond Heritage
With all the differences in language, movement and storytelling between the vast number of Alaska indigenous groups, Raven stories are one major commonality.

briefly
news of local arts

Food challenge VII- From sea to tree, ground to grill
For Food Challenge VII, we turn to Ernesta Ballard, creator of "Rockfish Mascarpone" and the only chef to submit a recipe for all six Food Challenges so far.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Parchment showdown
The sun was shining for the first time in weeks, the cruise-ship traffic was dissipating at the end of a high-traffic Saturday afternoon and Lynda Giguere and Marcia Day were prepared for conquest.

First Friday: Ravenstail, blueclay, 'soaking,' a touch of evil
Juneau weaver Kay Field Parker has been obsessed with Ravenstail weaving since 1990 but has not shown much of her work publicly until this year.

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