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Saturday, June 2, 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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

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

Ships in port today

Around Town

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

FYI

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.

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.

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

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: 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.

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.

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.

SPRING KING SALMON DERBY STANDINGS

Sports in Juneau

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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