Friday, June 9, 2006

Non fiction for children
There is a host of new non-fiction books for kids at all the public libraries.

A frightening trend about government
From reading the news over the last several months, I have noticed a trend developing, getting more prevalent and frightening.

If road is built, almost everyone loses
King Frank (Murkowski) may get the initial segment of his totally unnecessary and environmentally disastrous road North, despite the fact that a majority of his constituents in northern Southeast Alaska are against it.

Ferry lovers need a reality check
This letter is in support of our governor's proposed building of the road. I sure didn't hear the namby-pamby Skagway residents screaming when the road to join the Alaska Highway and Whitehorse was built for them.

What happened to common sense?
I have visited friends in Juneau every year for the past six years and have heard a lot about the "road to nowhere." I did not understand the reason for that name until just this year.

Forest Service should shift priorities
My family and I are small-mill owners here in Tenakee Springs. While we support the use of forest products, we cannot approve of the Forest Service's unbalanced use of their funding.

Open the gates, let the waters roll
From Dorothy Lake in the south to the Kensington Mine in the north, and to all the activity in between, we have cracked open the throttle on the engines that power the wheels of progress.

Understanding the numbers
Living in Washington, D.C., I receive your publication a bit late, and sometimes my backlog of reading causes further delays. But I eventually catch up.

Languishing project shakes confidence
I wonder what impression Juneau's visitors from London, Texas and elsewhere, involved in the legislative debate over the natural gas pipeline, are getting from the Fourth Street fancification immediately in front of the state Capitol.

Stop writing lies about our country
I am writing in response to a letter to the editor dated June 8, "A frightening trend about government." I do not agree with this writer.

Top 10 reasons to vote for Murkowski
Well, everyone is bashing our governor, and his approval ratings are down to 20 percent. So I think it's only fair that I list my top 10 reasons to vote for Frank:

Alyeska to open next year with reduced staff
The Alyeska Central School warehouse on Channel Drive is shut down for the school year but not for good, a school official said.

Photo: Sail on by
A small sailboat glides past the cruise ships Veendam, left, and Infinity docked downtown Thursday. Juneau enjoyed a clear day for sailing and flying.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Photos: Learning Skills
Thirty-seven sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students are participating in this summer's Camp WATER program. The program combines western science with Native knowledge and includes a weeklong camping trip into Mitchell Bay near Angoon. This is the 10th and final year of the program.

Troublesome bear banned from Juneau
A bad-news bear is banished from Juneau after being captured near Basin Road Wednesday afternoon.

Photo: Chasing bubbles
Mason Gallanos, 5, left, and his brother, Max, 4, chase soap bubbles outside their mother's business, The Creating Place, on Thursday in Seward Street downtown.

Filipino organization marks 50 years
Fifty years ago this February, as the delegates to the original Alaska Constitutional Convention were wrapping up their business in Fairbanks, a group of Filipinos in Juneau was drafting its own framework.

Photo: Rub-a-dub-dub, kings in a tub
A tote full of Taku River king salmon unloaded Wednesday from a fishing vessel at the Taku Smokeries dock awaits processing.

Business Digest
Juneau State Farm agent Reuben Willis was one of 25 Alaska company agents last month receiving a national award for achievement.

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

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

McLeods celebrate 57 years
Congratulations to longtime Juneau residents Charles and Jeannette McLeod, who celebrate their 57th anniversary on June 11.

Lofton and Ahlgren to wed
Jennifer Lynn Ahlgren, of Juneau, and Cheyenne Warren Lofton, of Colorado Springs, Colo., will be married at 2 p.m. June 17 at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at the Thane Ore House. Family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception.

Tenakee newsletter offers rich Alaska history of gold rush
The Tenakee historical newsletter called the "Store Door" is the finest publication of its kind in Alaska. I know this for a fact, because in the fall of last year, I was in Kodiak eating the best prime rib I have ever had, served by the United States government, on one of the largest Coast Guard bases in the country. I was sitting with an inspiring group of people, the members of the Alaska Historical Society. Among the evening's awards was announced the top historical letter in the state.

FYI
News about the peple you know

Gouveia and Morgan to wed
Cindy Morgan and Phil Gouveia, of Douglas, will be married at 2 p.m. June 17 at the Douglas Methodist Church. A reception will immediately follow at the Island Pub in Douglas.

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

Rorems celebrate their 40th
Larry and Laura Rorem, of Juneau, were married 40 years ago, June 11, 1966, at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from around the community

Recognitions
Jenner Maher, of Juneau, graduated from the University of Portland with a bachelor's degree in political science. Commencement exercises were held May 7.

Spelt spells relief for wheat sensitive
Are you sensitive to wheat? If you are, you are not alone. By some estimates, more than 40 percent of the population has some degree of sensitivity to wheat.

Earning his Eagle Scout
Nicholas Miller, 18, builds a switchback on the Granite Creek trail, to earn the Eagle Scout badge, as part of a community service project. Miller began his scouting career in Juneau as a Tiger Scout in first grade.

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Paul Stoll
Juneau resident Paul Otto Stoll, 98, died May 28, 2006, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Lillian Alma Marshall
Juneau resident Lillian Alma Marshall, 89, died June 4, 2006, in her home in Juneau, after a short bout with bone marrow cancer .

Alaska editorial: Alaskans need to take a good look at gas pipeline risks
Alaskans need to take a good look at gas pipeline risks

Alaska editorial: Screening law is right move for kids' health
With Gov. Murkowski's signing of House Bill 109 into law last month, Alaska became the 40th state in the nation to require a hearing screening for all infants before they leave the hospital or within 30 days of birth if they're not born in a hospital.

My turn: Do people's votes really count?
The debate over the Juneau road is far from over, unless voters want to set precedence where elections do not count. The simple fact is that Juneau voted down the road - not once, but twice.

My turn: Fishermen need a strong Magnuson Act
M embers of the fishing industry need to be aware of the policies Congress is writing in Washington, D.C., that could affect our fishing seasons and livelihoods. It can be difficult for independent fishermen to keep track of federal legislation, because they are busy trying to keep their boats fishing. The big fishing companies and processors can afford to hire consultants to monitor the latest proposals on Capitol Hill and lobby for changes that favor their needs.

Globetrotters legend Curly Neal to bring mirth and merriment to Juneau
It's a Tuesday night at the Atlanta home of Harlem Globetrotters legend Fred "Curly" Neal, and the 60-something guard is watching the first rehabilitation start of Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens.

Correction
Due to an error by the sports editor, there was an inaccuracy in a Page B1 story about Justin Fuller in Wednesday's edition.

Bentz trying to get back to the bigs
Juneau's Chad Bentz is trying to pitch his way back to the major leagues, this time as a member of the Chicago White Sox' AAA minor league club, the Charlotte Knights

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.

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

Troopers look for leads in trumpeter swan shooting
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of a male trumpeter swan that had been nesting in a pond next to the Haines Highway, about 11 miles northwest of Haines.

Alaska Digest
A search Wednesday failed to find a young humpback whale tangled in the lines of a crab pot in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.

Alaskans see hope for fish-farm stance
Alaska regulators and fishing groups said Thursday they feel a lot more optimistic that offshore fish farming won't just get a rubber stamp from Congress.

House plays hookey in conference
Two Alaska senators sat idly for 40 minutes in front of live cameras during a Wednesday night conference committee, then shrugged their shoulders and recessed the meeting.

Legislature debates oil tax into night
Alaska lawmakers worked late Thursday night trying to hammer out their differences over two competing versions of a new plan to tax producers' profits on Alaska oil.

Initial hearing held on marijuana law challenge
A judge is asking the state of Alaska for its evidence that marijuana has become so dangerously potent in the last three decades that it warranted tightening one of the nation's most liberal possession laws.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Fire south of Nenana grows to 10,000 acres
A fire along the Parks Highway more than tripled in size Thursday, reaching an estimated 10,000 acres and moving to within a mile of the city of Nenana.

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

Stoll Returns:
Juneau painter John Stoll finds it fitting that the first two paintings he sold - back in his early 20s - were bought by psychiatrists.

Farewell, This Week
How different our lives were way back on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001.

What's Happening
Concerts

Briefly
Thunder Mountain Big Band will play this summer's first of nine Concerts in the Park, 7 p.m. Friday, June 9 at Marine Park.

What is Hooligan, anyway?
It used to be that the journalism we spat at readers of all ages conformed to the simple rule called five W's: who, what, where, when, why. If reporters were feeling especially spunky, they might throw in "how" for dessert.

Cinema Guide

The Wilders take on Juneau
Guitarist Ike Sheldon and his bandmates in the four-piece Kansas City bluegrass/country/old-time band The Wilders have partied with Alaskans on numerous occasions.

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