Saturday, June 9, 2007

Wiggins finds a place to use her voice
In late September 2005 - two years after she was nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her novel "Evidence of Things Unseen" - Marianne Wiggins was on her deck watching the Santa Susana Pass fire that would eventually char 17,000 acres.

Carlisle Indians found victory on football field
Chippewa and Iroquois, Cherokee and Cheyenne, they were pulled from the reservations to take part in a brutal experiment in education at the hands of an Army captain who strove to blot out their cultural identity.

Summer reading program starts this week at the libraries
"Get a Clue @ Your Library" starts this week. Kids can visit any public library to register for the summer reading program and pick up a reading game card. They put their name in the prize fishbowl every day to be eligible for weekly prize drawings.

Moving special session is only fair
The Empire's editorial, "Moving special session adds insult to injury," published on Sunday, is a good example of what is wrong with the attitude of many in Juneau.

SEACC, Sierra Club, LCC should drop lawsuit
I am writing this letter in support of the Kensington Mine on behalf of the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp, because of the financial opportunities the mine affords Southeast Alaska citizens.

Unhappy with Twin Lakes playground
What I am about to write will not be very well received by many in this community, but the more I have discussed this with people, the more I feel I am not alone in my opinion.

Ships in port today

Hodges returns to the trombone
Jack Hodges joined the Juneau Symphony in 1966. As the longest-tenured member of the orchestra, he's generally known for his tone, dedication and role as principal trombonist.

Board: No to snowmobiles at Eaglecrest
The Juneau Snowmobile Club was unable to convince the Eaglecrest Board of Directors to allow it to use parts of the city-owned ski area.

Around Town

Photo: Images from another time: General election, November 1982
A crowd of Juneau residents celebrates at Election Central in the Baranof Hotel after it becomes apparent Juneau would prevail in a capital-move battle.

Correction

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

Photo: Maiden voyage
A crowd gathers Wednesday at the Auke Bay boat harbor to watch the test launch of the "Plastic Poison," a Viking longboat made out of recycled bottles boasting a patchwork sail stitched together from second-hand shirts - many flaunting perilously paisley patterns - and paddles made from crutches.

Jesus had a healing ministry
Reading the gospels, it is evident that Jesus was involved in a healing ministry, because he healed several people during His public service and even raised his friend, Lazarus, from the dead. He did this with the power of the Holy Spirit.

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

Photo: Civil Air Patrol cadet workshop
Major Steve Sztuk, far right, maintenance officer for the Civil Air Patrol Southeast Composite Squadron, shared some of his 50-plus years experience with the cadets in a propeller maintenance workshop held June 2 in Juneau.

Photo: Students fight world hunger
Students from the Communities In Schools, Juneau, Ethics and Leadership after-school program organized a successful Oxfam America Hunger Banquet for the community on May 12.

Melons are a perfect food for summer
When I was a kid, I memorized several poems by Ogden Nash. I enjoyed his offbeat sense of humor and the fact that his poetry rhymed.

FYI
FYI birth and wedding announcements may be e-mailed to neighbors@juneauempire.com.

Photo: Capital Transit educates on strokes
John Kern, Capital Transit manager, holds an American Heart Association and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program bus placard, with Janice Gray, Alaska Stroke Task Force member and Bartlett Regional Hospital nurse manager of the Emergency, CCU and Cardiac Rehabilitation departments.

Neighbors Digest
Concert in the Park to have Stroller White, National Men's Health Week June 11-17, Widowed Persons Service to hold regular brunches, Three-day garden design workshop starts June 14, SEARHC program awards seven worksite grants, New summer concert series starts Saturday

Everyone has memories of 'Alaska Flag Song'
Carol Beery Davis was a poet, a writer and a piano teacher. I knew her well, because in the 1940s I took lessons from her at herfamily home on Sixth Street.

Pets of the week
Gastineau Humane Society has fantastic ferrets, darling dog

Recognitions
John Allen was placed on the dean's list with highest honors for the 2007 spring semester at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala. Allen is the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the recipient of the Alumni Scholarship and the Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship. He is the son of Bill and Vinessa Allen.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping our son through his accident, Thanks for donating to Meals on Wheels, Thanks for helping the Floyd Dryden news

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Empire editorial: Pay for new school now rather than later
The question isn't so much whether Thunder Mountain High School will get an auditorium and furnishings, but who will pay for them.

The 'Great USA Giveaway'
When top-tier Democrats promote a bill that has a Republican commander in chief grinning like a Cheshire cat, it's time to start worrying.

Fifth-inning rally sparks JDHS
Though he'd been out three weeks with a thumb injury, Juneau-Douglas High School pitcher Andrew Hall proved to be in perfect postseason form Thursday.

Crimson Bears prepare to face challenge
Wacky weather forced the Juneau-Douglas High School softball team to practice and play with the work ethic of the U.S. Postal Service.

Photo: In the pink
The Pinks, shown here, defeated the Chinooks 4-3 in the Capital City Soccer League's annual 7-a-side tournament on Saturday. From left to right, Matt Deitrick, Nobu Koch, Paul Burrows, Jennifer Bostrom, Jose Rodriguez and Pat Race.

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. It runs when space is available and event notices should arrive at least one week before they are scheduled to take place.

Grief camp returns to Alaska
Raynee Redington's brown lunch bag has the words "Daddy Angel" pasted on it.

Alaska Digest
Matanuska Maid closing its doors, Jury finds Gakona man guilty of wife's murder, Mooseheart fire grows by thousands of acres

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

Photo: Graduation day
Daniel Cheshire, center, of the Juneau Police Department, practices a dance move prior to entering the Hames P.E. Center gym Thursday for the 37th Alaska Law Enforcement Training program graduation in Sitka.

Stevens hires lawyers in FBI probe
Veteran Sen. Ted Stevens has hired lawyers and has been instructed by the FBI to preserve records relevant to a burgeoning federal investigation into corruption in Alaska, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Mat-Su officials seek cause of fire
It could take weeks to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a school outside Talkeetna, Matanuska-Susitna Borough officials said.

New VECO leader: Ethics is a priority
The new chief executive of VECO Corp. says high ethical standards are his first concern.

Yakutat Assembly overrides mayoral veto

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