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Saturday, June 10, 2006

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

FYI
News about the peple you know

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from around the community

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: 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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

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