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Friday, June 16, 2006

Juvenile illustrated fiction
Juvenile Illustrated Fiction (JIF) books are books with plenty of pictures but a more sophisticated storyline and broader age appeal than our picture books. Look for them on the spinner shelves in the children's area of each branch of the Juneau Public Libraries.

Business Digest
Anchorage-based Roger Hickel Contracting was selected by Home Depot as general contractor for its Juneau store to open in Lemon Creek early next year.

Gas line contract needs to benefit the people
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority's all-Alaska gas line appears to be in the best interests of the public, judging by the polls asking Alaskans which gas line proposal they would like to see pursued in Alaska. In the Alaska Constitution (Article 8, Section 8.1), it clearly points out, "It is the policy of the State to encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest." It seems, for some reason, the Murkowski administration has forgotten to mention maximum benefit is not solely for the benefit of the state's treasury department, but also for the benefit of the public - the very public who technically owns the resources to begin with.

Supporting troops without the war
I would like to explain how a person can support the troops, but not the war.

Gas line contract needs to benefit the people
The Alaska Gasline Port Authority's all-Alaska gas line appears to be in the best interests of the public, judging by the polls asking Alaskans which gas line proposal they would like to see pursued in Alaska. In the Alaska Constitution (Article 8, Section 8.1), it clearly points out, "It is the policy of the State to encourage the settlement of its land and the development of its resources by making them available for maximum use consistent with the public interest." It seems, for some reason, the Murkowski administration has forgotten to mention maximum benefit is not solely for the benefit of the state's treasury department, but also for the benefit of the public - the very public who technically owns the resources to begin with.

Roads versus those nasty ferries
An expensive road to nowhere is just that. Mr. Poor's recent My Turn decrying subsidies for the Marine Highway System and citing misleading comparisons between the road and the ferry deserves a brief response.

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

Hooligan to light up Juneau
We weren't just thinking about the young and the rowdy when we came up with the name "Hooligan" for our new leisure and entertainment section.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's Juneau Empire implied that Aleknagik Natives Limited, based in Dillingham, is a village corporation for Dillingham.

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

5 Sealaska board members re-elected
Sealaska Corp. shareholders re-elected five board members and heard a review of the corporation's performance at their 33rd annual meeting, Saturday in Bellevue, Wash.

Photo: Rolling out the green carpet
From left, Chris Steiner, Eric Holum, Eric Pratt and Brandon Long install artificial turf Wednesday next to the Marie Drake Building.

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

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

Sealaska shareholders to vote on descendants next June
At next year's annual meeting, shareholders of Sealaska Corp. will vote on issuing stock to their descendants, Chief Executive Officer Chris McNeil said Wednesday.

Photos: Honoring Old Glory
The U.S. Coast Guard Color Guard presents the colors to open the Flag Day service at Marine Park. The service was sponsored by the Juneau Elks Lodge No. 420. About 40 people attended the service.

$248 million budget passed
The city approved a nearly quarter-billion-dollar budget for fiscal year 2007 at a special Juneau Assembly meeting Wednesday evening.

Community Cheer
While many tour guides' and bartenders' wallets depend on the gratuities they earn each tourist season, Alaskan Brewing Co. employees give their tips away.

Photo: Heavy lifting
World Wide Movers employees Anthony Middendorf, left, and Ron Williams steady a magnetic resonance imaging machine made by Siemens, as a crane lifts it off a trailer Thursday at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Pianist returns for 'pops' concert
In Russia, if there's a household with one classical record, it's likely to be American pianist Van Cliburn's 1958 version of Tchaikovsky's "Piano Concerto No. 1."

Photo: Fire-fighting practice
Capital City Fire and Rescue crew conduct a live fire training exercise Thursday at 1380 Fritz Cove Road.

FYI
News about the peple you know

Johnson and Reynolds to wed
Mary Rose Johnson, of Juneau, and John Israel Reynolds, of Tillamook, Ore., will marry at 3 p.m. July 8 at Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at 4 p.m.

Forrests celebrate 50 years
Dick and Judy Forrest, of Juneau, celebrate their golden anniversary on June 16.

Lipsky and Lee to wed
Trisha Candice Lipsky, of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Adam Joseph Lee, of Hoonah, will marry at 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at Chapel By the Lake in Juneau. A reception will follow at 4 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel.

Big Sister outing
Big Sister Virginia Smiley kayaks with Sacha Williams, 10, during the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Juneau organized outing on Sunday at Twin Lakes

Saceda and Hurt wedded
Nichel C. Saceda and Franklin R. Hurt, of Juneau, were married May 27 at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas.

Thibodeaus celebrate 25 years
Rick and Gail Thibodeau, married Aug. 12, 1981, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary at 7 p.m. June 26 at Chapel by the Lake.

Koda, Mr. Big are friendly felines
Koda, top, is a 6-month-old male tiger cat with long hair. He is absolutely gorgeous with huge yellow eyes and long whiskers. He is very friendly and loves it when you tease him with a feather. Come and check out this big boy in the country room at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Martins celebrate 50 years
Phil and Yvonne Martin, of Juneau, celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 15

NeighborsDigest
Staff reports from around the community

Living and Growing: 'Me love you, Daddy'
There are days marked on a calendar that highlight the different relationships we have with other people in our lives. Mother's Day, Grandparent's Day, Valentine's Day, and Groundhog's Day, to name a few.

Fitzjarralds celebrate 50 years
Roger and Bonnie Fitzjarrald celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 3. Roger Weldon Fitzjarrald and Bonnie Lynne Beard were married on June 3, 1956, at First Methodist Church Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla.

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Hallie P. Rice Sr.
Former Juneau resident Hallie P. Rice Sr., 82, died in his sleep June 3, 2006, in Gainesville, Fla.

My turn: Kensington practices exceed requirements
Let's see, open fears voiced by seven communities, at or near Bristol Bay is a cheap way to use Native support in Alaska. Native support is the only way Alaska has any say on how and what should be done to Alaska pertaining to its natural resources.

My turn: Contract: Alaska getting a raw deal
Alaska's constitution gave fresh meaning to Abraham Lincoln's famous phrase "of the people, by the people and for the people." Through our government, the people of Alaska own Alaska. That's why we call it the Owner State.

Time machine could inform gas debate
I wonder if Gov. Murkowski saw the movie "Back to the Future"? I ask because it would help if lawmakers and he could ride with Marty McFly and Doc Brown in their fictional DeLorean time machine back to the days of the 20th century robber barons that sparked Alaska's drive for statehood.

Alaska Editorial: People are to blame for bear behavior
A series of recent bear sightings, attacks and shootings force us humans to remember we aren't the only ones at the dominant end of the food chain.

Alaska editorial: Congress needs to let Alaska decide how to spend its money
Congress just can't let go of Ketchikan's bridge.

My turn: Look past copycats for reasons behind Native suicides
My turn: Look past copycats for reasons behind Native suicides

Juneau Jambaars drop friendly match in regional warm-up
In their first competitive game in nearly nine months, the Juneau Jambaars U-13 boys soccer team dropped an exhibition contest Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

Bodybuilding legend Draper comes to town
This Saturday morning presents a dream opportunity for bodybuilding buffs or anyone who wants to know more about exercise.

Jambaars ready for regional tourney
As the World Cup rages on halfway around the world, a group of Juneau youths will be embarking on its own soccer odyssey starting Friday.

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.

EPA points out road plan flaws
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the state's plan to extend Glacier Highway 50 miles to a planned shuttle terminal may result in "substantial and unacceptable impacts" to wetlands and a waterway along the proposed route.

SE Native corp. leaders blast Bristol Bay for Kensington suit
Three Southeast Alaska Native corporation leaders slammed Bristol Bay village corporations Wednesday for allying with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's lawsuit against the Kensington Mine.

Dead whale turns up 1,000 miles inland
Talk about a fish, er, cetacean, out of water.

Railroad wants to use herbicides along tracks
Alaska Railroad officials said Tuesday they need herbicides to control fast-growing weeds and plants along the train tracks because the plants are hampering safety.

Alaska Digest
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens lost money last year on his investments in horses and Arizona livestock, but the income from his blind trust more than made up for it.

Bear causes problems at Denali campground
A campground at Denali National Park is closed to tent camping this week because of two, young and curious bears that are causing problems.

Bill bans state from spending on bridges
Alaska is barred from spending federal transportation dollars on two bridges that spawned a national debate about congressional pork, according to a bill passed Wednesday by the U.S. House.

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

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

Oops! Fairbanks sells employee info
A Fairbanks woman got a surprise when she bought surplus office supplies at a city auction.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Court OKs no-knock searches
The Supreme Court's conservative shift has paid off for police.

State settles lawsuit over Ketchikan inmate's death
The state of Alaska has paid $573,000 to settle a lawsuit over the death of an inmate at the Ketchikan Correctional Center, according to attorneys representing the inmate's mother.

Sockeye forecast could disappoint all users
Commercial fishermen in the Upper Cook Inlet are already wringing their hands over weak sockeye run projections, but the forecast could be full of dreary news for all sockeye user groups.

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