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Saturday, June 16, 2007

Fantasy map book one of many new offerings at library
Summer reading is in full swing! Here are books for young readers and listeners to help answer questions, solve mysteries and explain the world.

Gridiron heroes
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.

Kevin Reeves' anti-immigraton sentiment
While I agree there certainly are important issues to consider regarding immigration, Kevin Reeves' obtuse reference to La Raza and MEChA in his article "The 'Great USA Giveaway" strike me as hate-promoting innuendo.

Our own Magic Kingdom
Not all of us live in a Mountainside Estates home and can afford to travel and enjoy the luxuries of down south. Therefore, Project Playground is our Disneyland.

A good Rags to Riches tale went missing
Many thanks for reporting in Thursday's paper that Rags to Riches would be running in the Belmont race on Saturday. As you indicated, she was only the 22nd filly to ever run in the race, the first since 1999, and - if she won - it would be the first time a filly won in over a century (since 1905).

Blame for war lies squarely with Bush, GOP
In answer to Jamison Paul's letter of May 31 and his conclusion that the "Democratic Party has failed us" because it was unable to end the war in Iraq, I hope Paul understands the political realities of the situation.

Juneau culture discourages civic participation
As a former Juneau resident who still seasonally works there, I must comment on the Bruce Weyhrauch corruption indictment. My bias is that I befriended this man when he revealed to me the strength of his conviction that our form of government works.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events. To be included, notices should be dropped off at 3100 Channel Drive.

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

Photo: Patriotic harvest
Drake Timothy, 8, arranges U.S. flags Thursday at his grandmother's Fourth Street home in Douglas, as part of the annual observance of Flag Day.

Voter turnout was lowest in 10 years
One way to look at voter participation in Tuesday's special school bond election is the net return on promotion costs: 5,244 ballots at $4 each.

Ships in port today

$1.7 million voting system gets little use
Alaska elections officials spent $1.7 million for electronic voting machines to help disabled voters cast ballots and wound up with a costly system that's never seen much use.

Photo: Slippery cargo
Rich Garrison, deckhand on the Ocean Cape, cleans out the fish hold while the crew finishes offloading its rockfish catch Thursday at the Taku Fisheries dock in downtown Juneau.

FYI
FYI birth and wedding announcements may be e-mailed to neighbors@juneauempire.com. Parents whose baby was adopted or born outside Juneau should send in the full name of the baby and parents, sex of the baby, birth date (if known), city of birth, weight (pounds and ounces) and the parents' city of residence.

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.

Photo: GED grads
From left, Christopher Brooke Watts, Rhiannon Lee Troupin and Timothy Jay McCoy, General Educational Development graduates and recipients of University of Alaska Southeast scholarships, pose for a photo June 8 at The Learning Connection's graduation and awards ceremony.

Governor lives in a mansion, not in a house
Nothing has disturbed me more than to see the signs scattered around downtown Juneau directing citizens and tourists to the "Governor's House."

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting family birth center, Thank for coming out, Symphony sends thanks

Dinner is an important time, even though your family drives you crazy
So it's Friday night. Everyone's finally home, and no one's in a particular hurry. Still, dinner needs to be made.

Photo: Breakfast money
Karen Eriksen, left, Juneau Educational Support Staff member and lunch-breakfast coordinator at Riverbend Elementary School, accepts a $2,000 donation to the school breakfast program from Chet Durand, JESS president, on behalf of JESS just after serving breakfast to Riverbend students on June 1.

Photo: Coming to town
The Rev. John Hagee, president and chief executive officer of John Hagee Ministries, will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, Father's Day, at the Juneau Christian Center. Hagee has a straightforward preaching style that is laced with humor and biblical insight.

Industrial agriculture is killing U.S. honeybees
Honeybees have been in the headlines lately, and the news isn't good. Alarming numbers of honeybees have disappeared without a trace, up to 70 percent in some parts of the country. This is bad news not only if you like honey, but also if you like to eat.

Recognitions
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announces that Dr. Noble E. Anderson has joined the permanent staff at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. He will be caring for patients at the hospital as well as making regular field trips to see patients in Hoonah.

Neighbors Digest
Registration now open for wellness program, Arts council seeks award nominations, Ocean adventure race takes place Saturday

Photo: Hospital donation
From left, Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation Executive Director Charlotte Richards, Dr. Robert Breffeilh and trustee Loretta Beadle make a presentation of $50,000 to Bartlett Regional Hospital on May 12 at the Robert F. Valliant Center dedication ceremony.

Veter and Harris to wed
Dawn C. Veter and Martin M. Harris, both of Juneau, will marry at 3 p.m. on June 23, 2007, in Juneau. A reception will follow at Marlintini's Lounge.

Alaska editorial: Take care of seniors at the special session
L awmakers had the time. Lawmakers had the money. Lawmakers even had the wherewithal.

Outside editorial: Justice or judicial tantrum?
More and more states are holding adults criminally accountable for serving liquor in their homes to underage drinkers, and with good reason.

Put the Juneau road myth to rest
The idea of a road connecting Juneau to the main highway system has always been a contentious issue. Who wouldn't want the luxury of driving out of town without being married to the whims of an unreliable ferry schedule and its high prices?

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.

Former governor stable after being hospitalized for aneurism
An aortic aneurism has landed former Alaska Gov. Bill Sheffield in the hospital, where he was reported in stable condition Thursday.

Alaska Digest
Remaining election ballots to be counted today at City Hall, Two-time cancer survivor to speak in Juneau next week, Wasilla man gets 40 years for role in beating death, Prosecutors seek trial delay to find witness to killing, Bush communities still dangerously vulnerable to fire, Alaska authorities call off search for missing Oak Park woman

National search launched for state education commissioner
Alaska officials will conduct a national search to find a replacement for the outgoing commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development.

This Day in History
Today in the Alaska, the nation and the world.

State officials designate Kenai River, Big Lake as heavily polluted
Water cleanup plans will be submitted to federal regulators for the lower Kenai River and Big Lake, two of southcentral Alaska's most popular recreation sites.

$10 million Florida road may lead to Don Young
An unexpected $10 million congressional earmark might seem like money from heaven for a fast-growing county needing billions for transportation improvements, but that's not the case with Coconut Road.

Small vendor highlights rift in Fairbanks
Tucked into Fairbanks City Hall's law books is a rule banning street vendors from setting up for business in Golden Heart Plaza, a prime downtown civic anchor.

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