Internet connects Nobel laureate to readers
By some measures, Elfriede Jelinek's world is small. The reclusive Nobel literature laureate cloisters herself inside her homes in Vienna and Munich, Germany, and rarely ventures out in public.

'The Secret' says people can draw negative happenings toward them
Want to know a secret? Thoughts of fear and powerlessness among the people who died in Hurricane Katrina and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks attracted them "to being in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Libraries' Summer Reading Program offers new titles such as 'Bitsy's Bait and BBQ'
Here are some summer reading ideas for those too old for the Summer Reading Program. Other new titles this week include "The Bourne Betrayal" by Eric Van Lustbader, "The Raw Shark Texts" by Stephen Hall, and "Bad Luck and Trouble" by Lee Child.

Leopard hunt in Africa was ethical
I'm sure many in the Juneau community share Sherrie Jans' views regarding the ethics of leopard hunting printed in Tuesday's Juneau Empire. She is quite correct that Bill Adair and I put ourselves in harm's way.

Boycotting pizza chain affects others
This is regarding the letter "Boycott Bullwinkle's, services of Dr. Death" in Tuesday's Juneau Empire.

Mining industry should pay fair-market value
The Juneau Empire's front-page story, "State Mining Profits Surge," on Monday, showed that the mining industry is reaping profits from high mineral prices, with zinc being the most profitable commodity.

SEACC does not support development
Erik Lie-Nielsen's attack in Monday's Empire on Juneau Chamber of Commerce members who bravely decried Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's membership in a pro-development organization is a clear example of a tyrannical minority in action.

Renters belong in assessor's database
I would like to point out to Skip Lundstrom (Sunday's Juneau Empire) that thousands of Juneau residents do not show up in the assessor's database.

SEACC deserves thanks for efforts
It amazes me that any media outlet would carry the ads that were run after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Corps of Engineers' permit for the Kensington Mine was illegal.

Nixing touch screens wasn't money related
There were several factual errors in Pat Forgey's article "$1.7 million voting system gets little use."

Commute from Valley could be invigorating
As I have suggested in the past (letters to the editor, July 24, 2001) the solution to the Mendenhall Valley-downtown commute is not a light rail system but rather a high-speed roller coaster, complete with zero-G rolls, loop-d-loops and camel backs.

Prince Rupert best for ferry terminus
While Gary Benedict should be congratulated for his efforts on behalf of Hyder, he ignores a few problems in his June 14 My Turn:

Hallmark Channel to end Juneau run
At a time when sex and violence rule television programming, many Alaska homes are losing one of America's family stations.

Photo: Polished Lady J
Mike Elliott sands the mahogany stern platform of the Lady J on Thursday in Auke Bay Harbor as he prepares the boat for the summer season. The Lady J, owned by John Wilkins Jr. of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 4 Juneau, takes disabled U.S. military veterans fishing for free.

Juneau projects in Legislature-approved budget

City, ATV group plan park
After years of trying to find an adequate place to ride, outdoor recreation vehicle enthusiasts may soon have a place to call their own.

Around Town

Officials are 'hungry' for barge details
Alaska and federal officials have a list of questions and few answers about a Canadian mining company's plan to use a hoverbarge to transport supplies on the Taku River from the state capital to the Tulsequah Chief mine, roughly 40 miles northeast of downtown.

Photo: Listening to Alaska's 'economic lifeline'
Spectators listen for the sound of flowing crude oil passing through the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Oil officially began flowing at 10:06 a.m. June 20, 1977, for it's 30-day, nearly 800 mile journey to Valdez.

Navy officer sentenced to four years in prison
Cmdr. Robert Schetky, formerly the top-ranking Navy officer in Alaska, was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison with two years suspended for the attempted sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl.

Tom Anderson bribery trial begins Monday
Former state Rep. Tom Anderson, R-Anchorage, goes on trial Monday in Anchorage, in a case which may be linked to the ongoing political corruption investigation involving VECO Corp. executives and other state legislators.

City projects await Palin's final approval
Juneau is poised to do well with the state's capital budget, its legislative team says.

Around Town

Business Digest
Spencer joins Angoon Health Center staff, Tim Vig named new president of USKH, Kitchen designer honored in contest, Network group offers enterprise seminar

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

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

Shee Atiká elects new officers, honors directors
With nearly 60 percent of the shares represented in person or by proxy at the 33rd annual meeting of Shee Atik, the Alaska Native claims urban corporation for Sitka shareholders, met on June 16 and voted to return two long-serving directors and elect a replacement for a retiring director.

Pets of the week
Cody is an incredible 6-year-old, neutered male husky mix. He is incredibly friendly and smart as a whip. "Sit," "shake" and "down" are all in his vocabulary. He is hanging out with the doggie day care crew to learn the ins and outs of good socialization.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting our annual food drive, Thanks for making Earth Day educational,Thanks for contributing to our dance team, Thanks for condolences during our loss, Thanks for showing true meaning of community, Thanks for running our Field Days events

Family Day at the Lake
Hayley Trimpert, 4, shows off a king salmon caught during the annual Family Day at the Lake, and her first day in Juneau on June 9 at Twin Lakes.

Berggren and Perez wed
Christina Perez, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Keith H. Berggren, of Juneau, were married on May 19, 2007, at Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi.

Neighbors Digest
Community Schools seeks teachers for fall, Class of 1987 celebrates 20-year reunion, Perseverance adult acting class starts Monday, Arctic Warrior Band to play during Fourth of July, Kathy Buss birthday, fundraiser held June 24, Invasive Plants Action sponsors two weed pulls, Forest Service hosts Crystal Lake Day Camp. Southeast Conference names new directo

Photo: Puls to speak
For the fourth summer, the Rev. Arthur Puls, right, joined by his wife, Gloria, of Alpine, Calif., will visit Juneau to speak at Faith Lutheran Church.

Kunz and Davis wed
Julie Davis and Steve Kunz, of Juneau, were married on May 26, 2007, in Juneau. The ceremony was officiated by friend Joseph Reeves. A reception followed at Auke Village Recreational Area.

The ole curiosity shop of Peter the Great
My son Allan on his trips to Russia has met many of the leading historians of the Russian American field and the heads of famous museums. One is the Peter the Great Museum of Ethnography at St.Petersburg.

Photo: Making music
From left, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Executive Director Nancy DeCherney, observes as Juneau Community Foundation Board President Reed Stoops gives the violin a test drive on Monday, under the tutelage of Franz Felkl, with encouragement from Kristina Paulick on French Horn.


Gorman wins Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race
Race co-founder Mark Gorman claimed the overall title in the inaugural Sitka Sound Ocean Adventure Race on Saturday.

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.


Brown rice takes twice as long as white but is worth the extra time
Sometimes you learn about new things from unusual sources. I first heard about brown rice almost 30 years ago from a fellow named Minor Lyle. Minor was a street person who'd blown his mind in the '60s taking too much acid.



Lillian Jim-Croasmun
Juneau resident Lillian Jim-Croasmun died June 19, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She was 55.

Virginia Shadduck
Former Juneau resident Virginia Shadduck died June 18, 2007, at the Sun Bridge Care and Rehab facility in McCall, Idaho. She was best known to her friends and family as "Ginger." She was 69.

Bloomberg: Unaffiliated in name only?
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was never really a Republican; neither was he really a Democrat, the political party he previously left. From DINO (Democrat in name only), he became a RINO (Republican in name only) and now I guess one might call him, what, an UNO (unaffiliated in name only)?

A moment of truth
Like a violence addict waking from a final binge, the Palestinian leadership has reached that rock-bottom moment of clarity. Hamas, the Islamist movement, now sits victorious but isolated in the Gaza Strip, while secular-minded Fatah retains its government seat in the West Bank.

Alaska editorial: A look at Palin's first six months
Gov. Sarah Palin has been in office for a little over six months. She's still learning.

Outside editorial: Independence day for Michael Bloomberg
You couldn't get a much clearer signal that Michael Bloomberg is seriously considering a third-party run for president than he gave by switching his voter registration from Republican to undeclared.

Outside editorials: Time to talk peace
The idea was laudable. No direct U.S. or international aid should go to any Palestinian government that sanctions terrorism and that does not recognize Israel's right to exist.

My turn: Admitting defeat is hard for George
"Hillary, get out here a minute, would you?" "OK, OK. Jeez, George, what time is - holy heck! What is that?" "I think it's a bear." "George, it's got a hold of your leg! How did this happen?"

The West banks on Abbas
Contrary to the grandiose and grotesque assertions of that Hamas gunman who was all over the news photos the other day, posing with a Gaza telephone and pretending he was talking to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice - "Condi, you have to deal with me now!" he chortled - no, actually, Condi doesn't.

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

Rears on Gears captures women's title at Kluane Chilkat bike relay
Nearly 30 Juneau, Douglas and Auke Bay teams mounted their bikes and conquered the 15th annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay on June 16-17.

Tranqilizer kills Kenai bear slated to be painted with dots
A grizzly bear tranquilized so it could be painted with pink dots has died.

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

Fire near Homer spreads
A forest fire burning in the Caribou Hills northeast of Homer continued to grow Wednesday despite efforts by 30 firefighters to stifle it, Department of Natural Resources officials.

Alaska Digest
Police charge teens in store assault, Police arrest witness in '95 homicide case

Alaska Digest
Police: Man stabbed in liver while drinking, City unveils art for convention center, Two people injured in dune buggy crash

Anchorage residents line up for Dairy Queen offerings
Customers were waiting up to 40 minutes to relieve pent-up demand for soft serve and sugary toppings at the city's new Dairy Queen restaurant.

Board takes action to keep dairy open
Alaska's state-owned dairy dodged closure when Gov. Sarah Palin's new Board of Agriculture and Conservation voted to keep it open.

Kenai fire continues to grow
fire burning on the Kenai Peninsula about 30 miles north of Homer more than doubled in size overnight and is estimated at about 6,000 acres, Division of Forestry officials said Thursday.

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

Skagway Air to shut down after 43 years
For Mike O'Daniel, there's never been a dull moment atSkagway Air Service, the airline his parents founded in 1964 and which he now owns.

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