Friday, June 29, 2007

New hands-on books now available at Juneau libraries
Feeling crafty? Here are just a few of the new hands-on books you'll find at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Author explores the Muslim woman's search for love
Finding love in Saudi Arabia is practically impossible, especially for young Muslim women.

Values as well as trike go missing at playground
Someone "borrowed" my son's trike from the Twin Lakes playground on June 17. It's unfortunate Juneau already has to deal with the darker side of human nature at a playground and family space that's been open less than a few weeks.

Chamber should be embarrassed to include SEACC
I applaud the recent letters to the editor about Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. At last some common sense. Actions do speak louder than words, and the actions of SEACC scream anti-development!

Don't boycott a great family gathering place
I am writing in response to the letter to the editor, "Boycotting pizza chain affects others," dated June 22. I agree with this statement; we should not boycott such a great restaurant chain as Bullwinkle's Pizza Parlor.

Does no insurance mean no medical care?
I am a heart patient. I had a heart attack a little more than a year ago, with no insurance, so keeping one doctor is vital to my life - one doctor who knows everything that is going on with me. I have found a good doctor and trust him with my life.

Remembering the Pamela Rae: Thank you for the photos
I enjoy reading the Juneau Empire online each week and this name brings back memories of my childhood in Petersburg. The Pamela Rae was one of the premier fishing boats of its era, owned by Magnus Martens and named for his eldest daughter.

Healthy environment essential to economy
There have been a number of dueling letters to the editor over the past several days regarding SEACC's proper role in our local economy.

There are other options than GCI
I read that GCI decided to drop The Hallmark Channel as a business matter. Typical of Juneau, letters to the editor lambasting GCI for their decision began to pour in.

The best place for capital is Juneau
At a recent meeting I attended, a person noted that many state capitals are not in their state's population center. I became fascinated by this information, so I had to go to the Web and check it out.

Sharing the danger of smoking cigarettes
Cigarettes are poison! Stores shouldn't be selling them. They should be banned. Then people wouldn't die of lung cancer or sudden infant death syndrome.

'Bong Hits' draws attention to erosion of personal freedoms
As a former teacher in Juneau (1965 to 1971), I have been following the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" protest and struggle with great interest.

Kohring exhibits strength in face of adversity
As a friend to Rep. Vic Kohring, I know the good he has done for our community over many years.

As Ketchikan turns, so do our lives
Ketchikan is one big soap opera. The same politicians who wanted the bridge to nowhere now want a Gravina Island road to nowhere that will cost the American taxpayers $25.7 million for 3.2 miles.

Business Digest
Downtown salon under new ownership, KIN helps Lego teams organize, Sealaska increases company ownership

Electricity cut at Angoon water treatment plant
Word got around Angoon fast. Save water in any container available: The treatment plant shut down.

Juneau's Gold Rush Days celebrate more than a century of mining history
Gold Rush Days offer a weekend of events that celebrate what this town was built on."We say the streets are paved with gold," said Gold Rush Commission President Jerry Harmon.

Groups say mold in Juneau building is making workers sick
The Alaska State Employees Association filed a class-action grievance against the state over working conditions Thursday afternoon and the Alaska Public Employees Association plans to file one in the next few days.

Home Depot opens doors
Elenoa Lehauli and her daughter Carolina waited 45 minutes for an orange-vested employee to swing wide the double glass doors to Home Depot, welcoming shoppers for the first time Thursday.

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

Correction
Dolly England of the Alaskan Aids Assistance Association was misquoted in a June 27 story about free HIV testing. England's quote should have read, "Hopefully we'll run out of tests, and we'll have no positives, but people will know their status. That would be the ultimate goal."

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

Electric cutoff sparks debate about hydro power in village
The Inside Passage Electric Cooperative cut electricity to Angoon's water treatment facility Tuesday after the city ran up $17,000 in unpaid bills.

Images from another time : Wickersham joins ferry fleet, 1968
The Alaska Marine Highway ferry Wickersham cruises through the Inside Passage in 1968. The vessel began its inaugural cruise from Prince Rupert, British Columbia, to Haines this week in 1968. The ship was in the state's fleet from 1968-74.

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

Alaska Legislature moves ahead with Masonic building remodel
The Alaska Legislature has decided to remodel the former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Juneau as office space and is considering a pedestrian overpass to link it with the Capitol across the street.

Around Town

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you, DIPAC community volunteers, Thanks for helping JDHS Track and Field, Thanks for supporting the Juneau Jumpers, Thanks for sponsoring, donating to TLC, Thanks for flying your flags on Flag Day, Thanks, Southeast, for a memorable class trip, Thanks for making our Senior Prom possible

Reece and Foster wed
Gail Reece and Steve Foster were married in a private ceremony on June 23, 2007, at the Mendenhall Glacier Pavilion. Patrick Pennoyer officiated, and Peggy Schick and Marlin Lowe were the couple's witnesses.

Snyder and Carls to wed
Jennifer J. Snyder and Steve B. Carls, both of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. July 7, 2007, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Steven's Passage? It's all in a name
May I as an irascible old curmudgeon express a pet peeve.

Hospice and Home Care of Juneau thrives on volunteers
Neighbors extending helping hands are nothing new to Juneau, but that volunteer spirit contributes immensely to the ways that Hospice and Home Care of Juneau can serve members of our community.

Neighbors Digest
Douglas church holds barbecue fundraiser, 'Only Fools Run' needs volunteers Saturday, Class of 1962 gathers for its 45th reunion

Pets of the week
Hunter, Pittman at GHS

'Sharing Our Knowledge' clan conference
"Sharing Our Knowledge: A Conference of Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit Tribes and Clans," held March 21-25 in Sitka, is now available on DVD.

Metcalfe and Smith wed
Moira Smith and James "Jake" Metcalfe, both formerly of Juneau, were married on June 2, 2007, at Resolution Park in Anchorage. Family and friends are invited to a Juneau reception at 6 p.m. July 2 at Sandy Beach in Douglas.

Photo: 40th reunion
The Juneau-Douglas High School Class of 1967 will celebrate its 40th reunion the weekend of Aug. 17-19. "We are trying to find contact information for our former classmates, so we can let them know about the reunion," said reunion co-chair Walter Soboleff Jr.

A peach by any other name
When is a peach not a peach? When it is a nectarine. While the similarities between peaches and nectarines are obvious, few people realize that they actually belong to the same species.

Girl Scout day camp
The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council will hold its annual day camp, for girls entering first-sixth grades, July 9-12 at Shepherd of the Valley Church.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is done in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska. More volunteer opportunities can be found online at www.unitedwayseak.org.

Recognitions
Kids borrowing items from the Juneau Public Libraries this summer may enter a contest and be rewarded by local businesses. Each Thursday a drawing will be held from the names of kids who have participated. Prizes will be given each week.

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Frances Cropley
The family of Juneau resident Frances Betts Cropley, who died June 29, 2006, invites friends and family members to a one-year memorial picnic at noon Saturday at Sandy Beach. The picnic will be held until late evening. For more information, call 209-0882.

Alaska editorial: Global Food Alaska event a brilliant idea
Nothing like this has ever happened in Alaska before - but it should.The Global Food Alaska 2007 event put producers, harvesters, packagers and transporters all together under one roof to see how they can better connect the food chain in the state.

My Turn: Not just a ferry link, but a lifeline
I am an unabashed supporter of Lynn Canal ferries. To me, it's a health and safety issue.

My Turn : Fluoridate our water? No thanks.
Recently, a group of Juneau citizens began circulating a petition to put the issue of fluoridating our drinking water on the fall ballot.

Alaska Editorial: Alaskans must take lawmakers to task for hidden pork in state budget
What does it take to change the way the Alaska Legislature does business?

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.

Talisa Rhea named ADN girls high school athlete of the year
Dorena Bingham thinks it's a slam dunk that Juneau basketball player Talisa Rhea was voted as the Anchorage Daily News Girls Prep Athlete of the Year.

Costumed Fools ready for the run
Juneau's downtown streets and neighborhoods may feel like Halloween as joggers and spectators take to the darkness to participate in Saturday night's Only Fools Run at Midnight.

Pitcher's duel marks final weekend of regular season
The A's Jackson Lehnhart and the Cardinals' Dylan Johnson engaged in a pitcher's duel in the Gastineau Channel Little League Major Baseball regular-season finale for both teams on Saturday.

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.

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

Study estimates warming will add to Alaska public structure costs
Climate change could add up to 20 percent to the cost of building and maintaining Alaskas public structures over the next 23 years, a university study has concluded.

Wedding gift led to Caribou Hills blaze
The Caribou Hills fire, which has burned 86 square miles on the Kenai Peninsula, began on land being developed for a wedding gift, fire officials said.

Judge gives OK to dental therapists
A judge rejected an effort by the American Dental Association to stop a program allowing dental therapists to provide services in areas of rural Alaska where tooth decay is prevalent.

Prosecutor, defense paint different pictures of Anderson
Tom Anderson was either a debt-ridden politician willing to sell his influence or the victim of a corrupt former state bureaucrat trying to avoid his own prosecution by handing over a sitting legislator to overeager federal investigators.

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

Swiss firm sees gold in the sands of Cook Inlet
An international prospecting company is reviving the chase for gold in Cook Inlet sands a century after the first attempts didn't pan out and two decades after most everyone gave up looking.

Dems hit airwaves to attack Don Young
U.S. Rep. Don Young is to be the target of a weeklong advertising blitz from Democrats who are using Independence Day to highlight what they say is the congressman's lack of support for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tennessee airman helps save drowning Alaskan
Tennessean John Rogers helped saved a drowning man a long way from home - in Alaska.

Photo: Oh deer
Two Sitka blacktail deer graze Sunday along the side of Glacier Highway near Industrial Boulevard. Deer have been a common sight as they seek out the accessible greens close to Juneau roads.

Bald eagle recovers after years on brink
The American bald eagle, a national symbol once almost wiped out by hunters and DDT poisoning, has not only survived but is thriving.

Photo: Vessel repaired after collision with cruise ship
Crew of the 58-foot Adirondack work Monday to repair damage caused by an early-morning collision with the 257-foot cruise ship Spirit of Yorktown in Chatham Strait near Sitka. No injuries were reported in the incident.

House blocks funding for Tongass roads
The U.S. House of Representatives has limited federal spending on logging roads in the Tongass National Forest.

Ex-corrections official testifies in Anderson trial
Jurors in the trial of former state Rep. Tom Anderson got an insider's view on Thursday of how business is done on the fringes of the Alaska Legislature.

Alaska Digest
Anchorage approves wireless Internet, Fort Richardson soldier killed in Iraq, Tip line set up to catch bootleggers

Alaska Digest
Dungeness harvest predicted to be down, Ionospheric research center operational, Anchorage program targets trash bears, Man survive bear mauling near Kenai

North Slope oil worker lands 340-pound halibut
A North Slope oil worker is in the lead to win the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby after hauling in a monster fish weighing more than 340 pounds.

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