Thursday, July 16, 2009

New teen fiction
Neon labels on the spines of books on the adult fiction shelves show they're meant for teen readers, with more intricate and mature plots than chapter books but with themes aimed at young adults. Scan for them on the shelves, look them up in our computer catalogue, or use these titles as a starting point.

Arts & Culture Calendar
ART, EVENTS & PERFORMANCE

Consistency and change
Fans of the Gold Town Nickelodeon will be relieved to hear that the theater's new owner plans to remain true to the heart of the business.

Under the weather
If you have one of those friends that are always on, always in full-throttle entertainment mode, there are times when you just don't feel like being around him, right? That is kind of how I look at Sacha Baron Cohen.

Local author featured in new "Chicken Soup"
Local author H.J. Eggers is featured in the new "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Tough Times, Tough People".

Climbing competition at the Rock Dump Saturday
The Rock Dump will host a rock climbing competition that will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at 1310 Eastaugh Way.

Concerts in the Park series continues Friday
This Friday's performance, held from 7-8:30 at Marine Park, will include Kray Van Kirk, Rudolph M. Isturis/Spirit Whispers, Greg Burger, Mary De Smet and Lindsay and Auri Clark.

Canvas to offer classes for kids beginning July 20
Glass, Clay and Storytelling, a class for kids ages 6 to 12, will run from July 20-24 at the Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery. Class hours are 9 a.m.-noon, and the cost is $125.

Feds crack down on Alaska home care programs
The federal government is barring Alaska from accepting more of its frail and elderly residents into its home and personal care services programs until the state shows it can fix a series of problems that may be endangering seniors.

Legislature to call special session - in Anchorage
The Alaska Legislature will meet in special session outside the capital to override Gov. Sarah Palin's veto of energy stimulus money and to confirm her appointment of a new lieutenant governor, legislators said Wednesday.

Assault victim awarded $2 million in civil case
A former Juneau resident who underwent 13 surgeries after having his jaw broken and face smashed in a 2005 assault won a $2 million civil case last week for his injuries.

City to consider raising tobacco tax
A health advocacy organization wants the city to raise cigarette taxes in Juneau from 30 cents a pack to $1.

Ketchikan mill is awarded Orion North timber
The U.S. Forest Service agreed Monday to sell timber to a Ketchikan mill in a roadless area of the Tongass National Forest after the Obama administration's approved the sale.

Photo: Olympic training?
Murphy Delgado, 8, rides his skateboard, luge-style complete with helmet, down the sidewalk along Seward Street near his father's shop, the Urban Eskimo, on Wednesday.

Photo: Time's tickin' til quittin'
Tourists view the doorway leading to the office of the Governor on the third floor of the Capitol building on Tuesday. The clock is still ticking for the Palin/Parnell administration.

Photo: As seen on Dutch TV
Juneau glacial researcher Mike Hekkers, center, is interviewed Wednesday by Dutch television journalist Floortje Dessing, left, and videographer Joost Hoozemans at the Mendenhall Glacier for their adventure travel program called "3 Op Reis" (3 on Tour). The three-member crew, including producer Paul Koning, not pictured, are working on 17 episodes, including four in Alaska, about life in circumpolar countries.

Photo: Cool treat
Barbara Greening, second from right, of Juneau, enjoys frozen treats on South Franklin Street Tuesday with her visiting nieces from Washington state. From left are Mariah Wilson, Elan Tomlinson, her sister, Annelle, and Corianna Tomlinson.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
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Police & Fire
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Around Town
Today, July 15

Henrich R. Bean
Kake resident Henrich R. Bean died July 10, 2009, at home in Kake.

The 'cap and tax' dead end
There is no shortage of threats to our economy. America's unemployment rate recently hit its highest mark in more than 25 years and is expected to continue climbing. Worries are widespread that even when the economy finally rebounds, the recovery won't bring jobs. Our nation's debt is unsustainable, and the federal government's reach into the private sector is unprecedented.

Reactions to Palin: Men mystified, women mad
The reaction of the punditocracy to Sarah Palin's abdication as Alaska's governor broke, not surprisingly, along gender lines.

Palin dodged chances to talk with News-Miner
I had written a column that was just about ready for publication when Gov. Sarah Palin derailed it last week with news of her resignation. The column was about my frustrating and fruitless campaign of the past seven months to have the governor speak to the editorial board of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Taliban posting gains in northern Afghanistan
While British and U.S. forces concentrate their efforts in southern Afghanistan, the once-peaceful north is fast spiraling out of control with the Taliban making a number of important gains.

For right now, GOP trapped in a snake pit
Six months into the Obama administration, Republicans appear like a den of snakes, hissing about Sarah Palin's future, Mark Sanford's dalliance and Barack Obama's agenda.

My Turn: Money and power: The aphrodisiacs of politics
The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council asserted last Friday in a Juneau Empire column that they are doing the "right thing" about Kensington. However, what they are doing is politics, plain and simple. SEACC is in the business of politics, and if one digs down, the motivation one finds is money and power.

Alaska editorial: Federal law doesn't fit Alaska schools
Eight years ago, Congress approved a strict federal law demanding improvements in the nation's schools. The law never fit Alaska well, and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has once again proposed legislation to make some necessary corrections.

Store owners appeal Ketchikan's 'Fiddler' monument decision
KETCHIKAN - The owners of a Ketchikan store hope a Superior Court judge will let them keep a wooden "Fiddler on the Roof" sculpture atop their business.

Shrine to be closed through Sunday
JUNEAU - The Shrine of St. Therese will be closed to the public from 5 p.m. today until 9:30 a.m. Sunday for a teen retreat.

Murkowski has $1M for Senate campaign
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski hasn't officially announced she's running for re-election next year, but the Alaska Republican has built up more than $1 million in her war chest.

Russian Orthodox museum to close its doors for good
ANCHORAGE - A museum that chronicled the history of the Russian Orthodox church in Alaska with artifacts and artwork dating back as long as a century will close its doors in August.

Alaska congressman racks up legal bills
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Rep. Don Young continues to rack up legal bills as he seeks a 20th term in Congress.

Hoonah Ferry terminal gets $3 million in stimulus money
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is getting $3 million in federal stimulus money to pay for improvements to the Hoonah Ferry Terminal.

LeDoux seeks return to Alaska Legislature
KODIAK - Former state House Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux is seeking a return to the Legislature, but not representing Kodiak.

Morris Publishing given extension on interest payment
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Morris Publishing Group, LLC, parent company of the Juneau Empire, obtained an extension until July 31 to make a $9.7 million interest payment on its senior subordinated notes, the company announced Tuesday.

Bear encounters, deaths on rise in Mat-Su
WASILLA - Bear encounters and deaths are on the rise so far this summer in the Mat-Su Valley.

Plane crash kills 2 near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - Authorities say a small plane crashed west of Wasilla killed both people on board.

Authorities ID pilot from crash near Wasilla
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have identified the pilot who died when a small plane crashed near Wasilla as 73-year-old Paul Reinders, of Santa Rosa, Calif.

St. Paul, Minn., man drowns in Alaska river
FAIRBANKS - Authorities say a 22-year-old man from St. Paul, Minn., drowned when his raft overturned on a river in the foothills of the Brooks Range.

City reduces harbor dry storage fee
JUNEAU - The fee for dry storage at city harbors will be reduced by half.

Police: Man chased teen girl in failed kidnapping
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say a shirtless man chased a 14-year-old girl in an attempted kidnapping while the teen was jogging on Saturday.

Trooper arrested in drunk driving probe
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Public Safety says a 36-year-old Alaska state trooper has been arrested in Soldotna for investigation of drunken driving and weapons misconduct.

Another Palin ethics complaint dismissed
ANCHORAGE - Another ethics complaint against Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been dismissed.

Battles for first down to finales
Another gorgeous week in Juneau, and the softball season is steaming into its exciting finale this week.

Photos: Juneau Majors 11-12 Softball All-Stars
Back row left to right: Coach Scott Balovich, Coach John Schauwecker, Randi Held, Ashley Boucher, Kayla Balovich, Jodi Mesdag, Emma Good, Coach Chuck Gordon, Manager John Boucher

Interior secretary: Mining reform a top priority
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will make overhauling the nation's 137-year-old hard-rock mining law a top priority despite a full plate of higher-profile issues, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Tuesday.

Senators to look at Alaska Native corporations' no-bid contracts
WASHINGTON - Wealthy Alaska Native corporations that benefit from no-bid federal contracts have used their special preference program far beyond its original purpose, said Sen. Claire McCaskill, whose Senate oversight subcommittee will examine today how some of those companies have used federal small-business guidelines to fuel their explosive growth.

Another ethics complaint filed against Palin
ANCHORAGE - Outgoing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is facing yet another ethics complaint - the 18th against her and the very thing that helped to prompt her resignation.

Mystery goo floating off North Slope coast
ANCHORAGE - Something big and strange is floating through the Chukchi Sea off the Alaska coast.

Moose Dropping Festival turns to mayhem
TALKEETNA - A 22-year-old man is presumed dead after leaping into a river and getting swept away at the annual Talkeetna Moose Dropping Festival.

Alaska's largest wildfire continues to increase in size
ANCHORAGE - A large Alaska wildfire sparked by lightning more than three weeks ago continues to increase in size but firefighters are keeping the blaze from taking off.

Terminal near Mt. Redoubt to resume moving oil
ANCHORAGE - An oil pipeline company plans to resume shipments from its terminal near the base of an Alaskan volcano that has sent hot boulders, huge ice chunks and mud flowing toward the terminal on several occasions since becoming active again in March.

Anchorage officer accused of rape while on duty
ANCHORAGE - A decorated Anchorage police officer has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women while he was on duty.

Yup'ik voters and Bethel reach deal on interpreters
ANCHORAGE - The city of Bethel will provide better trained Yup'ik translators at voting polls and translations of voting materials under an agreement with the Native American Rights Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union, a city official said.

Homer area mine played role in World War II
HOMER - An abandoned mine shaft staring out from a cliff near the McDonald Spit across Kachemak Bay contains its own story about chromite; a time when America needed it and Alaska happened to have it.

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