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Friday, July 17, 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".

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.

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.

Four things Sean Parnell should do
It's great to hear and read the news of the departure of Gov. Sarah Palin and that Sean Parnell will be taking over. I hope that he will bring his own agenda that will parallel that of Alaskans.

Glossed-over Juneau access road options
In all the opinions proposed on road access up Lynn Canal, there is one possibility that has been glossed over and another not even mentioned, or at least I haven't seen it.

Grandma has to die
With the next government program "Obama Care," all the money your parents and mine have paid into Medicare will be lost. When your grandma needs hip surgery, tell her sometimes the best thing for old people is no treatment at all. President Obama has inferred such. That's not the "change" AARP told us about.

Waterfront vision now fading away
I am saddened to read that the Planning Commission has failed to follow the Comprehensive and Waterfront Plans in approving the Mental Health Trust's request to build a 75-foot office building at the sub-port near the downtown Coast Guard station.

EPA: Reevaluate Kensington mine alternative
Coeur Alaska Inc. has asked the U.S. Corps of Engineers to hurry and reissue its permit for the Kensington mine's waste disposal, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the Corps to slow down and take another look at an option Coeur abandoned last year.

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.

Around Town
Today, July 17

15-year-old sentenced in shooting
A 15-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the December shooting death of 14-year-old Aidan Neary.

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.

Parnell calls for expanded special session
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell is calling on the Legislature to expand its special session, formally called Thursday for Aug. 10, to also include extending the state's current one-year gas tax suspension.

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: 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.

Parking garage construction begins
Coogan Construction has begun pouring concrete on the downtown transportation center being built by the city at the corner of Egan Drive and Main Street.

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

Artists selected to put creative mark on garage
How do you make a garage not look like a concrete box designed to house parked cars?

Around Town
Thursday, July 16

Nurse arrested for drug theft
A registered nurse was arrested Wednesday and charged with stealing a vial of a prescription narcotic from her workplace, Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Hale to step down as Empire publisher
Juneau Empire Publisher Robert O. Hale announced Wednesday he will step down next month from the newspaper's top post.

Photo: Morning row
Father Thomas Weise of the Cathedral of the Nativity leaves patterns in the waters of Gastineau Channel as he rows under the Juneau-Douglas Bridge on Thursday morning. Father Weise says he has been involved with the sport since 2002.

Photo: Change of command
Outgoing Cmdr. Rear Adm. Arthur E. Brooks, left, and incoming Cmdr. Rear Adm. Christopher C. Colvin salute the colors during a Change of Command ceremony for the Sevententh Coast Guard District on Thursday at Centennial Hall. Brooks has been in charge of the district since 2006. Colvin's previous assignment was as Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters United States Northern Command.

Margaret "Peggie" Hawkins
Longtime Juneau resident Margaret "Peggie" Hawkins died July 8, 2009, in Bellevue, Wash. She was 84.

Kathleen Lois Westbrook
Juneau resident Kathleen Lois Westbrook died June 18, 2009, at Bartlett Regional Hospital of a short illness. She was 63.

Outside editorial: Moonstruck
On July 20, 1969, just after 10:56 p.m. EDT, Neil Armstrong hopped down from a ladder, planted his boots on the moon's surface and uttered the words now among the most famous ever spoken. "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," came the faint, staticky voice from 238,855 miles away.

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.

Outside column: Senators' attacks on Sotomayor unjust
I'm baffled that some senators have viciously attacked Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

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.

Outside column: Independent producers fight the conglomerates
Maybe you have seen my movies - "The Toxic Avenger" or "Poultrygeist" or the more mainstream "Final Countdown." But in addition to my 40 years of experience producing movies, I have made a career speaking out on behalf of the little guy - or, in the case of independent film and TV producers, the belittled guy.

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.

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.

Magistrate says no questioning FBI in hacking case
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A federal magistrate judge has told defense attorneys they can't question FBI agents who scoured the laptop of a University of Tennessee student charged with improperly accessing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account.

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.

Minor temblor shakes Alaska's Kenai Peninsula
ANCHORAGE - A minor earthquake has rattled Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.

Fairbanks man pleads guilty in 2007 fatal crash
FAIRBANKS - A 54-year-old man pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the death of a driver he collided with at a Fairbanks intersection in 2007.

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

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.

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.

Warm weather, melting ice swells Matanuska River
SUTTON - Warm weather and melting glacier ice is swelling the Matanuska River, eroding property north of Sutton and threatening the Glenn Highway and several homes.

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.

Search ends for missing Wrangell lodge caretaker
FAIRBANKS - Alaska State Troopers have ended their search for the caretaker of a hunting lodge in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

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

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.

Alaska Railroad seeks to use herbicide on weeds
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad is again trying to find ways to kill weeds on some sections of its track.

Senate panel: Alaska Native firms have unfair advantage
WASHINGTON - Alaska Native corporations are no longer small businesses, yet they still enjoy advantages under Small Business Administration rules that allow them to elbow out smaller firms for no-bid contracts, a Senate oversight panel found.

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.

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

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.

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.

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