E. Lynn Harris goes straight in latest novel
ATLANTA - Best selling writer E. Lynn Harris can still remember the first time he realized he was poor.

Novelist brings alive the power of women
LOS ANGELES - Novelist Karen Essex remembers when she encountered the name "Aspasia," a courtesan in ancient Greece, while reading Plutarch in graduate school.

Election information available online
I want to thank Barbara Belknap for her June 1 My Turn, "Diane Benson brings experience." Her tireless support of Benson as she makes her second run for U.S. Congress is inspirational. I hope that Belknap's words about empathic leadership changing our democracy for the better will ring true.

Congratulations ANS Camp 2 on book
As soon as it was available, I bought a copy of "In Sisterhood: The History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood" and have spent the day reading it and looking at the great photos.

Fix cruise emissions issues for health
What's up with monitoring the cruise ship smoke emissions this year?

Fourth of July is an exultation of freedom
Speaking as one of the majority of citizens unable to recite verses of our nation's Declaration of Independence by memory, I may not be the best person to respond to Rich Moniak's July 10 article addressing the Fourth of July celebrations. But I'll take a shot at it because I have a somewhat different take on his prose.

Jury convicts Washington
A jury found Aaron Washington guilty Thursday of distributing drugs from his apartment to a police informant.

Photos: Preserving Native artifacts
Rosita Worl, first, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, holds ahistoric carved Haida feast ladle Thursday that is one of the 300 cultural objects at a new research center located on the third floor of Sealaska Plaza.

Photo: Two-wheeled transportation
Colleen Miller gets a ride but not a seat on Nikki Biddinger's bike Thursday as they travel with friend Nicole Neussendorfer near their home in the Lemon Creek area.

Photo: Field house play
Zeb Storie, 9, right, fields a throw at first base as Tyler Cole, 10, runs during their Thunder Mountain Summer Camp on Thursday at the new Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House. The Juneau Community Foundation received a certificate of occupancy for the field house on July 10. An opening ceremony will be held the second weekend of September.

Around Town

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

Photo: The sunny one
A deckhand from Sydney, Australia, cleans the bow of the Solaia yacht on Monday, while it was in port downtown. Solaia means "The sunny one" in Italian. To read more about the Solaia, visit www.mysolaia.com/index.html.

Marlowe Abigail Dunker and Tyler Robinson Smoker, of Juneau, were among 493 to graduate from Linfield College on June 1. Dunker earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing, and Smoker earned a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Thanks for working together for healthy watersheds
The Juneau Watershed Partnership would like to thank Troy Wolfinbarger and the staff of the Juneau Home Depot for participating in its 2008 Vanderbilt Creek Clean-up event.

Senior menu: Week of July 28-Aug. 1
Monday, July 21

SEARHC announces summer-fall 2008 mobile mammograms
SITKA - The SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program has announced the Summer-Fall 2008 schedule for the mobile mammogram program.

Child development center earns national accreditation
JUNEAU - Gold Creek Child Development Center located in Juneau is one of the first early childhood programs to earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children - the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

Consortium women's health programs to host golf scramble
HAINES - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN and Breast and Cervical Health Programs are teaming up with Valley of the Eagles Golf Links and Driving Range in Haines to host the "Rally For The Cure" summer scramble golf outing in August.

Dogs can't flush so owners must bag 'it,' neuticals to the rescue
Dear Rex,

Hiker gets rescued above Auke Rec
On July 10, Gil Burnet, 23, decided to visit an Alaska Power & Telephone construction crew working on a new communications facility above Auke Village Recreation Area. The new equipment, on Auk Mountain, will improve communication between Skagway, Haines and Juneau.


Pets of the week
Playful, lovable pets hunt for homes

Meek, Wargi to wed
Stephanie M. Wargi and Kalen R. Meek, both of Juneau, will marry at 6:30 p.m. on July 19, 2008, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. A private reception will follow at the Baranof Hotel.

Hogins, Wessling to wed
Carrie Lynn Hogins, of Juneau, and Brett Everett Wessling, of Medford, Ore., will marry at 4 p.m. July 19, 2008, at Chapel by the Lake. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at DIPAC.

Nelson, Hewson to wed
MaryAnn Nelson, of Angoon, and Harry Hewson, of Metlakatla, will marry at 6 p.m. today, July 18, at the Salvation Army Church in Juneau. A reception will follow.

McGonegal, Duran to wed
Tierra Michael Duran, of Clearfield, Utah, and Ryan Austin McGonegal, of Juneau, will marry on July 19, 2008, in Utah. They will return to Juneau for a reception on July 25 at 4942 Hummingbird Lane. Friends are invited to the reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please no gifts, just cards.

Alaska editorial: Doubts remain about in-state gas pipeline
Alaskans need to see a rational business plan before the state goes any farther with the undefined "partnership" on an in-state gas pipeline.

Bank announces cash dividend of 10 cents
JUNEAU - Alaska Pacific Bancshares announced Thursday that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share on the corporation's outstanding common stock.

Feds to release report on cruise ship
JUNEAU - Federal investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will release a final report Tuesday on the grounding last year of a cruise ship near Juneau.

Coast Guard responds to vessel near Juneau
JUNEAU - Coast Guard Air Station Sitka and Station Juneau responded to a report of a 55-foot recreational vessel taking on water Thursday evening in the vicinity of Endicott Arm, which is about 50 miles southeast of Juneau.

Former Alaska Gov. Hickel hospitalized
ANCHORAGE - Former Alaska Gov. Wally Hickel was admitted to a hospital Thursday morning after complaining of chest pains.

Second victim dies after head-on collision
ANCHORAGE - A second person died Thursday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on the Seward Highway.

Sex offender gets 2 more free months
JUNEAU - Convicted sex offender Richard Bailey will stay a free man for at least the next two months because of the conflicting schedules of the judge and attorneys involved in his case.

Midwest men ID'd in floatplane crash
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers on Thursday confirmed the identities of two passengers killed after a floatplane crashed and burned last weekend.

Bomb scare disrupts Anchorage airport
ANCHORAGE - Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport is back to normal operations after a bomb scare.

Pitching leads Juneau East to victory
Dustin Rumfelt came out throwing strong for Juneau East on Thursday night, striking out four batters in two innings of work as Juneau East defeated Prince of Wales 11-4 in the Region II Majors All Star Tournament. Jack Withington, Jackson Pavitt and Tal Norvell pitched in relief.

Democrats try to spur oil drilling in Alaska
WASHINGTON - Seeking to blunt GOP efforts to permit oil exploration off Atlantic and Pacific coasts, House Democrats are pushing legislation they say would spur oil drilling on already available lands in Alaska, the West and the western Gulf of Mexico.

Denali park tests hybrid bus
ANCHORAGE - The school buses that transport visitors into Denali National Park and Preserve each summer could be on the way out.

7 congressional candidates visit Arctic Refuge
ANCHORAGE - Seven congressional candidates from across the country visited the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this week, hoping the unusual campaign stop would draw support from voters battered by high fuel prices and a lethargic economy.

Aide calls Alaska battleground state
JUNEAU - Barack Obama's campaign believes Alaska is a battleground state - even with just three electoral votes - and it can make a difference in Illinois senator's effort to become the next president.

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