Friday, July 21, 2006

New magazines available to read at Juneau libraries
Curious about a magazine, but want to sample it before you buy it? Want to keep up with your reading without adding to the landfill with a subscription of your own?

Author to visit UAS today with new book on Yukon
Alaska author Dan O'Neill - a historian, former Fairbanks Daily News-Miner columnist and 31-year resident of the state - will visit the University of Southeast Alaska Egan Library at 7 p.m. today for a presentation on his latest book, "Land Gone Lonesome: In Search of Blood and Thunder along the Yukon River."

Business Digest
Sequence, a homegrown skateboarding shop, has opened a downtown store in the Miner's Mercantile Mall on Front Street.

Who will benefit from a road?
Well, it has begun. A 4-foot-wide swath has been cut from Echo Cove to the Katzehin Flats. And yes, it's true - they plan on paving the beaches.

Professor takes pot shots at business
Professor Staack suggests "Less overt hypocrisy by private businesses that also live off government in Alaska would also help."

Binkley's the clear choice for governor
After much deliberation, I have decided who I believe would make the best governor for Alaska. Tony Knowles? No. Been there; done that. Sarah Palin? No.

Empire, Juneau access and stories
I woke up Sunday morning, picked up the Juneau Empire and got hit with both barrels on Juneau access.

Bush is right on Israel's self-defense
I commend President Bush on his stand on Israel's right to self-defense.

Things to think about this election season
This election season, I hope voters in Juneau will think about what is important to their families and their neighbors - things such as equality for all Alaskans, affordable housing, health care, reliable transportation, safe streets and schools, education and taking care of those less fortunate than ourselves.

Mine plan sets unhealthy precedent
Coeur Alaska's plan to dump mine waste into Slate Lake will set a precedent allowing other mines, in particular the Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay area, to do the same.

Blame should be on Coeur's engineers
I don't know why the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and other environmental groups get blamed for Coeur's permit and litigation problems on the Kensington Mine. The company's engineers and managers are the ones to blame.

Photo: Race for the finish
The SEARHC men's canoe team wins the 2004 Challenge of the Chums canoe race at the Kake Dog Salmon Festival.

Honorary groomer
When Treadwell Arena opened in February 2003, it was with the watery machinations of an ice resurfacer that Alice Poor bought from a rink in Calgary, Alberta.

Survey: Juneau's expensive
Juneau's cost of living is still among the highest in the state, according to a recent report by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Author to visit UAS today with new book on Yukon
Alaska author Dan O'Neill - a historian, former Fairbanks Daily News-Miner columnist and 31-year resident of the state - will visit the University of Southeast Alaska Egan Library at 7 p.m. today for a presentation on his latest book, "Land Gone Lonesome: In Search of Blood and Thunder along the Yukon River."

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Alaska Airlines to charge $5 for meals
Passengers aboard Alaska Airlines will either need to bring $5 or a sack lunch if they want to eat a meal on most flights longer than three hours.

Photo: Finishing spinner
Dick Garrison took advantage of the sunny afternoon Wednesday to apply finish to a wind spinner that will hang on his Highland Drive home.

Wolf found shot on Thane Road
The discovery of a dead, illegally shot black wolf next to Juneau's Thane Road this week has sparked local outrage and a state wildlife investigation.

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

Photo: Ode to fireweed
A song sparrow perches on fireweed beginning to bloom Thursday at the Brotherhood Bridge park.

Photo: Bang the drum slowly
Alyssa Blattner, 12, drums during rehearsal for the play "Sea of Strength" on Thursday at the Noyes Pavilion at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Thieves take $700 in trees
The theft of dozens of foot-tall tree starts from a wetlands restoration project has left Juneau police and city officials baffled.

Raven is one of the most important birds in Alaska
The most ubiquitous wild sound in our community is the call of the raven. The piercing "kaw, kaw" from the perch of a tree or from a tall building is as bracing as an early morning cup of coffee laden with caffeine.

Matson and Regelin wed
Katherine Mary Matson, of Portland, Ore., and Jeffrey Charles Regelin, of Juneau, were married on July 15 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Portland. An open house in honor of the couple will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. July 22, at 9344 Turn St., in Juneau.

Kreher and Harvey wed
Sarah Kreher and Ryan Harvey, of Juneau, were married on July 1 at Skaters Cabin in Juneau. A reception followed at the Baranof Hotel.

Pets of the week
Sparky, above, is a 4-year-old male Maltese mix. He is the sweetest little spark plug you will ever meet. Come by and visit him at Gastineau Humane Society.

Soltani and Taintor wed
Shireen Soltani, of Auke Bay and Tehran, Iran, and Matthew Taintor, of Silver Bay, Minn., were married on July 2 at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Mohammad A. Soltani Sr.

Singing in Italy
After performing at the church of Sant'Agostino, famous for its centuries-old frescos, the Alaska Youth Choir takes a rest outside of medieval San Gimignano, Italy.

Hemp is making a comeback
It is one of the most versatile plants known to man, harvested for food and fiber for well over 10,000 years. It was grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The original Declaration of Independence was printed on paper made from its fiber.

Neighbors helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and courts

Neighbors Digest
During the month of July, the American Red Cross is giving a fresh red sockeye salmon to the first 20 people who donate $150 or more.

Alaska editorial: Remember, ANWR is untapped resource
Alaska's lawmakers again are back in Juneau to consider changing the way oil production is taxed in this state - in large part because the production of oil is declining.

Alaska Editorial: Murkowski shouldn't sign contract without legislative approval
A nother debate over the governor's proposed North Slope natural gas pipeline deal has become a distraction. But unlike many of the other issues, this one could easily be resolved.

My turn: The tree of Alaskan liberty is hungry
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

My turn: Reasons to vote 'Yes' on 22
The Douglas Indian Association would like respond to Mr. Lew Williams' article "Devils in the details regarding Measure 2" of July 16. The Douglas Indian Association is not a sponsor of the Cruise Ship Ballot Initiative.

Juneau's Margaret Sekona reaches elite status at camp
In the last couple of weeks in Moscow, Idaho, hundreds of the best girls soccer players in the country gathered to play in a series of games.

Ready for action
Juneau Major Softball All-Stars

Juneau advances to Junior Baseball finals
Behind some key hitting and a gutsy pitching performance from Aaron Cohen, the Juneau All-Stars stayed alive Wednesday with a 10-5 win over Ketchikan in the District 2 Junior Baseball Tournament at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

Midnight Suns win Junior Olympic title in Ketchikan
The Juneau Midnight Suns Under-10 softball team captured the Southeast Alaska Junior Olympic Softball tournament on Sunday in Ketchikan.

Chad Bentz signs with Cincinnati
Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Chad Bentz signed a Minor League deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

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.

Fantasy baseball: Making the right trade can be the key to a championship
Trade talks are perhaps the most enjoyable part of being an armchair general manager, but in single-season leagues you'll never turn a paperclip into a house.

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.

Juneau West upends Haines
Juneau West continued winning in the District 2 Major Baseball Tournament on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Haines in Craig.

Smith's triple lifts Juneau
uneau beat Sitka 5-4 Thursday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in the first game of their best-of-three championship series in the District 2 Junior Baseball Little League Tournament.

Mine workers watch brown bear kill another
About 20 workers at the Greens Creek mine witnessed a juvenile brown bear get attacked, killed and partially eaten by a slightly larger bear.

Man faces jail time in Valdez rock throw
A man charged with felony assault for reportedly throwing rocks at a Coast Guard officer in Valdez is expected to plead Friday to a reduced charge.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Native infant deaths still high
Alaska Natives continue to have some of the highest infant death rates in the nation, according to a 10-year review by the state Division of Public Health.

Regulators to investigate oil well leaks
The state is investigating dozens of BP-operated oil wells on Alaska's North Slope following allegations this week that petroleum-based fluids had leaked onto the Arctic tundra.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Alaska Digest
The 12th annual Kake Dog Salmon Festival is Saturday, and a special catamaran sailing will deliver people from Juneau for the event.

Northwest Digest
A small city on the western tip of the Alaska Peninsula is a week away from running out of diesel fuel needed to generate electricity, and a loss of power could affect operations at Cold Bay's main physical asset - the third largest airport in Alaska.

Norovirus suspected in cruise ship illness
For the second time this summer, a wave of illness believed to be from norovirus has hit a Celebrity Cruise ship along the Alaska coastal route, health officials said.

Photo: Red salmon harvest
Dipnetters work a bank Tuesday near the mouth of the Kenai River.

Indian Olympics fly high in new digs
The 45th annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics won't draw its biggest crowd until this weekend, but many of those involved weren't waiting as they set up on Wednesday for the event's games and activities.

Fishermen's advocate heads to D.C.
Come September, the "go-to guy" for Alaska's commercial fishing fleet won't need his rubber boots anymore.

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