Saturday, July 21, 2007

Juneau libraries offers plenty for mystery fans
Mysteries abound in the stacks at the Juneau Public Libraries!

Rowling bids her boy wizard goodbye in 'Hallows'
Harry Potter's life hangs in the balance. Millions of fans are holding their breath. Meanwhile, his creator is baking a cake - and keeping her secret.

'Stupid' laws restrict civil liberties of adults
I have lived in 11 different states, and as the years pass by, more stupid laws get passed.

Cyclists: Warn walkers when passing on trail
I would like to thank those cyclists who let people know when they are coming up behind them on the trails. I walk my dogs every day and appreciate it when a cyclist loudly says, "On your left," or "On your right," before trying to pass.

Fluoride affects more than just teeth
Fluoride may be good for teeth, but what is the advantage of it in my toilet? Will it help my skin in the shower? Do my potatoes or eggs taste better when cooked in it? Does my dog benefit from it? Is my grass greener because of it? Does it make my car shine more or my ice last longer, or perhaps my clothes cleaner and their colors brighter?

Tongass project could help plot forest's future
Although opinions about what has taken place in the Tongass National Forest during the last 70 years vary widely, the work conducted by the Tongass Ground-Truthing project goes beyond opinion and is an on-going scientific evaluation of what has taken place in this forest.

Letter oversimplified origins of war in Iraq
I recently read Stuart Cohen's letter ("Disinformation on Iraq war's origins," July 9) absolving Democrats of blame for the war. His letter is no more than a blatant act of oversimplification.

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

Photo: Just passing through
Whale watchers aboard the St. Herman observe humpback whales passing by Hand Troller Cove on Thursday as the pod made its way toward North Pass. The St. Herman was one of several boats in the area to witness the leviathans.

Photo: Garden statement
Jeremy Bauer, right, and Jason Clifton take a moment to arrange a tendril of a kiwi vine outside their home Thursday, in the Mendenhall Valley. Their garden will be one included in the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners Juneau Tour taking place this Saturday and Sunday.

The right man at the right time
It was one minute of his life and it flew by more than 11 months ago, but 54-year-old Juneau resident Ed Buyarski remembers that minute in vivid detail.

Business Digest
New president for Brown & Associates, Loan officers win Pinnacle Award

Harry Potter hysteria hits Juneau
Hundreds of Harry Potter fans are expected to descend upon the Nugget Mall this evening to celebrate and mourn the release of the seventh and final book chronicling the bespectacled boy wizard.

Around Town

Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore'
Dear Readers, do you have a favorite sound? These are sounds I like to hear, some unique to our Southeastern home.

Neighbors Digest
Critical CARE seeks proposals to improve prehospital care, Registration forEagles vs. Ravens now available online

FYI
FYI birth and wedding announcements may be e-mailed to neighbors@juneauempire.com.

Find flavorful tomatoes at the market from July to September
One of the drawbacks of living in Alaska is that you can't grow tomatoes. Where I grew up in Virginia nearly everyone had at least a couple tomato plants growing in their yard.

Anderson, Etheridge to wed
Kimbee Anderson and Carl Etheridge, both of Juneau, will be married on July 28, 2007, at Centennial Hall. The reception will immediately follow at the same location. Friends and family of the bride and groom are welcome to attend.

Croteau, Bull wed
Sarah M. Croteau and Joshua J. Bull were married July 6, 2007, in Winnemucca, Nev.

Isturis celebrate 50 years
Marlee and Rudy Isturis will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Yacht Club. They were married on July 19, 1957, in Juneau. For more information, call Leslie at 463-7133.

Leighty, Reifenstein wed
Heidi Reifenstein and Wayne Leighty, both of Juneau, were married on June 23, 2007, in a beachside ceremony at the Thane Ore House. A reception followed at the Thane Ore House.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Ship shape
Holland America crew from the Statendam get the lifeboats ship-shape on Wednesday at Miner's Cove, near Merchant's Wharf.

Passer, Raisl to wed
Melissa Passer, of Juneau, and Christopher Raisl, of Bloomfield, Mont., will marry at 2 p.m. Aug. 11, 2007, at Kirkwood Baptist Church in Bozeman, Mont. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony at the Bowman House.

Recognitions
Dean Goroski, the clinical pharmacist at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Haines Health Center, received two awards from the U.S. Public Health Service.

Fun facts about cats
Cats literally cannot see what's right beneath their noses. They have a blind spot around the mouth because of their forward-facing eyes and short faces. The nose blocks the view of what is under it.

Felts, Clough wed
Megan Clough and Brandon Felts, both of Juneau, were married at Chapel by the Lake on June 1, 2007. A reception followed at the Mount Roberts Tramway.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you, Breeze In, for donating food, Thanks for playing in Juneau on the Fourth,

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Brian Robert Sanders
Juneau resident Brian Robert Sanders died on July 18, 2007, at his home in Hoonah. He was 3.

Mona K. Jackson
A memorial party for Kake resident Mona K. Jackson, who died Nov. 9, 2005, will be held from noon to midnight on Aug. 18, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Kake.

Alaska must fight climate change
It wasn't something I would normally watch, which mainly is due to the lack of a television at my house. But there I was, sitting in a local bar and restaurant with a score of locals, watching what was touted as the world's largest concert.

Outside editorial: U.S. should focus on parents in fighting childhood obesity
Uncle Sam sure can cook up a mess of expensive, half-baked ideas. For instance, there's this $1 billion federal initiative aimed at persuading children to eat healthy food. It's part of an effort to address the long-running childhood obesity epidemic in the United States.

Alaska editorial: Special session should undo corrupt oil vote
No date is yet set for this fall's special session to revisit the petroleum production tax voted into law in 2006.

Little League standings and schedules
Alaska District 2 Little League Baseball Tournaments

Juneau East, West win in Major Baseball
Juneau East rebounded nicely from Wednesday's loss with a 13-6 win over Haines in the Alaska District 2 Little League Major Baseball Tournament in Petersburg.

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.

Alaska Digest
City certifies fluoride petition Thursday, Blaze damages trailer in Lemon Creek, Salvation Army smoke still a mystery, Taku to return to service today

State rejects public-funded elections bid
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell refused Thursday to certify a proposed ballot initiative for publicly funded elections.

Angoon comes close to losing only safety officer
For the second time in a month, Angoon's city government is having trouble paying its bills. This time it nearly cost the town its Village Public Safety Officer.

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

Anchorage focuses on problem of city inebriates
Anchorage is looking for a solution to its growing problem of chronic inebriates.

Possible 'blood diamonds' seized in Anchorage
The FedEx package from Hong Kong was labeled as a document, but when federal customs agents opened it during a routine inspection here, they found two cut and polished stones tucked inside a newspaper.

Donations enable rescue mission to remain open
A Fairbanks philanthropist and an Iditarod dog musher, as well as numerous others, responded to an appeal for help and stepped forward with contributions to keep open the rescue mission in Fairbanks.

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