Friday, July 22, 2005

In the Stacks: Picture books for children
Make your day a little sunnier - read to a child. Here are a few titles to whet your appetite for picture books at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Pools don't pay
I have a news flash for the "Fantastic Four" (Jeff Bush, Marc Wheeler, Dan Peterson and Stan Ridgeway).

Stop the genocide in Darfur region, Sudan
The leaders of the richest countries in the world have just completed three days of discussion. A large part of their conversation centered on fighting poverty in the developing world.

Taxes too high to meet 'wants'
Sunday's My Turn column, titled "City should take another look at proposed sales tax priorities," expressed what many in the community are saying - prioritize our tax expenditures.

Fair is fair
The Juneau Empire is replete with announcements of pony rides to benefit the 4H. Do they have or need a commercial vehicle license?

Airlines' storytelling skills getting better
I was glad to see the article in the Juneau Empire documenting what travelers have known for the past two months.

Science, religion both have it wrong
I have been following the evolution debate in these pages and have learned many interesting things.

Don't tax food
Inflation may not be a problem in the Lower 48, but in Juneau it is running wild.

Juneau parade modeled freedom
The theme of the Fourth of July parade this year was "Freedom of Speech."

Choose choice
In response to the letter from Rico Tempel urging Dr. Kane and others to choose life, Mr. Tempel forgets that it is exactly a person's right to choose that is the entire point here.

World not safer
Chris Reilly is wrong in his July 19 claim that the world is safer since we went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Suggests help for rickshaw driver
I am amazed and appalled that the city of Juneau was not able to come up with some sort of payment plan on a permit for Doug Eberhart.

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

Welcome all chums
This time in July, the small traditional Native village of Kake gets crowded with chums.

Photo: Off with its head
Bill Yoskowitz cuts the heads off coho salmon he bought Wednesday at Harris Harbor before taking them to be processed.

Man lands 15 years in prison for DWI
A 24-year-old Haines man choked back tears and stumbled over his words Tuesday as he said he hoped he could be forgiven someday by family of the man who died while he was driving drunk last September.

Trade makes room for bear sanctuary
Garbage-munching bears spoiled by their human neighbors could have a new sanctuary under a proposal by a nonprofit group in Juneau.

Staying behind the wheel: Classes help seniors
Gen Dickey said she dreads the day she will have to give up her driver's license.

Police have no leads in kayak shooting
Police have no leads to investigate in a report from two kayakers that shots were fired toward them in Bridget Cove on Saturday, Capt. Tom Porter said Wednesday.

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

Hiker who died loved the outdoors
Nick Masciopinto loved adventure. That's why he set out from the St. Paul suburb of Vadnais Heights for the wilderness of Alaska this simmer, and why he set out Monday on a solo hike on Thunder Mountain.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Ready for pie
Joanne Ecklund picks cherries Wednesday from trees by her West 12th Street home.

Photo: A hefty catch
Sam Olson sizes up a 160-pound halibut that was unloaded from the fishing vessel Seaview on Thursday at the Taku Smokeries/Fisheries dock.

City attempts to facilitate more housing
City officials said they will help developers build more houses to tackle Juneau's housing shortage.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprotit local events

Team recovers hiker's body
Rescue teams recovered the body of a 20-year-old man from Thunder Mountain on Wednesday, a day after searchers reported he appeared to be dead on an inaccessible spot of the steep slope.

Larson, Templin marry
Teresa Anne Larson of Ozawkie, Kan., and Cody Lynn Templin of Topeka, Kan., were married Saturday, May 21, 2005, at Rock Creek Bible Church in Meriden, Kan. A reception followed at Brickyard Barn Inn in Topeka.

Photo: I've got a secret
It looks like a buck is whispering in doe's ear, but the buck is actually eating shrub as the pair share an early evening feed out the road.

Nygards to celebrate 50th
Ed and Shirley Nygard will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m., July 24, at the banquet room of the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Placer era holds a special place in Alaska history
In Alaska's history nothing has ever matched the excitement of a gold camp.

Student recognitions
Recognizing outstanding youth achievements

The National Organization of Women re-establishes chapter
This summer has seen the rebirth of the National Organization of Women in Juneau.

FYI
News about the people you know

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Joy Marie Getman
Former Juneau resident Joy Marie Getman, 46, died June 30, 2005, after an extended stay at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

East Glacier Trail Run results
from Tuesday...

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 juniors win district
Jon Davis fired a complete game three-hitter with 10 strikeouts to pace the Juneau All-Stars to a 7-1 win over Wrangell-Haines Thursday to win the Alaska Little League District 2 Major Baseball championship in Ketchikan.

Juneau in junior baseball finals
Despite falling 8-6 to Wrangell-Haines Wednesday in the final pool play game of the Alaska Little League District 2 Junior Baseball Tournament, the Juneau All-Stars still qualified for today's championship game.

Boozer talks about life and hoops at camp
Carlos Boozer knows what it takes to be a champion.

Into the record books
What started as an idea while leafing through a Guinness Book of World Records turned into reality 9 a.m. Thursday as 15-year-old Isabel Bush set a new world record for number of jumps over a rope in a 24-hour span.

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.

Bush skips towards a world record
At the halfway point of her quest to set a new world record, 15-year-old Juneau resident Isabel Bush is ahead of schedule.

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

State's federal workers get smaller pensions than others
Federal workers in Alaska and Hawaii have filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. government over lower retirement benefits.

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

Feds bust tunnel under U.S.-Canada border
The loads of dirt coming out of the windowless hut perplexed Canadian border guards. So did the loads of construction materials going in.

Skier recovers from pit bull attack
Anders Gillis had a premonition that something bad was going to happen as he strapped on his roller skis for a training session.

Village on the verge of losing electricity
The village of Chevak, behind in its electric bills by $149,700, is about to lose power to its public buildings, which would shut down basic services such as sewer and water.

Photo: Just out of reach
Flossie Wahlberg, 17, of Anchorage comes up short in her attempt to reach the ball at a height of 52 inches in the one-arm reach.

Legal opinion: Governor can't tie strings to budget
Gov. Frank Murkowski does not have the power to attach conditions to grants awarded by the state Legislature, a recent legal opinion says.

Lawmaker wants to double jail time for drunken driving
A state lawmaker wants to double jail time for drunken drivers caught with a blood alcohol content of more than .16 percent.

Major hospitals hurting from uncollected debt
Anchorage's Providence and Alaska Regional hospitals are awash in bad debt. Both hospitals - mirroring national trends - are suffering from an explosive growth in unpaid medical bills.

Anchorage Rep. Croft files new gas tax initiative
Rep. Eric Croft, D-Anchorage, has resubmitted an initiative application to tax leaseholders who don't develop their gas reserves.

Photo: Christening of a new patrol boat
Alaska's first lady Nancy Murkowski raises her hands in celebration Wednesday in Ketchikan after breaking a champagne bottle to christen the Enforcer, a new patrol boat for the Alaska Department of Public Safety Division of Alaska State Troopers.

Base commission says Galena changes could save $90 million
A decision by the military base review commission could result in cancellation of the Air Force contracts for snowplowing at the Galena runway and maintenance of other military facilities at the state-run airport.

Man pleads guilty in cross burning case
An Edmonds man faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his role in burning a wooden cross at the Edmonds home of an Arab-American family last summer.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Online cigarette buyers targeted for taxes
The state has notified more than 600 Alaskans that they must pay the state taxes they skirted by buying tax-free cigarettes online.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Exploring the maze
In the weeks after the remains of Malibu, Calif., bear-activist Timothy Treadwell and his partner, Amie Huguenard, were found near their tent Oct. 5, 2003, on the Katmai coast, the couple was almost universally criticized.

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