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Saturday, July 22, 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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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."

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

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.

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and courts

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ready for action
Juneau Major Softball All-Stars

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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