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Saturday, July 23, 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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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

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.

FYI
News about the people you know

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

Student recognitions
Recognizing outstanding youth achievements

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

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