Saturday, August 11, 2007

First lady collaborates on a children's book with daughter
First lady Laura Bush, a former teacher well known for her advocacy of books, is now writing one.

Juneau gets new fiction including 'Envious Gods'
In addition to the new fiction below, look on the "new books" shelves at each Juneau public library branch for more great titles.

Mom reflects on life as 1980s rocker
Laurie Lindeen is late for an interview, but she has a good excuse: Her 9-year-old son had a baseball game across town.

Put the apostrophe in the right place
I was just down on South Franklin Street admiring the Peoples' Wharf (their punctuation, not mine).

Keep Juneau water fluoride-free
My parents insisted on no sugar, brushing after meals and no between-meal snacks. It worked for me and my siblings - it can work today.

Alaska politicians are finally under scrutiny
I have been a reader and occasional contributor to the editorial page of this newspaper for many years, but I have never seen a more totally biased page than in the Aug. 3 edition.

ATVs are too noisy for neighborhoods
Individuals have recently written to the Juneau Empire arguing that since we accept noise from airplanes, helicopters, etc., we should also accept all-terrain vehicle noise in our neighborhood.

Around Town

Bell-Graves files for School Board; no one has filed to run against Bush
Small business owner Jo Anne Bell-Graves filed Thursday to run for the Juneau School Board in the Oct. 2 municipal election.

Coday sentencing today: State seeks 101 years for killer
The one thing district attorney Doug Gardner can't explain at Jason Coday's sentencing today is why the 29-year-old man bought a gun, sawed off the barrel and killed an out-of-town painting contractor within 48 hours after arriving in Juneau.

Photo: Fish on the line
While the seine boat Owyhee hauled in a heaving net full of chum in Gastineau Channel Thursday Jonathon Runions battles with a mercurial dog salmon along Channel Drive. "Holy crap!" he yelled with bravado.

Photo: An individualist in Juneau
David Randlett untangles cascading nasturtiums at the Driftwood Inn, where he is a maintenance employee. Although he recently rented an apartment in town, he's holding off on moving until the weather turns.

Juneau to celebrate Preserve America designation
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett will visit the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Tuesday to celebrate Juneau's designation as one of the 514 Preserve America Communities in the country.

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

School district improves in math, but fails federal test
The Juneau School District announced Thursday it failed to pass the federal test created under the No Child Left Behind Act for the 2006-07 school year.

Correction
A Juneau Empire story Thursday about the location of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. headquarters incorrectly identified the former Juneau representative who opposed the move. Bill Hudson was the trustee who spoke against the proposal.

Sometimes a picture just isn't worth 1,000 words
I knew it wouldn't work the moment we passed through the entrance and the bell rang alerting the photographer of our arrival.

Photo: Fish and ships
Fishing boats work July 31 next to cruise ships in the Gastineau Channel.

Photo: Beast or bush?
A beast-shaped bush was spotted Monday on Marine Way, downtown.

Salmon Derby delight
More than a thousand people participated in the 61st Annual Golden North Salmon Derby last weekend. The top fish was worth $15,000 in cash plus extra winnings.

Neighbors Digest
SEARHC to offer StrongWomen instructor course

Barger, Jaramillo wed
Lela Barger, of Juneau, and Aris Jaramillo, of Honolulu, were married on Aug. 4, 2007, at the Mount Roberts Tramway. A reception followed at the same location.

Recognitions
Samantha Adams, Amanda Jordan, Jessica Arasmith, Kathleen "Kat" Vinson

Olson celebrates 90th birthday
The family of Jerre Olson, who is turning 90, invites friends and family to a birthday celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Tomatillos: modest in size but sharp in taste
Last week I talked about tomatoes. This week, I wanted to mention a small, shy cousin of the tomato. Smaller than a tomato, the tomatillo is modestly attired in a parchment-like husk.

Neighbors mailbox

Waiting for Religion 2.0
My parents raised me as best they could to be a global citizen. They supported civil rights long before it was cool to do so in the suburbs, and reinforced a vision of "America the multicultural" through social activism and copious amounts of dinner table conversation.

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.

Photos: Mona Jackson memorial
The family of Kake resident Mona Jackson, who died Nov. 9, 2005, will hold a memorial party from noon to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Kake.

Avedian, Groves to wed
Yana Avedian, of Kharkiv, Ukraine, and Woody Groves, of Juneau, will marry at 6:30 p.m Aug. 18. 2007, at Glacier Gardens in Juneau. A reception will immediately follow at the Hangar Ballroom.

FYI

Photo: Chapter Book Clubs
Children participating in the Juneau Public Libraries' Chapter Book Clubs explored mysteries and learned how to detect clues from Officer Blaine Hatch in July.

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Outside editorials: Taking the Pentagon to task on weapons
Arms bizarre, missing guns are out there, somewhere, Pentagon needs to have better controls on guns

Now, how's that old saying go?
C liches - you gotta love 'em. Those overworked, ill-used servants of the English language, tired and excessively worn as they are, remain always at our beck and call.

Jambaars advance to AK State Cup semifinals while Juneau Rapids fall
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars Under-15 boys soccer team went 1-1-1 in its pool and advanced to the semifinals of the Alaska State Cup in Kenai.

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.

Crimson Bears excited to get season started
While the entire Juneau-Douglas High School football team is looking forward to its season debut against Kodiak, two particular players have their own special reasons for getting excited.

Alaska Digest
Sitka man guilty in child porn case, hiker drowns off trail near Anchorage, man electrocutedwhile working on yacht, man indicted in woman's death, U.S., Russia to meet on polar bear hunting

House votes 2-1 to hold session here
Members of the Alaska House of Representatives have voted by a better than 2-1 margin to hold October's special legislative session in Juneau, House Speaker John Harris, R-Valdez, announced Thursday.

Clean election initiative gets initial approval
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday gave the OK to an initiative effort trying to bring publicly financed elections to Alaska for state campaigns.

Protesters turn up at Don Young fundraiser
Outside Don Young's annual pig roast fundraiser, a raucous crowd of all ages and political persuasions taunted the guests with shouts of "oink, oink," waved signs against corruption and big money in politics, and generally protested anything Young favored.

573 climbers reached 20,320-foot summit of Mt. McKinley in 2007
Less than half the climbers who attempted to summit North America's tallest peak this year were successful, Denali National Park and Preserve officials said Thursday.

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