Saturday, August 12, 2006

In the stacks: True stories at the library
Here are just a few of the new non-fiction titles on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries this week.

Measure 2 won't hurt cruise ship industry
Here's some background regarding Ballot Measure 2 that the cruise industry would apparently like us to overlook: When booking a cruise to any destination, every passenger's fare includes "government taxes and fees" ranging from less than $50 to more than $150.

MySpace article was irresponsible
I find the article about social networking, "MySpace, horse porn - apparently it's all evil," by Korry Keeker, which appeared in the July 27 issue of your new Hooligan section, to be socially irresponsible.

Don't forget Juneau Adventist Christian
The following is in response to a July 26 article by Eric Morrison, who quoted Faith Community School's board president Mark Morris as saying, "It is difficult for one church to run a quality private school on less funding than public schools receive."

Juneau airport tightens security, enforces liquid ban
Juneau International Airport has ramped up security, and liquids and gels have been banned on airplanes after a multi-national terrorist plot was allegedly disrupted Thursday in Britain.

Grand president of ANB to run against Mayor Botelho
Brad Fluetsch announced Thursday he plans to run against incumbent Mayor Bruce Botelho in the October municipal election.

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

Photo: Tough luck, chum
An expired chum salmon is draped over a ladder Thursday in front of the Fisherman's Memorial.

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

Neighbors Digest
Women's quarterly journal is accepting applications

Photo: A summer's tale
At the celebration, kids who participated in the summer program presented an accumulation of donations, representing nearly 2,000 days of reading, to Capito and Lee on behalf of their organizations.

Old three-legged dog, Rusty, moves quickly to avoid downtown foes
He is one of the most interesting inhabitants of Juneau.

Mielke and Kreger to wed
Laureen Kreger and Roy Mielke, of Auke Bay, will marry at 6 p.m. on Aug. 12 in Atlin, B.C.

FYI
Births, marriage licenses and courts

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

Neighbors mailbox
The Class of 1966 concluded its 40th Reunion weekend with a family picnic on July 2 at Auke Village Recreation Area.

Perkins and Leaming wed
Sarah Marie Leaming, of Salt Lake City, and Boyd Kimball Perkins, of Juneau, were married on June 30, 2006, in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. A reception was held that evening.

Smalleys celebrate 40 years
Mary and Tom Smalley, of Juneau, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Aug. 12.

Beedle and Klepetar wed
Amy Klepetar, of Wilton, N.Y., and Matthew Beedle, of Juneau, were married on July 8 at the St. John Neumann Chapel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A reception followed at the Klepetar home in Wilton.

Alaska editorial: Alaska voters should demand more than campaign slogans
They're just labels. Look at them: "Taking a stand for all Alaskans." "Courage. Leadership. Experience." "Alaska First!"

My turn: An independent voice
Andrew Halcro spoke at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently, and I was unusually impressed.

Fall sports preview next week
In next Friday's Juneau Empire, look for the Juneau-Douglas High School fall sports preview.

Battle of the state champs
For the first time since the Alaska School Activities Association divided football into large and small school divisions in 2000, a season will open with both state champions battling each other.

Jambaars keep rolling at Alaska State Cup
The Juneau Soccer Club Jambaars improved to 2-0-1 in the under-14 boys division of the Alaska State Cup on Thursday in Wasilla.

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.

Lt. gov. candidates look beyond office
Candidates seeking their party's nomination for lieutenant governor are eyeing more responsibility than just oversight of state elections.

Legislature OKs oil and gas tax bill
The Alaska Legislature passed an oil and gas tax bill in the waning hours of the special session after an ailing elderly lawmaker flew in from Anchorage Thursday evening to cast the deciding vote.

Four Democrats, two Libertarians eye Don Young's U.S. House seat
Congressman Don Young has some feisty opposition from Democrats and third-party candidates running in the statewide primary election on Aug. 22.

Sarah Palin casts self as Republican iconoclast
Tacked up prominently on a wall in Sarah Palin's downtown campaign headquarters is a newspaper clipping with a picture of two signs beside the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Combating Terrorism: British foil terror plot to kill thousands
LONDON - British police said Thursday they thwarted a terrorist plot, possibly just days away, to blow up U.S.-bound jetliners over the Atlantic and kill thousands. Chilling accounts leaked by investigators described a plan on the scale of 9/11 that would use common electronic devices to detonate liquid explosives concealed in sports drink bottles to bring down as many as 10 planes in a nearly simultaneous strike.

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

Alaska Digest
Bendable dog and cat toys given away at public libraries this summer may contain unsafe levels of lead, according to state health officials in the Department of Health and Social Services.

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