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Saturday, August 13, 2005

In the stacks: Nonfiction for summer reading
"Suspended in Language," by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis. This biographical graphic novel tells the life story of Niels Bohr, the Danish physicist nicknamed "the Pope" because of his prestige in the science world. To Churchill, Bohr was a dangerous man; to Einstein, a mentor.

Need thorough testing of quarry
Boom! Bang! Clatter! Roar! Ah, how peaceful it was during the tremolite scare at the Stabler's Point quarry. Now that those in authority have said "Pshaw!" to the asbestos concern, it's racket as usual - all day, every day. Worse than the racket, though, is the apprehension that remains with us residents next to the quarry. We know that an air sample was taken during the rain, but was one ever taken when the air was dry? And I doubt that a sample was taken immediately after blasting. That might have been the most revealing.

Rejects tunnel vision
I think I am finally beginning to understand Frank Murkowski, and maybe I am even becoming a fan. I always thought he was some kind of right-wing hack, but now I realize that he is actually an absurdist comedian in the manner of Charlie Kaufman. I guess the humor was just over my head.

Readers need correct info
I read Andrew Petty's article this morning regarding the road to Skagway. Since I recently purchased several round-trip tickets to Haines on the fast ferry, I knew immediately that the numbers quoted were incorrect.

Save Merchants Wharf
A slight correction to my last letter. Mr. Glidman has told me the owners of Merchants Wharf plan to utilize the current parking lot for their projected new complex, but it will not be on pilings. During his meeting with the Save the Wharf Committee he did say the complex would be in the vicinity of the current building.

Get the facts right
As an avid reader of the Juneau Empire I would like to point out the following injustice that you printed recently in the article titled "DOT: Road to Skagway will be shorter."

Photo: When she was bad ...
Artist Donald Allen draws a picture Thursday of Barbara Stanwyck, an actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Coming around to completion
Traffic flows through the nearly completed roundabout Thursday at the West Juneau end of the Douglas Bridge.

Photo: Laying the groundwork
Mark Lindahl, a tile setter for B & P Construction from Washington state, shovels pre-floor mixture Thursday while working on the Phase 2 renovation of Floyd Dryden Middle School.

School district surpasses state's goals
Overall, students at all Juneau schools surpassed state goals for improvement last year, the Juneau School District's director of assessments said Thursday.

Making a splash in the record books
A trio of friends, from left, Stephanie Hazel, Kate Diebels and Claire Geldhof, cool off Thursday during a water fight at Mendenhall Lake.

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

City holds drill to get ready for major disasters
Don't panic, even though the situation sounds bad.

An eyewitness to history
I served in the infantry and was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., from 1961 to 1963. This gave me a chance to experience, in modest ways, some of the defining moments of American history.

FYI
News about the people you know

Fletcher, Nisbet to marry
Wendi M. Fletcher of Springfield, Ore., and Robert A. Nisbet of Sitka will be married at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at the Mount Roberts Tramway in Juneau. A reception will follow at the Timberline Bar and Grill.

Student recognitions
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding youth

Juneau Student Symphonies get ready for Aug. concerts
Musicians of all ages are rehearsing for the Juneau Student Symphonies pops concerts that are scheduled for Friday Aug. 19, at the State Office Building and Marine Park.

Photos: Wet & Wild
Many Juneau residents have brought their Jet Skis and other personal watercraft out to Auke Lake while the weather is good.

Photo: Seattle slayers
Brothers Joel, left, and Mike Duby of Seattle clean fish caught Saturday, Aug. 6, while fishing with Juneau Charter Fishing.

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

Johns to celebrate 50 years
Glenn and Edna Johns of Juneau will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in Port Angeles, Wash., where they were married on Aug. 20, 1955.

JDHS ready to air it out
With an exciting offense emphasizing the pass and a scrappy defense, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team looks to light up the scoreboard this season.

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.

Xtratuffs punch ticket for semifinals
Elizabeth Harney provided all the offense the Juneau Xtratuffs Under-16 girls soccer team needed Thursday in Fairbanks.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Man petitions to restore sign that flashes biblical messages
Jami Franklin was incensed after state transportation officials in May ordered the removal of a digital marquee that flashes biblical passages to motorists on the Richardson Highway.

Troopers cite Swiss citizens for snagging
After spending about three hours observing three Swiss citizens from the woods, the troopers began writing citations.

New ferry schedule includes 2,000 more stops
Alaska's marine highway schedule from this fall through next summer will allow some 2,000 more stops at ports, though Sitka and a few other cities will receive fewer stops.

Ted Stevens lends hand to lawmaker son in dispute over highway money
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has helped pass legislation related to a dispute between his son, state Sen. Ben Stevens, and Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich over control of federal transportation spending in Anchorage.

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