'In Sisterhood' is time capsule of Southeast history
Travel to China by armchair, puzzle out geographic mysteries, and meet some influential Southeast Alaskans with our new nonfiction for adults at the Juneau Public Libraries.
Obama camp strikes back against "Obama Nation"
HONOLULU - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama hit back Thursday with a 40-page rebuttal to the best-selling book "The Obama Nation," arguing the author is a fringe bigot peddling rehashed lies.
Le Corbusier picture book is weighty tome in more ways than one
"Le Corbusier Le Grand" is a formidable picture book that traces the monumental career of Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, the prophet of modern architecture and city planning known as Le Corbusier.
Benson the best pick in Dem primary
On Aug. 26, voters in this state have the chance to take the first step toward sending a remarkable and courageous person to the U.S. Congress.
Lobbyist faces disclosure charges
A lobbyist for some of Alaska's top companies is facing criminal charges in connection with failing to report lobbying work.
Son gets jail time after dad turns him in
Twenty-year-old Lloyd Lewin was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail for stealing and using his father's checks and credit card.
Redfern mine submits new Taku barge plan
Mine operator Redfern Resources Ltd. reapplied to the state this week to operate a barge with amphibious tow vessels on the Taku River in icy months.
Photo: Trophy fish
Sheldon Winters, winner of the 62nd Golden North Salmon Derby held last weekend, holds his trophy Thursday during an awards ceremony at Centennial Hall. Winters was fishing with friends on his new boat when he caught the 35.8-pound king, winning $15,000 and other prizes from Territorial Sportsmen.
Photo: Missing plane
A photo taken July 5, 2004, shows the Cessna 182 that has gone missing since Saturday with Juneau pilots Brian Andrews, 56, and his son, Brandon, 24. The pair did not return from an estimated 40-minute flight Saturday to pick up camping gear from a cabin on Admiralty Island. The search enters its seventh day today.
Police & Fire
Due to technical difficulties, the police report was unavailable at press time. The full report will run in Sunday's paper.
Today, Aug. 15
Photo: Eagle Raven Culture Camp
Lyle James, left, leader of the Woosh.ji.een Dance Group in Juneau, teaches youth about Tlingit and Haida culture Thursday during the fourth day of the Eagle Raven Culture Camp held Aug. 11-22 at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center. This week, activities included sewing regalia, learning James' entrance song, making octopus bags, drumming and dancing, etc. Next week, the group will make rattles, drums and drum sticks. They will conclude the camp with a potlatch and performance from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center.
Senior menu for the week of Aug. 18-22
Monday, Aug. 18
Thanks to Greens Creek employees, Coast Guard
My wife and I would like to thank the employees of the Hecla Greens Creek Mine and the U.S. Coast Guard for all their help in keeping our boat from sinking at the end of July.
From tragedy to affirmation
O n Sunday, July 27, the peace and sanctity of the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville was shattered by shotgun blasts, resulting in the death of two parishioners and the wounding of six. As often happens when tragedy strikes, we learn a lot about ourselves and about the institutions we belong to.
Discussing the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
L et's talk about something good and non-controversial and forget about politics and fish runs for a day.
Extension Service to host fish canning, pressure gauge testing
JUNEAU - Sonja Koukel, of the Cooperative Extension Service, invites the public to a free canning fish demonstration to be held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Floyd Dryden Middle School in the home economics kitchen. Extension publications will be available at no cost.
Mobile mammogram van to visit Skagway Sept. 16-18
SKAGWAY - The mobile mammogram van will visit Skagway on Sept. 16-18.
Northern Lights Junior Theatre to hold auditions for 'Grease'
JUNEAU - Northern Lights Junior Theatre announced auditions for its fall musical, "Grease," to be performed Oct. 31 through Nov. 1 at Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The production will be co-directed by J. Althea and Cinnamon Simpson, with choreography by Janice Hurley, costumes by Shelly Wright and vocal direction by Charlotte Truitt.
Thinking new about long-term care
The state of Alaska is seeking ideas for improving its long-term care system for senior citizens and persons with disabilities of all ages.
Seifert, Schwarz to wed
Shannon Seifert and Terry Schwarz, both of Juneau, will tie the knot at 4 p.m. on Aug. 23, 2008, at Point Louisa Beach. A potluck reception will follow at the Juneau Yacht Club. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Pirtle, Hieber wed
Lorna Pirtle and Tony Hieber, both of Juneau, were married on July 14, 2008, at the United Penecostal Church in Juneau. All family and friends are welcome to join the family for the hours they like between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Auke Village Recreation Area main shelter. Hamburgers, hot dogs, tea and water will be provided while they last.
Canary, Jacobsen wed
Aliese Canary, of Juneau, and Erik Jacobsen, of Portland, Ore., were married on July 26, 2008, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. A reception followed at the Marriott Frenchmans Reef Resort.
Larsons celebrate 40 years
Paul and Phyllis Larson will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. They were married Aug. 17, 1968, in Tallahassee, Fla. Their children and their spouses, and four grandchildren live in Juneau and Winston-Salem, N.C.
Kids in Juneau are reading this summer and receiving prizes from local businesses by reviewing their favorite books. A drawing from the review entries is held each week at the three public libraries. The winners for the week of Aug. 7 are as follows:
Eloise I. Steidley
Juneau resident Eloise I. Steidley died peacefully on Aug. 1, 2008, at her home in Douglas. She was 85.
Mary A. Long
Juneau resident Mary A. Long died Aug. 5, 2008, in Seattle, after a brief illness with vascular disease. She was 88.
Jerrold 'Jerre' Olson
Juneau resident Jerrold "Jerre" Olson died Aug. 14, 2008, in Juneau. He was 91.
My turn: Predator management portrayals on Ballot Measure 2 are way off base
Recent opinion pieces by Nick Jans and Alex Simon and campaign literature of Alaskans for Wildlife on Ballot Measure 2 are inaccurate and deceitful. Predator management programs that now occur on just 9 percent of Alaska's land area are designed either to make more moose available for resident hunters in both rural and urban areas to provide the option for resident Alaskans to harvest wild food from wild lands. None are designed to make more moose available for "outside trophy hunters to hang on their walls."
Alaska editorial: Water act waiver is good
S core one for small commercial fishing boats. President Bush has set a two-year moratorium from permits for discharges under the Clean Water Act for the boats.
Outside editorial: Court defeat for EPA lets Congress tackle pollution
T he Bush administration is not known for undying concern for the environment in general or clean air in particular. That's why it was a stunning setback when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last month struck down the administration's single boldest move in favor of clean air: a regulation from its Environmental Protection Agency that sought to clean up the air from power plants. In an odd twist, the ruling was handed down on the same day the EPA opted to avoid issuing rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In both cases, the action now turns to Congress.
Looking at evolution of running mates
When Barack Obama and John McCain finally choose their running mates, voters can feel sure that these two people were carefully vetted from every possible angle and, if elected, will play a real role in the next administration.
Waring, O'Brien won't run for School Board
JUNEAU - Juneau School Board member Margo Waring announced Thursday that she will not seek re-election this fall.
New general surgeon joins Bartlett staff
JUNEAU - General surgeon Dr. Benjamin Miller will begin seeing patients at the Bartlett Regional Hospital Surgery and Specialty Clinic beginning on Sept. 1.
Judge approves delay Anchorage murder trial
ANCHORAGE - An attorney for the man accused of killing an Anchorage teenager 14 years ago has successfully called for a delay in his trial, which was scheduled for September.
UAF police investigate assault on woman
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska Fairbanks police are investigating an assault that injured a woman Tuesday.
Sharpton picked for research commission
FAIRBANKS - The vice chancellor for research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has been named to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.
Two arrested in Guatemala murder of Alaska tourist
GUATEMALA CITY - A Guatemalan prosecutor said two brothers were detained in the murder of an American tourist last weekend.
Soldotna man killed in Seward crash
SEWARD - A Soldotna man was killed and his daughter injured in a single vehicle crash just outside Seward.
Family celebrates toy safety law
WASHINGTON - Colton Burkhart was just 4 when he swallowed a quarter-size medallion that nearly took his life.
Jambaars head home
After winning two games and tying one, the Juneau Soccer Club's U16 boys team, the Jambaars, were defeated by the equally matched Cook Inlet Soccer Club's Velocity 93 boys team, from Anchorage, on Thursday in the semifinals of the 2008 Alaska State Soccer Cup, held Aug. 11-16 in Fairbanks.
SPORTS IN JUNEAU
FBI authority questioned by Stevens
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens accused the Justice Department of trampling on the independence of Congress, arguing Thursday that the corruption case against him should be thrown out.
Investigation dogs Alaska governor
Gov. Sarah Palin, a rising young GOP star mentioned as a possible running mate for John McCain, could see her clean-hands reputation damaged by a growing furor over whether she tried to get her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.
Fort Wainwright police reactivated Wednesday
FAIRBANKS - A military police unit with World War II roots was reactivated Wednesday at Fort Wainwright.
State pioneer aviator dies
ANCHORAGE - Ray Petersen, a pioneer Alaska aviator, has died at age 96.