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Friday, August 17, 2007

Actor Blair Underwood takes on literary world
Blair Underwood was behind mirrored shades at the rear of a local cafe, discussing his good fortune, flashing the wholesome, pearly-white smile that has paved the way for a solid career in television and film during the last 20 years.

New audiotapes include 'The Light Princess'
New audiotapes on compact disc for kids include "The Higher Power of Lucky," the two latest Artemis Fowl books, "The Lost Colony" and "The Eternity Code," and the delightful classic "The Light Princess."

It takes a community to truly teach
I see that our local school district is looking for substitute teachers. When I retired from teaching at the university, I went through the process of security clearance and was hired to be a substitute teacher. I never taught anything.

Road access is key to keeping the capital in Juneau
It appears from the Empire's Sunday editorial that the writer has not been reading his or her own newspaper. The editorial states, "We also have a gold mine bringing in hundreds of new jobs."

Don't permit Office Depot to open
I am writing in response to the article, "Office Depot hits a bump in the road." I agree with the hold pending the permit of Office Depot. I feel that the permit should not be approved because we already have enough traffic congestion on Glacier Highway.

Help support our local farmers and ranchers
This fall, the U.S. Congress will enact this nation's most important legislation affecting the environment, healthy food and our local communities.

Kudos to the Juneau police officer who did the right thing
My first thoughts when I read of a police officer defending himself against, of all things, a samurai sword was, "What damn fool is going to crawl out of the woodwork, crying foul play?"

If you're a neocon, you can do no wrong by Lew
If the person is a neocon Republican, no matter what they do, it's inevitably OK with Lew Williams (Monday's "Be wary of Alaska reps' 'show' trials"). Williams excuses them up front and ahead of time.

Local business owners 'should have treated me better'
I read the letter ("Cartoon was insulting to Don Abel, locally minded businesses," July 24) from Murlin Everson who was upset about the cartoon that showed Don Abel "sneaking" out of Home Depot.

BIA move from Juneau in limbo
The proposed move of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' regional office from Juneau to Anchorage may not be a forgone conclusion, as some had previously feared.

Retailer to open Sept. 12
Wal-Mart has set Sept. 12 as opening day for its new Juneau supercenter, its first in Alaska, said Wal-Mart corporate spokeswoman Jennifer Holder.

Photo: In the loop
Lindsay Clark floats in Auke Bay on Thursday, enjoying temperatures in the high 70s. The National Weather Service predicts mostly cloudy weather and a chance of showers today. Clark and some of her friends were enjoying the last days before school starts next week.

Around Town

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

Photo: The King's rings
Archie Cavanaugh, Vocational Training & Resource Center Director and Elvis Presley tribute artist, shows off his Elvis regalia Tuesday at the center.

Juneau woman discovers relic
July 2 was shaping up as a typical day in the Unalaska dirt for Juneau-born Shawna Rider, an archaeologist with the Anchorage-based Cultural Resource Consultants.

Recording of shooting released
Juneau police on Wednesday released a recording of the conversation between an officer and the man he fatally shot Friday at Thunder Mountain Mobile Park.

Chief says shooting may be 'suicide by cop'
Police Chief Greg Browning said Thursday the death of Randall Clevenger could be interpreted as "suicide by cop."

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

Around Town

Historic Tlingit photos arrive at state library
There's a reason why the great archaeologist, anthropologist and ethnographer Frederica de Laguna was well-received in Angoon and Yakutat during her studies of the northern Tlingit from 1949 until her death in 2004.

Bear activity shuts down glacier trail
Due to some close encounters between bears and people, the U.S. Forest Service has temporarily closed a substantial section of the Steep Creek Trail at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Columbia out for the season
The state ferry Columbia, flagship of the Alaska Marine Highway fleet, will be out of service for the rest of the season, state officials announced Thursday.

Photo: Creating an icon
Renowned iconographer Charles Rohrbacher paints an icon of Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the sunshine Wednesday in front of his Douglas home and studio. He is a deacon of Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Correction
In an Aug. 14 story about the diminished political clout of the Alaska congressional delegation, The Associated Press reported erroneously the Senate committee for which Bill Hoagland formerly worked.

Photo: Lunchtime practice
Jim Stey, center, practices traditional Scottish dance music with his fellow band members, Martha Stey, left, and Beth Leibowitz, right, not pictured holding whistle.

Photo: A new 'Hat'
Wally Olds gives the El Sombrero a face lift on Friday, Aug. 10, downtown.

Krehlik, Buck wed
Emily Krehlik, of Juneau, and Nathan Buck, of Lake Oswego, Ore., were married on June 9, 2007, at the Shrine of St. Therese.

University saves money by promoting wellness
Similar to workers in every sector of the economy, the employees of the University of Alaska system watched their health care premiums increase dramatically over the past several years.

Photo: View from the top
Downtown Juneau and the harbor bask in sunshine Wednesday in a view from the Mount Juneau Trail. The Sun Princess, upper left, arrives in port.

Kadakes celebrate 50 years
Evans and Elaine Kadake will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in an exchange of vows and Hawaiian-style reception at 7 p.m. Aug. 30, at the Kake Community Hall, in Kake.

Recognitions
Stefani Marnon and Naomi Everett represented Alaska at the fourth annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans.

Photo: Passing the post
The Golden Princess approaches Franklin Dock on Monday at the same time the "Middle Pass" crabber boat heads to Taku Smokeries.

Photo: Cruising into town
The Radiance of the Sea and the Spirit of Discovery cruise into port Monday in Juneau.

Freeman, Nelson to wed
Sarah Elizabeth Freeman, of Juneau, and Able Jonathan Nelson, of Petersburg, will marry at 4 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2007, at the Valley Chapel in Juneau.

Neighbors Digest
Moose, Elks lodges to host Pryor fundraiser, Douglas committee seeks historic truth, SEARHC health fair scheduled for Aug. 22, SEARHC offers classes on diabetes prevention, Mobile Mammogram van to visit Hoonah, Energy Career Camp to be held in Sitka

Schneider, Puhlick to wed
Dareen Schneider, of Juneau, and Nick Puhlick, of Kansas City, Mo., will marry on Aug. 18, 2007, at their home in Mountainside Estates. A reception will follow at Mount Roberts Tramway.

Nasturtiums: Southeast staple
I recently returned to the store after a short vacation and was greeted by a cascade of nasturtiums overflowing their window boxes and spilling merrily down the side of the building.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Volunteer coordinator: ORCA program coordinator.

Photos: Catching the Bigs
Big Brothers Big Sisters held its monthly activity Aug. 11 at Outer Point. Members of Trout Unlimited provided an afternoon of fly-fishing instruction for Juneau Bigs and Littles.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping our summer program, thanks for sponsoring the Mount Roberts race and thanks for finding 'Who Chewed the Shoe'

Cats love to come and go
I think I know why Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat door. In addition to the law of gravity, he probably had discovered that other, equally inviolable law of nature. It's the one that says a cat who is outside wants to come in, and a cat who is inside wants out.

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Russell L. Stevenson
Former longtime Juneau resident Russell L. Stevenson died Aug. 13, 2007, at his home in Yuma, Ariz., after a four-year battle with colon cancer. He was 66.

Francis A. Smith
Lifelong Juneau resident Francis A. Smith died Aug. 12, 2007, at his home in Juneau. He was 79.

James Arthur Doyle
Former Funter Bay resident James Arthur Doyle, of Coos Bay, Oregon, died Aug. 9, 2007, in North Bend, Ore. He was 85.

Alaska editorial: Thoughts on an idle electricity plant
Here's an item for the heading "Your screwed-up government at work."

Alaska editorial: Legislature shouldn't rush gas line contract
The consequences of cutting the Legislature's work period to 90 days from 120 days has again come into crystal clear view.

Outside editorial: In Iraq, a United Nations role
The United Nations set up an office in Baghdad soon after the U.S.-led coalition ousted Saddam Hussein. It was the right move, given the international concern over the Bush administration's go-it-nearly-alone attitude.

Suitcase of cash shows Chavez's ways
After years of speculation that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has used petrodollars to finance presidential candidates or support loyalists in Latin America.

Global warming jihadists full of hot air
In every child's life there comes a time when childhood fantasies are shattered and he or she is forced to accept reality - there is no Santa Claus or tooth fairy; parents don't always mean it when they promise to stay married until parted by death.

My Turn: Juneau is the clear choice for special session venue
O n the issue of where to hold the special session later this year, I have given this topic much thought and wanted to share why Juneau is the better venue.

What the athletes have to say ...
"There's something at the end. It's for your school and its the last time you'll swim together."

What the runners have to say ...
"It's definitely a little of both - running to get in shape for hockey and running with my friends."

What the players have to say ...
"It's really fun to watch that improvement."

FIRST-EVER state championship
When Juneau-Douglas High School launched its tennis program in 2002, about 10 kids showed up ready to play. Now there are almost more players than room on the courts, and an official state championship to go after.

WORKING HARD and HAVING FUN
For many students in the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving teams, the first day of practice represents the start of the fun part of their schedule.

CRIMSON BEARS look to be FASTER, QUICKER this year
Twenty-seven players may not sound like a huge number for a football team, but it's just fine for Juneau-Douglas High School.

What the players have to say ...
"We have fun and we incorporate other people. It's always fun because you get to play people your own level."

OPEN ATMOSPHERE greets JDHS volleyball players
About 50 new volleyball players jammed into the Juneau-Douglas High School gym during a practice Aug. 8.

HIGH EXPECTATIONS for Crimson Bears
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams aren't underdogs or overachievers. They are just among the elite cross country programs in Alaska and the East Coast.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Group petitions states to add oceans to list of 'impaired' waterways
A conservation organization has requested that Alaska and six other states add two bodies of water to their list of impaired waterways: the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Officials praise pipeline progress
Federal regulators on Wednesday praised Alaska's renewed attempts to get a natural gas pipeline built, a sharp contrast to a report earlier this year that said the process had "slipped considerably."

Alaska Digest
Pavlof Volcano near Cold Bay erupts, killed Fort Wainwright soldiers identified

Dozens of headless walruses found on beaches in Alaska
Dozens of walrus carcasses have washed up on beaches this summer, many missing their heads and ivory tusks.

A-10's take off for good
Three A-10 "Warthogs" slowly taxied out of an Eielson Air Force hangar Wednesday morning and roared down the runway.

Alaska Digest
Five Fort Wainwright soldiers killed in Iraq, Police say dead body on highway is suspicious, Internet service toexpand in rural Alaska

Teenage boy rescued; plane wreckage found
A teenage boy who watched his father and his hunting partner fly off and not return from a short flight to scout for sheep was rescued after a two-day wait.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Justice Dept. investigates polar contract
Federal authorities investigating Sen. Ted Stevens have turned their attention toward a federal contract that made millions of dollars for one of the senator's friends, a wealthy Alaska oil field contractor.

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