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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

Around Town

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Volunteer coordinator: ORCA program coordinator.

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.

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

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 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







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

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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

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."

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.

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

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.

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."

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.

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.

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

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.

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