Friday, August 24, 2007

Diet book tells how to be a 'Skinny Bitch'
Don't worry about calling Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin a pair of skinny bitches. Just don't try to get them back on the double-bacon-and-cheeseburger diets of their youth.

New children's DVDs include 'Charlotte's Web'
New DVDs for kids include classics like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Charlotte's Web," as well as new movies such as "Eragon," "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," and three movies for fans of the American Girl books: "Samantha," "Felicity" and "Molly."

Palin's solution to the alcohol problem
If Gov. Sarah Palin wants to solve the alcohol problem in the villages, she needs to do it the traditional way. She needs to seek a solution within the context of our traditional ways. It's the only way she'll succeed.

Shouldn't there be an inspection process?
I have been reading quite a bit about all these toys and other items being recalled, and it really makes me wonder what is really going on here.

Lemon Creek bike route needs cleaning
I commute by bicycle between the Mendenhall Valley and downtown. The only route available to me goes through Lemon Creek.

No Nobel Prize in grammar for writer
I would like to thank Mark Regan (Tuesday's letter, "Wharf has apostrophe in the right place") for reminding us that Winston Churchill won a Nobel Prize for literature - along with his other random, trivial and confused points.

Coeur Alaska should work with SEACC
I'm writing to encourage Coeur Alaska to work with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and other parties to find a solution to the Kensington situation.

Roadway more costly than ferry system
Progress can be measured in many ways Rich Poor ("SEACC, you are the 'dark cloud,'" Aug. 19). Can you compare the cost of construction and annual highway maintenance versus state ferry operating costs? I bet the roadway maintenance costs as much or at least three times as much. Or even much more.

Wharf's apostrophe is in the wrong place
The apostrophe in Peoples' Wharf seems as misplaced as Mark Regan's reliance on Winston Churchill. Unless I'm completely misunderstanding the nature of the Wharf, the proper punctuation should be "People's."

Safeguarding bears from habituation
This letter is regarding an article, "A Trip to Bear Country," by Ken Lewis, published in the Aug. 5 Juneau Empire.

The First-day Ritual
At 7:15 a.m. Wednesday students began to fill the commons of Juneau-Douglas High School. Between high-fives and reunion hugs with last year's friends, students worked the first-day logistics of locker assignments, class assignments and getting to know their schedules before the day officially started.

Business Digest
Sullivan becomes shareholder in firm, Fabiano, White join R&M Engineering

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

Photo: Raptor repast
An eagle pauses from eating the remains of a seagull on Wednesday near Salmon Creek.

UAS to offer new mine training program
A first of its kind Alaskan mine training program will begin this fall at the University of Alaska Southeast as a direct response to the industry's request for well-trained entry-level employees, officials say.

Airline reviews its unaccompanied minor policy
Alaska Airlines says it is reviewing its policies after a 15-year-old Juneau girl bought a one-way ticket without parental consent or identification and boarded a plane bound for Seattle.

Reality of a smoke-free city still hazy
The clock is ticking for smokers in Juneau, with roughly a quarter of a year left before a smoking ban in public places goes into full effect.

Photo: Floral feast
Two hoverflys, Volucella zonaria, gorge themselves Thursday on a Sitka Rose near Franklin Street.

Around Town

Correction
Due to a photographer's error, Glenn Hoskinson's name was misspelled in Page A1 photo caption of Thursday's Juneau Empire.

Photo: Quiet abandonment
Bikes overgrown with vines lean Wednesday against a wall near Taku Terrace apartments.

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

Juneau man charged with enticing a minor
Juneau resident Richard Bailey was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Thursday on seven counts of online enticement of a minor.

Around Town

Photos: Rescue training
Members of the Russian Border Guard, above, observe a U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue demonstration in the Gastineau Channel. Gen. Allen Pronichev and his delegation were given a tour of the channel aboard the Coast Guard cutter Anacapa.

Green beans come in many colors
One of the joys of late summer is experiencing the abundance of the harvest as many of our favorite vegetables come into their peak season.

Recognitions
John A. Sandor will be recognized as the winner of the Gifford Pinchot Medal from the Society of American Foresters in a special ceremony to be held during the 2007 SAF National Convention, Oct. 23-27, in Portland, Ore.

Piehl, Seidel to wed
Naomi Seidel and Robbie Piehl, both of Juneau, will marry on Sept. 2, 2007, in Minden, Nev. A Juneau reception for friends is scheduled for Sept. 15 at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Buck, Scott to wed
Jennifer A. Scott, formerly of Boise, Idaho, and Daniel S. Buck, formerly of Pasadena, Md., will marry at noon on Sept. 1, 2007, at the University of Alaska Southeast Noyes Pavilion. The reception will take place at Orca Point Lodge.

Photo: Making memories on the Web
Juneau-Douglas City Museum Director Jane Lindsey, right, looks on as Pioneer Book Committee chair and museum volunteer Marie Darlin searches the new online version of "Gastineau Channel Memories."

Prayer for the first week of school
School started this week. When I was teaching, I always approached the beginning of the school year with much anticipation. I found that prayer for myself, my classes and the school in general settled any anxious thoughts I might have and gave me confidence that God governs the students, the teachers and the entire school.

Neighbors Digest
Fitness Essentials sponsors programs, DanceFest to take place Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Photo: Alaska Youth Choir starts auditions
Alaska Youth Choir choristers take a break before the Gala Closing Concert at the Chandos Pattison Auditorium in British Columbia, Canada.

Recent research reveals health benefits of volunteering
Over the past two decades, a growing body of research indicates that volunteering provides not just social benefits, but individual health benefits as well.

FYI

Illustration: Individuals on volunteering
Freatured volunteers in the community

Savatgys celebrate 13 years
Lola and Dave Savatgy, of Juneau, celebrated 13 years of marriage and 23 years of friendship on Aug. 20, 2007, in Juneau, where they feel they belong after a four-year stint in Washington, D.C.

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Heather Eversmeyer
Juneau resident Heather Lee Eversmeyer died July 14, 2007, in Wenatchee, Wash., after a nine-month battle with cancer. She was 47.

Christine Marie Felipe
Juneau resident Christine Marie Felipe died peacefully Aug. 21, 2007, at home. She was 41.

Margaret Fern Stone
Former Juneau resident Margaret Fern Stone died Aug. 18, 2007, in Anchorage. She was 66.

Liv Cheryl Gray
Lifelong Hoonah resident Liv Cheryl Gray died Aug. 21, 2007. She was 58.

Outside editorial: The good news about AIDS vaccine research
This week, the international brain trust behind the search for the elusive HIV/AIDS vaccine is meeting in Seattle, a fitting venue as this city grows more renowned for infectious-disease research.

No strange bedfellow left behind
If you like your politics full of surprising twists, you'll absolutely adore the debate over renewing the No Child Left Behind Act when it kicks into gear next month.

Alaska editorial: Sen. Stevens fails to see beyond military part of Iraq mission
The man President Bush nominated to run the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, recently told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "there is no purely military solution in Iraq."

Be vigilant, jealous of freedom
A friend recently accused me of dissent for publicly questioning the president's policies. My friend further suggested that dissent during a time of war was tatamount to treason, since it might demonstrate to the enemy a lack of public support.

Alaska editorial: Oil tax may be low, but it is bringing in money
Alaska's new oil tax is a miserable failure, some people say. A report completed this month by the Palin administration would seem to back up that claim.

Losing the war is winning
George Orwell, call your office. You can add to your list of opposites ("war is peace," "ignorance is strength" and "freedom is slavery") a new one.

Crimson Bears to open at home
The season opener and senior night will be rolled into one Saturday at Sandy Beach. The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team will host its only home meet at noon Saturday at Savikko Park in Douglas.

Eagle River Scout Trail 6K results
Eagle RiverScout Trail 6K results

Four Crimson Bears teams in action this weekend around state
The fall sports season kicks into high gear this weekend as four Juneau-Douglas High School teams will be in action this weekend.

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.

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

Freighter owner pleads guilty in grounding, spill
The owner of the freighter that spilled tons of soybeans and 340,000 gallons of fuel off an Aleutian Island nearly three years ago pleaded guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor federal counts.

Man sentenced to 25 years for molesting 3-year-old girl
A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl who he abducted at the Anchorage airport has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor.

World War II submarine found 65 years after sinking
The mangled remains of a World War II submarine were found in the Bering Sea on Wednesday night, more than six decades after the U.S. Navy vessel disappeared with a crew of 70 off the Aleutian Island of Kiska.

Kensington Mine: Fed inaction on suit boosts SEACC's hopes
Coeur Alaska, Goldbelt and the state have asked the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to do a full review of its earlier decision to reject the Kensington gold mine waste disposal plan.

Alaska Digest
Young man rescued from mountainside, salmon sausage may make it to retail

Alaska Digest
Juneau teacher ofthe year announced, Palin's husband returns to North Slope job, Soldiers charged in borrowing of excavator, Delta voters nixproposed new borough

Sean Penn film 'Into the Wild' to make its debut in Fairbanks
A new Sean Penn film will be making its debut at a popular night spot in Fairbanks weeks before its release nationwide.

Animal-rights group criticizes candidate for elephant's home
Alaska's only elephant is now being eyed by officials from a prospective new home, but the same animal rights group that has pushed for Maggie's departure is saying if this facility is the leading option, she should stay here.

State likely to ditch Gravina bridge for ferry
The state's top transportation official said a ferry is the most likely option for improved access between Ketchikan and its airport on Gravina Island.

Mat-Su winds create megawatts of power
The winds of change could bring megawatts of clean power to the Mat-Su Valley.

Supreme Court asked to review Exxon Valedez case
Exxon Mobil Corp. is making a final appeal for a review of a court decision ordering the oil giant to pay $2.5 billion in punitive damages for the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989.

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