Saturday, August 25, 2007

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Around Town

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Illustration: Individuals on volunteering
Freatured volunteers in the community

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."

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.

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.

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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: 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."

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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