Friday, September 1, 2006

New fiction DVDs at the public libraries
In addition to favorites like "Ray" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," we've added many more new fiction movies to the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Business Digest
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is accepting through Sept. 16 nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year award.

Mudslide activity would threaten road
The recent mudslide and flooding conditions up north again are a vivid reminder of what can be a certain problem on the "road to nowhere."

Native corporations need new leadership
Well folks, here we are in 2006, 35 years after the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was signed into law.

A road is important to Juneau, state
In response to Ms. Duncan's attack (Aug. 25) against my My Turn of Aug. 21, I wish to rebut several items that she brought up.

A few forthright, honest facts on the road
Mr. Bruce Hale, in his letter on the Lynn Canal access road ("Pro-roaders: Please explain argument," Aug. 8) asked for truth, honesty and forthrightness. Amen.

We must create sustainable fisheries
The oil slowdown from the North Slope should remind all Alaskans about the "boom-and-bust" economy that Alaska is built on.

Empire should not have run bear photo
The photo of the bear killed by the Kubley boy has sparked a debate over differing Alaska lifestyles, however, one's choice of how to live is not the point.

Love one another, stop the name-calling
Once again in your paper I read a letter from a conservative who is calling liberals names.

Thank you Hooligan for protecting kids
As a concerned member of this upstanding community, I would like to take a moment to thank you for protecting our children, as seems to be your newly earned job.

Sorry for misusing the word 'Zionist'
In my Aug. 29 letter to the editor, I mistakenly used the name "Zionist" in a pejorative way to describe Elliot Abrams.

Kudos to 9th Circuit for its decision
Hats off to the 9th Circuit for enjoining Coeur's use of the Lower Slate Lake as a dumping site for the Kensington Mine tailings.

Cruise ship industry used the wrong tactic
I find the misleading information in print and television ads from the cruise ships to be interesting to say the least.

Saying goodbye to Frank Murkowski
I don't pray much, but "Thank God, amen" - Frank Murkowski will not be our governor for another term.

Vote for a new city administration this fall
I have lived in Juneau for the last 45 years and would like to continue living here if not driven out by taxes and the highest cost of living in an Alaska city of 5,000 or more.

Frustrated with lack of winter ferry schedule
I have been trying to plan travel south this winter and have been frustrated beyond all reason.

Backing Sarah all the way to November
I campaigned and voted for John Binkley for the Republican nomination for governor.

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

FBI agents search offices of at least seven lawmakers
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Federal investigators on Thursday raided the offices of at least seven lawmakers.

First day of classes draws younger students to UAS
Even though the University of Alaska Southeast is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it continues to get younger, officials said.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Juneau man dies in 200-foot fall on job near Yakutat
A Juneau man fell nearly 200 feet to his death Wednesday after being trapped overnight on a mountain southeast of Yakutat.

City proposes new facility for Public Works
The city is considering a $9.1 million to $10.8 million construction project that would consolidate its Public Works Department.

Photo: Scare crow
A crow, perched on a parking pylon near the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay, suffers from a deformed beak.

Four in Juneau vie for fish council seat
Four Juneau residents are among 12 applicants seeking to fill a position on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Photo: Finishing touches
Tlingit master carver Jim Marks works on a 7-foot totem pole Thursday near his north Douglas home. Markes, 65, has been carving since he was 7 years old.

Wild grapes On Walden Pond
Henry David Thoreau, in the years after he wrote "On Walden Pond", devoted himself to the study of the native plants in the vicinity of his home town: Concord Massachusetts.

FYI
Births and marriage licenses

Neighbors mailbox
St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church parishioners wishes to express their gratitude to all of the patrons who came to our food booth fundraising event at the Treadwell Arena parking lot.

Recognitions
Chris Brechbuhler, investment analyst with Alaska Permanent Capital Management Co., has earned the chartered financial analyst designation.

Local herbivore shares the garden
One of the most common creatures found in Juneau is called Ariolimax columbiana, or banana slug. He or she is a herbivore, much like a deer or grouse, but much smaller.

Elle Campbell
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Cannery history remembered at annual reunion days banquet
Salmon canneries represent a colorful chapter in Southeast Alaska's history.

Cooperative Extension Service, Integrated Pest Management Program
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors Digest
Alaska Holistic Family Medicine is holding a three-day workshop, to be taught by Dr. Maureen Longworth, about using energy balancing medicine self-healing techniques.

Berngartt and Dziuba wed
Rachel K. Berngartt and Michael P. Dziuba were married on Aug. 4 at the Shrine of St. Therese. Father Tony Dummer, OMI, officiated at the ceremony. Friends and relatives attended, as well as the couple's dogs, Deik and Quinn.

Zentner and Hamlyn to wed
Katie Zentner, of Juneau, and Travis Hamlyn, of Grants Pass, Ore., will marry at 2 p.m. on June 2, 2007, in Grants Pass. A reception will follow at the OK Corral in Grants Pass.

Photo: Welcoming teens
Juneau teens from left, Rachel Everett, Eric Mountcastle, Daniel Piorkowski, Jasmine Keeling, Maggie Schoenfeld, Abi Fox and Katy Mountcastle, pose in front of the Dimond Court Building as they greet newcomers to town as part of the Coast Guard Teen Sponsor Program.

Evangeline Peck
Former Juneau resident Evangeline Grace Peck, 79, died Aug. 27, 2006, in Vancouver, Wash.

Mark D. Miles
Juneau resident Mark D. Miles, 50, died suddenly on Aug. 29, 2006, while on a business trip in San Diego.

Bette Jo Borgen
Former Juneau resident Bette Jo Borgen, 57, died Aug. 29, 2006, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

My turn: Hooligan targets lowest-common denominator
The Hooligan of Aug. 3-9 had a cover picture and story, "Loverboys in Alaska," that made me think I had picked up a sleaze insert intent on titillating the senses of a person for whom sexually explicit pictures and stories are a "turn-on."

Alaska editorial: State shouldn't be fooled by protection groups
An Alaska court has again been approached to stop predator control programs, and to nix plans for programs yet to begin, by the Defenders of Wildlife and the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.

Alaska editorial: Ousted governor still accomplished much
Gov. Frank Murkowski, speaking to reporters with the Alaska Public Radio Network on Tuesday as election results showed his crushing defeat, made an astute observation.

Alaska editorial: New administration should stick with current pipeline deal
Alaska doesn't hold all of the cards when it comes to a natural gasline.

The JYFL kicks off a new season
Welcome to the launch of the Juneau Youth Football League section.

Alaska High School Football Leaders
Through Week 3...

Alaska High School Top 16 Swimming and Diving Performances
As of Aug. 30. Courtesy of JDHS coach John Wray.

JDHS takes to the road
While there's no high school action happening in town this weekend, that doesn't mean the Juneau-Douglas High School athletic teams will be enjoying a week off.

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.

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.

Egolf to play for Bradley next season
Juneau-Douglas High School senior boys basketball standout Will Egolf wasted little time deciding about his future.

Exxon asked to pay $92 million more for spill
State and federal officials on Thursday sent a letter to ExxonMobil Corp. demanding $92 million to clean up pockets of oil that have lingered in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska after gushing from the Exxon Valdez tanker 17 years ago.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Legislators learn about mine suit
Lawmakers on Thursday went on a fact-finding mission to learn more about the Kensington Mine operations, as a pending lawsuit could have implications on the future of mining in Alaska, they said.

Lawmakers to help decide if special session is called
Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday he expects to hear from legislative leaders in the next few days on whether they want a third special session to work on a $25 billion North Slope natural gas pipeline deal.

State to present Ketchikan with less expensive Gravina bridge plans
Plans for a multimillion dollar bridge that became a symbol of misdirected federal largesse may have to be tweaked because the state cannot fund the current design, officials said.

Alaska Digest
The Plein Rein Painters, a Juneau cooperative of about 15 artists named for their love of painting outdoors, or "en plein aire," will open its latest group show from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

BP optimistic about Prudhoe production
BP officials are growing increasingly optimistic that Prudhoe Bay oil production may be returned to normal levels earlier than expected, believing a portion of the pipeline idled by corrosion concerns may be useable at least temporarily and that other sections can be bypassed.

Northwest Digest
A team of marine experts freed a humpback whale that had spent four days entangled in fishing gear in Chatham Strait.

FBI agents search lawmakers' offices
Federal agents raided the offices of at least six Alaska lawmakers Thursday in a search for any ties between the legislators and a large oil field services company, officials said.

Sow protecting cubs mauls man on trail
A runner near Soldotna was mauled by a grizzly sow protecting her cubs. The man's wounds were not life-threatening, authorities said.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation and the world

Photo: Pumpkin smashes state record
J.D. Megchelsen is dwarfed Tuesday by a 1,019-pound pumpkin he grew in Nikiski.

Secretary: Pipeline ills shouldn't bar new Arctic drilling
Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne was getting his first look Wednesday at BP Alaska's pipeline corrosion that shut down some North Slope oil production, but said the problems should not prevent new drilling in some environmentally sensitive areas.

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