Saturday, September 2, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

FYI
Births and marriage licenses

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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