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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Canceled Muhammad novel finds a new publisher
BERLIN - A historical novel about the prophet Muhammad and his child bride that was pulled by Random House over concerns it would anger Muslims will be printed by another German publisher, the author said in an interview released Wednesday.

Libraries' new large print includes 'Dreamers of the Day'
We've got new large print at all the public libraries: some nonfiction and lots of fiction. Bestsellers include "No Choice but Seduction," by Johanna Lindsey, "The Front," by Patricia Cornwell, "Tailspin," by Catherine Coulter, "Phantom Prey" by John Sandford, "Santa Fe Dead" by Stuart Woods, and "The Third Circle" by Amanda Quick.

Time for food on spoon
I believe the problem for our economy is that we are importing more goods and exporting fewer goods.

Troubled by influence of pastor
Does Sen. John McCain believe in the end of the world like evangelical spiritual mentor John Hagee?

Local eating isn't easy
It was a dark and rainy summer. Southeast gardeners suffered.

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

Photo: Energy to burn
Mike Milligan, with his son Jordan, holds a tennis ball up as his German shepard, Scout, jumps up and tries to get it at Twin Lakes park. The pair was trying to tire out the energetic 1-year-old dog before they went home for the night.

Photo: Stopping traffic
Pam Schoepske, a special education teacher at Floyd Dryden Middle School, holds up a sign to halt cars as students cross the street after school Thursday. Teachers switch each month for crossing guard duty in the morning and afternoon.

Around Town
Today

Photo: Night anchor
The Silver Shadow, left, at the Cruise Ship Terminal, and the Carnival Spirit, at the Franklin Dock, are seen on the night of Aug. 30.

Sealaska names new general counsel, VP
Sealaska Corp. announced today that Jaeleen Kookesh Araujo has been appointed as the Sealaska general counsel and vice president. Her primary responsibility will be directing all legal activities for the corporation, including development of legislation and regulations that advance Native issues and protecting shareholders' interests.

World cyclist speaks at Juneau Adventist Christian School
What do rubbing noses with lions and being chased by elephants have to do with having morning classes at Juneau Adventist Christian School? Everything, if you're listening to an unexpected guest by the name of Gary Findlay, world cyclist.

World War II memorial largest artwork in Alaska
I was a project manager for the World War II Lend-Lease Memorial that was erected in Fairbanks in August 2006. The Memorial is 24 feet high or, as of today, the largest artwork in the state of Alaska. The entire complex consists of three major 10.5-foot-high bronze sculptures; four large bronze plaques 2 feet by 3 feet, and 4 feet by 6 feet; a 13-foot by 10-foot elaborate granite construction; and a 100-foot long in diameter plaza with benches, flag poles, light poles, lighting, landscape, concrete surface and boundaries, etc.

It's OK to cry, it's not 'just a cat'
A cat is a very small creature, but when your cat dies, there is a big empty spot in your life.

Thank you for my Ironman support
I completed my Ironman on Aug. 26 in 11 hours, 34 minutes, 45 seconds. An Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and finishes with a 26.2-mile marathon.

Juneau Dance Unlimited to hold auditions for Nutcracker Saturday
JUNEAU - Juneau Dance Unlimited will hold auditions 1:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the JDU studio, 8420 Airport Blvd., Suite 202, for its "Nutcracker 2008" production.

Aldersgate announces new minister
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, located at 9161 Cinema Drive, is pleased and excited to announce and welcome its new minister the Rev. Judy Shook to serve its congregation and the people of Juneau.

Consortium to honor FASD Awareness Day
SITKA - International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day takes place on Tuesday, and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Department would like to remind people that FASD is 100-percent preventable.

ACTS mens' group to hold praise, worship concert fundraiser
JUNEAU - The ACTS Community men's music group - Earthen Vessel will have a praise and worship fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at St Paul's Catholic Church, 9055 Atlin Drive.

Symphony cruise promises good food and great music
JUNEAU - The Juneau Symphony will host "Set Sail for the Symphony," a benefit cruise for its 2008-09 season, beginning at 1:45 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Don Statter Boat Harbor in Auke Bay.

Widowed Persons Program to host monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program wiill hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Thunder Mountain offers new digital engineering course
JUNEAU - Carol May, math teacher and former biomedical engineer, attended a summer institute at Southern Methodist University for learning how to implement a national pre-engineering curriculum called the Infinity Project. Created by Texas Instruments and the Southern Methodist University School of Engineering, this innovative program trains teachers in how to integrate engineering and technology concepts into their classes and spark student interests to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

Girl Scouts host sixth 'S'More Salmon' dinner, dessert auction
JUNEAU - The Tongass Alaska Girl Scouts invite everyone to attend an evening of food and desserts for the group's sixth annual "S'More Salmon" dinner and dessert auction fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake, 1061 Salmon Lane.

Photo: Dimond Park Field House grand opening
The Juneau Community Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of the new Wells Fargo Dimond Park Field House.

Photo: A big certificate
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska CEO Peggy Owens, right, presents a certificate of appreciation to Tim McLeod, general manager for Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., for thecompany's workplace partnership. AEL&P supports itsemployees becoming volunteer "Bigs" for BBBS.

Enjoying a bit of Hollywood magic in Pennsylvania
On our fourth day of visiting our friends, the Ryens, in Pennsylvania, Karen Ryen took my husband, Don, and me to her friend Tina's wonderful arts and crafts home. The Ryens, Tina, Don and I love old houses and good junk. Tina owns a second house that is next door and she lives in both houses. She shares another house with a neighbor.

Back to school at Echo Ranch
Ah yes, back to school. Excitement and dread fill the air along with the smell of new shoes and fresh denim. For many students, this will mean a new classroom, new teacher, new friends and even a new school. The thought of all that change can be terrifying. Will people like me? What if I can't figure out my locker combination?

Photo: Coast Guard's big partnership
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska CEO Peggy Owens, center, and Juneau Director of Recruitment and Partnership Development Bob Coghill, right, meet with Coast Guard Public and External Affairs Officer Eric Eggen and Capt. Mike Neussl, left, to discuss the success of the Coast Guard's workplace partnership with BBBS.

Photo: Big service: More than 30 years
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska CEO Peggy Owens, left, presents Rob Skinner, right, of Skinner Sales and Service, with acertificate of appreciation. Skinner has generously supported Big Brothers Big Sisters for more than 30 years.

Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition honors Coeur
The Juneau Employee Wellness Coalition has honored Coeur Alaska with its Well Workplace of the Month Award for August. The monthly award recognizes the efforts of Juneau organizations that promote employee wellness within their worksites.

Tai Chi for Health classes to resume in mid-September
JUNEAU - Tai Chi for Health classes will resume in mid-September at two Juneau locations, at Pavitt Health and Fitness, in the Mendenhall valley, and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, downtown.

FYI
Recent births at Bartlett Regional Hospital:

Senior menu for the week of Sept. 8-12
Monday, Sept. 8

Pets of the week
Energetic, sweet dogs seek good homes

Reminding everyone of FASD Awareness Day
I would like to remind everyone in our community that Sept. 9 is International FASD Awareness Day. Throughout the week beginning Sunday, many organizations and individuals in Juneau will be holding events to bring much needed attention to this saddening, wholly avoidable group of disorders.

Thanks for supporting the Farmers' Market
Juneau's Farmers' Market and Food Festival was a tremendous success!

Thanks for contributing to Emma Widmark Journey to Wellness
Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's Elders and Caregivers Services program and T&H Elderly Caregivers Council would like to thank the local organizations and merchants who contributed to the "Emma Widmark 2008 Journey to Wellness" events from May 15 to Aug. 22.

Thanks for supporting Alaska State Museum
On behalf of the Alaska State Museum, I wish to express our deepest gratitude to the institutions, businesses and individuals who supported the Alaska State Museum in its efforts to return a rare mining locomotive that was used in the Alaska Gastineau Mine to Alaska.

Thanks to Angoon for the family reunion
A big thank you to Angoon for the way we were received during the Samato's family reunion. The welcome party was so wonderful. It was nice to get together again.

Thanks for sharing McClure's McGinnis trip
I enjoyed reading the article in the June 29 paper on Andrew McClure's trip up Mount McGinnis.

Recognitions
James T. Gamez, a 2007 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was recently recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a National Leadership and Honors Organization at Northern Arizona University. Sigma Alpha Lambda is dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

Spotlight: Ethan Seid
Grade: Seventh.

Ester Echivarre
Juneau resident Ester Echivarre died peacefully on Sept. 2, 2008, at Wildflower Court. She was 71.

Outside editorial: Palin impresses Lower 48, but questions remain
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's acceptance speech at the convention Wednesday night was an impressive debut on the national stage - well-delivered, with an appealing combination of charm and bite befitting her description of a hockey mom as a pit bull in lipstick.

Guest column: The thrilla from Wasilla: recounting Palin's reign
The nomination of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate is perhaps the most bizarre thing I've witnessed since moving to Alaska six years ago, arguably surpassing the time a bald eagle dropped a flounder into my hot tub. Judging by the e-mails I received on Friday - half of which were some variation of "Who is Sarah Palin?" - almost no one outside this state knows who Palin is. Here's a quick primer.

Palin acquits herself well in speech accepting VP nomination
Gov. Sarah Palin addressed the nation last night; I and many other Alaskans watched her historic speech with careful attention.

Former governor endorses Palin
ANCHORAGE - Former Alaska Gov. Wally Hickel said Thursday he is endorsing Gov. Sarah Palin as the running mate of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain.

Georgia hunter sentenced for killing Kodiak bear
KODIAK - A hunter from Georgia was fined more than $14,000 for killing a brown bear without a proper license last year in Kodiak.

Anchorage bank robber gets 43 years
ANCHORAGE - A bank robber was sentenced in Anchorage this week to more than 43 years in prison.

Airman sentenced for child porn
FAIRBANKS - A 23-year-old Eielson Air Force Base airman was sentenced to a year in military prison for possessing child pornography.

More than 40 million see Palin speech
NEW YORK - Barack Obama apparently isn't the only "rock star" in presidential politics this year.

Crimson Bears ready for Oregon squad
Two weeks ago, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team was riding high. The defending state champions had won 13 straight contests and were again the top-ranked squad in Alaska.

Wrestling legend at local camp this week
Former Olympic and amateur wrestler, NCAA coach and best-selling author Wade Schalles will conduct the Juneau Youth Wrestling Tornados Wade Schalles Clinic beginning on Sunday and running through this Wednesday at the Gymnastics Academy.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU
UPCOMING EVENTS

State GOP unites behind an issue: Palin
ST. PAUL, Minn. - With Republicans nationally flocking to the bandwagon of the charismatic Gov. Sarah Palin, so are many Alaska Republican leaders - and that's bigger news than it might sound.

State Troopers file ethics complaints
The Alaska State Troopers' union wants the state to investigate Gov. Sarah Palin and her staff to determine if they broke state rules or ethics laws by illegally disclosing the governor's ex-brother-in-law's confidential personnel file.

Palin revs up Republican party base, raises hopes
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Republicans emerge from their national convention with a new star - and it isn't their presidential nominee.

Federal government will review Arctic ice seals
ANCHORAGE - The National Marine Fisheries Service will conduct a full status review of three Arctic seals, focusing more attention on the plight of species that depend on sea ice for survival.

Palin assigned foreign policy tutors for debate
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Sen. Joseph Lieberman is among several national security experts helping brief Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on foreign policy issues as she prepares to hit the campaign trail while cramming for a debate with her Democratic opponent, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., in less than a month, according to McCain campaign officials.

Gov. Palin swings at Obama
MINNEAPOLIS - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Thursday blamed supporters of the Democratic presidential ticket for spreading "misinformation and flat-out lies" about her and her family.

Woman dies in rafting accident on Glacier Creek
ANCHORAGE - A 73-year-old California woman died and her husband is critically injured after a four-person rafting accident in Girdwood.

Republicans make it official for Palin
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Sarah Palin's nomination for vice president was approved Thursday, with the motion being made by Juneau's Annette Kreitzer.

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