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Friday, September 7, 2007

Juneau Public Libraries hold exciting new picture books
Lots of exciting new picture books for young readers are flying off the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

9/11 anniversary brings children's book on Father Mychal Judge
Kelly Ann Lynch, like so many others in Father Mychal Judge's vast congregation without walls, was devastated by word of the fire chaplain's death in the shadows of the World Trade Center.

Abandon tough guy politics
Can we hope that Americans finally are ready to exchange "tough guy" power politics for thoughtful, intelligent negotiation and cooperation with the rest of the world?

Prior experience with SEACC raises questions
The Aug. 31 article regarding Coeur Alaska and Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is reminiscent of pre-ANILCA (Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act) negotiations between SEACC and an ad hoc interested parties committee.

Ending the 'tyranny' of ATV riders
Kasen Spickler's notion that "the majority of Juneau residents have gotten so obsessed with preserving nature that we are out of riding areas" is incorrect ("ATV riding will continue despite opposition," in Thursday's Empire).

Flouride can cause medical problems
I got a flyer in my mailbox today quoting a local doctor and dentist cheerfully telling me that "community water fluoridation benefits everyone."

ATV riding will continue despite opposition
Juneau is getting out of control. All-terrain vehicle users are getting a horrible reputation just because a few people are abusing the activity. There are hundreds of ATVs in Juneau, and they aren't going to just go away.

Outsource mining to China
Would someone please tell me how this dry stacking works?

Dry tailings option should be explained
(In response to George Figdor's Aug. 30 My Turn calling for dry tailings at Kensington Mine.)

Complaints about jury duty and enforcement
This is regarding a man who was taken to jail for missing jury duty.

Taking a stand for Alaska's capital
When this article goes to press, our governor will be announcing or will have already announced the location of the special session. But what is a state capital and what is its function?

Bridge repair should be highest priority
The recent bridge collapse in Minnesota has Alaskans wondering what will be done to make their own bridges safe. Will Gov. Sarah Palin show her practical side and redirect money where it's really needed, into updating and repairing our roads and bridges?

Multimedia: View from the control booth
Architect Catherine Wilkins surveys the auditorium under construction Thursday at the Thunder Mountain High School on Riverside Drive.

Capturing Juneau's essence
Renowned Southern California photographer Catherine Opie and her assistant, Nicole Belle, traveled from one end of the Juneau road system to the other over the last week and a half.

Photo: Out for repairs
Jake Ritter of Trucano Construction directs a crane operator as the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church belfry is lowered from the roof of the church. Carpenter ant and rot damage to the belfry necessitated its removal for repair.

'Bong Hits' case goes back to court
Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year on Joseph Frederick's free-speech case, the legal debate is not over.

Juneau children's center gets national accreditation
After six years of service, the Juneau Child Advocacy Center became nationally accredited earlier this summer.

Seal pup released after successful rehabilitation
Garnet the Seal peeked out of his traveling-crate, sniffed for 90 seconds and took three tentative steps back into the wild.

Around Town

Around Town

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

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

Business Digest
Elgee Rehfeld Mertz declares new partner, Institute offers free orientation Wednesday, Social worker group to hold conference

Friendship Quilts
The Friendship Quilt, finished in summer 1983, was dedicated in May 1983 to Rosemary Quast, former Juneau School District nurse, who moved to Oregon in 1983 when her husband retired from Auke Bay Laboratory.

Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Recognition: Jeremy Loren Stephens
Jeremy Loren Stephens, of Juneau, was selected for honorary recognition in the National Dean's List. Stephens recently transferred to Kansas University, in Lawrence, Kan., where he is studying for a degree in civil engineering.

Neighbors Digest
UAS offers entrylevel mine training beginning Oct. 15, Glacier Valley Rotary hosts first Juneau Duck Derby Saturday, Sitka hosts League of American Bicyclists trainer Preston Tyree, Grateful Dogs celebrate Responsible Dog Ownership Day, 'Next Generation Staff Planning' meetings to start Monday

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Photo: Making wishes come true
Alaska Airlines introduced "Spirit Of Make-A-Wish" aircraft on Aug. 18 to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Student artist spotlight: Sheryl Shorty
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.

Straight talk on declawing
In the novel I'm reading, the main character is a man with a declawed cat. "Either that cat of yours gets declawed or I'm out of here!" his wife had declared when she caught his longtime pet having his way with a slipcover.

Photo: Tribal Court Judiciary Committee
Newly appointed Tribal Court Judiciary Committee members pose with an honorary cake at the open house Tuesday at the tribal courthouse, 358 West Willoughby Ave.

Photos: Cooking from the garden
Laura Joralemon, top, presented the first of the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners Presidents Lecture Series on Tuesday at Juneau-Douglas High School. Locally grown veggies - including kale, carrots, peas and swiss chard - and Alaskan seafood were basis for a variety of dishes.

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Photo: Sailing farewell to summer
From left, Nick Waldo and Iris Neary, in boat 3691, center, approach the windward mark in a leg of the U.S. Junior Olympics Sailing Regional Regatta in August in Cascade Locks, Ore.

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Lee Lewis Antrim
Juneau resident Lee Lewis Antrim died Sept. 1, 2007, at his Lynn Canal home in Juneau after an extended illness. He was 85.

Elena Rae Isturis
Lifelong Juneau resident Elena Rae (Webster) Isturis died Sept. 1, 2007, in Juneau.

Gertrude Mary Wolfe
Juneau resident Gertrude "Trudy" Mary Wolfe died Sept. 5, 2007, in Juneau. She was a former Hoonah and Sitka resident. She was 74.

David Harry Austin
Lifelong Juneau resident David Harry Austin died Sept. 1, 2007, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital. He was 59.

John Urbane Nelson
Former Juneau resident John Urbane Nelson died Sept. 2, 2007, in Portland, Ore. He was 85.

Alaska editorial: Lawmakers should heed call for hearings on the road system
Take it on the road, lawmakers. Share a little, Juneau.

Empire editorial: Special session news is good for the capital
A Tuesday announcement that the October special legislative session will be held in Juneau is welcome news.

Journalists in a snit over Murdoch
The summer just ending may not be long noted so much for the credit crunch or Barry Bonds, or the incessant yowling about Iraq, as for Rupert Murdoch's successful $5 billion wooing of the Bancroft family for The Wall Street Journal.

My Turn: Why not have a Sportsmen's Caucus?
I n today's increasingly urbanized cultures, the traditions of hunting, fishing and trapping are constantly threatened by a number of factors.

JDHS football to play Wasilla
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team faces another stiff test this weekend as it travels to Wasilla, cross country team participate in the biggest regular season meet of the year Saturday in Palmer and the volleyball team faces an important early season series at Ketchikan.

Time for some home cooking
For a team that spends nearly its entire season on the road, the lone home meet is a special thing for the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team.

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 High School swimming and diving top 16
Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Top 16 Performances

Weyhrauch trial delayed
Former Juneau Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch's federal trial on corruption charges, scheduled to begin Wednesday, was delayed early in the day when he won a key last-minute ruling.

GAO criticizes Interior Dept. for brushing off global warming
Wildfires are flaring bigger and hotter in Alaska, the northern Rockies and the Sierra Nevada. Bighorn sheep, mountain goats and grizzly bears in Glacier National Park, along with deer and marsh rabbits in the Florida Keys, face a housing crisis.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Special session work likely to be done here
Some lawmakers on Wednesday were cool to Gov. Sarah Palin's suggestion that committee work be held outside of Juneau for the fall special session on oil taxes.

Fairbanks man wins second place in mustache competition
A Fairbanks man won second place in an international mustache and beard competition.

Tulsequah Chief hoverbarge plans released
Environmental officials in Alaska and provincial officials in British Columbia recently started reviewing applications for the Tulsequah Chief Mine's proposed hoverbarge that could tote ore down the salmon-bearing Taku River.

Alaska Digest
SEACC offers expert to assist with mine plan, Fort Wainwright soldier found dead in barracks, Murder trial ofex-stripper in jeopardy, Body found in heating duct inside school

Selawik man gets 25 years in prison
A Selawik man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping and beating his girlfriend in what Alaska State Troopers characterized as one of the worst assaults they've investigated.

Trial for ex-Fairbanks mayor is rescheduled to next year
The trial of former Fairbanks city Mayor Jim Hayes and his wife has been rescheduled for January.

Alaska Digest
Pilot's remains set for burial on Friday, NOW holds 3rd annual candidate forum, Fairbanks man charged with 25-year old murder

Industry association comes out against Palin's oil tax plan
The head of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association presented Gov. Sarah Palin with a long list of concerns regarding her new oil tax proposal.

This Day in History
In Alaska

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