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.

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

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).

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

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?

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.

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

Around Town

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

Neighbors mailbox

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

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

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.

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.

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

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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.

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

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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.

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.

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.

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