Friday, September 9, 2005

In the Stacks: New chapter books for kids
"Whales on Stilts," by M.T. Anderson. Lily is twelve and perfectly ordinary.

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

Right on target with the road analysis
Tim Whiting's My Turn, "Analysis favors the road," in the Sept. 5 newspaper is excellent.

No dice road supporters
What irks me regarding the road-out-of-Juneau debate is the idea that anyone not supportive of the road just needs to be fed another analysis and then the road will be favored.

Thankful for Stevens' efforts
We are disturbed by the attempt to recall Sen. Ben Stevens.

Honor Wheeler's commitment
I found Sunday's front page article "Business Seeks Shift in Assembly" a shameful attack on our Deputy Mayor Marc Wheeler and others who serve on the Juneau Assembly.

Retro politics
The Murkowski administration is now conducting state-sponsored whale watching trips.

Court rules against Alaska communities
In Gov. Murkowski's comments in Monday's opinion page, it is quite clear that he was referring to the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe's lawsuit against the Forest Service to halt logging efforts in the northern part of the Tongass National Forest.

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

Photo: Let there be light
Chuck Platt, a wireman for Chatham Electric, installs one of nine streetlights Wednesday on Seward Street.

N. Douglas drivers are warned not to stop at roundabout
Drivers from north Douglas seem too polite for the roundabout that opened in August on the Douglas side of the bridge, according to a state traffic engineer.

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

Danson visits city, cheers state's ocean conservation
Ted Danson is playing a role that many people might not recognize.

Juneau couple recounts their Katrina story
Larry and Tressie Foster went through the usual preparations for a hurricane on the weekend before Katrina hit. But they still thought the storm would not reach Louisiana.

Aiming For the next level
Juneau's recreational dart throwers are looking to raise their level of competition by creating a "power league" at Auke Bay.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Assembly candidate withdraws
Assembly candidate Julie Morris has withdrawn from the Oct. 4 election, leaving three people competing for the at-large seat currently held by Deputy Mayor Marc Wheeler.

FYI
News about the people you know

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Remembering the coast's first sighting by European explorers
The first sighting of the fabled Northwest Coast by European visitors was on the ship St. Paul on July 15, 1741.

Munoz, Montero wed
Christy Munoz of Petersburg and George Montero Jr. of Juneau were married on July 2, 2005, in Juneau. The reception was held at the Tlingit and Haida Community Hall.

Van Abel, Kadinger to marry
Rebecca Van Abel and Michael J. Kadinger of Hustisford, Wis., will be married in a ceremony on Sept. 13, 2005, in Juneau. A reception is planned for spring 2006 in Wisconsin.

'Miss Maine' of '88 tells all
A teacher I admire recently told me, "I make it a point to never lie to the kids." My immediate thought was, "Funny, I lie to them all the time."

Varga, Davin to wed
Colleen Davin of Annapolis, Md., and Stephen Varga of Westmont, N.J., will be married in a ceremony at 3 p.m., May 13, 2006, at Dahlgren Chapel at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Photo: River Runners
Children participating in SouthEast Regional Resource Center's Even Start Family Learning Center's summer activities program, River Runners, accomplished their goal of filling a "river" that flowed around the learning center with summaries of the books on river animals that they read over the summer.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Flanerys celebrate 2 years together
Juneau residents Jessica and Timothy Flanery will celebrate their second wedding anniversary on Sept. 9, 2005. The couple was married in Ketchikan.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Richard W. Freer
Former Juneau resident Richard W. (Dick) Freer, 91, died Sept. 3, 2005, in Portland, Ore.

Roger McFarlane Pugh
Roger McFarlane Pugh, 47, died suddenly last week Aug. 30, 2005, while at his home on the Taku River in northern British Columbia.

Paul Davidson
Former Juneau resident Paul Davidson died Sept. 4, 2005, in Queen Creek, Ariz.

My Turn: What is the true cost of war?
Throughout history, wars have had a lasting impact on our world.

My Turn: UA's plan to eliminate senior tuition waiver sparks debate
Several years ago, some smart people at the University of Alaska realized we could save money by eliminating the paper paycheck stub mailed to employees - nearly all of whom are paid direct deposit anyway.

My Turn: Alaska seniors help support university activities by buying books, paying fees
The article "University officials rethinking plan to cancel tuition break for the elderly" (Juneau Empire, Aug. 31) excludes some important points.

My Turn: Juneau access road is environmentally best bet
There are many valid opinions on either side of the controversial Juneau Access Project.

Lincoln Maka's four TDs lead Cougars to victory
Lincoln Maka rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Cougars past the Hurricanes 24-13 last weekend in the Juneau Youth Football League senior division.

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.

Telecom, media workers among top AK earners
Alaska's information sector provides the state's third-highest-paying work force, a jump ahead from its status a decade ago, according to state economists.

Cruise West to bump up tour traffic by 26 percent next year
Cruise West is planning to increase its small boat tours out of Juneau by 26 percent next summer, company officials said this week.

Native hunters squeamish about Webcast walrus kills
A pair of Web cameras providing Internet images of walruses basking on Round Island will be shut off this week at the request of Alaska Native leaders, who do not want viewers to see the animals shot and butchered during the traditional fall hunt.

Loans go to AK hunting guides, air taxis
Big-game hunting in Alaska is about as far removed from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as Two Rivers is from New York.

Hurricane survivors join relatives in Alaska
After Hurricane Katrina and the sweltering nightmare that followed, Alaska represents one word for survivor Josette Autry.

Man gets 101 years for Kenai cop killing
A 35-year-old man will serve 101 years in prison for the Christmas 2003 murder of a Kenai police officer.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

New co-chairman named to head Denali Commission
Anchorage executive George Cannelos has been named federal co-chairman of the Denali Commission, which dispenses millions in federal funds to rural improvement projects in Alaska.

Lawmaker calls for audit into state's pension retirement systems
A lawmaker has called for a legislative audit to find out how the state's pension retirement systems ended up with a $5.7 billion shortfall.

Photo: A swarm of bunnies
Two alert rabbits sit last week on the grounds of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Valdez.

Alaska Army sergeant killed in Iraq
Army Sgt. Matthew Charles Bohling was a lifelong Alaskan who loved hauling in salmon or kicking up mud in an off-road vehicle.

Teachers far from contract agreement
The gap in demands between the Anchorage teacher's union and the school district widened to about $8 million during renewed talks over a contract this week, according to negotiators.

Ocean group seeks to spread Alaska successes elsewhere
The leaders of Oceana, an international environmental group meeting in Juneau this week, said Tuesday they will put pressure on the rest of the coastal United States, Chile and Europe to adopt Alaska's high standards for protecting marine species.

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

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Photo: A low-tech lawn mower
A Sitka blacktail deer grazes on a lawn Wednesday at Hungry Point in Petersburg as a fishing boat passes by.

Boar of a different kind scavenges Kodzoff Acres
Animal control officers are waiting for the owner of a 60-pound pig to step forward after they captured the swine at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the backyard of a Kodzoff Acres mobile home.

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news of local arts

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

A tale of Unrequited love
For his directorial debut at Perseverance Theatre, artistic intern David Paul has chosen Federico Garcia Lorca's "Blood Wedding," a play he's read repeatedly, directed as part of class exercises and wondered how to fully adapt to a stage.

ECO-ACOUSTICS
In his studio at the University of Virginia, professor of composition and computer music Matthew Burtner uses a bank of Linux and Macintosh computers to create music about nature.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

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