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

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.

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.

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

News about the people you know

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

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Assembly candidate Julie Morris has withdrawn from the Oct. 4 election, leaving three people competing for the at-large seat currently held by Deputy Mayor Marc Wheeler.

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

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.

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.

'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."

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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: 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.

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
Staff reports from around the state

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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