Friday, September 15, 2006

Non-fiction kids books
Here are a few of the new non-fiction books for kids, and one partly-true picture book for older readers that I just couldn't resist.

The gospel of McGowan
Well before Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" was published, Kathleen McGowan believed she had been chosen to tell the "real" story of Mary Magdalene.

Lighten up Juneau, life's too short
I think there are far more pressing issues than who thinks what about the Hooligan and who thinks what about jet skies in Auke Lake.

Hatred must be fought head-on
We must defeat hatred in our communities, both local and global.

Hooligan's a good idea, but it's poorly executed
Hooligan certainly is generating heat. The publisher, in a serious effort to widen the demographics of Empire readers, created Hooligan to appeal to younger readers.

Children need to be educated about sex
I was astonished by Josh Carter's perspective in his letter to the editor of Sept. 8.

Empire should print ferry schedules
On Labor Day, I was volunteering at the Juneau Visitor Center kiosk by the downtown library. A young man asked if he could get to Bellingham, Wash., by driving from Skagway.

What's the plan after the road is built?
If the road from Juneau to the ferry link as projected is completed, what is the plan for the people who choose not to own a vehicle? I understand the current plan is to discontinue ferry service from Juneau to those towns. Will it still be possible to go on foot to Haines for the fair or to Skagway for a train ride? Will there be bus service from Juneau to the ferry link 50-plus miles away? How often will it run and how much will it cost? At the other end of the road, will there be a shelter for those without vehicles?

Heat home-canned fish before eating
Andrew Petty did an excellent job of highlighting jarring as a method of food preservation in the article, "Putting the lid on salmon jarring," Sept. 3.

Brown bears shouldn't be hunted - period
Alaska's McNeil River supports the largest concentration of wild brown bears in the world, protected, in part, by the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, the McNeil River State Game Refuge and Katmai National Park.

Little respect for the 'whippersnapper'
I was amused by Ambrosia Rose's remarks in the Sept. 5 Juneau Empire.

President Bush dares to talk about terror
The airways have been flooded these past few weeks with the words of that lunatic we call our president.

Alas, poor 'Hamlet' coverage in Hooligan
What a disappointment your coverage of "Hamlet" was in Hooligan.

Hopefuls weigh in on city housing
Juneau Assembly candidates debated affordable housing and curbing the city's brain drain Thursday afternoon at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

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

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

Around Town

Photo: Eyes on the prize
Brian Wallace / Juneau EmpireJim Bowman eyes a return Wednesday as he plays tennis at the Dean Williams courts at Cope Park.

Photo: Working in style
Jay Butler works on a Porshe 911 and a Jaguar XJ6 Wednesday next to his North Douglas Home.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

Photo: A new home
Alaska Native veterans stand Thursday in front of a series of marble stones during a ceremony recognizing the memorial's new location next to the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

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

Juneau shorelines due for cleaning Saturday
Dixie Belcher was walking around the end of Fritz Cove Road on Thursday, when she stumbled upon an old television that apparently had washed up on the beach.

Voters asked to OK charter change
Voters will decide Oct. 3 if the city should be given greater flexibility using interest earned from bonds issued for construction projects.

Photo: What's 'The Trouble With Bernie'?
John Bushell, aka Johnny B, left, plays piano as his wife, Sharon Bushell, reads a chapter from her book "The Trouble With Bernie".

Photo: Toy talk
Capt. Maurits Groothuis talks with Steve "Razz" Rasmussen of the Southeast Alaska Panhandler Motorcycle Club on Wednesday on the Holland America cruise ship Ryndam.

Unrefined salt not so bad
Salt has been used for thousands of years to make food more palatable.

Stephen Young
"I chose this instrument, because after a year of playing clarinet, I wasn't doing so great at it. So my band director at the time told me that I should switch to the tuba."

10th Annual Toy Run
The Southeast Panhandlers' Motorcycle Club will make their 10th annual Toy Run at 1 p.m. Sunday departing from Marlintini's parking lot.

Video game sequels return to some of the most exciting
The video-game industry's dependence on sequels is widely regarded as a sign of creative stagnation.

Neighbors mailbox
Juneau thanks you.

PlayStation 3 in trouble, Nintendo on schedule
News from the virtual world:

Neighbors Digest
REAA and CRSA elections held Oct. 3, Two churches offer program training & UAS entrance closed Monday morning

Tupac Shakur is still a legacy
Ten years ago Sept. 13, rapper and actor Tupac Amaru Shakur died. Six days earlier, he had been ambushed on the crowded, neon-lit boulevards of Las Vegas.

Carroll and Johnson wed
Jennifer Johnson, of Juneau, and Stephen Carroll, of Nampa, Idaho, were married April 30 at BeckenRidge Vineyards in Dallas, Ore.

AIDS-inspired altarpiece begins U.S. tour
As the twin scourges of AIDS and unemployment ravaged their rural district, the women of the South African fishing village of Hamburg decided to fight back with the weapons they were given: embroidery needles.

Prolific rain puts a damper on berry picking
This has been a challenging year for berry pickers. There were no salmon berries, maybe because of the bitter cold snap at the end of March.

FYI
Births & Marriage licenses

Hospice and Home Care of Juneau
Volunteer Coordinator: Debbie McBride, coordinator of Bereavement and Volunteer Services.

Elvin "Al" Sahlinger
Elvin "Al" Sahlinger

Joseph Orvil Arns
Joseph Orvil Arns

Alaska editorial: Big money taints politics because Alaskans allow it
Alaskans can only speculate what the FBI knows and what it is looking for in its probe of oil field services and construction company Veco Corp.

Race for Alaska governor should be one of the best
Labor Day was the kickoff of this fall's race for the governor's office, and Democratic nominee Tony Knowles was first out of the blocks, using the occasion to launch two different TV commercials.

My turn: Amend Native claims act to include 'landless'
It's been 35 years since the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act created more than 200 corporations throughout Alaska.

My turn: Road is a bad prescription
No one can argue with the fact that Alaska state ferries are among the safest form of travel.

In support of a 90-day legislative limit to speed up the process
On election day in November, you will have an opportunity to help enact a law.

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.

JDHS sharpens its mental game
After a draining split in Ketchikan two weeks ago, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team is looking forward to showing how much it's learned this weekend against visiting Sitka.

Railbelt Conference Standings
Railbelt Conference

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.

JDHS faces state's top-ranked team
Expect non-stop, smash-mouth football tonight in Colony. Alaska's two best defenses square off tonight, as Juneau-Douglas High School faces the undefeated Knights.

Grad student discovers new species of spider in Alaska
A previously unknown creature has been roaming the Kenai Peninsula's Mystery Hills - or at least its alpine rock crevices.

BP seeks OK to restart part of Prudhoe Bay for testing
Oil giant BP has asked permission from the U.S. Department of Transportation to resume production on the eastern half of Prudhoe Bay so it can perform pipeline tests.

Journal exhibit to offer glimpse of Capt. Cook
Just how Capt. James Cook could ever have imagined Cook Inlet to be a river is beyond a little puzzling, but a close read of his travel journals does offer insight into the explorer and his voyages.

Cities, schools to see spike in retirement payments
Starting next year, Alaska school districts and municipalities will see huge spikes in what they have to pay into the state's retirement systems.

Northwest Digest
UAF sees slight drop in student enrollment & Yukon officers net mountain goat in yard

Native veterans memorial finds second home in Brotherhood Hall
A series of white marble headstones honoring Alaska Native veterans will be rededicated at 11:30 a.m. today at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Kansas district requires drug testing for all school activities
Random drug testing of student athletes has become as routine as study hall and lunch at many high schools across the country.

State drops Southeast ferry study
State officials say they will not finish a study of northern Southeast transportation options.

Site estimates Alaskans' contribution to warming
Drive a full-size pickup, take a couple of trips on board a jet to the Lower 48, and unless you live in an unheated tent, you're likely putting 37,000 pounds of carbon dioxide gas into the atmosphere each year.

Lawmakers ask if pipeline rules will prevent neglect
New rules would prevent the type of maintenance neglect that led to corrosion in miles of Alaska North Slope pipelines, the government's top pipeline safety regulator said Wednesday.

Official: Five students admit involvement in school weapons plot
Five of six boys accused of planning a school massacre in North Pole last spring have admitted their involvement, a city official said Thursday.

Northwest Digest
Scientists salvaging data on sea lions, Man sentenced for heist near cop shop, Officials lobby for more timber payments & Feds announce breakup of drug ring

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