Saturday, September 15, 2007

Libraries hold new fiction, including 'Blind Submission'
A sampling of new fiction for your autumn reading pleasure at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Faulks returns with 'Engleby'
Sebastian Faulks is comfortable in the past, and readers love him for it. It's the present that has eluded him.

Cease fire on our congressional delegation
Alaskans, get out your ledger books. On the left, list the purported ethics violations that Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young are being accused of. On the right side, list all the good things they have done for this state and its people.

Photo: Fishing Buddy
Henry Jebe gets a little help retrieving a silver salmon from his dog, Buddy, during a fishing on the Mendenhall wetlands on Thursday. When Jebe fishes with Buddy, he never needs to bring a net because Buddy wades out and retrieves the catch.

Around Town

Photo: Dry Run's dry launch
A boat aptly named the Dry Run sits in the Douglas Bridge roundabout Friday after it slipped from its trailer. The boat was hoisted back onto its trailer by a crane. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Photos: Carving out a heritage
Artist Doug Chilton uses a chain saw to carve the full-size, Northwest Coast , ocean-going dugout canoe Thursday at the Sealaska Plaza. Sealaska Heritage Institute commissioned Chilton to make the traditional, cedar canoe for exhibit at the Smithsonians National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

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

Missile Defense Agency reps grilled by residents at public meeting
Missile Defense Agency representatives say they need Juneau to play a role in an important missile intercept test, but a few Juneau residents said Thursday they were didn't want that to happen.

Southeast Conference to host marine highway talks
The future of the Alaska Marine Highway System will be a hot issue at next week's Southeast Conference annual meeting in Skagway, conference organizers said Thursday.

Arts conference focuses on funding, roles of local councils
Back in the mid-1980s, when there was more state funding for Alaska arts organizations, more cities and towns had professionally staffed arts councils.

Photo: Serving from a Sherpa
Sgt. 1st Class Phillip Davis, right, puts a combat patch on Staff Sgt. Dermott Howard, center, on Aug. 1 in Balad, Iraq.

Photo: Partnership for mentorship
Juneau School District Superintendent Peggy Cowan, left, and Rear Adm. Arthur Brooks, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard 17th District, shake hands after signing a partnership agreement Wednesday at the Coast Guard buoy deck.

Student artist in the spotlight: Malia Miller
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.

Anderson, Orr to wed
Taja Ann Maurie Anderson and Robert Anthony Orr, of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. Sept. 23, 2007, at 8311 Aspen Ave., in Juneau.

Problem without a name still a problem for mom
I tried being a stay-at-home mom once. My husband was offered a one-year teaching position at a small college in Southern California, which seemed like the perfect opportunity for me to take those maternity leaves I had bypassed when my children were born.

Price part II: Findings still resonate today
Last time I wrote about the pioneering work of Dr. Weston Price. Back in the 1930s, Price conducted extensively documented studies of traditional peoples on six continents and found that those still eating their indigenous diets enjoyed robust good health and remarkable immunity from tooth decay.

Pets of the week
Four cuddly cats at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Getting their ducks in a row
Rain and drizzle didn't stop 50-plus people from attending Glacier Valley Rotary's first annual Juneau Duck Derby on Saturday at Riverside Rotary Park.

Anderson, Kirkham to wed
Janelle Kirkham and Erik Anderson, of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. Sept. 22, 2007, at Juneau Christian Center, 8001 Glacier Highway.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you, Catwoman, for such an informative article on declawing

Recognition
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop approved Juneau's Mendenhall Wastewater Treatment Plant for the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award as a result of outstanding employee safety and health programs.

FYI

Does God really exist?
These days, it's no surprise to hear that someone doubted the existence of God - unless that someone happened to be Mother Teresa. Long before 2002, the year she was beatified by Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa was revered as a living "saint of the gutters."

Neighbors Digest
SEARHC to host wellness training in Sitka on Sept. 27; Times reporter Revkin to speak on climate change on Tuesday; Sitka to host Safe Routes to School training today; Alaska museums seek candidates for museum collections committee

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My Turn: Fluoride requires a prescription
Why are some doctors, dentists, and 7,000 EPA scientists calling for a moratorium on fluoridation?

My Turn: Fluoride beneficial, despite distorted arguments
It's very sad to see some Juneau residents who posture themselves as public health advocates distort scientific research to suit their own purposes, despite the fact that their fellow citizens will suffer if they succeed in keeping fluoride out of our municipal water supply.

Outside editorial: Baghdad envoy speaks truth to Washington
Ryan C. Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, deserves credit for frankly and soberly delivering a message this week that neither his audience in Congress nor his superiors in the Bush administration wanted to hear: That a political solution in Iraq will take considerably more time than Washington has counted on.

Reaching new heights
Amy Skilbred's Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team reached a total of 43 athletes this year.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Alaska Digest
Son of Alaska governor enlists Sept. 11; Alaska's elephant will move to California; Anti-meth commercials airing in Alaska; Army may move Striker brigade to Alaska

Ex-VECO head says he bribed Ben Stevens
The former head of an oil field service company admitted Thursday in court that he bribed three Alaska legislators, including the son of a U.S. senator who is the target of a federal investigation.

City of Tanana to experiment with propane as primary fuel
The city of Tanana is teaming with the state on an ambitious demonstration project to use propane from the North Slope for heating, hot water, electricity and more.

Residents of Kivalina flee town as storm nears
More than 200 residents have fled the coastal village of Kivalina as seasonal storm surges threaten to flood its slender barrier island in northwest Alaska, officials said Thursday.

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