New fiction audiobooks include 'Mad Dash'
New fiction audiobooks on CD are filling the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries, including Richard Price's "Lush Life," C.J. Box's "Free Fire" and Irene Nemirovsky's "Fire in the Blood." Other titles to look for are:
Americans transfixed on wrong subjects
Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Barack Obama have condoned their first genocide.
Sally Saddler for School Board
Sometimes this world gives us good problems. Juneau has one in our upcoming School Board election, where three fine candidates are running for school board. Dick Monkman and Ed Flanagan seem well qualified for the job, but I'm especially pleased to see Sally Saddler running for a slot.
'Palin show' smacks of Hollywood
What a show! The amazing rise of Gov. Sarah Palin has captivated millions. I am reminded of three movies: First, "Forrest Gump."
Disillusioned by 'Troopergate' news
This morning's news reported that the attorney general of Alaska said state employees will not honor the subpoena issued them in the investigation of the trooper incident involving Gov. Sarah Palin.
Municipal campaign contributions slow this year, APOC says
Candidates running for the Juneau Assembly raised fewer funds this year than candidates did in the last couple of regular elections with one month remaining in the race, according to reports filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission.
District's grad rate improves
State statistics show an increase in the Juneau School District's graduation rate from 64 percent to 73 percent in 2007, according to a statement released by the district on Thursday.
Photo: Singing for tourists
The Alaska String Band, featuring the Zahasky family, plays for tourists Thursday on Franklin Street. From left are Melissa, Laura, Abigail, Quinn and Paul Zahasky. "We're just playing for fun," Melissa Zahasky said. The band plays several different styles of music and has been a popular Alaska Folk Festival group. The band will have a CD release concert on Oct. 4 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church.
Photo: Cat on a red car roof
A cat sits on a car roof and watches the world go by Thursday on West 10th Street.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Today, Sept. 19
A Haines client's journey with REACH
Our daughter, Ellen Rasmussen, is a 21-year-old REACH client in Haines who continues to thrive and grow.
Shrine to hold celebration events Oct. 3-5
For 21 years, the annual Shrine of St. Therese dndowment dinner and auction at the Shrine has been blessed by an outpouring of generosity on the part of donors and patrons for this annual fundraiser.
Reach Inc. to celebrate 30th anniversary
REACH Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at its offices at 213 Third St. The community is invited to join us for refreshments and tours. A short program at 5 p.m. will give a glimpse of REACH's history and a snapshot of where it is headed in the future.
United Way selects Dippold as Volunteer of the Year
The United Way of Southeast Alaska annually recognizes one volunteer to receive special recognition amongst all the volunteers from its 37 partner agencies. Shattuck & Grummett sponsors the $1,000 award that is given to an outstanding volunteer who has served their community by giving their time and talent.
Masters oversees quality of university's trooper academy
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's newly appointed commissioner of Public Safety is an affiliate professor for the Sitka University of Alaska Southeast Alaska Law Enforcement Training program, also known as the Trooper Academy. Joseph Masters oversees the academic quality and consistency of courses for the program, as required by accreditation. Masters taught at ALET from 1991-93.
Alaska Native Policy Center elects new director
ANCHORAGE - First Alaskans Institute named Liz Cheney, a Tlingit and Haida from Kake and a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, as director of the Alaska Native Policy Center. Cheney will lead the development and operation of the policy center - a Native "think tank," research information center and catalyst of public dialogue.
Echo Ranch role call
The children's TV program Sesame Street was one of my favorites growing up. Songs, skits, Muppets, life lessons, math and language arts education - all in one show!
Riley to present Evening at Egan lecture tonight
JUNEAU - Detecting mountain goats in their habitat is the topic of the next Evening at Egan Lecture: "Remote Sensing of Mountain Goats in Southeast Alaska," by Mark Riley. A remote sensing specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, Riley will share results of a joint study with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on locating mountain goats with infrared and digital aerial imagery on at 7 tonight in the Egan Lecture Hall at the University of Alaska Southeast.
Capital City Celebrations announces special statehood event
JUNEAU - Capital City Celebrations is hosting an Alaska's Statehood Extravaganza! from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Mendenhall Auto, 8725 Mallard St., behind Nugget Mall.
Spiritual leader Shook to hold Interplay introduction class
Judy Shook, a local spiritual leader who combines art, poetry, sacred dance, singing, creative ritual and storytelling to enable people in new ways of relating with each other and the divine, will offer an Interplay introduction class from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 9161 Cinema Drive.
NOAA scientist to discuss carbon dioxide emissions in teleconference
JUNEAU - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research scientist Jeff Short will discuss carbon dioxide emissions and their effects on ocean acidification during a statewide teleconference at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Juneau Dance Unlimited adds new fall dance classes due to demand
JUNEAU - Due to high demand, Juneau Dance Unlimited recently added new dance classes to its fall 2008 semester schedule.
Sitka Running of the Boots to raise funds for farmers market
SITKA - It's time to dig your XtraTufs out of the closet and paint them up. The 14th annual Running of the Boots starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Crescent Harbor shelter.
Lego league season to kick off Saturday
JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council invites For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League teams, coaches and supporters to kick-off this year's season from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Juneau-Douglas High School commons. The event, which will include hands-on activities led by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Alaska Southeast, marks the start of eight weeks of hard work and intense fun.
Photo: Wash and wax
Iris Frank gives Patsy Ann her annual wash and wax on Aug. 30.
Juneau's Kvande wins older worker award
Dolly Kvande, who was born and raised in Juneau by her parents, Ole E. Kvande and Katie Joseph, recently won the Experience Works Prime Time Awards for Alaska.
Thanks for converting to High Definition TV
I would like to thank the owner of the local NBC affiliate, KATH TV, for converting to High Definition TV, HDTV. We were able to view the Beijing 2008 summer Olympics in HDTV, the best picture in broadcast television.
Thank you to all who helped during our loss
Gunalcheesh to all who helped us during our time of sorrow at the loss of our mother, sister, grandmother and wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Murphy. She will be greatly missed, but she lives through each of us.
Thanks for supporting our road relay team
The JBDA Athletic Division would like to thank BalanceClimbing.com, The Rendezvous Bar, Miller Construction, The Rock Dump and Bad Larry Productions for their support of our 2008 Klondike Road Relay team. Your support made a fantastic trip possible, and our middle-of-the-pack finish time is unrelated to our gratitude, which is more at the level of our fun-o-meter (which we broke by having too much).
Thank you to REACH, our Juneau friends
Moving away from this town is making us love it even more.
Group performs at international children's choir festival in Hawaii
With the sun slowly setting over the waters of Waikiki Beach, the Alaska Youth Choir sang "Aloha Oe" with 300 voices to end a phenomenal nine days of singing and education at the Pacific Rim International Children's Choir Festival held in Hawaii. Prior to leaving for the festival in July, AYC choristers learned 14 assigned pieces of music, in addition to their own repertoire which they performed at an evening concert at the Turtle Bay Hilton.
Pets of the week
Wasilla, is a little scardy cat who needs his teddy bear for safety. He is a sweet 6 ½-year-old who would love to find a family that would check for monsters under his bed each night. Wasilla is neutered, microchipped and waiting for you at the Gastineau Humane Society.
Senior menu for the week of Sept. 22-26
Monday, Sept. 22
Army Pvt. Ryan W. Wetherell graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.
Lee, Leonard wed
Toni Leonard and Tim Lee, both of Juneau, were married on Aug. 2, 2008, at their home in Juneau. A reception will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Juneau Christian Center.
Longtime Juneau resident Robert "Double O" or "Somebody" Williams died Sept. 13, 2008, at the Alaska Native Medical Center. He was 65.
Elizabeth S. Murphy
Juneau resident Elizabeth S. Murphy died Aug. 7, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. She was 79.
Outside editorial: AIG's ace
Here's a riddle for you: How did a flailing American International Group persuade the Federal Reserve to throw it a lifeline two days after the feds snubbed a sinking Lehman Bros.? Answer: by failing on a much, much grander scale.
Outside editorial: Sinking oil prices to help consumers
Oil prices are plummeting around the globe, down 38 percent since July. It's one of the few upbeat developments right now for American consumers.
Outside column: Wall Street turned its back on America
At the risk of speaking ill of the dead, what good was Lehman Brothers, anyway? And if Merrill Lynch was so bullish on America, why is it that, despite the torrent of foreign investment that flowed in to Lehman, Merrill and their Wall Street peers over the past half-decade, so few jobs were created in America during that period of "recovery"?
Testimony continues in drug smuggling case
JUNEAU - The trial of two alleged drug bosses continued Thursday with more testimony from alleged drug mules.
Koyukuk man charged in Sunday's ax attack
FAIRBANKS - A Koyukuk man was seriously injured Sunday night in what Alaska State Troopers say was an attack with an ax.
Bears look for Senior Night redemption
The Crimson Bears football team (2-4 overall, 2-2 Railbelt) has two games left in its regular season, but its playoffs started at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field on Monday afternoon.
JDHS runners host on Saturday
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country teams will enter its home meet this Saturday leg-weary and ready to battle.
No recount in Young-Parnell primary race
Saying he would not seek a recount, Alaska Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Thursday conceded the tight Republican House primary race to incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Young.
Native artists get new gallery
NEW YORK - The first showcase gallery outside Alaska for Native artists of the far north has opened in New York amid heightened interest in the 49th state.
Administration: Salmon disaster money on its way
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration Wednesday released $100 million in disaster relief to non-Alaska West Coast salmon fishermen - $70 million less than the amount Congress approved to help those hurt by the sudden collapse of the Pacific Coast salmon industry.
Stevens gains access to witness' medical records
WASHINGTON - Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska can probe the mental health of the government's star witness in next week's corruption trial against the longtime Alaska icon, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
Alaska-style fisheries management earns praise
While local fishermen are often mired in the bitter fights over allocation, Outside scientists laud the Alaska halibut fishery as an example for everybody else.
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