Friday, September 23, 2005

In the stacks: History, mystery and science fiction at the library
New fiction titles - including some historical, mystery and science fiction novels - are available for adults this week at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

Don't dump toxic waste
This letter responds to Chris DeWitt's My Turn of Sept. 15, in which he argues in favor of the Kensington Mine.

Young is a pain
"A Pain in the ear?" Yes, that's our own U.S. Rep. Don Young.

An abominable idea made worse
I'm not an engineer, nor am I a "transportation expert," but like many people looking at this letter right now, I can, in fact, read.

A scandalous lawsuit, story
Despite the fact that the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights has found no violation of law and dismissed the claim by Mr. Kross, the Juneau Empire felt the filing of a scandalous, one-sided lawsuit was worthy of print (Empire, Sept. 16).

Vote for a good community
We may sometimes have different ideas about what makes living in Juneau great and what might make it better.

Voters will decide what's best
I read in the Juneau Empire (Sept. 22) that the older and wiser city Assembly candidates' "party" stated that city Assembly candidate David Summers "has trouble dealing with people who disagree with him."

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

Photo: Study module
Suwanee Pickeral makes use of a couch for her studies on Thursday in the Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Candidates exhibit their similarities
Juneau Assembly and School Board candidates showed more similarities than differences at the League of Women Voters' forum Wednesday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

World Barbies Unite
Being a Barbie is not an American blonde's privilege.

Assembly candidate Early pressured to bow out of race
Juneau Assembly candidate Mara Early has faced pressure to step down but said she will stay in the race.

Taking a deeper look at horses
Veterinarian Rachel Berngartt makes "barn calls" with a tie-dye-colored lead vest and a small yellow box that is Juneau's first horse X-ray machine.

City joins wetlands enhancement project
One project's waste can be another's treasure.

Photo: Absent absentee voters
Nancy Hilbert, a volunteer municipal election worker, waits for voters to take advantage of absentee voting for the upcoming City and Borough of Juneau regular municipal election on Oct 4.

Photo: A murder of crows
Barb Prindle takes time to feed a murder of crows Thursday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor while waiting for her husband, Jerry, to pull their boat out of the water.

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

Juneau Job Fair is Saturday
About 40 employers will meet job seekers Saturday at the Juneau Job Fair at Centennial Hall, the largest being Coeur Alaska for its Kensington Mine development.

Photo: Garden cleanup
Brian Davies, an employee for the Juneau Landscape Department, takes advantage of a break in the weather to clear freshly cut Japanese knot weed Wednesday along Twin Lakes.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Sorensen, Perkins wed
Alicia Dawn Sorensen of Longmont, Colo., and Cameron Eugene Perkins of Juneau were married at noon, Sept. 15, 2005, at Mount Timpanogos Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in American Fork, Utah.

Jones, Ward to marry
Auke Bay resident Flora Jones and Kenton Ward of Thermopolis, Wyo., will be married at 2 p.m. Oct. 1, 2005, at St. Paul's Catholic Church. A reception will follow the ceremony in the church hall.

Last few snapshots of the Season
Above: A mellow-yellow wash trio sprays down the Zaandam on Monday downtown.

Linhart, Olson to wed
Juneau residents Jordan Linhart and Ryan Olson will be married Dec. 22, 2005.

FYI
News about the people you know

Let's all get along at the Douglas roundabout
The Douglas roundabout has been in operation a month now, and although we at the Alaska Department of Transportation think it has been a major improvement, there are at least a few who think differently as indicated by the complaints about congestion, delays and near accidents published in Empire articles and letters.

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

Elton hears voices from the past
I'm going to take the advice of Walt Whitman, one of America's greatest poets, who wrote in "Song of Myself:" "I think I will do nothing now but listen."

John B. Hendrix
Former Juneau resident John B. Hendrix, 79, died Sept. 4, 2005, in Grants Pass, Ore. from a stroke and complications with Parkinson's Disease.

Rebecca Mae Wilson
Juneau resident Rebecca Mae Wilson died Sept. 17, 2005, in Port Angeles, Wash.

John M. Williams Jr.
Juneau resident John M. Williams Jr., 35, died Sept. 18, 2005, in Juneau.

My Turn: Ruling in Ben Stevens' case is state censorship
A Department of Law opinion guided Division of Elections director Laura Glazier to set back a petition to recall Alaska Senator Ben Stevens, saying, "the grounds submitted in this case were not 'sufficiently particular,' and therefore I have not certified the petition."

My Turn: Airport needs an update
The opportunity to improve the Juneau International Airport will be before the voters on Oct. 4.

My Turn: PBS should listen to listeners and viewers
Bureaucrats typically won't admit to caving under political pressure.

Juneau Parks & Rec Volleyball standings
as of Sept 18

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.

Coach's Corner: The Crimson Bears' 'RIENG' leader
The Thursday night practice was winding down; the season opener was mere hours away and the Bears were pumped and ready.

Alaska high school Swimming and Diving Top Times
as of September 21

Juneau's Hard Women are also fast runners
They started as a Saturday morning running club, a group of women who got together to talk, run and sip coffee.

West Valley ready to take on the Bears
After securing the Railbelt Conference title last week, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team faces hungry West Valley tonight.

Hundreds protest drilling in arctic refuge
Hundreds rallied in Washington outside the Capitol to protest oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of a weeklong lobbying effort by environmental groups.

Alaska Digest
Juneau bomb squad called aboard ferry

Skagway's petition revived
A Skagway petition to create a borough out of Alaska's first incorporated city should go back to the state Local Boundary Commission, which denied it three years ago, a Juneau judge has ruled.

Report: Pilot in deadly crash had cocaine in system
The pilot of a plane that crashed after missing its approach while trying to land at the Kodiak airport last year had alcohol and cocaine in his system, a federal report says.

Marine Highway gets top scenic status
The Alaska Marine Highway System achieved the nation's highest designation for a scenic route on Thursday.

Two state agencies reach settlement with contractor
Two state agencies have reached a joint settlement with a California labor contractor accused of violating state wage and labor regulations when it brought temporary agricultural workers from Thailand to the Yakima Valley last year.

Barrow research center, other projects in line for federal funds
An additional $8 million in federal funds would go to a climate research center in Barrow under legislation that passed the U.S. Senate.

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

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from the state/the Northwest

Official: Alaska forces can deal with state emergency
Nearly a fourth of the military forces based in Alaska are currently on missions outside the state, but more than enough remain to deal with a major disaster here, Alaska's top military official said Thursday.

Regents raise age for older student tuition waiver
University of Alaska regents voted Wednesday to maintain a tuition waiver for older students but raised the eligibility age.

briefly
News of local arts

Discovering musical roots
Linda Tillery spent two decades singing rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll in the San Francisco Bay area, before she finally found her focus one night on PBS.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

Celebrating 75 years of recipes
In the late 1940s, when Anne (Grisham) Schultz was still in grammar school, she used to go out halibut fishing with her Fourth Street neighbors, J. Simpson "Sim" MacKinnon and his wife, Hazel.

what's happening
News of local entertainment events

Fall fest returns
The Second Annual Autumn Festival Street Fair returns to Marine Park from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the end of the tourist season.

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