Saturday, September 23, 2006

In the stacks: Juneau libraries keep young adult fiction
Young Adult fiction is written with high school readers in mind (but other readers often find good reads here, too) and is shelved with adult fiction, but easily spotted by the green stripe on the spine.

Biologist encourages evangelical Christians
It's hard to picture, if you know him only by his scientific reputation, but E.O. Wilson confesses it freely: He loves watching preachers on television.

The road will save a lot in travel costs
I've got to respond to Greg Fisk's Sept. 13 letter, "Road won't save much in travel costs."

A road would be an affordable alternative
I thought I could, but I cannot ignore Mr. Fisk's letter regarding the cost of driving to Bellingham or Seattle as opposed to taking the ferry.

Raise pay for all state employees
I want to thank the Empire for running the well-written article of Sept. 17 explaining Administration Commissioner Nordstrand's logic and justification for the pay hikes for 74 state agency directors.

Giving up on the police for help
I couldn't agree more with Mr. Marston's letter to the editor on Sept. 17. I am in agreement with him that the police do not protect us.

'Road gang' is a more appropriate name
I had to laugh when I read about the "road gang's" desperate plan to breathe life into the Juneau road extension (Sept. 10 Juneau Empire).

City eyes moorage cost hike
Lifelong resident Todd Perdon has watched the moorage fees in local harbors steadily climb over the 15 years he has operated boats out of Juneau, but in recent years, they've taken off.

Photo: Garbage day
Marie Petersen, 11, pulls a wheelbarrow full of garbage to a Dumpster on Thursday at the Don Statter Boat Harbor at Auke Bay.

Corrections
An article in Thursday's Hooligan section incorrectly stated the cost of admission for the first Mountain Music Festival at 5:30 p.m. on Friday night at the Chilkat Theater on Mount Roberts.

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

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

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

Photo: Donation from the Moose
Faith Community School students accept a $1,000 check donation from Juneau Moose Lodge 700 Chairman, Moose Legion Committee member and Panhandle Moose Legion President Chuck Roberson...

Neighbors Digest

Moala and Cadiente-Nelson to wed
Nemasia "Asia" Therese Cadiente-Nelson, of Juneau, and Barry James Moala, of Los Angeles, will marry at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Canton House, followed by the reception.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: Helping at Girl Scout fundraiser, 'Bubbles for Bucks' donation, Supporting U-16 boys soccer team & For the contributions to MDA

A Democrat recounts Alaska's party politics
The history of party politics and allegiance in Alaska can be traced in the lives of our delegates to Congress and representatives and senators.

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Perseverance Theatre
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI

Student artist in the spotlight: Kierstyn Blattner
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.

Photo: Building blocks for reading
Coogan Construction Co. Superintendent Robert Schenker answered children's questions about his job as a builder at KTOO's most recent Family Night on Sept. 5.

Recognitions
The Airport Board has chosen David Palmer as the new Airport Manager. Air Force Airman Mark L. Silva graduated from basic military training & Erin Flynn completed her Bachelor of Science in biology with high honors.

Belle Pauline Hudson
Former Juneau resident Belle Pauline Hudson, 90, died Sept. 1, 2006, in Las Vegas.

My Turn: Road more trouble than it's worth
On three or four skiff rides this summer along the proposed Juneau access road route, I honestly wondered how the Department of Transportation plans to deal with this incredible steep terrain.

Alaska editorial: Initiative is an attempt to expand gambling
Alaskans for Gaming Reform has submitted 50,405 signatures to the state Division of Elections to put an initiative on the 2008 primary election ballot to create an Alaska Gaming Commission.

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.

Crimson Bears ready for two tough meets
Six weeks into the swimming and diving season, the usual ailments are starting to crop up for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls teams.

JDHS football travels north
With their playoff ticket already punched, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team will look to finish the conference-portion of its season strong tonight in Fairbanks.

State to review governor's jet use during campaign
The Alaska Public Offices Commission has taken its first steps to decide whether the campaign of Gov. Frank Murkowski must reimburse the state for trips he took on the state-owned jet during the campaign before the August primary.

Northwest Digest
Soldier with Juneau ties injured in Iraq, Eliason nominated for salmon hall of fame, States seek lethal removal of sea lions & Scientists: Fish kill peaks in Hood Canal

University regents eye 7% tuition hike
University of Alaska tuition regents will consider whether to use a tuition increase to help cover costs for low-income students.

Prince of Wales Island bat tests positive for rabies
A bat from Prince of Wales Island tested positive for rabies, the second recorded case of bat rabies in the state, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials.

Photo: Ghost barge
A U.S. Coast Guard detail from the cutter Maple boards an abandoned coal barge this month, about 60 miles southeast of the Kenai Peninsula.

Mine sends 1st regular coal order to Chile
Usibelli Coal Mine of Healy has shipped 73,000 metric tons of coal to Chile, an order that followed two years of test shipments.

Commission to hear dispute over funding for reserves-tax campaign
Sponsors of an initiative to tax the leaseholders of the state's natural gas reserves want the Alaska Public Offices Commission to force an opposing group to disclose where its money is coming from.

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