Banned Books Week celebrates freedom of choice
Book banning. It's a concept most of us don't think about much, if at all, spoiled as we are by an all-options-all-the-time glut of information and access. But the attempted suppression of printed works isn't as uncommon in this country as one might think.

Peggy Seeger to perform Friday at Centennial Hall
Though folk music legend Pete Seeger has garnered much of the praise and attention directed toward the Seeger name, the musical talent of the Seeger clan is by no means concentrated in one man. Peggy Seeger, his half-sister, and her brother, Mike, both established themselves as strong and influential forces in the folk world, following a trail blazed by their parents, composer Ruth Crawford Seeger and ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger.

Drier days on the way at the JACC
Renovations to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center may soon be under way: Funds approved this past spring became available earlier this month. The renovation will mostly focus on repairing the roof, according to Nancy DeCherney, executive director of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

Monologist Daisey to perform at JDHS auditorium
Perseverance Theatre will bring master storyteller Mike Daisey to town for one performance this Saturday, Sept. 26.

New young adult fiction on the shelves
Young adult fiction is for readers in high school and older who like more involved plots and more mature themes than those found in chapter books. They are easy to spot: look for yellow-green stickers on the spines of books shelved in the adult fiction area.

Filming 'Neverland'
In stories by J.M. Barrie, Neverland is the imagined world where no one grows up, and a happy thought and some fairy dust can make you fly.

Most frequently challenged books of 2008
"And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Canvas offers new Sunday activities
The Canvas will be open for two new all-ages activities on Sunday at their 223 Seward St. location.

Biding my time
We are in the middle of an interesting stretch of movie releases.

Arts & Culture Calendar

Change Alaska's ocean salmon weir
For those of you near a computer, go to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries Web site and refer to the article "2009 Preliminary Alaska Salmon Catches-Blue Sheet." This particular commercial fisheries forecast shows the salmon catches of Southeast gillnetters, trollers and seiners during a single time period.

Support elementary school renovation
Please remember to vote in Juneau's municipal elections on Oct. 6.

State prepares to distribute dividend checks
Permanent Fund Dividend checks this year will be $1,305, providing an $820 million shot in the arm to a state economy struggling to avoid the nationwide recession.

School Board debates drug policy
The Juneau School Board continued to discuss details related to a mandatory drug-testing program for high school student athletes Tuesday at a special meeting.

Hoonah police chief Hankla resigns after tumultuous tenure
Embroiled Hoonah Police Chief Jefferson Hankla resigned earlier this month in the latest round of a months-long maelstrom between the city and its police department that has resulted in mudslinging, reprimands and lawsuits.

Candidates address financial concerns
A broad swath of community issues were brought before Assembly and mayoral candidates during the League of Women Voters forum Wednesday night, but most every issue came back to the financial uncertainty the city is facing in coming years.

Five School Board candidates detail goals
Candidates for the Juneau School Board came together Wednesday night for a forum sponsored by the Juneau League of Women Voters at City Hall.

Canadian government support boosts AK-BC intertie possibilities
A decision by top Canadian leaders to build a high-voltage transmission line into northwest British Columbia is being praised by Southeast Alaska hydropower proponents as a key step in developing the long-sought electrical intertie between Alaska and the Canadian province.

Photo: Upside-down and tangled
A raven hangs precariously from a berry-laden tree outside the Juneau Empire building. A passerby and Empire employees noticed the bird entangled in fishing line and branches and came to the rescue. The bird lay traumatized after release but regained its senses and soon was seen moving to a branch before flying away.

Photo: Day habilitation
REACH staff member Lou Auger, standing, watches as Niall Johnson, Luis Hernandez and Gina Fricky do batik artwork Wednesday afternoon during the Day Habilitation Program at The Canvas community art studio and gallery.

Around Town
Today, Sept. 23

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Around Town
Thursday, Sept. 24

Rosabella Stevenson
Longtime Hoonah resident Rosabella Helen (James) Stevenson died Sept. 20, 2009, at the Providence Hospital. She was 76.

Darryel L. Zinn
Former Juneau resident Darryel L. Zinn, of Anchorage, died Sept. 11, 2009, at the Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. He was 52.

Beverly Milton
Longtime Douglas resident Beverly Milton, of the Teikweidi Eagle Brown Bear clan, died Sept. 18, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 69.

A climate shift
Even if the United States is gradually losing its status as the world's economic, diplomatic and military superpower, there is one category in which, as of Tuesday, it has emerged as the undisputed No. 1: We are the most environmentally irresponsible nation on Earth.

The Patriot Act should be reined in
The following editorial first appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Obama's snubbing of Fox News was a bad idea
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Stuck inside Tenakee with those Juneau blues again
Before I begin ...To the year-round population of Tenakee Springs, Alaska: Don't worry. I packed my garbage out. I have absolutely no intention of buying a weekend home, and I soaped up and rinsed off really well before I took a bath, even in my ... well, let's just call it "where the sun don't shine." You know, all around that whole Southeast Alaska region.

Roots of public problems
Here's the walk-away line from a new study about the way religious voters see the world: Conservative religious activists still worry mostly about abortion and same-sex marriage, while their liberal brethren keep fretting largely about issues like torture and the environment. (Read the survey online at

Crowd counts a game nobody wins
WASHINGTON - Numbers don't lie, right?

A crash course in coarseness
Incivility is the new secondhand smoke. Everyone feels impelled to disdain it, but nobody is willing to do away with it entirely.

How quickly the lessons of Sunday school are forgotten
"Thou shalt not bear false witness ..." - Exodus 20:16

State issue guidelines for pneumonia vaccine
ANCHORAGE - State health officials have issued new guidelines for pneumonia vaccinations.

Anchorage attorney says approved labor contracts invalid
ANCHORAGE - An attorney says two labor contracts approved by the Anchorage Assembly last year are invalid because city code wasn't followed.

Alaska man dies in plane crash
MILLERSBURG, Mo. - Callaway County officials have identified a man who died in the crash of a single-engine plane.

Houston voters to decide mayoral question
HOUSTON - The Oct. 6 elections are just two weeks away. In Matanuska-Susitna Borough city of Houston, the ballot includes a referendum on the future direction of the city.

University of Alaska regents consider tuition hike for 2011
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Board of Regents will consider a tuition hike for the 2011-12 school year at this week's meeting in Juneau.

KUAC-TV back on the air in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks public TV station KUAC was back on the air Tuesday, although viewers might notice some intermittent interruptions as the signal is tweaked.

Southeast DOT crews battle mudslides
JUNEAU - Maintenance and operations crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Southeast Region are battling Mother Nature this week in Petersburg following mudslides.

Helicopter crash in Iraq kills soldier
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska-based soldier from Louisiana died of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash in Iraq.

Wildlife video shows Eagle River bears
EAGLE RIVER - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has some video to back up its opposition to developing trails at Eagle River.

Fairbanks cook sentenced for meat cleaver assault
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks cook was given a 15-year prison sentence for attacking a fellow chef with a meat cleaver.

North Pole considers censuring member
NORTH POLE - The North Pole City Council will decide the day before the municipal election on a resolution condemning Councilman Doug Wilson for secretly recording a confidential meeting.

Anchorage employees union rejects shorter work week proposal
ANCHORAGE - Members of the Anchorage city employees' union have rejected a proposal to have their work week shortened from 40 hours to 37.5 hours.

Parnell opposes federal predator control law
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell has sent a letter to Congress expressing his strong opposition to federal legislation he says would eliminate predator control.

Knik construction halted after remains found
KNIK - An excavator found human remains while doing foundation work for a warehouse next to the Knik Museum.

Minor quake felt in the Mat-Su Valley
ANCHORAGE - A minor earthquake has been felt in communities just north of Anchorage.

Coast Guard rescues 3 men after plane flips
CORDOVA - A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Cordova rescued three men stranded Monday after their small plane reportedly flipped over while taking off from a beach on Montague Island.

Anchorage theater figure Frank Brink dies
ANCHORAGE - Frank Orville Brink, who developed local theater in Anchorage, died Sept. 17 in Eureka Springs, Ark. He was 93 and had a form of Alzheimer's disease.

Alaska Railroad lays off 127 workers
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Railroad has laid off 127 employees.

Multiple charges filed in Forestry building break-in
PALMER - Formal charges have been filed against a 27-year-old accused in last month's break-in at a state Division of Forestry building near Mat-Su Regional Medical Center.

Ketchikan man gets jail time for arms possession
KETCHIKAN - A 41-year-old Ketchikan man will serve time in a federal prison for illegally possessing firearms.

Photo: Bears Cross country: leading the pack
Juneau-Douglas cross country captains, from left, Annika Ord, Leah Francis, Dawson Walker and Robin Woodby lead the Crimson Bears along the Treadwell Mines Trails course on Tuesday evening. The team is preparing for Saturday's Region V Cross Country Championships, held in Juneau. Thursday, the Juneau Empire will feature a story on both the Crimson Bears and Thunder Mountain teams as their seasons draw to a close.

Running all the way home
The cross country season is winding down, signaling the culmination of a career for four Crimson Bears co-captains and several other Juneau-Douglas senior runners. Luckily for them, they'll have one last shot to run in front of the home faithful Saturday at Sandy Beach, where Juneau is hosting this year's Region V Cross Country Championships.

Another Falcons first time
With the Region V Cross Country Championships approaching this Saturday, the Thunder Mountain Falcons are looking to build off last weekend's season-best performance.

Local H.S. Cross country results
Ketchikan Cross Country Invite, Saturday, Sept. 19

Sports in Juneau

Sports in Juneau

BP settles oil spill containment violations
ANCHORAGE - An oil field review starting with a state inspector questioning the size of spill containment facilities on Alaska's North Slope has resulted in a hefty civil payment for a subsidiary of BP PLC.

Pebble Mine budget increased to $70 million
ANCHORAGE - The budget for developing a large mine near some of the world's most productive wild salmon streams has been increased by $10 million to prepare the Pebble Mine for the government permit process, the mining company behind the proposed project said Wednesday.

Oil prices bounce back as US dollar weakens
Oil prices bounced back above $71 on Tuesday as the dollar fell to its lowest level against the euro in more than a year.

Palin talks about US-China relations in speech in Asia
HONG KONG - Months after abruptly resigning as Alaska's governor, Sarah Palin resurfaced in Hong Kong on Wednesday more moderate in tone and better versed in international affairs, possibly laying the first brick for a 2012 White House bid.

Rescuers search for woman missing from cruise ship
SEATTLE - U.S. and Canadian ships and aircraft are searching for a passenger who is missing from a cruise ship traveling from Ketchikan, Alaska, to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Judge steps aside in Alaska man's re-sentencing case
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Deadwood judge who sentenced an Alaska man to die for a 2000 torture murder of an acquaintance has stepped aside for the man's re-sentencing trial, in response to a defense request to recuse himself.

Anchorage mayor expects layoffs
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan said the refusal of unions to agree to a shorter work week will mean layoffs and cuts in public services next year.

Fairbanks area warned of possible pollution sanctions
FAIRBANKS - A law firm hired by the Fairbanks North Star Borough says it could face sanctions if it fails to clean up air pollution.

Photos: Alaska-based soldiers in Afghanistan
Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), based at Fort Richardson, work out Wednesday at a base in Zerok District, East Paktika province in Afghanistan.

Human remains found at Knik construction site
KNIK - The discovery of human remains by an excavator has halted construction of a warehouse next to the Knik Museum.

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