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Friday, September 29, 2006

Davies releases second novel, 'Goodbye Lemon'
Critics assume that Adam Davies' debut novel, "The Frog King," is autobiographical. Protagonist Harry Driscoll, like Davies, is a young single guy living in New York, working for a publishing company and generally making a mess of his life.

Eleveld's book revives oral traditions with a variety of spoken word poetry
Here are just a few of the new nonfiction books that have gone out on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries recently.

Current sales tax exemptions are unfair
On Oct. 3, I am going to vote no on extending the so-called 3 percent sales tax.

Disappointed with candidate forum
As an eligible voter at Juneau-Douglas High School, I was looking forward to the candidate forum Monday at JDHS.

Letter referred to harbor management
I'd like to clarify my use of "harbor staff" in Tuesday's My Turn column.

Alaska needs Palin for governor
As a former resident of the Anchorage and Fairbanks areas, I still care very much for the future of the 49th state.

Botelho, Wanamaker should be praised
Mayor Bruce Botelho appointed a special committee of the Assembly to review the senior sales tax exemption and asked Deputy Mayor Randy Wanamaker to serve as chairman.

Clearing up some misconceptions
I find some of the responses to the Kubley article amazing and sad.

Vote against any sales tax initiative
Here are some recent front page headlines in the Juneau Empire: "Survey: Juneau's expensive," July 20; "Residents: Costs drive people away," July 27; "Residents brace for higher heating costs," Sept. 12; "Drivers fume even as fuel prices drop," Sept. 24.

Fluetsch will set city in the right direction
Please join me in supporting Brad Fluetsch for mayor of Juneau.

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

District 2 Assembly Race
Sara Chambers wants the city to become more fiscally responsible, so it can reduce property taxes and lower the cost of home ownership.

Photo: Schools outfitted with defibrillators
Floyd Dryden Middle School assistant principal Jackie Kookesh, right, practices using an automated external defibrillator...

2-year-old battles for his life
Two-year-old Tristan Arnold has been a fighter his entire life, but he doesn't really understand what he's fighting, his mother said Thursday.

District 1 Assembly Race
David Stone wants to build on his experience on the Juneau Assembly to help the community remedy the cost of living and lack of affordable housing.

Rotary seeks exchange students for the upcoming school year
Last summer, Tamsen Peeples quickly learned that her fellow students at an all-girls school in Auckland, New Zealand, had misconceptions about Alaska.

District 1 Assembly Race
Commercial fisherman Mark Stopha has opinions on all of the hot-button issues this election season, but he is focusing his campaign efforts on one topic close to his heart - better management of the docks and harbors.

Fish fleets face new rules on alcohol , drugs
A new Coast Guard regulation meant to crack down on drug and alcohol use in the commercial fishing fleet has left smaller operators - if they are even aware of it - a bit skeptical.

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

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

Clarification

District 2 Assembly Race
Jean Christian wants to see Juneau become more affordable for young adults, families and senior citizens.

Joseph L. Estep
Former Juneau resident Joseph L. Estep, 60, died Sept. 9, 2006, in Portsmouth, Va.

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

Photo: Imperial gets into early holiday spirit
Justin Jones staples Christmas lights Thursday in front of the Imperial Saloon on Front Street in downtown Juneau.

Correction
An info box in Wednesday's paper incorrectly gave the dates Bruce Botelho was mayor of Juneau.

Photo: Volunteer of the year
Cancer Connection Board member Ruth Johnson holds the 2006 United Way of Southeast Alaska Volunteer of the Year award at the United Way Campaign Kick-off Sept. 21.

Photo: 80th birthday
Juneau resident John Dapcevich, right, shown sitting with his grandson, Max Dapcevich, 4, turned 80 on Tuesday.

Neighbors Digest
Annual historical conference held in Juneau beginning Wednesday, Temple Sukkat Shalom holds Yom Kippur services Sunday, Monday & Community Schools Tlingit dancing class starts Sunday

Columnist hibernates for winter
This will be my last article for spring and summer of 2006; I will now search out a suitable den to spend a comfortable winter time, like my pals, the black bears.

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Apple season blossoms in late September and into November
Ever since the devil tempted Eve with one in the garden of Eden, people have had a hankering for a good apple.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Kelsey Lovig
"It was just something I liked to do when I was bored as a little kid. ... I think art of whatever form is just a really good thing for everyone to do. It can be such a meditative release, and if not for anyone else, art can be for yourself."

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Alaska Community Services Inc.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Joseph L. Estep
Former Juneau resident Joseph L. Estep, 60, died Sept. 9, 2006, in Portsmouth, Va.

Alaska editorial: Missiles at Fort Greely are critical in making U.S. safe from attack
We hope the need never arises for the anti-ballistic missiles that stand in silos at Fort Greely, ready to intercept any nuclear-tipped warheads aimed at Alaska or Hawaii or the Pacific Northwest.

Empire editorial: Venezuela's gift is an unhappy windfall
It's like a kick in the gut to open the newspaper and read that Alaskans are getting aid from the likes of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez.

My turn: State doesn't invest enough in schools
These are exciting days for Alaska's children and schools. Moore v. State of Alaska, the landmark school funding adequacy lawsuit, will finally be heard.

My Turn: Fighting modern battles with ancient methods
President Bush proposes to fight "the ideological battle of the 21st century" using the tools and methods of the Middle Ages, including torture and the Star Chamber.

JDHS swimmers travel north to face East, South
After opening the season with six meets against Southeast Conference competition, the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving teams will head north for two important meets.

Juneau-Douglas ready for tough Scotts Valley
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team wraps up its regular season at 8 p.m. Saturday against a powerful Lower 48 foe, undefeated Scotts Valley from the Central Coast Section of California.

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.

JDHS enters state full of confidence
At 7:30 a.m. this morning, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams embark on a flight to Anchorage for Saturday's state championship meet.

Bijon takes two at JDHS fundraising tournament
Vini Bijon won a pair of tournaments last weekend in the Juneau-Douglas High School tennis team fundraiser doubles tournament at the JRC/The Alaska Club.

Public criticizes same-sex proposal
Alaska would be preparing "a recipe for disaster" by imposing its proposal for extending spousal benefits to same-sex couples next year, said a woman who argued Wednesday she still sees discrimination in the court-ordered rules.

Palin opts for troop deployment over debate
Independent gubernatorial candidate Andrew Halcro said he saw Republican Sarah Palin at a candidate forum Wednesday and fully expected to see her at a debate later that afternoon.

Alaska Digest
Diocese sells property to cover settlements, Cleanup follows oil spill in Chena River & Basketball players charged in thefts

Trooper mercy-kills blind bear in Kodiak
A wildlife official killed a Kodiak brown bear that likely was blinded when it fell off a cliff and later was found wandering in circles and bumping into trees.

Deployment ceremony held in Anchorage for thousands of soldiers headed to Iraq
Army wife Mackenzie Norfleet has a strategy for keeping her husband safe during his one-year deployment in Iraq, where he will patrol the dangerous streets of south Baghdad.

Bridge board OKs big raises for executives
The top three executives of a bridge authority created by the state to span the Knik Arm received sizable pay hikes soon after securing an influx of state and federal money for the project.

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

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

MCI raises cost of prepaid phone cards in state
MCI's popular prepaid phone cards will cost Alaskans making in-state calls a lot more starting Nov. 1.

Alaska Digest
4,000 ducks sold for Saturday derby, Ketchikan jury acquits state trooper, Testimony begins in double-homicide trial & Residents want rural subsistence status

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