Saturday, October 4, 2008

New nonfiction includes 'Mortal Syntax'
Here's a taste of some of the new nonfiction at the Juneau Public Libraries.

War and Wall Street
Wall Street and George Bush want the taxpayers to bail them out to the tune of $700 billion with few strings attached.

Bailout compared to swine
This proposed bailout is a pig. Putting lipstick on it won't help. Don't let the crooks who pillaged our economy set up their own bailout and force the rest of us to pay for their greed and arrogance.

Support for Doll, Kerttula
Are you voting Republican or Democratic?

City DA says convictions a drug deterrent
The conviction of two drug kingpins on organized crime charges should be a strong deterrent to others not to import drugs into Juneau, authorities said Thursday.

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

Around Town
Today

Juneau Republicans cheer Palin's performance
Capital city supporters of Gov. Sarah Palin converged on Marlintini's Lounge in the Mendenhall Valley on Thursday to watch the vice-presidential debates on big screen TVs, eat chili and cheer on their candidate.

Areawide Assembly seat: Difficulty in expanding business spurs candidate
Economic conditions that drove a failed attempt to open a restaurant in town prompted Wade Bryson to run for a seat on the Juneau Assembly.

Areawide Assembly seat: Incumbent wants to pass transit, recycling programs
If Bob Doll's opponent appears to believe that Juneau's glass is half empty, then Doll would respond that it's half full.

Sanford unchallenged in bid for third term
Assembly member Merrill Sanford is running unopposed to retain his District 1 seat and serve a final term on the Assembly.

Judge refuses to block state investigation
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska judge on Thursday refused to block a state investigation into whether Gov. Sarah Palin abused her power when she fired her public safety commissioner this summer.

Photo: Leap of flight
A bald eagle leaps off a rock and into the air Thursday as it spots fish swimming nearby in the Gastineau Channel. A metal band was attached to the eagle's right foot, which means it was taken to the raptor center for an issue and tagged.

Photo: Go with the flow
Bill Swenson, right, and Jeff Goetz, both hydrologic technicians for the U.S. Geological Survey, test the water speed to calculate the discharge measurement of the Mendenhall River using a bridge crane Thursday on Back Loop Road. The group checks the flow of different areas every couple of months to calibrate the equipment. Goetz says a real-time water level display for the Mendenhall and other rivers can be found on www.usgs.gov.

Surviving breast cancer
Imagine getting hit by a car while riding your bike. You sustain a broken right shoulder, a broken right arm and five cracked ribs. Then, just 10 months later, you are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Things to remember during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as women across the nation are pinning on their pink ribbons, they're also looking to learn more about this life-threatening disease - and how to prevent it. As a dietitian, I think women need more information on how they can make healthy lifestyle and dietary changes to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Sitka plans Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities
SITKA - October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To celebrate the month the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Breast and Cervical Health Program, Sitka Community Hospital, Brenner's Fine Clothing and Gifts, the Sitka Cancer Survivor's Society and other groups are teaming up to host several breast cancer awareness events in Sitka.

Bartlett hospital to sponsor 'Let's Quit!' stop-smoking program
JUNEAU - Bartlett Regional Hospital is sponsoring the "Let's Quit!" group smoking cessation program.

Mobile mammography van to visit Klawock, Craig and Metlakatla
SOUTHEAST - The mobile mammography van will visit Klawock, Sept. 26-Oct. 9; Craig, Oct. 10-13; and Metlakatla, Oct. 17-23, this summer and early fall.

United Way to sponsor annual Day of Caring
JUNEAU - Continuing its focus on developing volunteerism in the community, United Way of Southeast Alaska is sponsoring its second Day of Caring on Saturday.

Orca Singers
Grade: Fifth.

Consortium supports Walk to School Day
SITKA - International Walk (or Bike) to School Day is Wednesday and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Health Promotion department and Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program encourage parents to walk or bike to school with their children that day.

REACH, Wells Fargo to hold free shred day
JUNEAU - To help Juneau residents and small businesses prevent fraud and recycle paper, REACH Inc., a nonprofit organization providing support services for people with disabilities, will offer free paper shredding services 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wells Fargo Glacier Valley Store, 9150 Glacier Highway.

Here's a tip on how to improve our community
There are not enough places for people to play in Juneau. To improve Juneau, I think we should bring in a Chuck E Cheese. Kids would have more fun and the business would be successful for people who work there.

National Public Lands Day
Volunteers cleaned and performed maintenance on public lands at Mendenhall Glacier, with U.S. Forest Service Juneau Ranger District, and at Campbell Creek Science Center in Anchorage, with the Bureau of Land Management, as part of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 27.

Photo: REACH 30th anniversary
From left, Richard Fagundes, executive director of REACH,Kristine Lewis, board president, and Dan Elstad, facilities director, present the REACH 2008 Employer of the Year award to Vern Jones, chief procurement officer for the state of Alaska, during REACH's 30th year celebration on Sept. 24 at the REACH Building, downtown. Approximately 150 community members attended. Lee Sanders, founding member of REACH addressed the group with the history and recognized that there is still a lot to do in the disability community. The Employer of the Year Award was presented to the state of Alaska in recognition of providing 15 years of employment opportunities for individuals experiencing disabilities through the REACH custodial program.

Fil-Am Association to host annual fundraiser
JUNEAU - The Filipino-American Association will hold its annual scholarship fundraiser dinner and dessert auction from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center, 3235 Hospital Drive.

Cold kittens, warm heart
When Monty Lewis discovered kittens beneath a stump in his backyard, it was late December. Snow stood knee-deep and the mercury had slipped below 9 degrees.

Holst to get new studio space in Mendenhall Mall
JUNEAU - After 30 years of teaching in the VFW and Elks Hall downtown, Janice D. Holst is moving her dance studio space to the Mendenhall Mall beginning this weekend.

I am not my brother's keeper but ...
In the early days of radio, my father bought one of the first Atwater Kents. On Sunday afternoons, we listened to some very dramatic presentations of Biblical stories, usually serialized. They were so well done that I can still see some of them in my mind.

Widowed persons to throw monthly brunch
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon Sunday in the Nugget Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Thanks for working to improve Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail
This year the Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail improved at the hands of many. WS Trucking donated a load of D-1 that students were able to haul in bucket brigades to resurface part of the trail. Dave Lowry worked with 80 youth from all over Southeast Alaska, from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to tear out a broken bridge and remove over hanging wind fallen trees.

Thanks for donating children's book to the LeConte's library
The crew of the LeConte and the communities it serves would like to thank the Eagles Auxiliary for its recent donation of children's books to our lending library. The project was initiated a number of years ago by the Juneau Chapter of Beta Phi Gamma.

Thanks for contributing to our volunteer appreciation event
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to our annual volunteer appreciation event on Sept. 13.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to host the Rev. Aikman
The Juneau Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will host the Rev. Amanda Aikman, a Unitarian Universalist community minister, Oct. 5-12 in Juneau.

FYI
Births

Pets of the week
Babs, is an extremely large spayed checkered giant bunny that needs a new home. She is 3 years old and enjoys spending her time frolicking with her bunny buddy, Heff.

Senior menu for the week of Oct. 6-10
Monday, Oct. 6

Recognitions
Hailey Summers, of Juneau, was recently awarded the Alaska Air Carriers Association 2008 Forrest Jones Scholarship. Taking a career match test at Juneau-Douglas High School created a profile for Summers, which included aerospace engineering.

Swanson, Preecs wed
Jessie Swanson, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Noel Preecs, of Juneau, were married on Sept. 27, 2008, at Arrowhead Country Club in Davie, Fla. A reception immediately followed.

Davis, Longworth wed
After 20 years together, Lin Davis and Maureen Longworth were legally married on Sept. 15, 2008, in San Francisco City Hall rotunda on their anniversary.

My Turn: Palin has wrong view on warming and polar bears
As an Alaskan wildlife biologist with much polar bear experience, I disagree with Gov. Sarah Palin about the effects of global warming on polar bears.

Outside editorial: America's second chance
America is the land of second chances, so it is fitting that the House of Representatives should get an opportunity to redeem itself for its reckless rejection of the financial rescue package on Monday. Wednesday night the Senate approved a revised version of the plan, not altering its fundamentals but perhaps providing enough political cover for House Republicans and Democrats to change their votes. Since 228 House members voted no on Monday, at least 12 must switch (lest Speaker Nancy Pelosi have to cast a deciding vote). We hope they will; in fact, in a responsible legislature, the vote would not be close.

Outside column: Abolish the seat of VP
Sarah Palin is the product of a design flaw -- the unintended consequence of the founders' decision to create the vice presidency.

Career Fair held today
JUNEAU - Students and parents are invited to the Juneau College and Career Fair from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym.

Feds to review status of seabird
LACEY, Wash. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday it will review the protected status of the marbled murrelet in response to a petition from the timber industry and others.

Teen sentenced in 2006 death
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to five years in prison for the 2006 shooting death of his best friend.

Man sentenced in Homer murder
KENAI - A man has been sentenced for a murder in Homer four years ago.

Bears open Moose hunting season
It has been said that you can predict the future by looking to the past.

JDHS runners revved up for state
Junior Crimson Bears runner Leah Francis will begin her fight for a third state championship on Saturday as the Juneau-Douglas cross country teams visit Palmer for the 2008 State Championships on the Mike Janecek Trails.

Lady Bears look to stay perfect in Region V
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team is still looking for a sweet spot on the temperature gauge after starting the season hot, then going cold and then hot again.

Palin jousts with Biden
Gov. Sarah Palin talked up Alaska and held her own against Sen. Joe Biden in the first and only vice-presidential debate in the 2008 election season.

Judge denies a vigorous mistrial bid in Stevens case
WASHINGTON - A federal judge rejected a vigorous defense bid Thursday for a mistrial in the corruption case against Sen. Ted Stevens despite finding that prosecutors broke rules requiring them to turn over evidence favorable to the veteran Alaska lawmaker.

Probe begins into fatal plane crash
ANCHORAGE - Investigators will be examining the engine and propeller from a small plane that crashed and burned soon after take-off.

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