Polish city Gdansk marks 80th birthday of famous son
The Baltic port city of Gdansk opened three days of celebrations Thursday to mark the 80th birthday of its famous son, German novelist Guenter Grass.

New picture books include 'I'm a Pill Bug,' 'My Friend is Sad'
Here's a sampling of some of the new picture books at the Juneau Public Libraries that will make you and your young listener smile.

Russo draws again from his blue-collar roots
Richard Russo's blue-collar background is embedded in his DNA, so it's no surprise that his first novel since the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Empire Falls" draws again from his fond but unvarnished memories of life in a dying factory town.

From JFK to Mick Jagger, the journals of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Over the past half century, historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. wrote more than 20 books and thousands of essays, served in the administration of President John F. Kennedy, consulted numerous leading Democrats and befriended countless artists and fellow historians.

Support Juneau football
What happened to the Juneau crowd? What happened to the support that the Juneau Youth Football League used to enjoy?

Logging roads are smoother than Egan
Maybe I missed it the first time the state told us why we are getting an overpass on Egan Drive. Can anyone please tell me again why we are having this instead of a stoplight system?

Enforce law at DIPAC
Recently, there have been several letters in the Juneau Empire that highlighted a few of the many disgusting activities that are currently running rampant at the dock near Douglas Island Pink and Chum.

Build pool of local talent at theater
This is in regard to your article on P.J. Paparelli, Perseverance Theatre's artistic director, and his decision to take another artistic directorship in Chicago. I must take exception to the discussion regarding the use of outside artists at Perseverance.

Precinct results for Tuesday's city election listed an incorrect number for those who voted no on Proposition 2, which would have restored fluoride to Juneau drinking water, in Juneau 3 precinct. The number of people who voted no in this precinct was 331.

Business Digest
Juneau Power Sports offers Chinese ATVs; Hudson's Shoe Store sold to new owners; Nominations sought for citizen awards

Photo: On a roll
Teresa Schimanski paints the ceiling as Gayle Starbard works in the closet on an apartment belonging to the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. on Thursday as part of the Day of Caring. Both Schimanski and Starbard are employees of Elgee Rehfeld and Mertz.

Judge gives Delez 12 years
Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins said Wednesday she had high hopes for Anthony Delez as she sentenced him to 12 years in prison for manslaughter and drunken driving, with almost five years suspended.

Around Town

Alex sentenced to 3 years in prison for student's death
David Alex, 24, sobbed hard in the already tearful courtroom Wednesday, before he was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the 2005 traffic death of Jody Watson.

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

Because of inaccurate information provided to the Juneau Empire, a Tuesday story on the fluoride ballot initiative contained an incorrect statement about dental services.

Around Town

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

Unofficial results of municipal election by precinct

Raising dough with pie
The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery hopes its "Dance For Pie" fundraiser on Friday night is a big step toward raising a final $100,000 to complete the popular downtown arts center.

Photo: Casting a vote
Rich Conneen, left, casts his ballot Tuesday at the North Douglas precinct at the Juneau Fire Station. Precinct worker Tom Matthews assists him.

DeRose gets five years for embezzlement
Juanita DeRose, 41, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, with three and a half suspended, for stealing $126,292 from her employer, the Alaska Council of School Administrators in Juneau.

Photo: Day of Caring
Katherine Milton contributes to a food collection by Bartlett Regional Hospital employees Thursday at Wal-Mart. The food is going to Helping Hands, a local food bank.

Luring visitors to Alaska increasingly expensive
Visitors spend $1.8 billion dollars in Alaska each year, but it's becoming increasingly more expensive to market the state and fetch those tourists from other destinations, according to the Alaska Travel Industry Association.

Auke Bay Co-op Preschool students participated in a field trip at Alaska Glacier Seafoods last Thursday and Friday near the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal.

Fall harvest table
In color and character, few vegetables are as emblematic of the fall harvest as peppers. Not only do most members of this family achieve their full ripeness around September, but their bright warm hues also echo the resplendent autumn leaves.

Student artist in the spotlight: Olivia Raster
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.

Fall feature photos


Neighbors Digest
Jim Martinez to give concert featuring the music of Edvard Grieg; The Learning Connection offers office training, free ESL classes; SEARHC awards injury prevention mini-grants

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for participating in the International Coastal Clean-up Day




The religious right's threat
Back in May 2000, I learned firsthand that James Dobson is a tough man to please.

My turn: Californication of Alaska
To the Alaskan-now-Californian who suggested that Alaska takes more than it gives and that Ted and Don are irrelevant so we should kick them out of office.

Outside editorial: America's attic is rotting within the Smithsonian
Any responsible property owner faced with a leaky roof or faulty wiring would figure out some way to undertake the repairs. Not so the caretakers of the nation's treasures at the Smithsonian Institution.

My Turn: Coming highway disaster
See the snow coming down the mountains? Anyone planning on commuting into town this winter through the construction along Egan Drive has got to be concerned. My understanding is that what we are looking at - the narrow roadway with concrete blocks a couple of feet out from the lanes, is what is planned for this winter.

Alaska editorial: Kenai earmarks show blatantly unhealthy political connections
The details of the 2004 federal appropriations for conserving the Kenai and Russian rivers, steered to the state via developer Bob Penney, blatantly show how earmarking can get carried too far.

My Turn: Advisors stand behind governor's ACES plan
As advisors to Gov. Palin on oil and gas issues, we and Deputy Commissioner Marty Rutherford of the Department of Natural Resources are proud to stand behind the governor's oil tax plan.

Colony comes back to Juneau for playoff battle
The Railbelt Conference title and a school-record 8-0 start will mean nothing for the Juneau-Douglas High School football team come Saturday.

JDHS looks to come together
Just one look at the list of teams attending this weekend's 16th annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza tournament is all it takes to know that the Crimson Bears will have their hands full.

Alaska Digest
Dividend deliveredto Alaska residents; Trial opens for man charged in death; Man avoids jail time for selling seal parts

Alaska teachers' union sued again over former director's behavior
Alleged workplace discrimination by the former executive director of the Alaska teachers' union, Tom Harvey, has drawn a lawsuit from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Corrosion issue resurfaces in Palin's tax bill
Gov. Sarah Palin is taking a new tack to try to keep the state from having to pay for the cost of years of inadequate North Slope pipe maintenance with tax breaks.

Regulators withdraw permit for Red Dog mine pollution
Federal regulators have withdrawn their approval for a permit that would allow the release of waste from the state's largest mine into waterways near the village of Kivalina in northwest Alaska.

Alaska Airlines to fly year-round between Hawaii, Anchorage
Alaska Airlines Inc. announced Wednesday that it plans to offer year-round direct flights between Hawaii and Anchorage, but some Alaskans are worried that the lack of competition for the route could lead to higher fares over the long term.

Laboratories in Barrow a new hot spot for climate research
A long-awaited research facility scientists hope will house the next generation of arctic research is perched above the table-flat tundra a few miles from downtown Barrow.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Thousands of walruses abandon ice for Alaska shore
Thousands of walruses since late summer have congregated in haulouts on Alaska's northwest shore, a phenomenon likely connected to record low Arctic sea ice.

Coeur, environmental groups meet about mine tailings
Representatives of three conservation groups met with the owners of the Kensington Mine and Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho throughout the day on Tuesday to discuss the mine's tailings disposal, but the substance of the talks were kept confidential by all parties.

Northwest Digest
Alaska Airlines plane from San Jose evacuated in Seattle; Anchorage hospital to offer drive-by flu vaccinations; Gov. Palin looks to fill seats on fisheries management council

State steps up efforts to keep, find workers
State administrators are trying to figure out how to recruit and retain state employees without breaking the bank.

Some politicians wash their hands of VECO money
For years, while VECO Corp. was flush with oil profits and in a giving mood, Capitol Hill politicians happily accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from employees of the Alaska oil contractor.

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