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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Around Town

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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

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.

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.

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


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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