Friday, October 7, 2005

In the stacks: Nonfiction for adults
New non-fiction for adult readers at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses.

Tailings are the ground you walk on
It amazes me when nonresident citizens or outside interest groups protest or testify against the Kensington Mine at the city Assembly chambers and argue the detrimental affect of tailings from mines.

Political balance at school events
On the morning of Sept. 26, the Juneau-Douglas High School held a meet the city candidates' forum.

Support training for in-state jobs
While looking at Alaska's future work force it's easy to conclude we're living in a time of challenge and opportunity.

Stop it B4IGAG
Alaska's new tourist promotion, huge billboards in Seattle, Los Angeles and Minneapolis, proclaiming "Alaska B4UDIE," is without doubt the tackiest promotion I've ever seen the state endorse.

In-state Alaska pipeline is best
Ever been lied to? Ever told a lie?

Why the sales tax proposals failed
Like many Juneau voters, I voted against extending the one percent sales tax for the swimming pool and the airport, while voting for extending it for the other projects on the ballot.

Rights for all humans
In reply to Shane Wirtz' comments on Oct. 4, thank you.

Gov't approval doesn't excuse racism
Shane Wirtz hit the nail on the head (letters to the editor, Oct. 4).

Work to end homelessness
What a wonderful story on your front page on Oct. 4 describing Juneau's Love INC project of providing a Katrina-displaced family a home with all the essentials.

Dump the rock, and the nonsense
Thanks to Murray Walsh who, in my opinion, hit a home run with his My Turn of Oct. 4.

Trust in Goldbelt
Are you one of the people who has enjoyed Echo Cove and Berners Bay over the last several years?

Center trains drivers for the long haul
There are only so many miles of road you can drive around Juneau, yet there seems to be an ever-increasing demand for commercially certified drivers.

Mental health center closes
Since the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health closed its drop-in center on Front Street in late September, Willy Boy Denny, a 35-year-old man with severe depression, has spent many hours of his day staring at rain from his apartment at Salmon Creek.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Tuesday's city election results by precinct
Tuesday's results.

Resurgent mall gets 3 new tenants
The Mendenhall Mall has three new tenants and possibly two more coming this month, as it enjoys its highest occupancy rate in four years.

Photo: Lending a hand for the homeless
Ashley Ahrens, right, waits for George Elgee to paint a section of hallway at the Glory Hole as Helen Axenova and Jim Helm work in the background.

Valley glacier appears poised to leave lake soon
It may not take much longer for one of the world's most-visited glaciers to calve and melt out of its scenic toehold in Mendenhall Lake.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Rush-hour collision
The 50-year-old male driver of a brown Ford Bronco was treated for minor injuries at Bartlett Regional Hospital and released after a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road just before 6 p.m. Thursday.

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

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

Photo: End of the rainbow
A mixture of showers and sun brings out a rainbow over an abandoned shack near the Brotherhood Bridge on Thursday afternoon in the Mendenhall Valley.

Rue and Bollinger wed
Former Juneau resident Katherine Rue and Bryan Bollinger were married June 18, 2005, in Dorset, Vt.

Photo: Berry sunny
Chokeberries ripen in the sun, which made an appearance earlier this week.

FYI
News about the people you know

Teacher talk: She has a good reason to teach
I often ponder why I write this column. It is a lot of work, even though I consider writing a recreational pastime.

Grief support is available
And so the days grow shorter, and though I love how the daylight fuels my energy during summer, the cooler days and lengthening nights better suit my mood in fall

Photo: Sun devil
With sunshine coming through the forest canopy Devil's club is ablaze with fall colors Sunday near the end of Thane road.

Thank you
messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Elton hibernates until the spring
I think my friends the black bears are getting tired of kicking the garbage cans on South Franklin, in the Highlands and everywhere else in Juneau.

Jim Musser
Juneau resident Jim Musser, 51, died Sept. 28, 2005, surrounded by his family at his home.

Rica Niemi Swanson
Longtime Alaskan and former Juneau resident Rica Niemi Swanson, 100, died Sept. 13, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna.

Dulcie Agnes Collins
Juneau resident Dulcie Agnes Collins, 79, died Oct. 1, 2005, in Juneau after a four-year battle with cancer.

My turn: Constitution, law behind Sealaska's hiring policies
I want to respond to a recent letter to the editor challenging Sealaska Corporation's shareholder employment policy.

Alaska editorial: DeLay connection to Young is nonsense
Alaska Republicans have benefited from the Tom DeLay machine, and they all should answer whether or not they will continue to benefit from his dirty donations to their campaign funds."

My Turn: Voice of the Times wants to kill all-Alaska gas line
It is detrimental to Alaska to use the Voice of the Times as the voice of Exxon, ConocoPhillips and British Petroleum, who would like nothing more than to make the all-Alaska gas line project disappear.

Eagle Scout Trail Race Results
from Saturday

Making a splash in Juneau
After competing in six different road meets this season, the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team finally gets a chance to enjoy some home cooking.

Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Performances
as of Oct 5

JDHS ready for annual JIVE tourney
After enjoying a rare weekend off, the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team goes back to work this weekend by hosting the 14th annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza.

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.

Juneau-Douglas hosts North Pole in playoff showdown
Saturday's Alaska state quarterfinal playoff football game between visiting North Pole and Juneau-Douglas will hold special meaning for the Crimson Bears.

Angoon alcohol vote to be decided by absentee ballots
The votes are in, but Angoon residents will have to wait to find out if their Admiralty Island community will remain dry.

Backers of controversial bridge seek to rename airport
Let others sneer at Southeast Alaska's so-called "bridge to nowhere."

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Bringing history home
The spirit of Kudeinahaa has come home to Alaska.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Gas pipeline deals pitched to oil giants
The state sent a proposed contract on Thursday to the three top oil producers in Alaska to build a $20 billion pipeline that delivers natural gas to markets in the Lower 48.

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

Man faces 99 years for killing mom
A man who stabbed his mother 88 times and locked himself in a bathroom while she bled to death will serve 99 years in prison.

Mat-Su voters say 'no' to most proposals in borough
Voters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough shot down most questions posed in a borough-wide election, rejecting higher property taxes, new debt, construction of five new libraries and a new animal shelter.

Study: 38% of Fairbanks students drop out
A study found that the Fairbanks North Star Borough's Class of 2005 had more than 500 dropouts.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and around the world

Feds release plan to manage Southeast lands
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has unveiled a draft plan for managing its 320,000 acres of land scattered throughout Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Serene scene
Seagulls fly overhead as geese swim Sunday at nearby Grassy Point at Ward Lake in Ketchikan.

Activists sue to prevent timber sales in roadless areas of nat'l forest
Almost 50 timber sales are planned in roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest over the next decade, but environmentalists sued Thursday to stop all such sales in the United States.

'Papa Pilgrim' captured
The hunt for a self-styled Alaska mountain man wanted on incest and other charges ended Wednesday after he was recognized by a railroad police officer just back from vacation.

Commercial fishermen called on to save whales
Alaska's commercial fishing fleet is joining in an effort to save the world's most endangered whales.

Third try for gambling initiative
Undaunted by two rejections earlier this year, the mother of a Las Vegas investor is trying for a third time to place an initiative to legalize video gambling halls on the 2006 ballot.

Gross Alaska presents indie film showcase
Gross Alaska is bringing four independent films to Glacier Cinemas as part of an experimental four-week showcase.

Cinema Guide
What's playing on the silver screen

briefly
News of local arts

what's happening
News of local entertainment events

First Friday
A collection of 64 broadsides - matted poster-size papers, manually pressed with calligraphy, poetry and prose - is on display this month at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 206 North Franklin St., to celebrate the art of the written word.

A prayer for all:
A little over 15 years ago, University of Alaska Southeast professor Jane Terzis was doodling, when she ended up drawing a character with a peculiar head shape.

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