Feeling a little fictional? Visit the Juneau library
Take a look at a few of the new fiction titles on the shelves now at the Juneau Public Libraries.

'The Punishment of Virtue:' Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban
Five years after U.S. forces routed the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and drove the al-Qaida movement into hiding...

Award winning author does things the old-fashioned way
After spending a decade writing his first novel, author Peter Quinn hoped to speed up the process on its follow-up.

Dog owners doing good job with pets
The human-animal bond is one of life's simple pleasures for me..

Institute didn't solicit bids this year
This is to clarify an article in the Juneau Empire on Tuesday that said Sealaska Heritage Institute "received no bids" from other communities to host Celebration 2008.

What taxes does she mean to cut?
Sarah Palin's campaign ads say that as governor she will "cut taxes and work to reduce property taxes all across the state."

Fence needed to curb illegal immigration
I'm so discouraged that Don Young voted against House Resolution 6061.

I'd never ride a ferry shuttle from Katzehin
This letter is regarding Gov. Murkowski's determination to build the Lynn Canal road as far as Katzehin (well, as far as the Kensington Mine, anyway).

Politicians are never clear on the issues
Reading Joel Casto's Monday My Turn held my interest up until the point where he said that Tony Knowles was clear on the issues.

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

Photo: Nice haul
Trevor Pollard, left, and Hillary Young, owners and operators of the fishing tender Afognak, watch as a tote of black cod from the Chatham Strait fishery is unloaded on Monday...

City to tally final race results today
The city's Ballot Review Board will finish verifying 1,400 outstanding absentee and questioned ballots from this week's municipal election and have results this afternoon.

Station agent witnesses final flight
Don Pegues spent 59 years waiting for airplanes to land, and predictably, the final flight was almost 212 hours late.

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

Soldier returns home from Iraq
Army Spc. Jon Martin didn't spend too much time dreaming about the mountains around Juneau while surrounded by the deserts of Iraq.

Native groups form a nonprofit, hope for land
Leaders of five "landless" Alaskan Native communities formed a nonprofit corporation last month with the hope Congress will hear their united call for federal recognition.

Photos: Day of Caring
Jonathan Smith, left, Max Mielke, center, and Mike Notar of the Juneau Building Trade Council work on a bear-resistant structure...

Boys & Girls Club of Juneau
Volunteer coordinator: Jay Wyatt

Shelton and Walker wed
Kirsten Shelton, of Juneau, and Jason Walker, of Pocatello, Idaho, were married Aug. 27 at the Shelton family home on Lummi Bay in Bellingham, Wash.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Michaela Crabtree
"I love painting and I want to learn more about it! Artists use paint to swirl. ... I'm really good at painting pretty pictures. I think I'll go over to the easel and paint!"

Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Diversity is humanity's greatest gift but also greatest challenge
Being human can be tough, and I suspect that at least a billion other humans would agree.

Student recognitions
Ella C. Magallanes & Sergio C. Magallanes

Photo: 'The Magician's Nephew'
From left, Marcy Haffner (Aunt Letty), Jonathan Loney (Digory), Madison Truitt (Polly), Savannah Cayce (Queen Jadis) and Michael Kron (Aslan) take a moment to reflect Tuesday...


Dario Penáno Catuiran
Juneau resident Dario Penno Catuiran, 89, died Oct. 2, 2006, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Permanent fund earnings should pay for services
t's that time of year to remember how good Alaskans have it. Last month, the governor announced the amount of this year's permanent fund dividend check will be $1,106.96. It will be distributed to an estimated 602,350 Alaskans.

My Turn: Gold prices should be good news
I was at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week and had the pleasure of listening to the two candidates for State House District 4, Assembly member Randy Wanamaker, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Andrea Doll.

Crimson Bears win their JIVE tune-up game
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team showed off its finishing prowess Thursday in a straight-set victory over a tough Kodiak squad.

Juneau swimmers headed to Ketchikan
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving teams head into the second half of their season this weekend in Ketchikan.

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 ready for its 2nd chance
During Wednesday's practice, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team ran through plays quietly.

Democrats: 2004 election data altered
Alaska Democratic Party officials say the 2004 election data they sued the state to get may have been changed this year, and they want to know why.

Alaska Digest
Kupreanof road paves way for logging, Troopers seek tips in North Pole homicide & Fairbanks mayor hopes to fill budget gap

Stryker soldier killed in Iraq
A soldier from Hammond killed in Iraq was looking forward to civilian life and starting a family with his wife, his sister said.

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