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Saturday, October 11, 2008

New and classic CD audiobooks include 'The Secret History of Tom Truehart, Boy Adventurer,' 'Peter and the Wolf'
In addition to the new audiobooks on CD for kids listed below, you'll also find lots of classics in audiobook form like Stravinsky's "Peter and the Wolf," Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass," Stevenson's "Treasure Island," and even White's "Stuart Little" on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Reporter-turned-novelist lives her secret dream
BALTIMORE - Laura Lippman had her share of good fortune as she made the transition from frustrated newspaper reporter to part-time crime novelist to critically acclaimed best-selling author. But her bold career move didn't happen by chance.

Juneau discusses search and rescues
Plan on getting lost in the wilderness anytime soon? Few do, but Juneau's history is replete with examples of lost hikers or boaters.

Chase suspect has history of drunken driving
Last month, police said Victor Powell led them on a chase after he allegedly struck a woman with his van, was shot at by an officer and crashed into the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Mental health awareness rally today at Capitol
Twenty percent of families across the country are directly affected in some way by mental illness, said National Alliance on Mental Illness-Juneau Executive Director Aaron Hozid.

Photo: Fluid movements
Annie Geselle, front, leads a Tai Chi Chuan class Thursday night at The Canvas. The class is a beginner 15-week class in which students learn about 12 of the 37 total movements in Tai Chi Chuan. Geselle instructs four classes a week. Mark Lukey, right, and John Sisk follow in the background.

Photo: Notorious Nickie
The famous black bear sow, named Nickie by many because of a nick in her left ear, wanders out of the brush and onto the road as she looks both ways before crossing Thursday near the Mendenhall Glacier. The silver salmon have been swimming up Steep creek but in small numbers so far. Bears in the area have been seen eating lots of ground cones and roots with an occasional salmon.

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

Around Town
Today

CommunityCon comes together
Losing a loved one is never easy. And after losing her mother to liver disease and cancer, Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Allison Brandt, 16, learned that the hard way.

Day of Caring
United Way of Southeast Alaska's second Day of Caring, held Oct. 4 at various location in Juneau, matched approximately 84 volunteers from 11 local businesses with projects at 13 area nonprofit organizations. Each team volunteered its time and skills in order to complete much-needed service projects for the nonprofits, including painting dormitories, building an accessibility ramp, shampooing carpets, holding a food drive at local grocery stores and repainting the Mendenhall Valley skate park.

Women's programs, Planned Parenthood offer free clinic
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN and Breast and Cervical Health programs are teaming up with Planned Parenthood of Alaska's Sitka Health Center to offer a free health clinic for women on Saturday. The free clinic is in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, which is a perfect time to start a tradition of prevention.

Five obtain certified nurses assistant state certification
JUNEAU - Cornerstone Home Health is pleased to announce the completion of the first Personal Care Attendant to Certified Nurses Assistant bridge program by the University of Alaska Southeast in a rural community.

Detect cancer early with breast exams, yearly mammograms
The following is information from the American Cancer Society Web site regarding screening and detection strategies for the public:

Surviving cancer is complicated
There were three particularly important women diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s: Betty Ford, Happy Rockefeller and my mom.

Local nurse Darnall to relocate to Women Caring for Women
JUNEAU - Deana Darnall, women's health nurse practitioner, is pleased to announce her relocation starting Oct. 13 to join Dr. Nell A. Wagoner at Women Caring For Women, 3268 Hospital Drive, Suite B.

Tlingít & Friends Bike Club to host ride and celebration Saturday
SITKA - The Tlingít & Friends Bike Club will host a special event at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Baranof Elementary School covered playground shelter.

Ketchikan professor receives Emmy award
University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan faculty member, Priscilla Schulte, professor of anthropology and sociology, recently received an Emmy, as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee, for an educational series titled "Physical Anthropology: The Evolving Human." It won in the category of Best Instructional Programming.

Northern Lights Junior Theatre to hold its annual meeting Oct. 18
JUNEAU - The Northern Lights Junior Theatre will hold its annual meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Nugget Mall in the space next to Jensen's Home Furnishings, at the opposite end from JoAnn's.

'Stewarding Creation for Life' conference to be held Oct. 16
JUNEAU - The Alaska Interfaith Power and Light will hold its "Stewarding Creation for Life" conference from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Cathedral of Nativity.

United Way and city to host Affordable Housing Summit
JUNEAU - The United Way of Southeast Alaska and the city of Juneau's Affordable Housing Commission will host an Affordable Housing Summit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, at Centennial Hall. The program is open to the public and free of charge.

Sitka invites Southeast residents to come celebrate Alaska Day
SITKA - The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce invites Southeast Alaska residents to come to Sitka this weekend to enjoy the Alaska Day festivities.

Sons of Norway host Annual Membership Dinner Saturday
JUNEAU - Juneau's Sons of Norway and Friends of Scandinavia lodge will hold its Annual Membership Dinner 2008 on Saturday, Oct. 11, in the Treadwell Banquet Room of the Baranof Hotel. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a halibut dinner at 6 p.m.

Big lessons in mini-golf
There are people who play golf and then there are people who play miniature golf. The original version of golf used to be available to few and came with certain economic restrictions. Expensive equipment, hefty green fees, and elite golf club memberships put the sport out of reach with the common man. Today things have changed and golf has opened its doors to the public. However, there has been one champion who has been bringing golf to the masses for a very long time; miniature golf. This small scale version of its older brother has been entertaining people of all ages for years.

University of Alaska students sponsor coat, jacket drive
JUNEAU - University of Alaska Southeast students are sponsoring a coat and jacket drive, "Jackets for Juneau," until Friday, Oct. 17, at the following locations:

Locals organize a 'Protest Sarah Palin' rally this Saturday
JUNEAU - A "Protest Sarah Palin" rally will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in front of the Capitol, downtown.

CHELSEA BROWN
Age: 14.

Thanks for contributing to weed removal project
I'd like to extend a thank you to the volunteers and agencies that helped with a Bohemian (commonly referred to as Japanese) knotweed 'smother.' The UAF Cooperative Extension Service Juneau District office along with the Forest Service, Juneau Watershed Partnership and Parks and Recreation implemented a small Bohemian knotweed eradication project this summer. Our goal is to eradicate a dense, moderately sized patch of knotweed along the lake without the use of pesticides. If successful then local homeowners may have another option for fighting this 'take over your yard' weed.

Recognitions
Katie Cerne, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, was selected to attend a unique leadership development conference, National Young Leaders Conference, this week, Oct 7-12, in Washington, D.C.

Thanks for supporting Juneau youth baseball
On behalf of the Midnight Suns Baseball Club, we would like to thank Alaska Pacific Bank, Bartlett Regional Hospital, DeHarts, First National Bank of Alaska, Greens Creek Mining, Lessmeier & Winters, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Shattuck & Grummett, Skinner Sales & Service, Taku Glacier Lodge, Taku Oil and Wells Fargo for supporting our youth baseball program.

Thanks to those who helped revitalize the arts, culture center
Thank you to Ben Brown for noting the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Photo: Lighting a candle
Keith Pahlke lights a candle on Oct. 5 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in honor ofMental Illness Awareness Week.

Thanks for helping on National Public Lands Day
This past Saturday, Sept. 27, SAGA and the U.S. Forest Service led local volunteers in service for National Public Lands Day. We would like to thank all of those who helped make the day a success. National Public Lands Day is a great event that we look forward to making a major community event in the future.

Thanks for supporting Friends of the Flags, thanks to volunteers
The 50 state flags that flew over Egan Drive this summer were taken down on Sept. 21 by our great crew for Friends of the Flags. (Luckily, it wasn't raining or blowing.)

Pets of the week
Butch, is an 11-year-old striking gray and white kitty who loves hanging out. Whether it's with the dogs down the street, the cats in his room or a human with the lap space for him to lay in, he's ready for fun.

FYI
Births

Senior menu for the week of Oct. 13-17
Monday, Oct. 13

Berggren, Hale to wed
Lisa Berggren and Ryan Hale, both of Juneau, will marry on Oct. 24, 2008, in Seattle, Wash.

My Turn: Pondering Palin after debate
As many of us, I was glued to the recent vice presidential debate.

Alaska editorial: Bailout to lower taxes in Alaska Exxon case
Some might deride it as a "rider" or even an "earmark," but the financial bailout act signed by the president recently carries a welcome piece of legislation for Alaskans.

Alaska editorial: Process hinders mine
Delays caused by unending permit issues have finally forced the laying off of about half of the 80 people who have been working to develop the Kensington Mine near Juneau.

Outside column: Searching the world for answers to economic woes
"What don't you know, and how will you learn it?"

Outside column: Protein is the light of his life
As is the case with most great scientific discoveries, it all started with a bit of curiosity. In the 1960s, Osamu Shimomura wondered why crystal jellyfish gave off green pinpricks of light. Now, half a century later, Shimomura has been awarded for his curiosity with the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

Cote appointed to veterans council
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin recently appointed David D. Cote Jr. of Juneau to the Alaska Veterans Advisory Council.

Coast Guard to look into tug grounding
ANCHORAGE - A 74-foot tug boat pushing an empty oil barge was damaged Tuesday morning after it ran up on a rock along Wood River about 14 miles north of Dillingham.

Shell signs agreement on tobacco sales
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil has signed an agreement with Alaska and other states to curb tobacco sales to minors.

Searchers find body of whaling captain
ANCHORAGE - The body of a prominent Barrow whaling captain has been found by search crews.

Adak telephone users to get refund
ANCHORAGE - Residents of Adak will enjoy a 57 percent reduction in what had been an approximately $100 a month local telephone rate. They also will be refunded a portion of the rates paid so far this year.

SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY
Just one year ago the Juneau-Douglas High School football team stomped into its semifinal playoff game against South Anchorage as the big, bad and undefeated Goliaths from Southeast. Fast forward to this Saturday afternoon, and David's thong seems to be a considerably snugger fit.

Volleyball teams invade for JIVE
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team welcomes eight teams from around the state today and Saturday for the annual Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza in the JDHS main and auxiliary gyms.

JDHS tennis state-bound
What a difference a year makes.

10 Crimson Bears named All-Railbelt
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team faced some dark days to start their season, but a late-season surge has brought some light, in the form of sparkling awards, to the end of their tunnel.

JIVE Schedule
• Pool matches are 2 games to 25, win by two, no cap.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Court clears way for Palin probe
ANCHORAGE - The state Supreme Court refused Thursday to halt an ethics investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Pal never heard Stevens tell lies
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii strongly defended the honor of Republican Sen. Ted Stevens at the Alaska senator's corruption trial Thursday, saying he's never heard of his friend telling a lie.

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