Friday, October 12, 2007

'Brothers in Battle' details a friendship forged in war
After parachuting into Europe during World War II, battling along a strip of road called Hell's Highway in the Netherlands and surviving the freezing woods of Bastogne surrounded by German troops, William Guarnere and Edward Heffron do not consider themselves heroes.

Landrum reads Clarke's 'The Worth,' Lang reads Hill's 'Heart-shaped Box'
Here are just a few of the new fiction audiobooks on CD at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Britain's Doris Lessing wins 2007 Nobel literature prize
Doris Lessing, Nobel laureate. This year's winner of the literature prize should inspire a fresh look at the long, prolific career of the author of "The Golden Notebook" and dozens of other works, and a fresh debate about the taste of Nobel judges.

Thanks, Palin, for not supporting bridge
Some of us have been waiting through 30 years of opinions and arguing for someone to finally put a stop to the construction of the "Boon-doggle Bridge to Nowhere."

Paparelli brought bold projects to Juneau
I'm writing to thank PJ Paparelli for his years of dedication to Perseverance Theatre. Together with the incomparable Producing Director Jeffrey Hermann, Paparelli passionately forged his vision for the theater, full of bold projects that garnered funding from such major foundations as the Doris Duke Foundation.

Business could be better for state workers, too
Thank you for your informative news coverage of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce forum held last weekend.

Use some of permanent fund dividend for government projects
I have long been in favor of using the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend to pay for projects, services and maintenance in Alaska. Perhaps it could be distributed on odd years to residents, and on even years, it could be used to pay for community and state-selected projects.

Alaskans will get what they pay for
Of course I'm voting against the proposed General Government Unit state workers' contract.

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

Around Town

Recall vote for Chatham School Board members set for Nov. 20
After a glitch in the signature gathering, petitioners seeking to recall three members of the Board of Education in the Chatham School District have succeeded in setting a special election for Nov. 20.

Photo: Trashin' fashion
Juneau-Douglas High School students Kelly Fernandez, left, Ashley Troupin, center, and Alisha Mack stage a mock-runway show Wednesday in Ali McKenna's classroom in anticipation of the Second Annual Trashin' Fashion Show.

Avalanche experts seek more money
With snow beginning to accumulate on the mountains above town, the Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center is looking for more money before it commits to forecasting Juneau's urban avalanche threat this winter.

A cultural transformation
What a difference a month and 70-plus volunteers can make.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's Empire gave an incorrect first name for Gov. Sarah Palin's spokeswoman. Sharon Leighow is the governor's deputy press secretary and deputy communications director.

Heating oil prices on the rise
Juneau's power bills could take a double hit this winter as heating oil prices are predicted to rise about 13 percent, and temperatures are forecast to be slightly colder.

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

Courtesy & dance, hand in hand
When sixth-grader Julian Minne walks across the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons to pick a dance partner for the tango, he seeks a lady that looks good and follows the steps well.

Business Digest
Ketchikan company buys Evergreen Motors; DOWL Engineers buys Toner-Nordling; Nominations open for chamber board; New career resource now on the Internet

Basin Road Trestle needs $2 million in repairs, possible load limits
Juneau's Basin Road Trestle, closed for maintenance for the last two days, has structural problems that will likely need $2 million more in repairs, said Michael Scott, Juneau's Streets Superintendent.

Around Town

Photo: LEGO action
FIRST LEGO League is an international program for children age 9-14. Children use LEGO materials and work with adult mentors to design, build and program robots to solve real-world challenges such as energy management and conservation.

Whose hair is it anyway?
"Saw your son the other day. Hardly recognized him with all that hair," an acquaintance commented.

Lawrences to celebrate 50 years
Eugene and Joanne Lawrence will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 18, 2007. Their family and friends wish them a happy golden anniversary.

Photo: 'On the Move'
John Kern, right, supervisor of Capital Transit, reads the children's book "On the Move" and did all the motions to "The Wheels On the Bus," a popular children's song, last Tuesday on a Capital Transit bus.

Photo: National Physical Therapy Month
"Physical Therapy - The Science of Healing, The Art of Caring" is the theme of National Physical Therapy Month in October. The Juneau Pioneers' Home is celebrating the month with an exercise challenge.

Let's take the incredible adventure, focus on what we are called to do
Are we living the lives we want to live or are we just putting in time? If religion is taking life and death seriously, how serious are we about getting the most out of our days?

Walk for breast cancer awareness in Kake attracts 74
The Kake Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday, Oct. 6, drew 74 participants, including several people attending the Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp Convention in Kake.

Photo: Army Achievement Medal
Spc. Robert Lancaster, right, of Juneau, receives the Army Achievement Medal from Lt. Col. David Osborn, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry Alaska Army National Guard, during an awards ceremony Oct. 8 at Camp Buering, Kuwait.

Let their natural sweetness shine through
When is a yam not a yam? Always, at least if you live in the Western hemisphere. What we commonly call yams are not yams at all, but rather the orange-fleshed varieties of sweet potatoes.

Davis wins at the Special Olympics
Whitney Davis, 22, of Juneau, was the only Southeast representative competing in track and field at the recent 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for attending the National Suicide Prevention Week march; Thanks to all who helped take down the 50 state flags; Thank you, David Davidson, for your immediate response; Thank you, Juneau, for supporting the family of Jody Watson; Thanks for your help in the lost hiker rescue last Thursday night

Student artist in the spotlight: Naavah Spady
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.

Neighbors Digest
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center offers photo workshop; Light-Up-A-Life celebration to be held Nov. 23-Dec. 23; Hospice and Home Care offers bereavement volunteer training; Bereavement support group offers solace, understanding

FYI

Recognitions
Top three winning pairs in the Juneau Duplicate Bridge Club's Wednesday night game on Oct. 3 were Linda Johnson and Barbara May; Mary Lou Meiners and Judy Knight; and John Gaguine and Nonni Kristjansson.

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Robin Stevens
Juneau resident Robin Stevens died Oct. 10, 2007, in Juneau. He was 60.

Beverly Alice Williams
Lifelong Alaskan Beverly Alice Skeek Loy Williams died Oct. 8, 2007, in Anchorage, following a brief battle with cancer. She was 74.

Richard Arthur Satran
Former longtime Juneau resident Richard "Rick" Arthur Satran died Sept. 18, 2007, at his home in Omak, Wash. He was 57.

My turn: Good work can't be overshadowed by games
It's a sad day when good work by professional organizations and volunteers is manipulated into front page and editorial page scandal. The reality is a lot of good was accomplished with the $3 million Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund money spent on the Kenai and Russian Rivers.

My turn: How do Northern Dynasty's payments affect judgment?
Rep. Jay Ramras, R-Fairbanks, was recently criticized for requesting an investigation into payments made to elected city, tribal and borough officials on behalf of Northern Dynasty, the Canadian junior mining company that hopes to develop the Pebble prospect near Lake Iliamna.

Empire editorial: Missile defense needs to be addressed on national, not local, level
Who could have thought that tiny "isolated" Juneau would ever be caught up in the web of missile defense?

Empire editorial: Council deserves credit for transforming armory into temporary arts venue
A big thumbs up to the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council for taking a risk and working with the Juneau Assembly and other cultural groups to transform downtown's old National Guard Armory into a temporary arts and culture center.

Don't spend Gravina money yet
Before Ketchikan residents and their representatives get too strident criticizing Gov. Sarah Palin over canceling the Gravina bridge project, we should remember she agreed with Ketchikan's Sen. Bert Stedman and Rep. Kyle Johansen to put $46 million in the state budget to complete the Swan Lake-Tyee Lake Intertie.

SPORTS IN JUNEAU

Showdown Saturday looms for JDHS
The numbers border on the obscene. In nine straight victories, the Juneau-Douglas High School football team has allowed just 6.4 points per game, 40.1 rushing yards per game and only one rushing touchdown all season long.

Football breakdown: South Anchorage vs. Juneau-Douglas

Juneau-Douglas wrestlers ready for season of change
It's been an offseason of change for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team.

Local iron men ready for world's biggest triathlon
Just to be in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, swimming in the Pacific Ocean and mingling with Ironman triathlon professionals is amazing enough for Juneau's Tracy Rivera and John Bursell.

Two more jump into race against Rep. Don Young
Former state Rep. Ethan Berkowitz, D-Anchorage, and current state Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Kodiak, both announced Wednesday they are challenging Alaska's U.S. Rep. Don Young in his 2008 re-election bid.

Ex-stripper accused of borrowing murder plot from a 1994 movie
In the 1994 movie "The Last Seduction," a femme fatale coaxes her lover into killing her husband for money. Prosecutors say a beautiful stripper obsessed with the film followed the script to its murderous end.

Kohring back in court on a new indictment
Former state Rep. Vic Kohring was in federal court Tuesday and pleaded not guilty on a new indictment handed up last week.

Senators: Effects of climate change demands new response paradigm
Scores of Alaska Native villages are increasingly threatened by erosion, and governments must respond with new strategies as other communities around the nation face similar dilemmas from climate change, U.S. senators said Thursday.

Alaska Digest
Mike Chambers leaves post as transportation spokesman for state; After fire, BP may cut oil production by 30,000 barrels a day; Lawmakers to talk about erosion at fieldhearing in Anchorage; School goes into 'stay put' mode after security finds BB gun

Alaska soldier makes long journey home
Justin Tauriainen awoke in a hospital bed, unaware a bomb had exploded lethally close to him.

Kott asks judge to vacate his guilty verdict
A former Alaska lawmaker convicted on three federal corruption charges has asked a judge to throw out the verdict or allow a new trial.

Delta Junction Elementary wins national award
The elementary school in Delta Junction has been honored as a Blue Ribbon School by the federal government.

Rough waters ahead for the ferry system
Alaska's ferry system will have to cut costs or raise fares to meet a new goal of increased service, which its advisory board approved Wednesday.

Government lawyers fight for Shell's offshore drilling plan
Shell Oil has found a friend in the federal government in its quest to explore offshore oil possibilities in the Arctic Ocean.

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

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

Advisory group considers higher UAF admission standards
A group of Fairbanks business leaders, students and university officials is considering a recommendation to make it harder to gain admission into a baccalaureate program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Alaska Digest
Speech canceled after assassination attempt; Weyhrauch seeks to modify conditions; New superintendent for Fairbanks parks; Athabascan traditional chief Salmon dies at 95; Fort Richardson soldier dies in accident in Iraq

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