Friday, October 13, 2006

Juneau libraries feature new nonfiction audio books on CD
Audio books have a way of making your commute, dinner prep, knitting and time at the gym go faster. Here are a few of the Public Libraries' new nonfiction audiobooks on CD.

Name the school Thunder Mountain
I recently read that you're considering two names for your new high school and have parsed the arguments for both choices: "Thunder Mountain" is strong and cheer-worthy, while "Capital" sounds "regal and hopeful."

Halcro takes a realistic approach to problems
I read Larry Wood's Wednesday letter with interest.

Say what?
What is the old adage, "Do as I say and not as I do?" "Tony Knowles has told Washington insiders to stay out of his campaign."

Fish policy should be made in Alaska
I appreciated Stosh Anderson's recognition of the "exemplary job of managing Alaska's fisheries" by the Department of Fish and Game and his compliment for providing sound leadership...

Election 2006: What I would like
I would like to see Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin stick with one position and show up for debates and scheduled meetings.

Candidates need to address schools, jails
Alaskans need to get our politicians talking about real issues, those that underlie our biggest budget items: schools and jails.

Knowles committed to education, care
In weighing out the differences of the candidates for governor in the November election, a few things stand out.

Let's keep it ethical
I am a hunter, but I am opposed to opening Swan Cove and Swan Island to brown bear hunting.

Muddy politics
I am appalled and disgusted over the recent Palin TV advertisement coming from her Washington, D.C., coffers.

Photo: Sign language
James Flake of Miller Construction flags a car Wednesday near a closed portion of road at the intersection of Anka Street and Jenkins Drive.

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

Juneau's own 'Three Tenors' prepare for concerts
In years past, when somebody asked Juneau singer Dan Wayne about mounting a Juneau version of "The Three Tenors," he didn't want to be held up to the originals.

Photo: Signs of winter
Shore pine needles and an alder leaf are ringed with frost where they lie Thursday...

Photos: Rigorous training
Juneau-Douglas High School wrestlers Ramiro Lamas, left, Joardan Savland, Jake Mason and Dante Santos, right, push a full-sized pickup...

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

Correction

Legendary mountaineer to speak at the Baranof
As an outspoken advocate and practitioner of minimalistic alpine-style climbing, Oregon mountaineer Steve House is legendary for sprinting up a foreboding icy mountain face with little gear.

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

Business Digest
Financial services business opens, Class offered in disaster planning & Business start-up tutorial offered

Hybrids the new trend? Not so fast ...
Ken Spencer has a tough time keeping hybrid vehicles in stock at the Honda Hut auto dealership on Teal Street in Juneau. In fact, they never actually make it the dealership's sales floor - all five varieties offered arrive in town pre-sold to Juneau residents.

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

Photo: A bunch of small fries
Third-graders Anna Tran and Darrian Walker, from Nancy Hakari's Riverbend Elementary School class, look at coho salmon fry held by fisheries biologist Pete Schneider during Backyard Glacier on Wednesday at the Mendenhall Glacier.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for donating door prizes on Sept. 9, the positive experience in politics, for welcoming visitors this summer & letting us serve Tenakee, Angoon

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Neighbors Digest
Three health fairs to be held in October, November, Project Playground sponsors Harvest Fest on Oct. 19 & United Way opens online volunteer center of Southeast

How to know when you've eaten enough
The holidays are here, and like many, I struggle at parties and potlucks with all the delectables.

Recognitions
Four youth members of Juneau Shotokan Karate - Kalina Iha, Malin Murray, Denali Wentz and Phillip Murray - captured national honors last week in the International Shotokan Karate Federation's 28th annual ISKF/U.S.

Mitchell and Anderson wed
Darcy Mitchell and Ryan Anderson, 1997 Juneau-Douglas High School art honor graduates, were married Aug. 5 in Hood River, Ore., by the Rev. Kathleen Harper...

Our present life decisions should be based on hope and action
One can learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Carey Fillingham
In addition to performing the usual functions as an instructor supervising and leading small group activities, teaching groups and individuals and leading cooperative games...

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Tenzing Briggs
"I don't really think of myself as an artist, but I have won two contests. ... One of them is a Vincent Van Gogh picture of me; I used crayons and paint, and mixed them together."

Pierce and Douglas wed
Alexandra Pierce, of Juneau, and Braden Douglas, of Whistler, British Columbia, were married Sept. 9 on Whistler Mountain.

Pets of the week
Shaka, Trigger are friendly, energetic

Photo: SAGA strategy
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School students from left, William Lott, Sterling Mazon, Martin Conchas-Michel, Stanley Harris and Bradley Wright talk strategy for another game of "Giants, Elves and Wizards"...

John E. Webb Jr.
Former Juneau resident John E. Webb Jr., 59, died Oct. 11, 2006, at his home in Skagway.

Sarah Jackson
Juneau resident Sarah Genevieve Jackson, 55, died Oct. 7, 2006, in Juneau.

My turn: Keep Alaska's water resources under state control
As Gov. Frank Murkowski has noted many times, the key to Alaska's future is the responsible development of our resource wealth.

My turn: Break away from boondoggle bridge
Gov. Frank H. Murkowski is still trying to ram the proposed Gravina Island via Pennock Island boondoggle bridge down our citizens' throats in Ketchikan.

Alaska editorial: Drop in oil prices may be trouble for Alaska
Many Alaskans will remember that it wasn't that long ago the state was spending more money than it was taking in each year from available tax and royalty revenues.

Alaska editorial: Scrutiny needed in bridge bosses' raises
When someone does you a favor, it is nice to send them a thank you note.

Alaska High School Swimming And Diving Top 16
Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Top 16 Performances

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 wins twice on trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team successfully opened its road trip Thursday with a pair of victories.

Juneau takes its final home dip
The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving teams close out their regular season this weekend with what figures to be an exciting tri-meet at the Augustus Brown Swimming Pool.

State tournament up next for JDHS tennis team
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire

JDHS girls to race in Oregon
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls cross country team will boldly race where no other Crimson Bears team has raced before - outside of Alaska.

JDHS awaits its toughest challenge
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team saved the toughest tournament for last this weekend.

Juneau Parks and Recreation men's and women's Volleyball standings

Crimson Bears face speedy South
The most important attribute the Juneau-Douglas High School football team may have to rely on Saturday isn't strength, speed or power - it's intelligence.

Photo: Back to back
Players from Doc Water's Pub and Restaurant, left, and Play It Again Sports battle for control of the puck...

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.

Highway flood repairs could take a week
Floodwaters so severely damaged a 66-mile stretch of the Richardson Highway that the road could be closed as much as a week, blocking Valdez from the rest of Alaska, state officials said Wednesday.

Prudhoe Bay shutdown may last several days
America's largest oil field will produce very few barrels over the next several days as operator BP scrambles to fix an electrical problem.

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

Fairbanks measure calling for Rumsfeld to resign fails 5-4
A resolution calling for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fell one vote short of passing by the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.

Residents balk at plan to limit Stikine traffic
On an island in the middle of the Tongass National Forest, the first rumblings are being heard about proposed changes to the grand plan that determines how the forest is run, known formally as the "Forest Management Plan."

Dem attempts to link Young to Iraq war, Bush
Public unhappiness with the Iraq war, congressional corruption scandals and now a sex scandal involving Republican Rep. Mark Foley, have thrown many once-safe GOP seats up for grabs.

Strykers create new camp from scratch
While preparing to return to Alaska from Iraq in August, most of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team's personnel had packed up equipment and supplies to be shipped home or had turned them over to an incoming unit.

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

Alaska Digest
Man convicted for raping, killing woman, 7 survive small plane crash in southwest & Jury acquits man in road rage death

Northwest Digest
Coast Guard rescues Juneau man, Richardson Highway fixes will be temporary, Governors call for salmon summit & Restoring Puget Sound could cost billions

Critics want group to reveal its backers
Backers of a natural gas reserves tax argued Wednesday that the Alaska Public Offices Commission should force a group opposing the tax to reveal its backers.

Shots, apparently from hunters, rattle elementary school again
A Matanuska-Susitna Borough school was locked down for the second time in less that a week after a playground monitor heard gunshots - apparently from nearby duck hunters.

Workers make progress toward restoring power at Prudhoe Bay oil field
Workers at America's largest oil field made progress toward restoring full electrical power, a spokesman for BP PLC said Thursday.

R.J. Reynolds agrees to ban on flavored cigarettes
R.J. Reynolds has agreed to a domestic ban on its current line of flavored cigarettes such as "Twista Lime" and "Mocha Taboo," which critics say are marketed to youths.

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