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Saturday, October 14, 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.

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

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...

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

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."

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

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

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.

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:

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.

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."

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

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...

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

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.

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"...

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

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...

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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