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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Where is 'effective representation?'
I am thoroughly disgusted. General Government Unit members - well, 49 percent of them - recently voted to ratify a new contract that includes a 4 percent pay increase in year one and 3 percent in years two and three for a grand total of 10 percent through 2010.

Stop domestic violence in Juneau
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. AWARE and the Juneau Domestic Violence Task Force submitted this letter:

Kreitzer conveniently ignores the facts
Annette Kreitzer painted a false picture with regard to the offers she made to state employee unions. A 4 percent increase for the General Government Union may be more than they have had in years, but she conveniently ignores the fact that over the course of the past 20 years, state salaries have actually decreased by 40 percent when compared to the Anchorage consumer price index.

True conservatives should conserve
I consider myself independent, neither Democrat nor Republican. That said, I can assure you not many present day Republicans will be getting my vote anytime soon - Gov. Sarah Palin excepted.

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

Around Town

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

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

Celebrating excellence in the arts
Glacier Valley Elementary School celebrated winning a coveted national award for its Art is Elementary Program on Wednesday.

Hundreds await housing vouchers
Her daughter was just 3 years old when Rayda Renshaw found herself homeless for the first time.

Recruiter complains about school protesters
National Guard recruiter Sgt. Seth Beebe asked the Juneau School Board to consider restricting protest groups' access to Juneau-Douglas High School while military recruitment is underway on campus.

Symphony to open with 'World Beats'
The Juneau Symphony has never attempted something like its season-opening "World Beats," a program that explores rhythms from Latin America and around the world.

Despite mall vacancies, store owners say business is good
Stores at Juneau's two malls are doing well despite several vacancies and expectations that the town's new Wal-Mart might suck customers away.

Photo: Celebrating new business
Rob Skinner, the owner of Skinner Sales and Service, right, watches Monday as cook Saia "Joe" Lehauli prepares roasted pig and sweet potatoes following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Film highlights plight of Native college students
Going away to college can be difficult for any student, but leaving behind cultural identity and their sense of community can be particularly detrimental to Native students at the university level, educators say.

Living with Bears
Continued education and enforcement of the city's garbage laws has cut down on the number of nuisance bears in Juneau, city and state officials said Tuesday.

Still no clear winners in Angoon council election
Fifteen days after the Angoon city election, the community still doesn't know who won the three open city council seats, and the election is shrouded with questions of legality.

Business Digest
Alaskan Brewing Co. wins three medals; University sponsors online competition; Small business center offers financing class; Hot springs energy could fuel North Slope

Garnick, Mathwig to wed
Donna Kingery Mathwig and Joshua Garnick, both of Sitka, will marry on Oct. 20, 2007, in a ceremony at the home of the groom's parents. The Rev. Walter Soboleff will officiate. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Hanger Ballroom.

Neighbors Digest
Red Cross to offer free disaster trainingFriday through Sunday; Southeast Alaska Career Center to open officially on Thursday; UAS Student Wellness to host Luna Fest film festival on Oct. 20

Pets of the week
Pets at the humane society don't fight like cats, birds, Come visit these adorable animals from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Father confesses his parental fear of flying
I have a confession to make. I don't like to fly. I never really have.

Dock representative of the season
Elizabeth Schoenfeld, holding award, poses with Princess Tours and Cruises staff after receiving her second Dock Representative of the Season award. Schoenfeld spent the season as customer service supervisor for Alaska Travel Adventures in Juneau.

Showing they care: Juneau celebrates Day of Caring
United Way's Day of Caring, held Oct. 4 and 6, matched up approximately 120 volunteers from 15 local businesses with projects at 14 area nonprofit organizations.

Rountrees celebrate 50 years
Richard and Lucile Rountree celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family on Sept. 8, in the Gastineau Suite of the Baranof Hotel. Both were graduates of Juneau-Douglas High School, Richard in 1955 and Lucile in 1956.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for attending dance studio event; Thanks for a wonderful flower display this year; Thanks for helping our volleyball tourney; Thanks for making our conference a success;

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Martin Ebona Jr.
Longtime Juneau resident Martin Ebona Jr. died Oct. 15, 2007, in Juneau.

Delia Marlene Mielke
Longtime Juneau resident Delia Marlene Mielke died Oct. 13, 2007, in Juneau. She was 74.

My turn: Officials need heart, a brain and courage
I remember it well. This little girl had the red shoes on, and this nice lady was telling her ever so sweetly that she had the power all along. All she had to do was close her eyes, click her heels together and say three times, "There's no place like home."

My Turn: Breaking the culture of fear in Alaska
Our world is both beautiful and broken. Few places demonstrate this so clearly as Alaska, where unspoiled nature coexists with depression, suicide and abuse. Too many of our families are broken by domestic violence, fear and despair every day.

Alaska editorial: Oil companies could've done more to prevent VECO bribery scandal
Veco's executives sought the favor of Alaska's major oil producers. Veco had a track record of campaign law violations. It was well known Veco had hired legislators on some "consulting" contracts that raised eyebrows even before the FBI raids of 2006.

Outside editorial: Al Gore deserved his Nobel Peace Prize
Whether you think global warming is a hoax or an impending catastrophe, the fact is you do think about it. You have an opinion; you've debated it with friends and family.

Corruption specter, solution crosses party lines
The recent jury verdicts in the public corruption trials of former Alaska Legislators have been disturbing, to say the least.

My Turn: The current system allows false innuendo
Recently there was a series of articles in the Juneau Empire commenting on concerns that parents had in Angoon with the Chatham School Board and superintendent.

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.

Alaska High School Swimming and Diving Top 16 Performances

Very special teams spark JDHS
In terms of glamour and prestige, football's kickers and punters are the ones who normally stand in obscurity while the star running back scores or a linebacker makes a devastating tackle.

Crimson Bears going north
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team's Tuesday practice kick-started with little wasted motion.

ASAA won't reinstate Juneau's Levale
The incident that caused an official to eject one of Juneau-Douglas' top players from Saturday's large-schools state playoff game will keep him from Saturday's championship game against Palmer, according to Alaska's governing body of high school activities.

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.

Alaska still pricey place to live, but it's cheaper than NYC
State economists say it still costs more to live in Alaska than others parts of the United States.

Alaska Day session won't increase costs, official says
The Alaska Legislature will begin work today on Gov. Sarah Palin's new oil tax bill, the Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share Act, on the anniversary of the state's birth.

Equity firm buys The Alaska Club fitness company
A New York-based private equity firm is making its first foray into Alaska, buying a majority interest in The Alaska Club fitness centers.

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

Oil tax heart of FBI probe, special session
The Alaska Legislature reports back to work today to review the state's year-old oil tax, which lies at the heart of federal investigations in Alaska.

Young campaign pays thousands for lawyers
During the past three months, U.S. Rep. Don Young has continued to funnel tens of thousands of dollars from his campaign chest to attorneys, according to financial reports filed by his campaign on Monday.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Alaska Digest
New School Board members sworn in; New School Board officers elected; Second round of dividends delivered; Linehan says she won't testify in trial; Athabascan leader David Salmon buried; Soldier found dead at Fort Richardson; Fort Wainwright unit to deploy to Iraq

Methanol spills from Prudhoe pipeline
State environmental officials on Tuesday reported a toxic spill of methanol at the Prudhoe Bay oil field managed by BP PLC.

Alaska Digest
State offices closed today for Alaska Day; Lawyers present two portraits of ex-stripper; Alaska Guard members welcomed back to U.S.; Gov. Palin honors soldier killed in Iraq; Fairbanks woman dies of exposure; Judge rules initiative can move forward

UK explorer to measure effect of global warming on Arctic ice
A British explorer said Tuesday he plans to carry out the most accurate survey of the thickness of the Arctic ice during a 1,240-mile trek to the North Pole.

Kohring's lawyer: 'You dun got the wrong man'
"You dun got the wrong man." That was the folksy conclusion Vic Kohring's attorney presented to federal prosecutors last January in an otherwise very serious letter turning down a plea deal for the former Alaska state lawmaker.

Report: Warming threatens caribou, sea ice, permafrost
The Arctic is under increasing stress from warming temperatures as shrubs colonize the tundra, changing wildlife habitat and local climate conditions, researchers said Wednesday.

Alaska puts brakes on corruption probe
State prosecutors will back off an investigation of election campaign polling practices to avoid interfering with an ongoing federal corruption probe, Gov. Sarah Palin announced Tuesday.

State worker union accepts new contract
Members of the Alaska State Employees Association voted to ratify a new contract with the state, despite strong opposition from chapter leadership in Juneau and elsewhere, the union announced Tuesday.

Shareholder case against CIRI heard in Alaska high court
The state Supreme Court is hearing a class-action case against Cook Inlet Region Inc. that would decide whether Native corporations can pay unequal amounts of money to their shareholders.

Unmanned aircraft to assist in forecasts
It's hard to predict the weather in Alaska. Yet storms, winds and other pressure zones across the state and the surrounding ocean play a key role in determining weather conditions across the country and the rest of the world.

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