Friday, October 19, 2007

Juneau Public Libraries have chilling books for kids, adults
We've got little shivers and deep chills on the shelves at all the Juneau Public Libraries. Here are just a few of our spooky books for kids and adults. For more books, movies and audiobooks, search our subject catalog under "halloween," "horror" and "supernatural."

Book tells history of slave ships, their human cargo and crew
Over more than three centuries, more than 12 million Africans were loaded on ships, bound for the Americas to be slaves.

Tour of gold mine left me impressed
A short time ago I had a unique opportunity offered by Coeur to tour the Kensington gold mine. Contrary to the opponent's propaganda, the operation is 100 percent complete except for the tailings.

Beware rocks at Mendenhall Glacier
Here's a warning to everyone who loves to climb the rocks near the waterfall at the Mendenhall Glacier. Sunday there was a new rock slide with boulders as big as cars right near the waterfall.

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.

Floyd Dryden values relationships
My name is Molly Box, and I have been coaching soccer at Floyd Dryden Middle School for the last three seasons. My first season coaching, I helped host the second Southeast Soccer Fest with Devon Jones, from Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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.

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

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.

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

Contest brews a champ
In 2005, Juneau home brewer Scorch Burnet discovered an intriguing recipe for a saison, a Belgian farmhouse-style ale.

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

Around Town

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

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

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.

Angoon's school reaches 'Safe Harbor'
For years the Angoon School has been plagued by failing test scores, but last year more students passed the state test than the year before.

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.

Student artist in the spotlight: Michaela Goade
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.

Eddy, Eckholm wed
Carolyn Eddy, of San Diego, and Conor Eckholm, of Juneau, were married July 28, 2007, in the redwoods in Trinidad, Calif.

Picking a peck of pumpkins
Brenda Krauss, a botanist and master gardener, proudly picked pumpkins from her garden with her 6-year-old son, Teddy, downtown on Wednesday.

Becker wins education excellence award
Outgoing Juneau School Distrtict board member Mary Becker was named the 2007 recipient of the Alaska Association of School Administrators MacKinnon Educational Excellence and Human Recognition Award.

Sill, Krueger wed
Lauren Krueger, of North Andover, Mass., and Matthew Sill, of Juneau, were married on July 21, 2007, at the Shrine of St. Therese. A reception followed at Orca Point Lodge.

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Photo: Juneau JUGS walk for breast cancer
Five local woman - from left, Susan Daugherty, Kerry Howard, Mary Lou Bavard, Karen Essary and Sandy Spickler - who have in one way or another all been touched by cancer, named themselves Juneau JUGS (Just Us Gals and Sisters) and are participating in a three-day, 60-mile breast cancer walk Nov 9-11 in San Diego.

Nelson, Ditcharo to wed
Charise A. Nelson and Alexander T. Ditcharo, both of Juneau, will marry at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, 2007, at the Glacier Valley Church of God in Juneau. A reception will follow at the same location.

Photo: Advanced placement French on the radio
The Juneau-Douglas High School advanced placement French class will be presenting its annual bilingual radio program "Ces soirées-là" the first Friday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. on KRNN 102.7 Rain Country Radio.

How to distinguish between dementia and depression
Donna, age 89, was in good physical health and had always been an active member of her community. She was very involved in her church, attended classes at the senior center, drove herself to the market and appointments, played bridge.

Neighbors helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Recognitions
The top three winning pairs in the Juneau Duplicate Bridge Club's regular Wednesday night game.

Neighbors Digest
Churches sponsor Strathdee concert; Glacier visitor center to host Halloween party

Sessoms, Welch wed
Linda Carol Welch, of Bethany, Okla., and William Sessoms, of Juneau, were married on Oct. 14, 2007, in Juneau.

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

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.

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.

Empire editorial: It's our money - these businesses should give it back
The election on Oct. 2 showed us that Juneau voters can be a giving bunch. We approved a 1 percent sales tax extension - keeping the sales tax total at 5 percent for a few years - for the good of the community. It will help improve schools and fund new city buildings, one nickel at a time.

My Turn: Business as usual?
In 2000 I retired from state employment. One of the motivations for my retirement at that time was that, as a retiree, my retirement income would be inflation-adjusted on an annual basis while my working income had steadily lost purchasing power. It was a no-brainer.

My Turn: Alaskans need to speak out about oil profits tax
As Alaskans consider the issues before us in the special session in Juneau, we pretty well know that most of the revenue that pays for state services comes from the oil owned by all Alaskans in common.

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.

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 volleyball team defeated by Service High School in 3 games
Service High School defeated the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team in three games Thursday night.

Football breakdown
Juneau-Douglas (10-0) vs. Palmer (6-4) in the state championship game

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.

Title game to be broadcast live via Internet
Can't make the big game? Well, join the crowd.

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.

JDHS ready for streaking Palmer
The Palmer High School football team Juneau-Douglas will face in Saturday's Alaska School Activities Association/First National Bowl large-school state championship game will be very different than the one it faced in August.

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

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.

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.

Summer humpbacks set record at Glacier Bay
For years the Angoon School has been plagued by failing test scores, but last year more students passed the state test than the year before.

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.

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

Man fined $22,000 in illegal hunt; troopers seek second hunter
A Washington state man has been fined more than $22,000 after an illegal hunt of big-game animals.

Alaska Digest
Former state-owned jet back on the market; Fairbanks wants to double alcohol tax; Joshua Wade faces additional charges; Money woes close Kenai Red Cross

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.

Photo: Re-enacting in the rain
Amid re-enactors, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, fourth from right, watches with state Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, third from right, there-enactment of the 1867 transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on Castle Hill in Sitka.

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.

Judge scolds Kohring's lawyer for press contact
The lawyer defending former state Rep. Vic Kohring got a scolding in court on Wednesday.

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.

Chamber lobbied on oil tax
The deputy director of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association urged Juneau's Chamber of Commerce on Thursday not to support raising oil taxes, saying lawmakers should pass a tax policy that encourages investment.

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

Work begins on oil tax revision
Even before the special session of the Alaska Legislature formally started Thursday evening, lawmakers began work on a proposed oil tax revision submitted by Gov. Sarah Palin.

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.

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