Friday, October 20, 2006

Libraries have the latest large type fiction
The latest batch of large type fiction includes bestsellers, such as Faye Kellerman's "Garden of Eden," and Sandra Brown's "Ricochet," and many other titles, too.

Hip-hop generation raises up its sons
The following is adapted from "Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip Hop Generation," by Natalie Hopkinson and Natalie Y. Moore (Cleis Press).

Read some history books on Europe
This is in response to Monday's letter from Mr. Kurczynski, who likened the U.S. government to the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

Beat the Board of Game at its own game
The Pack Creek bear-viewing sanctuary is close to home - only 20 miles southwest of Juneau.

A vote for Palin is a vote to move capital
At the Alaska Public Employee Association's gubernatorial forum held recently in Anchorage, Sarah Palin was again asked her position on keeping the capital in Juneau.

Make Admiralty Island a no-hunting zone
I am opposed to reducing the Pack Creek brown bear sanctuary on Admiralty Island.

We need relief from government; vote Palin
As a fellow Vietnam vet, I applaud Tony Knowles' service to our country, but I have problems with Knowles as governor.

Road critics should provide more answers
Every person who writes a letter against the building of the road out of Juneau has one solution, "Improve the ferry system," proving there is a problem with the system.

Trashing the source on the tailings issue
The recent rash of ads from Coeur Alaska on "the facts" about dumping tailings in Lower Slate Lake - claiming that it's the only way to dispose of them - is flat-out wrong.

Why isn't Knowles running on his record?
For eight years Tony Knowles was the governor of Alaska.

Both parties can be equally corrupt
While Gov. Knowles gave BP a free $200 million oil lease, VECO and friends laundered $400,000 through a Washington, D.C., bank account, known as "the governor's fund," created for Knowles' personal use.

Stay original, vote for Thunder Mt. High
It just so happens that I had the privilege of attending the Northwest Division Little League Conference, which was hosted in Salem, Ore., last weekend.

Airport seeks to phase in improvements
Two million dollars may seem like a lot of money, but airport officials say it is just a fraction of what's needed to renovate the Juneau International Airport.

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

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

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Teachers bone up on literacy
The five-day weekend for Juneau students is giving teachers around the state a chance to get together and share tips on improving literacy in all aspects of the classroom.

Students complete domestic violence education program
Raymond Squartsoff, a 19-year-old student at Yaakoosge Daakahidi alternative high school, didn't pay much attention to domestic violence.

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

Gifted education committee to address retesting, ethnic diversity
One bad test day could knock a "gifted" student out of Juneau's programs for talented students.

Photo: Stamp of approval
Devon West and her mother, Shannon, work on holiday cards Wednesday during the Burnin' Rubber stamp workshop...

Project Playground plans party
Local volunteers are closing in on a fundraising milestone to turn a dream playground into reality.

Photo: Give a little
Erin Slemp, left, a technician with the Blood Bank of Alaska in Anchorage, takes blood Wednesday from Michael Carrero...

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

Residents protest brown bear hunts near Pack Creek
An impassioned crowd of wildlife lovers packed the Egan Room at Centennial Hall on Thursday to share stories and concerns on the 47 proposals facing possible approval by the Alaska Department of Board of Game later this fall in Wrangell.

Planners reject fuel tank farm
The Juneau Planning Commission unanimously rejected late Tuesday night a proposal for a new tank farm at Juneau International Airport.

Business Digest
Employee wellness advocates to meet, New travel and salon shop opens downtown & Juneau chamber plans annual dinner

Photo: Heritage celebration
Marchers and spectators crowd Lincoln Street on Wednesday during the annual Alaska Day parade in Sitka.

FYI
Recent births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Photo: Akiyama helps out the Alaska Youth Choir
Juneau Community Foundation President Reed Stoops, right, presents a $4,000 grant from the Akiyama Family Fund to Missouri Smythe, artistic director of the Alaska Youth Choir.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for hard work at the Glory Hole, supporting Troy's Walk for Life, helping in Rotary's bulb sales & sponsoring first aid, CPR training

Not all white foods should be avoided
In natural food circles, there is a general aversion to foods that are white. White sugar, white flour, and milk are all on various "foods to avoid" lists. I read recently about a man who lost 41 pounds in two months on the latest diet, known as "the White Foods diet." This diet is simple. It consists of avoiding all foods that are white.

Neighbors Digest
Juneau Girl Scouts celebrate founder's birthday Oct. 28, Women of the Moose seek toys for children in Russia. ANB/ANS grand camps resolve to be tobacco-free & SERRC receives $10,000 from Fred Meyer Foundation

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Juneau Watershed Partnership
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Recognitions
Cathy LeCompte & Walter V. Hutch-Hill

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Emily Sharp
"I chose art because it is a great way to express how you feel and helps me to relax. What makes me succeed is just knowing that if I put my mind to it, I can put it on paper in a great way."

Crystal Herring
Former Juneau resident Crystal Herring, 25, died unexpectedly on Oct. 16, 2006, in Albuquerque, N.M., from medical issues due to pancreatitis.

George Jackson
Juneau resident George Richard Jackson, 64, died Oct. 15, 2006, in his home following a battle with cancer.

Maxine Henrichs
Juneau resident Maxine Henrichs, 91, died Oct. 16, 2006, at the Juneau Pioneers Home after a brief illness.

Alaska editorial: Officials need refresher on open-meeting laws
Now that all of the new electees have been sworn into local office, it's an appropriate time to do our at-least annual reminder about the state's open meetings law.

My turn: Happy birthday Clean Water Act
On Wednesday the Clean Water Act celebrated its 34th birthday.

My turn: Opportunity is passing 'landless'
Recently there has been a lot of press regarding the landless situation in Southeast Alaska.

Alaska editorial: Skepticism remains over Pebble Mine
As if Alaskans needed more reasons to be skeptical of the supposed bonanza the Pebble Mine might offer:

Great Land Cup Disc Golf Tournament reesults

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.

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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 jumps into SE play
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team heads into the home stretch of its season this weekend with two Southeast Conference matches at Sitka.

Photo: Look alive out there
Gonzaga University director of men's basketball operations Jerry Krause sets up a drill for Juneau-Douglas High School senior Will Egolf

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

Knowles blasts No Child Left Behind policy
Former Gov. Tony Knowles came to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday to talk about education and health care...

Palin criticized for pledging to favor Mat-Su
Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin is catching heat for telling a hometown crowd that if elected, her decisions would favor the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

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

State to defend education budget
A lawsuit claiming the state spends too little on education has ended its first phase.

Alaska Digest
Two die, one missing after boat capsizing, Murkowski bashes Chavez, signs measures, Wal-Mart ramps up generics program & UAF develops plan to open winter trails

Alaska Digest
APOC delays hearing on Alaska's Future & Lease lawsuit seeks $40 million in rent

Lawmaker accuses Exxon of secretly trying to halt initiative
A Democratic state legislator is accusing Exxon Mobil Corp. of trying to secretly stop the public from voting on Ballot Measure 2, which would levy a gas reserves tax, in the Nov. 7 election.

Anchorage mayor wants help to curb gang crime
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich called for more state help in holding down gang crime in his city, including a new law that would put ankle bracelets on the legs of gang members on probation.

If no pipeline, initiative would tax Big Oil
With North Slope oil production on the wane, Alaskans are waging a tug-of-war over the financial terms of siphoning its vast natural gas reserves out of the ground and into the market.

Abortion draws clear divide in state races
In a race derided by some for having few stark differences, the abortion question is providing a clear way to differentiate between candidates in a few cases.

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