Saturday, October 20, 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.

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.

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.

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

Around Town

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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