Medal of Honor recipient criticizes war planning
"If Not Now, When?" (Berkeley Publishing Group. $25.95. 275 pages), by Col. Jack Jacobs (retired) and Douglas Century.

A former JFK and LBJ aide remembers years in Washington
PRINCETON, N.J. - The walls of Nicholas Katzenbach's library are evidence enough that he has led a full and historic life - pictures signed by Lyndon Johnson and Coretta Scott King, photographs from the Oval Office, a pencil sketch of Robert Kennedy, with an inscription from his widow, Ethel.

Men's Crisis Center is about fun, service
As a charter member of the Men's Crisis Center, North Douglas Chapter, I take issue with Tuesday's front page, above-the-fold article regarding our Adopt-a-Highway sign.

Hot water dreams
Deep beneath the surface of Southeast is a lot of hot water - that is, energy. But will it ever be harnessed?

Mayor presents awards for the arts
Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho presented six awards Thursday evening on behalf of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council to recognize what he calls an essential element of the community.

Valley candidates debate party preferences
At a Thursday debate before the Juneau Chamber of Commerce, many of the points between Republican Cathy Muñoz and Democrat Andrea Doll came down to partisan issues.

Geothermal system to be used at airport
The Juneau Airport secured funding earlier this month to use geothermal energy instead of heating oil for planned new airport facilities.

Photo: Ah, fall
Meagan Gregory shields her face against the wind and rain with her hood as she walks down the sidewalk on Seward Street Thursday in downtown.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fireofficials and state troopers reported:

Around Town

A citizen of service
Cachet Garrett is no newcomer to community involvement and leadership. Prior to becoming Campaign Director for the United Way of Southeast Alaska on Sept. 16, Cachet Garrett, 26, was a student at the University of Alaska Southeast, where she studied Communication, served as student body president and founded an environmental club. And her enthusiasm for community service shows.

The power of camp memories
Memories are a powerful thing. The ability to recollect past experiences has a huge impact on our lives.

Holistic medicine physician discusses attunement
Imagine yourself seated in a concert hall or stadium listening to the orchestra instruments tuning up to perform. They play back and forth to one another, adjusting their instruments to resonate with the right pitch so they can join one another with balanced melodious sound.

Photos: Fire Prevention Week
In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, which was Oct. 5-11 nationally, Capital City Fire & Rescue spent the last two weeks visiting Juneau's elementary schools with its fire program.

Juneau to celebrate 50 years of statehood
In case you have missed some of Juneau's first of many statehood celebration events, there are more in the planning. Keep an eye out for special band concerts, theater productions, gallery walks, a tree lighting, a recipe contest, a statehood-themed quilt show and a Statehood Ball on Jan. 3, followed by a family day celebration with fireworks and a bonfire on Jan. 4.

Potatoes deserve way more respect
Considering the amount of them we eat, the potato has a curiously low profile. When I was growing up, we ate potatoes nearly every day with the evening meal. They were usually baked, sometimes boiled and invariably bland, although I do remember discovering at one point that baked potatoes are a lot better with a generous dollop of sour cream.

Breast cancer from a surgeon
General surgeon Dr. Pamela Gruchacz understands the ins and outs of surgery, especially breast surgery. About 30 percent of her practice at Bartlett Regional Hospital involves breast surgery.

Sea Scout Ship to hold organizational meeting
The Juneau Sea Scout unit will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Juneau Yacht Club. This unit will be open to all youth, age 14 to 21, who are interested in having fun on the water and learning maritime skills from professionals here in Southeast Alaska.

Bartlett, SEARHC pair up to bring mobile mammograms to Southeast
It's difficult to get health care services in many of Alaska's remote communities. Services may not be offered locally, so women need to travel to get routine screening tests such as their annual mammogram.

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Lutheran churches host Reformation Service
JUNEAU - A special joint Reformation Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Faith Lutheran Church, on Sunset Drive at old Glacier Highway and Del Rae Road.

American Riddles Collection chooses local humorist
JUNEAU - Juneau humorist and magician Jeff Brown recently published "The Alaska Joke Book For Kids!" as part of the American Riddles Collection, a series of 50 booklets, one from each state, featuring more than four dozen riddles for kids of all ages.

Consortium expands WISEFAMILIES to Wrangell, Kake
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium recently was awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to extend its WISEFAMILIES Through Customary and Traditional Living program to Wrangell and Kake.

Friends, family of Larry Spencer hold hat collection
JUNEAU - Larry Spencer, owner of Spencer Realty, was diagnosed with brain cancer last week and has since received surgery at the University of Washington. He will travel to Minnesota this week for follow-up radiation treatment.

Consortium invites communities to 'Just Move It' Nov. 1 events
SITKA - Finding fun, enjoyable physical activities can go a long way toward preventing many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart and lung disease and even some forms of cancer.

Mendenhall Flying Lions to hold annual barbecue, auction
JUNEAU - The Mendenhall Flying Lions Club will hold its 13th annual barbecue, at noon, and auction, at 6 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 1, at G.W. Teal in the Mendenhall Mall, to benefit the Juneau chapter of the American Diabetes Association.

Local families to help collect for Operation Christmas Child
JUNEAU - U.S. kids have no time to waste helping to bring joy to millions of needy boys and girls this holiday season. Sending hope to hurting children worldwide is a full-time, year-round effort that requires the contagious compassion of local Juneau families right now.

Thanks for supporting Mark Reese and his family on Oct. 18
The Oct. 18 Oktoberfest fundraiser in support of Mark Reese and his family was a resounding success thanks to the efforts of many dedicated friends and donations from across the community. We cannot begin to personally thank all the volunteers, donors and attendees but would like all to know that their greatly appreciated contributions have eased the extreme financial strain placed on the Reese family as a result of Mark's August accident.

Senior menu for the week of Oct. 27-31
Monday, Oct. 27


Pets of the week
One could say that two ferrets, Benny and Bubba, mean nothing but trouble, but these two little guys are out for nothing but love. They are two sweet guys that just love spending time with each other and playing with people. Benny is 4 years old and Bubba is 2.

Kathleen "Kat" Vinson, a licensed practical nurse stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the U. S. Army, was promoted to sergeant on Oct. 1. She is deploying to Iraq with the 10th Combat Support Hospital in December. Vinson is the wife of Jerrod Harvey, of Juneau, and the daughter of Rayme and Eleanor Vinson, of Juneau.

Elisoff, James wed
Rosa L. Elisoff, of Juneau, and Thomas K. James, of Hoonah, were married on Aug. 28, 2008, in Hoonah.

Donna Suzanne Anderson
Former Juneau resident Donna Suzanne Anderson died Oct. 16, 2008, in Ocklawaha, Fla. She was 52.

My Turn: Why Alaska needs to change how an attorney general is chosen
Should Alaska's attorney general be appointed by the governor? Should we elect the attorney general? This is a perennial question in Alaska.

Alaska Editorial: Arrogance of power
"Senate staff are compensated for the purpose of assisting Senators in their official legislative and representational duties, and not for the purpose of performing personal or other non-official activities for themselves or on behalf of others."

What about saving the have-nots?
WASHINGTON - On Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast Washington, D.C., homeless people rummage through garbage cans in search of food. Unemployed men and women congregate near construction sites, only to leave discouraged when told that no day laborers are needed. Others opt to sell drugs; some, their bodies - risking death to survive.

State is disappointed in beluga listing
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin said Thursday she's concerned the recent listing of Cook Inlet's beluga whales will hurt the area's economy.

Man pleads guilty in money-laundering conspiracy
ANCHORAGE - A 46-year-old Anchorage man pleaded guilty recently to taking part in a money laundering conspiracy.

Fairbanks hopes to attract AFN again
FAIRBANKS - Officials from Fairbanks are attending the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention in Anchorage this week hoping they can attract the gathering to the Interior city in 2009.

Anchorage biker dies days after accident
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old bicyclist has died days after being hit on a busy Anchorage street.

Man gets 2-year sentence for tax fraud
ANCHORAGE - A 25-year-old Anchorage man recently was sentenced to two years in federal prison for defrauding the government of more than $100,000.

Teen dies in Kenai vehicle crash
KENAI - A 17-year-old girl died Wednesday night in a single-vehicle crash in Kenai, Alaska State Troopers said.

Police identify man found dead in Spenard
ANCHORAGE - Exposure likely contributed to the death of a 51-year-old man found dead last weekend in the Spenard neighborhood, Anchorage police said.

JDHS spikers fall to Service
The Crimson Bears put their problems behind them early Thursday night - now they have to learn to adjust on the fly.

Sports in Juneau

5 dead when fishing boat sinks off Alaska
JUNEAU - Two fisherman are missing after a fish-processing vessel sank in frigid, stormy seas off a remote Alaskan island chain, killing five.

Stevens jury reports chaos
WASHINGTON - A federal judge on Thursday warned jurors at Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial to be courteous and respectful of each other after the panel's leader described "violent outbursts" that threatened to derail final deliberations.

Palin: 'If people only knew how frugal we are'
PITTSBURGH - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin insisted in an interview with the Chicago Tribune on Thursday that she did not accept $150,000 worth of designer clothes from the Republican Party and "that is not who we are."

Ferry union votes down contract
Members of the largest union on the Alaska Marine Highway System rejected a contract with the state, the third time they've done so, the state announced Thursday.

Attendance critical for state schools
ANCHORAGE - In Kotzebue, school administrators are running radio and newspaper ads reminding parents and kids why it's important to go to school.

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