Friday, October 26, 2007

Author talks about gambling addiction
In her books, Amy Blackmarr writes about finding peace, often secluded in faraway cabins. But wherever she goes, from the heartland to the South to New England, a casino is never far away.

Find young-adult novels easily at Juneau libraries
Young-adult novels are written with high school and college-age readers in mind. We make them easy to find by marking their spines with green labels and shelving them in the adult fiction areas at all Juneau Public Libraries branches.

Paparelli artistically enriched the city
Three years ago, I was new to the professional acting world of Perseverance Theatre and wasn't sure about Artistic Director PJ Paparelli. In my first audition with him, I couldn't deliver an emotionally rich Harper from Angels in America. I thought I'd never act again.

Palin shows true colors in her wolf response
Gov. Sarah Palin flashed her true colors when responding to the aerial wolf shooting uproar in Anchorage last week. She didn't even wait for the KTUU "unscientific" poll to tell her what to say.

Juneau Quakers oppose torture
The Juneau Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) passed the following Minute on Torture and asked that it be shared with the community:

Kudos to Juneau's other civil libertarians
Thanks for the article about my Civil Libertarian award by the American Civil Liberties Union on Oct. 24.

Oil should provide for more jobs
These are my comments on Alaska Oil and Gas Association's Kara Moriarty's speech to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce touting "jobs not taxes." It has been well known for many years that many rural Alaskans did not get many of the jobs on building the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Disgusted with Juneau politics
If ever there were four words that accurately describe my general disgust and frustration with Juneau politics specifically, and politics in general, they would be "for the time being."

Juneau says no to fluoride
The people of Juneau were indeed smart to say "no to fluoridation."

Fluoride letter tried to scare people
Carolyn V. Brown's letter, "Looking ahead after fluoride decision," posted Oct. 24, tries to scare folks. Does she not realize that there are thousands and thousands of people worldwide who drink well water with no addition of fluoride? I know some of these people personally. They have better teeth and gums than I do - and I was raised with a fluoridated system. I'd rather not have it forced on me.

Create an alternative minimum oil tax
The following is a simple yet possibly helpful suggestion for resolving various complex and somewhat conflicting objectives related to oil taxation in Alaska. Both the Petroleum Profits Tax (PPT) and the Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share (ACES) plans are complex methods designed to increase investment in Alaska, but they are subject to various difficulties predicting costs. A gross per barrel tax avoids the need to project or control costs and sets a more reliable base income, though it is smaller in times of high oil prices, and does not provide the incentives for reinvestment of excess profits in good times.

Mining course a golden opportunity
If all goes well, 18 men hoping to work in Juneau area mines will walk out of training next month and into steady high-paying jobs.

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

Photo: Whistling by
Ten whistler swans swim in Gastineau Channel on Thursday near the Juneau Yacht Club. The birds are on their fall migration.

Ocean ranger program may cost $6 million, agency reports
The state would have to spend as much as $6 million to fully implement a voter mandate requiring ocean rangers on all cruise ships using Alaska waters, the agency charged with implementing the law reported Wednesday.

No speed limit for wingships
A revolutionary type of marine transportation vessel could be flying up Lynn Canal as early as next summer, Pacific Seaflight President Linus Romey said Thursday.

Around Town

Around Town

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

Correction
An Oct. 21 Juneau Empire photo cutline on page C1 misidentified trees in an aerial photo. The forest is composed of Sitka spruce and western hemlock.

Officials prepare for winter traffic
The state, city and construction company Secon are preparing for winter travel through the Sunny Point Project construction area.

Vandals wreak inflatable woes
At 12:20 a.m. Saturday, Claude Roberts received that phone call from his daughter that all Halloween decorators dread.

Student artist in the spotlight: Morgan Blackgoat
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.

Hayes wins American Book Award for her memoir, 'Blonde Indian'
Ernestine Hayes's "Blonde Indian" has been selected as a winner of the 28th annual American Book Awards for 2007. Established in 1978 by the Before Columbus Foundation, the American Book Awards provide recognition for outstanding literary achievement from America's diverse literary community.

Locals to present highlights of Russian America conference
Ray Wilson, leader of the Sitka Kiks.ádi clan and Juneau resident, and Dee Longenbaugh, historian of Russian America and map expert, will present highlights of the recent conference on Russian America from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Alaska State Museum.

U.S. Forest Service returns ancient human remains to Klawock, Craig Tlingit tribes
The U.S. Forest Service has conveyed custody of 10,300-year-old human remains to Tlingit tribes in Klawock and Craig, marking the first time a federal agency has transferred remains of such antiquity to a Native American tribe.

Downtown graffiti epidemic
Local photographer, Kenneth J. Gill, took the following photos while on his lunch break on Oct. 8 downtown.

Balance Halloween candy with healthy traditions
In a few more days doorbells will ring and doors will be opened to costumed tykes shouting "trick or treat." This charming ritual is fun both for kids who dress up and go door to door, and for grown-ups who decorate their houses and hand out treats.

Isaak, Klosterman to wed
Jaime Klosterman and John Isaak Jr., both of Douglas, will marry today, Oct. 26, 2007, in a small ceremony on the Southwest shore of Maui Island.

Photo: 'Save Lids to Save Lives'
The Alaska Rainbow Girls are collecting Yoplait "Save Lids to Save Lives" through December as part of this year's service project, breast cancer awareness and research.

Northcutt, Amurao to wed
Shelbi Northcutt, of Juneau, and Michael Amurao, of Orlando, Fla., will marry on Nov. 8, 2008, in Orlando.

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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.

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Ellen Smith
Former Juneau resident Ellen Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., died Oct. 14, 2007, in Fort Smith. She was 66.

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

James Smallwood
Juneau resident James Edgar Smallwood died Oct. 24, 2007, in Juneau.

My Turn: Will Legislature beef up oil tax?
As work begins in earnest on the Petroleum Profits Tax revision, a few things have become painfully obvious. Denial is alive and well in certain segments of the Alaska Legislature.

Outside editorial - Dreams crushed: Bush administration vs. young immigrants
It was always a long shot for supporters of an immigration measure known as the Dream Act to round up the 60 votes needed to advance the bill in the Senate.

Outside editorial: The rise of sovereign wealth funds is fine - if operated openly
There was relatively little alarm in Washington last month when a government-owned corporation from Dubai bought almost 20 percent of Nasdaq, the New York-based stock exchange.

Outside editorial: Wildfire response shows why California is the gold standard
In their vivid reporting Wednesday on the conditions at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Post reporters William Booth and Sonya Geis didn't have to mention the horror that was the Superdome two years ago for readers to draw a comparison.

My Turn: Support student activities
With Thunder Mountain High School on its way, many in Juneau have turned their attention to program details for Juneau's three high schools in 2008-2009.

Kings await JDHS volleyball team
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team's regular season concludes this weekend with a most familiar foe.

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.

Confidence and concentration
On Friday and Saturday, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls swimming and diving team members will try to qualify for next weekend's state championship with solid performances at the Southeast Region Swimming and Diving Championship in Ketchikan.

Alaska Digest
New developers eyeing Douglas golf course; Alaska Air swings to profit in 3rd quarter; Bethel man arrested in wife's death; Anchorage teacher receives Milken Award; Journalist to become state's rural adviser; Denali park looks to form sister park deal

More than $373 million payout
BP PLC is taking a multimillion dollar broom to sweep away a slew of federal charges linked to energy price fixing, a deadly refinery blast and pipeline leaks and focus on its energy business.

Prudhoe Bay pipeline repair cost bumped up
BP PLC said Wednesday that costs to replace approximately 16 miles of pipeline at Prudhoe Bay has increased slightly to as much as $260 million.

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

Coast Guard plans to set up Arctic base
A Coast Guard reconnaissance team is heading to the far north this week to scope out a final frontier that is opening up to ship traffic in a warming Arctic climate.

Legislators may try to dilute tax proposal
Some legislators didn't want to come to Juneau and didn't want to revisit the controversial Petroleum Profits Tax.

Photo: Native conference ends with a bang
Aaron Topkok, 9, performs Tuesday with the Pavva Inupiaq Dancers of Fairbanks at the end of the Alaska Federation of Natives Elders and Youth Conference, which was held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Tyonek trains youth to run corporation
About a decade ago, the board of directors of the Tyonek Native Corp. were dismayed to see that young people weren't getting involved in tribal government.

Alaska Public Offices Commission says it will not back down from poll probe
The Alaska Public Offices Commission is rejecting a request to stay out of a corruption probe involving VECO Corp. and state politicians.

Angoon asks state to help decide city election results
Three Angoon City Council candidates have asked the state Divisions of Elections to help determine the outcome of an Oct. 2 city election.

Coast Guard plans Arctic sea lane monitoring base
A Coast Guard reconnaissance team is heading to the far north this week to scope out a new frontier that the warming Arctic climate is opening to ship traffic.

VECO official admits bribing Ben Stevens
Former state Senate President Ben Stevens was paid consulting fees of nearly a quarter million dollars by oil field services company VECO Corp. and only worked on legislative business on behalf of the company, a government witness testified Thursday.

Alaska Digest
Man arrested onillegal hunt charges; Astronauts to visit Alaska next week; Rail link plan stirs interest in Mat-Su; Oil subsidiary fined $500,000 for spill; Linehan's sister jailed after not testifying

Jurors hear recordings in Kohring bribe case
Jurors in the corruption trial of former Alaska state Rep. Vic Kohring on Wednesday heard their first reference to money passing to the veteran lawmaker.

BP fined $20 million for Alaska oil spills
BP America will pay $20 million and plead guilty to a misdemeanor violation of the federal Clean Water Act for a crude spill on Alaska's oil-rich North Slope, Justice Department officials said Thursday.

Sweden, Norway Part IV: Bergen
The Oslo-Bergen Railway booklet describes the route's scenery: "The landscape changes between urban and rural until you reach some of the wildest nature accessible by train anywhere in the world."

China: Ten days, three cities
Almost precisely a year ago, I found myself in the Far East for the second time in my life

Ponderings inspired at the bore hole
Measuring time in Wamfie with a watch is impossible. Instead, one listens for the tell-tale sounds around which the rhythm of a day is ordered.

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