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Saturday, October 27, 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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

Around Town

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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: 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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.

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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