Saturday, November 1, 2008

New adult fiction includes 'Sacrifice,' 'The Calling'
New fiction for adult readers at the Juneau Public Libraries includes bestsellers from Robert B. Parker, Iris Johanssen, and Anita Shreve, as well as the titles listed below.

There seems to be no high road in politics
No matter what the outcome from the Nov. 4 election, our Alaska political pool is still polluted.

Impressed by Biden
I was watching television the other night and happened to catch one of Joe Biden's recent speeches to a Florida crowd.

Incumbent Doll is the right choice
Don't blow off a good thing! Juneau needs Rep. Andrea Doll.

Remove Eastaugh for same-sex ruling
We are a week away from elections in our nation and state.

Muñoz a great help to Salvation Army
The community of Juneau is benefiting from the construction of the new Salvation Army Family Store located on Willoughby Street next to the existing Salvation Army Thrift Store. It has been exciting to watch its progress.

Juneau residents get Education Dept. positions
Longtime Juneau educator Linda Thibodeau has been named state librarian and director of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums.

Photo: Make hay when the sun shines
Russ Carson rakes up some leaves Thursday in his yard in the Mendenhall Valley while the sun came out for the first time in several days. Carson lived in Ketchikan for nine years, where there is more average rainfall than in Juneau, and he said this year in Juneau was like a year in Ketchikan.

Photo: Up on the rooftop
A Southeast Remodel Inc. crew puts the last pieces of plywood and tar on the roof of the new Holy Trinity Church on Thursday at the corner of Fourth and Gold streets. An arsonist burned down the church on March 12, 2006. Construction on the church is expected to be complete by late spring of 2009.

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

Around Town
Today

'Peter and the Wolf'
According to Rick Trostel, conductor of the Juneau Student Symphony and principal trumpet in the Juneau Symphony, two recent changes in the Juneau Student Symphony have had positive affects this year.

Photo: Big, Little pumpkins
Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted a pumpkin carving event for their Bigs and Littles on Oct. 18 at the Nugget Mall's art space. Don Abel Building Supply and Super Bear donated pumpkins, and the event was wellattended by 25 matches. Chocolate cake and Halloween candy kept everyone working hard and happy, while ghoulish and whimsical faces were created. Above, Big Sister Sherry Patterson, left, and Little Sister Eliza carve a pumpkin. At right, Big Brother Levi Read, left, and Little Brother Jacob show off their finished pumpkin.

Photo: Art: It's elementary
Mimi Walker, top left, the new kindergarten and second-grade art teacher for the Juneau School District, teaches watercolor techniques to Kurt Rieselbach's second- and third-grade class on Oct. 23 at Harborview Elementary School. Rieselbach's students draw a realistic leaf from observation, trace their drawing with permanent pen, then use watercolor techniques they practiced to paint their drawings. The art lesson was part of the district's Elementary Art Program, during which the classroom teacher does the lesson with the students to gain staff development training while students learn specific objectives from the district art curriculum.

Imagining diagnostic imaging
As diagnostic imaging manager at Bartlett Regional Hospital, Ernest Wick knows all about picture-taking - of the body, that is.

Thanks for donating salmon to our birds
The Juneau Raptor Center is again very grateful to DIPAC and Michael Wunderlich for donating jack salmon to us this year to feed our rehabilitating and non-releasable eagles. Their donation enables these birds to receive the food Nature intended to keep them healthy.

We need churches right now
Stock markets imploding, banks failing or being bailed out, factories closing, terrorists bombing, arctic ice melting ... All day, every day we are barraged with bad news, dire predictions and negative chatter.

Consortium program, Sitka School district improve lunch
SITKA - Sitka school children will be eating healthier lunches starting Monday, Nov. 3, thanks to new menus influenced by the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Steps to a Healthier SouthEast Alaska program, Sitka School District and food service vendor NMS (a division of NANA Management Services).

Juneau Concert Band announces inaugural performance
JUNEAU - As an official event of Juneau's 50th Statehood Celebration Committee, the Juneau Concert Band will perform its first concert from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. The band is under the direction of Brian Van Kirk and is comprised of 35 of the best wind, brass and percussion players in Juneau. Admission will be pay-as-you-can.

GREG BECK'S SECOND-GRADE CLASS
School: Mendenhall River Community School.

Glacier visitor center hosts Fall Saturday Kids Programs
JUNEAU - Join a Forest Service naturalist at 11 a.m. on Saturdays at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center to explore the many wonders of nature. These one-hour programs are designed for children ages 4-6. Adults, please accompany your child.

AWARE invites men who value respect for all women to meet
Many of us in Juneau have important things that weigh on us each day - money problems, family issues, job stress. We care about national news, who is going to lead our country and what laws can help make our children safer. We want things to be basically fair, for people to get what they need, for all of us to be safe.

Thanks for supporting our municipal candidate election guide, forum
The League of Women Voters of Juneau would like to thank those who helped make both the Municipal Candidate Election Guide and the Municipal Candidate Forum successful in September.

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 3-7
Monday, Nov. 3

FYI
Births

Morton, Cruse wed
Melinda Sue Morton and Chad Emmett Cruse, both of Timpson, Texas, were married on Oct. 22, 2008, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Juneau. The bride's father, Chris, served as marriage commissioner.

Chapman, Goenett wed
Brenda Goenett and Donny Chapman, of Juneau, were married on Sept. 5, 2008. A ceremony and reception will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 at Glacier Valley Church of God.

Leidich, Quisenberry wed
Miranda Sun Leidich, of Bellaire, Mich., and Nathan Andrew Quisenberry, of Juneau, were married on Sept. 13, 2008, in a garden wedding at Morris Farmhouse B&B on Whidbey Island, Wash. An indoor reception followed at the same location.

Eugene Patrick Haley
Longtime Juneau resident Eugene Patrick Haley died Oct. 1, 2008, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 85.

Arthur C. Teel
Juneau resident Arthur C. Teel died Oct. 27, 2008, in Juneau. He was 38.

Empire editorial: Vote for experience
Regardless of how the country slices or dices this year's presidential election, America is headed for big, big change in the next four years.

Empire editorial: One more sacrifice
After a lifetime of service, Sen. Ted Stevens needs to call forth his energy for one final sacrifice for Alaskans.

AEL&P shuts off its interruptible electric customers
JUNEAU - Juneau's electric utility, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., announced that it shut off its interruptible electric customers, which are only connected when there's surplus energy available.

Stevens campaigns in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Sen. Ted Stevens continued his abbreviated campaigning tour of the state with a stop Thursday in Fairbanks.

Door problem closes Whittier tunnel
ANCHORAGE - A problem with a safety door that temporarily shut down the tunnel leading to Whittier is fixed.

State troopers have prison death suspects
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers have identified several suspects in the prison death of a convicted murderer.

Agency settles with developer over runoff
ANCHORAGE - The Environmental Protection Agency said an Anchorage builder has agreed to a $15,000 settlement of violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Bears set to host Regionals
A season of brutal practices, aching bodies and that annoying bit of water in the ear is set to wrap up with bang for the Crimson Bears.

JDHS spikers host All-Comers
Six senior Crimson Bears will play their final home volleyball games tonight and Saturday as Juneau-Douglas High School hosts its annual All-Comers Tournament.

JDHS grapplers headed to Ketchikan
Even veteran Crimson Bears wrestlers are fighting through tired legs in their early matches, but a pair of freshman grapplers hope to continue their hot starts this weekend.

State predicts strong election turnout
State elections officials are preparing for a strong voter turnout next Tuesday, or at least ensuring that they don't get surprised if there is one.

Sen. Stevens can still vote, despite felony convictions
WASHINGTON - GOP Sen. Ted Stevens' felony conviction won't block him from casting a vote for himself in Tuesday's election.

Coast Guard inspection delays state ferry Taku
The Alaska state ferry Taku was pulled out of service Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard for an emergency safety inspection in Ketchikan, after a lifeboat cable snapped during a test in Wrangell. The Taku had left Juneau southbound on Wednesday.

$2 local jail calls postponed
State utility regulators have delayed a Texas-based company's proposal to collect $2 for local calls made by Alaska prison inmates.

Photo: Alaska candidates debate
Candidates answer questions during a congressional debate Thursday in Anchorage.

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