Friday, November 2, 2007

Stones raining on tavern set stage for new book
A 2-foot-high rock wall borders the elementary school near the spot where a satanic spirit purportedly showered George and Alice Walton's home and tavern with stones 325 years ago. It set off a wave of hysteria that foreshadowed the Salem witch trials.

New nonfiction audiobooks include 'The Hoax,' 'A Long Way Gone'
Here are a few of the new nonfiction audiobooks on CD available at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Let administration know you're serious
To my fellow state of Alaska General Government Unit employees, last spring you were sent a letter asking you if you were dissatisfied with your current union representation, and if so, did you know a capable individual that could help organize a new union?

What's best for Juneau's community?
How can you tell us what's best for the community - how would you know?

One orc's sad Halloween tale
Every year I look forward to the great Halloween parties in town and I spend months of planning ahead on what to be and how to make the most perfect costume. I definitely spend more then the average person on my costume and love the reactions I get from everyone.

Comparisons nothing short of ludicrous
This is in response to Joe Sonneman's My Turn on Oct. 22.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers

Photo: Rally at the Capitol
Kerin Wilson, left, and Sarah Bischoff, right, join a rally sponsored by the Alaska Public Employees Association on Thursday in front of the Capitol. The labor union represents 2,000 state employees who are negotiating a new contract with the Palin administration.

Business Digest
Winter operator takes over at Paradise Cafe; Alaska Pacific Bank hires new executive; Training explores fluctuating economy

Photo: Classic aircraft, 1960
A Pan Am DC-6 named Clipper Pocahontas sits on the tarmac in 1960 at the Juneau airport. Pan America World Airways was one of several airlines to serve Juneau during that time.

Around Town

AroundTown

Photo: Update on oil tax
Pat Galvin, commissioner of the Department of Revenue, speaks Thursday to the Juneau Chamber of Commerce during a luncheon at the Hangar Ballroom.

Goldbelt approves $544,400 payout to shareholders
Goldbelt's board of directors approved a $2-per-share dividend last week, based on record revenues from the urban Native corporation's Mount Roberts Tramway and Goldbelt Hotel Juneau operations, and the success of its federal contracting companies.

Historian delves into tragic month
As Juneau enters another gloomy, rain-swept November, it's almost as if a twinge of foreboding hangs in the early-darkening skies.

Police & Fire
Reports from police, fire officials and state troopers

Correction
A story on the Juneau access road in Tuesday's edition of the Juneau Empire misstated the sources of financing for the project. Overall, the project will require $18.7 million per year over 12 years from the state's federal highway aid program, which includes 9 percent state and 91 percent federal dollars.

Unwanted donations cost Salvation Army
Some Juneau residents are using the Salvation Army thrift store as a downtown dump and costing the charity organization thousands of dollars each year.

Photo: Girl Scout raffle winners
Susan Cox, right, Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council board chair, presents Millie Duncan, left, and her husband, Craig, center, with the first prize raffle award, a gift certificate for a Holland America seven-day cruise for two to the Caribbean.

Annie: The cat who didn't speak
Annie has started talking to me, and I don't know which of us is more pleased. At 4 years old, she is the younger of my two cats.

Student artist in the spotlight: Shaylynn Jerue
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.

Recognitions
The Juneau Public Libraries celebrated National Children's Book Week with the Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries.

Halloween highlights
Wednesday night featured a plethora of ghostly events around town, including a haunted house at the Nugget Mall, storytelling at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and art-related projects and activities at The Canvas art studio.

Photos: Getting their GEDs
The Learning Connection, a program of South East Regional Resource Center that helps Southeast residents get additional training including, earning GED certification.

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: Sheet metal students
Juneau-Douglas High School students in a metal fabrication class show off their sheet metal projects Wednesday in the metal shop.

Neighbors Digest
Juneau-Douglas High School production of 'M*A*S*H' to start; Auke Bay Co-op Preschool to hold garage and bake sale; Community of Christian Women hold annual mission bazaar; Hilary Lindh season pass scholarship; Trail Mix sponsors Bluegrass Gala for Perseverance Trail

Edward K. Thomas speaks on health care challenges at international conference
Edward K. Thomas, former Tlingit Haida Central Council president, recently accepted a speaking engagement to present a tribal perspective on health care issues of Native Americans at the International Network for Indigenous Knowledge and Health Development Conference held Oct. 15-18 in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Auk'w Noow Marine Science Camp 2007
Auk'w Noow Marine Science Camp, a Juneau School District high school program funded by a U.S. Department of Education's Alaska Native Education Program Grant was held this summer, June 12-22, at Aldersheim Lodge in Juneau.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for volunteering at our stream clean-up; Thanks for supporting our Fall Festival; Thanks for providing retreat transportation

FYI

We need more Christian addicts
Dr. Edwin Land, inventor of the Polaroid Camera, once gave a speech in which he claimed to be an addict. This is how he put it: "I am an addict. I am addicted to performing at least one good experiment a day ... When I cannot, the world goes out of focus, becomes unreal."

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Richard Thornton Sr.
Former Juneau resident Richard D. "Dick" Thornton Sr. died Oct. 15, 2007, in Everett, Wash. He was 87.

Nancy Ann Glass
Longtime Alaska resident Nancy Ann Glass died Oct. 29, 2007, at the Denali Center in Fairbanks after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. She was 54.

Douglas Maki Jr.
Juneau resident Douglas William Maki Jr. died on Oct. 26, 2007. He was 17.

Outside editorial: Suing subprime
The subprime mortgage crisis spirals on: Last week, Merrill Lynch admitted that it had lost $7.9 billion on mortgage-backed securities and structured credit products during the third quarter of 2007, a tide of red ink that swept chief executive E. Stanley O'Neal right out of his office.

Democrats are waving carrots and sticks
If there were stock in carrots and sticks, I would direct my broker to immediately buy some because virtually all of the Democratic presidential candidates in Philadelphia on Tuesday night said these are their weapons of choice in confronting Iran's nuclear threat.

Courage under fire
Americans' perceptions of Iraq are molded by scenes of horrendous violence; few get to see the bravery and humanity of Iraqis living under hellish conditions.

My Turn: High school curriculum overhaul: Asking for disaster
The Empire's recent headline about Alaska schools ranked as "drop-out factories" could have read "Juneau barely escapes drop-out factory label."

My Turn: Lew Williams: 'Spend every penny on things we don't need'
Why Lew Williams Jr. is continually given editorial space in the Juneau Empire is one of the small mysteries in this world. Williams' unending promotion of unrealistic and economically unsustainable projects reached a new rhetorical level the other day in the Empire ("Alaska Faces Transportation Problems, Oct. 29).

Empire editorial: Follow through on call for open mine negotiations
Nine weeks after the head of Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. called for negotiations that could bring the Kensington Mine online by the end of this year or early next year, Juneau residents are left wondering what's happened to the public transparency called for at that time.

Paying attention to details
Just days before the Alaska School Activities Association State Swimming and Diving Championship in Anchorage, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls teams spent some time trying to shave that extra fraction of a second off their times.

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.

Stevens, Young pledge to fight for Native corporations
The federal government is considering dropping contract privileges that benefit Native corporations.

Producers report big, but declining, oil profits
Alaska's major oil producers finished releasing their quarterly earnings, revealing slightly declining profits, except from oil production, which is their main activity in Alaska.

Alaska Digest
Ruby man dies in fire, youth escapes; 5.7 quake detected in Aleutian Islands; Man pleads guilty to crack cocaine charge; Fairbanks stargazers report comet sighting

Cowdery excused from rest of special session
Sen. John Cowdery, who has been accused of taking oil industry bribes, has been formally excused from the remainder of the session.

Military airlifts Alaska's only elephant to California
Alaska's only elephant got a one-way ticket out of town Thursday, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

Lawmakers confused over oil tax numbers
Lawmakers this week said there is confusion in Juneau over the numbers behind an oil tax plan that's moving through the state House.

Angoon calls for new election
Weeks behind schedule, the Angoon City Council met Tuesday to certify results from the Oct. 2 city election. Instead it nullified the election and called for a new one.

Kohring corruption trial sent to jurors
Jurors began deliberations Wednesday afternoon in the corruption trial of former state Rep. Vic Kohring.

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

Alaska Digest
State's DMV director fired over differences; One person killed in Nome house fire

Salmon feeds recipients of food aid programs
Wild Alaska pink salmon, purchased through federal food aid programs, now feeds hungry people in Cambodia and Guatemala, and pilot programs are in the works to provide salmon to those contracted with AIDS.

GCI profits plunge 66 percent in 3rd quarter
General Communication Inc. announced a 66 percent drop in third-quarter profits late Wednesday night, results the company said were "very disappointing."

Wolf that attacked sled dogs had rabies
A wolf that was part of a pack that attacked sled dogs in the village of Marshall last week has tested positive for rabies and state officials say unvaccinated dogs that were exposed to the wolves will be euthanized.

Democrats court Anchorage mayor in race against Stevens
Top national Democratic leaders are aggressively pushing Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich to challenge the longest serving Republican in Senate history: Alaska's Ted Stevens, who is under federal investigation.

Kohring guilty of corruption
A federal court jury on Thursday found a former Alaska lawmaker guilty on three of four corruption charges.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Commercial fishing group opposes hoverbarge proposal
The largest commercial fishing group in Alaska has voted to oppose a plan to transport unprocessed ore on the Taku River using a hoverbarge until the group's concerns about fish habitat have been resolved.

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