Saturday, November 3, 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.

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.

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

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: 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.

Around Town

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.

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

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 helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

FYI

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.

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."

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.

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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.

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

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.

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."

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

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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