Friday, November 9, 2007

Boxer's French musings become new memoir
Jack Johnson, addicted to attention and craving a colorful legacy, loved to chronicle his rise from a restless Texas teen to the world's first black heavyweight boxing champion.

Joe Torre to recall Yankee years in memoir
Joe Torre, named last week as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after ending a 12-year reign with the New York Yankees, is working on a memoir.

New photo-rich nonfiction includes 'Alaska Native Art'
Bring your muscles as well as your brains and carry home some of our new photo-rich nonfiction.

Who in their right mind is a war advocate?
This is in response to Phil Smith's letter on Oct. 29, "Responding to National Guard recruitment," and Sgt. Seth Beebe of the Army National Guard.

Controlling Alaskans' reproductive rights
The majority of the justices on our Alaska Supreme Court performed magnificently when they affirmed a small group of Alaskans' constitutional right to privacy on reproductive rights recently.

Where the money comes from
Thank you Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and Nana Corp. for the large increases in Sealaska Corp.'s dividend; record prices on oil and zinc are behind the dividend increases we shareholders are enjoying.

Rep. John Harris is reaching too far
Rep. John Harris, R-Valdez, needs to do the right thing and hand the gavel over to an objective member of the House Finance Committee.

Schools should focus on stamping out drugs
I find interesting all the rhetoric in the paper about the new high school and curriculum that is being discussed and how both will help lower the dropout rate in the district, when neither one focuses on the real problem.

Injustice affects all around the globe
In a global society, anything that happens in any part of the world can create a ripple effect to impact all of us. Every single one of us can contribute to the betterment or digression of our society and the world, in general.

Simplify charges to the oil companies
I agree with Philip Rolfe. I don't think what we as Alaskans charge the oil companies for pumping our oil is a tax. This is simply a fee and it should be simpler than it has been. When we go to the gas station and pump fuel, is it a tax? No, just a certain amount per gallon.

We need education, not another lawsuit
Last week, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that teenage girls can obtain abortions without parental consent, and immediately Gov. Sarah Palin instructed an attorney general to file a petition for a rehearing.

Alaskans deserve truth on Ted Stevens
Regarding comments about the Alaska Democratic Party's Web site on Sen. Ted Stevens (www.RetireTed.com), I hope Alaskans will visit the site and judge for themselves.

Benefits director deserves pat on back
I would like to express my gratitude to the new Director of Retirement and Benefits Pat Shier and his staff for the expeditious manner in which they resolved inequities in the Retiree Optional Life Insurance Program.

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

Equity at center of school district sports debate
Smack in the middle of the Next Generation sports huddle is a buzzword driving the plan for a new athletics program in the city's high schools: equity.

Canotes to bring vast library of old-time music to Juneau
Seattle twin brothers Greg and Jere Canote have been mining novelty tunes from the old-time fiddling catalog since the 1970s.

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

Around Town

Photo: Fading fowl
A line of gulls disappears into the fog as three mergansers swim Thursday by the Aurora Harbor breakwater.

Corrections
An article about Sealaska Corp. approving a dividend payout in Tuesday's Juneau Empire should have made clear that shareholders voted to approve two things this summer.

For some, child care is out of reach
While affordable housing is a big problem for many Juneau residents, child care is of equal or greater concern for many families.

Committee hears lengthy testimony about herring
Many people want to protect and restore Lynn Canal herring numbers, but there's some concern about the burdens of listing the fish as endangered, a public hearing indicated Wednesday night.

Around Town

Limits on air freight crimp fresh fish sales
A small portion of the fish caught in Southeast Alaska could be worth a lot more, if it could just get on a plane.

Photo: Early grocery store in Juneau Images from another time
An unidentified group of men stand in front of Home Grocery, a store owned by John Hermle Sr. and located on the corner of Willoughby Avenue and E Street, which is now Glacier Avenue.

Business Digest
Two Juneau women in Top 40 Under 40; Class offered for business plans

Prepare for Thanksgiving with wild rice stuffing
Throughout history, certain foods have been so important as to be considered sacred by the people who ate them. In the North America, there are many examples of this.

Photo: 'Frog Coming Out'
Ed Kunz Jr. wears the "Frog Coming Out" chilkat robe at a recent Koo-Eex (memorial party) for Martha "Monte" Littlefied held in September in Sitka.

FYI

A teacher's journey to Juneau
Ellis Peter Bibb, 84, former high school shop teacher and ski coach, has a lot of stories to tell.

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.

Juneau collects for Operation Christmas Child
Local kids can help needy boys and girls around the world have a merrier holiday season. Sending hope in a shoebox to hurting children worldwide is a simple but powerful way to brighten millions of lives in more than 100 countries and that requires the contagious compassion of Juneau families.

Don't call it boring, call it midlife
Having kids is sort of like having a therapist. They have a way of forcing you to look at yourself in a different light. To see things about yourself you didn't know were there and to ask the hard questions.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for participating in the Day of Caring; Thanks for saving us from fire on Halloween

Student artist in the spotlight: Ryan Hoover
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
Bartlett Regional Hospital'sDiabetes Self-Management Program was awarded recognition from the American Diabetes Association.

Neighbors Digest
Kake to host Honoring Our Veterans potluck; Pianist Shannon Curtis to perform Saturday; Sons of Norway host holiday bazaar; Longworth holds energy healing workshops

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Charles Connelley Jr.
Former Juneau resident Charles "Chuck" F. Connelley Jr. died Nov. 1, 2007, in Phoenix after a brief illness. He was 81.

Rhonda Jo Brockman
Former Juneau resident Rhonda Jo Brockman, of Prairie Grove, Ariz., died Oct. 28, 2007, in Fayetteville, Ariz. She was 41.

John Hinchman Jr.
Juneau resident John Albert Hinchman Jr. died Nov. 5, 2007, in Juneau. He was 56.

Rhonda Jo Brockman
Former Juneau resident Rhonda Jo Brockman, of Prairie Grove, Ark., died Oct. 28, 2007, in Fayetteville, Ark. She was 41.

Rodney Douglas Smith
Auke Bay resident Rodney Douglas Smith died peacefully at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2007, surrounded by family and friends, after a short battle with lung cancer at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. He was 71.

Alaska editorial: Too many Alaska kids don't finish high school
A national report about dropout rates labeled some Alaska schools "drop-out factories."

My turn: Tying into power and a cleaner future
Hemlock trees are dying on the Skagway mountainside. It would not be news if this was just another tree blight, but it's not. It is an air quality issue with ramifications for all cruise ships' ports of call.

Outside editorial: Entertainment extends far beyond television
The walkout by the Writers Guild of America is hardly long enough for either side to register any effect aside from the spate of reruns on late-night TV and Comedy Central.

Outside editorial: Pentagon has bigger battles to fight than 'Playboy' at PX
The Pentagon has a lot of battles to fight these days. It shouldn't be bothered with a ridiculous spat over skin magazines.

Alaska editorial: Governor must sell her tax plan hard if she believes in it
The Alaska Legislature is well into the special session that Gov. Sarah Palin called for the purpose of approving her new oil tax plan.

Memories of a country long gone
The death of one's country is a hard thing to watch.When my children were very young, we all played the nightly game of "Tell Us About When You Were a Little Boy."

Dimond presents major test for JDHS
The Monday after the Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team's epic five-game victory over Ketchikan in the Southeast Conference title game, the Crimson Bears continued to relive their match.

Juneau to host first drug-tested bodybuilding championship
Pavitt Health & Fitness will hold Alaska's first drug-tested bodybuilding state championships on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

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.

JDHS girls lose in 5
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team played yet another marathon five-game match Thursday, but came up short against Dimond in the Alaska School Activity Association state quarterfinals.

AK nixes endangered label for goshawk
A bird of prey found along North America's northern West Coast warrants protection as an endangered species in Canada but not in Alaska, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided Thursday.

Alaska Digest
Missing commercial fisherman's body found; Man dies after being stabbed in torso; Man shot, killed in Anchorage

Lawmakers brush aside conflict questions, set to work on oil tax bill
Oil companies hoping to head off Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed tax increase may find that their best chance comes in the House Finance Committee, now considering the governor's Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share bill.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Pete Kott's retrial request denied
A federal court judge on Thursday denied a request for a retrial in the corruption case against former state Rep. Pete Kott.

Salmon haul in 2007 fourth-largest since statehood
Alaska's commercial salmon harvest in 2007 was valued at $374 million, making the haul the fourth-largest since statehood, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Alaska mining industry announces record year
Alaska's mining industry posted a record-breaking year in 2006, largely because of the high prices for zinc and other metals, state officials said Wednesday.

Voters may get say in agency's relocation
Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell on Wednesday certified an initiative petition to undo a controversial change to one of the state's environmental oversight agencies made by former Gov. Frank Murkowski.

Alaska Digest
Cooperative Extension Service to move; Alaskans among Fort Drum soldiers killed; Teen arrested in Halloween robbery

University to request $625.6 million
The University of Alaska plans to ask the state for $625.6 million this year for projects including a new science building and new job-focused programs such as nursing.

Resurgent bedbugs on the prowl in Alaska
The lesson: Don't ask if you really don't want to know. The question: What's new in pest control these days?

BP: Confidentiality breached
BP, the operator of the Alaska's largest oil field, is balking at providing information the state says it needs to make the Petroleum Profits Tax work.

Lawmakers pushing for parental consent abortion referendum
Two Republicans are leading a push by state lawmakers to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year to determine whether underage teenage girls need parental consent to have an abortion.

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