Eye-catching picture books available at public libraries
Here are a few of the new picture books that caught my eye this week:

Booker Prize winner pulls from own experience

Our religious freedoms
While reading Kevin Dean's recent letter to the editor, ("Keep religion out of schools" in the Nov. 11 Juneau Empire), I couldn't help but find myself agreeing and disagreeing at the same time.

Stop the presses! Someone's having sex!
The Juneau Empire now covers public couplings as well as public meetings. Reporters prowl bars rutting in sexual heat, not satisfied to roam City Hall rooting out hot stories.

Just throw Hooligan away if you hate it
I am surprised folks are still writing to you about your insert known as Hooligan. I read it every once in a while and don't really see anything real offensive in it.

Slate Lake photos speak for themselves
In response to the opinion piece of Nov. 6, "Judge made correct determination about mine," Chris Dewitt questions the validity of aerial photos of the Kensington site posted on the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's Web site.

Korry Keeker tackles controversy with wit
Bea Findlay, in a Nov. 8 letter to the editor, brought to light a local e-mail campaign to boycott Hooligan advertisers and her own intent to contact these advertisers to discuss Hooligan's content.

Give the best holiday gift of all -love
It's that time of the year again - the time when we get out our Christmas shopping list and start trying to find items that fit the people on that list.

Nine years is enough to serve on board
At 4 p.m. Saturday, the Friends of the Alaska State Museum will hold its annual meeting.

Board of Game vote reflects public's will
Over the weekend in Wrangell, the Board of Game voted 6-0 to oppose Proposals 13 and 15, both of which would have opened Swan Cove to brown bear hunting.

Enough legislative sessions already
The governor's call for yet another special session is a further example of disregard of separation of powers and prudent expenditure of public funds.

Smokeout aims at hard-core holdouts
It wasn't so long ago that high schools had student smoking lounges, big-name Hollywood stars advertised the health benefits of smoking in glossy magazine advertisements, and the Marlboro Man reigned supreme.

Business Digest
KIN pub night tonight, Juneau Realtor named Alaska's top agent & Inn has new owners

Bidding open on disputed north road
State officials asked contractors Wednesday to submit a bid for building an 18-foot-wide pioneer road north from Cascade Point to help with the proposed 51-mile Lynn Canal highway.

Photo: One last ride on the Mule Train
DJ Jack Fontanella reads the record jackets of Patsy Cline albums Wednesday as Callie Conerton prepares to read her on-air tribute to Don Drew at KTOO-FM studios.

Governor hands off gas line proposal
Gov. Frank Murkowski made one last pitch for his gas pipeline proposal Thursday, but acknowledged that it would be up to the next governor and Legislature to finalize the project.

Legislators try to find ways around benefits order
The Alaska Legislature continued Tuesday trying to find ways to deal with a court order requiring benefits for state employees with same-sex partners, without actually providing the benefits.

State seeks more time on benefits
The Alaska Legislature is considering asking the state Supreme Court for more time to deal with same-sex employment benefits, while Gov. Frank Murkowski is urging legislators to take immediate action to adopt rules themselves.

Drunken driver sentenced to 30 months in injury case
Facing jail time: Gregory Osborne II appears Wednesday in Juneau Superior Court to be sentenced for felony assault.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Another hit
Koren Bosworth clears snow from around her car Wednesday on Behrends Avenue.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Juneau dog sled team heading north
There's a good reason why a Juneau team hasn't entered the Iditarod in 24 years.

Photo: Troupe troops
The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team practices Thursday at the Marie Drake gym. The team has a long history of excellence, winning the world dance team championships held in Japan in the 1990s and national titles as well.

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

Police & Fire
Reports to Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

Photo: Nursing award nominees
From left are March of Dimes nursing award nominees from Bartlett Regional Hospital: Mary Ann Wood, Sandy Frickey, Agnes Vu, Joan Harvey, Nancy McLemore and Jan Beauchamp.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for helping with the fall stream clean up, attending my taco feed fundraiser, Thank you, Don Drew; may you rest in peace, Thanks for supporting the Juneau Jumpers, Eric Bjella, for responding in Ketchikan & a successful immunization event

Pets of the week
Nice pets look for quiet homes

Cranberries are in peak season during Thanksgiving
Besides turkey, there is probably no food we associate more with Thanksgiving than cranberries.

Births, Marriage licenses & Court judgments

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Siniva Maka
Her preference: "I like watercolor because it's so light and it smears. I'd like to paint a sky with clouds."

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Family Resource Center
Family Resource Center provides a comprehensive array of program services in a healthy accessible environment for children and families in need of assistance, to enhance the health, harmony and self-sufficiency of families.

Neighbors Digest
UAS literary journal opens submissions, SEARHC hires new nurse practitioner, Widowed Persons Service holds program on loss, Harvest Days Craft Camp held Nov. 21-22, Longworth gives free energy balancing lecture & Red Cross holds class on disaster education

Malco and Quiere wed
Sheryl Malco, of Negros Oriental, Philippines, and Tommy Quiere Jr., of Juneau, were married on Oct. 14, 2006, at the Redmond Court House in Redmond, Wash.

Akira Marie Ivan
Juneau resident Akira Marie Ivan, 5 months, died the morning of Nov. 11, 2006, at home.

Glenna V. Gregg
Former Juneau resident Glenna V. Gregg, 76, died Nov. 5, 2006, at her home in Ava, Mo., following a lengthy bout with brain cancer.

James Wesley Welch
Juneau resident James Wesley Welch, 45, died Nov. 12, 2006, in Juneau.

Murkowski should be ashamed of statement
This editorial appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Alaska editorial: Wishes for harmony in Juneau next year
It is not too early to start thinking about the next regular session of the Legislature.

Sports brief: The Juneau Jumpers complete whirlwind tour
The Juneau Jumpers competitive jump rope team recently completed it summer season with a number of awards and top finishes.

JDHS wrestling results
JDHS 45, West Valley 28

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.

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.

Crimson Bears top Wolfpack in dual meet
Juneau-Douglas High School senior wrestler Jake Mason knows this weekend's Brandon Pilot Invitational Tournament in Juneau will be huge.

Northwest Digest
Winds cause blackout on Kenai Peninsula, Two bison killed on opening day of hunt & State Democratic Party chairs headed to Jackson, Wyo.

Murowski fights gas pipeline decision
With less than three weeks left in his term, Gov. Frank Murkowski is fighting a recent court decision blocking him from signing a natural gas pipeline contract without legislative approval.

Undersea earthquake rattles fears of tsunami
Dozens of law enforcement and emergency personnel gathered at the public safety building in Dutch Harbor early Wednesday morning after a powerful undersea earthquake struck near Japan.

Judge says state can intervene in Juneau road suit
A U.S. District Court judge has granted a request by the state of Alaska to intervene in a federal lawsuit aiming to block construction of a 50-mile road leading out of Juneau.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation & the world

Anchorage Native hospital bans tobacco in buildings
Banner barrier: An Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium worker installs banners declaring the Anchorage medical complex smoke-free.

Study documents polar bears' decline
Far fewer polar bears cubs are surviving off Alaska's northern coast, a federal government report released Wednesday has concluded.

Alaska Digest
Trans-Alaska pipeline shut down temporarily & Charges dropped against protesters

Military plans to ship floating radar to Adak
The top U.S. military officer in Alaska said the Missile Defense Agency's powerful floating radar is scheduled to arrive early next year at its homeport of Adak on the third attempt to bring it across the Pacific from Hawaii.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation & the world

Stevens to seek another term
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens wants more years on the job.

Top general opposes timetable for Iraq exit
The top U.S. commander in the Middle East warned Congress Wednesday against setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, rejecting the arguments of resurgent Democrats who are pressing President Bush to start pulling out.

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