Oprah Winfrey chooses Follett historical novel for her book club
Oprah Winfrey went for the big time Wednesday with her latest book club pick, choosing Ken Follett's 973-page "The Pillars of the Earth," an announcement that will likely mean hundreds of thousands more sales for an author with a huge, international following.

Walter Mosley closes the book on Easy Rawlins after a decade
When the world first met Easy Rawlins, he was 28. It was post-World War II Los Angeles - a city full of opportunity and without a long history - not a bad place to be for a smart, confident black man. Fired from his job, Easy was in need of fast cash to pay his mortgage.

Local libraries feature eclectic, quirky nonfiction
Here's a little more nonfiction for readers of the eclectic and quirky.

A road leading out of Juneau is inevitable
I'm sorry, but the road out of Juneau is inevitable. I remember when I was just a lad. North Douglas road was a one-lane dirt pothole. At night, you watched bears in the road by the garbage dump at Tee Harbor, and it was brutal driving to the Boy Scout campground. Loop Road glorified the word "road."

Bravo, student actors
I spent an unexpectedly delightful evening on Saturday watching an excellent cast of 40 or so Juneau-Douglas High School actors who brought the daily events of a Korean War field hospital back to life. The future of theater arts in Juneau is looking good.

A career the military not recommended
I read the article in the Sunday paper, "Despite bonuses, recruiters struggle to find an Army," with suspicious interest.

Poor aren't only ones who can't afford sports
I could not help but notice that in the opening paragraph of Greg Skinner's "Money's not there" article, he used the word "equity." For those of you who do not know what that word means, it is defined as "the quality of being fair and impartial." Take note.

Quit trying to catch up to '50s model
It is so easy to criticize the Alaska Marine Highway System. Over the past 25 years the politicians of Alaska have made sure of that. But let's give our new governor a chance to reform the state's systems, including the ferry system.

Some handicapped spaces removed
If any of you handicapped people have noticed, Fred Meyer has done away with its "handicapped" parking spaces across from the main entrance, leaving them only at each end - miles away from restrooms, the pharmacy, the jewelry, etc.

Around Town

Paste storage plan floated for Kensington tailings issue
Closed-door meetings between Coeur Alaska and three conservation groups have resulted in a plan to ask the U.S. Forest Service to consider a different method and place for storing tailings from the Kensington gold mine.

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

Photo: Vigil for the needy
Jorden Nigro, left, director of residential services for Juneau Youth Services, speaks to about 60 people attending a vigil at Marine Park on Thursday to highlight youth homelessness in Juneau.

Police secure airport while city looks for new contractor
Police officers have taken over as security guards at Juneau International Airport while the city looks for a new contractor.

Gold Town Nickelodeon theater may shut down
The Gold Town Nickelodeon movie theater is facing the possibility of closure once again.


Photo: Thanksgiving support-the-troops drive
Transportation Security Adminsitration representatives present Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Zulauf, center right, with a donation from their Thanksgiving support-the-troops drive Wednesday at the Juneau International Airport.

Neighbors Digest
'Bye Bye Birdie' to show tonight and Saturday; Empowering workshops to be held Saturday; High school activities to hold auction, dinner; Broadcast of suicide survivor roundtable; Child advocate info meetings begin Monday; Sitka patient housing project breaks ground

Pets of the week
Delightful animals look for loving homes

Student artists in the spotlight: Shawna Else and Alexandra Crowder
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.

Master Gardeners host 'Hardy Geraniums'
For the third presentation of the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners' monthly Presidents Program Series Joan Kasson gave a lecture on Hardy Geraniums Tuesday evening at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

Zimmerman, Meyer wed
Sharla Anne Zimmerman and Terrance "Terry" Meyer were married Oct. 27, 2007, in a private service in front of Nugget Falls near the Mendenhall Glacier with the bride's sister, Kari Huffman, officiating.

Promote breastfeeding, help save the world
I was the lone passenger in the Super Shuttle van as it careened from the airport through heavy California traffic towards my hotel. The young driver asked me why I was in town.

Hit us with your best shot
The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the winners of its "Hit Us With Your Best Shot" 2007 photo conest.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for helping, supporting my son after he was assaulted

Theme-based academies at new high school are limiting
The construction of the new high school offers the opportunity for educational reform designed to engage more students.

Lars Bernard Waldo, of Juneau, has enrolled as a member of the call of 2011 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.; Air Force Airman 1st Class Micheal J. Bickmore graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas.



Empire editorial: Accord could lead to a mine solution
The Kensington Mine's owner and environmental groups acted this week in a way that may come as a surprise to many Juneau residents - they acted in agreement.

My turn: Recruiters, veterans deserve respect
I was at the Oct. 17 Juneau School Board meeting at Juneau-Douglas High School. I was appalled when School Board member Margo Waring stated that being in the military is controversial. She did not say that the military's role in Iraq is controversial.

Outside editorial: Repression rubies
Thanks to Hollywood and a tireless campaign by human-rights activists, many people have heard of "blood diamonds."

Photo: Wrestle mania
Juneau-Douglas High School wrestler Jufer Librando, front, wrestles Palmer's L.J. Leppanen in the 112 pound division Thursday at JDHS gym. Librando won the match 8-4.

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

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

Coastal village escapes ire of Chukchi Sea storm
A wind storm brewing on the Chukchi Sea on Thursday failed to become the destroyer feared by residents of a vulnerable village on Alaska's northwest coast.

Alaska Digest
City offers free holiday parking for shopping; Wal-Mart responds to crab-label critics; Police ID man dragged to death by truck; More soldiers setto arrive home Friday; Four plead not guilty to Halloween robbery; Anchorage woman pleads to drug charge; Sitka man leads school board group

Woman proceeds with hair appointment after crashing into salon
It was a hair-raising situation when a woman's car plowed into a hair salon.

Employment booming on the North Slope
Employment is booming in the North Slope oil fields, according to a state labor economist.

Senate hands Palin oil tax victory
The Alaska Senate passed changes to Gov. Sarah Palin's oil tax bill that are likely to match the tax increases passed Sunday by the House of Representatives, leaving them close to completing work by today's midnight special session deadline.

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