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Friday, November 18, 2005

In the Stacks: New fiction on the way to the public libraries
"The Bowl is Already Broken," by Mary Kay Zuravleff. Will the public shattering of a priceless porcelain bowl be the ruin of Washington DC's Asian Art Museum?

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

A new world of communications
I read the article about Internet use by Juneau teens (Empire, Nov. 6). In the first sentence the word "fad" is used, however, I'm not sure chatting and blogging on the Internet is a "fad." The new generation is comfortable with this form of communication. Teens are no longer talking on the phone, writing notes or hanging out in front of the local hot-spot to find out what is happening.

State paid too much for governor's jet
The governor's jet is now a reality in the face of a highly suspect and highly irregular bid process.

When will it end?
How much longer can we tolerate what is going on in the governor's office before we Alaskans say enough!

Stranded at the dock
Gov. Murkowski recently called the Alaska Marine Highway System fast ferries a "bad deal" inherited from Gov. Knowles. We village-dwellers wish we could inherit such a deal!

Reject judge Alito
The far right base of the Republican Party is only a fraction of the body politic. It should not govern the whole federal judiciary by locking in far-right judges. Vote 'no' on Alito.

Be careful before slamming SEACC
Customary and traditional use of Tlingit territory is reduced to the word "subsistence."

Nontoxic but deadly
I'd like to thank local geologist Chris DeWitt for the chemistry lesson in his recent My Turn (Empire, Nov. 15).

Photo: Lighting up the mansion
State employee Izzy Campos strings holiday lights in a tree Wednesday at the Governor's Mansion.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Early bird
Holly Rhoden serves turkey dinners to Ben Quick, right, and Shirley Kohls during the annual Thanksgiving luncheon Thursday at the Juneau Senior Center.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Image of Grace
It took 155 years for the Sitka Icon of the Mother of God to make it to Juneau, and it wasn't a moment too soon for roughly 60 Orthodox and non-Orthodox practitioners who attended a free prayer and reception Thursday night at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Harmon sentenced to 72 years for murder
After hearing Maggie Wigen's mother call James Harmon "a monster," a judge Wednesday sentenced the 26-year-old man to 72 years in prison.

Images from another time: Becoming world champs, 1995
The Juneau-Douglas High School Drill Team performs its military routine in August of 1995 at a special parents performance at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Learning Math Tlingit-style
Harborview Elementary School teacher Shgen George has been teaching math to her second- and third-grade class this fall in an unusual way - with fish.

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

Seniors fear loss of city tax breaks
Juneau senior citizens are reacting to city officials' accusations that seniors are abusing their city sales-tax exemption.

Escalating meth addictions put focus on cold medicine
Juneau's biggest illegal drug problem has some people asking if it should be harder to soothe the sniffles.

Malone, Comer to wed
Patrick James Malone of Juneau and Ashley Alayne Comer of Wasilla will be married at 2 p.m., Dec. 30, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center pavilion

FYI
News about the people you know.

Bookmark contest winners
The Bookmark contest was an event sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries.

Healing power of rituals
F ive years have passed since I wrote my first article for this newspaper as a Hospice and Home Care of Juneau volunteer.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Angela Thrower
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Neighbors helping neighbors: Boys and Girls Club of Juneau
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Meredith Nino-Egbert
Former Juneau resident Meredith A. Nino-Egbert, 53, of Woodinville, Wash., died Nov. 7, 2005, in Seattle.

Elizabeth Florence (Betty) Martin
Juneau resident Elizabeth Florence (Betty) Martin, 76, died Nov. 8, 2005, at Wildflower Court.

Idabelle Bryson
Longtime Juneau resident Idabelle Bryson died Nov. 15, 2005, at her home in Juneau.

Alaska editorial: Don't link Hess funds to permanent fund dividend
"Wham!" That's the sound of a couple of Democratic state lawmakers springing into action to smack Gov. Frank Murkowski's proposal to provide financial help to Alaska's local governments...

Parents act reasonably, not as Big Brother or police
Over the course of the past week I have savored the editorial page in search of responses to the article regarding teens and the Internet (Empire, Nov. 6).

Alaska editorial: An irresponsible omnibus budget bill
Now that the U.S. House has dropped Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling from the omnibus budget bill, Alaskans have no reason to root for its passage.

My Turn: Overzealous enforcement at liquor establishments
Last week bartenders and other beverage alcohol servers were targeted for a "compliance check," an elaborate sting involving underage drinkers and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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.

JDHS gets ready for Pilot
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team got its final preparations in for this weekend's Brandon Pilot Tournament by going to the mat Thursday with Hoonah and Skagway.

Juneau hosts fight night
Roughhouse Friday Boxing at Marlintini's Lounge didn't disappoint fans as fighters provided plenty of knockdowns and a knockout.

Thursday's wrestling results

Gangs blamed for Alaska crime spike
An increase in violent crime in Alaska is largely due to aggravated assaults involving gangs in Anchorage, according to law enforcement officials.

Building priorities may be up for grabs
Alaska lawmakers and state officials expect funding for other transportation needs to compete with funding for two major bridges this legislative session if the bridges are not earmarked in a federal bill.

Oil producers' leases give them edge in gas line talks
Gov. Frank Murkowski on Wednesday defended his preference for a natural gas pipeline proposal by three North Slope oil companies over two competing applications.

Legislators go Back to School
Alaska legislators are getting a lesson on education this week. More than two dozen legislators from Fairbanks to Ketchikan are participating in classrooms this week as part of the Alaska Legislators Back to School program.

Midday moon in Alaska a first in nearly 19 years
The moon is at an extreme end of its 18.6-year lunar cycle and between Thursday and Saturday, it will pull an all-nighter.

SE road projects drop off state's priority list
A $4.8 million project to improve the road linking Petersburg to an Inter-Island Ferry Authority terminal on Mitkof Island is among the projects that have fallen out of the draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program document.

Elderly woman freezes in driveway
A 100-year-old woman who suffered from dementia died from the cold outside her Anchorage home, police said.

Aid for fishing fleet dries up
For struggling Alaska salmon fishermen, a federal financial aid program will shut down this year. But many fishermen see the bright side - getting disqualified for federal aid is a good sign for their industry.

Groups seek economic safeguards for villages
Some Alaska fishing organizations said Wednesday that a major federal fisheries bill launched by Sen. Ted Stevens could be strengthened with more economic safeguards for coastal fishing villages.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

New bankruptcy law spurs flood of filings
Alaskans scrambled to file for bankruptcy to beat the Oct. 17 date that brought stricter solvency requirements into law.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Riding that highway with Bluegrass 101
Just out of high school, relatively new to Fairbanks and his tape deck full of the Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe, Jeremy "JR" Kane was an 18-year-old banjo player, a transplant from Springfield, Ohio, when he first met bluegrass guitar player Carl Hoffman in 1996.

Free recitals: Trio prepares program for viola, flute, piano
Flutist Sally Schlichting, pianist Mary Watson and Seattle violist Sam Williams have prepared a chamber program of 20th-century music for two free recitals, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

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