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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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."

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.

Pets of the week
Nice pets look for quiet homes

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

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.

Births, Marriage licenses & Court judgments

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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