Friday, November 24, 2006

Exciting new nonfiction books at libraries
We've got many new and exciting nonfiction books for kids on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Pedestrians need to get back to the basics
I am both surprised and horrified at the blatant lack of consideration that pedestrians in Juneau have had for the conditions of the roadways during this most recent storm.

Protection of minority rights is up to courts
Paul H. Grant (Nov. 19) offers a succinct explanation as to why the State of Alaska should provide benefits to same-sex couples.

Get a clue - fluoride is toxic stuff
Finally, a smart public health decision.

Can't get through the Forest Service matrix
Business owners and their families are gearing up for "round two" with the U.S. Forest Service.

Response to snow removal complaints
This is in response to Matt Christian's letter to the editor in Wednesday's Juneau Empire.

Thank you, Juneau, for snow removal
In the 26 years I lived here, time and again the city of Juneau road crew has done a great job.

Which is a greater threat to residents?
I was recently amazed by the Assembly's approach to the fluoridation issue. In short time, the Assembly agreed to remove fluoride from our water while scientific evidence supported fluoridation and opposed it at the same time.

Business Digest
Center offers marketing class, Development council board selected, State's small-business climate ranks 17 in U.S. & Travel group names its board of directors

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

Session's timing erases economic bonus
A special legislative session in the middle of November could have meant a welcome bonus for Juneau hotels and restaurants - any other year.

Photo: Sunny and clear
Snow glistens as the sun shines on downtown Juneau on Wednesday.

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

Correction

Photo: A tree fit for the Governor's Mansion
Department of Administration employees, from left, Dave Blackwell, Paul Disdier and Brian Parker measure the Governor's Mansion Christmas tree on Wednesday before cutting it so it will fit in the mansion.

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

Gustavus granted subsistence rights
Steelhead's for supper in Gustavus.

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

Photo: Guerrilla turkey
A turkey sculpture built by guerrilla artists awaits drivers at the Douglas roundabout on Thanksgiving Day.

Photos: Giving Thanks
Above, Kelly Anna Strickland, 3, is all smiles during her Thanksgiving Day meal, which was sponsored by the Salvation Army and held at the Hangar on the Wharf.

Annual market to open today
Flo Kenney spends 10 days each summer scavenging for Arctic wormwood near the town of Wiseman in northern Alaska.

State scales back access road project
Two contractors Wednesday submitted bids almost double what was expected for construction of the Juneau access pioneer road, causing the state to immediately scale back the project.

Butter is nutritious
Unless you have been living in a cave, you have probably heard that trans fats are bad for you.

Student artist in the spotlight: Chakra Williams
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.

Photo: Rotary Vocational Service Award winners
Juneau Rotary presented the annual Rotary Vocational Service awards to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations that provide outstanding service to members of the community.

FYI
Births, Courts & Marriage licenses

Pets of the week
Gentle cats seek homes

Neighbors Digest
Alaska One calls seeks art for poster contest & Applications available for season pass scholarship

Photos: Dancing against drugs
Dancers perform and people gather during the Red Ribbon Rally that was held Oct. 28 at the Mendenhall Mall.

Recognitions

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Eldrid Lyshol
Volunteer of the Year Award nominee

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: supporting extended learning, organizing Disaster Preparedness, helping at our Halloween event & contributing to our haunted house

My Turn: Taking Celebration for granted
While waiting for the grand exit at Celebration 2006 to commence, I encountered a young woman from Ketchikan.

My Turn: Employee benefits shouldn't be up for a vote
I've worked lo these 23 years, a public servant toiling alongside straight people in relationships married and not.

Alaska editorial: Stevens should be admired for his longevity
Sen. Ted Stevens' announcement that he would seek re-election in 2008 probably didn't surprise too many people.

Alaska editorial: Murkowski made right decision to call session
The special session of the Legislature called by Gov. Frank Murkowski appears on the surface to be much ado about not much, and we earlier suggested it was just that.

Juneau Parks and Rec Adult Ordway Basketball League standings and scores
Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League

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.

Tennis players double their fun at annual autumn tournament
The duo of Dream Suchitbharapitya and Diane Antaya won the women's JRC/The Alaska Club Fall Doubles Tennis Tournament on Sunday with a perfect round-robin record of 3-0.

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.

Photo: Dancing lights
Northern lights dance across the sky Wednesday near Palmer.

Oil flow resumes at Valdez
The loading of oil into tankers at the Valdez marine terminal has resumed after high winds forced a slowdown of crude through the trans-Alaska pipeline.

Anchorage unhappy with bridge plans
The city of Anchorage is criticizing proposals to put a bridge across the Knik Arm, finding each one is "unacceptable."

Brigade to return this weekend
The 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to start returning from Iraq this week.

Northwest Digest
Alyeska Resort to be sold to Utah financier, Jesuits, archdiocese settle sex abuse cases & Rainier flood damage could reach $30 million

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

'Tundra Fox' dies of cancer at age 74
The only Alaska state legislator ever convicted of bribery died Monday in Anchorage.

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

Northwest Digest
Coast Guard reports details in diver's death, Sutton residents don't want another prison & Native corp. to pay $85 million to IRS

Photo: Skate time
Skaters take to the ice at Westchester Lagoon on Sunday in Anchorage.

Surge in oil supply drives down prices
Oil prices fell Wednesday after U.S. government data showed rising supplies of crude. Natural gas futures declined on the heels of a separate report that showed healthy domestic inventories of the home-heating fuel.

Protesters of smoking ban present petition
Opponents of a smoking ban in Anchorage bars and bingo halls have collected enough signatures to put the issue on the city election ballot in April.

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