Friday, November 30, 2007

New picture books for a rainy day
Here are some new rainy day picture books for little listeners and big readers, mixed with a few new titles that I just couldn't resist.

Ex-press secretary belonged on page A1
Tucked away inconspicuously on page A5 of the Nov. 21 Juneau Empire was a regrettably brief article that screams for a bold-face headline: "Ex-press secretary points finger at Bush." I am perplexed this news did not make the headline of the Empire or other newspapers nationwide that day.

Complainers, leave the beavers alone
I have been a resident of Juneau for 35 years and have seen many changes around this community, good and bad. One bad change, and this is my opinion, is that the Dredge Lake area closed to all terrain vehicles many years ago.

School superintendent apologizes for mistake
It has been my honor to serve as superintendent of the Juneau School District for the past five years. During my tenure, I have always worked to be straightforward, open and honest with the public about the affairs of the district - both good and bad.

Support Medicaid waiver for Alzheimer's
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer's Disease Resource Agency of Alaska continues efforts to bring attention to issues relating to the care of those with Alzheimer's Disease or related disorders.

Create a marine route to benefit all
The Alaska Marine Highway System is being reduced to being transportation for tourists. The marine highway was originally designed to be a highway for residents to navigate their state.

Student wants general studies academy
I am a Juneau-Douglas High School freshman.

Difficult to believe 'shortage of rainfall'
I too am disgusted by the rate increase from Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. My monthly charge increased from $117.59 to $223.35.

Support Kensington because of jobs
Like Joe Geldof, I too support the opening of the Kensington Mine.

Consultants: City should start recycling
What should Juneau do with 24,000 tons of garbage produced in 13,000 homes and 550 local businesses? Build a curbside recycling program or build another disposal system?

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

Around Town

University undergoes $4M face lift
The Auke Bay campus of the University of Alaska Southeast has been undergoing a $4 million renovation this year to enhance student services and prepare for future growth, officials said.

City prepares to enter solid waste biz
The Juneau Assembly is ready to move the city into the solid waste business and seek a three-way contractual partnership with Waste Management and Arrow Refuse to increase recycling and lengthen the life of the landfill.

Business Digest
Tax strategies to be presented at meeting; Class to focus onfinancial statements; Bank promotes employee to manager; Alaskan Brewing Co. wins award for porter

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

Correction
A story on the Juneau Planning Commission's review of the downtown parking garage in Wednesday's paper misstated Rorie Watt's title. He is deputy director of the city's engineering department.

Photo: A nice day for a stroll
Alyssa Ellsworth tosses a tennis ball to her dog, Reya, Thursday at Twin Lakes. Ellsworth's son, Collin, is getting a ride on her back and is busy pointing out birds flying by.

Clarification
A story on the Planning Commission's review of the downtown parking garage in Wednesday's paper should have made clear that voters in 2005 approved $7.7 million, raised through sales taxes, to be used for a parking garage project estimated to cost $10 million.

Around Town

Photo: Tearing down the Subport
Gary Rosenberger hauls off some PVC pipe for personal use Thursday from the Subport warehouse building downtown. Coldfoot Environmental is working on the demolition of the building and predicts it will take about three weeks. The city is working on a plan to develop this prime waterfront space.

Treasure from the Past
Shortly after his father's death in 2005, Juan Muñoz Jr. found a treasure nestled inside a dusty, old suitcase: hundreds of slides documenting his parents' adventure as schoolteachers on remote King Island in the Bering Sea.

Fire safety for the holidays
Cooking and heating-related incidents are the leading cause of residential structure fires in Alaska, accounting for almost 60 percent of the state's total reported structure fires.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Neighbors mailbox
Words don't do justice to deceased deacon; Thanks for helping us host our bridge tourney

Student artist in the spotlight: Scot Douglas
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: Alaska Democratic Party donates
Rep. Andrea Doll and Kim Metcalfe, of the Alaska Democratic Party, recently presented a check for $500 to the Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies shelter staff.

Hey, adults, sit down and listen
Hey, adults, listen. Our music isn't as bad as you think.

Wilburn, McCarthy wed
Chelsea Wilburn, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Keegan McCarthy, of Juneau, were married Sept. 30, 2007, in Allens Park, Colo. A reception followed at the Wild Basin Lodge and Event Center.

Neighbors Digest
New Sealaska interactive language tools now available on the Web; Widowed persons hold brunch this Sunday; Douglas church holds Christmas bazaar

FYI

Photo: Juneau Jumpers winter show
Ron Hansen, left, and Stephanie Logan concentrate on their footwork during a practice for the Juneau Jumpers' upcoming Winter Show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults cost $5, students $3 and families $10.

Photo: Greek dance workshop
Some of the Janice D. Holst Dancers had the opportunity to try the Greek Dance Workshop with Lee Otterholt, center, and his adult students on Nov. 17 at the former Elks Hall on Franklin Street.

Alaska group recieves U.S. Department of Youthbuild grant
U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced the award of $47 million in Youthbuild funding to 96 groups that will provide education in construction as well as leadership training to at-risk young people across the United States, who will take part in building affordable housing in their own communities.

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Phyllis Fleishauer
Former Juneau resident Phyllis Jean Fleishauer, of Kenai, died Nov. 27, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna after a long illness. She was 71.

Melvin Allen Gamble
Former Juneau resident Melvin Allen Gamble died Oct. 30, 2007, at his home in Wasilla. He was 59.

My Turn: 'Truth in Recruiting' group wants students to know risks
W hether or not military service is controversial (see Michael Dobson's My Turn, "Recruiters, veterans deserve respect," on Nov. 16), the on-campus recruiting of high school students to participate in the Iraq War iscontroversial.

Outside editorial: Venezuela's future is hanging in the balance
Venezuelans will have a choice on Sunday: Vote No to stop President Hugo Chavez from assuming absolute power - or accept the sweeping loss of political and economic rights that a new constitution will bring.

Outside editorial: Sean Taylor is archetypal American murder victim
A confidant of Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor rightly called his death Tuesday ridiculous and unnecessary. Taylor was fatally shot in his Miami home by an intruder under circumstances that are still being sorted out by police.

Alaskans need a fiscal plan
G ov. Sarah Palin is asking Alaskans what to do with surplus revenue expected under her new tax plan for the oil industry. She will get two answers: Save it for a "rainy day." Spend it on "my pet project."

Outside editorial: FBI has responsibility to correct its mistakes
The FBI is taking corrective action in hundreds of cases where flawed FBI forensic analysis and testimony helped convict defendants.

Outside editorial: Cool off, Mr. Lott
Mississippi Republican Sen. Trent Lott says that his sudden decision to retire, just a year after winning re-election to a new term, was unrelated to new ethics rules that will take effect Jan. 1.

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.

Doc Water's vs. Ice Pirates
Doc Water's John Bohan, right, knocks down Ice Pirates' Tom McKenna during a Juneau Adult Hocky Association Tier A game Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

Juneau to host Tri-Valley
This weekend Juneau-Douglas High School will host the Tri-Valley Warriors for a two-game series at Treadwell Arena.

Club swimming in members
The Glacier Swim Club has a great problem. For the first time in club history, new enrollment is in a temporary lock-down status because the club cannot accommodate any more members.

Photo: Juneau Jumpers
Talitha Wilson, Stephanie Logan and Iris Neary practice for the Juneau Jumpers' winter show at 7 p.m. at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Tickets will be available at the door. Adults cost $5, students $3 and families $10.

Local basketball standings, scores
Parks and RecreationOrdway Basketball League standings

Some lawmakers want revisions in mining tax code
Some lawmakers are calling for a revision of Alaska's mining tax code, which they say is outdated and doesn't give the state's citizens the best return for their resources.

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

State awaits gas pipeline plans
For the last year, the big oil companies that hold leases on Alaska's North Slope gas have been saying Gov. Sarah Palin's plan to get the state a gas pipeline won't work.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the World

Photo: Images from another time: Gov. Egan, circa 1974
Gov. Bill Egan looks at Alaska newspapers with headlines concerning Congress approving the trans-Alaska oil pipeline in his Capitol office.

Alaska Digest
Bausler accepts UAS public relations post; Police fire Taser at downtown suspect; Woman gets 30 months on federal drug charge

Avalanche danger keeps Alyeska resort closed
Alaska's premier ski resort remained closed Wednesday because poor snow conditions and windy, wet weather have combined to create too much avalanche danger.

Alaska Fish House gets architectural award
The Alaska Fish House building at Thomas Basin has been recognized by the Alaska chapter of the American Institute of Architects for a top award.

Prudhoe Bay Oil Spill: BP to plead to Clean Water Act violation
The Alaska subsidiary of oil company BP is scheduled to plead guilty to an environmental crime today, and federal prosecutors have released new photos that further underscore the company's failure to clean out the pipelines at the nation's largest oil field.

Anchorage kills ID test proposal
The Anchorage Assembly shot down a proposal that would have required police to routinely ask drivers who are stopped to provide proof they are American citizens, or legally visiting the state.

Alaska Digest
Plans move forward for multi-use complex; Anchorage man charged with identity theft; Earthquake felt 25 miles away in Willow; EPA settles with utility companies; Business executive Dale Lindsey dies; Suspect arrested in machete attack; Man arrested after alleged threat

Sen. Murkowski to host vets health care hearing
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will host a hearing today in Anchorage on the health care needs of veterans, especially those veterans returning to Alaska from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BP pleads guilty to environmental crime
The Alaska subsidiary of oil giant BP pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal environmental crime for failing to prevent a crude spill across a swath of delicate tundra in America's largest oil field.

Write-ins sweep Angoon City Council election
Angoon citizens got a second chance Tuesday to vote for change in their troubled city government, and they took it.

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