Saturday, December 1, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around Town

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the World

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.

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

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.

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.

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