Friday, December 14, 2007

Libraries host new nonfiction
Here's a handful of new nonfiction books for kids, plus an unusual offering I can't resist telling you about.

Bush misled public on Iran situation
President Bush has been actively misleading us on Iran. Bush said recently that he "only learned of the new intelligence assessment last week."

Gold Medal tournament should be open to all
It is a shame to see the Lions Club decision to eliminate the women's and intermediate bracket from their Gold Medal tournament. Although the ultimate goal of the tournament is to provide funding for the Lions Club's programs, over the last 62 years, Gold Medal has evolved into more than just a fundraiser.

Bush destroyed America's reputation
It seems that George W. Bush is at it again. Here come the scare tactics once again. He's cried wolf so many times with no evidence whatsoever I'm amazed that he has any support anymore. Though the truth be known that only his base, the religious right, thinks he's the man.

Salmon and pit mines are a bad partnership
I am responding to Northern Dynasty's full-page add in Alaska newspapers which states that the proposed Pebble Mine is going to be a "Partnership with all Alaskans" and "Beneficial to all Alaskans."

Celebrate life with the people around you
Hello, all you wonderful people. I am so glad to be here in Southeast, enjoying the fresh air, beautiful scenery and good people.

Teen supports Planned Parenthood
In a response to letters to the editor about Planned Parenthood, I have to say that parents do know what is best for their children sometimes, but not always. When it comes to an abortion or birth control, a daughter is going to want support from her family, but sometimes her family is not there to support her.

Photos: Shining moment
The chorus in the Auke Bay Elementary School's winter concert, called "The Snow Child," sings "One Candle" during the show Thursday.

Photo: Bus punches through building, 1950s Images from another time
It was a sunny day in Juneau in late 1950s when Susan Woods (Loidhamer), owner of J & J Deli, heard a loud bang from an upstairs apartment in a building in downtown Juneau.

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

Judge Stewart dies
Retired Alaska Superior Court Judge Thomas Stewart died at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night at Bartlett Regional Hospital from complications arising from pneumonia. He was 88.

Photos: Subport building comes down
An excavator clears debris Wednesday at the Subport building demolition site after the last standing wall was brought down.

Mansion readied for open house
Roughly 21,000 bite-size cookies, nearly 60 pounds of candy and about 75 pounds of fudge will be on hand Friday to delight thousands of Alaskans during the annual Christmas open house at the Governor's Mansion.

Eaglecrest lifts may open on Saturday
With more than five feet of snow gracing the top and 15 inches settled at the lodge, the possibility is growing that both chairlifts will open Saturday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Business Digest
Company appoints Corbus as director; Huston opens new child care center

Juneau police confiscate six pounds of pot during arrests
Several people waiting for packages to arrive through the U.S Postal Service recently got more than they ordered after Juneau police arrested three people, charged a minor and seized more than six pounds of marijuana along with smaller amounts of heroin, psilocybin mushrooms and $10,500 in cash during two separate incidents.

Around Town

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

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

Photo: Images from the past: Steel skeleton
The Juneau Federal Building's steel frame is shown under construction in the early 1960s. This view was taken from the corner of West Seventh and F streets. The building was completed in 1963 and was re-named after Hurff Saunders, the civil engineer in charge of the building's construction.

Final report: 3 academies for Juneau
Proposals

Comment period to open for Taku hoverbarge
A Canadian mining company is seeking state permits to operate a hoverbarge on Southeast Alaska's most productive salmon-bearing river, but fishermen and environmentalists are expected to raise questions about it during a public comment period that begins next week.

Neighbors Digest
Talking circle group to change meeting day; Affordable housing program provides job training for young adults; Coastal, Flying Lions offer helicopter tours of Mendenhall Valley lights

Steven Greer joins SEARHC Juneau Medical Center staff
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announces physician Steven O. Greer has joined the medical staff at the SEARHC Juneau Medical Center.

Photo: Charity of the year
Tish Griffin Satre, far left, Cancer Connection president, receives a $5,909 check from Alaskan Brewing Co. employees, standing right, on Dec. 7 at the brewery.

Local Imagination Library celebrates one year of success
More than 5,000 high quality books have been delivered directly to young children in Juneau this year, thanks to sponsors of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Juneau. Six hundred children, or 30 percent of the children in Juneau under age 5, have received a new book monthly in the mail this year.

Student artist in the spotlight: Maria Kaplor
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.

Let's see the positive potential of Thunder Mountain High School
With news of the Thunder Mountain High School, most of the media attention and community discussions seem negative and even paranoid that the Juneau School District is not taking the community's concerns into account.

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How a mere mortal copes with a superhuman holiday
There's no getting around it: Christmas is a complicated holiday. I don't want it to be complicated. Like other people, I try hard to simplify it. But there it is, all the same, in all of its complicated glory, waiting for me each year.

Recognitions
Eaglecrest Ski Area board of directors announced Jamie Paddock, a Montessori eighth-grader, and Juneau-Douglas High School student Curtis Green-Enix, as the winners of this year's 2007-08 Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarships.

Prosciutto is Italian for ham
Last time I talked about the denomination of origin standards that apply to many of the great cheeses of Europe. These are standards designed to protect the integrity and authenticity of many traditional cheeses.

Local travels to celebration of Russian-American relations
The history of Russian-American relations is one which defines Alaska.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for rescuing, helping me after a grizzly bear attack; Thanks for contributing to our annual senior citizens holiday dinner; Thanks for supporting Operation Christmas Child this year; Thanks for donating store space for 'Pet Photos with Santa'

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Bernice Stoll
Juneau resident Bernice Stoll died Dec. 7, 2007, at Wildflower Court. She was 96.

Outside editorials: The value of a judge is more than Congress has been willing to pay
Last month, Judge Paul G. Cassell gave up his prestigious lifetime appointment to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, explaining that "two primary factors have led me to do something that I never thought possible - leaving this important public service position."

My turn: SEACC's torturous proposal
It's environmental waterboarding.That's what the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council's latest proposal is - pure and simple.

Outside editorial: Government should pay bonuses to injured vets
Here's a classic story of heartless misplacement of risk.

Empire editorial: City enforcement needs some teeth
While the building of an unpermitted truck scale has stirred up ire about permit violations at the city, the fracas points to a bigger problem - how to enforce the city's land-use code.

The message vs. the messenger
If you spend any time within evangelicalism, you hear people speak in reverential tones about the pastor at this church, the seminar led by this speaker or the book by this author. It's easy to feel as if you need to hear that speaker, attend that church or read that writer to establish your credentials as a believer.

Old-school look to this year's Bears
Juneau-Douglas High School second-year boys basketball coach Steve Potter doesn't expect too many opposing teams to play zone against his squad this year.

Parks and Recreation: Youth Indoor Soccer tournament champs
12-13 Division: Team Cyclones

Nine to represent JDHS at state
For two days in December, young men and women experience one of the loudest, most intense and most intimidating athletic events in Alaska.

Bears boys basketball lose by three points to Wolverines
Juneau-Douglas High School boys varsity basketball lost 58-61 to South Anchorage High School on Thursday in Kodiak.

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.

Air Force training exercises to be held at Eielson
Alaska's Interior will be the setting for extensive Air Force training sessions next year.

Truckers honor Dalton Highway driver with big rig procession
No one in the shivering crowd had ever seen anything quite like it before.

Ferry Columbia gets good prognosis
Alaska Marine Highway System officials say they're confident they'll be able to repair the ferry Columbia's engines and return the flagship of the fleet to service by May.

Wolves kill two dogs near their owners in Anchorage
When Kim Hubert and his wife returned to the spot where her dog Buddy was snatched by a wolf, there was little left.

Memorial planned for helicopter crew, patient
A second memorial service has been scheduled for the four people onboard a medical transport helicopter that disappeared a week ago.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Young sponsors bill to help protect wildlife
Hunting enthusiast Rep. Don Young is sponsoring legislation that would support efforts to protect some of the world's most endangered species.

State's deputy commissioner for highways to step down
Alaska's Deputy Commissioner for Highways John MacKinnon, a longtime Juneau resident, is leaving his position, Commissioner Leo von Scheben of the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Thursday.

State budget reserve may get small boost
Alaska owes billions to its Constitutional Budget Reserve, and, thanks to high oil prices and a new oil tax, it's got billions in extra money coming in.

Alaska Digest
City offers landowners better deal on sewer; Helicopter Christmas lights tours offered; Mother, son believed dead in Kotzebue fire; Orie Williams resigns as head of Doyon; Panel proposes lower pollock catch limit; Donation allows new computers at library; Romney campaign names Alaska director

Alaska Digest
Heating fuel tax relief proposal voted down; Panhandle doe hunting season closing early; Flags to be lowered for Judge Stewart; Kodiak Museum gets $1 million grant; More charges for machete suspect; Tourist season tops for Cook Inlet Region Inc.; Parvovirus found in Anchorage puppies

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

Lawmakers vow China has no 'hope of getting gas from us'
Vox Box

Anchorage officer posing as teen nabs indecency suspect
An Anchorage police officer posing online as a teenage girl led to the felony arrest of an Eagle River man in a monthlong cyber crimes investigation.

Dwindling numbers close school in Lime Village
Nobody shoveled a path to the front door when snow piled high in the Lime Village schoolyard this month. But it's no matter. The one-room school closed in September.

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