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Monday, December 15, 2003

In the Stacks: At the library - Nonfiction for your spare moments
Books from the Juneau public libraries.

Review of 'Minuk': Girl's tale gives insight into Yup'ik life
"Minuk" is the story of a 12-year-old Alaskan Yup'ik girl. It begins in the spring of 1890 - told as if remembered by an adult woman who survives a plague the following year.

Friendly Planet moves to local-friendly site
What was once a natural food grocery store has been transformed to a "mellow" place to drink coffee, listen to music, look at art and buy international products in downtown Juneau.

Nobody forced into smoking establishments
In regards to the current proposal by the Juneau Clean Air Coalition (JCAC) to ban smoking in bars, let me remind everyone this is not really an issue about rights.

Governor contradicts himself over wolf issue
Say no to wolf killing; try to understand animals I am writing to comment on the Web article posted Thursday, Dec. 11, entitled: "Murkowski: State won't back off wolf program."

Snow bank on Egan poses a traffic hazard
Say no to wolf killing; try to understand animals On Sunday evening (Dec. 7) my daughter, Rachael Sturrock, was involved in a single-car rollover on outbound Egan at "the wall" just before Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Don't impede pedestrians by stopping in crosswalks
Say no to wolf killing; try to understand animals The other day while making a right turn onto Egan Drive I pulled ahead to check oncoming traffic. As I was waiting for traffic to clear, I noticed that a gentleman was walking in the crosswalk and that my car was blocking his access to the other side of the road. My thought at the time was "oops."

Access road a 'solution' for overpopulation
Say no to wolf killing; try to understand animals Anyone who has ever gone on vacation (to Yellowstone, for instance) and has been enshrouded in a toxic miasma behind a mile-long caravan of Winnebagos that are cruising along at the posted speed ("glacial"), has entertained the notion of divine retribution; perhaps in the form of a localized meteor strike or an exploding volcano; perhaps just the Earth opening up and swallowing them whole.

U.S. needs more friends
In the Dec. 15 issue of Newsweek, John Barry and Evan Thomas quote Newt Gingrich as saying, "The real key here is not how many enemy do I kill. The real key is how many allies do I grow.

Say no to wolf killing; try to understand animals
I have just read your article on the killing of wolves. We must learn to understand these animals and their way of life. When people move into an area that is habitatued by wolfs, they should learn to live with them or not move to the area.

Base marriage on law, no religion
Reading Jackie Woolf's letter on Dec. 12, "Gay lifestyle undermines fabric of society," made me wonder if she knows what country it is that she's living in.

Will smoking ban apply to state legislators?
Say no to wolf killing; try to understand animals I also attended the chamber meeting last week. I am not an owner; rather a patron of a private local club that will close if this exemption is taken away. That is a fact, not just a possibility.

Smoking ban may cost $7.5 million in revenue
Say no to wolf killing; try to understand animals In Bob Cita's letter to the editor he states "society has consistently held that the activities of individuals and businesses deemed harmful to others must be curtailed." That statement in itself is the main reason behind the smoking debate.

Wolf hunting in Alaskans' best interest
I am in favor of aerial wolf hunting and feel that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game should manage game in accordance with sound biological models. Argentina markets hunting of their eared dove to alleviate devastation of their agricultural interests. I am sure that millions of non-devalued American dollars stimulate their economy yearly as a result. Please do not let outside politics affect our fish and game management.

A man of strength and intelligence
In the summer of 2001 I had the opportunity to move from Indiana to a village within "Bush" Alaska, as my husband and I had accepted positions with the Alaska Commercial Co.

Fuming over Assembly's concept of parity
The issue of parity has been brought up by our Assembly members as a reason to support smoke-free bars in Juneau.

Police & Fire
Reports by Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Looking for patterns, finding a balance
Odette Foster could talk for hours about her life in dancing. From ballet dancing in her childhood to her current passion for English Country Dance, she can associate a type of dance with most years of her life.

Photo: Increasing berth rate
Crewmen for Dawson Construction of Bellingham, Wash., start the work of pounding pilings on the main float extension in Douglas Harbor. The project is slated for completion by June 1.

Police blotter
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers.

Photo: You otter be in pictures
A family of otters anxiously waits Sunday morning for their parent, who was stuck in a culvert between the Juneau Airport floatplane pond and the Mendenhall River. The adult otter apparently freed itself from the culvert, as the family could not be found later in the day.

New panel homes in on issues of security
The city's new special committee on emergency planning will meet for the first time Monday at noon to review emergency-related policies, Assembly member Randy Wanamaker said.

Kensington mine EIS draft nears completion
Residents concerned about the environmental impact of the Kensington Mine as well as those pleased at the prospect of more high-paying jobs for Juneau will have an opportunity to comment on the project.

Juneauphotos.com kicks off fund drive
Rodney Bauer may have left Juneau in 1994, but when he thinks of home, he thinks of the view from the Lena Point house he lived in for 23 years. It's a sight he'd pay to see on a daily basis.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

What it took to get the scoop on Saddam out to our readers
Before taking a last look at a printed copy of Sunday's newspaper and going home early that morning, Empire sportswriter Andrew Krueger made one last check of the top stories on the Associated Press wire to see if anything interesting was there. It was, and what he saw allowed us to "scoop" most of the newspapers in America by including the story in an "Extra" edition into which yesterday's paper was inserted.

Toe cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Wildlife Notebook: White for winter
We humans shed twice a year like most mammals, and our hair turns white just like the fur of some foxes, weasels and lemmings in winter. But our seasonal cycles are much less pronounced, and it's age, not the need for camouflage, that triggers our color change.

Outdoors Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts.

Ski report
Local snow and trail conditions.

Out & About
Upcoming outdoor events in Juneau.

ACS wins 1A-2A-3A state title
Bobby Dunbar of Anchorage Christian Schools pinned Kotzebue's Almond Shield in the 215-pound championship match, giving the tournament host ACS Lions enough points to win the Class 1A-2A-3A state wrestling championship on Saturday night.

Icing the season
Bob Stone scored three goals to lead Pat's Douglas Inn to a 4-1 victory over the Yellow Jackets in Sunday's Tier I championship game of the Juneau Adult Hockey Association's fall-season tournament at Treadwell Arena.

Hartley bowls a perfect game
Blain Hartley bowled a perfect game, and almost had two, during Wednesday Men's League play Nov. 26 at Channel Bowl.

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.

Floyd Dryden wins two titles at Fast Break/Rebounders tourney
Floyd Dryden Middle School swept the boys and girls A bracket titles Saturday night to wrap up the 2003 Fast Break/Rebounders Basketball Tournament at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Local Standings
Adult Ordway Basketball Standings

Taking baby steps
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears expected to take some lumps early in the high school wrestling season. With a freshman- and sophomore-laden team, the Crimson Bears were going to have to keep improving so that by the end of the season, they would be winning matches they lost earlier in the year.

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.

An early leader
This photograph once hung in the Assembly Chambers and is labeled "Yees Gaa Nalx (Chief Kowee)". However, prominent members of the local Native community, Ed and Cecilia Kunz, advised the museum in the early 1980s that this is actually a photograph of Cecilia's grandfather, also named Yees Gaa Nalx.

Couples give fast romance a shot on Quick Date night
Love at first sight may be rare, but 44 people took three minutes to do some wishful thinking about just that in a dimly lit ballroom last week. It's not a lot of time to find a future spouse, but it's enough time to determine if you'd like to see someone again, said Michelle, a woman with blond-streaked, curly hair.

New Metlakatla ferry christened
The Alaska Marine Highway System's newest ferry, the Lituya, was christened Friday in a ceremony at Conrad Shipyards in Morgan City, La., by Carolyn Leman and Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

Papers have been publishing for a century in Nome and Wrangell
When it comes to beating deadlines and keeping a business going, two Alaska companies share indisputable bragging rights.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

FBI: Alaskans being targeted by con artists
That money-promising man from Nigeria still isn't your friend. FBI Special Agent Eric Gonzalez, working in Anchorage, said he continues to hear from Alaskans who have received unsolicited e-mail or faxes from people claiming to be of Nigerian decent and asking for personal financial information in schemes to recover family fortunes.

Medical examiner suspects flu in Fairbanks death
FAIRBANKS - Flu is the suspected cause in the death of a 10-month-old girl from Eielson Air Force Base, officials said.

State accepting bids on oyster, clam and geoduck farm sites
Shellfish farmers have until Jan. 16 to submit bids to lease any of 158 farm sites available through the state Department of Natural Resources.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

AlaskaDigest
Stories from around the state.

BP: Gas-to-liquids plant looks good, but not for Slope
BP's gas-to-liquids plant in Nikiski, built to test an economic way to convert natural gas to its liquid form, holds promise for bringing stranded gas to market, just not on the North Slope, executives for the oil company said.

Volunteers answer thousands of letters sent to the North Pole
The North Pole postman doesn't just drop off the letters at Santa's Mailbag, he hauls them by the truckload, backing up to the front door of Santa's Pull Tabs in Beaver Brook Mall and delivering it in neatly stacked trays of 500 letters each.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

State: Cheaper oil could bust budget in 2007
Ramped-up oil production in Russia and Iraq are likely to push world oil prices down, exhausting Alaska's budget reserves by 2007, according to the state Department of Revenue.

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