Libraries feature new fiction titles this week
Here are just a few of the new fiction titles on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries this week.

New generation of Nigerian novelists emerge
Conflict and corruption, exile and loss. The new novelists chronicling modern Nigeria and its place in the world shy from none of it. But it's not just their attention to the big issues that these literary heirs to Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe have in common. There's the food.

With or without road, Kensington Mine a go
We all understand that the Juneau Empire is opposed to road access to the capital, but your front-page headline Wednesday is about as low and desperate as you can get.

How will fluoride decision affect teeth?
I just want to know what the effect of not having fluoride in our water is going to have on our teeth as a community?

Palin should do away with 'pioneer' road
Hopefully by the time this letter is published Gov. Palin will have canceled the contract for Frank Murkowski's ill advised "pioneer" road to the Kensington Mine.

On descendants resolution, vote 'no'
For my fellow Sealaska shareholders who may be undecided as to how they will vote regarding the descendants resolution and for those Sealaska shareholders who intend to vote "yes" or "discretionary," I believe that your "no" vote on the resolution is still necessary to preserve the rights of Sealaska's original shareholders.

Anti-war group's methods shameful
The Veterans for Peace organization is not about getting the truth out; they are about getting "their" truth out at the exclusion of any other viewpoint.

Sealaska shareholders: Get out and vote
In the letter to the editor on Tuesday from Richard Beasley, a shareholder is asking for a "no" vote from other shareholders. I disagree.

State should get out of 'matrimony' business
I happened across my decades-old Alaska marriage certificate the other day. It states my husband and I were "united by me (the state marriage commissioner) in holy matrimony."

SEACC ad, Empire headline misleading
With their advertisement in the Dec. 5 Juneau Empire, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council continues to mislead the public.

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

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

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

Images from another time: Mystery photo
Alaska State Library staff is trying to identify people and activities in historical photos in the library's collection.

Business Digest
Whittaker to serve as program coordinator, Starbucks is here, State agency offers rural Internet grants & Alaskan Brewing Co. wins recognition

Photo: The light watchman
Jason Modzik waits for the light as he tries out a new lens on his camera Thursday from the beach at the Auke Village Recreation Area.

Photo: Christmas eavesdropping
Graham Sutch, 5, watches and listens to an electric train set in a holiday display on Wednesday at the REACH offices on the corner of Seward and Third streets.

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

Photo: Show and tell
Nathan Klein, 10, describes how the invasive plant Japanese knotweed spreads, during a presentation to Douglas senior citizens during Thursday's Senior Lunch at the Douglas Community Methodist Church.

Photo: Planning ahead
Dan Glidmann, property manager for the Charles Goldstein building,

Photo: Alaskan Brewing Co. wins award
From left, Alaska-Siberia Research Center chairman Alexander Dolitsky, Alaskan Brewing Co. co-founder and co-owner Geoff Larson and Alaskan Brewing Co.

Baun and Monti wedded
Kynde Baun and Kyle Monti, of Juneau, were married Dec. 4, 2006, in Orlando, Fla. A reception will be Saturday in Kenai.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for: funding our trip to AFN convention in Anchorage, your hard work against snowfall on Starr Hill, all the support during my divorce & making our fundraising raffle a success

Neighbors Digest
Eaglecrest holds Winter Solstice toy drive

Photo: Aeronautical Alaskan
Isaac Rousseau Peterson, of Sitka, has completed all requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical science with a minor in aviation weather from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Emma Renshaw
"I will continue to play the flute. I want to be good enough to enter a teen pageant. I plan to finish high school at least, and get some jobs."

The Boys and Girls Club of Juneau took first place for visual arts in the grades three-through-six category in the 15th Annual Intergenerational Arts Contest, a statewide contest sponsored by the Older Persons Action Group.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: St. Vincent de Paul
Volunteer coordinator: Dan Austin.

Cara cara orange gets rave reviews
A hundred years ago, oranges were a rare treat in Northern climes like ours. They might show up as a special gift in a Christmas stocking, but were not a common food for most people. Today, they are ubiquitous.

Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

My turn: Two reasons to oppose Chuitna Coal Project
PacRim Coal, a company representing Asian coal buyers, is proposing to surface mine coal near Beluga.

Alaska editorial: Academia could benefit from our ex-governors
Now that his four years as Alaska's governor are behind him, Frank Murkowski should return to the college classroom - not as a student, but as a lecturer on government in general and his years in office in particular.

Alaska editorial: Taking Congress' work ethic to task
Is it any wonder that Americans have such a low opinion of Congress? Of both its Republican and Democratic members?

Sports in Juneau

Week 15 NFL picks plus week 14 results
Last week, we ran an NFL pick'em column that Korry Keeker, JDHS football coach Bill Chalmers and myself participated in.

Dzantik'i Heeni C-Team vs JDHS A-Team basketball
Hustle play: The Crimson Bears' Nani Totuu picks up a loose ball as Dzantik'i Heeni's Karli Brakes gives chase during a JDHS A-team vs. Dzantik'i Heeni C-Team game on Wednesday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Sports in Juneau

Small-town streets turn mean in Bethel
Longtime residents such as Lori Sands will tell you that robberies and murders are not supposed to happen in a place like Bethel.

Governor stops pioneer road
Gov. Sarah Palin put a stop Thursday to a controversial construction access road planned north of Juneau.

Northwest Digest
Smith retires from NOAA Fisheries, Two die, two wounded in Wasilla shootings & Groups push probe of mercury emissions

Maine miffed over new surimi labeling rules
Maine lobster promoters are protesting new labeling rules that allow producers of surimi, which is made from Alaska pollock or other whitefish, to drop the word "imitation" from their labels.

Young anticipates struggle over resources
Rep. Don Young on Wednesday said he will continue pushing for development of Alaska's oil and mineral deposits as the highest-ranking minority member on the House Resources Committee.

Kodiak keeps rural status; Saxman loses it
A federal board removed subsistence hunting and fishing rights from several Alaskan communities, including a Tlingit village near Ketchikan.

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

New rule won't affect Tongass, for now
A new rule allowing national forest management plans to escape formal environmental review won't apply to the Tongass National Forest's current update process, although it will affect future plans, officials say.

Thousands may be stripped of federal subsistence rights
Thousands of Alaskans are at risk of losing their federal subsistence hunting and fishing rights.

Palin picks fellow Mat-Su resident as top attorney
Gov. Sarah Palin appointed more top staff Wednesday, including an attorney general who believes in "strict interpretation" of the Alaska Constitution and is a fellow Mat-Su Borough resident.

Palin questions road, may cancel deal
Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she may cancel the contract for the contentious access road north of Juneau.

Murkowski makes exit on notorious jet
The jet that helped bring former Gov. Frank Murkowski's political career to an end also carried him out of state at the end of his term.

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

Strykers Honor Fallen Comrades
Nearly 3,800 soldiers with the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team returned home to Alaska from Iraq to during the last two weeks.

Alaska Digest
Perseverance Trail to close until May, Company proposes tram over Ketchikan & Boy brings meth to elementary school

Anchorage approves new city ethics rules
The Anchorage Assembly has approved new ethics rules for city officials.

Rules on bypass mail revised again
The federal law on air mail and passenger services to Alaska villages has been rewritten again, this time with congressional passage of a postal reform bill.

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