Friday, December 16, 2005

In the stacks: New fiction on the shelves at the library
"Zeno's Conscience," by Italo Svevo. This classic Italian comedy was first published in 1923, and was Svevo's last novel.

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Heating by household
I see that Sen. Gene Therriault plans to introduce legislation to give "a rebate of $250 for every citizen who qualified for the 2005 permanent fund dividend."

Corp's should lead in sustainable forestry
As an involved, concerned shareholder who has always been against industrial logging, I would like to comment on the remarks of Sealaska CEO Chris McNeil as they relate to independent certification of Sealaska for sustainable forest management practices.

There is danger in pollution proposal
I must voice my opposition to Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed mixing zone regulations.

Republicans and their haste for war
Michael Heiman protests that he has not been just presenting Republican partisan dogma in recent submissions. For myself, I can accept his assertion.

Not just the facts
Ya' gotta laugh. Every day someone writes a letter about how someone else did not know what he or she was talking about when that someone else wrote his or her letter.

No drunk driving this season
Twelve years ago on the weekend before Christmas, our family lost my cousin, Jeannie. She was hit and killed by a drunk driver while walking on the sidewalk in front of Centennial Hall.

High property assessments could cut future of climbing gym short
Watching fifth-graders climb his walls Thursday morning, Matt Cecil said he and his wife have built a pretty good business.

Dry cell phone saves 3 wet friends off Douglas
Keeping the cell phone dry helped save three duck hunters who found themselves submerged near Fish Creek off north Douglas Island after their boat swamped Thursday morning.

Photo: Downtown cleanup
Bill Lockhart, a subcontractor for Carver Construction, removes debris Wednesday from the demolished bus stop on Main Street.

Photo: Waiting for winter
A glaucous gull yawns while standing Thursday on the remaining ice in the pond at Rotary Park in the Mendenhall Valley.

Man jailed after police chase stolen car on Douglas
A man police believe fled officers early Wednesday, first in a stolen car and then on foot after leaping from the moving car, faces two felony charges and $15,000 bail.

Free DNA kits offered for parents
When Miami Beach Police Department Detective Joseph Matthews began investigating the case of an unidentified murdered child in 1990, he vowed to find the identity of the child known nationally as "Baby Lollipops."

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

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

Student Enrollment:School District numbers lower than projected
The Juneau School District has fewer students enrolled this year than anticipated, leaving a $78,642 budget shortfall for fiscal year 2006.

Photo: Honoring those at war
Alex Viteri points to the name of his stepson, Sgt. Michael Moniak, after a ceremony Thursday to dedicate a plaque at the Juneau International Airport to local military personnel serving abroad.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Decked out for the holidays
Ginger Blaisdell exits the Capitol on Wednesday.

Photo: Starry, starry night
Members of the Juneau Astronomy Club set up their telescopes on a clear evening.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

FYI
News about the people you know

Celaya, Nash wed
Juneau resident Emily Nash and Chaz Celaya of Yucaipa, Calif. were married in the evening of Aug. 21, 2005, on the campus of Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, Calif.

Teacher talk: Students taking challenging Sudoku puzzles by storm
When I was kicking around ideas for the GervOlympics I wrote about in my last column, Sudoku puzzles worked their way into the brainstorm.

Student artist in the spotlight: Hezekiah Bodine
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Neighbors helping Neighbors: Trail Mix Inc
Neighbors helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Mary Johnson
Juneau resident Mary Elizabeth Johnson died Dec. 12, 2005, at her home.

My Turn: Ferries prove their worth
On Thanksgiving Day I rode on the Alaska Marine Highway System vessel Fairweather from Juneau to Haines and Skagway.

Alaska Editorial: Weary of politicians and campaign rhetoric
Sad, but true, politicians spend a lot of time planning, scripting, rehearsing and delivering their "message." With Gov. Frank Murkowski, the message is resource development and jobs

Alaska editorial: Eagle parts ban is a dumb federal law
When statutes turn harmless actions by citizens into federal crimes, it hurts respect for the law and supplies anti-government ideologues with easy ammunition to fight more justifiable measures.

Alaska editorial: Impending surplus
When Gov. Frank Murkowski presents his proposed fiscal 2006 budget, which he is required by law to present by Dec. 15, he will spell out his ideas for what to do with a budget surplus that is expected to range from $1 billion to $1.5 billion for the current fiscal year. It may be even higher.

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

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.

JDHS rebounds to rout Kotzebue
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys basketball team utilized a big second quarter and strong defense to earn its first win of the season Thursday.

JDHS boys fall to Colony in hoops opener
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team dropped its season-opener 59-57 to host Colony on Wednesday.

SAGA gymnasts rack up the medals at state championships
Nine athletes gave the Southeast Alaska Gymnastics Association a nice 20th anniversary present with stellar performances at the state championships

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

State embarks on third year of aerial wolf control
Despite howls of protest from Outside animal-rights groups, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is going ahead this winter with aerial wolf control.

Ketchikan Republican battles critics, cancer
Rep. Jim Elkins will battle two foes in the next legislative session - critics of a proposed bridge for his district's airport and cancer.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

Stevens may add ANWR drilling to defense bill
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' latest strategy to pass legislation allowing oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge may be to attach it to a defense spending bill.

Conservation groups sue to protect polar bears
Three conservation groups sued the federal government Thursday seeking to protect polar bears from extinction because of disappearing Arctic sea ice.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Murkowski outlines plan for controversial bridges
Almost $200 million in federal funds would be spent in the next fiscal year on two Alaska bridges - including one that triggered an outpouring of criticism across the nation - under a plan announced Thursday by Gov. Frank Murkowski.

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

Governor: Spend surplus on education
The governor's budget plan for the next fiscal year released Thursday would spend most of the projected $1.12 billion surplus on education and equity in a natural gas pipeline.

Fishing association opposes proposed Pebble mine
A Bristol Bay commercial fishermen's association wants Gov. Frank Murkowski to oppose development of the Pebble mine project.

Goshawk to undergo new federal scrutiny
A rare bird of prey that has been a continuing source of controversy in the Tongass National Forest is back in the limelight this week.

Augustine shows signs of erupting
A sulfurous steam plume, hundreds of miniature earthquakes and a new swath of ash on snowy Augustine Volcano have scientists alerted to a possible eruption in the next few months.

Hip Hop O Rama
Gerry "Naturalman" Bigelow, Giovanni "The Genius" Davis and Sunshine Mat-thews call themselves Three Dread Productions, but the Juneau trio has a lot more in common than its distinct, knotted locks.

briefly
news of local arts

California ballet dancer to make Alaska debut
California Ballet Co. principal dancer Jennifer Curry has been performing in versions of the "Nutcracker" for 27 years, 15 as the Sugarplum Fairy.

'You Can't Blame a Girl For Trying'
Almost six years ago, Juneau performer and breakfast maven Collette Costa looked around at all her friends struggling to finish compact discs.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Rory Stitt says latest album's confidence came from playing 'Hedwig'
Rory Stitt's first two albums, "Narcissist" and "Harlequin," were filled with over-the-top, carnival-like arrangements and what he calls "happy accidents" - short hooks that sprang out of the layers.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

A Juneau tradition
The "Grumpsicle," that wicked Christmas spoil for 27 Juneau holidays and counting, returns to the Juneau-Douglas High School stage this weekend with yet another diabolical series of machinations to ruin Santa Claus' reindeer pilgrimage.

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