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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

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

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

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.

Neighbors Digest
Eaglecrest holds Winter Solstice toy drive

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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