Saturday, December 17, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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."

FYI
News about the people you know

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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