Friday, December 22, 2006

Title of final Harry Potter book released
We now have a title for Book VII: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

New audio books on CD at public libraries
We've added lots of new non-fiction audiobooks on cd to the public library collection.

Harry Houdini was America's 'first superhero'
When the magician and escape artist Harry Houdini died 80 years ago, he was as famous as screen stars Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin.

Road, mine provide funding for studies
Sunday's Outdoors article about the Department of Fish and Game's research on mountain goats near Berners Bay made reference to funding for the project but didn't provide details about the source of the funding.

MacKinnon has been up front on road issue
I am totally confused. The Juneau Empire seems to have taken Joe Geldhof and elevated him to a person being qualified to speak on the benefits of the road issue.

MacKinnon deserves better than article
I have rarely been so appalled as I was when I read your recent article about Department of Transportation and Public Facilities acting Commissioner John MacKinnon.

Let's choose to keep Bristol Bay pure
This holiday season, we have a lot to be thankful for. In Bristol Bay, we have a gift from God that keeps on giving.

Saddened over Palin's actions on benefits
How sad that our governor chose to demonstrate her lack of support for equal protection during this holiday season.

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

Business Digest
New attorneys join Southeast law firm, Women's leadership workshop offered, Sealaska names new vice president, Workforce development conference produces report

Photo: Birds of a feather
Goldeneye ducks and a seagull swim together Wednesday in Auke Bay.

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

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

Weather strands thousands; no problems in Juneau
Two of the world's busiest airports, in London and Denver, were socked with bad weather on Thursday, spreading delays and cancellations to airports around the world and stranding thousands of travelers during the pre-Christmas travel crunch.

Photo: Prelude to winter solstice
The landing craft David V. makes its way Wednesday into Auke Bay.

Photo: Seasonal lights
holiday light display designed by Alice Caputo of the University of Alaska Southeast Public Relations and Marketing office decorates Egan Library on Thursday.

Fishing vessel grounded in wetlands; Coast Guard sees no pollution danger
A 33-foot fishing vessel that slipped its anchor in the Gastineau Channel this week poses no danger to the Mendenhall wetlands where it grounded, Coast Guard officials said Thursday.

Stomach flu hits Juneau
A gastrointestinal illness called norovirus has been making the rounds in Juneau this week, experts at Bartlett Regional Hospital said Thursday.

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.

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

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks to Capital Transit bus drivers, Thanks for donating to the stocking project & helping with toy, coat drive

Neighbors Digest
Civics, conservation summit held in April

Recognitions

Volunteer of the Year Award nominee: Jane Demmert
She started a monthly support group for family caregivers in Sitka, became a trained volunteer and served as president of the board.

FYI
Births & Courts

Photo: Stocking stuffers
The Coast Guard Women's Association recently completed their annual "Christmas Stocking for Disadvantaged Children" project.

Winter reminders for dog owners
Winter is certainly upon us, and unfortunately there is plenty of evidence on the local trails that Juneau's dog owners have been taking full advantage of winter time activities with their pets...

Photos: The Grumpsicle
Janice D. Holst dancers performed Sunday in the 2007 production of "The Grumpsicle in Dreamland"...

Eating is also about filling our hearts
The holiday season is a time of year rich in food traditions.

Larry A. Nelson
Former Juneau resident Larry A. Nelson, 70, died Dec. 15, 2006, at Sitka Community Hospital in Sitka.

Jane Donnelly
Former Juneau resident Jane DeArmond Donnelly, 66, died Dec. 17, 2006, at Sitka community hospital.

Jill Fanning
Former Yakutat resident Jill Kathleen Fanning died Dec. 10, 2006, 58, of natural causes on at the family's winter retreat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Jeffrey Allan Huber
Anchorage and former Juneau resident Jeffrey "Jeff" Allan Huber, 51, died Dec. 15, 2006, at Red Dog Mine in Northwest Alaska.

Grace Ohrbeck
Former Juneau resident Grace Davis (Ramsay) Ohrbeck, 95, died Oct. 31, 2006, in Friday Harbor, Wash., after a short illness. She was a member of a pioneer Juneau family.

John Burton Dolloff
Juneau resident John Burton Dolloff, 69, died Dec. 10, 2006.

Serg Astra
Longtime Juneau resident Serg Andrew Astra, 73, died Oct. 21, 2006, in his home.

Alaska editorial: Legislative ethics rule good but enforcement is needed
The Legislature's Ethics Committee is not always the most vigilant of guardians. It's a mix of legislators and ordinary citizens subject to legislative confirmation.

My turn: Charter excess punishes commercial fishermen
In Tuesday's Juneau Empire, Bruce Warner asked, "Why is the sport fishery allocation at 15 percent?"

My turn: Parents need to be involved in education
We should do everything we can to make sure all children, regardless of background, share in this state's great opportunity and wealth.

Consumer law would protect auto buyers
State consumer protection officials already have a law on the books but could use a small change to do an even better job of protecting car and truck buyers.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball Standings
Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball Standings

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.

Glacier Swim Club joins forces with Southeast Alaska to win state age group championship
Alone, Southeast Alaska's youth swim clubs could compete in statewide championship meets but could never challenge the bigger Anchorage and Fairbanks-based squads for an overall title.

Su Valley to test Crimson Bears
Life is pretty good for the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team.

Fort Richardson soldier dies in Iraq
Another Fort Richardson paratrooper has died in Iraq.

School funding case goes to judge
After hearing weeks of testimony, a judge will decide if Alaska schools are getting sufficient money to provide the education promised by the state Constitution.

Palin agrees reluctantly to court order
Gov. Sarah Palin announced Wednesday that the state would reluctantly comply with an Alaska Supreme Court order to provide same-sex partners of state employees with benefits equal to those of their married co-workers.

Pilot convicted of dive-bomb tactics on hunters
A Dillingham big game guide has been found guilty of felony assault for using his plane to endanger another pilot and some hunters.

Judiciary committee lists top legislation
Plans to crack down on drunken drivers and beef up Alaska's probation system are among the top priorities for the Senate Judiciary Committee next year.

Palin chooses new appointments
Gov. Sarah Palin's three newest appointees include one from Juneau, one from her hometown of Wasilla and a veteran special counsel to six previous governors in Washington, D.C.

Sealaska shareholders face historic vote in '07
When Sealaska shareholders vote during their annual meeting next summer, they will essentially decide whether they want to dilute their stock shares in order for future generations to take part in the Native corporation.

Students tune into astronauts
Space shuttle Discovery astronauts took a break from their hectic schedule Thursday to talk to Alaska students during a video conference viewed by participants across the state, including some of the most isolated Native communities.

Alaska Digest
Wasilla man gets maximum sentence & Man sentenced to 10 years for raping girl

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

Alaska man charged with sex trafficking
An Anchorage man has been indicted on charges of coercing underage girls and adult women into prostitution and paying them off in crack cocaine.

Alaska Digest
Native history meeting planned for Sitka, Falling trees cause outage in Ketchikan & Kenai River ice plays havoc along shoreline

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

Cost of shipping N. Slope oil to rise
Alaska's major oil companies say they will charge up to $1.50 more to ship a barrel of oil down the pipeline starting Jan. 1 to make up for declining North Slope production.

Coeur settles Clean Water Act violations
Coeur Alaska will pay $108,334 to settle violations of the Clean Water Act at the Kensington Mine, 45 miles north of downtown Juneau, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Thursday.

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