A buffet of books to get you through the winter
This week's book buffet is food-related - several kitchen-help books and a bunch of new cookbooks have found their way onto the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries (and hopefully, soon into your kitchen).

One book critic's list of the year's most pleasant surprises
2007 saw some terrific new fiction by old pros (Paul Theroux, Mario Vargas Llosa) and newer pros (Andrea Levy, Arthur Phillips), along with powerful memoirs by Tom Bissell, Edwidge Danticat and Gunter Grass.

SEACC should be more even-handed
David Fremming's letter to the editor about Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (Dec. 16) was right on. Here is an organization that expounds on protecting the environment and yet seems only to go after big ticket issues like mining, logging and road building.

Families will suffer if Kensington closes
I have to agree with Marc Ormsby (Dec.18). I have lived in Alaska only 5 short months and already I have come to learn that Southeast Alaska Conservation Council controls my future. In all fact and actuality, SEACC will be in control of many families' futures if left unchecked.

Photo: Free wheeling
Alex Galvan pushes his sister, Destiny, in a motorized mini-Hummer on Thursday in the Sandy Beach parking lot. Alex Galvan is on leave from the National Guard in Washington and is visiting his family in Juneau.

Photo: Leader of the pack
Liz Snyder has her hands full walking dogs for the Gastineau Humane Society on Thursday along Glacier Highway.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Speed limit exemption for winged ships
Winged ships are one step closer to serving Juneau travelers after the Juneau Assembly this week adopted an amendment to add "wing in ground effect" sea craft to a list of vehicles exempt from the 5-knot speed limit in Gastineau Channel.

Around Town

Photo: Christmas rush
Josephine Rhyner stands patiently with a couple of packages in line Thursday at the downtown post office in the Federal Building. Rhyner is shipping out gifts for her family in Washington.

A Juneau Empire story on A-1 Thursday included the wrong estimate for the potential cost to Juneau of a proposed change in the interpretation of maritime law that affects the cruise industry.

Neighbors Digest

DeWitt, Lakip wed
Mica Jean Lakip, of Juneau, and John Joseph DeWitt, of Albuquerque, N.M., were married in a private candlelit ceremony on Nov. 2, 2007, at Pearson's Pond. They will have a renewal ceremony for all their friends and family on their one-year anniversary in Luz, Portugal.

Student artist in the spotlight: Ric Sagrado and Jasmyne Quitoriano
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Creating art from junk
Random items were turned into small works of art during the Family Junk Day on Dec. 16 at The Canvas Community Art Studio. Approximately 20 kids enjoyed an afternoon of entertaining activites with the help of several adult voluneers, using their creativity to create mosaics, collages, gingerbread houses and painted balls.

Andrees celebrate 40 years
Bob and Judy Andree celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Tuesday in Juneau.


Neighbors mailbox
Thanks from swim and dive team; Thanks to Juneau Pioneer Home; Thanks for support for kids' holiday party; Thanks, youth indoor soccer coaches

A Russian birthday celebration for Santa Claus
When was Santa Claus born? A question few if any Americans can answer.

Pets of the week
You can visit these wonderful pets during visiting hours from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Tips for fighting flu season
The season for sickness is upon us. Runny noses, coughs, sore throats, fevers, vomiting and chills are all sypmtoms on this winter's interinary - unless you know how to prevent them.

Photo: Spreading Christmas cheer
Legislative staff members for the "Bush Caucus" are, from left, Kaci Schroeder-Hotch, from Rep. Thomas's office; event organizer Pat Walker, from Sen. Lyman Hoffman's office; and Nancy Barnes and Kimberly Clark, from Sen. Albert Kookesh's office.

Jesse Harvey Jones
Longtime Juneau resident Jesse Harvey Jones died Nov. 7, 2007, in Juneau, due to complications from a perforated colon and the resulting massive septicemia. He was 84.

Darlene Inez Wilson
Former Juneau resident Darlene Inez Wilson died Dec. 14, 2007, in Clearwater, Fla. She was 77.

Jerry Jones
Juneau resident Jerry Jones died Dec. 18, 2007, in Juneau. He was 61.

My Turn: We're the brightest house on the block
Watching last night's news, I learned there's a woman in Dallas, Texas, who used more than 100,000 holiday lights to decorate her house. She calls it Lizzy Land. She chuckled as the camera guy filmed her electric meter spinning faster than Michelle Kwan on a caffeine overdose.

Outside editorial: Democratic promises meet legislative reality
For congressional Democrats, the first session of the 110th Congress offered a sobering lesson in the practical limits of majority control. Democrats delivered part of what they had promised to the voters who returned them to power last November and recorded some significant achievements.

My Turn: From a 'sucked orange' to ripe for the picking
The State Department has long played a big role in Alaska's history, starting with Secretary of State William Seward's much criticized negotiation of the territory's purchase from Russia in 1867.

Intensity key for JDHS hockey
More than shots on goals or lighting up the scoreboard, Juneau-Douglas High School hockey coach Dave McKenna wants to see three periods of intensity from his team this weekend.

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.

Longtime Fairbanks jeweler to retire
Gold is the oldest business in Fairbanks, which makes Dorothy Perdue a living legend.

Oldest building in state gets restoration funding boost
After several years of work by the city of Kodiak and the Kodiak Historical Society, the Baranov Museum this month became one of 31 applicants selected for a grant from the Save America's Treasures foundation.

Internet video connects village students
The Yukon-Koyukuk School District held a Christmas concert Wednesday afternoon.

Alaska Digest
1,300 troops will be reassigned to Alaska; City forwards $4,500 grant to bike program; Fire destroys Selawik church; Bethel Native Corp. announces dividend

Plans to dump Mat-Su milk worry officials
State officials are worried about plans by some farmers in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to dump most of the 1,600 gallons of milk they produce each day now that Matanuska Maid Dairy is going out of business.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Exxon contests basis for damages
Exxon Mobil Corp. says a $2.5 billion punitive damages verdict for one of the nation's worst oil spills contradicts 200 years of maritime law.

Doyon seeks partner for gas exploration
The possibility of a large gas find in the Nenana basin in Alaska's Interior, just 35 miles southwest of Fairbanks, has intrigued people for a number of years.

Staff works to make the Capitol easy to visit, or not visit
With Alaska's vast distances, the state's residents have challenges like nowhere else in keeping up with what their state leaders are doing.

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