Saturday, December 23, 2006

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

Neighbors Digest
Civics, conservation summit held in April

Recognitions

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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