Artists who died in 2007 include authors Mailer, Vonnegut
World War II service shaped the lives and careers of authors Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut, and in turn their works were profoundly influential in the Vietnam era.

New young adult fiction includes 'Killing Miss Kitty and Other Sins'
There's new young adult fiction on the shelves at all the public libraries. You can spot them easily by looking for the green label above the spine label.

Request to slow down spending applauded
I am writing to applaud former Juneau Deputy Mayor Merrill Sanford's request that the Juneau Assembly consider a slow-down on construction projects.

Who is really a dropout?
Our community and our high school, like the rest of our country, has an issue with any of our high school students who drop out of school and fail to complete their diploma. I've heard many people reference Juneau's "high dropout rate."

Do environmentalists keep their PFDs?
I would like to know how many resident environmentalists who maintain the opinion that we should not drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the North Slope returned their portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend they received?

U.S. should build friendship, not a wall
I am writing in response to an article I read in the San Diego Union Tribune, "El Salvador's rescue of Hungarian Jews," dated Dec. 20. The article was about the government of El Salvador saving the lives of more than 40,000 Hungarian Jews from been killed by Hitler's evil forces in 1944.

Charter operator feels long-liners' pain
In response to Mike Saunders' lament ("Halibut conservation should be spread across the range" on Dec. 20) over the loss of 20 percent of his allowable catch last year and another 27 percent reduction this year:

Skeptical over Alaska housing market claim
As they say in bowling, bowlers lie but their averages don't. This is why I'm very skeptical of Alaska Housing Finance Corp.'s claim that the Alaska housing market is "steady overall."

Photo: Last indoor puffs
Red Geil, left, and bartender Sandy Krook light up cigarettes Wednesday at the Triangle Club Bar. In the background, a window painting by bartender Jewels Barmoy depicts a police officer issuing Santa Claus a smoking violation ticket.

District gets poor grades for lunch program
A recent state review of the Juneau School District food service program's compliance to National School Lunch Program standards left the district with a failing grade and funds withheld until corrections are made.

Sealaska receives ancient stone artifacts
Sealaska Heritage Institute got an early and important Christmas present this year when a Juneau man donated four ancient stone objects unearthed in Auke Bay back in the 1930s.

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

Around Town

Around Town

Wildlife group gets chance to discuss runway project with feds
The newly appointed Wild Life Hazards Work Group will get a chance to ask the Federal Aviation Administration questions about a push to expand the safety corridor at the ends of the Juneau International Airport runways at a pending meeting.

Photo: In for a short visit
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rush sits tied up Thursday at the Coast Guard Dock. The ship, which is based in Honolulu, is tentatively scheduled to depart Juneau today.

Photo: Ready to rumble
Dennis Edwards, center, the girls basketball coach at Washington's Redmond High School, watches his team practice Wednesday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Business Digest
Brian Prellwitz joins Brown & Associates; Alaskan Brewing honored for safety; Black Feather Boats debuts new cruiser; GCI store to relocate in spring 2008

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

Photo: Seen worse winters
Longtime Juneau resident Alojzy (Al) Kuchta, 85, walks Thursday along a blustery Calhoun Avenue during his daily stroll though town. "The winter is too warm," said the retired fisherman, prospector, world-champion gold panner and former Polish citizen who survived six years of brutal Nazi forced labor during World War II.

In a Dec. 27 front-page article, the Juneau Empire incorrectly reported when Edith Trambitas died. She died in November 2006.

Photo: Fred Meyer donates
From left, Cindy Hudson and Kathleen Case, of Fred Meyer, present George Briggs, executive director of the Glory Hole, with a $3,680 donation on Dec. 7 to be used for the purchase of new kitchen equipment.

Sweden, Norway Part VI
Long before my husband, Don, and I left Juneau for Sweden and Norway, we knew that Visby, Gotland, was a must see.


Wilder, Harrison to wed
Alice Wilder and Danny Harrison, both of Juneau, will marry in a private service on Dec. 31, 2007, at the Chapel by the Lake.

Photo: Employees of the months
The four employees were nominated by their co-workers, and the selections were made by the SEARHC VISION Team (the medical center's leadership team). Each employee was honored during a staff meeting on Dec. 12.

Start the year with prosperous food choices
In this country, New Year's is a holiday without the universal food traditions of a Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, there are a variety of regional and ethnic customs relating to foods eaten at New Year's.

Heidi Jo Koski, a lifelong Juneau resident, graduated from the University of Alaska 2007 Nursing Program on Dec. 16.; REACH Inc. recognized Judith Larochelle with the 2007 Employee of the Year award for the Assisted Living Home Program.

Photo: Heroes for the homeless
From left, Juneau-Douglas High School Interact Club officers Koko Urata and Paige Pahlke present Glory Hole Director George Briggs with a $1,043.70 check to the 160 homeless students in the Juneau School District.

Middle and high schools should start later in day
It's 6:50 in the morning, and I'm wrapped up in my big down blanket, sleeping peacefully until - beep, beep. My stupid alarm clock goes off.

Student artist in the spotlight: Brayden Massey-Jones
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.



Alf Andres Skaflestad
Hoonah resident Alf Andres Skaflestad died Dec. 20, 2007, at the home of his son, Windy Skaflestad. He was 99.

Gilbert Ray Bonnett
Former Douglas resident Gilbert Ray Bonnett died Dec. 19, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, while visiting family and friends from his residency at the Sitka Pioneers Home.

Too bad the Blue Dogs didn't win
Let's hear it for the Blue Dogs. That's the moniker for a fiscally responsible group of Democrats who led the charge Wednesday against a measure that would escalate the federal budget deficit by an additional $50 billion.

Alaska editorial: Part of surplus could go to funding local governments
Gov. Sarah Palin made local governments happy with her proposal to give them $75 million worth of aid in next year's budget. Her generous proposal, doubling the current amount of aid, is made possible by a big state surplus that's driven by high oil prices and Alaska's recent oil tax hike.

Outside editorial: Obey an order, or go to the rescue?
With 21 years' service as a D.C. firefighter, Lt. Gerald Burton is not exactly a novice when it comes to knowing how to respond to a call for help. He is also more than a little knowledgeable about the department's rules.

Empire editorial: Fresh air for Juneau
Everyone should know the costs of smoking by now: health problems, addiction, pricey packs, cancer.

Alaska editorial: Legality of McGuire's consulting contract doesn't make it right
Did Lesil McGuire break the law in working as a consultant for Providence Health Systems in 2003?

Pakistanis blame government, U.S.
I was supposed to interview Benazir Bhutto on Thursday night.

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.

Big second half lifts Bears past Cobras
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team overcame a game Club Kilsyth team from Australia to win its Capital City Classic opener Thursday.

Crimson Bears overwhelm Lady Wolves
The Juneau-Douglas High School Lady Crimson Bears overwhelmed the Wrangell Lady Wolves 64-40 in their 2007 Capital City Classic basketball tournament opener Thursday evening.

JDHS girls in midst of youth movement
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will definitely have a different look this season.

Stepping in for Kodiak, JDHS girls lose
With the Kodiak girls basketball team unable to make it to Juneau for its 2 p.m. game against Redmond, Wash., High School, Juneau-Douglas stepped in to fill the void.

JDHS boys look to start strong at home
There were no smiling faces immediately after Saturday's 44-40 defeat to Fullerton, Calif., High School from the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.

Capital City Classic Team Previews

Alaska Digest
State summer tourism passes $1 billion mark; Man charged in Fairbanks beating; Wife of past Iditarod champ killed in crash; Applicants seek seat on Fairbanks Assembly; Quake rattles FoxIslands in Aleutians; Architects honored for design of school; Officials warn drivers about Kenai moose

Investigation launched into Alaska weight scale fraud
An investigation has been launched into weight scale fraud, which one state official says has become a serious problem in Alaska.

Alaska authorities beef up patrols for New Year's Eve
Authorities in Alaska are preparing for the last big party night of the year.

Alaska Digest
Online applications for PFD open Jan. 1; 300 customers advised to boil water; Wagoner calls for an energy credit; Anchorage scoff laws face seizure of vehicles; The Tanana Chiefs Conference gets grant

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

BP reviews its spending plan for Alaska in 2008
BP is reviewing its 2008 spending plan for Alaska in response to a recent oil production tax increase.

Palin basks in national spotlight
In her first year as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has plunged ahead with the fearlessness of a polar explorer.

Amber Alert led to arrest of fugitive mom
A woman with two boys on the lam from Texas was apprehended in a small southeast Alaska village after crew members on a regional ferry recognized them from photos issued by the Amber Alert system.

Kenai River may build up ice jams
Emergency personnel are keeping a close eye on the Kenai River because cold temperatures are causing a build up of slushy ice, threatening to form ice jams.

Fires killed 24 across Alaska this year
Fires in Alaska have killed 24 people this year and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Reefs constructed in Lynn Canal
Two artificial reefs have been completed as part of an experimental project in Lynn Canal through a multi-agency partnership designed to enhance marine habitat.

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