Friday, December 29, 2006

Trillin remembers late wife in new book
A visitor to the Greenwich Village town house of author Calvin Trillin will find just one picture of his late wife, Alice, on the main floor.

Thriller provides rare glimpse of closed nation
On the surface, "A Corpse in the Koryo," by James Church, is a crackling good mystery novel, filled with unusual characters involved in a complex plot that keeps you guessing to the end. It has received rave reviews - as a mystery novel.

New fiction audiobooks include stories by Stephen King, Irene Nemirovsky, etc.
New fiction audiobooks at the public libraries include bestsellers such as "Lisey's Story" by Stephen King (on cassette), and "Suite Francaise," by Irene Nemirovsky (on compact disc), several volumes of Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide" series (all on CD), and a few classics, including Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment," and Ernest Hemingway's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (both on CD).

Don't forget about Mama Pilgrim, too
Robert Hale (aka Papa Pilgrim) was not a single parent. Toiling at his side in their decades-long quest for an isolated life was Rose Hale, wife of "Papa" and mother of the girl Papa is reported to have raped and molested over a seven-year period.

Create a Tongass plan for the future
In the last days of his administration, former Gov. Frank Murkowski called yet another unpopular legislative special session, tried to bulldoze a "pioneer" road through the bid process, and, in his last hour, he appointed some 30-plus friends and relatives to various posts in the new Palin government.

Stop arguing; divide fish allocation fairly
Here we go again with the annual assault on charter boats by commercial interests who won't be happy until they control 100 percent of North Pacific halibut.

Let us know what to expect from contract
I read with real interest that negotiations for a new gas line contract are beginning.

Correction
In the obituary for Emma Olga Olsen in Wednesday's paper, the name of one of her sons, Eric Olsen of Juneau, and her son Ole's wife, Pat, were omitted.

Images from another time
Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford works out at the Mendenhall Golf Course's driving range on June 19, 1990...

Firefighters in need of more volunteers
The city's 33 professional firefighters could use some volunteer help, and time is running out.

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

Business Digest
Canton House hires new sushi chef, Ebona re-elected RurAL CAP president, Processor group hires executive director & SEARHC cook earns manager credentials

Photo: Working together
Maizie Pusich watches her daughter, Marissa, 6, work on her artist trading card during a workshop taught by Elizabeth Knecht on Thursday at the Alaska State Museum.

Emma Olga Olsen, 1919-2006: Native leader pioneered education, set an example
When Emma Olsen graduated from eighth grade in the mid-1930s, she didn't have much chance to advance her education. The high schools were segregated.

Visiting coach no stranger to Juneau
The Capital City Classic has brought dozens of young strangers to Juneau, but Fred Crowell isn't one of them.

Correction
A story on a tourism opinion poll in Wednesday's paper confused tourist revenue with the number of visitors to Juneau each year.

Photo: Just for kicks
The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team performs during the opening night of the Capital City Classic basketball tournament on Wednesday at the JDHS gymnasium.

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

Around Town

Collard greens, black-eyed peas common New Year's food
In almost every part of the world, there is a special food associated with the new year.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: AWARE
AWARE provides safe shelter, advocacy, education and support for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse and community prevention/education on these issues.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Itaaehau Tupou
"I want to become a very famous cartoonist and make picture books and cartoon movies."

Firefighting festivities
Families and firefighters visited the Auke Bay Fire Department on Dec. 23 for its Christmas party and open house.

Neighbors Digest
Public libraries start new film series Jan. 19, Fire/Rescue accepting volunteer applications & Red Cross sponsors Tax Day Extravaganza

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting JDHS Swim/Dive Team

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Hospice offers grief support groups for new year
The big day has passed, the tree's skirting is visible again, and the approaching fireworks will mark the end of the Holiday Season.

Donna (Reeves) Willy
Former Juneau resident Donna (Reeves) Willy, 40, died Dec. 21, 2006, in Hillsboro, Ore., after an extended illness.

My turn: Southeast roads will benefit state
When the Alaska Marine Highway System was conceived in 1963, it was envisioned that ferry runs should be as short as possible to provide maximum service.

My Turn: Stop blaming Empire for failed road
The recent spate of letters complaining about the Juneau Empire's coverage regarding the ethics of building a disconnected driveway to mining property on the north side of Berners Bay ignore the most important fact of the entire controversy.

Alaska editorial: Alaska shouldn't institutionalize discrimination
Gay rights is a complicated and emotional set of issues unlikely to either go away or be resolved anytime soon.

My turn: Same-sex partnerships are not equal to legal marriage
I am continually amazed to read about the Alaska Supreme Court's decision ordering health benefits to be paid to same-sex partners.

Snowsports corner: Don't let Juneau's unpredictable weather be a deterrent to hitting the cross-country ski trails
Today marks the debut of Snowsports Corner. This biweekly column written by experienced skiers and snowboarders will focus on all aspects of snow sports...

Defense leads the way for Juneau boys
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball put on an impressive defensive showing Wednesday in a 71-31 rout of Porter Creek from Whitehorse, Yukon Territories in the Capital City Classic.

Fast start propels JDHS girls
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscles Thursday in a 49-31 win over Palmer in the Capital City Classic.

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.

Photo: Holidays on ice
Goaltender Emma Kaelke stares down a shot by Quincy Gregg during a Tier C matchup Wednesday at the Juneau Douglas Ice Association Holiday Tournament at Treadwell Arena.

Fourth-quarter rally lifts JDHS past Thunder
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team used a big fourth quarter Wednesday to open the Capital City Classic with a win.

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.

Crimson Bears' boys give Potter his 1st coaching win
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team made new coach Steve Potter a winner in his first game on Wednesday.

Correction
Due to an error by the sports editor, there was a mistake in Tuesday's Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball preview story on Page B1.

Polar bears threatened?
Polar bears are in jeopardy and need stronger government protection because of melting Arctic sea ice related to global warming, the Bush administration said Wednesday.

Shrinking budgets are sinking villages
Masuk Lane spends at least $200 a month filling her water tank to wash her family's clothing, so it galls her to see the dormant washeteria that once saved residents so much money in this whaling village.

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

Gov. Palin casts her first veto
Gov. Sarah Palin late Thursday cast her first veto, rejecting a bill that attempted to block a Supreme Court order giving state employee benefits to same-sex partners.

Audit reveals less than full disclosure
The key to Alaska's government ethics law is disclosure, but the most recent financial reports filed by state legislators are replete with incomplete, unresponsive, and in some cases, allegedly untruthful answers.

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

Alaska Digest
UAA hopes for no replies to want ad, Kenai asks state for erosion control & Sand, gravel costs to triple in 2007

Alaska Digest
Palin appoints acting head of Fish and Game, Coast Guard hauls in stray houseboat, Wade new director of conservation district, Officials report two exposure deaths & Plane removed four months after landing

Politicians go to Hawaii, state pays bill
The state is picking up the airfare tab for legislators who attended a conference at a resort in Hawaii.

Conservation group turns up the heat on right whales
Having scored a win in getting more protection for polar bears, a conservation group is turning up the heat on the federal government to keep the North Pacific right whale from going extinct.

Natives embrace tradition
Debra Dommek sees herself as a tribal elder in training.

Gov. Palin set to attend up to six balls
Plans are under way for Gov. Sarah Palin to attend as many as six inaugural balls statewide next year.

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