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Monday, December 29, 2008

Juneau Public Libraries have new nonfiction to sate, pique curiosity
The following is new nonfiction to sate or pique your curiosity at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Author, publisher defends disputed Holocaust memoir
NEW YORK - The author and publisher of a disputed Holocaust memoir defended the book's story of love between two survivors, but also called it a work of memory and not of scholarship.

Dam-clearing efforts prove effective
Perhaps the Dredge Lake area beavers were displeased to note the humans that arrived each day this summer to unplug the culverts and tear down the dams they had so carefully blocked and built up. But those beavers are lucky to be alive.

Chambers renews push for food tax exemption
Juneau Assembly member Sara Chambers wants to revive a push to exempt basic food items from sales tax.

Juneau dealer casts hopes on Chevrolet
While the Big Three looked for a government bailout, Juneau's Mendenhall Auto Center was negotiating with General Motors to start selling Chevrolets.

Photos: Balancing act
Eaglecrest Ski Area reported prime skiing conditions Sunday, with 115 inches of snow at the top and 31 at the base.

Craig man pleads guilty to poaching sea otters
A Craig man faces three years in prison after illegally hunting and selling sea otter hides and skulls to undercover agents.

Photo: Catching cold
Kirk Belardi has Twin Lakes to himself Sunday to ice fish. Friday's heavy snow put an end to the perfect ice skating conditions this year. Juneau received about 10 inches of snow over the weekend.

Photo: Snow piling up
Snow removal crews clear a snow berm Saturday on Glacier Avenue. The National Weather Service reported 6.5 inches of snow fell at the airport from Friday to midday Saturday. Forecasts call for 1-3 inches of snow between Saturday and today.

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Photo: Happy holiday donation
From left, Helping Hands president Nick Yurko and director Betty Kaplor receive a $15,000 check Tuesday from Fred Meyer store directorJamie San Miguel and department managers Eddy Packham, Jeff Wilson, Everett Kramer, Cedric Kincaid and Mary Ziegenfuss.

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AML adopts a cause
At this time each year Alaska Marine Lines in Juneau adopts a cause, collects funds and provides for the cause it adopts by purchasing essential items. In the past, it has been a family, but this year AML decided to adopt the Glory Hole by donating $2,200 worth of essential supplies. Shown above on an AML truck's liftgate is Ashley Bruce, Valerie Svendsen and Rafael Soto. With the help of Costco, AML was able to provide the following necessities: 115 pounds of ground beef, 100 pounds of ham, 100 pounds of turkey, 120 pounds of carrots, 380 pounds of potatoes, 106 pounds of spaghetti, 144 pounds of spaghetti sauce, 250 pounds of pinto beans, 250 pounds of white rice, 250 pounds of oatmeal, 36 cans of coffee, four boxes Lipton tea and 72 rolls of toilet tissue. Themajority of the donations come directly from our employees here in Juneau, as well as some of the company officers in Seattle, Ketchikan and Sitka.

Following the Freedom Trail
On our last day in New England, my husband, Don, and I spent the day in Boston following the Freedom Trail. We took the Rodeway Hotel shuttle to the airport. From the airport, we took the subway's Blue Line to Government Center. Our subway tickets costed us $8.

Celebrating winter wonders
Attendees of the Juneau International Folkdancers' Winter Wonders Ball pose with members of Thunder Mountain Big Band on Dec. 13 at Centennial Hall.

Senior menu for the week of Dec. 29-Jan. 2
Monday, Dec. 29

January Art Walk to be held second Friday
JUNEAU - The January Art Walk will be on the second Friday, Jan. 9. All the usual venues will have their openings on that night instead of Jan. 2.

Baranof to offer room for Art Walk exhibits
JUNEAU - Baranof Hotel is offering its Holland America Line Room for the next few First Fridays for any artists interested in showing their artwork.

Camp 2 oath of office
Newly elected Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 officers take the oath of office for 2009 on Dec. 19 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Camp 2 was sworn in by Executive Committee member Doloresa Cadiente, far right. From right are Cadiente, President Micalyne Kunz McGhee, First Vice President Kim Metcalf, Second Vice President Percy Kunz, Recording Secretary Michele Metz, Treasurer Marie Olsen, Camp council member Janet Dick, Sergeant at Arms Patty Tackett, Sergeant at Arms Delina Quick, Sergeant at Arms Evelyn Williams, Camp mother Elizabeth Martin, Elsie Hughes, Camp Chaplin Carol Brady, life member Connie Monroe, Connie Davis and life member Rosa Miller. Not shown are Financial Secretary Dorothy Owen, Corresponding Secretary Marianne Mills, Sergeant at Arms Lois Wilson and Sergeant at Arms Mary Rivera. McGhee also was re-elected as second vice president of the ANS Grand Camp in October's convention in Ketchikan. A regular ANS Camp 2 meeting will begin after the holidays.

Annual Polar Bear Dip to take place Thursday
JUNEAU - The 17th annual Polar Bear Dip will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, at the Auke Village Recreation Area main shelter.

Thanks to the Alaskan Brewing Co. crew for donating 2008 tips
We at Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. (AWARE) know Alaskan Brewing Co. to be a stellar group with a reputation for leadership in caring for their staff and workplace - the future of our natural environment and the quality of their award winning beer.

Will we ever hear angels?
"But with the woes of war and strife / the world has suffered long, / beneath the angel strain have rolled / two thousand years of wrong, / and we who fight the wars hear not / the love song which they bring, / O hush the noise of battle strife, / and hear the angels sing."

Consortium offers WISE At Every Size intro
SITKA - Are you tired of weight-loss diets that don't work? Are you a woman who wants to learn about a fun, effective way to improve your health and wellness, without being a slave to the scale? Then the WISE At Every Size program may be for you.

Sportsman Barber Shop moves after 70 years on Seward
After 70 years of business on Seward Street, the Sportsman Barber Shop moved Dec. 2 to 326 Fourth St., the corner of Franklin Street, in lobby of the Mendenhall Apartments, downtown.

Troutt, Richey to wed
ReBecca Lindsey Galbraith Troutt and Naashukwa Isturis Richey, both of Juneau, will marry at 6 p.m. Jan. 9, 2009, at Juneau Christian Center, 8001 Glacier Highway. The couple invites all friends and family to enjoy this celebration.

Martins celebrate 40 years
Bill and Lorraine Martin celebrated their 40th anniversary on Dec. 20, 2008, at the Tlingit and Haida Vocational Training and Resource Center. Bill is the president of the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

Finding tracks in the snow
A mixed group of skiers and snowshoers set off on a short hike around the upper cross-country loop at Eaglecrest. The track was not groomed and we were almost the first humans to go up there since the last snow. One set of booted feet had post-holed along the edge of the woods, presumably the marks of a hunter.

Discovering Echo Ranch highlights from 2008
The Christmas season has come and gone and now the calendar draws us closer to 2009. In case you missed past Discovering Echo Ranch articles, I wanted to share with you some highlights.

Charles V. Parsons
Former Juneau resident Charles "Papa Chuck" V. Parsons died Dec. 21, 2008, in Lacey, Wash. He was 81.

Merle Ann Mason
Longtime Juneau resident Merle Ann Mason died Dec. 21, 2008, in Juneau. She was 79.

Pollution standards on cruise industry may be a little tight
The Alaska Cruise Association has been rallying support around the state to loosen water pollution standards set in the 2006 cruise ship initiative approved by Alaska voters.

Alaska Editorial: Palin energy plan is more modest than Alaska needs
The Palin Administration will take another month before rolling out its statewide energy "plan," and that's probably a good thing. To date, the planning effort led by state energy coordinator Steve Haagenson has not been getting good reviews.

A farewell hope for journalism's future
My term as ombudsman ends with this column. My hope for the future is that readers, our lifeblood, will find in The Post, in print and online, journalism they can believe in and that the paper will both engage and enrich the many communities in the Washington region.

Working to end impunity for rape
I have a project for Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton to work on together: ending impunity for rape. Rape-conviction rates are appallingly low across the globe. I don't mean only in countries that many would think of as lacking good justice systems: Conviction rates hover just above 10 percent of complaints filed in the United States and are a measly 6 percent in Britain.

No more help for good Samaritans
Uh, gentlemen?You three wise men? As your lawyer, I'm advising you not to go there.

In Israel, every family shares a soldier's bond
I have three children serving in the Israel Defense Forces. I am the father of Sgt. Nathan Weinberger, 20, Cpl. Rebecca Ross, 19, and Pvt. Ruthie Ross, 18. President-elect Barack Obama has spoken repeatedly of the need to engage young people in service for their country and for the world; in Israel, service is mandatory.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Store owner posts videos of urination
ANCHORAGE - A store owner in Anchorage has had enough of bar patrons relieving themselves on his property.

Man sentenced in Juneau DUI case
JUNEAU - A 31-year-old Juneau man has been sentenced to eight months in jail on a drunk driving conviction.

Kenai man charged with manslaughter
KENAI - A Kenai man has been charged with manslaughter.

Interior governments fill wish lists for nation's stimulus plan
FAIRBANKS - Local governments in Fairbanks have responded quickly to Senator-elect Mark Begich's request for ideas on how to direct a yet-to-be-drafted national economic recovery plan, suggesting they could use help with energy and street projects.

Interior Alaskans gather for annual count of local birds
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks doesn't have a wide variety of bird species this time of year, but that didn't deter more than 100 Interior Alaska bird watchers from bundling up and heading out for the 48th Annual Fairbanks Christmas Bird Count on Saturday.

Fairbanks shooting victim identified, condition unknown
FAIRBANKS - Authorities have identified the man shot in a downtown bar early Saturday morning as 22-year-old Michael S. Twitchell of Fairbanks. Court papers indicate he was shot at multiple times.

Robbers steal man's marijuana at gunpoint
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police got an unusual report on Christmas morning. A man told them his marijuana had been stolen at gunpoint.

Greenbelt project moves forward
FAIRBANKS - An effort is moving forward to establish a 670-acre greenbelt to run across the base of Chena Ridge.

Man arrested on White Mountain pot charge
NOME - Alaska State Troopers in Nome say a man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana into the village of White Mountain.

Authorities look for Fairbanks fugitive
ANCHORAGE - A manhunt is under way for a 27-year-old man wanted out of Fairbanks.

Coast Guard en route to rescue 3 crewmen
ANCHORAGE - A Coast Guard aicraft launched from Kodiak Sunday to conduct a medical evacuation of injured three crewmen aboard an oil tanker about 700 miles south of Adak Island.

Troopers rescue snowmachiners
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers twice were called out on Christmas to rescue snowmachiners.

Man opens fire in bar; one injured
FAIRBANKS - A man walked into the Midnight Mine around 1 a.m. Saturday, pulled out a .22-caliber pistol and shot his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend.

Palin second among most-admired women
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was a strong second among the most-admired women, behind Hillary Clinton but ahead of television host Oprah Winfrey, when the USA Today/Gallup poll was conducted Dec. 12-14.

2008 was bad year for bear encounters
KENAI - Brown bears on the Kenai Peninsula had a hard go of it in 2008.

JDHS girls survive Aussie squad
First round - knock 'em down. Second round - get 'em.

Crimson Bears boys bamboozle Canadian team in lopsided victory
The Juneau-Douglas boys basketball team surrendered just three points in the opening quarter to British Columbia's New Westminster Hyaks on Saturday and never took their feet off the gas, winning 76-40 in the nightcap of the Capital City Classic's opening day.

Palin, Stevens keep Alaska in spotlight in '08
ANCHORAGE - 2008 was the year that Gov. Sarah Palin presented America with a memorable image of Alaska and - accurate or not - made it stick with a joke about hockey moms, pitbulls and lipstick.

Alaska fisheries report decent sales overall despite rising costs
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's lucrative seafood industry appears to have done very well overall in 2008, despite the increased cost of doing business, with sales in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Three charged with murder in Fairbanks businessman's death
FAIRBANKS - Three men have been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a Fairbanks antiques dealer.

Bear attack video raises some hackles
ANCHORAGE - Put a TV soap star in a plastic box in the bear pen at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, tie a dummy alongside, turn loose the bears, roll video and what do you get?

Ice chapel constructed in Fairbanks for wedding
FAIRBANKS - The atmosphere at the wedding of Michael Cook and Sigret Ball was a bit frosty - intentionally.

Fairbanks officials reject waste-fed power plant
FAIRBANKS - Officials have shelved plans to pursue setting up a waste-powered energy plant in Fairbanks.

Bad harvest, low demand threaten Pacific fishermen
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - An unusually weak Dungeness crab harvest is compounding the financial woes of West Coast fishermen who were already struggling with depressed consumer demand and the unprecedented collapse of the Pacific chinook salmon fishery.

Fairbanks welcomes Japanese tourists
FAIRBANKS - The winter tourism season has officially begun in Fairbanks with the arrival of the first of 18 charter flights direct from Japan.

Cold weather headed to Interior Alaska
FAIRBANKS - Interior Alaska better bundle up. Bitter cold is headed its way in what is the first cold snap of winter, and forecasters say it will be a doozy.

Anchorage trust fund shrinks in downturn
ANCHORAGE - A trust fund that contributes millions of dollars to pay for services in Anchorage has lost more than a fourth of its value over the past year.

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