Friday, December 30, 2005

In the Stacks: Young adult audio books at the library
Here's a batch of young-adult audiobooks meant for listeners in middle school through adulthood:

Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

Reject one-man rule
President Bush should be censured by Congress for acting on the belief that he has the authority to set aside federal statutes passed by Congress.

Fallout from illiteracy
Wasn't that U.S. Department of Education adult literacy study interesting (Empire, Dec. 16)?

Preserve 'third places'
While reading Jim Hale's excellent article on the closing of The String Shop, I was reminded of Ray Oldenburg's book "The Great Good Place." Oldenburg studies and laments the rapid disappearance from our culture of what he calls "third places" - neighborhood bars, coffee shops, soda fountains and other such places, other than home and work (the first and second places) where people could go to relax and talk and air their thoughts, joys, and grievances, where discussions covered everything from national elections to the price of eggs to the condition of local roads, interspersed with the showing of family photos and the quaffing of appropriate beverages. Oldenburg's premise is that our culture is a good deal poorer for the loss of many such places from our social as well as physical landscape, but that a few remain and more can be established.

Bridge too hazardous
Jody Watson's tragic death on the Brotherhood Bridge wasn't the first serious accident on that bridge, and it won't be the last. If ever a bridge in Juneau needed replacement, this is it.

More limits needed for charters
The recent response from Tom Dawson regarding the Empire's editorial piece on halibut charter fishing does little to further objective discussion regarding the charter halibut fishing industry.

Presidential power needs limits
"Unlimited Chief Executive authority" is the very antithesis and opposite of democracy. There can be no justification for it in a democracy. Never, no time, no way. A far more honest and accurate term for that is "dictatorship."

Images from another time: Sinking of the Prinsendam, 1980
A lifeboat hangs from the luxury liner Prinsendam as it drifts abandoned in the Gulf of Alaska in October 1980.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Police seeking answers on crash
Friends of Jody Watson who haven't forgotten the 25-year-old woman who died Aug. 31 on Brotherhood Bridge are wondering if Juneau police have.

Breaking Ground in 2005
Two of Juneau's biggest projects - a second high school and the Kensington gold mine - moved beyond the realm of debate in 2005 and into the domain of action.

Photo: Dazzling dancing light display
The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance team performs its "Light March" on Wednesday during the 15th annual Capital City Classic basketball tournament at the JDHS gym.

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

Businesses offer free rides home on New Year's Eve
A new program is in the works this New Year's Eve to ensure that all the people who celebrate with libations will make it home safely.

LeConte likely to resume service Jan. 4 in Juneau following repairs
The LeConte ferry departed Bellingham, Wash. on Thursday night for Ketchikan, following emergency repairs to its propulsion shafts at the Todd Shipyard in Seattle.

Juneau trade group probes oceans with vessel tracking system
The search for the Arctic Rose was a wake-up call for Juneau resident Ed Page.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Filling orders with a vacuum
Black Feather Boats aims to copy an 8-year-old catamaran charter boat from Seattle that sits on the Juneau start-up company's property.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau

Lobaugh, Headings marry
Tonya Headings of Redmond, Wash., and Brick Lobaugh of Juneau were married in a ceremony on Nov. 28, 2005, at The Antique Wedding Chapel in Nevada.

Farrow, Hoyle marry
Rachelle Miche' Hoyle of Juneau and Curtis Michael Farrow of Juneau were married in a ceremony Dec. 17, 2005, in Juneau.

Student Artist in the spotlight: Zachary Gianotti
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

DeWitt, Tillinghast marry
Erica DeWitt of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Jeff Tillinghast of Juneau were married in a ceremony on July 23, 2005, at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. A reception followed at Orca Point Lodge.

Gervais: 2005 at JDHS was honest, tough and hopeful
It was an honest, but tough year for Juneau Douglas High School. Even though we have experienced a great deal of loss in the past 12 months, I am left with a feeling of hope.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI
News about the people you know

A look at new beginnings
As anyone who has experienced a significant loss can tell you, grieving is hard work.

Barry William Notestine
Juneau resident Barry William Notestine, 53, died Dec. 25, 2005, in Juneau.

Carol Jean Jackson
Former Juneau resident Carol Jean Jackson, 44, died Dec. 15, 2005, in Anchorage.

Alaska editorial: Another gov't handout
As the Dec. 30 dates nears for the official release of bills prefiled for the coming legislative session, there's at least one idea that should be stopped at the starting line.

Alaska editorials: Watch out for scams
Scam artists are many things: Heartless, greedy, selfish and shameless.

Alaska editorial: ANWR facts get lost
You've got to give Uncle Ted points for tenacity, but even the Incredible Hulk couldn't win this one.

Alaska editorials: Congress' battle over ANWR is not over yet
In an age when the public has become tired of politicians and would-be officeholders changing their positions - flip-flopping, to hearken back to a theme of the 2004 presidential race - Sen. Ted Stevens has been remarkably consistent in his quest to have Congress deliver on a promise

Crimson Bears boys defeat Kilsyth
Clutch second-half shooting and a deep bench propelled the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team to a 63-55 win over Club Kilsyth of Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday.

Ordway League Standings
As of Dec. 21

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.

NW Duals Tournament Day 1 Results
Thursday at Portland, Ore.

Basketball Aussie-style
A day-and-a-half of air travel in many ways belied the even greater distance the boys and girls basketball teams from Club Kilsyth in Victoria, Australia, traveled in coming to a new world.

Capital City Classic box scores
Wednesday at Juneau-Douglas High School

JDHS wrestlers impress in tourney opener
Forfeiting four of the 14 weight classes couldn't hold the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team down in the first day of the Northwest Duals Tournament on Thursday in Portland, Ore.

Crimson Bears top Kilsyth to stay unbeaten
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 51-34 win over Club Kilsyth of Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday.

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.

Juneau Billiard Association Team Standings
As of Dec. 22

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Juneau, AK delegates discuss aging at White House
A group of Alaska delegates returned from a conference on aging this month hoping the government doesn't ignore the problems foreseen for baby boomers nearing retirement age.

Ice carving festival could host 'Ice Age 2' premiere
A festival that attracts the world's elite ice sculptors to Alaska's frigid interior each year may feature another draw in the next event: the star-studded premiere of "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown."

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Photo: Northern exposure
An aurora hangs over the Ester Dome Road area west of Fairbanks earlier this week in this 30-second-long exposure.

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

Anchorage moves to comply with ruling that grants gay benefits
The city of Anchorage is planning to offer benefits to same-sex partners of public employees to comply with a recent Alaska Supreme Court ruling - and advocates said Thursday the state would be wise to do the same.

Ketchikan precipitation nears record
Ketchikan is famous for liquid sunshine and rubber boots, but this year's rainfall is inching toward the record books.

Marrow sought for Iditarod champ
Iditarod champion Susan Butcher was looking forward to running a 300-mile sled dog race this winter, but leukemia knocked her off the trail.

Fish and Game could get 10% boost
Some spending items tucked into the governor's recent state budget proposal are getting cheers from commercial fishermen.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Ring in the New Year
People looking for one last party in 2005, as well as the first party of 2006, will have plenty of choices Saturday, Dec. 31.

Juneau's Young Punks
Devin Damitio leans into the microphone, one foot forward, one foot back, his blonde locks peeking out of his black stocking cap as he belts out the words to Green Day's "Holiday."

Killer obsession
Actress Gina Spartz and director Terry Cramer's latest collaboration on Perseverance Theatre's second stage, "Frozen," has a lot in common with their previous project, Tony Kushner's "Homebody."

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