Saturday, December 31, 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:

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

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.

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.

FYI
News about the people you know

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau

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

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

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

Juneau Billiard Association Team Standings
As of Dec. 22

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.

Ordway League Standings
As of Dec. 21

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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