New shop has skates, skirts and sticks
Juneau residents who already know a bit about ice hockey and figure skating will appreciate the fact that The Skater's Edge, the new skate shop in the Mendenhall Valley, has wooden and composite hockey sticks, and the Bauer 7000 hockey skate. Those who know nothing about the sport, though, but who are looking to try skating when the Treadwell Arena in Savikko Park opens this winter, might be more impressed that the stores carries used figure and hockey skates for as little as $30, and that the store's owners are determined to welcome as many Juneau residents as possible into the skating world.

Business profile: Gary Lenox
Title and company: Co-owner, Downtown Video

Paradise sold: new owner, same philosophy
Cooking classes, lox and bagels and more vegetarian menu options are in the works for Paradise Bakery, which will re-open with new ownership on Jan. 6. Joan Deering, a Vancouver, British Columbia, native who has lived in Skagway for most of the last six years, bought the downtown cafe and bakery near Steamship Wharf from Buzz and Monica Ritter last month.

On the Move
Alaska Pacific Bank has hired a new assistant vice president and manager of its downtown branch, as well as an assistant vice president and mortgage loan underwriter. Ted Ward moved to Juneau two years ago to work as a relationship manager with Key Bank. He has nearly 25 years of community banking experience, most of which he garnered in communities in northern New York.

Roadless rule bad for SE
A few thoughts about the recently published "national forests belong to all" letter to the editor.

Lisa M. is prepared for Senate job
Every time I turn around there is someone complaining about Lisa Murkowski's appointment to her father's Senate seat. I ask, "So what?"

Managed forests are good
This letter is in reply to Mr. Erik Lie-Nielson's letter of Dec. 29 titled "National forests belong to all."

Sentence of deadly drunken driver appealed
The state Attorney General's Office believes a Kenai Peninsula judge's ruling, which sentenced a man to as few as eight years in prison after he killed two Juneau men and permanently injured another in a drunken-driving crash, was too lenient. The state this week asked the Alaska Court of Appeals to review an amended sentence handed down by Kenai Superior Court Judge Jonathan Link last year.

State employee faces more allegations of stealing
A Department of Education employee accused of stealing several hundred thousand dollars from the state is looking at even more criminal charges. Gary Martin, 43, has pleaded innocent to all the charges against him. Martin was arraigned on the latest charges Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Unlikely friendships made at JYC
"Doug," a teenager from Ketchikan who is incarcerated at the Johnson Youth Center, tried to learn juggling several times before he met Gary Clement two months ago. The center is a state juvenile jail in Juneau that holds youths from around Southeast. "Before, when I tried juggling, I'd do it like three times and give up," said Doug, whose name is being withheld. Clement bought Doug a juggling book, encouraged him to practice, and soon Doug had picked up the skill.

Photos: Polar bear stampede
Participants in the 10th Annual Polar Bear Dip run into the water at the Auke Village Recreation Area on New Year's Day. Dozens of people and their pets took the plunge into the cold water to welcome in 2003.

State: Add 5 beds to Wildflower Court
The state wants Wildflower Court to add five nursing beds to its nursing home and assisted-living facility in Juneau. In making the recommendation late last month, state Commissioner of Health and Social Services Joel Gilbertson denied a request from Wildflower Court to convert 11 assisted-living beds to nursing-home beds. The private nonprofit facility has 44 nursing beds and 11 assisted-living beds.

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

This Day in History
In 1966, St. Michael's Greek-Russian Orthodox Church was destroyed by a fire that wiped out much of Sitka's business district.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Herbert W. Jaenicke
Juneau resident Herbert William Jaenicke, 69, died Dec. 9, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Frances Stephenson
Former Juneau resident Frances (Messerschmidt) Stephenson died Dec. 1, 2002, in Seal Beach, Calif.

Photo: Holiday Cup
Dani Barr, left, of The Blast and Elliott Ford of Galaxy battle for the ball during the Holiday Cup Middle School A bracket championship game Tuesday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

Marist claims crown in Kayhi
Tournament most valuable player Kevin Harrison scored 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Marist Spartans of Eugene, Ore., knocked off the Philomath, Ore., Warriors 63-56 in Monday night's championship game of the Clarke Cochrane Christmas Classic boys basketball tournament at Ketchikan High School.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Commission's list names possible future boroughs
ANCHORAGE - A state commission says there are eight unorganized regions of Alaska whose economies may be strong enough to support local borough governments. The Local Boundary Commission has released a list of the regions that it says could begin paying for their schools with local taxes.

State Briefs
Eaglecrest opens some upper trails; Delta Junction woman gives highway birth; Dividend application enrollment begins; Anchorage police investigate shooting; Salcha residents face rare winter flood; End of coal contract hurts railroad; Trapper pleads guilty to snaring two eagles

Bogus distress call costs thousands
ANCHORAGE - An unidentified man made what appeared to be a bogus distress call Wednesday, taking the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers and other law enforcement agencies on a long, costly hunt around Kachemak Bay. The search lasted 13 hours and involved several Coast Guard aircraft, a cutter and more than 40 Coast Guard personnel, the agency said.

Tacoma man charged in death of Fairbanks woman
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old Tacoma, Wash., man has been charged with murder and arson in the death of a Fairbanks woman whose body was found last week in a burned apartment. The death has been linked to the Christmas Eve killings of two men in Northern California.

What's happening

Two potters, one show
W ith a week to go before her show, potter Sue Deems was in full production mode. Her studio in Auke Bay was packed with work in progress and favorite pieces she's saved during her 26-year career as a potter. Bowls, vases, plates, platters and pitchers covered the shelves and workbench. Heat radiated from her fully loaded kiln, melting the glazes that would finish a batch of work for her upcoming show with Tom Meyer.

Movies where and when
"Emperor's Club," (PG-13) starts Friday, Jan. 3, at Glacier Cinemas, shows at 7 nightly, with second shows Friday and Saturday nights at 9:10, and matinees at 1:40 and 4 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Season for singing
A choir of almost 90 singers formed, performed and disbanded last January, and they're poised to do the same thing again next week. For the past 14 years, Juneau Lyric Opera has put on the Mid-Winter Vocal Festival. The 10-day event gathers singers of all levels from throughout the community for nightly rehearsals and voice lessons. The festival begins Friday, Jan. 2, and culminates in a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Latest 'Star Trek': Set phasers on stupefy
OK, OK: Please, do not delete. This may look like e-Spam, but what it is is a license to earn hundreds of millions of dollars, all in the privacy of your home.

Best Bets: Winter options and a writer's swan song
Winter finally came to Juneau this past week. The opportunity to get out in the snow is the best bet for this week. It can disappear overnight, so it's best to seize the moment. I went cross-country skiing at the newly developed trail system at Eagle Beach on Sunday and I can recommend it. It's a well-marked network of routes that is ideal for families and beginning skiers. The trails are flat and easy, and loop through the forests and meadows around Eagle River and Eagle Beach.

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