Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Sarah Palin might just be the new Hammond
Our new governor, Sarah Palin, has started out showing integrity and common sense.

Government has lost focus in Iraq
The primary reason why we have troops over in Iraq is because of the terrorist attacks that happened on 9/11, and the primary goal was to get Osama bin Laden and all the terrorist responsible.

Society treads on the rights of homosexuals
Thank you, Doug Grimm (Thursday's My Turn) for putting all your bigotry in writing.

Alaska cities seek solution for shortfalls
While Alaska's oil-funded state government ponders socking extra billions away in savings accounts, smaller communities are struggling to pay for cops and community centers.

Photo: 'Polar Bears' take the plunge
More than 100 people braved 44-degree temperatures with a stiff breeze to take a frigid swim Monday at the 13th Annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Recreation Area.

New year, new governor, new hope for gas deal
With a change of governors, many Alaskans see hope for agreement on the long-stalled North Slope gas contract, which would open of a pipeline for trillions of dollars worth of natural gas.

Photo: Fueling up
Cliff LaRue carries rounds he cut from downed trees Sunday along the Auke Recreation bypass.

Bookstore moves, piece by piece
How do you move a community icon? One box at a time.

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

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

Photo: Year-end run
Shelley Owens, left, and Kari Robinson run Sunday with their dogs, Aly and Kenai, along the Glacier Spur Road.

Photo: Vigil for 3,000th soldier
Ben Van Alen holds a symbol of a dead soldier at the Dimond Courthouse on Monday during a candlelight vigil marking the death of the 3,000th member of the U.S. military in Iraq.

Around Town

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

Alaska editorial: Give habitat back to Fish and Game
The Alaska Board of Fisheries is not exactly a hotbed of knee-jerk greenies. Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed all seven members and the Republican Legislature approved the picks.

Alaska editorial: Think outside the box, decriminalize marijuana
A government report suggests that the market value of marijuana grown in the United States now tops $35 billion, making it this nation's largest cash crop, even more valuable than staples such as corn or soybeans.

Alaska editorial: Bristol Bay fisheries panel is a smart move
Opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine wanted the Alaska Board of Fisheries to back a fisheries refuge for the Bristol Bay drainage, a move intended to block mining development in the area.

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 get tough in Oregon
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team isn't stacked with tons of grapplers in each weight class.

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.

Alaska fights global warming lawsuit
A dozen states are in court trying to force the federal government to reduce automobile emissions that contribute to global warming, but Alaska, where the effects are most apparent, is not one of them.

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

Boy recognized for saving elder from fire
A McGrath teenager is being hailed as a hero for rescuing an elderly man from a burning cabin last month.

Fairbanks works to revitalize downtown
Regular customers sometimes tell restaurant owner Joan Busam what she already knows: urban sprawl has left the historic downtown Fairbanks area with a vacuum that, despite recent improvements, has yet to be filled.

Alaska Digest
Juneau firefighters still need volunteers, Standoff in Wasilla ends without injuries & Energy czar rethinks rural Alaska's future

Villagers take precautions against snowmobile thugs
Villagers traveling to Bethel by snowmobile have been harassed and they are stepping up measures to protect themselves.

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

Alaska Digest
Weather postpones Eaglecrest fireworks, Sixth judge added to Fairbanks court, Army releases name of paratrooper killed & Many rural Alaska villages lack water

Southeast fisheries looking up
Southeast Alaska saw continued improvements in 2006 of a commercial salmon fishing industry that's still on the mend after terrible seasons in recent years.

Retail castoffs lure bargain hunters in Anchorage store
They don't call it Liquidation World for nothing.

New Year's crimes leave three dead in Anchorage
Anchorage police launched the new year Monday by investigating a double shooting that left two people dead and the homicide of a man in an unrelated incident.

Movie buffs prepare for the Rose Parade
A pair of Anchorage residents will help George Lucas celebrate the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars" at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.

Soldier mends, re-enlists after injury in Iraq
They say it takes more than just strength, courage and determination to be a soldier. It also takes an indelible resolve in the face of adversity, which a soldier from Nikiski proved he had this past year.

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