What are we teaching Juneau children?
I like living in Juneau. I appreciate all the beauty and fresh air that abounds here. I have been living here only a short time, but it has renewed my sense of humanity, and I actually feel like a citizen.

Environmentalists invest in conservation
In response to Pete Webber's letter to the editor titled, "Do environmentalists keep their PFDs?" on Dec. 27, yes, he is right. We do not return the oil money back to the state.

Downtown's mess mostly caused by pets
Isn't there a law against letting your pets go to the bathroom on city sidewalks, where people walk every day?

Photos: Red-hot New Year
A few hundred salsa enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the new year and to say farewell to Heather Haugland and her husband, Antonio Diaz. The couple, who have been key organizers of the local salsa scene, are moving this week to Lima, Peru, for six months to a year.

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

Photo: Streams of light
The Juneau-Douglas High School dance team performs "The Light March" on Friday at the JDHS gym during the Capital City Classic basketball tournament.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Photos: Red-hot New Year
A few hundred salsa enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the new year and to say farewell to Heather Haugland and her husband, Antonio Diaz. The couple, who have been key organizers of the local salsa scene, are moving this week to Lima, Peru, for six months to a year.

Photo: Polar bear plunge
Angie Fowler, left; Lou Taylor, center; and Jo Boehme race out of the water Tuesday during the 15th Annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area. The air temperature was 35 degrees and it was snowing.

Photos: Red-hot New Year
A few hundred salsa enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the new year and to say farewell to Heather Haugland and her husband, Antonio Diaz. The couple, who have been key organizers of the local salsa scene, are moving this week to Lima, Peru, for six months to a year.

Photo: Wild ride
Catherine Marks, 6, and her brother, Simon, 8, sled Sunday with their uncle, Dan Fulwiler, at G and Fourth streets in Douglas. Fulwiler is visiting from Chicago.

Around Town

Photo: First sled trip of the year
Irina Conte pulls her son, Nikita, 4, along a deserted South Franklin Street on a New Year's Day outing.

Around Town

City seeks funds to replace NOAA ship
The city asked U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens last week to seek funding to replace an aging research vessel and continue financing the ship's Southeast Alaska research operations until a replacement is brought online.

Photo: Puck shoot winner
Suzanne Ainsworth, left, chairperson of the Blue Line Club fundraising committee, awards Matt Whistler with his $500 winnings from the McDonald's Puck Shoot at the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears hockey game against Colony High School on Dec. 14 at Treadwell Arena.

Photo: Eagle Scout award
Mayor Bruce Botelho, right, presents James Gamez, 18, with the Eagle Scout award in the scout Court of Honor on Dec. 16 at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Neighbors Digest
King of the Jungle musical practices start; Juneau Democrats meet Thursday; Learning Connection offers ESL classes; Sitka Fine Arts Camp registration opens

Nugent, Guertin to wed
Casey Lea Guertin and Joshua Ray Nugent, both of Juneau, will marry on March 8, 2008, at the Spokane Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Spokane Valley, Wash.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for contributing to our Homeless Awareness Sleepout; Congratulations to the nursing program graduates

Southeast Senior Services becomes Alaska's Aging and Disability Resource Center
The Alaska State Independent Living Council is pleased to announce that Southeast Senior Services has been designated as Alaska's new Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Pets of the week
Sweet, special pets seek homes. You can visit these pets during visiting hours from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Eileen Jones
Juneau resident Eileen Jones died peacefully at her home Dec. 28, 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 52.

Outside editorial: Crisis in Kenya
Kenya appeared close over the weekend to successfully completing a groundbreaking democratic election that would have, for the first time, forced an incumbent president to leave office.

With days to go, five candidates are still alive
Here's what's remarkable about the Republican presidential race: With days to go before the voting actually begins, it is quite possible for any of four candidates - and even a fifth - to win the nomination.

Could housing market collapse, high gas prices mean end of urban sprawl?
The collapse in the housing market and high gasoline prices are bad news for middle-class homeowners left to sift through the wreckage.

Musharraf needs to act wisely
When Benazir Bhutto, the recently assassinated former prime minister of Pakistan, returned to her homeland some months ago, more than a few of my informed sources made reference to a "dead woman walking."

'08 forecast: gloom, with periods of ungloom
How right were my 2007 predictions? Let's just say they included oil at $100 a barrel, the sub-prime meltdown and racist outbursts from Don Imus and Bill O'Reilly.

My Turn: Predictions for 2008
I predict for 2008: The city of Juneau's property owners will discover houses are selling for 10 percent below property tax assessments for 2008, at which point 70 percent of the population will contest their taxes and demand it be lowered (I hope).

My Turn: Improvements are on the way at Perseverance Trail
Last year Trail Mix and Channel Construction began to rebuild a portion of Juneau's Perseverance Trail. As we near the end of this historic project, now is a great time to look at why this work was necessary, and to update Juneau's hikers on our progress.

Outside editorial: Judicial security: Congress acts to protect court personnel
Judges, prosecutors and courthouse personnel across the country have been agitating - and rightfully so - for increased security measures since 2005.

Outside editorial: Make-or-break time in Iraq?
For five years Washington-based officials and pundits have repeatedly made the mistake of predicting that the next six or 12 months in Iraq would be decisive.

Photo: A little bit of Luck
Tsunami goalkeeper Christopher Luck makes a save during a shootout against the Mud Dogs in the Holiday Cup Middle School Division II championship game on Sunday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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.

Sports in Juneau

Snow drought leaves Interior slopes a little rough
Skiers and snowboarders in Fairbanks are hoping for more snow to smooth out hazards on area slopes.

Northwest Digest
Man charged with assault in Valley; Man arrested on felony assault charge; Disabled freighter drifting in Aleutians; Yellowstone hit by magnitude 3.6 quake; Loan keeps unique animal shelter open

Sow, cubs killed after encounter with hunter
A rabbit hunter fired his pistol at a charging grizzly bear on Kodiak Island, badly wounding the old sow that was later killed and her resulted in three cubs being euthanized.

Diesel repair specialist downsizes, blames unstable market
After 27 years in business, the diesel specialty shop Alaska Diesel Rebuilders is making some changes in an effort to offset its diminishing client base.

Alaskans join Audubon's annual holiday bird count
Like most of the bird-loving citizen scientists who take part in the annual Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count, Nicole Sperbeck accepted a little discomfort as part of the routine.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Suspects in home invasion have criminal pasts
Three men charged in a home invasion are convicted felons who were fresh out of prison and on parole, according to the Department of Corrections.

Anchorage backcountry skier survives avalanche
An avalanche swept a man 1,500 feet down a mountainside before spitting him out and freeing him.

Web site offers ice sculpture viewing from comfort of home
Close to 10,000 people have viewed the ice sculptures in the North Pole Christmas in Ice park without braving the cold, thanks to dozens of Web cameras.

Alaska Digest
Juneau police catch suspected fuel thief; State resolves tax dispute with BP; Collision kills driver on Wasilla road; Cargo company opens Deadhorse office; Teen thrown from snowmobile, killed; Denali Borough eyes recycling options; Boutique opens for pampered pooches

Fetal alcohol effects linger among adults in Alaska
Justin Scott sits at his dining room table dabbing pink frosting on a snowman sugar cookie and humming "Silent Night." The chaos of his young niece and nephew decorating their own cookies bubbles around him.

One of state's tiniest schools faces closure
The number of students at the Hope school isn't enough to field a soccer team. The entire student body could sit at a single dining room table, or fit into a minivan.

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