WAR IN WITTY Wittenberg
Young adults alike will relate to Perseverance Theatre's upcoming comedic play "Wittenberg," written by David Davalos and directed by Mike Stevenson.

Perseverance to host Pub Trivia Night at the Rendezvous
JUNEAU - A fundraiser for Perseverance Theatre, Pub Trivia Night will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Rendezvous.

KTOO to host series of brown bag slideshows
JUNEAU - KTOO again will host a series of brown bag slideshows at noon on Wednesdays during the month of January in its conference room.

City Museum's new show asks community to answer 'What does it mean to be in this place?'
In its "Recent Acquisitions '06-08" in January, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum hopes to inspire thought and discussion with the question, "What does it mean to be in this place?"

Alaska artists create 50th anniversary quilt
Alaska artists and quilters from across the state were asked to submit a quilt block with a design that represented their interpretation of Alaska's Golden Anniversary, which would be sewn together in one large tribute to Alaska's 50th Anniversary of Statehood Quilt. The blocks were assembled into nine panels by some of the artists and volunteers from the Alaska Fiber Festival and can be viewed online at www.flickr.com/photos/acvbpr/sets/72157611694465464/.

City Museum accepts submissions for '12X12'
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is now accepting submissions for its 12X12 opening reception, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, and exhibit, Feb. 6-25.

Humanities Council seeks replacement poster hanger
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is seeking a replacement for its poster hanger position. A part-time position requiring about 8 hours a week, the position pays $100 per week, plus one complimentary ticket to each event advertised that week, for up to five events a week.

Perseverance to offer spring classes at UAS
JUNEAU - For those who want to learn more about the history of theater and how it is produced, or sharpen their skills as an actor or writer, Perseverance Theatre will offer more theatre classes at the University of Alaska Southeast in the spring.


A complaint and kudos
I have complained at various times about the reprehensible lack of respect for Juneau's history on the part of the Assembly. One of the oldest buildings in the town, the Odd Fellows Hall with its beautiful ballroom that the city owned and paid a great deal of money to demolish (lots of asbestos) to turn it into a parking lot which is rarely used is one sad example. Now Telephone Hill is being blasted so an ugly parking garage can be built by the waterfront.

Photos: The year in pictures
Review the events and best shots of 2008 through the Empire photographers' work.

Photos: New Year's ritual
Patty Gehring enters the water in her own style during the 16th annual Polar Bear Dip on Thursday at the Auke Village Recreation Area.

Photo: Dancing in the new year
Phillip Moser and Samantha Eyre dance to the salsa music of Salsa Borealis during the first moments of 2009 during the New Year's Eve celebration at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Photo: Harbor patrol
An Alaska State Trooper takes a frigid walk Wednesday on the Don Statter Boat Harbor dock in Auke Bay.

Photo: A frosted face
Susan Bell stops briefly to show off her frosted face while skiing on Mendenhall Lake in near zero-degree temperatures Thursday.

Photo: Letting fly
Rez Doung, an employee for Douglas Island Pink And Chum Inc., shovels snow from the roof of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery roof on Wednesday.

Police & Fire
The Juneau police blotter was not available by the Empire's Friday deadline. Juneau fire officials and state troopers did not report any incidents in the Juneau area.

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

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'Marley & Me' conjures up joyful memories
In my 26 years of existence, I've known three dogs. Our first family dog we got from the local pound. We had him for several years before his daily routine of walking himself finally caught up with him; his route, you see, included crossing busy Glacier Highway.

STUDENT ARTIST: Kendra Buerger
Age: 18.

The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance Team performed its pom routine during the boy's basketball game versus Anacortes High School at the annual Capital City Classic on Tuesday at JDHS.

Juneauites share chum sticks recipe
Ask Aunie Emo is where we match and share recipes. Send in your requests and let our reader's help you find that lost, forgotten or wish-you-had recipe.

Misenhimer, Hudson wed
Brenda Gail Misenhimer and Earl Kent Hudson Jr., both of Juneau, were married Dec. 12, 2008, while barefoot on the beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (The Big Island).

Buck, Griffin wed
Margaret Steel Griffin and Jacob Randall Buck, both of Juneau, were married on Dec. 12, 2008, at Glacier Valley Baptist Church in Juneau. A reception immediately followed at The Twisted Fish.

Outside editorial: New Year: Reasons for trepidation, hope
The reflection and prognostication that many of us engage in in print, voice and video around New Year's often seem a bit contrived, as if we have to do it because of the calendar, even though nothing much is changing from one year to the next. This time it's different. Americans and many of the rest of the world's people, with whom Americans' lives and fortunes are intertwined, have the feeling that in 2009, we may really be in for it. It's a year when the two-faced Roman god for whom this month is named might well be portrayed looking back with shock and ahead with trepidation.

Alaska editorial: Shell Oil's setback is unfortunate for the company, state
Shell Oil made a good-faith effort to obtain the permits necessary to begin exploration drilling on its new offshore leases in the Beaufort Sea next summer. But a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said last month that the federal agency in charge of the leasing and environmental review, the Minerals Management Service, hadn't properly considered the potential environmental impact.

Outside column: Hamas are today's Nazis
Hamas, a group designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, are the Nazis of modern times. Israel is right to pound military targets inside Gaza, but much of the violence Israel brought on itself by giving up land it had to know would be used to rain down death on its civilians. That is always the pattern.

Outside column: A chilling uncertainty
The United States has entered the era of the experiment. President-elect Barack Obama is putting forward an infrastructure program whose plans and price tag are unclear. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson whipped up the Troubled Asset Relief Program to buy up bad mortgage instruments, and President Bush wants to try extending TARP to autoworkers.

Outside column: War will not bring peace to Gazans or to Israelis in Negev
In the winter, the Negev becomes quite beautiful. Though it rains very little here, the rain we get turns everything green, and there is a cleanness in the air that we don't have during the dry summer months. But since Saturday, when a major Israeli offensive began in the Gaza Strip, less than 20 kilometers from my home and less than two kilometers from the college where I teach, all we have had is darkness, despair and fear.

Outside column: Some hard truths about conflict in the Gaza Strip
After Israel's dramatic airstrikes, the world's media are filled with images of suffering Palestinian women and children, innocent victims in what is being referred to as a renewed cycle of violence. Predictably, both sides are being urged to call a halt, though in much of the Middle East and parts of Europe these demands, and the blame, fall especially heavily upon the Israelis. In America, there is relatively greater understanding and sympathy for Israel, but here, too, concern is growing about the violence.

Outside column: Nation's to-do list for 2009 is dire
I've bought the Spanish turron, counted the grapes by bunches of 12 (one for each month of good luck in 2009) and bought the fizzy stuff.

AMHS cancels New Year's sailing
JUNEAU - Alaska Marine Highway System officials canceled the fast ferry Chenega's round-trip sailings today between Juneau and Sitka because of continued inclement weather at sea.

Man charged one minute into New Year
JUNEAU - A Juneau man lasted one minute into the New Year before getting arrested.

LM signs plan to increase logging in Western Oregon
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Five years after signing an agreement with the timber industry, the Bush administration has delivered its plan for nearly doubling the timber harvest on a patchwork of federal lands in Western Oregon.

Alaska lottery fundraiser a huge hit
ANCHORAGE - The prospects of a half million dollars seems too easy to pass up, even if the odds to claim the lottery prize go down with each ticket sale.

Online dividend applications begin New Year's Day
JUNEAU - Alaskans can usher in the New Year by applying for their Permanent Fund Dividend online.

Suspect sought in store robbery
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store at gunpoint.

Firefighters battle North Pole blaze
FAIRBANKS - A blaze destroyed a North Pole home while firefighters battled the flames in temperatures that ranged from minus-40 to minus-50 degrees.

Police searching for shooting suspect
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Police are searching for a 23-year-old man whom they say fired a several rounds into a car and kidnapped another man.

Man has bail reduced in manslaughter case
KENAI - A Kenai man who faces a March manslaughter trial had his bail reduced with supervision conditions placed on him.

Palin slams Johnston dropout reports
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that her future son-in-law is not a high-school dropout as the press is reporting.

Man swaps drugs for shotgun and mail
FAIRBANKS - A 29-year-old North Pole man is under arrest after telling authorities he swapped methamphetamine for a shotgun and mail not belonging to him.

Teen connected to shooting surrenders
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a teenager wanted in connection with a weekend shooting has surrendered.

Photos: 16th annual Holiday Cup runs dry
Swagger Squad's Alex Newton, with ball, attempts to get a shot off past aJingle Balls defender in the masters division finals. Swagger Squad went on to win the title with a 4-2 victory.

Sports in Juneau

State float featured in Rose Bowl parade
The Iditarod is coming to Southern California.

State, Exxon wrestle over Point Thomson
ANCHORAGE - Exxon Mobil Corp. wants to begin drilling wells in Alaska's resource-rich North Slope, but the oil giant said the state has posted roadblocks.

Still no answers on the state's high gas prices
Over the last decade of investigations, public officials have yet to find evidence that high gas prices in Alaska are illegal. Local lawmakers are as frustrated as everyone else, but so far they're bereft of solutions.

State questions Redfern on Taku barging project
State permitters on Wednesday evening released a packet of questions to the Tulsequah Chief Mine operator regarding its application to barge ore and supplies on the Taku River year-round.

Faltering economy strikes the state's recycling industry
ANCHORAGE - Recycling in Alaska used to pay off.

Festival looks at building giant snowman
ANCHORAGE - The first thing he'll need is a name.

New Anchorage mayor to be sworn in Saturday
ANCHORAGE - With Mayor Mark Begich heading off to Washington, D.C., Anchorage is getting a new mayor.

Kenai boy survives rare cancer
KENAI - Sporting a replica WWE championship belt around his waist, 8-year-old Marcus Yamada flips onto a couch, mimicking his favorite wrestler, Jeff Hardy.

Calif. sues to block Bush endangered species rules
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California has filed suit against the Bush administration to block last-minute endangered species regulations that are intended to reduce input from federal scientists, Attorney General Jerry Brown announced Tuesday.

Alaska float claims Rose parade prize
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Tournament of Roses parade float claimed one of 24 prizes awarded.

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