Polar Bear Dip christens the New Year
Close to 100 hearty souls christened the 2011 New Year by dipping themselves,their good intentions and their resolutions into the 36-degree waters of Auke Village Recreation Area on Saturday as part of the 19th Annual Polar Bear Dip. Air temperature of 38-degrees, light rain, and a 10 mile-per-hour wind dropped the chill even more, but smiles stayed upright in what was called “A Splash of Heaven 2011.”

Downtown McDonald’s serves its final burgers
The Big Macs have officially moved out of downtown, but those golden arches may rise again later at another downtown location. McDonald’s closed its Front Street restaurant on Friday, sending its employees and customers to the Mendenhall Valley restaurant.

Empire hires new managing editor
There’s some new blood in Juneau’s news game. John R. Moses has become the new managing editor for the Juneau Empire, carrying a long journalism history in tow.

Police & Fire
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Photos: Holiday Cup
Holiday Cup photos.

Thanks for supporting Love In the Name of Christ
Love In the Name of Christ would like to thank their Juneau community for their participation and support at their annual benefit auction at Centennial Hall this fall. Thank you Centennial Hall for the wonderful catering of dessert. To you who donated or purchased auction items a big thank you for partnering with us in meeting the needs of our community.

Morgan, Lenord wed
Kelly Nicole Morgan and Scott Thomas Lenord of Fairbanks were married at 5 p.m. on Sept. 25, 2010 at Centennial Hall. The bride’s uncle, Rod Morgan, officiated the ceremony. A reception followed the ceremony.

Thank you from the family of Winnafred Smith
We, the family of Winnie Smith, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp #2, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Camp #12, the Hoonah Indian Association, the Juneau and Hoonah Presbyterian churches, the Hoonah Assembly of God, the Hoonah Salvation Army, the Beatrice Brown family for your love and special care, and to those kind individuals who extended their love and support to us during the loss of our mother. Your kindness was a great comfort to us all.

Thanks for supporting school fundraiser
Juneau Adventist Christian School would like to thank all the folks who came out to support our recent fundraising auction.  With the help of those who came, and the following generous donors, we were able to raise over $2,500 for our school’s needs. Our terrific donors include the following: Miss Scarlett’s Flowers, Hanger on the Wharf, Prospector Hotel, Hair Today, Grandma’s Featherbed, Mendenhall Auto Center, Angela Kartes, Jenny Markham, Juneau Bowling Center, Bullwinkle’s Pizza, Rodfather’s Broiler, Nugget Alaskan Outfitters, El Sombrero, Nail Jazz, Sandpiper Café, Orca Whale Tours & Sightseeing, Jerry’s Meats & Seafoods, Rejuvenation Salon & Spa, The Alaska Club, Westmark Baranof Hotel, Era Flightseeing, Glacier Gardens, Rainbow Foods, Valley Restaurant, Radio Shack, Susie’s Hair Salon, Eaglecrest Ski Area, Walmart, Tal-Air, Alaska Gourmet, Carol Schriver, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Clinic, Rie Muńoz, Wings of Alaska, Fireweed Chiropractic, Fortuna Odell, O’Rielly’s Auto Center, Suwanna Café and Marcy File.  In addition, we would like to thank the board members and committee who spent their time and efforts to make the contacts and run the auction, as well as auctioneer Brad Imboden.

Oudekerk, Johnson wed
Whitney Johnson and Jake Oudekerk of Fairbanks were married at 5 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2010, at the couple’s home in Juneau. A reception followed.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration to be held
The Black Awareness Association of Juneau announces plans for the 2011 Martin Luther King Day celebration in Juneau. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the King federal holiday. The theme for the 2011 celebration is “Dare To Dream.”

Good job, Gail
Before too much time passes, Gail Fenumiai, Director of Elections for the State of Alaska deserves an award. She performed outstanding, excellent public service that made the general election of 2010 possible. I believe that there are many more Alaskans who feel the same way that I do.

Thanks for supporting Alaska Wildlife Alliance
The Southeast chapter of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance is grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of our booth at the Juneau Public Market and our wildlife quilt raffle.

Tobacco-free for the new year
Jim Hesson has a head start on his New Year’s resolutions. After smoking for 45 years he has been tobacco-free for more than two months, and he couldn’t be happier about it. Hesson knew for years he should quit smoking and, as with other smokers, had even tried to quit once before. He had been told by doctors he had the beginning stages of emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and even that wasn’t enough to overcome his desire to keep smoking.

Widowed Persons monthly brunch to be held today
The Widowed Persons first monthly brunch for January will be held today at noon at the Baranof Hotel. All widows/widowers are invited to join the group for this social event. The Winter/Spring Widowed Persons Calendar will be distributed. For further information, please contact Sue at 586-6424 or suen@gci.net, or Sandy at 789-0355.

DIY or call in the pros? Some babyproofing basics
Babies and toddlers are curious creatures. Something captures their attention — a stuffed animal, a shiny object or a noisy rattle — and they’re going after it.


Cesar and Dailey celebrate 25 years
Kenneth Cesar and Jacqueline Dailey will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this week. They began dating in March 1977 and were married on Jan. 3, 1986 in Las Vegas. The couple has lived in Juneau during the majority of their marriage. They enjoy attending basketball games, picnicking with their large extended family and fishing.

Empire editorial: Hopes for unity in 2011
It was a calamitous year to those who yearn for political unity both inside political parties and among them, but 2010 is over at last and will not be mourned by fans of political propriety.

Thanks from the Juneau Empire
As we embrace the promise of a new year I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to a community that has supported the Juneau Empire this past year.

New Year’s resolutions
Well, it’s time to decide what New Year’s resolutions should be considered, again. I have made New Year’s resolutions in the past and have failed in keeping them. In previous years I convinced myself that I was going to start eating healthier, begin a good exercise routine and lose some weight.

Eating words for the New Year
The turkey was fork-tender perfect, the gravy thick and plentiful and someone even said “this is the best apple pie I’ve ever had in my whole life”. But for me the bite I will remember most this holiday season is the bite I’m taking now. It is time for me to eat some words . . . some words I said about Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Anchorage afterschool program starts string orchestra
ANCHORAGE — An afterschool program in the Anchorage area has started a string orchestra.

Body found in outdoor staircase in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have found the body of a man who may have died intoxicated.

Tourney hints at great possibilities, potential for JDHS boys and girls
The past week was good to the local prep basketball teams from Juneau-Douglas high School as both won their respective brackets of the 20th Annual Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

Miller ending legal battle, conceding Senate race
JUNEAU — Republican Joe Miller has conceded the Alaska U.S. Senate race to party rival Sen. Lisa Murkowski, ending nearly two months of debate and court litigation.

2010 was full of surprises
While the political buzz continued to hum around former Gov. Sarah Palin, with many asking will she or won’t she run for president, it was Ted Stevens’ unexpected death that rocked Alaska’s world in 2010. To many, Stevens was “Uncle Ted,” a beloved Alaskan of legendary status. His death in a plane crash left many wondering if Alaska would ever see the likes of Ted Stevens again. Who, they asked, will fight the way Ted did for Alaska?

More charities sign up for part of dividend
ANCHORAGE — More Alaska charities are signing up to get a piece of residents’ Permanent Fund Dividends.

Anchorage loses fewer employees than expected
ANCHORAGE — When Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan proposed a budget in October for 2011, it appeared to mean layoffs for 31 employees.

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