Business Digest
Reports of the local business community.

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

Froehlich to retire after 15 years on bench
Judge Peter B. Froehlich said he has seen very few bad people come before him during the last 1512 years.

Photo: It's a new year
Members of the Juneau community are treated to fireworks Saturday night at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Polar bear dippers renew themselves
At 1 p.m. New Year's Day, as some Juneauites were just waking up and wondering what woodland animal had lodged in their mouth overnight, about 70 folks plunged into the waters at Auke Village Recreation Area.

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

Blaze claims Valley home
A family was burned out of its rental home off Mendenhall Loop Road on Saturday night.

Juneau teachers recount Thailand tsunami's horror
Early on the morning of Dec. 26, Juneau teachers Craig Mapes and Kathleen Wiest decided to take one last look around Karon Beach on Phuket Island, Thailand, before flying inland, back to Bangkok.

Wal-Mart, Home Depot spark concerns among Juneau residents
Residents seem to agree that the cost of living in Juneau is high. But the prospect of international retailers coming to town with the promise of low prices has sparked debate.

Citizens group works to improve bus system
Although Capital Transit was named the best small transit system in the nation by the Community Transportation Association of America in 2003, some residents say Capital Transit doesn't deserve the award and needs fundamental changes.

Photo: New Year's anniversary present
Michelle Fred shows off baby Michael Donovan Fred, who was born at 12:54 p.m. Saturday at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Slumbering menace
It's been a long time since Juneau was seriously threatened by hundreds of tons of ice and snow crashing down from the mountains above.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

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

Juneau survivors tell tale
Juneau teacher Richard Steele was packing his bags in his room at the Peach Hill Hotel & Resort, 500 yards from Kata Beach on Phuket Island, Thailand, when he heard screaming.

Physicals may cost cabbies jobs
When Jason Morrow tired of being laid off from his chef's position at the end of each tourist season, he and his wife used their Alaska Permanent Fund dividends to buy a used police car and converted it into a taxicab.

Photo: For the tsunami victims
Donna Perrin, left, and Carol Anderson of the Juneau People for Peace and Justice staff a table at A&P on Sunday so that shoppers can make donations to a tsunami relief fund. Donations will be going to the International Red Cross.

James Elmer Willman
Former Juneau resident James Elmer Willman, 80, died Dec. 24, 2004, in Kelso, Wash.

Jessie Leta Estes
Former Juneau resident Jessie Leta Estes, 88, died Dec. 18, 2004, in Seattle, Wash.

Immigration should give Guillen a break
It's a case like that involving Ernesto Guillen, a resident of Juneau since 1996 who is soon to be deported to his native Mexico for being an illegal alien, that makes you wonder how an otherwise decent person gets a break.

Empire editorial: A year begging for collaboration
Happy New Year, Juneau. You've earned it. Take a collective deep breath, and then it's back to work.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by Toe

A culture fighting for its life
A man has forced himself into a woman's home and beaten her nearly to death.

Web links
Web sites for local outdoors enthusiasts.

A listing of outdoor events around Juneau.

Alaska's trophy blacktail deer
Although Alaska is home to bigger, more dangerous and more glamorous big game, Sitka blacktail deer hold a special place in the hearts of some hunters.

Snow report
An update on the conditions at EagleCrest Ski Area.

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events

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
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

A new year, but Jazz face same struggles
Tracy McGrady prefers a fast-paced offense, and it showed against the Utah Jazz.

2004: A look back
It would be a bit of an understatement to say 2004 was a busy year in Southeast Alaska sports.

Southeast urchin fishery in trouble
Stung by heavy competition from Russian traders, Southeast Alaska's dive fishermen are trying to figure out how to save their urchin fishery from possible extinction.

Elmendorf airman moonlights as rapper
Elmendorf Air Force Base officials recently found out one of their airmen has been living a double life - after his photo appeared on the cover of Air Force Times.

Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Town in Southcentral is facing growing pains
The town of Butte northeast of Anchorage is going through a transformation accompanied by an unprecedented growth in population.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state.

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