Dropping out isn't worth it
Dropping out is dumb. It's not a good idea to drop out, because you won't get good jobs. The more education you have, the more money you make.

Conservation could make up for ANWR oil
Harold Heinze just used nearly 400 words in his Dec. 28 letter to the editor ("Time to Educate America on ANWR") proposing a bizarre $1/barrel "ANWR education" tax while using virtually no words to explain why Congress made such a "horrific mistake as not advancing the exploration and development of ANWR."

Photo: Eaglecrest celebration
Juneau residents watch fireworks near the warmth of a bonfire Sunday as Eaglecrest Ski Area celebrates the new year.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Vatican boots Juneau priest
A priest accused of sexually abusing boys more than two decades ago has been dismissed from the priesthood, the Catholic Diocese of Juneau said Sunday.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Chilling out, bringing the new year in
Participants in the 12th annual Polar Bear Dip charge into the water Sunday at Auke Village Recreation Area. Organizer Len Ceder estimated about 70 people took the plunge to bring in the new year.

City's 1st baby of '06 weighs in
Joseph Wulfe Zimbleman waited for his mother to celebrate her 34th birthday Friday to become the first baby born in 2006 at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

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

Photo: 'twas the season
Charter Tschirgi removes Christmas lights and decorations Monday from the tree in front of his home on Glacier Avenue.

My Turn: Road will provide work for road crews, coroner
I read the articles on the proposed road out of Juneau in Alaska Magazines' October ("Road to the Future" by Peter Porco) and November ("Swimming the Road" by Nick Jans) issues.

My Turn: Attempts to explain away mine's problems are hollow
Recent op-eds by Coeur d'Alene officials and their supporters have been hammering away at opponents of the Kensington Mine on the same old themes.

My Turn: Northwest Arctic: a fresh start in K-12 education
Voters are transforming public education in Northwest Arctic Alaska. The winds of change for K-12 education in Northwest Arctic Borough schools first began blowing strong four years ago.

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.

Photo: March of the dancers
Members of the Juneau-Douglas High School dance team perform their light march during halftime of the boys basketball game on Friday at the Capital City Classic.

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.

Ice study boosts data on big fields, warming
Columbia Glacier has retreated nine miles over the past 20 years in a meltdown punctuated by ice quakes and submarine gushes of water triple the flow of the Mississippi River.

Tsunami centers to go to 24/7 status
When news of a big earthquake hits in the middle of the night, it takes geophysicist Bruce Turner five minutes to fumble for his beeper, throw on a coat, scrape ice off his car windshield, drive a mile to work and transmit a tsunami alert from the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.

Award-winning romance novelist blushes at her own prose
When Jackie Ivie writes the steamy sex scenes for her romance novels, she is clearly trying to titillate her readers.

Crews get set for ice art bout
It is tradition in December for volunteers to cut and remove ice blocks as big as refrigerators from frozen O'Grady Pond.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Angoon still searching for missing man
Searchers in Angoon planned to continue looking for a longtime resident of the Admiralty Island community this morning after a Coast Guard helicopter crew failed to find any trace of the man who fell into a harbor Sunday night.

Army to fence Fort Richardson
The Army will begin construction next month on a 25-mile fence to separate Fort Richardson from Anchorage neighbors from Eagle River to Muldoon.

Photo: There to help
A portrait of Susan Butcher hangs on the wall behind Jennifer Doty of Willow as she has her blood drawn by phlebotomist Andre Walker last week at Iditarod Headquarters in Wasilla.

Gas line, surplus, elections make for lively outlook in '06
According to the traditional Chinese calendar, 2006 is the Year of the Dog. But in Alaska, 2006 may be dubbed the year of living dangerously.

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

Can peninsula deal with volcano blowup?
Ninety-four years ago in what is now Katmai National Park and Preserve, Novarupta Volcano exploded, launching an estimated 21 cubic miles of material into the atmosphere over a three-day period, and burying the surrounding landscape with an ash flow 100 to 700 feet deep.

Dividend officials: File early
Alaskans who wait longer to file for their permanent fund dividends this year will have to wait longer to get the money.

Coast Guard captain's son recalls Storis' historic journey
When the Coast Guard cutter Storis broke through ice and into uncharted territory on its historic voyage through the Northwest Passage, 13-year-old Tim Wood had a view from the deck.

Northery Dynasty revises estimates of Pebble deposit
A gold and copper deposit near Iliamna is richer than previously estimated, according to the Canadian mining company that wants to build a mine there.

Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

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

Alaska tribes want say in BLM herbicide review
Alaska tribes want a say in the Bureau of Land Management's battle plan against invasive plant species on federal land.

Projects hope to chronicle Kodiak life
A pair of local projects looks to share traditional knowledge of life on Kodiak with future generations.

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