A greater threat to society: left-handers
I'm proud to live in a state that punishes abnormal behavior by preventing deviants from marrying, then denying them benefits because they aren't married.

Empire should follow its own column policy
I am a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School. I read Thursday's My Turn column by Douglas Grimm, a obtuse and slanderous rant against gays everywhere.

Reasons to oppose same-sex benefits
I would like to weigh in against the same-sex benefits issue.

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

Photo: Tinted totem
The lower three figures of the "Harnessing the Atom Totem Pole" are illuminated Tuesday by a floodlight at the foot of the totem.

Photo: Vigil for 3,000th soldier
Ben Van Alen holds a symbol of a dead soldier at the Dimond Courthouse on Monday during a candlelight vigil marking the death of the 3,000th member of the U.S. military in Iraq.

Bookstore moves, piece by piece
How do you move a community icon? One box at a time.

Around Town

Alaska cities seek solution for shortfalls
While Alaska's oil-funded state government ponders socking extra billions away in savings accounts, smaller communities are struggling to pay for cops and community centers.

Riverside seeks young 'mentors' for preschool program
It wasn't long ago that schoolchildren who had a disability were shuffled off to a separate classroom where they were taught away from other children.

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

Photo: 'Polar Bears' take the plunge
More than 100 people braved 44-degree temperatures with a stiff breeze to take a frigid swim Monday at the 13th Annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Recreation Area.

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

Photo: Crossing paths
Rebecca Canaday walks Tuesday past the mural "Raven Discovering Mankind in a Clam Shell" outside City Hall.

In a Dec. 29 story about exposure deaths, The Associated Press misstated the last name of one of the victims. The Fairbanks man who died was Ralph James, not Ralph Samuels.


Filing a lost cat report within five days is important
Sir Rufus the Bold trotted forth, his golden plume of a tail held high. He loved how snow transformed his world.

Neighbors Digest
Co-op nursery accepts applications for winter, Widowed Persons Service hosts brunch, Sealaska now accepting scholarship applications, Montessori celebrates 100th anniversary, Big Brothers Big Sisters benefit held Jan. 19 & Forest Service begins free lectures Jan. 12

Juneau's winter weather adds life to old phrase, 'Lord willing'
I have started using a new vocabulary, thanks to the heavy snow this winter. Are you ready for a little Latin?

Pets of the week
Playful female cats await homes at the Humane Society

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: supporting the Alaska Youth Choir, attending museums conference, all of my many years

George Miyasato
Juneau resident and lifelong Alaska Native Brotherhood leader George Worthington Miyasato Sr. died Dec. 31, 2006, in Juneau after a short illness. He was 80.

Alaska editorial: Give habitat back to Fish and Game
The Alaska Board of Fisheries is not exactly a hotbed of knee-jerk greenies. Gov. Frank Murkowski appointed all seven members and the Republican Legislature approved the picks.

Alaska editorial: Bristol Bay fisheries panel is a smart move
Opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine wanted the Alaska Board of Fisheries to back a fisheries refuge for the Bristol Bay drainage, a move intended to block mining development in the area.

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.

Alaska Digest
Juneau firefighters still need volunteers, Standoff in Wasilla ends without injuries & Energy czar rethinks rural Alaska's future

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Supreme Court upholds in-state retiree benefit
Retirees from state, local governments and schools who live Outside won't get the special cost-of-living allowance available to in-state retirees, the Alaska Supreme Court has ruled.

Boy recognized for saving elder from fire
A McGrath teenager is being hailed as a hero for rescuing an elderly man from a burning cabin last month.

Alaska Digest
Young Juneau bear up past bedtime, Woman dies after drinking antifreeze & Expanded hospital to be unveiled today

Retail castoffs lure bargain hunters in Anchorage store
They don't call it Liquidation World for nothing.

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

Fairbanks works to revitalize downtown
Regular customers sometimes tell restaurant owner Joan Busam what she already knows: urban sprawl has left the historic downtown Fairbanks area with a vacuum that, despite recent improvements, has yet to be filled.

Suspects in New Year's crimes appear in court
An Anchorage man killed on New Year's Day was stabbed numerous times in a confrontation with a man he accused of raping his girlfriend's teenage daughter, according to formal charges filed Tuesday.

State representatives kick off year with ethics bill filing
Eight state representatives - four from each party - filed a pre-session ethics bill some believe will be the first of many such proposals seeking substantive change this year.

Southeast fisheries looking up
Southeast Alaska saw continued improvements in 2006 of a commercial salmon fishing industry that's still on the mend after terrible seasons in recent years.

New Year's crimes leave three dead in Anchorage
Anchorage police launched the new year Monday by investigating a double shooting that left two people dead and the homicide of a man in an unrelated incident.

Sitka jeweler pays $156,000 in promotion refunds
Matt Donohoe can testify to the benefits of eating a traditional New Year's Day good luck dish of black-eyed peas and rice.

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