Thursday, January 3, 2008

What are we teaching Juneau children?
I like living in Juneau. I appreciate all the beauty and fresh air that abounds here. I have been living here only a short time, but it has renewed my sense of humanity, and I actually feel like a citizen.

Photo: Moving day
Nick Campbell, an employee of the Legislative Affairs Agency, unloads a van of office supplies Wednesday into the Capitol. Three van loads of legislative office supplies will be unloaded in preparation of the upcoming session that starts Jan. 15.

Photo: Needle work for the needy
Doreen Merrell, left, and Lorrie Garner work on a quilt Wednesday at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Around Town

Around Town

Photos: Red-hot New Year
A few hundred salsa enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the new year and to say farewell to Heather Haugland and her husband, Antonio Diaz. The couple, who have been key organizers of the local salsa scene, are moving this week to Lima, Peru, for six months to a year.

Photo: First sled trip of the year
Irina Conte pulls her son, Nikita, 4, along a deserted South Franklin Street on a New Year's Day outing.

Photo: Polar bear plunge
Angie Fowler, left; Lou Taylor, center; and Jo Boehme race out of the water Tuesday during the 15th Annual Polar Bear Dip at the Auke Village Recreation Area. The air temperature was 35 degrees and it was snowing.

Man faces porn rap
A former Boys & Girls Club instructor appeared in court last week charged with six counts of possessing child pornography after police said they found hundreds of photos and video images of teens and children stored in part on a computer hard drive stolen from the club.

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

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

Photos: Red-hot New Year
A few hundred salsa enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the new year and to say farewell to Heather Haugland and her husband, Antonio Diaz. The couple, who have been key organizers of the local salsa scene, are moving this week to Lima, Peru, for six months to a year.

Photos: Red-hot New Year
A few hundred salsa enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the new year and to say farewell to Heather Haugland and her husband, Antonio Diaz. The couple, who have been key organizers of the local salsa scene, are moving this week to Lima, Peru, for six months to a year.

Photo: Baby New Year
Crystal and Kolt Garvey of Juneau pose with their newborn son, Cedrych Garvey. Cedrych was the first baby born in Juneau in 2008. Cedrych was 9 pounds, 22½ inches long at birth at 7:19 a.m. Wednesday at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Neighbors Digest
King of the Jungle musical practices start; Juneau Democrats meet Thursday; Learning Connection offers ESL classes; Sitka Fine Arts Camp registration opens

Photo: Puck shoot winner
Suzanne Ainsworth, left, chairperson of the Blue Line Club fundraising committee, awards Matt Whistler with his $500 winnings from the McDonald's Puck Shoot at the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears hockey game against Colony High School on Dec. 14 at Treadwell Arena.

Southeast Senior Services becomes Alaska's Aging and Disability Resource Center
The Alaska State Independent Living Council is pleased to announce that Southeast Senior Services has been designated as Alaska's new Aging and Disability Resource Center.

Pets of the week
Sweet, special pets seek homes. You can visit these pets during visiting hours from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday or 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for contributing to our Homeless Awareness Sleepout; Congratulations to the nursing program graduates

Photo: Eagle Scout award
Mayor Bruce Botelho, right, presents James Gamez, 18, with the Eagle Scout award in the scout Court of Honor on Dec. 16 at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Nugent, Guertin to wed
Casey Lea Guertin and Joshua Ray Nugent, both of Juneau, will marry on March 8, 2008, at the Spokane Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Spokane Valley, Wash.

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'08 forecast: gloom, with periods of ungloom
How right were my 2007 predictions? Let's just say they included oil at $100 a barrel, the sub-prime meltdown and racist outbursts from Don Imus and Bill O'Reilly.

Outside editorials: President Bush and an absence of compassion
President Bush showed a modicum of courage and compassion last month when he commuted the sentence of Maryland resident Michael Dwayne Short.

Outside editorial: Crisis in Kenya
Kenya appeared close over the weekend to successfully completing a groundbreaking democratic election that would have, for the first time, forced an incumbent president to leave office.

Looking back and forward
As we begin the New Year, naturally there's excitement about the promise of things to come. Each of us has aspirations for 2008: projects we hope to accomplish, resolutions we hope to keep, and journeys we long to make.

Could housing market collapse, high gas prices mean end of urban sprawl?
The collapse in the housing market and high gasoline prices are bad news for middle-class homeowners left to sift through the wreckage.

Subprime mess: Buyers, sellers, financial institutions and government - all failed
A single, startling week last month challenged anyone's delusions of the unimpeachable wisdom of free markets.

Outside editorial: Judicial security: Congress acts to protect court personnel
Judges, prosecutors and courthouse personnel across the country have been agitating - and rightfully so - for increased security measures since 2005.

Outside editorials: More foot-dragging on climate change
The Bush administration finally took a positive step on global warming by agreeing to work toward a new international climate treaty. Yet there are disturbing signs that the administration will continue to frustrate progress on the home front toward that goal.

A few love-my-country resolutions for the new year
My New Year's resolutions: I resolve to worry more about Pakistan's 75-weapon nuclear stockpile than about global warming. I am more worried about being incinerated by a loose nuke than I am about the water table rising a few feet.

My Turn: Improvements are on the way at Perseverance Trail
Last year Trail Mix and Channel Construction began to rebuild a portion of Juneau's Perseverance Trail. As we near the end of this historic project, now is a great time to look at why this work was necessary, and to update Juneau's hikers on our progress.

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.

Juneau's biggest Holiday Cup ever draws to a close
Five champions were crowned as the biggest Holiday Cup indoor soccer tournament to date drew to a close Monday at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

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.

Officials: Oil prices could mean more money for state - if trend continues
After oil prices briefly slipped above $100 a barrel on Wednesday, Alaska officials said they weren't sure how the recent spike will affect the state budget.

One of state's tiniest schools faces closure
The number of students at the Hope school isn't enough to field a soccer team. The entire student body could sit at a single dining room table, or fit into a minivan.

Alaskans join Audubon's annual holiday bird count
Like most of the bird-loving citizen scientists who take part in the annual Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count, Nicole Sperbeck accepted a little discomfort as part of the routine.

Judge says Kenai Peninsula Borough can up taxes
A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Kenai Peninsula Borough has the authority to increase the sales tax to 3 percent without a vote of the public.

Anchorage backcountry skier survives avalanche
An avalanche swept a man 1,500 feet down a mountainside before spitting him out and freeing him.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Diesel repair specialist downsizes, blames unstable market
After 27 years in business, the diesel specialty shop Alaska Diesel Rebuilders is making some changes in an effort to offset its diminishing client base.

Northwest Digest
Man charged with assault in Valley; Man arrested on felony assault charge; Disabled freighter drifting in Aleutians; Yellowstone hit by magnitude 3.6 quake; Loan keeps unique animal shelter open

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Suspects in home invasion have criminal pasts
Three men charged in a home invasion are convicted felons who were fresh out of prison and on parole, according to the Department of Corrections.

Alaska Digest
Bartlett Regional Hospital appoints chief operating officer; KTOO-TV to launch 24-hour all-Alaska channel 360 North; Chris Hayes wants husband's trial pushed back before testifying; Woman assaulted and robbed by two near Talkeetna; 72-year-old Galena sex offender accused of calling children; Snowmobile hits truck, 15-year-old girl injured but OK

Snow drought leaves Interior slopes a little rough
Skiers and snowboarders in Fairbanks are hoping for more snow to smooth out hazards on area slopes.

Arctic drilling riles conservationists
The federal government will open up nearly 46,000 square miles off Alaska's northwest coast to petroleum leases next month, a decision condemned by environmental groups that contend the industrial activity will harm northern marine mammals.

Crude prices reach $100
Crude oil prices briefly soared to $100 a barrel Wednesday for the first time, reaching that milestone amid an unshakable view that global demand for oil and petroleum products will outstrip supplies.

Fairbanks borough considers energy projects fund
Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Whitaker wants to set aside funds to support energy projects.

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