Computer spam invades privacy
Anarchy and chaos is the ultimate result of anything left totally uncontrolled.

This Day in History
In 1917, the city of Juneau purchased a new fire engine that was guaranteed to climb any hill while carrying 1,500 feet of hose and eight men.

Donna Pierce to return to City Hall
Former Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce will return to her old job and office at City Hall on Monday. Pierce resigned from the position six months ago, citing stress as a factor. After a discussions with Interim City Manager John MacKinnon, she has decided to return full time, she said.

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

The governor is amused - 1973
Alaska's first governor, William Egan, was amused by comments made during the Western Governors Conference in September 1973 at Gleneden Beach, Ore. Egan was serving his second term as governor.

An article in Thursday's Empire about further criminal charges against Gary Martin did not make clear his job status with the state.

Sealaska cashes in on casino loan
Sealaska's $14.7 million investment in a California casino has been repaid along with more than $7 million in management fees and interest, officials from the Native corporation said Thursday. Sealaska is the Juneau-based regional corporation for Southeast Natives. It was formed by Congress in 1971 under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:


Photo: First baby of the year
Ewa Orlikowska and Jack Piccolo had Juneau's first baby of 2003 at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bartlett Regional Hospital. The baby, Marianna Asunta Piccolo, weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

Southeast Alaska Master Gardener class offered through January
The Southeast Alaska Master Gardener Class will be taught Jan. 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 and 25. The class will be taught at Floyd Dryden School in Room 200. Monday and Wednesday classes are from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class is sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.

Abell, Kullander marry
Jon Kullander of Juneau married Nicole Abell of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Aug. 10, 2002, at Shore Acres on Lake Champlain in Grand Isle, Vt., the bride's childhood home.

Wigg, Willard to wed
Delila Ann Wigg of Wrangell and Marvin Leslie Willard Jr. of Klukwan are engaged to be married.

THRHA aids local charities for the holidays
Thanks to an unexpected windfall, a local non-profit agency was able to help local charities meet their holiday goals. Tlingit-Haida Regional Authority (THRHA) employees donated six frozen turkeys to the Juneau-based Glory Hole and more than $300 in holiday toys to the Great Alaska Toy Drive, which distributed the toys to children throughout Southeast Alaska.

Presence often best way to help person in pain
As someone who works for Hospice and Home Care, I am often questioned by people wanting to know how they can help a friend or loved one who is grieving. It's not unusual to feel so overwhelmed by a person's sadness that we walk away from them, "I don't know what to say or do, so I better just leave them alone."

Thank you
...for the kindness.

Photo: Trail scene
Sunlight lingers on a panorama visible last Sunday from a beach on Rainforest Trail, south of Outer Point in North Douglas. In the middle distance is Spuhn Island.

Pet of the week
This sweet, shy female with big hair is one of three young adult guinea pigs at the shelter. Keesna is a perfect little lady of a cat. She is warm and friendly, playful but well-behaved.

Juneau man wins achievement award
Former Gov. Tony Knowles presented John Dapcevich with a lifetime achievement award on Nov. 18. Dapcevich, a Juneau resident, served in the Territorial Teachers' Retirement System and as a budget analyst in the territory's fiscal and budget management office. He served 10 years as mayor of Sitka and worked with the statehood commission and the Alaska City Mayors' Association. He was also chairman of the Southeast Alaska Democratic Party and the State Central Council of the Alaska Democratic Party.

Gary D. Nott
Former Juneau resident Gary D. Nott, 61, died Jan. 1, 2003, at his residence in Fremont, Neb.

Former Kayhi swimmer playing a big role on Seattle U. team
When he transferred to Seattle University last year, Sean Seaver played a major role in the Redhawks claiming the NAIA men's national swimming championship. Seaver, a senior distance freestyle swimmer from Ketchikan, finished second in the 1,500-meter freestyle and took third in both the 400-meter free and 200-meter free races to earn NAIA all-American honors for Seattle. He also helped Seattle's 800-meter free relay team claim a national championship.

Ordway League Standings
Standings for the 2002-03 regular season of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Ordway Basketball League, as of Dec. 30.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Table tennis tourney on tap this weekend
Juneau table tennis enthusiasts will have the rare chance to compete in a formal, competitive setting this weekend. The Juneau-Douglas High School Close Up program, which takes students on a trip to Washington, D.C., to learn about American government and history, is holding a table tennis tournament fund-raiser Saturday in the Marie Drake gymnasium. There will be a grand prize of two round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets to Seattle.

Salcha residents keep eye on Tanana River as water recedes
ANCHORAGE - A winter flood watch for the Tanana River in Salcha has been canceled. The National Weather Service dropped the watch Thursday, saying the overflow water has frozen in place and a major blockage in the Tanana has loosened.

Inquiry clears Anchorage officers in fatal shooting
ANCHORAGE - Authorities say Anchorage police officers were justified in shooting a robbery suspect who died of his wounds. Patrick C. Bailey, 33, pointed a loaded gun at officers when they tried to arrest him Dec. 5, according to the criminal investigation into the incident.

Gov. Murkowski appoints Sweeney, Johnson to posts
Sam Johnson, former commander of Elmendorf Air Force Base, was named to head up the state's homeland security efforts. Johnson will serve as assistant commissioner for homeland security and emergency services within the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Gov. Frank Murkowski made the announcement Thursday.

State Briefs
Woman found dead in truck; Boy killed in accidental shooting; Vandals smash vehicles in Anchorage; Man arraigned for alleged bad checks; Body in canoeing accident recovered; Flags lowered for former senator; Search continues for water for Kenai

Dahlstrom to fill House seat
Gov. Frank Murkowski chose Nancy Dahlstrom to fill the term of his daughter, Lisa, in the state House of Representatives on Thursday. Dahlstrom, a Republican from Eagle River, narrowly lost to Lisa Murkowski in the primary for the two-year seat. The governor said Dahlstrom's showing in the August primary, in which she lost by only 56 votes to his daughter, shows that she has the support of her district.

Timber industry hopes it's on the way up
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's timber industry is so far down it has nowhere to go but up. At least that's what those left in the industry are hoping.

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