Where did all of the letters go?
I've been wondering what the difference is between letters to the editor and the online responses, and what kind of impact they have on our community.
Photos: Days of '59
Several hundred people attended the ball to celebrate Alaska's statehood on Jan. 3, 1959. Some dressed up in 1950s-era clothing and danced to classic songs performed by legendary 1950s doo-wop group The Diamonds.
Business seeks to bring $500,000 lottery to Juneau
The $500,000 lottery that a pull-tab business in Anchorage is running may be coming to Juneau before the Jan. 9 drawing.
Photo: 'Our Auntie's Totem'
Tim Ackerman steadies the new totem pole called "Our Auntie's Totem," carved by Haines Tlingit master carver Wayne Price, as an AEL&P boom truck lifts it Saturday from a converted boat trailer being used to deliver the totem from Haines to Thunder Mountain High School.
Photo: Winter flock
A flock of pigeons swarm Saturday while looking for food next to the Alaskan & Proud store.
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state troopers reported:
A photo in the Friday edition of the Empire misidentified Patty Gehring, a swimmer who took part in the 16th annual Polar Bear Dip on Thursday. Brenda Krauss did not swim in the event.
Women of Distinction 2009
Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. (AWARE) is proud to announce the 2009 Women of Distinction, from left, Angela Lunda, Marla Berg, Marsha Buck and Ann Boochever. These women were chosen for their dedication and relentless service to peace, justice and the empowerment of women. Each honoree has enriched the lives of women and children and have made a legacy of compassion out of their own lives. Their accomplishments will be honored by AWARE on March 7 at Centennial Hall, with a catered dinner, silent auction and speeches by each of the women about what inspires them. Proceeds will benefit AWARE's domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and intervention services. For more information about the Women of Distinction event, call AWARE at 586-6623.
Promising youth Philanthropy Program
With its budding Juneau youth philanthropy program - called the Youth Action Committee - the Juneau Community Foundation has taken great steps to support local youth programs.
Coast Guard association donates stockings for disadvantaged children
The Juneau Coast Guard Military and Family Association recently completed their annual "Christmas Stockings for Disadvantaged Children" project. More than 150 stockings were donated to Juneau charities that work closely with families in need. This year's recipients included the A.W.A.R.E. Shelter's annual Holiday Party and St. Vincent DePaul's daycare, shelter and "Adopt a Family" program. The stockings were assemble by JCGMFA volunteers and filled with donations from local businesses and personal contributors. Stockings were made for children in the age range of newborn to teenager.
Senior menu for the week of Jan. 5-9
Monday, Jan. 5
Widowed Persons Program hold potluck
JUNEAU - The Widowed Persons Program will hold its first potluck of 2009 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, in the dining room at Fireweed Place.
Starting the conversation
Check out this quote: "I'd say that the people at Christian Coalition events are nicer than the people at the Democratic Convention, by and large," by Al Franken.
Vinson, Mantia to wed
Rayme Christopher Vinson, of Juneau, and Sarah Elizabeth Mantia, of Orlando, Fla., will marry in December 2009 in Orlando.
Juneau residents Lindsey M. Heumann, a senior studying exercise and sport science; Aubrey J. Hulse, a freshman studying general science; and Jennifer A. Olarra, studying for a credential in zoology, were named to Oregon State University's Scholastic Honor Roll for having 3.5 grade-point averages or better during the fall term.
George Cornell Schwaderer
Former Juneau resident George Cornell Schwaderer, of Wasilla, died peacefully Dec. 21, 2008, at home surrounded by his family. He was 85.
Longtime Alaska resident Frederick "Fred" Fay Kohls died Jan. 1, 2009, at the Juneau Pioneers Home after an extended illness. He was 85.
Outside editorial: More protection for U.S. smokers
Even Barack Obama - he of the compulsive exercise regimen and workout- video-worthy physique - hasn't been able to escape the clutches of nicotine. The president-elect, whose struggle to give up cigarettes is well documented, still sneaks an occasional smoke.
Waiting for things to get worse
Could it be that things will get even worse? As the weekend drew near, we heard frantic talk that Israeli troops could soon arrive once again at our doorstep. What then? Already we have experienced so much terror and want.
Just send the next bailout check to me
In recent weeks, my family and I have carefully observed the bailouts that have been provided to, or requested by, various companies since the financial crisis began. After much deliberation with our accountants and financial advisers, we have concluded that, in order to prevent a deeper recession and turn around the U.S. economy, the federal government needs to give the next bailout package directly to us.
Cartoon by local artist Toe.
Firefighters respond to Juneau's first house fire of 2009
JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to the first structure fire of 2009 at about 7 a.m. Saturday at 1700 Angus Way.
Seward couple has first baby of 2009
SEWARD - A Seward couple welcomed the New Year with a new baby.
Moderate earthquake felt in Kodiak
FAIRBANKS - A moderate earthquake has occurred near Kodiak Island.
Firefighters to receive $150,000 grant
JUNEAU - Officials in Anchorage with the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced another grant award Friday to Capital City Fire and Rescue worth $150,000.
Inmate accused of jail violence
KENAI - A 23-year-old inmate at the Wildwood Pretrial Correctional Facility in Kenai is accused of threatening two jail officers with shards of glass.
Free skiiers go extreme
Free skier Jarret Thomas is part of the younger generation of Juneau's extreme athletes who are perform maneuvers that their parents never dreamed of trying.
New ignition lock laws aim to foil drunk drivers
CHICAGO - Motorists convicted of driving drunk will have to install breath-monitoring gadgets in their cars under new laws taking effect this week in six states including Alaska.
Populations of lynx on the rise in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is experiencing growing populations of lynx, as well as fox, throughout the city.
Valkenburg named deputy commissioner
FAIRBANKS - Retirement was not a good fit for former Fairbanks state wildlife biologist Pat Valkenburg.
Many Alaskans ring in new year by filing for their PFD
ANCHORAGE - Hundreds of Alaskans chose to welcome the New Year with fingers poised over a computer keyboard, eager to apply for the 2009 Permanent Fund dividend.
Cold snap continues and worsens
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's cold snap continues.
Large explosion in sky over Tok mystifies residents
FAIRBANKS - Was it a meteor falling from space?