In praise of Penn
As a 17 year resident of Juneau who has since flown south for warmer, sunnier, dryer climes, I still so enjoy reading the Empire and nothing could have made my heart happier than finding Michael Penn’s audio slide show of the Hallelujah Flash Mob at the SOB from December 17th. I saw quite a few of my friends there singing (I hope they were singing because their mouths were certainly open), recognized many other familiar faces, if not names, heard that magnificent organ and generally felt like I was back home for those few minutes. It made my day.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Breaking the ice to clear the path
Ethan Knuthson breaks up ice in front of the Alaskan Hotel on Monday on South Franklin Street. Warmer temperatures are to prevail for the next couple of days.

AML: Proposed changes by APOC unclear
The Alaska Public Offices Commission, or APOC, has proposed a lengthy set of new regulations regarding financial disclosure. However, the Alaska Municipal League contends APOC’s methods for explaining these new rules are inadequate.

AJ Mine, Second Crossing to be vetted in Assembly goals
The AJ Mine and a second crossing to Douglas are arguably the two most contentious issues on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly’s top 10 list for 2011.

Allure of Mendenhall Glacier masks the dangers of its face
The majestic beauty of the Mendenhall Glacier is a popular attraction for tourists in the summer and locals in the winter, but that beauty masks the incredible danger for those who venture out onto the frozen Mendenhall Lake.

Police & Fire
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Juneau man gets reduced domestic violence sentence
A change of plea agreement between defense attorney Julie Willoughby and Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp resulted in a felony domestic violence charge being reduced to a misdemeanor for 25-year-old Irl Fredrickson in Juneau Superior Court on Monday.

Today in History
Today’s Highlight in History

Zoe Rusaw: First Juneau baby of 2011
Zoe Renee Rusaw was born in Bartlett Regional Hospital at 2:41 p.m. Sunday to parents Ashli Anderson and Jason Rusaw. Zoe was 191/4 inches long and weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. Grandparents are Lonnie and Berverly Anderson and Linda Rusaw and Ray Rusaw. Zoe is the first baby of the 2011 New Year born in Juneau.

Photo: Sprucing up Egan Drive overpass
About 50 stuffed animals decorate the metal wetlands artwork along the Egan Drive overpass Monday at Sunny Point.

Photo: Remnants of New Year’s Eve
The remnants of fireworks from a New Year’s Eve celebration were left in a Mendenhall Glacier parking lot in the Tongass National Forest Recreation Area

Photo: Strolling around Mendenhall Glacier
Gabrielle and Jarvis Aberle leave the Tongass National Forest Recreation Area with Fannie, Mugwort and Granger on lease as they walk from the Mendenhall Glacier area Sunday along Glacier Spur Road.

Phyllis Ann Kunz
Phyllis Ann Kunz died in December 2010 at her home on Village St. in Juneau.

William (Bill) Frank Palmer
William (Bill) Frank Palmer died Jan. 2, 2011, at his Juneau home following a long fight with cancer. He was 42.

Karl H. Greenewald
Lifelong Hoonah resident Karl H. Greenewald Sr. died Jan. 1, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones at the Alaska Native Medical Center. He was born in 1928 in Hoonah of the Tįkdeintaan Clan, Tax’ Hit (Snail House). His Tlingit names were Quaats and Too Heek Naa Haa.

My Turn: Thanks from United Way
It’s the end of 2010 and as we head into 2011 with renewed commitment to make the world and our lives better for our families, friends and community, I want to say, “Thank You” to all the donors and volunteers that have given this past year to or through United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Russia's twisted 'rule of law'
When Dmitry Medvedev became president of Russia two years ago he pledged to combat “legal nihilism,” the disrespect for law that feeds corruption and backwardness in his country.

Empire editorial: Pick. Click. Give.
What can you do with $25? Fill up almost half a tank in an SUV, buy some pizza and beer or sodas, maybe grab lunch for two at a diner. But what if you could stretch that cash to help feed the hungry, work against domestic violence or support the symphony or a local swim club?

My Turn: January 2011 is the 10th Annual National Mentoring Month
January can be a tough month — especially in Alaska. Winter is getting old and cold, the light isn’t coming back fast enough, and those holiday bills are starting to arrive.

Obama is back, squarely in the center
For someone who is supposedly cool and detached, President Obama has triggered outraged and outsized reactions on both sides of the political spectrum in the last year. Conservatives loathe his health-care reforms; progressives hate his tax compromises.

Containing Comcast
Federal regulators appear poised to bless Comcast’s proposed $30 billion takeover of NBC Universal, with conditions aimed at limiting Comcast’s ability to harm competitors. Those conditions would not speed innovation in the market for TV services, but at least they would blunt Comcast’s ability to impede online entrepreneurs and hinder rival networks.

Alaska jail inmate jumps to death from balcony
ANCHORAGE — An inmate jumped to his death from a balcony at an Alaska jail last weekend.

Fireworks result in few injuries
ANCHORAGE — There were a few fireworks-related injuries this New Year’s Eve — the first time in years that fireworks were legal in Anchorage.

Police look for suspect in burglary
NIKISKI — Police are looking for a suspect in the burglary and vandalization of the North Kenai Chapel in Nikiski.

Voters to decide property tax break in 2012
FAIRBANKS — Alaska voters will decide in 2012 whether local governments can give homeowners a bigger tax break by increasing property tax exemptions.

Anchorage teacher charged with sex abuse
ANCHORAGE — An Alaska high school music teacher is facing sex abuse charges.

Radio deal planned for Fairbanks stations
FAIRBANKS — A deal is being planned involving five Fairbanks radio stations.

Anchorage police say man died in apparent fall
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have identified a man who was found dead on an outdoor stairway on New Year’s Eve.

Record warm temps in Interior
FAIRBANKS — Interior Alaska is experiencing record warm temeratures that are making for very slick roads.

Staveland thrives behind the arc and in the kitchen for TMHS
Thunder Mountain sophomore forward Jonelle Staveland’s 3-point shooting has helped the Falcon girls earn their first two wins in school history this season.

Reps. to push bills against genetically-modified fish
Two state representatives opposed to any federal government approval of the sale and consumption of genetically-modified salmon plan bills aimed at banning cultivation of genetically-modified fish in Alaskan waters and demanding strict labeling practices for farmed or genetically-modified fish.

Liquor store is a guarded success
ANCHORAGE — “Jailhouse Liquor” is a hit.

Village power restored but problems persist
ANCHORAGE — Power was restored Monday to the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, but pipes that had frozen and burst during the outage were causing serious plumbing problems.

Anchorage skier wins her 1st national championship
ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage cross country skier has won her first national championship.

Slushy course hampers Anchorage triathlon
ANCHORAGE — They ran like ducks through slush, leaped over a downed tree, and skied on scary glare ice. But when they finished Alaska’s first attempt at a winter triathlon, most of the racers said they had a blast.

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