Famed police writer points pen at reformed LAPD
In his new book, "Hollywood Station," Joseph Wambaugh remembers the golden days of his beloved LAPD, when Jack Webb would intone on TV's "Dragnet": "This is the city, Los Angeles, California. I work here ... I'm a cop."

Nonfiction for the new year
Here's a little new nonfiction to ring in the new year.

Palin lied, Juneau's access road died
I remember being torn last November. It seemed that candidate Palin was not coming out strong for the road.

Equal rights but with responsibilities
I recently read Douglas Grimm's bigoted rant against same-sex benefits (Dec. 28, Juneau Empire) and Kenn Magowan's pretense at acceptance of benefits (Dec. 31)...

Correcting a previous sewer extension letter
Linda Orr's letter, "Houses don't grow over the septic tank," in the Juneau Empire on Dec. 12, begs for correction.

Gov. Palin, stop aerial killing of wolves
While I congratulate Sarah Palin on her election as governor, I abhor the aerial killing of wolves and other wildlife. I beg the her to curb this inhumane practice.

MacKinnon supporters doth protest too much
Recent letters have derided the Juneau Empire for reporting on John MacKinnon's direction of the Department of Transportation at the same time there was a mad rush to steamroll a road...

Geldhof has his own agenda regarding road
Once again, the Juneau Empire doesn't inform its readers that Joe Geldhof is an attorney for the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association...

Money for Starr could have been spent better
I find it strange that the Juneau School District can justify money to pay a high-powered lawyer like Ken Starr to take something that is old news and happened almost seven years ago to the U.S. Supreme Court...

Montessori schools to celebrate centennial
Juneau parents, teachers and students are joining colleagues around the world Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Montessori education.


Hoonah Artists
Fifteen Hoonah residents have been busy honing skills that not only connect them to their past, but also help ensure their financial futures.

Photo: Riding out the storm
Bahiyyih Parish rides her bike through a heavy snowfall Thursday next to Twin Lakes.

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

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

Peter Jack Sr., 1927-2007: Angoon Native leader dies at 79
Almost 10 years ago, Angoon city councilman Peter Jack Sr. began encouraging people to hang lights on their homes during Christmastime.

Picture selected as Alaska AP news photo of the year
The predawn temperature was well below freezing last March when Michael Penn shot his prize-winning photo of flames engulfing Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; but the photographer didn't feel cold.

Photo: Moving in
Juneau Rep.-elect Andrea Doll, left, and Rep. Beth Kerttula organize Doll's office in the Capitol on Wednesday as they prepare for the start of the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 16.

Photo: Lawmaker lineup
Ron Lumba with the Capitol Maintenance Department installs name plates of legislators on the Capitol's first-floor directory.

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

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

State regs require eateries to go through intermediary
With Juneau's harbors just a pole cast away, you'd think restaurateurs would be at the docks every morning buying the daily catch for the nightly special.

Business Digest
Silverbow plans to add five hotel rooms, Anti-mining ads target Pebble project & Sen. Ted Stevens signs fisheries act

Neighbors Digest
Juneau Symphony to perform Feb. 3, 4 & Girl Scouts start taking cookie orders Saturday

Elizabeth Schoenfeld & Lev Tobias

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Dr. Graham Chelius
Volunteer organization: Planned Parenthood Alaska, Sitka Clinic.

Photo: Alaska Youth Choir
The Alaska Youth Choir poses Oct. 28 for a photo shoot at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: establishing Toby Lee foundation and another basketball tournament

Larsen and Saavedra to wed
Suzanne Larsen and Chon Saavedra, of Juneau, will be married Jan. 13, 2007, in a private ceremony at the bride's parents' home.

Use natural sweetener Stevia instead of aspartame

Keyrouse and Forsmo wed
Amanda Leigh Keyrouse and Evan Jarl Forsmo were married Nov. 9, 2006, in a sunset ceremony at Stonebridge Manor, Ariz. Dinner and dancing followed the ceremony.

Births, Marriage licenses and Court judgments

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Krysty Carter
Drawing. "I draw Japanese manga-style and have sort of made my own style. Every manga artist does or, rather, should."

Alvhild 'Hildie' Lowell
Longtime Juneau resident Alvhild "Hildie" Lowell, 83, died Nov. 16, 2006, at St. Peters Memorial Hospital in Olympia, Wash.

Effie Harvey
Longtime Douglas resident Effie Lynch Harvey died Dec. 22, 2006, at the Pioneers' Home in Juneau. She was 93.

Eager 'Red' Holloway
Juneau resident Eager Louis "Red" Holloway died Dec. 30, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital after a short illness. He was 89.

Getting past the same-sex benefit impasse
The Alaska Supreme Court's decision to order implementation of a same-sex partner benefit plan is the latest development in a story that has been going on for quite a while.

Alaska editorial: It is time for Exxon to pay what it owes
It's a slap in the face. That's how many people in the state feel about the appeals court decision to cut in half a $5 billion jury award for punitive damages against ExxonMobil Corp. in the 1989 Valdez oil spill that smeared oil across roughly 1,500 miles of Alaska coastline.

My turn: City land sale method needs to be by lottery
This month the city of Juneau will start advertising the subdivision of plus or minus 40 lots at Lena Point.

Alaska editorial: Look ahead to new year, new governor
Every New Year bows in amid a mixture of excited anticipation and a sense of concern. We're happy to see the old year fade away and we eagerly await good things happening in the months ahead.

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.

North Pole posts 7-2 victory over JDHS
The North Pole Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 lead and went on to post a 7-2 high school hockey victory over the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Thursday night at the Polar Ice Center.

Photo: Driving
JDHS player Nicole Fenumiai takes a shot against Troy High School during the Capitol City Classic tournament.

Crimson Bears have good show against Tri-Valley
The Tri-Valley Warriors won the rubber match of a three-game series with the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears by skating to a 4-3 Greatland Conference high school hockey victory on Wednesday night in Healy.

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.

JDHS defeats North Pole 37-29
Five Juneau-Douglas wrest-lers recorded pins as the Crimson Bears notched a 37-29 high school wrestling dual meet victory over the North Pole Patriots Thursday night in North Pole.

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

Pipeline owners plan to boost rates
Federal regulators have let owners of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline boost what they charge to ship oil through the line, but shippers could get refunds from the owners later if the government determines the rates are too high.

Alaska Digest
Ferry to make stop in Skagway today only, Supreme Court rules on cab permit vote & Paratrooper killed by roadside bomb in Iraq

Palin wins bipartisan kudos in first month
A month into Republican Sarah Palin's term as governor, you'd expect members of her own party to be singing her praises. What may be surprising is that even Democrats are finding nice things to say.

Murkowski's Asia tour cost state more than $100,000
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski's Asia trade mission during his last days in office cost the state about $114,000, the Anchorage Daily News reported in its Wednesday edition.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

16 inches of snow fall in parts of Anchorage
Snow has piled up in Anchorage and other Southcentral Alaska communities, disrupting traffic and closing public buildings.

Northwest Digest
Deer trapped on Kodiak Island mountains, Borough imposes rabies quarantine in Barrow & New recreation multi-passes available

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