Montessori parents aren't an elite group
My son is in first grade in the Juneau Montessori program, which makes us new Montessori parents. I have to say, I'm bewildered by all the upset over the Montessori program in Juneau.

Race not an important candidates' issue
Here is my question. Sen. Barack Obama had a white mother and a black father, which, in my way of thinking, means he is 50 percent white and 50 percent black.

Watch oil production increase
In December, the Associated Press reported, "Conoco Phillips backs away from $1 billion budget." The Associated press went on to say: "Company executives said the budget was prepared in the fall before the legislature raised taxes."

Don't consolidate Montessori schools in one building
This letter is to alert taxpayers to the fact that Juneau School District Superintendent Peggy Cowan is creating a de facto Montessori charter school within the district at public expense.

City, EPA burn ban a stab in the back
With $2.87 and up for fuel oil and Alaska Electric Light and Power's high winter rates, the city's announcement that it's going to re-instate the burn ban is just one more stab in the back for people trying to make ends meet.

Photo: Icy run
Amanda Soto, 18, runs by a partially frozen Nugget Falls with dogs Kiska and Toby on Sunday at Mendenhall Lake.

Photo: Celebrating Orthodox Christmas
The Rev. Michael Spainhoward, rector of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, blesses the congregation Monday during Christmas services. Christmas falls on Jan. 7 for Russian Orthodox Christians and other Orthodox churches that use the old Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar.

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

Schools face space issues
A recommendation by Juneau School District staff to move several Montessori classrooms and potentially redistrict four Mendenhall Valley elementary schools brought 70 parents to a public meeting Monday night.

Photo: Siding installation begins
Catherine Wilkins, the city's construction manager for Thunder Mountain High School, looks Monday at a classroom wing of the school, where crews recently started to install siding. The new school is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2008-09 school year.

Assembly adopts port fees extension
Local cruise industry representatives spoke out Monday against a resolution extending the Port Development Fee without a specific plan detailing the use of the tax.

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

Around Town

Photo: Small fish, big fun
Cliff Stone, right, unhooks a king salmon smolt Sunday as his ice-fishing buddy, James LeBlanc, 14, readies his line at Twin Lakes.

Around Town

Subprime loans lead to uptick in foreclosures
More homeowners in Juneau are losing their properties to foreclosure, but industry insiders don't expect the problem to become widespread in Alaska.







Outside editorial: Triple digit oil: Oh, my!
Just a few years ago, some economists said the prospect of oil prices at $50 a barrel would send tremors through the economy. $50? What a bargain that looks like now. Then $60 oil was thought to be the breaking point. But it wasn't.

Can Obama stay above the fray?
For much of his political career, the elders have told Barack Obama, "Not yet."

My Turn: Legislature should stay in Juneau
Rep. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, and co-chairman of the House Finance Committee, has pre-filed a bill in the House to move the Alaska Legislature out of Juneau.

My Turn: Proposed halibut limits don't hit mark
It's discouraging to learn that several fishing organizations will not oppose the proposed reductions for Area 2C halibut allocations that cite low catch rates and the need to rebuild halibut stocks.

Outside editorial: Reading Iowa: Don't get carried away by results
Don't get carried away by the results in Iowa. If there is one message we could emphasize from this most raucous of caucuses, that would be it.

Outside editorial: A step forward for open government, new media
The first significant reform in more than a decade of the federal Freedom of Information Act, signed into law last week by President Bush, is an important step forward for open government and the ability of citizens to hold their government representatives accountable for their actions.

Scary Pakistan demands new U.S. policy
Americans are focused this week on the presidential primaries, but an election campaign halfway around the world will have enormous impact on their lives.

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.

Photo: Skagway showdown
Jazz King of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball junior varsity team drives for a basket against the Canadian Wildcats - a collection of players from Whitehorse, Yukon schools F.H. Collins and Porter Creek - during the opening game of the Don Hather Tournament on Wednesday in Skagway.

Juneau's boys JV team strikes gold in Skagway
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys junior varsity basketball team took home a gold medal from Skagway last week after downing three Canadian teams in the Don Hather Tournament.

Federal officials delay 'challenging' decision on polar bear listing
Federal officials said Monday that they will need a few more weeks to decide whether polar bears need protection under the Endangered Species Act because of global warming.

Man receives Silver Star after nearly 40-year wait
A Fairbanks man will be awarded a Silver Star for his wartime service.

Fort Richardson brigade leads re-enlistment stats
A higher percentage of 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team members from Fort Richardson re-enlisted than did soldiers in any brigade in the U.S. Army.

Northwest Digest
City OKs $300,000 for gravel quarry; World Affairs Council to host journalist; Replacement named for fishery council; Kenai man pleads guilty to wire fraud; Joshua Wade trial moved to Fairbanks; Fire marshal stops Kenai management; Alaska Old Believers prepare for funerals; Disease kills bighorn lambs in Oregon

This Day in History
In the nation and in the world

Survivor: Baggage door popped open before plane crash killed 6
A chartered plane that crashed into a shallow harbor after taking off from Kodiak Island, killing six people, was carrying a group of fishermen from a dissident sect of the Russian Orthodox Church back home for Christmas.

Firm to replace losses in state retirement fund
An investment management firm who state officials say mismanaged some retirement accounts is reimbursing a total of almost $6 million to those who lost money, said Brian Andrews, deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Men recall narrow escape from Chugach avalanche
For a moment, there was only suffocating pressure, darkness and cold. Rory Stark struggled to get free, but couldn't move underneath the mountain of snow.

Alaska Digest
Women's Network to hold meeting; Court upholds permit for mine near Nome; Sterling man killed in highway collision; Hunters want cow moose hunts stopped; Groups await decision on polar bear listing

Ferry officials to listen to telephone comments
The Alaska Marine Highway System will hold a public teleconference Thursday to hear comments on the proposed Southeast ferry schedules for summer and the system's operating plan for the year.

Anchorage homicide rate highest in 11 years
Last year's homicide rate shows it was the deadliest year for Anchorage in more than a decade and the third bloodiest the city has seen in more than a quarter-century, according to police statistics.

Communities make pitch for $100 million crime lab
Several communities are competing for a new $100 million crime lab to replace the aging facility in Anchorage.

Alaska authorities put the squeeze on alcohol smuggling
Charlie Cross counted how many friends and relatives took their own lives over the years and came up with 19, all Alaska Natives.

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