January First Friday held second Friday
The First Friday of the New Year is being held on January's second Friday this year as to not compete with last week's festivities of ringing in 2009.

Roth masters art of telling lifelong tale in 'Button'
It is ironic that one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's least known short stories has been turned into a 167-minute, super popular major motion picture. Then again, the discrepancy was probably to be expected once screenwriter Eric Roth got the adaptation duties. "The Good Shepherd," "Munich," "Ali" and "The Insider" all run more than 140 minutes. "The Postman" runs 177 minutes but feels at least twice that long. Yet it is not any of these films that shares similarities with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Wearable Art show application deadline
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council invites the public to start creating for the 2009 Wearable Art fashion show, which exhibits Juneau at its most stylishly inventive. This year's theme is "Altered State."

Gay alliances sponsor session of mini golf
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska Gay & Lesbian Alliance and the Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays are sponsoring a session of miniature golf play for friends and members for a New Year's Social at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Brewing company offers local wine tasting
JUNEAU - While Anchorage is hosting the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival, the Alaskan Brewing Co. will provide locals with an opportunity to sample six vintages of their award-winning Barley Wine Ale (2003-2008) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 15-18 at the Alaskan Brewing Co., 5429 Shaune Drive.

Public libraries host movie-making contest
JUNEAU - This month, and until Feb. 15, locals can enter the Juneau Public Libraries' Storytubes contest for YouTube.

Community Schools registers for winter
JUNEAU - Community Schools will hold its winter class registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Nugget Mall.

Glacier visitor center hosts lecture, slideshow
JUNEAU - For its first Fireside lecture series, the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will host a presentation and slideshow, "Postcards from Juneau's Past," by historian Jim Geraghty at 6:30 and again at 8 p.m. today.

Bishop to visit local Orthodox Church
JUNEAU - Bishop Benjamin (Peterson), bishop of San Francisco and the West and the administrator of the Diocese of Alaska, accompanied by acting-chancellor of the Alaska Diocese the Rev. Michael Oleksa, will visit St. Nicholas Orthodox Church this weekend.

Something's rotten in Lemon Creek
Ben Brown's Wednesday column, "Time to reduce the landfill stench," apparently struck a lot of sensitive nerves and noses. By the end of the day it received more than 60 online comments - some of them odiferous in their own right - but covering a wide range of perspectives. Most of them agree with Ben that not only is our dump a public nuisance but a community embarrassment.

Eaglecrest ski lift closed for repairs
With up to three feet of snow forecast in the latest winter storm to hit Juneau, Eaglecrest Ski Area officials had to close the Ptarmigan lift for repairs.

Debt to the sea and the city
The organization that built the Alaska Commercial Fishermen's Memorial on the waterfront downtown needs help paying down its debt to the city - so it's turning to the city.

Frozen pipes make plumbers flush
The cold snap means brisk business for those who can fix pipes that froze and burst. But few plumbers are willing to do the thawing.

Weyhrauch loses appeal; looks to Supreme Court
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected a request from former state Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, a Juneau Republican, to overturn a critical ruling against him.

Photo: Systems check
The tech service supervisor for the Alaska Legislature, Frank Wilson, tests new hardware and software for the voting system Thursday in the Senate Chambers in the Capitol. The House and Senate chambers underwent numerous upgrades during the interim between sessions. The session starts Jan. 20.

Photo: Ice breakers
Justin Evans and Resnick Duong, employees for Douglas Island Pink & Chum, use an aluminum skiff as an ice breaker Thursday in Gastineau Channel near DIPAC. The ice was being broken so that when barges arrive they won't push ice into the costly hatchery floats, pictured in the foreground, and damage them. It's no U.S. Coast Guard polar icebreaker, but it'll do for this, the men said. "We're good up to four inches," Evans said. Thick, fat flakes soon covered the boat-broken paths.

Photo: Ice melt
Department of Administration employee Brian Parker spreads ice melt on the steps next to the Dimond Courthouse on Thursday.

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

Around Town

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Dance studio welcomes students for semester
JUNEAU - After a two-week break, the staff at Juneau Dance Unlimited welcomes new and returning students for the winter and spring 2009 semester Jan 5-May 24.

Tibetan exile to speak Sunday at the JACC
JUNEAU - For its monthly speaker, the Juneau World Affairs Council will sponsor Rigdzin Thingkhye to present "A Tibetan in Exile" at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Juneau residents share pork roast, mushroom soup, shrimp recipes
Dust off those old cookbooks, get out your family recipe boxes and let's have some fun. Are you looking for a recipe? Ask Auntie Emo! Send in your request or share a family favorite.

Sitka welcomes Chaix, first baby of 2009
SITKA - Chaix Ernestine Cynthia Speerstra Mooney was the first baby of 2009 born at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Mitey Mites program kicks off this weekend
JUNEAU - Registration for the Juneau Ski Club's Mitey Mites program is underway now, and the program kicks off this weekend. Mitey Mites introduces young skiers between the ages of 7 and 12 to ski racing in small groups with certified professional instructors, with the objectives of improving skiing skills and having fun. The focus is on fun, safety, and learning the basics of racing.

Thank you for returning my bank bag of money
Recently when shopping at Wal-Mart, the bank bag that I was carrying was inadvertently left in the grocery cart. Immediately upon realizing that it was missing, my friend and I retraced our steps to no avail. I was sad and disheartened that I had done such a stupid thing and that I wasn't able to retrieve the bag. I talked to the Wal-Mart management and made the report, thinking that it was a futile gesture.

O'Brien, Fisk wed
Shannen Lynne O'Brien and Ian Fisk, both of Juneau, were married at a private ceremony with family and close friends on Jan. 3, 2009, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A reception followed at the Twisted Fish.

Ronald Lee Haley
Former Juneau resident Ronald Lee Haley died Dec. 24, 2008, in Kent, Wash. He was 51.

Alaska Editorial: Big reserves mean that Alaska's fiscal future is manageable
When Gov. Sarah Palin submitted her budget for next fiscal year, she also prepared a snapshot of how state finances will look over the next 10 years. This 10-year analysis was required by legislation pushed through by Anchorage Rep. Mike Hawker.

No longer riding for the brand
"The deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principles on which it was founded."

How to be stupid ...
... Hamas style

Tourists decline less than 1 percent
JUNEAU - Alaska had just more than 1.7 million visitors last year, a drop of less than 1 percent from 2007, according to the Alaska Visitor Statistics Program Visitor Volume report released by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

Palin's legislative director resigns
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin's latest legislative liaison has announced her resignation, but no replacement has yet been named.

AK Pacific Bank hires Purves as HR officer
JUNEAU - Alaska Pacific Bancshares Inc. President and CEO Craig E. Dahl announced that Lisa Purves was recently hired as the bank's human resource officer.

State economist says job losses are likely
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's state labor economist says 2009 is likely the year in which Anchorage's long run of job growth will come to an end.

MLK event rehearsals begin this Saturday
JUNEAU - A Martin Luther King Day celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Juneau Christian Center. The theme is "When Dreams Become Reality," and the keynote speaker will be Kim Patterson, director of Student Support Services at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Juneau hosts Homer for weekend series
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys hockey team will be back in action this weekend following a three-week break for the holidays.

Palin aide discloses campaign travel costs
ANCHORAGE - An aide to Sarah Palin is disclosing as gifts more than $13,000 in airfare and lodging from the John McCain campaign, logged while helping the Alaska governor with state business during her bid as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

Early 2009 fire fatalities concern investigators
State and local fire officials are concerned about the number of fire fatalities just one week into the new year while cautioning building and home owners to use care while heating buildings with much of the state immersed in extreme cold.

Former commissioner looks to challenge Palin in 2010
ANCHORAGE - Bob Poe kicked off his campaign for Alaska governor Thursday and drew a bead on the incumbent, Sarah Palin.

More claimants file allegations of sexual abuse by Fairbanks priests
FAIRBANKS - Since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year, the number of people alleging sexual abuse by the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese priests and church workers has more than doubled.

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