Alaska needs more legislators
Does Alaska need a new capitol in Juneau, and, if so, what design?

The right plan
I applaud Fairbanks North Star Mayor Jim Whitaker for his proposal for a gasline route from the North Slope to Valdez and Southcentral Alaska.

Same-sex discussion bothers parents
Some Juneau parents don't like a draft counseling curriculum for the elementary schools that refers to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.

City still pondering Breeze In expansion
The Juneau Assembly likely won't decide the fate of the Douglas Breeze In expansion until early this week, Mayor Bruce Botelho said Saturday after a three-hour hearing.

State reaches a deal with one ferry union
State negotiators say they have made a deal with one union representing the crew of the fast ferry Fairweather but still threaten to pull the vessel out of service if agreements aren't reached with all three by Jan. 25.

Small crab legs in Juneau prompt Safeway recall
Safeway swiftly withdrew a cache of small king crab legs for sale at its Juneau grocery store Friday after local ocean activists accused the company of selling juvenile king crab from Russia.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of non-profit local events

Other victim upset by deal
One Juneau resident says he knows what robbery victim Eric Drake has gone through for a year, and he's upset with suspect Aaron St. Clair Jr.'s plea bargain.

One year later
Healing his body from the slashing wounds left by a knife-wielding attacker was the easy part, Eric Drake said a year after he was left for dead in his taxi.

King crab crisis in Russia touches down in Juneau
Juneau shellfish biologist Gretchen Bishop took one look at a batch of tiny, frozen king crab legs Thursday and recoiled.

Photo: In aid of women
Amalia Monreal, a child and family counselor, talks about healing powers and support groups during a women's conference titled "Hearing Women's Voices - It's a New Year," held Saturday at the ANB Hall.

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

Murkowski's inaction in Renkes case a mystery
Surely Gov. Frank Murkowski is more objective about the potential ethics and professional-conduct violations facing Attorney General Gregg Renkes than he's exhibiting.

Empire editorial: Oil-tax hike a good first step
Gov. Frank Murkowski surprised more than a few people - including those in the oil industry - this week with his State of the State speech, in which he announced a hike in oil production taxes.

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Chain stores may be necessary evil
I 've been thinking a lot about big box stores and capitalism and the free-market system, and about the environment, and generally about standards of living and quality of life.

Bruin vision
There are a lot of misconceptions about bears. "Grizzly bears can't climb trees," or "bears can't run downhill" - both untrue.

Snow report
An update on the conditions at Eaglecrest.

Tests show some bears can see color
Tests with black bears and polar bears indicate that they can see color. Researchers Ellis Bacon and Gordon Burghardt of the University of Tennessee concluded that black bears could discriminate between shades of color.

Outdoors Digest
Outdoor events in the Juneau area.

Local events for the outdoors enthusiast.

Chugiak nips Juneau girls in double OT
Though disappointed by the final score, Juneau girls basketball players spoke about their effort with pride Saturday after falling to Chugiak in double overtime.

Cavaliers rally to beat Boozer, Jazz
The Cleveland Cavaliers are doing just fine without Carlos Boozer.

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.

Sports Briefs
Staff reports of local sporting events.

Outside opponents trounce Bear boys
The Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team got taken to school by a pair of nationally ranked prep schools this weekend.

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

Income estimate from oil windfall dips $187 million
The state's forecast of its oil revenue surplus has been revised downward $187 million because of lower oil prices in recent months, Revenue Commissioner William Corbus said Friday.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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