Wolfe samples Miami's complexity
So this time the guy with the white suits and dazzling spats is wading through the cultural intersections of Miami. Already, Tom Wolfe has visited several times as tourist, sponge, anthropologist and journalist. Always journalist.

Spencer Reece goes from the mall to Episcopal priesthood
Spencer Reece, the so-called "Brooks Brothers" poet who found fame in 2004 with the publication of his first collection, "The Clerk's Tale," is leaving the store where he works in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to become an Episcopal priest.

'A view of the Ocean' chronicles a mother's demise
"A View of the Ocean" by Jan de Hartog; Pantheon ($17.95)

Climbing gear and yoga store opens
JUNEAU - Balance Climbing, a new climbing gear and yoga store, has opened at 1308 Eastaugh Way, near the Rock Dump climbing gym in Thane.

Business tax class to be offered at center
JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Center will offer classes at the Juneau Empire building on changes in 2007 and 2008 tax law, and how to maximize deductions. The class costs $25, and takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

KeyBank operator reports lower earnings
JUNEAU - Cleveland-based KeyCorp, which operates KeyBank branches in Southeast Alaska, reported lower earnings for last year.

Oppose 'homegrown terrorism prevention'
Here's an alert for those who believe intellectual liberty is being rationally defended by uncensored information on the Internet.

Critics want in on overbarge meeting
As Alaskans, we rely on the state to help ensure that our resources and economic interests are managed in a way that benefits us.

A journey into the mine
Dawn over Berners Bay; it is a fine day. The Chilkat Mountains are pink beyond the great white crag of Lion's Head. Mountains and water so dominate the landscape it would be easy to overlook the Kensington Mine. It seems a pity to abandon such a rare fine day, but I'm heading into the portal of the mine.

Private developer building subdivision on Glacier Highway
A recent clearing has appeared along Glacier Highway and led people to call up the city and ask, "What are you doing to all those trees?"

'Fiesta de Colores' highlights Hispanic cultures
When young kids have contact with different languages and cultures, they can enrich their lives forever, said Leo Novoa, a former Spanish teacher for Juneau Community Charter School.

Photo: Happy trails
Tim, Cedar and Lisa Miles and their dog, Molly, enjoy a family walk in the sun Thursday at Kaxdigoowu Heen trail near the Brotherhood Bridge. "This weather is awesome," Tim Miles said.

Photo: Chilkat moonset
The moon hangs above the Chilkat Mountains at sunrise on Thursday.

Around Town

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

Cub Scouts hold Pinewood Derby
Cub Scouts Pack 6 hosted its annual Pinewood Derby on Jan. 19 at Chapel by the Lake.

Thanks for assisting in another toy drive for foster children
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services, wishes to thank the following businesses and organizations for their assistance in another successful toy drive for foster children in the Juneau area.

Thank you from a grateful veteran
Far too often those of us that have been or are labeled as marginalized have fallen prey to our own mindset of victimhood, ignoring or refusing to accept the real assistance that is and has been available for years. This was true in my case.

American Cancer Society announces Daffodil Days
JUNEAU - Pre-sales for the annual Daffodil Days, a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society, will be open from Monday, Jan. 28, to Friday, Feb. 15.


Source of hope is in our spiritual equilibrium
What do you hope for? And do you know what hope is? Dante defined hope as "a certain expectation of future glory, the product of divine grace and precedent merit."

Proper soaking makes beans more digestible
"Beans, beans, they're good for your heart." So starts the poem many of us learned as children. And as it turns out, beans really are good for your heart.

Montessori principles might be more helpful than report cards
I am seventeen. I attend Juneau-Douglas High School. I live in downtown Juneau.

Student artist in the spotlight: Ella Rohweder
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Photo: Gist wins puck shoot
Quin Gist, 8, smiles with his check for $500 after winning the McDonald's Puck Shoot on Jan. 5 at Treadwell Arena during the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey game against the Kenny Lake Hawks. Gist has played hockey for four years.

Norway and Sweden Part VII: Fredrikstad and Sigtuna
Before my husband, Don, and I left Juneau, we knew we wanted to visit the small old towns of Fredrikstad, Norway and Sigtuna, Sweden. Fredrikstad is an hour away from Oslo by train. The ferry crossing takes only five minutes to Fredrikstad Gamblebyen (the Old Town). It was raining.

Kisses and codfish: My first week in Portugal
Portugal is a country of traditions, food and an absurd amount of kisses. It is also a country I knew nothing about until about a week ago when I landed in the bustling metropolitan oasis of Lisbon.

Thank you for helping our Floyd Dryden technology program
Since 2001, the Floyd Dryden Technology Program has been working on gathering equipment to create a television studio for the students. After a seven-year journey, the pieces have finally fallen together, and Floyd Dryden students have been enjoying a high quality student run morning news program. Many people helped make this dream a reality and we'd like to give a big thank to everyone who helped create FDTV News.

Don Collinsworth
Juneau resident Don W. Collinsworth died Jan. 23, 2008, at his home, surrounded by his family. His illness was brief, and death came a short two weeks after being diagnosed with a prion disease. He was 66.

Empire editorial: Enough already; drop the bong hits issue
The Juneau School District's decision to go after former student Joseph Frederick to pay its court fees demonstrates how the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" saga has degenerated.

Outside editorial: Hardball tactics do no favors to Bill Clinton's reputation
What about Bill? That is, what to make of the large and bumptious role former President Clinton is playing in the Democratic presidential primary contest?

Outside column: Clinton twofer's high price
Whether you loved them or hated them, Bill and Hillary Clinton were always a twofer. On the campaign trail in 1992, Bill used to joke about it. Vote for me and get "two for the price of one," he chuckled. Plenty of Americans thought this wasn't such a bad idea. A bumper sticker popular at the time proclaimed: "I'm voting for Hillary's husband."

Outside column: Turned off by the 'War on Fat'
Considering the cultural fondness for appropriating certain months of the year to focus on diseases, I'm astonished that January has not been designated as National Obesity Awareness Month. Or perhaps simply You Are a Corpulent Pig Month. But given the alarming spate of TV commercials for diet programs, capitalizing on new year's resolutions, I suppose the message has been delivered.

Veteran state senator says he will not run for re-election
FAIRBANKS - A veteran Alaska state senator said he won't run for re-election this fall.

Jury convicts woman in operation of Anchorage meth lab
ANCHORAGE - A jury has found an Anchorage woman guilty of charges connected with running a methamphetamine lab.

Between 5,000 to 10,000 gallons of fuel spill in Selawik
SELAWIK - A fuel spill has occurred at the tank farm in the village of Selawik.

Young says postponing Chukchi leases would harm economy
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Representative Don Young said postponing the sale of petroleum leases in the Chukchi Sea to consider polar bear habitat could harm Alaska's economy.

Troopers arrest two more in Bethel on cocaine charges
BETHEL - Two more people in Bethel have been arrested on charges connected to the sale of cocaine, Alaska State Troopers said.

Streaking Bears to face tough Knights
After winning six of its last seven games, the Juneau-Douglas HIgh School girls basketball team faces its toughest test to date this weekend.

Revenge on the minds of JDHS boys
If the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team can't get motivated for this weekend, it may not be able to get motivated for anything.

JDHS hockey splits up north
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team split the first two games of a a four-day road trip in northern Alaska on Wednesday and Thursday.

Photo: Going for the pin
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Thomas Riley reaches back as he pins Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's William Lott during their 110-pound wrestling match Thursday at Floyd Dryden. For more pictures go to spotted.juneauempire.com


Economic forecast looks hazy
The state may be near the end of its 19-year economic growth streak because of a slowdown in residential construction that will likely offset gains from rocketing oil prices, a leading economist said Thursday.

Legislative budget battles heat up
Fights over saving and spending this year's state surplus may become as contentious as past years' fights over too little money.

Anchorage port brings in cargo of federal cash, assistance
ANCHORAGE - Congress may have pulled hundreds of millions in federal earmarks from two highly criticized Alaska bridge projects, but a major overhaul of the state's largest shipping hub is netting hefty resources from Washington enjoyed by no other port in the country.

Agency proposes fines for trans-Alaska oil pipeline company
ANCHORAGE - Alyeska Pipeline Service Company could face hefty fines for safety violations last year along the trans-Alaska oil pipeline.

Alaska Air posts profit on special gains
SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group Inc. said Thursday it swung to a fourth-quarter profit due to special gains, though adjusted results reflected a wider loss than Wall Street had expected, as fares failed to keep up with higher fuel costs.

Frontier, Hageland merge operations, move headquarters
FAIRBANKS - Representatives of the two biggest airlines that service rural Alaska say they will merge to form the largest air carrier based in the state.

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