Team members feel gratitude toward Hoonah community
I wanted to add to the recent letter from Jean Bland and explain the second part of the story, which did not include the happy ending of the incident in Hoonah.

Coeur submits Kensington proposal
Coeur Alaska, the company working to open the Kensington gold mine, has submitted an updated plan of operations to the U.S. Forest Service.

Photo: Fiesta de Colores
Ryan Moritz, 10, dances Friday with other Juneau Community Charter School students during their Fiesta de Colores celebration. The annual event showcases Hispanic food, crafts, dancing and singing.

Forest Service sets land plan for Tongass
The U.S. Forest Service released a new 10-year land use management plan for the Tongass National Forest on Friday morning.

Polynesians form tight-knit community
Juneau residents dreaming of island paradises during mid-winter's miserable weather had three Pacific Island-themed events to entertain them on Saturday.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Disorderly conduct:

Empire editorial: Palin, lawmakers: Don't let Conoco derail pipeline plan
ConocoPhillips is like a kid on the playground who doesn't like the rules of the kickball game and is trying to woo kids away to create another competition it knows it can win.

Column: Put the soup on: A guide to recession retrenchment
How, precisely, to dress for a recession? Modestly, resourcefully, with an eye toward vintage. Moth-eaten sweaters will stage a comeback. Holes are huge.

Column: Oncoming recession to challenge state
My wife, Judy, hates it when I write my annual mid-winter column analyzing the economic outlook.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Rain or shine, hikers explore trails
A number of devoted Juneau hikers keep up with their pastime through Parks and Recreation Department-sponsored hikes on some of the 100 trails around town.

Trapping in Alaska
The cold, dark heart of winter in Alaska is the trappers' time. Their observations and experiences provide remarkable insight into wildlife in Alaska.

Learning to snowshoe is simple and inexpensive
ANCHORAGE - When more than three dozen people turn out for a weekend snowshoe up Girdwood's Glacier Creek, it becomes suddenly clear that snowshoeing isn't just for Shawn Lyons anymore.

Roots: A wide world under our very feet
When I think of the roots of plants in an off-hand way, three things come to mind immediately: 1) those treacherous, wet, slimy tree roots that separate mudholes on certain poorly maintained trails around here; 2) root wads of up-ended trees, which host a bevy of colonizing young trees and shrubs, and when washed out onto the tideflats-provide convenient perches for eagles; and 3) human food crops such as carrots, beets, and (ugh) parsnips.

Basic Hunter Education Course to start Feb. 8
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is sponsoring a Basic Hunter Education Course from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the Juneau Hunter Education Facility, 5670 Montana Creek Road.

Mendenhall Auto Center sponsors 27th annual Learn to Ski Weekend
JUNEAU - The 27th annual Learn to Ski Weekend, sponsored by Mendenhall Auto Center Subaru, is Feb. 2 and 3 at Eaglecrest Ski Area. This free weekend is for first-time skiers in grades 3-5.

SEARHC to offer boating instructor course starting in Feb
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Injury Prevention Department is partnering with the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association to host a recreational boating instructor course Feb. 27 to March 3 in Sitka.

Strong wind advisory in effect today
JUNEAU - The National Weather Service issued a strong wind advisory effective until 6 p.m.

Meeting set for teen suicide prevention
JUNEAU - The Juneau Teen Health Center will host a meeting Tuesday about teen suicide prevention.

ConocoPhillips seeks gas pipeline meeting
ANCHORAGE - ConocoPhillips is challenging Gov. Sarah Palin to set up a meeting with her administration and lawmakers over the company's rejected gas pipeline bid.

Lawmakers consider education help
FAIRBANKS - State lawmakers are considering a measure that would help pay education costs for workers in hard-to-fill jobs.

Body found near Mile 88 Parks Highway
PALMER - Alaska State Troopers say a Talkeetna man was found shot to death Thursday in the driveway of a home near Mile 88 Parks Highway.

Check signatures debated in Hayes trial
FAIRBANKS - The daughter of former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes said she never knowingly approved improperly using federal funds intended to serve disadvantage children for a cash-strapped church project.

Delegation supports Exxon case plaintiffs
JUNEAU - Alaska's congressional delegation said it has filed a court brief supporting Exxon Valdez plaintiffs in a cases to be heard next month by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Colony holds off Juneau charge
Revenge will have to wait at least another day for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.

First-half defense propels Colony past JDHS girls
Colony's girls basketball team used a strong first half to solidify its standing as one of Alaska's top teams on Saturday.


Alaska's ocean ranger operations still in flux
Alaska's innovative ocean ranger program remains unsettled and in flux, even after its first year of operation.

Photo: First sunrise
The sun rises at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday over the frozen tundra in Alaska's northernmost city, Barrow. This was the first time the sun rose over the town since Nov. 19, 2007.

State transportation official says Gravina Access project not dead
KETCHIKAN - An Alaska transportation official says the Gravina Access project in Ketchikan is still very much alive.

Palin's health care bill faces challenges in Legislature
House and Senate committees have started hearings on Gov. Sarah Palin's Health Care Transparency Act, with some aspects of the bill looking increasingly contentious.

Nelson says she won't seek re-election
BETHEL - The Alaska Legislature will lose another veteran legislator next year.

Trooper, snowmobiler spend chilly night in cabin
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska State Trooper and a stranded snowmobiler he was rescuing were forced to spend a frigid night in a backcountry cabin at the foot of the Brooks Range.

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