Final Harry Potter book to be released in July
Hold on to your broomsticks. The fate of the world's most famous wizard will soon be revealed.

A slice of reality for the children
Here's a short list of some of our new nonfiction for kids that's hitting the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries this week!

Nation founded by Christians
Eric Lie-Nielson should pick on someone his own size, and stop harassing a child who stands up for our Christian United States.

Ripping off state employees
I was disturbed to read the Empire article "Retirement covered, but troubles loom (Jan. 28), particularly the part about "For current government employees, however, raises may be crimped." I believe it needs a correction.

Juneau Plenty of space for ATVs
In response to Ron Berg's letter on Jan. 30, "Increased ATV use on trails is not a good idea," the hard truth is that Juneau is far from having a balance in availability to all groups when it comes to recreational activities.

Off-highway vehicle riders must speak up
I attended a meeting of off-highway vehicle riders on Jan. 27. I did not expect a large turnout; however I wanted to attend to let my voice be heard in support of the effort to gain riding ground here in Juneau.

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

The soloist and the symphony
Annaliesa Place's plane was fogged in Wednesday night, and Alaska Airlines lost her luggage, but the New York City violinist finally arrived Thursday afternoon in Juneau.

Photo: Glacier's edge
Three cross-country skiers take enjoy a sunny day Thursday on Mendenhall lake.

Legislature takes over neighboring Masonic temple
The Alaska Legislature accepted on Thursday ownership of Juneau's Scottish Rite Masonic Temple and agreed to begin a $1.5 million renovation of the building.

Photo: Moonset
A full moon sets over the Chilkat Mountain range on Thursday morning.

Fifth and seventh graders prepare for annual testing
Not all students share her excitement, but Gastineau Elementary School fifth grader Melanya Mason likes standardized tests.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.


Photos: DZ HOCKEY dukes it out
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School's Culture Club Hockey Team faced off against the staff team Wednesday at Treadwell Arena.

Let's use Groundhog Day as a day to address our challenges
Here we are, halfway between winter solstice and the vernal equinox, approaching Candlemas Day, better known in North America as Groundhog's Day.

Cats get cabin fever too
Cats, like people, get cabin fever. It's especially bad this year, when snow has so long covered the scents and sounds that delight indoor-outdoor cats.

Births, Marriage licenses and Courts

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: American Red Cross
Coordinator: Valerie Strasburger, Programs and Services manager.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for help in Montessori celebration & Thank you, Helping Hands, for the food

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Jasmine Isturis
"I did this mask for a school project. I liked this project because, now, when my brother is gone, I have something to remind me of him! No, I'm joking, it doesn't look like him. My mask took about two and a half weeks. It is from New Zealand."

My Turn: Don't run the bridge over precious wetlands
The Juneau Audubon is very much concerned with the status of the present second crossing proposals.

Alaska editorial: University regent under indictment should step down
Surely former mayor and Board of Regents member Jim Hayes has his reasons for holding on to his University of Alaska Board of Regents position even after two highly respected people have asked him to step down.

Once more, with feeling
It's been a season of growth for the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team.

JDHS girls topple Bartlett
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team won its sixth straight game Thursday by nipping Bartlett 48-41 in the Lady Lynx Tournament in Anchorage.

Sports in Juneau

Crimson Bears extend their winning streak to six games after beating the Wolfpack
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team may have gotten into Fairbanks late on Thursday, but it still managed to kick off the roadtrip with a win.

Dante Santos leads Crimson Bears' crew at state tournament
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team will be represented in 11 of 14 weight classes in at the Class 4A State Wrestling Championships in Chugiak.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll

Analysts: Budget drought ahead
With North Slope oil production declining and oil prices slipping, a legislative budget analyst warns state spending - now flush with oil-fed billion dollar surpluses - could be back in the hole as early as next year.

BP's problems could cost state twice
British Petroleum's oil spill and the resulting shutdown of Prudhoe Bay last August may cost the state more than expected.

Alaska Airlines reveals new cargo-passenger fleet
Alaska Airlines on Thursday unveiled the first cargo-passenger plane in a new fleet that's expected to enhance service.

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

Feds, state leaders disagree on delays in building gas pipeline
Federal energy regulators say they are ready for Alaska to submit a plan for a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline, but the state's schedule has "slipped considerably."

Northwest Digest
Maintenance work scheduled for Marine Parking Garage, SEARHC announces new VP of finance, GCI planning move into Eagle River & Yakima Valley farm to supply canola to biofuel plants

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