Careless driving is dangerous
It seems some drivers do not know what a stop sign is, or they are just in such a hurry to get wherever that they think they can beat on-coming traffic.

'Community organizer' will help the country
Well I guess we've now seen what a community organizer actually does!

Coalition selects Kodiak senator as its president
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, one of the architects of the current Bipartisan Working Group coalition, will be Senate president in the 26th Alaska Legislature.

Chenault elected speaker of the House
Rep. Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, has been elected speaker of the House of Representatives for the 26th Alaska Legislature, which will convene Jan. 20, the Republican majority announced Thursday.

Twelve of 20 ships violated wastewater limits this year
State regulators last week wrapped up their analysis of this season's cruise ship wastewater lab tests, and sent five more notices of violation to cruise ships for September samples.

Photos: Images from another time Douglas Fire Hall, 1983
The old Douglas Fire Hall before and during its demolition in 1983. The new fire hall and library is located at the same site.

Photo: Time of the season
Michael Coleman, an employee with the city's Building Maintenance Department, removes the lenses of the Front Street Clock for cleaning on Friday.

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

Around Town

Making 'Auntie Mame'
Families are sure to be tickled at the upcoming Juneau-Douglas High School play "Auntie Mame," directed by Michaela Moore.

Medallions for 50th Statehood Anniversary now available
Just in time for the holidays, Capital City Celebrations is now selling limited editions of the Alaska Statehood 50th Anniversary commemorative medallion.

Peering over the Leading Edge ... into a pile of digital debris
Our throw-away culture is unrelenting in its desire to make room for the new at the expense of the previous. Faster, lighter, cheaper ... always with a shorter half-life.

Jellying around
Second-graders in Paula Savikko's and Ellen Ferguson's classes got their hands slimy during a recentjellyfish survey project at Sandy Beach, taken between the road and the pump house.

Students vote in record numbers
Juneau students voted in concert with the nation and their community, but not the rest of the state, when they cast ballots at their schools in the Youth Vote Juneau student election on Nov. 3 and 4.

Photo: Dancing against drugs
Janice Holst's Dancers Against Drugs pose at the Marie Drake gym after performing for Harborview Elementary School students on Oct. 28. In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, the dance troupe performed at four local elementary schools (Harborview, Auke Bay, Riverbend and Gastineau) and at the State Office Building - all in the same day.

Photo: A spot of sun
After record-setting rain in October, Lynn Reinwand enjoys a bit of sun while kayaking at Hand Trollers Cove on Oct. 30.

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Hewitt, Pratt compete at Yukon-Alaska Council of Toastmasters conference
ANCHORAGE - The Yukon-Alaska Council of Toastmasters conducted its 2008 Fall Conference, under the theme "Laugh Out Loud" (LOL), last weekend in Anchorage. Juneau residents Brenda Hewitt and Richard Pratt represented Taku Toastmasters, with Hewitt competing in speech and Pratt in Table Topics.

Community of Christian Women to hold Holiday Bazaar Saturday
JUNEAU - The Community of Christian Women at Northern Light United Church will host their annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Northern Light United Church, on the corners of 10th and B streets near the Federal Building downtown. A lunch of soups, breads and pies - all homemade - will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Southeast aquaculture association to hold board of directors meeting
SITKA - Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association's Board of Directors will hold its meeting Nov. 19-21 at the NSRAA conference room at 1308 Sawmill Creek Road in Sitka.

Thanks for supporting St. Paul's Sandwich Ministry all these years
St. Paul's Catholic Church Sandwich Ministry celebrated its 10th anniversary on Nov. 2.

Thanks for contributing to our Halloween Carnival
Auke Bay Elementary Extended Learning students would like to thank Super Bear, Odom Corp. Coca Cola, Northern Sales, and Costco for supporting the Extended Learning, Math Club and Robotics programs at Auke Bay Elementary School. These local businesses provided supplies for concessions sales at our Halloween Carnival. We are able to buy new supplies for our Math Club and Robotics Club with the funds we raised. We greatly appreciate their support of our program. Thank you for helping us!

Thanks for making our Rotary bulbs fundraiser a success
Thank you, Juneau gardeners and supporters, for making our annual Juneau-Gastineau Rotary Bulbs fundraiser a success with your purchase of bulbs, power planting and donations!

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 10-14
Monday, Nov. 10

Pets of the week
Are you dreading the chilly winter nights? If you are, the Gastineau Humane Society has four sweet and cuddly bunny rabbits, top, that are needing new homes. They all have their own special personalities but all love to snuggle.


Private First Class Edward A.C. Gossman, a U.S. Marine and former resident of Ketchikan and Juneau, graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in June. In boot camp, Gossman achieved "sharp shooter" status. He then went on to training at Camp Pendleton before receiving orders to his first duty station at 29 Palms Marine Base in California. (His father, James Gossman, of Ketchikan, is a chief in the U.S. Navy who was stationed in Florida this July.)

Kellehers celebrate 25 years
Joseph and Tamra Kelleher will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Nov. 12, 2008. They were married in 1983 at the Island Baptist Church in Beach Haven, N.J., by the Rev. Matt Kimak. The couple and their four children reside in Juneau.

Guenther, Abel to wed
Scott Guenther and Shari Abel, of Juneau, will marry in a private ceremony on Nov. 22, 2008, in Juneau. Family and friends are invited to celebrate at a reception at 6 p.m. at the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Pietras, Peterson to wed
Ashley M. Peterson and Steven W. Pietras are engaged to be married on July 19, 2009.

Tillson, Diorec to wed
Joey Tillson and Jose Diorec III, both of Juneau, will marry on July 25, 2009, in Ketchikan. A reception will follow at the North Tongass Community Club. Anyone wishing to attend may contact Joey Tillson at or (907) 821-1026.

Waylon Robert Beard
Waylon Robert Beard died Nov. 2, 2008, at home as he slept. He was 7 months, 29 days old.

Alaska editorial: New lawmakers will face some daunting economic challenges
Newly elected Alaska legislators may be saying to themselves today, "What did I get myself into?"

Local column: A Republican's view on the days after election
Heading into election night on Tuesday, I had a mixed sense of trepidation and calm.

Outside column: Obama's election makes the story true
The world awoke Wednesday morning to review the historic moments of Tuesday's election. My father-in-law watched Obama's ascension to the White House through the lenses of a black man raised in rural, racist Texas. He was, and is, awe-struck.

Board of Game to consider SE hunts
JUNEAU - Spirit Bears and wolf pups are on the agenda for the Board of Game's Juneau meetings, today throughTuesday.

Man gets 7 years for tire iron attack
ANCHORAGE - A young man who hit another man over the head with a crow bar, causing permanent brain damage, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Refinery owner closes Texas chemical plant
FAIRBANKS - The company that operates the North Pole Refinery is closing its Odessa, Texas, chemical plant.

Nominations open for business awards
JUNEAU - The Alaska-Oregon-Western Washington division of the national Better Business Bureau is taking nominations for a new annual Business of the Year award.

Thieves hit school on Election Day
WASILLA - Two teenagers are suspected of thefts at a Wasilla elementary school on Election Day.

Alaska Pacific Bank hires mortgage officer
JUNEAU - Alaska Pacific Bank hired a new mortgage loan officer for its Sitka office.

Photo: Laying it up
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School boy's A-team basketball player Keith Ainsworth leaps for a layup through Floyd Dryden Middle school defenders Jeff Pusich (right) and Brenyn Marshall.

Photo: Swimmers heading north
Linzie Norman (Left) and Emily Sharp ride up the airport escalator yesterday morning, with the rest of the swim team on their way to the state swim meet in Anchorage.

Gov. Knowles' name surfaces in discussion for Cabinet post
President-elect Obama is weighing an array of Washington insiders and outsiders, including some Republicans, for top administration posts, according to Democratic officials.

Can Palin resurrect the GOP?
WASILLA - Is Sarah Palin the answer for defeated Republicans?

Exxon plaintiff: Judge could decide payout next week
KODIAK - An attorney for plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez lawsuit says federal court Judge H. Russel Holland could have a decision on a punitive damages allocation plan by the end of next week.

Fairbanks mayor donates kidney
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks Mayor Terry Strle is recovering after donating a kidney to her cousin.

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