Boxer's French musings become new memoir
Jack Johnson, addicted to attention and craving a colorful legacy, loved to chronicle his rise from a restless Texas teen to the world's first black heavyweight boxing champion.

Joe Torre to recall Yankee years in memoir
Joe Torre, named last week as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after ending a 12-year reign with the New York Yankees, is working on a memoir.

New photo-rich nonfiction includes 'Alaska Native Art'
Bring your muscles as well as your brains and carry home some of our new photo-rich nonfiction.

Where the money comes from
Thank you Arctic Slope Regional Corp. and Nana Corp. for the large increases in Sealaska Corp.'s dividend; record prices on oil and zinc are behind the dividend increases we shareholders are enjoying.

Rep. John Harris is reaching too far
Rep. John Harris, R-Valdez, needs to do the right thing and hand the gavel over to an objective member of the House Finance Committee.

Controlling Alaskans' reproductive rights
The majority of the justices on our Alaska Supreme Court performed magnificently when they affirmed a small group of Alaskans' constitutional right to privacy on reproductive rights recently.

Simplify charges to the oil companies
I agree with Philip Rolfe. I don't think what we as Alaskans charge the oil companies for pumping our oil is a tax. This is simply a fee and it should be simpler than it has been. When we go to the gas station and pump fuel, is it a tax? No, just a certain amount per gallon.

Who in their right mind is a war advocate?
This is in response to Phil Smith's letter on Oct. 29, "Responding to National Guard recruitment," and Sgt. Seth Beebe of the Army National Guard.

Alaskans deserve truth on Ted Stevens
Regarding comments about the Alaska Democratic Party's Web site on Sen. Ted Stevens (, I hope Alaskans will visit the site and judge for themselves.

Photo: Fading fowl
A line of gulls disappears into the fog as three mergansers swim Thursday by the Aurora Harbor breakwater.

Around Town

Limits on air freight crimp fresh fish sales
A small portion of the fish caught in Southeast Alaska could be worth a lot more, if it could just get on a plane.

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

Neighbors helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

A teacher's journey to Juneau
Ellis Peter Bibb, 84, former high school shop teacher and ski coach, has a lot of stories to tell.

Don't call it boring, call it midlife
Having kids is sort of like having a therapist. They have a way of forcing you to look at yourself in a different light. To see things about yourself you didn't know were there and to ask the hard questions.

Neighbors Digest
Kake to host Honoring Our Veterans potluck; Pianist Shannon Curtis to perform Saturday; Sons of Norway host holiday bazaar; Longworth holds energy healing workshops

Prepare for Thanksgiving with wild rice stuffing
Throughout history, certain foods have been so important as to be considered sacred by the people who ate them. In the North America, there are many examples of this.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for participating in the Day of Caring; Thanks for saving us from fire on Halloween

Juneau collects for Operation Christmas Child
Local kids can help needy boys and girls around the world have a merrier holiday season. Sending hope in a shoebox to hurting children worldwide is a simple but powerful way to brighten millions of lives in more than 100 countries and that requires the contagious compassion of Juneau families.

Bartlett Regional Hospital'sDiabetes Self-Management Program was awarded recognition from the American Diabetes Association.

Student artist in the spotlight: Ryan Hoover
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: 'Frog Coming Out'
Ed Kunz Jr. wears the "Frog Coming Out" chilkat robe at a recent Koo-Eex (memorial party) for Martha "Monte" Littlefied held in September in Sitka.



Rodney Douglas Smith
Auke Bay resident Rodney Douglas Smith died peacefully at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2007, surrounded by family and friends, after a short battle with lung cancer at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. He was 71.

Rhonda Jo Brockman
Former Juneau resident Rhonda Jo Brockman, of Prairie Grove, Ark., died Oct. 28, 2007, in Fayetteville, Ark. She was 41.

Memories of a country long gone
The death of one's country is a hard thing to watch.When my children were very young, we all played the nightly game of "Tell Us About When You Were a Little Boy."

Alaska editorial: Governor must sell her tax plan hard if she believes in it
The Alaska Legislature is well into the special session that Gov. Sarah Palin called for the purpose of approving her new oil tax plan.

Outside editorial: Pentagon has bigger battles to fight than 'Playboy' at PX
The Pentagon has a lot of battles to fight these days. It shouldn't be bothered with a ridiculous spat over skin magazines.

Juneau to host first drug-tested bodybuilding championship
Pavitt Health & Fitness will hold Alaska's first drug-tested bodybuilding state championships on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

JDHS girls lose in 5
The Juneau-Douglas High School volleyball team played yet another marathon five-game match Thursday, but came up short against Dimond in the Alaska School Activity Association state quarterfinals.

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Resurgent bedbugs on the prowl in Alaska
The lesson: Don't ask if you really don't want to know. The question: What's new in pest control these days?

Pete Kott's retrial request denied
A federal court judge on Thursday denied a request for a retrial in the corruption case against former state Rep. Pete Kott.

AK nixes endangered label for goshawk
A bird of prey found along North America's northern West Coast warrants protection as an endangered species in Canada but not in Alaska, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided Thursday.

Salmon haul in 2007 fourth-largest since statehood
Alaska's commercial salmon harvest in 2007 was valued at $374 million, making the haul the fourth-largest since statehood, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Lawmakers brush aside conflict questions, set to work on oil tax bill
Oil companies hoping to head off Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed tax increase may find that their best chance comes in the House Finance Committee, now considering the governor's Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share bill.

This Day in History
In Alaska and in the Nation

Alaska Digest
Missing commercial fisherman's body found; Man dies after being stabbed in torso; Man shot, killed in Anchorage

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