Cook Inlet oil and gas leases win federal agency's approval
A federal agency recommends that the biggest oil and gas lease offering in Cook Inlet in two decades should go ahead next year, as long as tracts along the lower tip of the Kenai Peninsula and Barren Islands are deleted for environmental reasons.

Tourist changes mind, opposes road
When I opened the Empire this morning I was delighted to see Jane's letter. Well, Jane, I never said the ferry was a bad experience. In fact, I enjoyed the trip through the Inside Passage very much.

Ferry decisions need closer examination
Recent decisions by the state regarding the Alaska Marine Highway need to be re-examined. If adding the fast ferry Fairweather to the system results in the sidelining of the Taku and loss of mainline ferry service in the upper Lynn Canal, along with the loss of regular ferry service between Haines and Skagway, we are shooting ourselves in the foot.

Domestic partners deserve benefits
Kudos to the City and Borough of Juneau for their recent move to offer health insurance to domestic partners of city employees.

Births, judgments and other legal proceedings.

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

Winter's here
Juneau's first significant snowfall of the season Thursday puts the area on track for a normal winter season compared to last year's drier conditions, National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Tassia said.

Women's health forum aims to motivate lifestyle changes
For the last six years, attendees of the Juneau Women's Health Forum have learned what lifestyle changes they need to make to stay healthy and avoid getting cancer. This year, the women will learn how to implement those changes, said Maureen Longworth, a physician with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium. She helped organize the free forum, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Taking flight
A bald eagle takes off Thursday from its snow-trimmed tree perch near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Rowcroft case goes to jury deliberations
Jurors deciding the fate of the man accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from Kmart last year want testimony from two witnesses replayed this morning before returning to deliberations.

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

Aerial pesticide rules to go into effect
Controversial aerial pesticide spraying regulations that caught the interest of state lawmakers last session will go into effect Nov. 30 over the protests of environmentalists.

Workers offer counter-petition on domestic partner benefits
City workers opposed to a petition against health care coverage for domestic partners are countering with their own petition.

Photo: Big, little, brothers
"Big Brother" Russ Kelly and his "Little Brother" Seth pose at the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and Dance, which was held Friday, Nov. 7.

Bookmark design contest winners to be awarded Nov. 23
The Juneau Public Library will celebrate National Children's Book Week on Nov. 17-23, with its annual Bookmark Contest Awards Ceremony. Come to the downtown library at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 23, and meet the artists. Contest winners will receive gift certificates from the Friends of Juneau Public Libraries Amazing Bookstore and Hearthside Books, as well as laminated copies of their bookmarks. The winning designs will be printed by the Friends of Juneau Public Libraries.

Tibetan monk to speak on his experiences in prison camps
Tibetan monk Palden Gyatso spent 33 years in and out of prisons and labor camps for peacefully protesting the invasion and occupation of his homeland by the Chinese government. All 39 members of his family have been killed since the Chinese takeover in 1959. He was released in 1992 at the age of 61 and immigrated to India.

Photo: Boat test
Crewmen from the state ferry Aurora test out an Ambar Marine rescue boat outside Auke Bay during the ferry's Juneau-Haines-Skagway run on Nov. 2. The rescue boat stayed tethered to the ferry during the test.

... from the Andrew Gibb Foundation
The Andrew Gibb Foundation thanks the following businesses and individuals for making the Oct. 26 fund-raising dinner and auction successful:

Student recognitions
Honors given to local students, plus other recognitions.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief.

Sadie Josephine Ramsey
Sadie Josephine Ramsey, 91, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Juneau at the Pioneers' Home.

Christopher Garrison
Christopher David Garrison, 58, died Nov. 10, 2003, in Juneau.

Paul Edward Mangold
Paul Edward Mangold, 47, died Nov. 10, 2003, in Juneau.

Elijah 'Eli' Sharclane Jr.
Elijah "Eli" Sharclane Jr., 71, died Nov. 11, 2003, in Juneau at Wildflower Court.

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

Five and alive
Even though it was a rematch of last year's final, Thursday's Class 4A state tournament opener between the Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears and the Bartlett Golden Bears had a decidedly different appearance. But it had the same result, as the new-look Crimson Bears beat Bartlett in five games as Juneau opened its state title defense.

Juneau's first sanctioned darts tourney starts today
Darts players from around the state are gathering in Juneau today for the first-ever nationally sanctioned darts tournament in Southeast Alaska. Juneau's Valley Dart League - comprised of eight teams with five to eight players each - is hosting the first annual Southeast Shootout starting this evening and continuing through Sunday at Squire's Rest bar in Auke Bay.

Cordova edges Petersburg in Class 3A state tourney
When most Southeast Class 3A teams head to the state volleyball tournament, they're usually the great unknowns. Most Southeast schools have limited travel budgets, so few teams outside Region V see them during the regular season. That's why the Cordova Wolverines started booking regular trips to the Juneau Invitational Volleyball Extravaganza in recent years.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Reward program credited with boosting liquor seizures
Although two recent busts are a mere drop in the bucket of illegal alcohol sales, a reward program is being credited with increasing seizures of bootlegged liquor in rural Alaska.

State Republican leaders push for gambling
A push is underway to bring video poker and a state lottery to Alaska. Republican leaders in the state House are pointing to a new poll as evidence that Alaskans are interested in more gambling, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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