Bacchanalia! Revel like a true Greek
Thousands of years ago, during the time of the toga, the ancient people of Greece and Rome would gather in groves and celebrate, often for days on end. Their reasons for partying varied, but throughout the past few thousand years of human adaptation, we have still retained the ability to make time for carousal all throughout the year, whether we have a good excuse or not.

Ruby Room extends a call to artists for January through May First Friday gallery shows
The Ruby Room gallery is looking for ideas for shows in January through May, and possibly after the summer.

Pelican Boardwalk Boogie fundraiser set for Saturday at the Red Dog Saloon
Organizers of the popular Pelican Boardwalk Boogie will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Red Dog Saloon.

'Three Nights Before Christmas' CD and Music Meet scheduled for Dec. 22
The Juneau Arts & Culture Center will host "Three Nights Before Christmas" Juneau CD and Music Meet on Monday,Dec. 22.

University of Alaska's Tidal Echoes wants poems, stories, essays, plays and artwork
The deadline for submissions to the University of Alaska Southeast's literary journal, Tidal Echoes, is Dec. 1.

What's Happening

Mind the traffic law
Here I am, writing another letter, something I do not do that often. I consider this a sequel to the letter I wrote a short while ago regarding dangerous driving habits.

Wildlife is safer without Palin as VP
I am so relieved that Gov. Sarah Palin did not become our vice president.

We must abandon mindless consumption
In his Nov. 9 column, Rich Moniak pondered the question, "Was it possible that all of Roosevelt's programs wouldn't have been necessary if the 'hard working families' of America had decided to take care of other families who were devastated by the crisis?"

Tax revenue falling short of projections
Sales tax money for city operations is coming in below June projections, and if the trend continues, the city could be about $1 million short of what was expected, the city's finance head reported Wednesday to the Juneau Assembly.

Bears vs. trash cans: The arms race continues
Juneau's city-prowling black bears got peskier this year as some began to defeat reinforced trash cans and Dumpsters.

City police investigate break-ins at schools
A police investigation is continuing into three burglaries at Juneau schools over the last weekend.

Fourth break-in occurs at a school
Juneau police said they are looking for a pair of sweet-toothed burglars, one of whom is missing a pair of shoes and may be responsible for four school break-ins in less than a week.

Juneau begins search for new city manager
The Juneau Assembly approved a plan from its human resources department Monday to find a new city manager, who is responsible for running the city's bureaucracy and answers to the elected officials of the Assembly.

JDHS sets new rules for 'jive'
On display in the office at Juneau-Douglas High School are two hand-made protractors about 3 feet wide. They have cutouts of the school's initials and have markings at 45-degree angles.

Photo: Dinner by frozen falls
Mountain goats graze Wednesday next to a frozen waterfall on Mount Juneau above Behrends Avenue. Nine goats were seen along the slope below the snowline.

Photo: Light changing
Bill Fritz, with the city's building maintenance division, removes the top of a light housing while changing light bulbs Tuesday in the parking lot of Centennial Hall. Juneau will lose four minutes of daylight today, with sunrise at 7:57 a.m. and sunset at 3:30 p.m.

Photo: Building an outdoor classroom
Scott Price, right, checks a bench with a level Tuesday while Jeff Beck, left, Hector San Miguel and Mark Johnson watch as they install an "outdoor classroom" in front of Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. The school, with the help of former Juneau School Board member Mary Becker, applied for a $2,000 grant through KaBoom! and The Home Depot Foundation. Employees from Home Depot constructed and installed the semi-circle of benches.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Around Town

Around Town

Juneau's Gordon Harrison was appointed to the State Officers Salary Commission. A story in Tuesday's Empire gave an incorrect first name for Harrison.

'Quantum' meets its low expectations
Here's the good news: If you have read one of the many negative reviews of "Quantum of Solace" - and I'll go ahead and let you know now that this review will be among them - and you still choose to go see the newest James Bond adventure, perhaps your dramatically lowered expectations will result in an enjoyable trip to the movies. How's that for spin? I guess the day-job in talk-radio is rubbing off.

Sundance winner documents Katrina
Trouble the Water," a stirring documentary on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, is more than a keenly dramatic look at how this country treats the poor and dispossessed. It's also a film that was hijacked by its subjects. They saw an opportunity, they took it, and the grand jury prize at Sundance was the result.

'Wall-E': some of Disney's most perfect minutes

Will Obama change hip-hop's course?
Barack Obama was in his last year of high school in 1979 when hip-hop broke out of the ghettos of New York on its way to becoming a national phenomenon.

Rediscovering the musical magic of Jim Pepper
One of the benefits of the digital age is our ability to bring long-lost music back to life. Musicians, educators and fans can explore both the core history and fringe developments of the music they love to a degree that had previously been unimaginable. The art of the CD reissue has brought us countless jewels from forgotten artists and has filled in the gaps in the documented work of major performers.

Sound Bites
Carla Bley Big Band, "Appearing Nightly" ★★★ ½

Why we shouldn't smoke
Elementary students from Auke Bay and Riverbend schools participated in a poster-making event sponsored by Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) for the Great American Smokeout, which is Thursday. The theme for the posters is "Why People Shouldn't Smoke," and the posters are on display at the Nugget Mall.

My son, the superhero
My 3-year-old boy came to me and asked why I looked sad. It was just after 5 p.m., and I was staring blankly at the television while a news program delivered yet another dismal offering in the long string of bad news we've all been watching lately.

Local looks for quiche recipe made by using soup
The holidays are just around the corner! It's time for family and family favorites! Do you have a request for that lost or forgotten holiday recipe? Or would you like to share a holiday favorite? Let's ask Auntie Emo!

Hospital to hold Great American Smokeout activities
Bartlett Regional Hospital and Teens Against Tobacco Use will combine efforts to present a Great American Smokeout activity Thursday at the hospital. Bartlett's tobacco treatment specialist, Lynda Koski, will be available at the center to answer questions from 1 to 2 p.m.

Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition to meet Thursday
SITKA - The Sitka Employee Wellness Coalition will host its monthly meeting from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Juneau World Affairs Council to sponsor professor Mike Veseth
JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will sponsor Mike Veseth, professor at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., to speak on "The Future of Globalization" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at KTOO Studio, on Whittier and Egan Drive, downtown.

Thanks for contributing to KTOO and its fall Pledge Drive
The Board of Directors for KTOO radio and television offer our heartfelt thanks for the generous financial support from individuals, families and businesses in and around Juneau. Because of you, our recently concluded fall Pledge Drive brought in $115,436. Wow! We welcome each of you to the wonderful community of public broadcasting.

Kathy Young
Former Juneau resident Kathy (Spanabel) Young died Nov. 7, 2008, of complications following heart surgery. She was 56.

State editorial: With campaign ended, Palin faces challenges at home
After a campaign in which Gov. Sarah Palin suffered some heavy punches and wicked caricatures, her postelection media blitz could be seen as a justifiable effort to reclaim her independence and appeal.

My turn: Get the most efficiency from your wood stove
Burning wood for heat in a rain forest is hard, there's no getting around that.

Outside editorial: Obamas talk sense about the transition
Virtually everything Barack Obama had to say in his first post-election television interview was highly sensible. As one would expect, there weren't many surprises in the "60 Minutes" interview with him and Michelle Obama that CBS broadcast Sunday night. And there weren't many tough questions or follow-ups (exactly how are you going to go about closing Guantanamo, Mr. President-elect?). But that's OK. It was reassuring enough to hear the new first couple speaking in modest yet confident terms about the momentous personal transition ahead for them and the political challenges facing the country.

U.S. must fulfill educational promises to military members
American citizens recognize that our soldiers serving during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have made a great sacrifice for our country. Nearly all Americans agree that we owe them our full support with finding jobs, providing needed medical care and other support so they can successfully reintegrate when they return to civilian life. Helping these men and women gain the skills and credentials they need to succeed in a competitive labor market is both appropriate recognition for their service and a social responsibility.

At Group of 20 summit, world leaders unite on economic front
At the G20 summit last week, the leaders of the world's major economic powers promised to do all they can to restore world economic order by reforming global financial control.

A chapter that Detroit's big automakers should open
The Big Three U.S. automakers need more than an injection of $25 billion from the federal government. Because of their ongoing losses, they would burn through that money in less than a year and would soon be back for more.

Will GOP change its 'Southern strategy'?
They'll be back. Don't think for a minute that they won't.

Statehood bonfire hits air quality snag
JUNEAU - A proposed bonfire in Juneau's Mendenhall Valley may become a non-fire.

City hires full-time avalanche forecaster
JUNEAU - As of Monday, Juneau has its own full-time avalanche forecaster.

Boating council member reappointed
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin has reappointed Juneau's Fred Boehme to the Boating Safety Advisory Council, a seven member group that advises the Department of Natural Resources on boating regulations, safety educational materials and state, regional and national boating issues.

Two Fort Wainwright soldiers die in Iraq
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Defense says two soldiers based at Fort Wainwright were killed in Iraq.

Man charged with kidnapping, assault
CHALKYITSIK - An Interior Alaska villager accused of menacing others with a rifle has been charged with kidnapping and assault.

North Pole students test pollock lunches
FAIRBANKS - North Pole High School is part of a survey to see if hot lunches made with Alaska pollock will hook students.

Peters Creek fire cause undetermined
ANCHORAGE - State fire officials said the official cause of a fatal fire Nov. 9 in Peters Creek will remain undetermined, but improperly extinguished smoking materials are suspected.

Scammers seek funds in coach's name
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said scam artists are using an Anchorage man's battle with cancer to steal money from goodhearted people.

Man pleads guilty in weapons case
ANCHORAGE - A 22-year-old Anchorage man pleaded guilty in a case involving possession of a gun near Anchorage's Sullivan Arena, where high school graduation ceremonies were being held.

Bank construction project finishes
JUNEAU - KeyBank has finished remodeling the 94-year-old B.M. Behrends Bank building downtown, and Mayor Bruce Botelho proclaimed today "Behrends KeyBank Day" in honor of the preservation project.

Berkowitz wishes Young well after win
ANCHORAGE - Democratic challenger Ethan Berkowitz has congratulated Rep. Don Young on his win in the U.S. House race.

Trial begins in grisly 2005 stabbing
ANCHORAGE - Jurors in an Anchorage courtroom are listening to testimony in the murder trial of 37-year-old Jimmy Korkow.

Island Pub skates past Doc Waters 5-1 in JAHA
Island Pub picked up four goals from four different players in a wild first period Sunday, as they blew past Doc Waters 5-1 in Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier-A action at Treadwell Arena.

JDHS grad sets Pac-10 record at Oregon St.
Oregon State sophomore and 2007 JDHS graduate Talisa Rhea was named the Pacific 10 Conference's first player of the week this season after hitting a conference-record 10 three-pointers Sunday as the Beavers crushed Sacramento State 100-45 at home.

Hip-hop dancing to Beethoven? This Saturday night, the innovative Soul Street dancers will make that combination seem natural.

Stevens concedes defeat, Begich claims victory
Alaska has elected a Democrat to represent it in Washington, D.C., and all it took was incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Stevens standing trial and being convicted on seven felony charges days before the election.

Begich ousts Stevens in Senate race
Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich defeated 40-year veteran U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in final counting two weeks after Election Day.

Gov. Palin's publicity blitz shows no signs of slowing
ANCHORAGE - She's a national political figure and one of the world's most famous people. She's also governor of Alaska.

Stevens' loss echoes through Republican party
ANCHORAGE - Ted Stevens' loss Tuesday was another slap for Republicans in a year that has seen the party lose control of the White House, as well as seats in the House and Senate. It moves Democrats one step closer to the 60 votes needed to overcome filibusters in the Senate. Democrats now hold 58 seats, when two independents who align with Democrats are included, with undecided races in Minnesota and Georgia where two Republicans are trying to hang onto their seats.

Murkowski wants Point Thomson resolution
FAIRBANKS - Natural gas from the Point Thomson field on Alaska's North Slope must be tapped to make feasible a multibillion dollar natural gas pipeline to Canada or the lower 48 states, according to Alaska's former governor.

BLM plans to open Southwest Alaska land to development
ANCHORAGE - Environmental, fishing and Alaska Native groups are protesting federal plans to open about 1 million acres of land in Southwest Alaska to mineral exploration and petroleum leasing.

Sea lion numbers continue decline in Western Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Steller sea lions in far Western Alaska continue to do a disappearing act with already distressed numbers slipping further in some areas, according to a federal survey.

Bethel judge accused of misconduct
ANCHORAGE - A judge in Bethel finds himself on the witness stand at a hearing in Anchorage before the Alaska Commission on Judicial Conduct.

Some homeowners turn to coal for heat
ANCHORAGE - The high cost of heating oil prices has some homeowners in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough turning to coal.

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