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.

'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.

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.

Teen readers can look for yellow labels in adult fiction section
Yellow labels on the spines of books on the adult fiction shelves show they're meant for teen readers, with more intricate and mature plots than chapter books. Scan for them on the shelves, look them up in our computer catalogue, or use these titles as a starting point.

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.

Angered by payout
As one of many whose real-estate taxes are used largely to enhance public education in our town, I am angry that our Juneau School District has to pay $45,000 to Joseph Frederick.

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?"

Let the kids dance
Was anyone else struck by the irony that on the same day the article on the new Juneau-Douglas High School dance rules ran, an article ran in the Hooligan on the Soul Street Dancers who are performing this weekend? On the front page of the Empire was both a picture of the protractor display showing a 45-degree angle, below which students are not allowed to bend while dancing, and at the top of the same page was a photo of two members of the Soul Street Dance Co., one of whom is completely upside down.

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

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.

Drug dealers receive 30, 15 years in prison
Two notorious Juneau drug dealers received hefty prison sentences Thursday for operating a cocaine smuggling and dealing ring.

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 charities feel economic pinch
With the dreadful news of a slumping economy on the minds of many people this holiday season, local charity organizations say they are experiencing a lull in donations this year in comparison to recent years.

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.

Blasting for downtown garage to begin in two weeks
Test blasting and drilling for a new downtown garage and transit center is expected to begin in two weeks, then continue at full-bore into April, the city's project manager said Thursday.

Photo: Images from another time Willoughby Avenue, circa 1989
The Channel Apartments on Willoughby Avenue are demolished to make way for the Department of Environmental Conservation offices.

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.

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

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

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Sales tax money is coming in below city projections, and the amount could be below what was expected by June 2009. Due to an editing change, a story in Thursday's Empire was not clear about the date.

'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

Part I: Recalling 50 years of Alaska governors
On Jan. 3, 2009, Alaska will officially celebrate its 50th anniversary as a state.

Heirloom turkeys make a comeback
When the founding fathers were deciding on what bird to depict on the national seal, Benjamin Franklin argued for the turkey over the bald eagle. He wrote:

Alaska's very own guardian
The wind was howling and blowing at speeds of up to 60 knots. The sea was rumbling and slapping against a black hulled vessel. The wind sprayed ocean water along with rain into the faces of the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush, a 180-foot sea-going buoy tender. The crew was staring into the face of a storm because that's what Guardians do.

The truth about 'Doubt'
I recently attended, and thoroughly enjoyed, Perseverance Theater's rendering of "Doubt - A Parable." Now don't jump to conclusions; this article isn't a critical review. At least not of the play.

Consortium renames Angoon clinic
A dedication ceremony honoring Jessie Jim will take place at 1 p.m. today when the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and the Angoon Community Association will rename the SEARHC Angoon Health Center in her honor. The clinic's new name will be the Jessie Norma Jim Health Center.

Visit the Southeast Alaska Museum of Natural History
How many kids in Juneau have had their picture taken with a life-size zebra? For that matter, how many Juneau kids have even seen a life-size zebra, African lion, leopard, kudu or Marco Polo sheep? How many of our kids really know how big an Alaska moose is or have seen a 60-inch bull moose interacting with a wolf?

Alaska Airlines donates to Juneau Raptor Center
Alaska Airlines Southeast Community Advisory Board member Win Gruening, of Key Bank, and Toma Alario, manager of Station Operations for Alaska Airlines, recently presented a donation to the Juneau Raptor Center. Janet Capito, Jaimie Rountree and Justice the eagle, all of the Juneau Raptor Center, accepted the contribution.

Photo: Community Matching Grant
Wal-Mart representative Kathleen John, left, presents Danielle Lindoff, Southeast AlaskaIndependent Living Inc.development specialist, with a $1,000 Community Matching Grant, awarded in conjunction with SAIL's largest fundraiser of the year, the Only Fools Run at Midnight, held in June. The money received will be used to enhance SAIL's independent living programs in Juneau. Last year, SAIL provided services to more than 800 individuals with disabilities throughout Southeast Alaska. For more information, visit

Second annual Juneau Robot Jamboree to be held Sunday
JUNEAU - Fifteen teams from around Southeast Alaska will compete in the second annual Juneau Robot Jamboree from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Centennial Hall. This is a regional competition for the For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League.

University to host final Evening at Egan lecture tonight
JUNEAU - The final Evening at Egan lecture at 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Lecture Hall.

Juneau Receives Alaska Community Foundation Grants
JUNEAU - Two Juneau programs received funding from The Alaska Community Foundation as part of the organization's recent competitive grants cycle. SAIL Inc benefited from a $3,000 grant while AWARE received $500 in program support. Grant funding is maximized in both cases through collaboration with the Juneau Community Foundation who provided additional support to the programs.

Juneau Community Foundation donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters
JUNEAU - On Oct. 27, the Juneau Community Foundation donated $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska on behalf of the Leghorn Family Fund.

Wilkins Receives Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin recently announced the recipient of the 2008 Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award. John Edward Wilkins Jr., of Juneau, was honored on Veterans Day for his volunteer efforts toward advancing the interests of Alaska's veterans.

Grade: seventh.

Photo: Students of the month
Juneau-Douglas High School studentswho wererecognized this month by their teachers poseWednesdayat JDHS.

Consortium invites Natives to march for diabetes awareness
SITKA - November is Native American Heritage Month, and it also is American Diabetes Month.

Hospice and Home Care to hold Remembrance Gathering Sunday
JUNEAU - Hospice and Home Care of Juneau invites the public to attend its annual Remembrance Gathering at 2 p.m. Sunday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on Cinema Drive.

Thanks, Allen Marine Tours, for the whale watching cruise
Through the generosity of Allen Marine Tours and the wonderful Capt. Eliza Muse and awesome crew of the St. Nicolas, Cub Scouts from Pack 6 and their families had the pleasure of a whale watching cruise on Sept. 27. The Cub Scouts and their families delighted in watching numerous humpback whales while exploring the beautiful waters of southeast Alaska. The cruise was a perfect way to enjoy an afternoon, and one of the highlights of the year for the Cub Scouts. Thank you, Allen Marine Tours!

Thanks, Juneau, for voting to build the covered play area
I would like to sincerely thank the Juneau voters for overwhelmingly supporting the construction of a covered play area at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. I would especially like to thank the Assembly, for approving the ballot measure, and the many voters who generously gave their time.

Thanks for supporting Juneau Adventist Christian School
Juneau Adventist Christian School, it's principal and board members would like to deeply thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations and caring hearts for our recent annual fundraising auction:

Senior menu for the week of Nov. 24-28
Monday, Nov. 24

Pets of the week
The Gastineau Humane Society has a lot of extremely cute and loving spayed and neutered rabbits, right, up for adoption. If you are looking for a sweet cuddly companion, stop by and meet the gang.


Revey, Davis to wed
Jennifer Revey and Nicholas Davis, both of Kake, will marry at 7 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2008, at the Salvation Army Church in Kake. A reception will follow at the Kake Community Hall gym.

Nest, Fletcher wed
Kimberly Nest, of Moscow, Idaho, and Rory Fletcher, of Juneau, were married on Sept. 12, 2008, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, with close family and friends in attendance.

Hamilton, Duval wedding
Dawn Hamilton and Scott Duval, both of Juneau, were married in a private ceremony performed by Chuck Duval on Oct. 25, 2008, at the Mendenhall Glacier. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at Karl and Gale Vandor's home, 4485 Mountainside Estates.

Lonnie S. Thomas
Craig resident Lonnie Samuel Thomas, Tlingit name Sagooha, died Nov. 14, 2008, in Craig after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 75.

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

My Turn: Alaska, Iceland teaming up on geothermal is a win-win
A series of November meetings and diplomatic briefings in Reykjavik, Iceland, confirmed for me that citizens of this North Atlantic nation near the Arctic Circle have a lot in common with Alaska and Alaskans - including familiarity with the bust side (I am confident, temporarily) of the old cycle of boom and bust.

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.

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.

Alaska editorial: Wolf pup policy critics need to broaden view
No one wants to kill wolf puppies. You might as well kill dog puppies. So we have thoughtful, well-meaning people demanding our state Department of Fish and Game, as official policy, refrain from such behavior.

Outside editorial: Saudi king cynically ignores country's religious bigotry
If you are the undisputed monarch of a wealthy nation, you probably think you can say or do most anything without repercussion. But when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia stood before the United Nations late last week to proclaim his opposition to "religious intolerance," anyone listening would have to think: Of all the gall!

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.

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

Gissel reappointed to advisory board
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin and reappointed John W. "Bill" Gissel of Juneau to the Water and Wastewater Works Advisory Board.

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.

Croatian village celebrates Begich win
ZAGREB, Croatia - Mark Begich's victory in the U.S. Senate race in Alaska is being celebrated in a Croatian village where his grandfather once lived.

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.

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.

Hospital halts plans for trauma center
KENAI - The central Kenai Peninsula will have to wait for a trauma center.

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.

Ex-owner charged with fuel theft
FAIRBANKS - The former owner of a Fairbanks tire company was charged with stealing fuel from his old shop and another business.

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.

Woman accused of multiple frauds
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are looking for a 30-year-old woman who is accused of passing stolen checks around Southcentral Alaska.

81-year-old charged with dealing pills
FAIRBANKS - Law enforcement authorities in Fairbanks said they arrested an 81-year-old man who illegally sold powerful prescription pain relievers.

Bears hockey hosts Su Valley
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team enters this weekend's home doubleheader against the 3A Su Valley Rams with a four-game winning streak in their pockets, their always-rowdy fans cheering them on and more wins against 4A competition (2) than they had all of last season.

JDHS grapplers host Pilot Invite
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team welcomes a few big bad wolves to town this weekend as they host their annual Pilot Invitational with Colony, the state's top-ranked 4A team, joining the usual Southeast opponents on the mats of Thunder Mountain High School.

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.

Stevens caps 40 years with last speech
WASHINGTON - "Uncle Ted" Stevens, an old-style Senate giant and the chamber's longest-serving Republican, delivered his swan song address and yielded the floor for the final time Thursday. He was saluted by his colleagues as a staunch friend and teacher.

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.

Wal-Mart now selling sockeye from Bristol Bay
Wal-Mart, the world's largest seafood retailer, is now selling Bristol Bay wild-caught sockeye salmon in 233 stores across the western United States.

Bar groups seek Stevens law license suspension
ANCHORAGE - Bar associations in Alaska, California and Washington, D.C., are seeking the law license suspension of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

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.

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.

Court orders review of Beaufort drilling plan
ANCHORAGE - Federal regulators improperly granted Shell Oil permission for exploratory drilling in Alaska's Beaufort Sea, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Prices, tax mean less petroleum investment
ANCHORAGE - Executives of major petroleum companies say work on some Alaska projects will be dialed back now that the price of crude oil has dropped.

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.

Doctor killed by snowmobile
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage pediatrician died after a snowmobile slammed into his dog sled during a mushing excursion in Northwest Alaska.

Activists: Tobacco settlement being wasted
In 2006, Alaska desperately needed cash to complete a museum featuring a mummified bison and other natural wonders of the frozen north. So the state dipped into its share of the landmark 1998 tobacco settlement.

Photo: Visiting Alaska troops
U.S. Secretary of the Army Pete Geren meets with Alaska Army troops who have been wounded or injured while serving, after a news conference Thursday at Fort Richardson. Geren answered questions about the Army's role in Alaska and other Army-related questions.

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