Build road to Skagway
In case most of the readers don't remember, the original plan for the Juneau Accesss Road was to go straight through to Skagway.

Make the tourism industry pay Juneau
We had good news and bad news on the front page of the Nov. 18 edition of the Empire.

Unhappy with increase in electric rates
I am a new resident of Juneau. I started paying for electricity as of August. While I was pleased at the seemingly low rates in August and September, I was very surprised at my bill for October.

Juneau access road would bring benefits
As the permitting for the road gets closer and support for a road grows, there has been a sense of urgency in articles by those opposed to it.

What is torture?
Waterboarding is not torture. Being forced to jump 200 stories to your death - because of searing lungs, burning eyes and melting flesh - is torture.

Congratulations for getting fair share
We as Alaskans got what this Alaskan considers our fair share of oil revenues finally. The smell of corruption is somewhat gone out of the air. Now the oil companies will start to lay off people on the North Slope in hopes they will scare us into revisiting the tax issue yet again.

Photo: Casting about
Walt Chapman, with his dog, Kola, throws out a line at Twin Lakes on Thursday.

Douglas to hold lighting of Christmas tree Friday
Douglas will kick off the Christmas season with its annual community tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday at Waterwheel Plaza and Douglas Community United Methodist Church at 1106 Third St.

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


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

Greens Creek Mine put up for sale
The company that owns a majority stake in Greens Creek Mine on Admiralty Island announced Tuesday it is looking into selling its share of the property if it can fetch a premium price.

Around Town

Business Digest
KeyCorp declares regular dividend; Hospital appoints chief nursing officer; Workshop offered on business creativity

Man allegedly pulls out knife during fight near Juneau bar
A man who called police for help after a bar fight was later arrested and accused of starting it, Juneau police said.

Photo: Traveling for the holidays
Sarita and Dan Knull walk Wednesday into the Juneau International Airport terminal with their children Caton, left and Austin. They flew to Washington state to be with family during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sealaska releases new language tools
Seventy-year-old Tlingit teacher Ruth Demmert has seen firsthand how the Internet and computer technology can inspire the younger generation of Alaska Natives to embrace its culture.

Photo: Sitting on the deck of the bay
Joshua Semonis, 22, practices his guitar from his balcony Thursday at the Bay View Apartments overlooking Auke Bay.

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Season of Plenty
Juneau's charities have been in full swing this past week organizing meals and volunteers for Thanksgiving, a holiday that they say is hard not only for those living on a low income, but also for those without friends and family to share it with.

Legislative session boosts businesses
A special session of the Alaska Legislature in the slow fall season can't help but boost business downtown, but some proprietors say it could have been better.

Photo: Friends to be thankful for
Wayne Smallwood greets Judith Lindoff and Bob Duran while having a Thanksgiving Day meal at the Hangar on the Wharf. The dinner was sponsored by the Salvation Army, which was expecting to serve 400 meals.

Thanksgiving: A time when everyone eats the same foods
Perhaps the most peculiar feature of Thanksgiving is that it is the one day in the year when virtually everyone in the country eats the same foods.

Where should the snow go?
Plowing and shoveling snow was a constant outdoor activity in Juneau last winter, thanks to our record-breaking snowfall. Word on the street is that certain Juneau 'old-timers' say there is going to be as much snow this winter as last year.

Student artist in the spotlight
Quanitta Chup

Let's give thanks before the blessing
"I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving. ... " These words sound as though they might be from Psalms, but they are not. They are the words of Jonah, (Jonah 2:9), uttered from the belly of the whale.


Gleceria Lumba
Longtime Juneau resident Gleceria Calbonero Lumba died Nov. 19, 2007, surrounded by her daughters, sons and friends. She was 79.

Outside editorial: C'mon, be thankful: Do something nice for the person who creates the spread
The following editorial first appeared in the Dallas Morning News: As seasoned editorial writers, we normally attempt to tailor a message to influence as wide an audience as possible.

Outside editorial: Paying for the patch, fixes get expensive
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune: The alternative minimum tax was created nearly 40 years ago to make sure a few very rich taxpayers couldn't use loopholes to reduce their tax bills to zero.

My turn: Don't let misconceptions hurt students
I am a Juneau-Douglas High School student who focuses on my academics and achievements while also taking part in my Native heritage through song, dance and cultural events. I attempt a balancing act with a "normal" social life outside of such.

My Turn: Positive things about the Lynn Canal Highway
If Alaska Airlines reduced its fares to Anchorage by 90 percent, it would have to quadruple its daily jet service in and out of Juneau to meet travel demand.

Three JDHS runners to compete in California
Three members of the Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team will try their hands at one of the nation's biggest racing events in December.

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Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball League
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Will B.C. port be boon to Southeast?
A two-year, $170 million expansion of Prince Rupert's port, and agreements with top names in shipping, has this small Canada town's officials talking about it becoming a rival for major ports on the West Coast.

Alaska Digest
More troops due home for holidays; Kenai bookkeeper sentenced to 10 years; Public can weigh in on budgetary process; Comments accepted on Denali project; Man accused of killing baby appears in court; Six minors charged in vandalism spree

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Alaska recovers $19 million in Qwest settlement
Alaska will receive $19 million from a settlement reached with Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc., the Department of Law announced Wednesday.

Outside media eyes AK scandals
Alaska's Legislature is again making national news, courtesy of the bribery scandal that's been ongoing for more than a year.

NovaGold proceeds with Rock Creek project
ANCHORAGE - troubled road, but the Rock Creek mine is expected to be in commercial production after the first of the year, according to Doug Nicholson, who managed the project for owner NovaGold Resources Inc.

Knik Arm bridge planners to call for bids
ANCHORAGE - bridge are preparing to issue a request for proposals for construction that they plan to send out by late January.

Finish in sight for restoration of historic aviation workhorse
Slowly, rivet by painstaking rivet, a Grumman Goose with historic links to Ketchikan is being transformed from a tired aviation workhorse to a museum-ready icon of Southeast Alaska.

Three may be ousted in Chatham recall vote
Three of five members of the Chatham School Board were voted out of office in a recall election Tuesday, according to preliminary unofficial election results.

Hunters strike deal after getting stuck in the tundra
The owners of the two pickup trucks that got stuck in the tundra off the Dalton Highway while caribou-hunting last year have agreed to tell other military personnel not to do what they did as part of a settlement reached with the Bureau of Land Management.

Kenai writer feeds soul with words
There's no shortage of aspiring writers on the Kenai Peninsula looking to get their work published, but one local woman has found her niche in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series of books.

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