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Preserve Berners Bay
For years, we have watched in the name of profits destroy a lifetime, beautiful, verdant forest and now it looks like potholes on sides of mountains. De we really want to use up and spoil our natural resource that is to be enjoyed and remembered for a very long time?

Preserve Berners Bay
For years, we have watched in the name of profits destroy a lifetime, beautiful, verdant forest and now it looks like potholes on sides of mountains. De we really want to use up and spoil our natural resource that is to be enjoyed and remembered for a very long time?

Shooting up in Juneau
A ddicted to mainlining cocaine, "Nicole" spent last winter holed up in her downtown Juneau apartment sticking needles in her arms, legs, fingers and toes, trading collapsing veins for slightly firmer ones.

Feast in the city
People who can't afford food for a Thanksgiving meal, are unable to cook, or simply don't want to eat alone have many options for celebrating Thursday's holiday. Juneau volunteers, nonprofit groups and restaurants are hosting events to ensure that, at least for a day, nobody goes hungry. While their forte is Italian cuisine, Al and Nita Soriano, the owners of Jovany's restaurant in the Airport Shopping Center, will serve a free, traditional Thanksgiving meal at their restaurant Thursday. They have hosted the free meal every Thanksgiving since 1993.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

How Juneau's IV drug culture is changing
There are twice as many hypodermic needles in the hands of Juneau intravenous drug users than a year ago. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. "Does it mean that more people are using - or are more people are getting smarter about not sharing needles?" Eileen Wilson said. "I think it's people being safer."

Warning signs and getting help
Drug users often tip off others to their addiction, but not everyone recognizes the clues. Nicole, a former addict whose identity is being withheld for this article, said when she was snorting cocaine regularly she had a chronic runny nose. A cocaine smoker gets black fingers, akin to the nicotine stains of a heavy cigarette smoker.

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

Robert E. Brososky Jr.
Former Juneau resident Robert E. "Robbie" Brososky, Jr., 34, died Nov. 6, 2002, in Lincoln, Neb.

My Turn: Many thanks to Alaska's public employees for a job well done
As Dec. 2 approaches when a new governor will take charge, I would like to pause a moment to recognize public employees all across Alaska for their outstanding work.

A new look for the Empire
God willin' and Murphy's Law in abeyance, the Empire will have a new look and some different content by Labor Day. - Me, Over-promising Out Loud, March 17, 2002 Labor Day? Obviously, I'm calendar-challenged. I meant Thanksgiving.

Empire editorial: Make a difference: Support the United Way of Southeast Alaska
United Way of Southeast Alaska brings together the people and resources to meet a wide range of human needs through charitable giving. Statistics show that one of three people will need and use services funded through United Way at some point in their lifetime, for food, clothing, heat, shelter, medical assistance, independent living, and for child care, nurturing and development. The day will come when you or someone close to you may need this help.

Toe Cartoon

Techwit: Softwear planning and the mall
Do you know that look of frenzied panic the average teenager gets when she's one step out of fashion and needs to go to the mall NOW to do some serious power-shopping before she's reported to her peer group for being hideously uncool? Well, long, long ago, when the Internet really took off (circa 1992), a teacher approached me with that same look in his eyes.

Nonverbal heckling as an art form
A few years ago I leaned about active listening. It seemed at the time to be a very non-news kind of thing, just a repackaging of what we used to call paying attention. Oh no, a person conducting an active listening seminar would say, it's much more interactive than that and takes practice.

Out and About
In season: Black bear (Sept. 1-June 30), brown bear (Sept. 15-Dec. 31, March 15-May 31), deer (Sept. 15-Dec. 31), mountain goat (Sept. 1 or Oct. 1, depending on area,-Nov. 31, area north of Haines Highway and west of the Ferebee River and Glacier closed for the season), wolf (Aug. 1-April 30), wolverine (Nov. 10-Feb. 15), ducks, geese, brants, snipe, crane (Sept. 1-Dec. 15), red and blue king crab (Oct. 1-March 31), coho salmon (June-Nov.).

Shoot-out at the AK Corral
"I said give me all the money," yelled Buckskin John as he picked up his rifle, firing eight shots before grabbing a money bag and rushing to saddle up his horse. He proceeded to unleash four shotgun blasts, followed by 10 pistol rounds, during a mock bank robbery scenario for the Juneau Gold Miners Posse's monthly cowboy action shooting competition at the Hank Harmon Rifle Range.

Ski Web links
Regional winter sports Web links and phone numbers.

Information center lays out potential avalanche dangers for Alaska's backcountry travelers
ANCHORAGE - Alaska still doesn't have an avalanche forecast center, but more Southcentral information will be available this winter thanks to the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center. Forest Service Glacier District snow ranger Carl Skustad said the federal agency aims to provide Alaskans the best information it has on Turnagain Pass and surrounding areas - as well as other forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kings of the mat
The Ketchikan Kings stole the show from the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears during the Brandon Pilot Invitational wrestling tournament, held Friday and Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School main gym. The Crimson Bears were hoping to honor Pilot, a teammate who was killed in a November 2000 car wreck. But the Kings claimed the team title of the tournament held in Pilot's honor for the second straight year.

Sports in Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Gibb makes finals in 50-meter backstroke at FINA World Cup
Former Petersburg High School swimmer Derek Gibb reached the finals in his first major international competition Saturday, finishing eighth in the men's 50-meter backstroke at the FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Cup meet at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y.

Boozer posts two straight double-doubles
CLEVELAND - Cleveland rookie Carlos Boozer had his second straight double-double in his second straight start in Saturday's game against New Orleans, but the Hornets claimed a 97-84 victory over the Cavaliers.The Cavs (2-12) have lost 10 straight games. The Hornets improved to 10-3.

UAF reaches finals at Top of the World
FAIRBANKS - Alaska Fairbanks used a barrage of 3-pointers to get the lead, then hung on to defeat Nebraska 64-61 Saturday in the semifinals of the Top of the World Classic.

Haines: New state heliskiing rules worry industry
Ski industry representatives are calling new rules for heliskiing unveiled by the state Department of Natural Resources a big, and perhaps crippling, blow to their businesses.

State Briefs
Fog blankets Juneau again; Prosecutors drop sign-burning case; Grant aids Alaska Native language;

Consumer watchdog group says state dropped the ball
JUNEAU - An attorney general's investigation into high gas prices that came up empty this week is another example of the state's failure to protect Alaskans from predatory businesses, the head of a consumer watchdog group said on Friday. Stephen Conn, executive director of Alaska Public Interest Research Group, chided the state for not following the lead of Hawaii, which settled a lawsuit filed against gas companies over price-fixing allegations.

Kodiak museum seeks to conserve Alutiiq language
KODIAK - The Alutiiq Museum is working to revive a critical piece of Alutiiq heritage by developing a dictionary and establishing a center for the disappearing language. Today, the median age of Alutiiq speakers is 67. From a total population of 3,000 Alutiiq people, only about 400 still speak the language. In 1970, there were roughly 1,000 speakers.

Accused oil pipeline shooter's brother says he saw it happen
FAIRBANKS - The brother of accused pipeline shooter Daniel Lewis testified in court that he saw Lewis shoot a hole in the trans-Alaska oil pipeline on Oct. 4, 2001.

Klawock: Woman indicted on drug charges
A Klawock woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury on felony drug charges stemming from the sale of methamphetamine from her Klawock home.

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