Holiday lights
Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start to the holiday season, and here in Juneau that means a dizzyingly full range of opportunities to get out and enjoy the arts. The list of dancers dancing, actors acting, singers singing and others making the community more beautiful with the fruits of their labors would easily overflow multiple renditions of the "12 Days of Christmas," making weekend plans difficult to narrow down.

Southeast writers have had a busy year
In Juneau, local authors are not only plentiful, they're productive. Lynn Schooler, for example, turned out not one but two titles this year: "Walking Home," a nonfiction book, and his first novel, "Heartbroke Bay," published under a pseudonym, Lynn d'Urso. It's enough to make any proscrastinator think twice.

Public Market: the crafter's answer to Black Friday
There is nothing that appeals to me about Black Friday. With a belly full of turkey hangover I'd rather burrow deeper into my winter covers than fight the throngs of shrieking shoppers ready to duel over a plastic made-in-China party tray at some horrifically early hour. But, there is one exception to the shopping mayhem that conjours visions of rosy red cheeks on friends and family, delicious morsels to munch and heavenly rows of locally handmade crafts as far as the eye can see. The greenbacks in my wallet will happily dance their way out to be exchanged for goods at Juneau's annual Public Market.

Rory Stitt, Bearfoot to perform this weekend
Well, based on the slush in my driveway, the weather outside has officially gone from cold to gross. That means it truly is music season. Combined with the fact that it's Thanksgiving, that means you have two reasons to head out to a show this weekend: the bad weather and your obnoxious Uncle Bob who's in town for the weekend. So, without further ado, here is your show update for the weekend:

The meaning of live
The live album - it's no new phenomenon. The first musicians to make recordings did so in a live setting, and they probably never imagined the possibility of the multitrack technology that has now become the norm in the industry. But there's something about capturing the many elements of an unperfected stage performance that keeps the live albums coming.

'Next Three Days'not a bad way to spend 90 minutes
Give Paul Haggis ("Crash") a couple of capable actors (Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks) and a good story to go off of (in this case a 2008 French film called, "Pour Elle" or "Anything for Her") and you certainly have a promising start. "The Next Three Days" is not going to add to Haggis' Oscar collection, but it is not going to be a sore on his filmography either.

Photo: Bearfoot reunion
Alaska's Bearfoot will be in town to play a reunion concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the JDHS auditorium. Tickets are available at Hearthside and Rainy Retreat Books or through

New titles for young adult readers
New books for young adult readers are shelved with adult fiction but distinguished by their yellow-green stickers.

Glacier Valley cheers Heagy
Alaska's Teacher of the Year was led into Glacier Valley Elementary's gymnasium Wednesday in front of singing students, looking a bit overwhelmed.

Hoonah police department close to full strength
The Hoonah Police Department will soon be at full force for the first time since the Aug. 28 fatal shootings of HPD Sgt. Anthony Wallace and Officer Matthew Tokuoka.

Photo: First docking in Gustavus
Friends and relatives greet passengers disembarking from the ferry Aurora on Tuesday after the ship arrived in Gustavus for the Alaska Marine Highway System’s inaugural sailing to the city.

Police & Fire
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Winter arrives in Juneau
A dusting of snow has covered Juneau, and caught some drivers off guard Tuesday.

Mystery donor bestows new cultural objects to Sealaska
Folks at the Sealaska Heritage Institute may not know the person's name, but are grateful for his or her philanthropic spirit.

Hoonah resident sentenced to 40 years in prison
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

SEARHC help line available for holidays, times of stress
As Native American Heritage Month comes to an end and we enter the holiday season, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Behavioral Health Prevention program and the "1 is 2 Many" regional suicide prevention task force for Southeast Alaska would like to remind people that help is available for those who are stressed out and in need of care.

Time for tires and studs
The first light snow of the year showed just how unprepared many Juneau drivers were, as a rush of vehicle owners brought cars, trucks and the round things that they rest on into local tire stores for help.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Pie sale to help preschoolers
Wynette Hanna and her daughter, Isabella, 7, set out pies for the Juneau Co-op Preschool's Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale on Tuesday at Alaskan & Proud. The sale will continue today from 3 to 6 p.m.

18 Juneau residents still owed tax refunds
The Internal Revenue Service is seeking to return $164.6 million undelivered refund checks to 111,893 taxpayers around the country, according to a news release. David Tucker, an IRS spokesman, said 18 of those taxpayers are in Juneau. He said the amounts owed to these people total at $8,987, with the average amount owed being $500.

Reeves C. Havens Jr.
Rev. Reeves C. Havens Jr., age 94, of Fairview, Tenn., a retired minister of the United Methodist Church, died Nov. 9, 2010 in Franklin, Tenn.

Empire editorial: Time to talk about TSA's line
The pot of Americans' notions of personal civil liberty is often slow to boil over, but it seems it has with the increasing introduction of advanced imaging technology machines at airports across the country. These machines provide TSA screeners with a digitized image of a passenger's body.

My Turn: Take the challenge to ensure all in Juneau have enough to eat
One of the truly inspiring aspects of living in Juneau is that, as a community, we take care of each other. We pitch in on home projects, we help out our neighbors and we make a lot of food for each other - we drop off dinner for new moms and dads, we bring a pot of soup by for someone who is ill or we simply get together to eat and celebrate. But as we drool over our turkeys and pies and gather for the holidays this year, lets challenge ourselves to take that spirit of caring a step further and make sure that everyone in Juneau has enough food to eat, especially during the holidays.

My Turn: Board of Game should consider growing wildlife tourism industry
Of the 48 proposals in the Southeast Region Meeting Board of Game proposal book, at least six directly called for increased opportunities for wildlife viewing. Other proposals did so indirectly. Of these six proposals, four failed, no action was taken on two and one passed as amended.

Freed activist embodies global fight for rights
Who, except her military jailers, was not moved when the Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi emerged from seven years of house arrest last weekend?

Outside editorial: GM's second and last lease on life
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Nuclear blinders: N. Korea's newly revealed nuclear facility should surprise no one
"Stunning" was how Siegfried Hecker, former head of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, described North Korea's new uranium-enrichment facility. While more sophisticated and extensive than previously believed, this plant is entirely consistent with 15 years of sustained effort by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to perfect its nuclear weapons program.

Icy roads in Seattle delay Alaska Airlines crews
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines says treacherous road conditions Monday morning are preventing many employees from getting to work at Sea-Tac Airport, affecting a number of flights.

Johansen vows to rejoin GOP caucus
KETCHIKAN - State Rep. Kyle Johansen is vowing a return to the Republican caucus.

No body scanning X-ray machines in Alaska airports
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is free of body-scanning X-ray machines at airports, but not the security pat-downs.

Butcher named as Alaska revenue commissioner
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell continues to fill out his cabinet with two appointments Wednesday.

Anchor River king salmon escapement adjusted
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Fisheries has agreed to replace the fixed escapement goal of 5,000 king salmon on the Anchor River to a range of between 3,800 and 10,000 fish.

Obama says he doesn't think about race vs. Palin
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he respects Sarah Palin's political skills but hasn't thought about the possibility of facing her in the 2012 presidential election.

Jury awards paralyzed Kwethluk man $23M
BETHEL - A Bethel jury has awarded more than $23 million to a Kwethluk man who was paralyzed when he was arrested by two village police officers.

Alaska ranks high in rates of 2 sexual diseases
ANCHORAGE - A state health report shows Alaska ranks among the top 10 in the nation in the rates of two sexually transmitted diseases: gonorrhea and chlamydia.

Panel supports repatriation of artifacts
JUNEAU - A review panel is supporting the repatriation of Native artifacts from two museums.

Alaska housing complex fire forces evacuation
FAIRBANKS - A fire at an Alaska housing complex forced an evacuation during one of the worst ice storms in Fairbanks history.

Dillingham pilot makes emergency landing on tundra
ANCHORAGE - A Dillingham pilot flying at about 700 feet didn't have much time for an emergency landing when the engine on his Cessna 207 gave out.

Parnell backs Susitna hydro project
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has endorsed construction of a large hydroelectric project on the Susitna River, about halfway between Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Former Alaska pastor found guilty of sex abuse
FAIRBANKS - A former Alaska pastor has been convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

Planned Parenthood sues over notification law
ANCHORAGE - Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is trying to block a new state law requiring that parents of teenage girls seeking abortions be notified.

Head of Alaska state ferries announces retirement
SITKA - The head of Alaska's ferry system is retiring.

Black Friday tourney tipping off
The 2010 Black Friday Classic is a men's and women's adult basketball tournament begining at 5 p.m. Friday at Thunder Mountain High School.

College watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

Local bowlers win gold at Special Olympics State Tournament
Juneau's men's and women's Special Olympics bowling teams brought home several medals from last weekend's state tournament in Anchorage.

Alaska Pacific Bank sees profit in recent quarter
Alaska Pacific Bancshares turned a small profit in the quarter ended Sept. 30, but remains down somewhat for the year as it continues to struggle with problem loans.

Icy roads continue to reek havoc across the state
ANCHORAGE - An ice storm and super-slick roads in much of Alaska made for treacherous travel conditions Tuesday, just a couple of days before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Alaska official: Miller election claims baseless
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's lieutenant governor on Tuesday discounted allegations by Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller that elections officials unlawfully interpreted voter intent on write-in ballots.

Murkowski seeks voice in election lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday called for a rapid resolution to a lawsuit brought by election rival Joe Miller, claiming Alaska will be harmed if she isn't sworn in Jan. 3.

Feds set aside 'critical habitat' for polar bear
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas.

Palin publisher says Gawker lawsuit is settled
NEW YORK - Sarah Palin's publisher said Tuesday that it has settled its lawsuit against Gawker Media.

Panel discusses social media's role for fisheries
Social media is becoming part of communications for more industries every day, and seafood is no exception. The Marine Conservation Alliance brought together a group of representatives familiar with such social sites in their own industries to address the public on their different perspectives in a panel called "The Media is the Message" during last week's Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle.

Judge tells Pebble Mine co. to provide information
ANCHORAGE - A judge Wednesday told the companies developing the Pebble Mine to produce information needed for an upcoming legal fight over the huge copper and gold deposit in southwest Alaska, even if it means working during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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