Credit teachers for robotics jamboree
Teachers are always delighted when the community gets to see what great things are going on in school, and a recent robotics meet was a wonderful example of schools and the community coming together to the benefit of students.

Juneau should declare tax holiday
In case you've missed it, the wholesale price of heating oil and unleaded gasoline has increased since this day last year.

Resolution promotes better health care
I find it difficult to believe that in this progressive community there is not much to be found on such an important matter as House Resolution 676, The United States National Health Insurance Act.

Doctors OK; strategy for campaign was not
I agree with Larry Weeks in that Carolyn and George Brown are admirable doctors and human beings who do not deserve to be castigated for expressing their views on fluoridation. I have no quarrel with their personal conduct during the election.

Around Town
Community work service project, 9 a.m. every Sunday, Cornerstone, 9290 Hurlock Ave. Come dressed for the weather. Sponsored by Juneau Youth Services. Details: Brad, 523-6549.

Follower of Baha'i escapes Iran to find religious freedom in U.S.
On a recent Saturday morning inside the modest Sadeghi home in the valley, four girls gather around a squat wooden-topped coffee table, listening as Kevin Araki leads a discussion about Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith.

Drunk-driving deaths decline
Alaska drivers seem to be getting the message to "Drink Responsibly/Drive Responsibly" as drunk-driving fatalities were down by nearly 40 percent last year.

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

Eaglecrest to benefit from FAA power plan
Summer hikers, berry pickers and cyclists soon will no longer have to bushwhack on dangerous hillsides to reach alpine play land.

Photo: Reflections on art at the Public Market
Sara Hagen, reflected in the left mirror, looks at a glass flower and dish with her daughter, Annie, 8, on Friday as they are helped by Rob Morgenthaler, right, at the Public Market at Centennial Hall. The glass artwork is the work of Nell McConahey of Spiral Studio in Juneau.

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

Photo: Holiday fundraiser
Elsa Robinson, center, and Katie Busch, right, hold a Christmas tree Sunday as Linzie Norman winds up the line in the Fred Meyer parking lot. The Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team started their annual fundraising Christmas tree sale on Saturday.

Around Town


My turn: Nurse the constitution back to vitality
In the Federalist Papers, No. 8, Alexander Hamilton wrote: "Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates.

Outside editorial: U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace process looks shaky
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice chose to plunge into Mideast peacemaking earlier this year because, she said, she saw an opportunity in the rise of a moderate Palestinian government in the West Bank.

My turn: Respect military, troops' efforts
My name is Sgt. Leo Librando and I'm currently serving with the U.S. Marines. This is my response to the articles I have read in the Juneau Empire about serving in the military.

Empire editorial: High school delays should not be secret
Why in the world is the city of Juneau agreeing to pay Coogan Construction as much as $700,000 to speed up completion of Thunder Mountain High School when the city and the Juneau School District have known since last May the project is at least two months behind?

My turn: Passing the baton to Juneau Commission on Sustainability
A recent city of Juneau resolution created the Juneau Commission on Sustainability and repealed a resolution that gave life to the Juneau Energy Advisory Committee. The newly established commission met for six hours recently to continue its important work of establishing goals and strategies.

My turn: Surplus energy sales benefit Juneau
Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. sells surplus energy to customers with dual fuel heating systems, to Princess Cruise Lines and to the Greens Creek Mine.

Web links
Web sites of interest to local outdoors enthusiasts include:

Photo: Heads up
Two Barrow's goldeneye ducks are spooked by a harbor seal downtown by the wharf pilings in this montage photo.

Palin's parents live a life of affinity with wilderness
Think Gov. Sarah Palin is an interesting person?

Packing a few extra items can prevent a tragedy in backcountry
With the heavy accumulations of snow that fell in several backcountry locations this past week, many are preparing to head for the hills this weekend, and whether snowmachining in Turnagain Pass, skiing the Resurrection Trail, or mushing in the Caribou Hills, all outdoor recreationists should be prepared for an emergency situation.

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State won't interfere in seafood merger
The state will not contest the merger of two Japanese seafood companies with major operations in Alaska.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Tundra-Cat a monster truck with tender touch
With tires taller than most children, the Tundra-Cat could be considered an Alaska-sized toy for big boys. That would be a mistake.

Warm weather blankets state
It's been an unusually warm week for much of Alaska.

Retailers see strong start to holiday season
The nation's shoppers set aside worries about higher gas prices and a slumping housing market and proved their resilience over the Thanksgiving weekend, giving what the nation's merchants wished for - a strong start to the holiday shopping season.

Survey: Alaska youth engage in fewer risky behaviors
Alaska high school students smoke and drink less compared to a decade ago, according to a recent survey.

Law provides no enforcement for lobbyist ethics training
A new state law is requiring lobbyists to take a brief online ethics course, but there's no one making sure they actually do it.

State lawmakers hope to help with downside of high oil prices
During a special session in which Alaska tried to profit from the increasing value of its oil, worries over the effect of those high prices for heating oil at times threatened to derail the deal.

Northwest Digest
Fisherman fined for undersized crab; Grizzly bear search planned in two states; Swans have record year in Wyoming; Dog saves new owner from Idaho home fire

The Rise of Oil
The price of oil is climbing toward the once unimaginable level of $100 a barrel, with prices closing Friday in New York at a record of more than $98 a barrel. That's good news for Alaska, which has more riding on high oil prices after the just-completed special session on oil taxes. "We'll start sharing in this bounty of high prices," said Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage. "If it goes down, we're in trouble," according to Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage.

Northwest Digest
Juneau Assemblyto hear Hood appeal

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Data shows rise in Anchorage DUI deaths
The number of traffic deaths involving drugs or alcohol is up sharply in Anchorage with the city on its way to the highest rate of impaired road fatalities in more than a decade.

Rep. Don Young woos voters with telephone meetings
U.S. Rep. Don Young is reaching out to voters through an increasingly popular tool for lawmakers: the telephone town hall meeting.

Study: Ketchikan visitors spent $162 million in 2006
Visitors to Ketchikan spent $162 million last year, according to a study that looked at tourist spending during the summer of 2006.

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