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.

Thanks for a good job, Wendy Byrnes
What a thoughtful opinion piece 10th-grader Wendy Byrnes wrote in last Friday's Neighbors section regarding the theme-based academies planned for our high school students.

Mat-Su ferry is a foolish proposal
Mat-Su Borough residents will soon learn that operating a ferry is incredibly expensive.

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.

State vs. Planned Parenthood
Justice Carpeneti's dissent in State v. Planned Parenthood really got me thinking. I vividly remember the embarrassment of having to bring my mother to the theater in order to get permission to see an R-rated movie.

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.

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

Chamber asks for fuel tax relief
The Juneau Chamber of Commerce asked the Juneau Assembly at Monday night's meeting to consider bringing back a temporary sales tax exemption for fuel oil sold during a 90-day window.

Around Town

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.

Alaska Supreme Court affirms ruling in Olivit suit
The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed an earlier Juneau Superior Court decision dismissing all claims brought by Juneau resident Jake Olivit against the city and the Juneau Empire for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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.

City hears truck scale appeal
Concerned citizen Dixie Hood said the city set a bad precedent when it allowed a truck scale to continue operating that was built without the proper permits and within the required 50-foot setback of a fish-rearing stream.



Maggie James
Former Juneau resident Maggie M. James died Nov. 8, 2007, in Anchorage. She was 46.

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.

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.

My turn: Awarding incentives to finish school sets a bad precedent
Just what part of the bid process does the city of Juneau not understand? The Empire article on the Thunder Mountain High School (Nov. 21) states the city of Juneau is going to award Coogan Construction up to $700,000 more to finish the project on time.

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.

Outside editorial: Head Start renewal: Program works for vulnerable children
There's not much that Congress and President Bush agree on these days. So the unanimity surrounding the reauthorization of Head Start says much about the worth of the preschool program.

My turn: Why try? It may be hopeless
This is not something that you would read for pleasure. In fact, you might find it unsettling; however, we feel it's worthwhile and invite you to continue reading and even contribute to the conversation.

Photo: Group cheer
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball head coach Lesslie Knight, top, center, leads the JV and Varsity players in a cheer Monday at the Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Juneau team takes second at Turkey Shoot
Twelve hockey players from Juneau, Kenny Lake and Glennallen came together to place second out of 12 Alaska tier 3 Bantam teams over Thanksgiving weekend in Anchorage.

'Papa Pilgrim' to be sentenced
The wife and children of the man who called himself "Papa Pilgrim" told him Monday he should repent for the sexual, mental and physical abuse he inflicted on their family.

Gas line objectives make room for smaller players
The deadline for applications to build a natural gas pipeline in Alaska is Friday and so far two commitments seem certain - but they aren't from North Slope leaseholders Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC and ConocoPhillips.

Alaska Digest
Commission to review city parking garage; Group to protest lack of worker contract; Ordinance a boost for tech education; Doll touts Salvation Army at Wal-Mart; Coast Guard rescues 4-man crew Monday; Yukon Quest will switch race marshals

Governor to release health-care proposal
A state commission that has spent months looking into how to provide Alaskans better health care is set to release a preliminary plan next week, in time for consideration during next year's legislative session.

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.

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.

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

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

Photo: Driving away flu
Wendy Walters, left, a public health nurse in Anchorage, administers a flu shot to Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Karleen Jackson on Monday while Santa Claus looks on.

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

Native corporations to see cash infusion from Alaska zinc mine
Profits from the Red Dog Mine are expected to provide an infusion of $200 million to Native corporations around the state in the coming year.

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.

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

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.

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.

Forecast: Pink salmon numbers are likely to plummet next year
The number of pink salmon in 2008 is expected to drop dramatically, according to a state forecast.

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