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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Anonymous donor gives Thanksgiving to Juneau's needy
Hopefully the donor of 30 turkeys for the Salvation Army's 18th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Hangar on the Wharf is surrounded by loved ones and smiling, because that is the least of what the donor gave to the roughly 250 people who came to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Downtown parking ready for change
Downtown parking will start seeing major changes beginning in December.

Photo: Awaiting delivery
Dozens of home-cooked Thanksgiving dinners await delivery at The Silverbow on Thursday during the Thanksgiving day festivities. Silverbow traditionally cooks holiday meals for those who do not want to spend the time or have no family or dinners to attend.

Police & Fire
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Alaska editorial: Here we go again: Opponents of opening ANWR renew push to block oil drilling
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

Mu Turn: Juneau: Alaska's most homeless city
Most Juneauites are shocked by the fact that our town has the highest percentage of homeless households of any city in Alaska. Yes, more than Anchorage. Yes, more than Fairbanks. About 1.3 percent of Juneau households meet the stringent U.S. Housing and Urban Development definition of "homeless". That is almost 400 households, most with children. And the percentage grows year after year.

Pro: The US should counter Iran's growing influence in Latin America
WASHINGTON - Henry Kissinger famously asked whether Iran sees itself as a "nation" with a role in the international system or a "cause" that seeks to overturn the system through a global populist revolution.

Con: The US should counter Iran's growing influence in Latin America
SAN DIEGO - Washington is becoming increasingly concerned that Iran is expanding its influence in Latin America. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been working to strengthen ties between Iran and Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Cuba and Brazil.

Uncovering mysteries: New research reveals much about life, history of Baranof Island goats
Editor's note: This article first appeared in "Alaska Fish and Wildlife News" and is reprinted with permission.

Raincountry Flyfishers to hold first meeting
JUNEAU - The Raincountry Flyfishers will meet for the time this winter season on at 7 p.m. on Dec.1 in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Deadline for Hilary Lindh Scholarship approaching
JUNEAU - The deadline for this year's Hilary Lindh Scholarship, which is open to all Juneau students, is noon on Dec. 3.

Local winter moth designed to flourish in freezing weather
In late fall and early winter, you may notice moths fluttering in your headlights. Or perhaps you see them plastered on a windowpane when there's a light on inside the house. Sometimes dozens of them gather near a porch light shining in the darkness.

See the stars even on a cloudy night
JUNEAU - The Marie Drake Planetarium will present "Celestial Superfly," the world premiere of a 27-minute film by Michael Bott and one that will take the audience on a virtual flight around the solar system, our galaxy and to the "edge of the unknown."

ADF&G extends deadline for mail-in permit applications
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has extended the deadline for permit hunt applications submitted by mail to Dec. 15.

JGC Shoot Results
The monthly Juneau Gun Club registered shoot was held on Saturday, Nov. 13 on what started as a dull, overcast, cool, damp morning. As the day progressed, the skies lightened but light rain brought cooler temperatures. Although daylight was diminishing, three events - singles, handicap and doubles - were successfully held.

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Tides
Today, Nov. 26

Turnagain Pass opened to snowmachiners
ANCHORAGE - Chugach National Forest officials have delivered snowmachiners a pre-holiday gift.

Missing grenade launcher found
ANCHORAGE - A missing grenade launcher almost sank Thanksgiving for troops at Fort Richardson.

Child playing with lighter likely caused fire
FAIRBANKS - A child playing with a lighter, or perhaps a candle, likely caused an apartment fire in Fairbanks earlier this week.

Fisherman charged with sexual harassment
ANCHORAGE - A Mexican citizen has been charged with sexually harassing a federal fisheries observer.

Dispute over Pebble Mine heats up
ANCHORAGE - The fight over the Pebble Mine is heating up again, with lawyers filing pre-trial motions and arguing over evidence for an upcoming trial in Anchorage Superior Court.

Missing snowmobilers found safe in cabin
ANCHORAGE - Two men missing on a snowmobile trip near Skwentna have been found safe.

State to accept federal education funds
The state of Alaska will accept $23.5 million in federal Education Jobs Fund money aimed at preventing teacher layoffs, despite a lack of budget-driven layoffs.

Parnell defends choice of Campbell to head ADF&G
Gov. Sean Parnell confirmed Monday that his fisheries policy aide Cora Campbell is his top choice to head the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

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