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Today, Nov. 27

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire reports were not available by press time Thursday.

A day Juneau can be thankful for
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell woke up Thursday at the Governor's Mansion with one mission in mind: serving turkey at The Hangar on the Wharf with his family to "our new community." Thanksgiving meant something more for Parnell this year; marking his official transition to Juneau from Anchorage.

Retailers ring in shopping season
Juneau retailers opened their doors in the wee hours this morning as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season.

Photo: Thankful for calm waters
A fishing boat trolls for winter kings Thursday in Juneau Harbor. A few boats were fishing in the harbor for the elusive salmon.

Native American Heritage Month: Colleen Henderson
Age: 32.

Support local business when holiday shopping
Holiday shoppers will be out in full force today, taking advantage of Black Friday sales and Juneau's annual Public Market in a mix of national and local shopping traditions. Business owners are cautiously optimistic that this year will fare better than last, when Juneau first began feeling the pinch of a nation-wide recession.

Alaska's clean initiatives
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

Connected life a great gift during any season
For most people, the holiday season means spending time with friends and family. We invite them to our Thanksgiving table. We send them cards. We kiss them under the stars to usher in the new year. But we also get angry at them, deal with their demands and endure their opinions of one another.

Thoughts on cars and chocolate
Just as I don't want to know exactly what's in a hot dog, I didn't like reading the other day that there's a possibility Hershey may be taking over Cadbury. I don't know what's in Cadbury chocolate or Hershey bars, and I don't care because I trust them to put good ingredients in their candy.

Head-to-head standoff decides annual Turkey Shoot winner
As sunset neared, two shooters were still competing head to head in one of the most contested battles of the day, the "Annie Oakley."

Out & About
Today, Nov. 27

Federal subsistence board takes action on requests
ANCHORAGE - The Federal Subsistence Board considered four special action requests and a request to reconsider a previous action during its Nov.12 work session in Anchorage.

Natural Resources Conservation Service to hold meeting on programs
PALMER - The Natural Resources Conservation Service State Technical Committee will meet at the NRCS state office conference room on Wednesday Dec. 2 at 9 a.m.

Green infrastructure planning grants available for Alaska communities
ANCHORAGE - Alaska communities have an opportunity to jump start their green infrastructure planning efforts to prevent water pollution and improve water quality due to a new grant program supported by economic recovery funds.

Dan Moller a good pick for non-ski local treks
Eaglecrest Ski Area is likely opening this weekend.

Running with porcupines, snow and great athletes
There is something poetic about watching a good runner stride. Most runners change their gaits to match terrain, but good runners change the paths they are on to suit their stride. Each step remains seemingly effortless, as rocks, dips, hills, puddles, flora and fauna are traversed with the same ease and grace as a well-practiced orchestra. It's these same runners who seem to float an inch above the surface.

Girls on the Run Southeast to hold 5K Fun Run season finale
Girls on the Run of Southeast Alaska will hold their final 5K Fun Run Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Dimond Park Field House to celebrate what organizers called "a successful fall Girls on the Run season."

New November snow reveals forest tracks
One snowy day in mid November, I stood on the bank of the Holding Pond in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area and was surprised to see a beaver swimming back and forth. He slapped his tail once or twice and disappeared as I turned my back to clean debris off the fence that guards the outlet of the pond. Later, I found his tracks along the shore of the pond and over the dike to the Mendenhall River.

Degrees to dig
Greens Creek and Couer Alaska are now in the process of hiring from a pool of fifteen people who recently received safety and underground mining training through a partnership between the University of Alaska Southeast, Mine and Petroleum Training Services (MAPTS), the Alaska Department of Labor and the mining industry.

Photos: Saltwater selections
Show us your big fish

Photo: More of a good thing
Show us your big fish

Trekkers to present at Centennial Hall
JUNEAU - Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, will be presenting their 2007, human-powered journey from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands and signing books on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Lumber prices rally for timber industry
EUGENE, Ore. - Prices in the depressed lumber industry have risen recently, as production has fallen to meet demand and dealers have begun restocking inventories.

Air quality drops in Fairbanks, North Pole
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks' municipal government is asking people to voluntarily halt wood burning after air quality in the area dropped below federal standards.

Alyeska Ski Resort to open for season
GIRDWOOD - The Alyeska Ski Resort in Girdwood is opening for the season.

Alaska aviators return from Kosovo
ANCHORAGE - The last remaining soldiers with the Alaska Army National Guard are coming home from Kosovo duty just in time for Thanksgiving.

Kusko 300 launches $50,000 raffle
BETHEL - Organizers of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race have launched a $50,000 winner-takes-all raffle to raise funds.

University of Alaska to vote on budget
FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska regents are scheduled to vote Monday on the $820 million operation budget for the next fiscal year.

Monster truck show to return to Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. - Nearly a year after a 6-year-old boy watching in the stands was killed by flying debris, the monster truck rally where it happened is coming back to Tacoma.

Official: Trooper who shot man "heroic"
FAIRBANKS - The head of the Alaska State Trooper said the trooper who shot and killed a man yielding a knife earlier this week acted heroically and may have saved lives.

Geezers vs. Chicks helps fund Girls on the Run
The Geezers' manhood will be tested Saturday night at Treadwell Arena in Juneau as the Chicks look to continue their recent domination in the annual series.

Sports in Juneau

Size of company's Yakutat gold mine claim questioned
A massive gold mining claim near Yakutat by an out-of-state company has proven to be not only controversial but also questionable in its legitimacy, according to officials.

Pair produces unique book of Sitka photographs, essays
SITKA - An eagle sits on a rock on the north end of town, looking at the camera, with O'Connell Bridge, the Sisters and Mt. Verstovia in the background.

Photo: Turkey trotting
Former Gov. Sarah Palin joins thousands of runners Thursday for the annual Turkey Trot in Kennewick, Wash. The event is a fundraiser for the local American Red Cross. The former Republican vice-presidential candidate is spending the holiday with relatives in Richland, Wash.

Wood energy becoming more popular
For the Bethel region of Alaska, the heating fuel of the future might be a throwback to the past.

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