Public Market packs in shoppers
Juneau residents got to take in some different flavors in their holiday shopping at the 28th annual Alaska Juneau Public Market, and they certainly took advantage of the opportunity. Centennial Hall and the Juneau Arts & Culture Center were packed with hundreds of shoppers plus vendors from across the state and beyond.

Juneau shoppers turn out for Black Friday deals
Where there are bargains to be had, lines and crowds become a common sight in the early morning after Thanksgiving, and Friday was no exception.

Photo: Whatcha lookin' at?
An eagle's stare is captured as it looks down Saturday from a perch over the Gastineau Channel waterfront.

Police & Fire
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Photos: Capital contra
Dozens of dancers turned up to the Thanksgiving Friday Barn Dance at St. Anne's Parish Hall. The Grateful Celtics, including Cecily Morris, Beth Leibowitz, Terry Hoskinson, Art Morris and Steve Winker, provided danceable tunes and caller Tom Paul led dancers through a variety of contra dances. The next contra dance will be held Dec. 18.

Thanks for making Turkey Shoot a success
The Juneau Gun Club (JGC), in cooperation with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game (ADF&G), Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation (JSSF) and the Juneau Archery Club (JAC), enjoyed another successful community Turkey Shoot on Nov. 20. What really made the event a true community success were the many volunteers who participated in acting as event coordinators, range safety officers and the many other tasks that are needed to conduct the shoot.

Photo: Scout support
Boy Scouts of Troop 6 say thank you to Coastal Helicopters for making their Thunder Mountain hiking trip possible.

Organization: Credit Attainment Recovery and Employablility Skills (CARES)

USKH Inc. has hired Gary Jenkins, P.E. He will be responsible for general civil engineering activities and has extensive experience working in Southeast Alaska.

Even you have time to make fancy hors d'oeuvres
You may have fantasies of whipping up a feast of glamorous hors d'oeuvres for your holiday party, but your reality probably doesn't allow for a whole lot of mini-quiche baking or rolling out of puff pastry.

Main Street Homesteader: A holiday meal on every table
I've read in several places that enough food is produced on Earth to feed all its people. Yet as I write this, and as you read it, people are starving on our planet. The problem is one of distribution, it seems. Economic, political and geographic barriers keep food from getting to places on this globe where people have none, or keep people from getting to the food. While in other places, our own city among them, people have access to more food than they need.

Karpstein, Fink to wed
Heather Karpstein and James Fink will be married on Dec. 30, 2010, in Palm Springs, Calif. A small dinner reception will follow.

Photos: Tuba Christmas
The Douglas community celebrated the illumination of its Christmas tree Friday, and the event was kick-started with a tuba concert at Douglas United Methodist Church. The performance spotlighted the tuba, an instrument that normally only plays background parts. The group offered a selection of Christmas carols, to which the audience was invited to sing along.

Giving is its own reward
As we count our blessings at Thanksgiving and during the holidays, most of us realize how abundant our lives are and how lucky we are to have food on the table, a warm home, clean water and a safe living environment. As we open our hearts and feel the heightened spirit of friendliness and camaraderie in the air, we feel more expansive, more willing to smile at a stranger, more willing to be patient and forgiving. It is in this spirit that we remember giving just feels good. Evidence of this lies in the annual spike in giving during the holidays.

Recent births at the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center:

"Celestial Superfly" film to premiere
The Marie Drake Planetarium will present the world premiere of "Celestial Superfly," at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. This 27-minute film was created by local artist Michael Bott, and takes viewers on a virtual flight around our solar system, our Galaxy and to the edge of the unknown, set to a soundtrack. Bott is currently renovating the Planet Walk at Twin Lakes.

Widowed Persons Program to present holiday events
The Widowed Persons Program will hold its monthly brunch at noon on Dec. 5 at the Baranof Hotel.

Spaghetti fundraiser to benefit local family
A fundraiser will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church to benefit the family of Miyah Marie Gore-Bacon, who was born three months premature on Oct. 27.

Flood maps and insurance public meeting to be held
The City and Borough of Juneau has received draft flood maps and a flood insurance study that will replace the effective, out-dated ones. A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Thunder Mountain High School library to discuss how this may affect the community and its residents. The meeting is open to the general public. In addition to CBJ staff, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be present to answer any questions about flood insurance, building in a flood plain or any other flood-related topics. If you cannot come to the meeting but would still like to submit comments or speak to someone about this topic, contact the CBJ Permit Center at 586-0715 or

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Monday, Nov. 29

Professor graduates from 2010 HERS Denver Institute
Dr. Jill Dumesnil, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Alaska Southeast, recently graduated from the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Denver Institute, held Aug. 1-7, Sept. 9-11 and Oct. 21-23 at the University of Denver.

Aleyamma Thomas
Aleyamma Thomas died Sept. 19, 2010 in Juneau. She was born April 10, 1935 in Kerala, India.

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Susitna Dam project continues Alaska's march toward self-sustaining power
It has been a beautiful fall in Juneau, give or take a few absurdly windy days. The snow base is steadily building up in the mountains, but we've been spared brutal shoveling duty down near sea level. Having already had a few power outages, maybe we're done with those for a while. When the power goes out it forces me to reflect on how I tend to take abundant, affordable energy for granted even though I live in a fairly remote place in Alaska. Really, all Alaskans live remotely in the sense that we're not connected to the national energy grid.

My Turn: Alaska can improve care for psychiatric patients
Psychiatric patients is one of the most vulnerable populations in society, especially those court-ordered for treatment, civil commitment, forced evaluation or in a locked facility or unit.

Outside editorial: A sane response on caffeinated alcoholic drinks
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2 minor earthquakes hit Alaska
ANCHORAGE - Two minor earthquakes shook Alaska during the early Saturday morning hours.

Man ejected from car after rollover crash
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say that a rollover crash on the Parks Highway left a 18 year-old man in critical condition.

Anchorage police: flames when pickup hits gas pump
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a pickup truck knocked over a service station gas pump, igniting a fire that shot flames 10 feet into the air.

Troopers: Samaritan robbed by motorist
BIG LAKE - A 25-year-old motorist is accused of robbing a woman who stopped to help him near Big Lake.

Mayo Clinic to expand outreach to American Indians
ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Mayo Clinic has been awarded $6 million to expand cancer prevention and outreach to American Indian and Alaska Native patients.

Coast Guard rescues injured hunter in Coffman Cove
KODIAK - A Sitka-based Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued an injured 56-year-old hunter on Prince of Wales Island on Saturday morning after friends reported him overdue to the Alaska State Troopers Friday evening.

Alaska budget forecast: $5 billion annual surplus
FAIRBANKS - Public managers say that if oil prices hold steady, Alaskan coffers should enjoy a $5 billion surplus in annual income through 2012.

Photos: Young and old(er) go head-to-head

State title relay time sets new region, school marks
The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears boys' 400-yard freestyle relay team not only brought home the gold medal at the 2010 Alaska State Swimming and Diving Championships, the team also set a new Region V and school record of 3:14.70.

College Watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

Parnell expands influence with commissioner replacement
The election of Gov. Sean Parnell to his own term in office resulted in a widespread call for resignations of top administration staff that's so extensive, he's even demanding resignations from people who don't work for him.

Eagle residents fight back
FAIRBANKS - Residents in the small Yukon River village of Eagle are rebelling against the National Park Service for what they say is "harassment and intimidation" by "military-style law enforcement officers" in the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Miller opposes Murkowski intervention in lawsuit
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski's rival in Alaska's contentious U.S. Senate race is opposing her motion to intervene in his lawsuit against the state's elections office.

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