A call for removal
In response to Patrick Valkenburg's response of Nov. 28 in regard to the proposed resignation of Ron Somerville, champions do fall.

Capital move talk is just that - talk
I am writing in response to Sunday's Alaska editorial, "If swearing-in moves, what moves next?" by the Ketchikan Daily News.

Juneau should fully fund snow removal
I don't think any one was attacking the snow removal crews personally in recent letters to the editor.

Still fresh for seniors
I just wanted to comment on your new weekly entertainment insert.

Fluoride down, chlorine to go
I am so happy to hear that Juneau has removed fluoride from its water.

Drivers need to get back to basics, too
In response to Patrick Walter's letter, "Pedestrians need to get back to the basics," Nov. 24, I would like to remind him and every other driver what the Alaska Driver Manual has to say on the subject of drivers and pedestrians.

Transportation is critical to prosperity
Juneau's Public Market and the news of Costco's expansion plans, Home Depot's construction and Wal-Mart and Fred Meyer's huge remodeling projects all remind me of the central place Juneau still has as a hub of Southeast Alaska.

Slap in the face
The governor-elect's decision to hold her inauguration in Fairbanks to honor, she says, the 50th anniversary of the constitutional convention is a real slap in the face to Juneau and tradition.

Lost boarder finds refuge in snow cave
Douglas snowboarder Jay Blair set out at 3:30 p.m. Sunday for one last run down Eaglecrest Ski Area's East Bowl.

Juneau activists set to mark AIDS day
Dolly England hopes to see people all over town wearing red ribbons Friday.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

2nd lawsuit filed over road project
Kiewit Pacific Corp. has filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Transportation to prevent the agency from awarding a contract for the northbound pioneer road, state officials confirmed Wednesday.

Photos: Snowed Over
Juneau residents were busy clearing 18 inches of snow that fell on the capital from midnight Tuesday to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Business Digest
New African-themed studio opens downtown, Women's group focuses on time, Downtown business expanding, Affordable housing summit Saturday & Alaska Seafood Co. moves to Lemon Creek

Man who shot, dumped black wolf pleads guilty
A Juneau man accused of killing a wolf out of season, then dumping its body on a road, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two misdemeanor charges.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Images from another time: Territorial governor's birthday, 1969
Former territorial Gov. George Alexander Parks, left, and then-Gov. Keith Miller prepare to have birthday cake for Parks on July 3, 1969, at the Capitol.

Murkowski: Road needed for Kensington
Dispelling any notion that a pioneer road for the Juneau Access Project has nothing to do with the Kensington Mine, Gov. Frank Murkowski said Wednesday the road should be built "so that people can get back and forth to the mine."

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Blowing snow
Juneau resident Dennis Harris clears snow in front of a house Wednesday on D Street downtown.

Pets of the week
Frankie, Kink seek homes

How can the Bible be the 'Way of Life' if we don't read it?
When I was making my entry into the work-a-day world, I lived in a rather strange apartment in California.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for supporting 'Off the Grid' film showing

Neighbors Digest
The Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair, a community, volunteer-run organization held March 16 and 17, is seeking volunteers to help with the less scientific jobs of organizing the science fair.

Pvt. Edward D. Horton & Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School announced its first quarter honor roll students.

Photo: Shaking on it
Pastor Dan Wanders, left, and Executive Director Marc Wheeler shake hands at service on Nov. 19, after Aldersgate United Methodist Church and Big Brothers Big Sisters signed a Memorandum of Agreement...

Cole Morgan Griggs
Former Juneau resident Cole Morgan Griggs, 26, died Nov. 14, 2006, in Anchorage after sustaining injuries while working on the North Slope.

Curtis Carroll
Former Juneau resident Curtis "Alexander" Carroll, 58, died Nov. 20, 2006, in Annapolis, Md., following a long illness.

Dale DeArmond
Former Juneau resident Dale DeArmond, 92, died Nov. 21, 2006, at the Sitka Pioneers' Home, where she lived with her husband, Robert.

Phillip Dawes
Longtime Juneau resident Phillip Dawes, 83, died Nov. 16, 2006, at St. John's Nursing Home in Billings, Mont.

Richard Nelson Watts
Juneau resident Richard Nelson Watts, 65, died Nov. 26, 2006, in Juneau due to natural causes.

Alice Elizabeth Kendall
Alice Elizabeth Kendall, 95, died Nov. 15, 2006, at Wildflower Court.

Alaska editorial: ANWR will generate filibuster from GOP
The following editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My turn: All I want for Christmas
All I want for Christmas is to add my family to my health insurance coverage with the State of Alaska. Is this too much to ask for, Santa?

Alaska editorial: Eco-saboteurs face day in court for past crimes
The following editorial first appeared in the Voice of the Times:

Alaska editorial: Keep the state capital in Southeast Alaska
This editorial appeared in the Ketchikan Daily News:

My turn: The road to Skagway is still an environmentally friendly option
I t is ironic to see anti-road bumper stickers on so many cars.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Nankervis stands tall for Island Pub
The Orange peppered Island Pub goaltender Jerry Nankervis with 30 shots but couldn't slip one past him in Monday's Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B 2-0 loss on Monday at Treadwell Arena.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Photo: Juneau Adult Hockey Association
The Yellow team's Sharon Cameron tries to get to the puck before the Blue team's Gina White during their Women's B tier game on Sunday.

Palin: Commissioners can live outside Juneau
Gov.-elect Sarah Palin has reversed state policy and will no longer require members of her Cabinet to live in the capital.

This Day in History
In Alaska

Senate leaders announce committee assignments
The Alaska Senate's new leadership coalition announced committee chairmanships for the 2007 legislative session Tuesday, with Democrats playing pivotal roles.

Alaska Digest
Hospital administrator on leave of absence & Coast Guard finds missing hunters

Three commissioners chosen
Gov.-elect Sarah Palin on Tuesday began appointing the commissioners who will run state government during her administration.

State shuts down part of Fortymile caribou hunt near Tok
The state Department of Fish and Game is closing part of the Fortymile caribou hunt along the Taylor Highway near Tok for the fourth year in a row because the Nelchina Caribou Herd has infiltrated the area.

Former governor's spokesman pleads guilty to harassment
A former spokesman for Gov. Frank Murkowski and husband of Juneau Assembly member Sara Chambers pleaded guilty to harassing his wife and received two years probation, according to court records obtained Tuesday.

More PFD applicants choose Web
More Alaskans than ever are taking to the Internet to sign up for their permanent fund dividends.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Nature-based tourism a boon for Southeast
Did you ever wonder what all those helicopter flights, bear viewing tours, and whale watching charters are really worth to Southeast's economy?

Alaska Digest
Murkowskis plan trip around the world, LeConte delayed in returning to SE run, DOT director charged with DUI, assault & Iditarod scrambles to recoup losses

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