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Friday, December 1, 2006

Volumes of first full Solzhenitsyn collection published in Russia
Alexander Solzhenitsyn's wife has presented the initial three volumes of the first full collection of his works to be published in Russia, a country still struggling with the legacy of the oppressive era he documented.

Less traditional winter holiday stories available at local libraries
Take a break from Santa Claus and his reindeer with these less-traditional winter holiday stories for kids and their families.

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

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.

The wrong places for articles
I am confused why the "Snow machine riders happy to have snowmobiling governor" article is on the very front of Nov. 26th paper, and that the "Democrats promise a greener Congress in January" article is in the outdoors section.

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.

Juneau's housing hard on legislature
I have several comments in response to Mary Lou Spartz's letter criticizing Gov.-elect Sarah Palin's decision to hold her inauguration in Fairbanks (Thursday's Juneau Empire).

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

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."

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

REACH renovation
The Canvas - a new basement art studio and gallery under the REACH offices - looks like a small surreal neighborhood just after twilight.

Photo: Glorious moment
George Briggs, new executive director of The Glory Hole, introduces himself and his wife, June, at the soup kitchen and boarding house on Thursday evening.

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

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

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.

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.

Vandals deflate school bus tires
Someone let the air out of tires on 27 school buses, causing delays on bus routes Thursday morning.

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

Photo: Still hanging tough
Paul DeSloover looks at a red maple tree, with all of its leaves, at his Bonnie Brae subdivision home.

City summit to address housing
Community leaders who have spent half a year wrestling with the problems of affordable housing hope an unusual Saturday summit will yield answers to an increasingly difficult question: How can people who work in Juneau afford to live here?

Former youth worker gets four months for sex with 15-year-old
A Juneau superior judge Friday sentenced a former case worker for Juneau Youth Services to four months in prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

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

FYI
Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

Neighbors Digest
Sharing tree on display at Nugget Mall until Dec. 19 & Fil-Am puts on its annual Christmas party Dec. 17

Photos: Sitting in with Santa
Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the Nugget Mall on Saturday and the Mendenhall Mall on Sunday.

Longtime Juneau nurse says goodbye
It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, and to the community.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank you for approving Douglas sewer extension & Thank you for taking time to shovel a city bus stop

Good, quality butter comes from France
Organic Butter is "Closest to French." If you lived in Juneau in the 1980s, you'll remember Le Petit Paris bakery.

Student Artist of the Week: Nathan Neikirk
I selected Nathan for his great attitude and outstanding contribution to the choir and band programs at JDHS.

Clough, Felts engaged
Megan Clough and Brandon Felts, of Juneau, announce their engagement. A wedding is planned for June 1, 2007.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Volunteer coordinator: Betty Kaplor.

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

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

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

My turn: Humans should think before acting
Why build a Lynn Canal road to annihilate another nearly unique healthy American ecosystem?

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

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

Empire editorial: Everyone needs to be a part of housing solution
The worst-kept secret about Juneau's colossal housing problem is that most people who have the power to remedy the situation don't have a good reason to do it.

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.

Crimson Bears ready for regional race
Success can often breed a closet full of trophies and ribbons, along with the respect and admiration of coaches, competitors and peers.

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.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska

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
Juneau museum curator takes state post & Father says son had history of problems

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

Alaska Airlines: No need to fear new passport rules
The state's largest airline said it does not expect passenger numbers to be affected by new rules requiring U.S. citizens to present passports when returning by air from all foreign countries.

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

Supreme Court refuses to reconsider pipeline case
The Alaska Supreme Court has put an end to the lawsuit state lawmakers filed against Gov. Frank Murkowski concerning his proposed gas pipeline contract.

This Day in History
In Alaska. the nation and the world

Palin to split brown, blue shirts
One of Gov.-elect Sarah Palin's first initiatives, to separate the merged Alaska State Troopers and Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement, is receiving mostly good reviews.

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