Branch and bought trees
Welcome to the 12th and final month of the year - and to the final month of L'attitude's first year of existence. Here's to a full year of Southeast's creativity. This month, we've got a few unusual submissions to showcase.

Tea party can't buy 'Dancing' win for Bristol Palin
"Dancing with the Stars" is my favorite reality show on television. Thankfully, the rightful recipient won the 2010 fall season, and the tea party did not buy the competition like they bought the 2010 mid-term elections. Come on, the mirror ball trophy is hardly appropriate for someone who comments, "It would feel like a big middle finger to all the people out there that hate my mom and hate me." Save that kind of response for a win in Washington, D.C.

Photos: Barefoot rocks JDHS auditorium
Now centered in Nashville, Alaskan based band Bearfoot reunited in Juneau for a sold-out performance Saturday night at the Juneau-Douglas High School Auditorium. Band members are, from left, Angela Oudean, Annalisa Tornfelt, John McDonald, Kate Hamre, Mike Mickelson and Jason Norris.

Spokesman: 'We proved ... that we owned it'
Years ago, two different Native clans made claims for the ownership of certain objects in museums in Alaska and Pennsylvania. Those claims are now one step closer to fulfillment, and the clans couldn't be happier about it.

City extends senior citizen sales tax exemption to same sex couples
The senior citizen sales tax exemption will now apply to same-sex domestic partners, allowing the city code to comply with the Alaska Constitution.

Photo: Keeping 'Imagination' alive
Joshua Fitka sits in front of Juneau artist Dan DeRoux' bubble-themed art work "Imagination" on Tuesday outside Harborview Elementary School. Fitka was about to go into class and wanted one last look at the winter wonderland that had fallen the night before.

Robert DeArmond: Local journalist, historian dies
Robert Neil DeArmond had a lifelong dedication to documenting Alaska's people and workings. Even after his death, the success of this goal and the passion behind his work will be evident to future generations.

Photo: Certifying results
Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai signs Gov. Sean Parnell's Certificate of Election on Tuesday at the Court Plaza Building. Fenumiai was signing all certificates of election for offices won in the Nov. 2 general election, except the U. S. Senate race still being contested. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski won the vote count but challenger Joe Miller is fighting the election results in Juneau Superior Court. A federal judge blocked Fenumiai from certifying the results of the Senate race, which will be heard in state court in Juneau beginning today.

Photo: Almost ready to open
The inside stairwell of the new Downtown Transportation Center glows Monday with warm light against the failing evening light. The parking garage is scheduled to open Wednesday with free parking until the end of the year.

Many drivers waiting until the last minute for snow tires
The heavy snowfall Tuesday drove home the same challenge drivers have to face every year: navigating the slippery snow. This always means heavy, but hectic, business for tire dealers.

Hooker Jr. to perform four shows beginning tonight
Two-time Grammy-nominee John Lee Hooker Jr. kicks off a four-show stay in Juneau tonight with a performance at Centennial Hall. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $25 for general admission or $35 for VIP seating in the first four rows. Admission is $5 more at the door.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Showing off 'Mona'
Debbie Maas from the Juneau Raptor Center holds Monalisa, a red-tailed hawk, during the public market in Centennial Hall over the weekend. Maas explained to children present that "Mona" was injured in an impact with a car on Egan Drive near Vanderbilt Hill in 2004. Mona's injury could not be repaired. Mona enjoys moving sticks around her mew and built a small grass nest beneath her perch in 2009 at the raptor center.

Governor's annual open house set for Dec. 8
The annual Christmas open house at the Governor's mansion will begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell announced Monday. The event will last until 6 p.m.

Photo: Along for the snowy ride
Bodhi Nelson and Florian Wade enjoy fresh snow fall in their faces as Greta Wade pulls them along Calhoun Avenue during Tuesday's heavy snow fall.

2 missing hunters found safe
Two local hunters who were reported missing on Douglas Island on Sunday were found safe Monday morning.

Winnafred Julia Brown Lee Smith
Winnafred Julia Brown Lee Smith was born Oct. 26, 1930, to Jack Paul Brown and Mabel Lawrence. She passed on Nov. 27, 2010 at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was K-gwaith eagle child of the Chuokeenidee Ka hit. Winnafred spent her life in Hoonah and half of her childhood at Point Coriless in Glacier Bay. She spent many happy days as a young child there along with her brother Archie Brown Sr., Frank O. Williams, Frank O. Williams Jr., Adaline Burton, Alice Williams and Richard Williams. The other families that spent their summers at Point Coriless were the William and Ross Sheakley families.

Outside editorial: A needed House watchdog
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Outside editorial: Be careful about giving out access to secrets
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How to make air travel slower, less safe
If you think air travel is bad now, just wait until the airport screeners unionize.

Wondering about the real stars
Another holiday season is here. Christmas trees will soon have a prominent place inside most homes. Many of them will be topped by an ornament that's supposed to represent the star of Bethlehem. But if we look past its symbolic origins, we might see much more than a spiritual icon.

My Turn: President's Oil Spill Commission prepares for final report
In May, President Barack Obama established the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Commission to investigate what caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history and develop options for guarding against future spills associated with offshore drilling. I was appointed to the commission along with six others. Here's an update on our progress.

The Zuckerberg Revolution
America's favorite boy genius, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has announced a new form of messaging. E-mail, the last Internet link to traditional, epistolary, interpersonal communication, is, he said, outmoded. Young people, by which he meant younger than his own 26 years, desired something more nimble for their iPads, mobile phones and other devices. What he proposed was a "social inbox" where users could readily access messages from friends and then sort them - sort of a cross between instant messaging and Twitter.

Feds hold suicide prevention hearing
ANCHORAGE - Federal agencies will hold a hearing in Anchorage to explore ways to better prevent suicide among Alaska Natives.

Sports schedule shakes up AMHS sailings
The Alaska Marine Highway System has made several schedule changes to accommodate upcoming sporting events in Southeast.

Mayor has $220M wish list for Alaska Legislature
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has a $220 million list of projects he hopes the Alaska Legislature will approve.

CCFR scholarship program seeks applicants
Capital City Fire and Rescue is taking applications for openings for its scholarship program. The program is open to Alaska residents planning to attend University of Alaska Southeast.

Begich, Murkowski vote against earmark ban
JUNEAU - Alaska's senators made good on their pledge to oppose a proposed ban on earmarks.

Parnell names Fairbanks lawyer AG
JUNEAU - Gov. Sean Parnell has picked Fairbanks attorney John J. Burns to be Alaska's new attorney general.

Trial date set in Sitka fishing sting
SITKA - A Feb. 7 trial date has been set for the owner of a Sitka fishing lodge and a charter skipper who runs day-trips based at the lodge.

Hilary Lindh Scholarship deadline is Friday
Each year the Eaglecrest Board of Directors offers the Hilary Lindh Scholarship Program. The deadline to submit applications is noon Friday.

Fairbanks officials want new emergency center
FAIRBANKS - Mayor Luke Hopkins says the Fairbanks North Star Borough needs a new emergency command center.

Troopers investigate stabbing in Brevig Mission
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the stabbing death of a 38-year-old Brevig Mission man.

Downtown argument leads to assault charge
A man faces an assault charge after allegedly beating another man to the point he was unrecognizable Sunday morning.

Bravo Farms recalls cheese distributed in Alaska
Bravo Farms has issued a recall on all of its cheese varieties due to possible E. coli contamination.

Alaska certifying nearly all its election results
JUNEAU - The results of the Nov. 2 elections are nearly official.

Begich, Murkowski oppose earmark ban
JUNEAU - Both of Alaska's senators plan to oppose a proposed ban on earmarks that could come before the full Senate in the next couple days.

Wettest November on record in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - This month is the wettest November in Anchorage since record-keeping began in 1917.

College Watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

College Watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

Boozer practicing with Bulls after hand injury
DEERFIELD, ILL. - Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer reported no problems after practicing with the team on Monday for the first time since breaking his right hand in an accident at his home on Oct. 2.

Permanent Fund trustees hear of fund's rebound
The Alaska Permanent Fund just finished a strong quarter, and is on its way from rebounding from declines earlier this year and even the declines of the last few years.

Fairbanks judge moves Senate case to Juneau
JUNEAU - A state court judge has moved a lawsuit over Alaska's still-disputed U.S. Senate race from Fairbanks to the state capital, Juneau.

Oil industry boosting Alaska spending
Alaska's oil industry is boosting its spending in the state more than expected, which may be good for future oil production and jobs, but is limiting the state's profit from rising oil prices.

State wants ruling in Senate case by next week
JUNEAU - The state is asking a judge to decide a case over Alaska's still-disputed U.S. Senate race by next week.

Parnell's Game commissioner choice questioned
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sean Parnell is defending his choice of interim Alaska Fish and Game commissioner as a slew of critics began questioning her experience.

New hut on Snowbird Glacier has view
ANCHORAGE - It's free - but it ain't easy.

City volunteers to renovate Fairbanks' City Hall
FAIRBANKS - The labyrinth of narrow staircases, corridors, false floors and dead ends at the City Hall in Fairbanks might become even more twisty as members of the city administration begin a project to restore the 78-year-old building to its original floor plan.

Tribe fighting Pa. museum over artifacts
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska tribe has demanded the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology return artifacts the tribe considers sacred.

Palin gives over $500k to candidates, causes
JUNEAU - Sarah Palin gave at least $507,000 to candidates and political causes in 2010 as she earned a reputation as kingmaker and raised her profile ahead of a possible presidential run.

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