Weaken willful ignorance
Those who try to use government authority to enforce their personal practices of philosophy, religion and friendship actually betray and ridicule these beliefs and convictions.

Association encourages hockey
I would like to clarify what may be a misperception as a result of a previous letter to the editor.

Road is a waste
The Juneau-to-Skagway road doesn't make economic sense for Haines.

Americans are invaders
The war in Iraq has nothing to do with fighting terrorism or saving the Iraqi people.

Ferry slowed down by lack of schedule
It's quite a thrill and an honor to work on the Fairweather, the fast ferry.

Fund deteriorating bus system
Business owners in Juneau - particularly downtown business owners - are likely to note a decline in revenue this winter, which will translate into lost tax revenue for Juneau.

Please help stop wolf killings
Please, please, stop this carnivore genocide.

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

It's a matter of degrees
December is hitting Juneau, but looking a lot like November, thanks to just a couple of degrees. Temperatures for November were 3.5 degrees above normal for the month even before Tuesday's above-average temperatures were figured in, said Pete Rahe of the National Weather Service in Juneau.

Commission gives go-ahead to golf-course lease
After 10 years of planning, Totem Creek Inc. is one shot away from building a standard 18-hole golf course.

Family birth center gets $300,000 for a building
The Juneau Family Birth Center has received a $300,000 boost from Congress for its new community family center project.

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

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

Sealaska dividend is $1.23 per share
As Sealaska Corp. distributes $4.7 million in dividends to shareholders today, Florence "Flo" Kenney will use hers to buy a Dyson vacuum cleaner.

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

Planners OK Goldbelt plan to blast rock
Goats horned in on the city of Juneau's plan to allow quarry blasting for a Kensington Mine-related road this winter and early spring.

Four pendants stolen from exhibit
Juneau goldsmith Michael Reid Hunter is searching for four half dollar-size gold pendants after a thief apparently stole them from a display at The Friendly Planet's gallery sometime in mid-November.

Celebration up for grabs
Celebration - one of Juneau's largest and most lucrative events - may be leaving town.

Photo: Be careful what you wish for
A pedestrian walks through a February 1981 blizzard on Third Street in Douglas.

Douglas Breeze In appeals size of proposed expansion
Breeze In's expansion project has had trouble breezing past its neighbors.

New business offers laser tag, other games at old gas station
When Darlene McNaughton was raising three kids in Juneau, she could see there wasn't much for them to do.

Man charged with vandalizing 17 cars
Police arrested a 22-year-old Juneau man on a felony charge after responding at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday to a report of a man kicking side mirrors off of vehicles in the Marine Parking Garage downtown.

City museum, Sealaska will host Native arts and crafts fair
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Sealaska Heritage Institute will host the Ninth annual Native Arts & Craft Fair from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the City museum.

Assembly members wear MADD's funny ties for safety
Mayor Bruce Botelho led last week's Assembly meeting wearing a tie with large, colorful felt letters glued to it.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Photo: Finalists in the spotlight
Sitka's George Wathen, in blue, faces off against Juneau's Clinton Clark under the spotlight in the Nov. 20 finals of the Brandon Pilot Invitational wrestling meet at Juneau-Douglas High School.

My Turn: A word of warning about gold mining
A word of caution to Juneau as it considers Coeur Alaska's proposal to open the Kensington gold mine.

Alaska editorial: Time to consider Fish and Game license fee increases
This editorial appeared in Friday's Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:

My Turn: Teach Alaska's history
What did Alexander Baranov, Gen. Billy Mitchell, Bennie Benson, Elizabeth Peratrovich and Libby Riddles contribute to Alaska? If you don't know, perhaps you too could benefit from the teaching of Alaska history.

My Turn: Sharp divisions come with the territory in America
There is a remedial class in the history of American democracy being scheduled for this winter.

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.

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.

Schick leads Juneau club swimmers at ABC Invitational
Cody Schick of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club won five races and took second place in six others during the Southeast ABC Invitational held Nov. 12-14 at Ketchikan's Mike Smithers Pool.

Local Sports Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Local Sports Briefs
There is no need for a bracket at this season's Southeast mixed-six coed volleyball tournament.

Southern exposure
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team is heading to Washington state this weekend - but there won't be much time for sightseeing.

Boozer scores career-high 36 in loss
The Seattle SuperSonics' confidence is growing game by game. With the way they've been playing lately, it certainly should.

Jazz fall to blazing Suns
Even when Steve Nash is woozy, nobody seems to be able to slow down the Phoenix Suns.

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

Canadian author, Klondike chronicler, Berton dies at 84
Canadian author and broadcaster Pierre Berton, who grew up in the Yukon Territory and became one of the country's most recognizable and beloved media personalities, has died at age 84.

Skagway long-distance, cell phone service down
Long-distance and cell phone service in and out of Skagway went down on Tuesday and could remain out for several more days, according to phone service provider AT&T Alascom.

Photos: Eagle with Vipers
A F-15D Eagle from the 12th Fighter Squadron "Dirty Dozen" at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage and two F-16CG Vipers from the 18th Fighter Squadron "Blue Foxes" at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks ready themselves for an air combat training mission over Alaska on Wednesday.

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

Rising gold price spurs interest in exploration
Gold's hefty price increase is sparking renewed exploration interest among mining companies following several years of restraint.

U.S. Senate recount sought
A Fairbanks group wants a recount of votes cast in the U.S. Senate race and is seeking donations to pay for it.

One dead, two hurt in grounding
A medical technician with the Sitka Volunteer Fire Department died when a boat taking her to a medevac mission went hard aground, Sitka police said Wednesday.

New SE ferry to cost $16.9 million
The Inter-Island Ferry Authority plans to award a $16.9 million contract to Washington firm to build a new ferry for Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg.

Ten communities drop city insurance
Ten small communities across the state have recently discontinued their municipal insurance due to a decline in assistance from the state and rising insurance and fuel costs.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

News of local arts

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Gallery Walk - the biggest First Friday of the year
Juneau artist Seely Hall sold his first piece of art when he moved to Anchorage in 1949, but by then, he was already in his mid-20s.

There's lots to do for a lonely LaRue
You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of high-fat snacks and torch songs but of the frazzled mind.

Northwest film: Screening, workshops set for this weekend
As the curator of Seattle's One Reel Film Festival, Warren Etheridge watched more than 1,600 short films this year.

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