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Friday, December 2, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Why gas prices don't drop faster
I'd like to take a crack at answering Chris Watson's excellent question (from Nov. 30) of why Juneau isn't seeing gas prices drop as quickly as the rest of the country.

Suggestions for possible diabetics
As a future health care professional, I will be dealing with many people with diabetes. I would like to offer some suggestions for those that may not know they have diabetes.

Alaskans need energy dividend
The price of oil has gone up, the state is making money hand over fist and there is no end in sight.

Ferry system is going down
As of today the updated ferry schedule does not show any scheduled ferry to Pelican in November.

Falling for lies on Iraq
Like Brett Dillingham (Dec. 1 letters to the editor), I too found strange (to say the least) Michael Heiman's Nov. 30 My Turn regarding how America's invasion of Iraq is comparable to its participation as an ally in World War II.

Iraq never attacked the United States
With all due respect, I found Mr. Michael Heiman's Nov. 30 My Turn entitled "Iraq invasion is more like World War II than Vietnam" rather strange.

No comparison to World War II
Michael Heiman's Nov. 30 My Turn appears to be indicative of the break with reality that many in our country have experienced.

Prince of Wales lacks road plowing
It's a fact of life; winter is on its way. It's Monday morning, we've had our first early morning snowfall and I'm praying that the highway is already plowed.

Running on empty
This is the question of the hour. I know that the prices of gas have budged a bit, so we all know that the gas stations have received a new batch of petro from down south.

Photo: Winter sunset
An early afternoon sunset leaves a colorful sky reflected in Auke Bay on Thursday. Juneau temperatures reached a high of 22 degrees and a low of 10 Thursday, with no rain or snow.

State recognition
The Alaska School Counselor Association has named Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School counselor Sally Donaldson the Alaska counselor of the year.

Looking at global warming through poetry and science
A poet and a scientist will bring the Evening at Egan lecture series to a close tonight with a discussion blending arts and science relating to climate change in the Arctic.

Bear skull sales bite gift shop
They can appear innocent enough, sitting out in the open in tourist gift shops. Some are even "priced to sell."

Photo: Skaters' season returns
Nikki Box, 5, follows her father, Steve, using a plastic step stool as a brace while they skate Thursday at the north end of Twin Lakes near the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

City official recommends taking a break from trails
Hikers should stick to flat trails until it's clear where recent rains have softened mountainsides, Juneau's emergency program manager said Wednesday.

Photo: Nature's creation
Nature shows off its ability to make abstract art in the form of icicles hanging from a rock wall Wednesday along Thane Road.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Out of the blue
The fast ferry Fairweather heads north last week for a quick trip.

Student Artist in the Spotlight: Andrew Moeser
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

FYI
News about the people you know

Teacher talk: GervOlympics: Taking a big risk on just a hunch
Not long into the school year, I started dreaming again about an event that I have always wanted to put together and do with my geometry students.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau

38 JDHS students selected for band, choir festivals
Each year high school student instrumentalists and vocalists work to achieve the honor of being selected to perform in the Southeast Alaska Honor Festival and the All-State Music Festival.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Irene Gene Satko
Longtime Juneau resident Irene Gene Satko (Hill), 81, died Nov. 30, 2005, at her home in Juneau.

Alvin Osterback
Lifelong Alaskan Alvin Osterback, 90, died of natural causes Nov. 24, 2005, at Mary Conrad Center in Anchorage.

Mona K. Jackson
Kake resident Mona K. Jackson died Nov. 9, 2005, at her home.

John Brantner
Former Juneau resident John Brantner, 97, died Oct. 5, 2005, at his Green Lake home in Seattle, in the care of his family.

Betty Lou Hart
Juneau resident Betty Lou Hart, 71, died of cancer on Nov. 29, 2005, at her home.

Frances Joy Geerhart
Former Douglas resident Frances Joy (Dawson) Geerhart, 58, died Nov. 18, 2005, with her family by her side at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Wash.

Alaska editorial: Consider cutting size of 9th Circuit Court
The effort to break up the supersized 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gained the backing recently of the U.S. Department of Justice, which supported the claims of those who have long argued that the 9th Circuit - and therefore the people it is supposed to serve - is suffering under its own weight.

Alaska editorial: Stevens shouldn't be surprised by response
Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens might ask himself how he'd respond if Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell wanted to change the way oil tankers operate in Prince William Sound, especially if her bill went against the wishes of most Alaskans.

My turn: Kensington Mine will produce toxic tailings
The Empire recently published a My Turn article on the Kensington Mine that attempted to address the issue of the toxicity of the mine tailings that would be placed in Lower Slate Lake.

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.

Bears ready for new challenge
After about four-and-a-half weeks of relentless practice and conditioning, Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling coach Kris Mercer rewarded his troops with a much needed five-day break after the Brandon Pilot Invitational Tournament.

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.

Study: AK fishermen rank well on bycatch
Alaska comes out looking pretty clean in a new report showing that the U.S. fishing industry discards more than 25 percent of what it hauls aboard vessels each year.

15-story tower to be one of largest Anchorage buildings
A real estate development company plans to build a 15-story, 300,000-square-foot office tower in Midtown Anchorage.

Sex abuse suit adds 2 plaintiffs
Two more men have claimed they were sexually abused by a former Anchorage Catholic priest.

Right to Life wants access
An attorney for Alaska Right to Life said the group should not be barred from trade shows in public buildings because its message might offend people.

Fishermen worry about mixing zones
To Juneau salmon troller Steve Ricci, a state proposal to allow new pollution discharges in fish streams appears to be a threat to his livelihood.

Photo: Off to serve
Seven-year-old Kristina Cheney hugs her father, U.S. Army Spc. Kristopher Cheney, as he holds her after a deployment ceremony Tuesday at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center on Fort Richardson near Anchorage.

Fight expected over hike in school funds
Alaska lawmakers are certain education funding will increase next year, but they will have to fight over a desired amount.

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

Speaker fined for misuse of contributions
The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Wednesday fined House Speaker John Harris for misusing $6,929 in campaign contributions, money he spent last year stumping for other Alaska Republican candidates and in his bid to become speaker.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

State levies $150 fine against Ben Stevens for not revealing chairmanship
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UA timber sale planned near resort
University of Alaska plans for a timber sale on 800 acres near a Craig fishing resort include road building and some harvesting by helicopter.

In Color
The Juneau Empire celebrates Friday evening's Gallery Walk with "In Color," an audio slideshow exploration into the creative processes of five participating artists.

First Friday: Bright colors and Alaska motifs on display at December Gallery Walk
Here is a comprehensive look at all the shows, available at press time, that are planned for Friday night's Gallery Walk:

Cinema Guide
what's playing on the silver screen

Set sail to 'King Island'
It's been four years since Perseverance Theatre's last production of the holiday oratorio "King Island Christmas," and those that have seen the play before may be surprised by director David Charles Goyette's visual interpretation.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

Symphony offers musicians space to create
The annual Juneau Symphony Showcase is the time of the year when the orchestra members venture off into whatever strange new lands happen to strike their creative fancy.

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