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.

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).

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.

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Births, Marriage licenses & Courts

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

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

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

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Volunteer coordinator: Betty Kaplor.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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