Coogan Construction responds to coverage
Regarding the recent report and editorials on the Thunder Mountain High School, facts are being overlooked in favor of hyperbole. The Empire stated that the city is "paying Coogan Construction as much as $700,000 extra to finish on time." Coogan disagrees with the Empire's statement.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

Photo: Commemorating World AIDS Day
Lee Wagner, right, listens to a reading of names of people who have died from AIDS during a candlelight vigil Saturday evening at Marine Park. Wagner helped organize the vigil to honor World AIDS Day. About 20 people attended the event.

Photos: Becoming U.S. citizens
New U.S. citizen Samonte Erlito of the Philippines receives an American flag from Larry White, president the Juneau Elks chapter No. 420, on Friday after a naturalization ceremony at the Federal Building.

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

'I thought I was going to die'
A "crack" in the brush. A split second to turn and see the bear. Another second to click the gun's safety off.

Outside editorial: Hope against an AIDS pandemic
The global HIV-AIDS pandemic has required an unprecedented response. Governments, private organizations and millions of individuals have had to tackle a chronic disease that is incurable but that can be treated through a relatively complex set of medical interventions.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Tax windfall eyed for savings, but capital budget beckons
It was as if Gov. Sarah Palin asked the Legislature for a nice sensible winter jacket and they sent her a full-length mink parka with a wolverine ruff, seal skin trim, and a catalytic hand warmer in each pocket.

School cost hike not a major construction crisis My turn
The recent publicized cost increase for Thunder Mountain High School does not represent a major construction crisis. As with every city construction contract, there is a completion date specified: Aug. 1, 2008.

Thrilling climb on Ancient Art
A half-hour drive east of Moab, Utah, visitors from all over the world flock to see bizarre desert rock formations known as the Fisher Towers. Although the Fisher Towers are one of the most difficult places in the desert to climb, they just happen to be some of the most spectacular.

Grinding the burr
This time of year there is a whole group of skiers late to show up for the early season skiing.

Out & About

The black wolf returns for its winter visit
A wild black wolf has approached dogs and people in the Juneau area in recent weeks, raising concerns about the safety of the wolf, people and their pets.

Outdoor Digest
Fish and Gamehunt reports due; Avalanche training available

Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Juneau-Douglas hockey splits games with Tri-Valley
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity hockey team won 1-0 on Saturday night in a game against Tri-Valley. But none of the team members or coaches seemed very satisfied with the victory, due to what they deemed an underachieving performance during the two games that led to a 5-3 loss on Friday night.

Petersburg tourney
Juneau's Bryce Saviers pins Wrangell's Barry Gadd in a 130-pound wrestling match during a dual meet in Petersburg Saturday. Look for tournament results in an upcoming Sports edition.

Parks and rec Ordway Basketball game scores

Sports Digest
Gold Medal passes for 2008 now available

Course for Western cross country championship changes on account of rain
The Foot Locker Western Regional Cross Country Championships, held Saturday at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., were disappointing for Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Leah Francis.

Juneau Jumpers prosper, prepare
The Juneau Jumpers Club is in its 21st year, and the 39 members are prospering.

Bobrick's lawyer releases McGuire phone messages
Convicted lobbyist Bill Bobrick's lawyer has released two telephone messages left by state Sen. Lesil McGuire.

Veterans in rural Alaska have no access to standard health care
Thousands of veterans living in rural Alaska have no access to standard health care from the Veterans Administration, according to testimony at a congressional hearing last week.

Wife of ex-Mayor Jim Hayes pursues plea deal
The wife of former Fairbanks city Mayor Jim Hayes filed court papers that indicate she intends to accept a plea agreement.

ConocoPhillips plans natural gas pipeline
ConocoPhillips wants to build potentially the world's largest, most expensive energy facility - a multibillion dollar gas pipeline running from Alaska's North Slope to Midwestern states.

State spends millions each year on inmate health care
ANCHORAGE - The state is spending millions on health care for sick prisoners without private or government health benefits and officials with the Department of Corrections believe that number will only go up.

This Day in History
In Alaska

State works to recover retirement funds
The state of Alaska is in settlement talks with State Street Global Advisors, trying to recover money lost in state employee retirement accounts in August.

Alaska Digest
Hospital reports staph infections on the rise; City holds meetings on public transit plan; Fight knocks mobile home off foundation; Coast Guard holiday drive ends Monday; Anderson to leave for prison in Oregon; Metcalfe to run for Stevens' Senate seat

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