Portraits of homelessness
Homelessness is such a familiar and persistent problem it can be difficult to gain fresh perspective. It's too easy to gloss over facts and figures, however surprising or shocking they may be. The Juneau Homeless Coalition has taken a creative approach to addressing the issue in our community with their "Out of the Rain" calendar, a collection of personal portraits and narratives that allow for a more complete and realistic grasp of the issue on a local level.

Gallery Walk: The biggest art event of the year
1. "Out Of The Rain," Photographs By Marilyn Holmes

Local filmmaker premieres feature at Anchorage Film Festival
Hardiness is something of an assumed trait if you live in Alaska, and most Alaskans fit the bill at least some of the time. But like anything, the term is relative.

The blues are better in small spaces
The blues - we hate when we have them, but love when we hear them. It's hard to have anything but admiration for a genre founded on making lemonade out of some really nasty lemons.

'Never' not what you might expect
Warning: This review contains plot spoilers.

Gold Street Music this Saturday
The latest installement of Gold Street Music gets started at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Resurrection Lutheran church. This month's performers will be Alyssa Fischer and Tom Locher, Joe Emerson, Jack Fontanella, Alaska's Kit and Tony Tengs. Tickets are available at the door, $5.

December Coffee & Collections highlights Sydney Laurence
The City Museum's December Coffee & Collections presentation will focus on "Sydney Laurence's Juneau." Mike Blackwell will lead a discussion of his informal inquiry on the museum's newly-acquired Sydney Laurence painting, "Early Morning, Juneau, Alaska." By retracing Laurence's activities in Juneau and at the Nugget Shop, studying the landmarks in the painting, and trying to identify the ship in the scene, Blackwell has uncovered some of the tale behind the painting. Blackwell will also show a sampling of Laurence's other paintings of Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

King Island Christmas moves downtown
King Island Christmas moves to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center this Thursday through Sunday to continue its "holiday gift wrapped in music."ĘShows are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

'This Wonderful Life' opens Friday, Second Stage hosts work by Alaskan writers
Starring Ed Christian in the sole acting role, the second play of the season draws on the characters and themes of the holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life," bringing George Bailey and the other residents of Bedford Falls together through a single narrator. "This Wonderful Life" had a very short run (one weekend) at Thunder Mountain High School last year; this year's longer run at Perseverance is intended to give more locals a chance to see it.

New library books celebrate the snow and the season
Here are a few of our new snow and holiday picture books for kids and kids-at-heart. Look for our holiday books on display in the Children's area of each public library - they are currently circulating for just two weeks at a time so get in early to find your favorites or place holds on them soon. And, keep an eye out for Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock's beautiful new version of the classic Ukrainian folktale, "The Mitten," which is every bit as lovely and delightful as Jan Brett's version.

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.

HIV/AIDS: It ain't over 'til It's over ...
... And this one is not over yet. Some will remember when we wondered if we would ever get beyond the smallpox epidemic. We did. Many of us have done battle with polio and now that is a rare scare in many parts of the world now.

Board of Game's black bear decision the right one
It was a pleasant surprise to read the Alaska Board of Game deferred the issue of snaring black bears until 2012 because there was so much blowback from the public. That public included me.

New parking center fees need explanation
Now that the construction ordeal is over, there is much ado about presenting the brand new Downtown Transportation Center as being free during the Christmas shopping season, for the benefit of Juneau shoppers and businesses, when that is exactly what the intention was supposed to be anyway (emphasis on for the benefit of shoppers and businesses).

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 budget on track for 2011 fiscal year
The city budget is on track, which is good news compared to the last budget cycle where the city had to tap into reserves to save jobs and programs.

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.

Photo: Snowball came out 'smaller than expected'
Madeline Handley rolls a snowmball on her way to the Montessori program at Marie Drake Middle School on Tuesday morning. "It is getting heavier," Handley said of her large snowball. "I think it is going to be smaller than I anticipated."

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: Dzantik'i raises money for Movember
Eighth-grader Anita Arlene, left, draws a moustache onto classmate Anita Haube at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School on Wednesday as part of Movember, a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health.

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.

Police & Fire
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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.

Operation Santa Claus brings 'Joy to the world' for Hoonah
Three of Santa's sleighs, sans reindeer, sat at the Juneau Army National Guard hangar on Wednesday, ready to soar into the sky with toys for little girls and boys.

Police & Fire
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Princess announces new fishing cruises
Princess Cruises announced Wednesday a new tour option that focuses on fishing will be added to the 2011 season.

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.

Alaskan Brewing turns 24, has big plans for 2011
This month marks the 24th anniversary for Alaskan Brewing Company.

Fredrick George Gallant II
Fredrick George Gallant II passed away Nov. 18, 2010 in Sitka.

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: Federal pay freeze a small step toward budget sanity
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Outside editorial: Be careful about giving out access to secrets
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Why populism isn't popular
Congressional Democrats adjourned before the midterm election without extending the Bush-era tax cuts beyond this year. President Obama and a legion of liberal columnists had urged that they do so for families making less than $250,000 a year; only families making more would have seen their tax rates revert to pre-2001 levels. The commentariat scorned the Democrats' decision not to decide. "Profiles in Timidity" was the New York Times' editorial verdict.

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.

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.

F-22 recovery effort suspended
ANCHORAGE - The Air Force says it has suspended efforts to recover the wreckage of the F-22 fighter jet that crashed near Cantwell, killing the pilot.

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

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.

Woman arrested in Brevig Mission stabbing
NOME - A 29-year-old woman has been arrested and charged in the stabbing death of a Brevig Mission man.

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.

Searchers recover body near Teller
ANCHORAGE - The body of a woman missing near Teller has been recovered.

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

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

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

59 teams sign up for 2011 Iditarod
ANCHORAGE - The last musher to sign up for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race next year is five-time champion Rick Swenson.

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

Ore. scientist helps Russian-US team track whale
NEWPORT, Ore. - An Oregon scientist is helping a Russian-U.S. research team track an endangered western gray whale by satellite to learn more about migration routes and breeding grounds.

Ketchikan Rep. Johansen wants to rejoin GOP caucus
ANCHORAGE - Republicans in the Alaska House are deciding whether to allow state Rep. Kyle Johansen of Ketchikan back into their caucus for the upcoming session in Juneau.

Invasive freshwater plant found in Alaska river
FAIRBANKS - An invasive freshwater plant found in Alaska has posed a problem for state and federal officials trying to assess what kind of threat it poses to the environment.

DH, Floyd Dryden host 20-team hoops tourney
It's been called the Gold Medal Tournament of middle school basketball.

College Watch
• Former SE Conf. preps playing college basketball

Quick action sought on election challenge
An Alaska judge wants a fast resolution to candidate Joe Miller's challenge to Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in election victory, but won't decide until today whether the senator herself will be able to play a role in Miller's lawsuit.

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.

Salazar says Interior will process Shell's Beaufort Sea drilling permit for 2011
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Shell's application to drill an exploration well in the company's Beaufort Sea federal offshore leases next summer will be processed.

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.

BP suspends construction of rig off Alaska coast
JUNEAU - BP PLC is suspending construction of a huge oil rig off Alaska's coast to review its engineering and design plans and ensure the Liberty project can be done safely.

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

Susitna dam would generate electricity for Mat-Su
ANCHORAGE - Plans for a hydroelectric dam on the upper Susitna River have been around for decades, and the latest planned dam is at least 10 years away - if work starts right away.

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.

FBI names new head of Anchorage office
ANCHORAGE - A veteran FBI agent whose investigations have ranged from Mexican drug trafficking groups to gangs and violent crimes has been named the new head of the Anchorage division office, the bureau announced Wednesday.

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