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.

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.

There's a reason for graduated licenses
When you published the letter from MacKenzie Allison (Nov. 1), you probably were not aware of her qualification for objecting to the graduated driver's license.

Photo: Holiday glow
The Governor's House glows with its annual display of holiday lights Thursday along Calhoun Avenue.

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.

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.

City faces fifth lawsuit by man who claims harassment
Acting as his own attorney again, a Juneau man is seeking more than $500,000 in his fifth lawsuit against the city.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Photo: Thanks for years of entertainment
Sybil Davis, retiring executive director of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, receives a kiss from Juneau resident Linda Buckley as Natalee Rothaus pins on a corsage during a party at the Baranof Hotel to honor Davis for her service to the council.

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

Photo: Final touches for Gallery Walk
Holly Bierkortte of Annie Kaill's hangs artwork Thursday at the Front Street store.

Bunton and Rodriguez wed
Jennifer Jean Bunton and Paul Jose Rodriguez Sr., both of Juneau, were married at 2 p.m., on Oct. 16, 2004, at the parents of the bride's home on Engineers Cutoff Road.

Cox and Roomsburg wed
Erin Elisabeth Cox of Phoenix, Ariz., and Ryan Adam Roomsburg of Juneau were married in a private ceremony on Nov. 25, 2004, in Juneau.

Conant and Torres wed
Colleen Marie Conant, of Juneau, and Juan Jose Lopez Torres, of Seville, Spain, were married in a civil ceremony on Nov. 12, 2004, in Seville.

Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School honors students with good GPA
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School staff is proud to celebrate the students on the honor roll.

Neighbors Digest
Jumpers perform on Saturday

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

Statistics of Juneau

Donovan Swanke
Longtime Juneau resident Donovan Swanke, 73, died Oct. 2, 2004, in Kona, Hawaii.

Harold Oluf Fossum
Longtime Juneau resident Harold Oluf Fossum, 75, died unexpectedly on Dec. 1, 2004.

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.

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.

Hoonah aiming for five
Throughout their prep careers, players on this year's Hoonah High School volleyball team have known just one way to end the Southeast season - as region champions.

Juneau Parks and Rec Ordway Basketball standings
Standings through Nov. 28 for the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Adult Ordway Basketball League

Sports Brief
Viking wrestlers trying to claim third straight Southeast team title

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Study: Infant abuse high in Alaska
Alaska infants are being physically abused at disproportionately high rates, according to a study presented this week in Anchorage.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state/the Northwest

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.

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.

Cuts in Alaska court second highest in nation
Alaska's federal court has lost 11 workers over the past year due to budget problems, resulting in the clerk's office being open to the public fewer hours and employees having to perform multiple tasks.

Blaze damages two tanks at gas production site near Kenai
Two 12,600-gallon tanks were engulfed by a fire that destroyed other equipment at a Marathon Oil natural gas production pad northeast of Kenai.

Highway plan would have smallest effect on fish habitat
Upgrading the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing by moving the road north across Juneau Creek probably would have the least impact on anadromous fish habitat of three alternatives, according to a report prepared for the state.

Photo: Sled full of gifts
An Alaska National Guardsman dressed as Santa Claus rides in a dog sled from the airstrip to the school in Venetie, where he will deliver gifts to the children in the remote Neets'aii Gwich'in Indian community, north of Fairbanks.

Due to a reporter's error, a story in Tuesday's Empire inaccurately said a campaign finance reform initiative would limit donations from political parties to $1,000, compared to the $4,000 now allowed.

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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