Set off land for off-road vehicles
I am 13 years old and an eighth-grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School here in Juneau. I have lived here all my life and find Juneau fascinating and beautiful. I am lucky to live here.

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.

Electric heat needs relief
While I appreciate the Juneau Assembly looking to provide some relief in fuel costs for those of us suffering from the sticker-shock of a diesel fill-up, and possibly including propane and wood fuel in a proposed resolution ("Chamber asks for fuel tax relief," in the Juneau Empire on Nov. 27), why are home owners who rely on electricity as their primary source of heat excluded?

Access road would be a waste of money
People have differing opinions on issues ranging from matters of war and peace to matters of roads and ferries. And some people base their opinions on facts.

What have we come to in this state?
I respect Gov. Sarah Palin for her frank opinion and open comments concerning the court's throwing out a law requiring a minor child to have parental consent to seek an abortion.

Rescue Tradition
A simple mishap in Juneau's rough backcountry can land even the most experienced person in a dangerous situation, setting off a chain of events from which they could never escape by themselves.

Photo: Taming the mind
Khentrul Lodro Thaye Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk, shares a laugh with the audience Sunday during his speech about "The Seven Key Points of Mind Training." Rinpoche conducted a two-day retreat, "Taming the Wild Horse of the Mind," at the Tlingit and Haida Vocational Training Center.

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

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

Boy Scouts work to replace cabins at Eagle Beach camp
Boy Scouts of America launches a plan to expand its operations at Eagle Beach this week.

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.

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.

'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.

Around Town

Photo: Miniature wonderland
Charlotte Richards of the Capital City Republican Woman Volunteers sets up a tiny Christmas tree Saturday in the observatory of the Governors Mansion as part of a miniature display. The group is decorating to prepare for an open house on Dec. 14.



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.

My turn: Trapper sheds light on beavers
As an experienced trapper in taking beavers under the ice, I can shed a bit of light on this situation. It is my opinion most beavers are snared under the ice due to the cost of snares making them more economical than traps (No. 330 Conibear trap is an expensive trap), and traps are heavier to carry than snares.

Outside editorial: The 54 percent who want troops back ASAP are right
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reported this week that Americans are more upbeat about the war in Iraq than at any time in the last 14 months.

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.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Sports Digest
Gold Medal passes for 2008 now available

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.

Parks and rec Ordway Basketball game scores

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

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.

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.

Scandal keeps company from gas line bid
A major Midwest energy company said it did not submit an application to build a natural gas pipeline tapping Alaska North Slope reserves because of criminal investigations of state politicians, performance lapses by a major oil producer and other factors.

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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.

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.

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

As fuel costs rise, rural Alaska looks at alternative energy
The historic gold mining community of Nome is just 140 miles south of the Arctic Circle and for much of the year, it's cloaked in darkness or clouds.

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.

Alaska Digest
High wind warning in effect today; Committee opposes restrictions on guides; Man convicted in Anchorage shooting; Regents mull Yup'ik language degree; Prosecutors say Kott deserves 10 years; Unemployment tax rate lowest in 28 years; Police: Anchorage crash kills one man; Alaska man sentenced for passport fraud

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

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.

This Day in History
In Alaska

State's constitutional hurdles leave parental consent issue in limbo
Pro-choice advocates are skeptical that recent moves by state lawmakers will be successful in changing the Alaska Constitution to require parental consent for underage teenagers seeking abortions.

Native corporations form coalition to stimulate growth
More than 100 Alaska Native village corporations have banded together for the first time in a bid to stimulate their economic growth.

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