A bigger, better 'Nutcracker'
Juneau Dance Unlimited has been packaging its biggest and best holiday gift to the community yet, with an expanded version of its annual "The Nutcracker" ballet.

Beauty of 'The Little Prince' allows immersion in another realm
Those who are familiar with Antoine de Saint Exupéry's novella "Le Petit Prince" will recall the outline of the story: A boy comes to Earth from his domain, a tiny star named B 612. He has become enamored of an exquisite rose on his planet who wounds and confuses him. So he decides to explore the galaxy to learn about love and responsibility, finally arriving on Earth. He lands in the Sahara desert and meets a pilot, who, though initially irritated with the Prince's ceaseless questions and requests, grows to appreciate the prince's priorities, allowing a shift in perspective that is quite contagious.

Sitka Fine Arts Camp 2009 registration opens Jan. 1
The Sitka Fine Arts Camp announced dates and registration information for its 34th annual camp, to be held in June and July.

Perseverance Theatre to present holiday double-header
Perseverance Theatre will present a holiday double-header with performances of two plays Dec. 11-14 and 18-21.

This month's Gold Street Music slated for Dec. 6
Gold Street Music will present local folk music beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Resurrection Lutheran Church,

Tellebration celebrated in Juneau on Dec. 7
Tellebration, a worldwide celebration of story, will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, around a fire at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.

What's Happening

On punishment and consequence
I work with "at risk" youth and when I read the article "Juneau parents upset about student hazing," I decided to respond. The word punishment was used a few times in the article when referring to what I would call discipline or consequence.

Rosalee Walker: An activist to the end
Most people would take it easy after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure and hospitalized with pneumonia, but Rosalee Walker wasn't the type.

Legislative child care center OK'd
As a legislator, Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Bethel, couldn't find child care for her infants. She brought in her 81-year-old grandmother from Colorado to Juneau to care for her children.

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

Legislators propose price gouging law
Some Alaska legislators say the state's high gas prices should be a crime, and they're proposing the state adopt a price-gouging law to make such prices illegal.

Redfern submits Taku hoverbarge permits for mine
Tulsequah Chief mine operator Redfern Resources Ltd. finished building a key road this week. And a year after first applying, the company is making progress on Alaska permits to travel on Taku River ice.

Juneau parents upset about student hazing
Some Juneau students came back from a high school wrestling meet in Petersburg a few weeks ago with injuries not common to their sport.

Police: 15-year-old girl kidnapped, assaulted
Juneau police said they are looking for a kidnapper who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl and then let her go two hours later.

With election certified, a recount likely awaits
The state Elections Division on Wednesday certified the Nov. 4 general election results, showing Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Fairbanks, as victor in the House District 7 race.

Photo: December sunrise
Bill League takes his dog, Kito, for a sunrise walk Tuesday along the Mayflower Island access road in Douglas.

First Alaskans Institute will hold discussion on statehood
First Alaskans Institute will host a discussion series on Alaska Native perspectives of statehood, "Looking Back, Moving Forward: Alaska Native Perspectives on 50 Years of Statehood," from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the Treadwell Room of the Baranof Hotel.

Foreign policy expert to speak on cooperation
Americans are ready for a new conversation on foreign policy, said David Shorr, a policy expert who will be giving a speech today in Juneau.

Photo: Leaving no 'Doubt'
Todd Hunt, left, master electrician for Perseverance Theatre, and Alex Olsen, a technical intern, burn the set from the play "Doubt" which recently completed its run at the theatre. The next play, "Wittenberg," will begin in January.

Photo: Preparing for winter
Lorenzo Jefferson splits rounds Tuesday as Ken Wertz cleans up some of the firewood they collected along the Auke Rec Bypass. Also helping was Jefferson's wife, Cindy, who said they have started burning wood again this year to deal with the high cost of energy prices.

Around Town

Photo: Streaming
A University of Alaska Southeast student streams into the Egan Library Annex Wednesday as colorful holiday lighting depicts a salmon swimming upstream.

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

Photo: Eagle eye
An adult bald eagle keeps watch in a cottonwood tree as another takes off Wednesday along the airport dike trail.

Around Town

'Wanted' is for your eyes, not your mind
'Wanted: 2-Disc Special Edition'

'Transporter' delivers solid action
T here is something to be said, I think, for a movie that understands what it is. It is this quality that makes most Adam Sandler flicks tolerable. It is also perhaps the most important quality for the action genre; the last thing anybody wants to see is Sylvester Stallone mowing down bad guys in one frame and then attempting to show emotion in the next (yes, I mean you, "Rambo").

'Australia': Epic only in length
An epic drama that carries on so long you start to feel as if you've been deported to Sydney, Baz Luhrmann's "Australia" falls into a curious trap: It's a labor of love that's sorely lacking in heart.

Juneau Bach Society isn't Bach exclusive
If one were to Google "Bach society," they'd come up with thousands of sites about various musical organizations around the world. These groups vary in function, but each is centered around the celebration of music by this pretty cool dude who lived back during the Baroque era.

A few holiday song suggestions for the irreverent
H ere comes Christmas! O joy! Hallelujah! Peace on Earth, and goodwill toward people who think, act and look like you think they should!

Sound Bites
Akon, 'Freedom' ★★★

Juneau Jazz & Classics to host Barney McClure
Barney McClure, world-class jazz pianist, teacher and accompanist, will return to Juneau to offer a five-day cabaret workshop hosted by Juneau Jazz & Classic from Jan. 25 to 29 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

'Starry Night Swing' held at culture center Dec. 5
Capital City Celebrations and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will co-sponsor the "Starry Night Swing" musical event as part of the Alaska 50th Statehood festivities following Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 5.

Photo: Season of Symbols
Sam Hall, left, and Cherry Eckland put symbol ornaments on the Christmas tree on Nov. 30 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Thanks for contributing to Youth Vote Juneau
With great appreciation, the board of directors of Youth Vote Juneau says a very big thank you to the small army of individuals and organizations that made this year's mock student election so successful. Some 3,182 Juneau students in kindergarten through 12th grade cast ballots at their schools, more than double the usual number of students voting. About 85 percent of elementary students went to the polls on Nov. 3, and 53 percent of middle and high school students voted on Nov. 4. It's a massive undertaking, but we believe our program is important in helping educate students about the rights and responsibilities of living in a democratic society and instilling a positive voting habit in young people.

Thanks for supporting me during my recovery
Five weeks to the day after my fractured femur front-end collision with a tree, I came home. Home to plants patiently waiting and somewhat thirsty, to a fire crackling in the wood stove, to a fridge full of food, and to photos of friends and family, all just as I left them on Oct. 7.

Thanks for the Douglas bell, cannon program
The Douglas Fourth of July Committee would like to thank the following people for working on the Douglas Bell and Cannon Program on Nov. 8.

Douglas resident shares McHoliday clam dip

MARIE SARABIA: Painter, sculptor
Age: 12.

Delilah Maki, a third-grader in Caryn Walker's Riverbend Elementary School class, recently practiced the school's motto, "Respectful, Responsible, Safe and Kind," by donating to "Locks for Love," which makes wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.

Diocese of Juneau to conduct annual appeal for Retirement Fund for Religious
Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Juneau will conduct the 21st annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious on Dec. 14.

SAIL, First Bank to hold informational breakfast
JUNEAU - Southeast Alaska Independent Living and First Bank invites the public to a free continental breakfast and informational seminar at 10 a.m. Friday at the SAIL Office, 3225 Hospital Drive, Suite 300. The program will share programs available to seniors and persons with disabilities and their homes with the assistance from Alaska Housing Finance Corp., Rural Cap and Alaska CDC, programs designed to help Alaskans reduce energy costs.

Juneau-Douglas City museum to host Native arts and crafts fair
JUNEAU - The annual Native Arts & Craft Fair will take place this weekend, 4:30-8 p.m. Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

AWARE Inc. invites community to help Adopt-A-Family program
JUNEAU - The staff and volunteers of Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies, AWARE Inc., invite community members to Adopt-A-Family this holiday season.

First National Banks to hold annual open house Dec. 12
JUNEAU - First National Bank Alaska invites the public to stop the local branches' annual open house Friday, Dec. 12, during regular business hours for coffee, refreshments and the release of the 2009 gift calendar, "Landscapes and Lifestyles: Remembering Alaska's First 50 Years."

Margaret McClintock
Former Juneau resident Margaret A. "Babe" McClintock died Nov. 20, 2008, in Prescott, Ariz. She was 101.

Eva Ropella
Juneau resident Eva M. Ropella died Nov. 28, 2008, at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was 90.

Malcolm G. Libby
Longtime Juneau resident Malcolm Gary Libby died of lung cancer on Nov. 20, 2008, at his home. He was 67.

Geneva B. Trafton
Former Juneau resident Geneva B. Trafton died Dec. 1, 2008, at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer. She was 87.

Eugene Edward Dau
Longtime Juneau resident Eugene "Gene" Dau died in the early morning hours of Nov. 29, 2008, at his home. He was 76.

My turn: There are limits to predator control
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial "A Public Purpose?" (Nov. 17) argued that killing young wolf pups at dens was not reprehensible if it resulted in more caribou and moose for hunters. Such killing of pups at dens might ultimately serve a broader public purpose and critics should broaden their view.

Greed and death on Black Friday
I like stuff as much as the next guy. My closet is stuffed with stuff, my shelves groan with stuff, boxes full of stuff jam my garage. I like stuff just fine.

Next attorney general
The following editorial first appeared in the Washington Post:

Outside editorial: Praise governor for taking hard line with oil companies
The following editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:

George W. Bush could be seen as a modern Herbert Hoover
As he prepares to move back to Texas, our 43rd president is the beneficiary of Bush fatigue. The nation has long since repudiated him. Americans are looking ahead to the promise of Barack Obama.

Comments sought on Southeast herring
JUNEAU - Federal fishery managers are asking for information on Southeast herring.

Governor to host annual open house
JUNEAU - Gov. Sarah Palin is planning the annual Christmas Open House at the Governor's Mansion.

Coast Guard plans annual seniors' dinner
JUNEAU - The Juneau Chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer's Association is scheduled to hold the 35th annual Senior Citizen's Holiday Dinner at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall on Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Homeless man rescued in tent fire
JUNEAU - A homeless man trying to stave off winter temperatures was hurt in a fire to his makeshift tent.

Palin files late disclosure for trips
ANCHORAGE - Gov. Sarah Palin has added to her financial disclosure forms two free trips that she took nearly two years ago but failed to report.

Bear killed, another spotted near Bettles
FAIRBANKS - A 7-foot, 350-pound grizzly bear was killed in the Brooks range village of Bettles.

2009 Gold Nugget Triathlon canceled
ANCHORAGE - The 2009 Gold Nugget Triathlon has been canceled.

Conservation group sues to protect walrus
ANCHORAGE - A conservation group went to court Wednesday to force the federal government to consider adding Pacific walrus to the list of threatened species.

Fort Wainwright troops to return
FORT WAINWRIGHT - The Army says more than 150 soldiers from Fort Wainwright will return home this week.

State: Rural schools lose hundreds
State researchers hoping to determine how many people have left rural Alaska for bigger communities report that rural schools lost 1,802 students in the last five years.

Man dodges possible 200-year sentence
FAIRBANKS - A Tok man could have been sent to prison for 200 years if he were convicted on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and several lesser charges he originally faced.

North Pole refinery status in question
FAIRBANKS - The company owning a North Pole refinery is reviewing its options for the facility's operations as market conditions worsen.

Juneau adult hockey association results

Sports in Juneau

An artful Season
Juneau's annual Gallery Walk, a highly anticipated event held the first Friday of December, will feature a wide variety of local and regional art to admire and procure this holiday season. From paintings to prints to photography, dozens of original art pieces will be on display throughout downtown and beyond. Below is a roundup of exhibit openings.

Alaska faces health care challenges
Patty Boily has had a ringside view of health care challenges for patients in Alaska, where industry observers conservatively estimate costs run 20 percent higher than the rest of the nation.

Alaska higher education falls short
Alaska's higher education system has not made the grade, according to a recent national study.

BP budgets $1.2 billion for '09
BP is budgeting $1.2 billion in capital expenditures for Alaska in 2009, a 33 percent increase from current year spending, according to the outgoing president of the local subsidiary.

Alaska Air looks for ways to boost revenue
An executive at Alaska Air Group Inc. said Tuesday the company is looking for ways to increase revenue as the weak economy puts pressure on demand for air travel.

Greenpeace airs TV ad targeting pollock fishery
Greenpeace is taking to the airwaves to encourage a federal fisheries regulatory group to consider even more stringent catch limits on Alaska's pollock fishery - the nation's largest fishery.

Lawmakers quiz state officials about oil leases
State lawmakers want to understand why two energy companies ready to drill for natural gas have not received lease-related considerations from the state.

Senator balks at talk about Palin as rival
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has indicated she's open to a presidential run in 2012, but her spokesman said Wednesday she has never stated she would first seek the Senate seat held by fellow Republican Lisa Murkowski.

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