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Wednesday, December 6, 2006

ACLU logic following the path to anarchy
The Court decision on same-sex couples receiving employee benefits needs to be revisited and reversed.

Forget the road; build a railroad
A railroad connection in Juneau to a marine highway terminal would promote a permanent healthy tourist business in Juneau.

Notification key to wilderness rescues
I would like to comment on the story of the lost snowboarder covered Nov. 29.

A lesson from Natives
We have a new governor. She is also our youngest governor.

High assessments add to housing crisis
This is in response to the lack of affordable housing. Your articles and editorial fail to mention one possible factor in the mix - high assessments.

Cancel road contract
Gov. Sarah Palin should cancel the contract that former Gov. Frank Murkowski awarded for constructing an intermittent gravel road that would serve Coeur Alaska's Kensington Mine.

Drivers need to be able to see on road
Recently I was involved in a accident, which resulted in me taking out the Wilma Avenue street sign.

Outlaw all marriage
The recent flap about married families' health insurance benefits being paid for by singles, gays and lesbians has centered on if marriage should be strictly heterosexual.

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

Correction

Photo: Building close to home
Hope Community Resources Team Leader Sherry Epperson breaks ground Tuesday at the site of the Hope Community Resources, a new assisted living home for people who experience developmental disabilities.

JDHS graduation rates improve in the last school year
The graduation rate at Juneau-Douglas High School increased 2.8 percent from the previous year, according to a student achievement report presented at Tuesday's Juneau School Board meeting.

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

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

Deck the halls: Mansion to welcome governor, public
Gov. Sarah Palin hasn't yet arrived in Juneau, but intensive preparations already are under way for next week's open house at the Governor's Mansion.

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

Fire crews control blaze at mall shop
Firefighters are investigating the cause of a Tuesday evening fire in a gift shop at historic Merchants Wharf downtown.

Photo: Autumn harvest
Carlos Cadiente shows off the back bone and back strap of a Sitka blacktail deer Tuesday on the porch of his Star Hill home.

Photo: Clear skies, placid waters
Mount Juneau, left, and Mount Roberts are reflected Tuesday in the placid waters of Douglas Boat Harbor.

Check your oil? Thieves may have
If you see someone with a garden hose siphoning heating oil out of your fuel tank, don't bother calling the heating company. Try the police instead.

Soldier Stories: Spc. Noli Batac
He is presently stationed in Kuwait near the Iraq boarder.

Photo: Seeking out his savior
Jay Blair, left, a Douglas snowboarder who got lost last weekend at Eaglecrest and spent a freezing night in the snow, sought out 12-year-old Parker Schnabel of Haines this week to say thanks for spotting him from the air.

Pastor asks why are people so good
There are so many circumstances in which I wonder why people are so good that I couldn't begin to catalog them all in this column.

Neighbors Digest
Cooperative Extension has holiday sale, Holy Trinity holds annual bazaar this Saturday, AWARE, Glory Hole seek new winter items, Jones seeks Don Drew photos for slideshow, Americorp sponsors youth winter camp & Flying Lions Club sponsors helicoptor ride

Pets of the week
Sweet, cute cats seek homes

Leamer, Gissberg engaged
Christena Gissberg and Kelly Leamer, both of Juneau, were engaged on Nov. 27, 2006.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for: helping Auke Bay School's carnival & supporting our Halloween fundraiser

Normajane Johnson
Longtime Juneau resident Normajane Johnson, 89, died Nov. 18, 2006, at the Pioneer's Home where she had been a resident for three years.

Martin Goenett
Juneau resident Martin "Snooky/Marty" Noel Goenett died Nov. 29, 2006, in Juneau with family members by his side. He was 67.

Tom Maloney
Former Juneau resident Tom Maloney died Nov. 17, 2006, in Sitka. He was 73.

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.

Sports in Juneau

Murkowski appointments raise eyebrows
Less than a 90 minutes before officially leaving office Monday, then-Gov. Frank Murkowski announced 35 appointments to state boards and commissions.

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

High court steers clear of road contract dispute
The Alaska Supreme Court will not get involved in a contract dispute between the state and a road building company that bid unsuccessfully on construction of a gravel road out of Juneau.

Alaska Digest
Hunters urged to aim for unlikely survivors, Sudan's ambassador to visit with JWAC,Second victim dies from house fire burns & School social worker, child killed in crash

Fairbanks turns to tax on workers to fill gap
Workers in the city of Fairbanks will be assessed a $20 per month tax to help fill a revenue gap created when voters approved a decrease in property tax.

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

Locomotive hits rock, spills fuel
Up to 1,200 gallons of fuel spilled onto Alaska Railroad tracks when a locomotive hit a rock.

Palin to review appointments
Gov. Sarah Palin will revisit 35 appointments made by her predecessor in the hour before he left office this week, especially that of Murkowski's former chief of staff, Jim Clark, to the volunteer seven-member board of the Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority.

'Cannonball' musher, 77, dies
Herbie Nayokpuk never strayed far from his lifelong home on a remote island at the edge of the Bering Strait north of Nome, but his fame spread around the globe.

Alaska Digest
Wellness program wins state award,2007 Iditarod entries at 104 and counting, King crabs harvested to help comeback & State's most transient community: Fairbanks

Palin steps in to 'guard' state
Promising to defend the interests of all Alaskans as the state increases its energy production, Sarah Palin was sworn in Monday as the ninth state governor since Alaska was granted statehood in 1959.

State proposes refunds, fines for Lithia settlement
An Alaska car dealer would issue $200 refunds and pay a $500,000 civil penalty under a proposed consumer protection settlement filed by the state.

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