Is it worth the number of jobs?
Let's see now. The Kensington Mine is projected to last 10 years and to employ 225 folks.

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.

Time to drop Frederick case
The freedom of religion, the freedom of the press, the freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble are the rights granted to us by the first amendment in the Constitution of the United States of America.

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.

Treat drunken drivers the same
I noticed in the FYI column on Dec. 1 that five people were convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

Sudan ambassador speaks in Juneau
John Ukec Lueth Ukec spent most of his life fighting the former rulers of Sudan.

Business Digest
Chamber elects new president, Japanese restaurant coming to valley, Center offers 'Simple Start' class & KIN Pub Night set for Dec. 14

Shareholders get big payoff
Sealaska Corp. shareholders will receive their highest semi-annual distribution payment in years when direct deposit and mail checks are issued today.

Images from another time: Supporter of Alaska independence, 1982
Joe Vogler gives a campaign speech in October 1982 in Juneau.

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.

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.

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

Pets of the week
Sweet, cute cats seek homes

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

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.

Alaska editorial: Nation needs a single, presidential paper ballot
It's time to campaign, not for a candidate, but for a ballot. One person, one vote; one president, one ballot.

Alaska editorial: Juneau, relax about the capital move
Given past capital move attempts, it's easy to imagine how some folks in Southeast might feel about Gov.-elect Sarah Palin's choice to hold her inauguration in Fairbanks.

Palin's arrival stirs optimism
I was picking up a ticket at Juneau International Airport today and noticed that the "Welcome to Juneau" sign had been promptly changed to reflect the name of our new governor.

Sports in Juneau

Empire staff picks NFL week 14 games
We here at the Empire have been wanting to do a NFL picks column for weeks and weeks.

Sports in Juneau

Northwest Digest
Broke government faces more tax fights, Developer pulls out of ski resort project, Democrat governors band together

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

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

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.

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

Doling out oil donation proves a challenge
The Venezuelan oil company Citgo cut a check last month for more than $5 million dollars in a pilot program to distribute free heating fuel to Alaska's poorest communities.

Palin consults gasline interests
New Gov. Sarah Palin said she would begin assembling a negotiating team as the next step in planning for a natural gas pipeline.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Resentment lingers over treatment of Wainwright's Strykers
Behind the welcome home banners, this military town is still steamed over the way the Defense Department treated its Fort Wainwright 172nd Stryker Brigade soldiers, especially when they were ordered to stay longer in Iraq and head to the hot zone of Baghdad.

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