School hazing policy is not enough
I should congratulate Juneau-Douglas High School and the Juneau School District. They now have a clear record of more severely sanctioning free speech (two week suspension) than student-on-student violence (two days. And, hey, let's fall all over ourselves to make sure none of the alleged perpetrators even misses wrestling at a meet.)

Keep hazers on wrestling team
Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer ... Actually, for the Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team, it seems that hazing happens in the fall. That's when wrestling mania takes hold. I'm a big wrestling fan. Bring on the pay-per-view professional dudes all pumped up on steroids, and I'll be there. So it bugs me that some overly protective parents want kids thrown off the team for playful pranks.

Piling Up
Six months ago, Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho said the city could have curbside recycling come July 1, 2009.

Landfill operators step up anti-odor efforts
Look carefully at the growing Lemon Creek landfill, and you'll see up to 22 small flames just above the plateaus of garbage and dirt.

Southeast cities work on regional authority
Southeast Alaska regional leaders have drafted an ordinance for voters to approve that would create a regional solid waste authority.

Yaakoosgé students create blocks as gifts for children
For a few hours last Friday, students at Yaakoosgé Daakahídi alternative high school cut, shaped, and sanded hundred of wood blocks to be bundled up and given away to small children, including the children of some of the school's students.

Photo: Into the swing of things
Hal and Leslie Daugherty dance to the music of the Thunder Mountain Big Band on Friday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The dance concert was held after the Gallery Walk. Capital City Celebrations co-sponsored the concert with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council as part of the Alaska statehood 50th anniversary festivities.

Around Town

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

Dorman Conradson
Former longtime Juneau resident Dorman Herrid Conradson died Dec. 4, 2008, of cancer at the Hospice House in Rapid City, S.D. He was 65.

Michele Szepanski
Former Juneau resident Michele "Shelly" Szepanski died peacefully in Minnesota on Dec. 4, 2008 after a steadfast four-year battle with melanoma.

My turn: Juneau's economy needs road and mine
This is in response to Amy Skilbred's "beyond the road" editorial. I agree with her list of problems and her vision of a bright Juneau future. But she forgot to tell her readers that the things she wants for Juneau will cost millions of dollars.

Alaska editorial: DNR must explain Point Thomson permit denial
All across America we could hear the reverberation from Gov. Sarah Palin's cheerleading squad, "Drill Baby Drill."

Toe Toon
This week's Toe Toon.

Bush, make us love you again
It's not too late, President Bush. Sure, your approval ratings are lower than Richard Nixon's when he resigned, but you have six weeks to make this country love you again. The unnecessary wars, the curtailing of civil liberties, the economic collapse - all can be forgiven. Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat and Americans embraced him after just a few weeks of his reality TV show.

Teacher chases Iditarod dream
KETCHIKAN - An elementary school teacher is embarking on a trail that she hopes will lead to fulfilling her Iditarod dream.

An old friend flies by in Last Chance Basin
My first thought upon waking that morning was that I'd like to go tracking somewhere that was likely to yield a variety of animal tracks in the snow. Alas, a quick look out of my windows revealed that the snow had disappeared at lower elevations. This necessitated a rapid change of plans.

Rescue doesn't sit well with lodge owner
FAIRBANKS - Even though she was paid $210, the idea of renting a room and feeding a meal to Dave Roberts didn't sit well with Jamie Klaes, manager of the Bettles Lodge.

Photo: Taking it in

Two teens at school charged with drug use
JUNEAU - Police said they arrested two teenage boys accused of drug possession on school grounds last week.

Worker: Eaglecrest remains closed
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area won't open this weekend, according to an area employee.

Palin, gas line team issue pipeline license
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sarah Palin made the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act license official on Friday.

Kassel wants recount in state House race
JUNEAU - The state's Division of Elections will recount the ballots in the Alaska House race between Fairbanks candidates Mike Kelly and Karl Kassel.

Product testing lab unveiled in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The Cold Climate Housing Research Center has a new product testing and development lab.

Murder trial lawyers quiz prospective jurors
PALMER - Lawyers in the murder trial of a Palmer man received some stunning responses about the case from prospective jurors.

JDHS wrestlers advance 8 to state
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team advanced eight wrestlers to next weekend's 4A Wrestling State Championships in Chugiak this weekend by placing either first or second at the Southeast Conference Regional Championships in Wrangell.

Dryden boys, girls hoopsters win 2008 Fastbreak tourney
The Floyd Dryden Middle School boys' "A" team already had the height, the fast-paced offense and a perfect record. On Saturday night they showed they had plenty of heart as well.

Bears hockey falls to Lathrop
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team finally took the ice against Lathrop on Saturday night, and received a rude welcome to the Mid-Alaska Conference, losing 8-0.

Sports in Juneau

Governor has no plans to release Troopergate testimony
Gov. Sarah Palin has no plans to publicly release testimony she gave under oath during an investigation into whether she abused her power in office by firing her public safety commissioner.

Court: Judge must reconsider decision in Waterman case
A judge must reconsider her decision to dismiss a murder indictment against a Craig teenager accused of plotting with two former boyfriends to kill her mother.

Man sentenced in lodge killing
A 23-year-old Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a killing at the Frontier Lodge.

Pebble deposit reveals minerals potential
ANCHORAGE - The vast potential of the Pebble deposit is becoming more clear each day.

Iditarod musher fined in moose hunting case
FAIRBANKS - Jeff King, a four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, has been ordered to pay a $4,000 fine for illegally killing a moose just inside Denali National Park and Preserve.

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