Getting Rolfing right
I am writing to clear up some misunderstandings about Rolfing that may have resulted from the article on massage that appeared in the Nov. 27 issue of your newspaper.

Should have known better
I'd like to apologize for the divisive nature of my quote in Wednesday's paper regarding the access issue.

Long-range vision
I was sorry to see Sen. Frank Murkowski so miscast in John Sonin's letter to the editor in Monday's Empire. I have known and worked with Sen. Murkowski for many years, and I can think of no elected official who better fits the description of "public servant."

Admiralty Island bear attack: 'I was getting killed'
Kenneth Horton will spend months trying to heal wounds inflicted in five seconds by a brown bear on Admiralty Island. But the Juneau man carries no grudge against the sow who mauled him to protect her cub. "I have no hard feelings at all against that bear. It was naturally protecting its baby," said Horton, 52, from a Seattle hospital where he is recovering.

City cuts harbor work over noise
The city has cut early morning work hours at the Douglas Harbor expansion project because of noise complaints, but the contractor hopes to be allowed to work around the clock.

Pregnant women offered chance at 'Great Start'
If you are a pregnant smoker who has relapsed since the Great American Smoke Out of Nov. 15, a new program unveiled on Dec. 4 in New York City offers pregnant women a "Great Start."

Panelists: Math skills multiply success
They came from a wide range of backgrounds including a helicopter pilot, a dance instructor and a budget director. But their message was unified: Math is important in any career.

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

Local Briefs
Public assistance checks misplaced; President of JCVB to leave; Eaglecrest opens with fresh snow; Dan Moller Trail opens to winter use

Cindy Cashen: Still MADD, but less naive
To Cindy Cashen, the legislative process is "the dance." And she admits she might have stepped on a few toes during her first session as a volunteer lobbyist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

AWARE offers helping hand to families over the holidays
Christmas can be a difficult holiday to afford. For victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, however, it can be especially hard, advocates say.

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


Photo: New name for mentoring group
Executive Director Marc Wheeler, left, prepares a new sign while Amber Richard moves a ladder into place Thursday as the organization officially changes its name to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska. Board members Matthew Turner and Karen Lechner are in the background

Thank You
...for Unity Tree help; ...for your generosity

Make connections with people through hospitality
When we think of hospitality, we may think of the hotel manager who leaves the light on for tired travelers or the "hospitality industry" where we pay people to be nice to us. Hospitality often involves an attitude of "What can you do for me if I am nice to you."

Neighbors Briefs
Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp to hold holiday potluck; St. Paul's sets nativity display; Center to hold tour of homes; Girl Scouts sponsor baking class; Alyeska Central School grad goes to Seattle Pacific University; Sis wins scholarship award; Llanto named to Dean's List

New UAS career ed. dean looks toward expansion
The University of Alaska Southeast's new dean of career education is new to Alaska - but she's used to cold climates.

Couple works toward political, cultural,religious reconciliation
Jerry and Lucille "Sis" Levin preach the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution - particularly in the resolution of conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Church of the Holy Trinity to hold Christmas bazaar
The Church of the Holy Trinity will offer a Christmas bazaar, complete with lunch and craft activities, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at McPhetres Hall, Fourth and Gold streets downtown.

Beadle's celebrate 50th anniversary
Stanley and Pat Beadle are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 15, 2001. A reception will be held at the Juneau Moose Club from 1 to 4 p.m. All friends are invited to come and wish them well.

Agnes 'Peggy' Parsons
Former Juneau resident Agnes "Peggy" Parsons died Dec. 2, 2001, in Mesquite, Texas. She was born in Illinois on May 22, 1934. She lived in Juneau from 1976 to 1987.

Gun-shy on terrorism
Given the seriousness of the terrorist threat and the Justice Department's otherwise aggressive anti-terrorist campaign, Attorney General John Ashcroft's ban against using gun-owners' background checks in these investigations is puzzling. Add to that Ashcroft's long history of attempting to undermine or weaken gun-control laws, and his decision looks like a case of upside-down priorities.

My Turn: Harbor live-aboards oppose big fee hike
I am writing to call all members of the Juneau harbors liveaboard community to a meeting to discuss the planned 86 percent increase in the monthly live-aboard fee. Live-aboards are meeting this Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 in the downtown library conference room to talk about ways to convince the Harbor & Port Authority to take a more honest and reasonable look at the proposed increase.

Roughhouse boxing tonight at ANB Hall
Roughhouse Friday boxing hits Juneau once again beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Langdon headed for trading block
CLEVELAND -- Trajan Langdon is not a factor in the present for the Cleveland Cavaliers and likely won't be in the future. With that in mind, Coach John Lucas sees no reason to sugar coat anything.

State Briefs
Companies donate $4 million to university; Chugach schools win national award

State gap could hit $1 billion
A fiscal calamity for the state of Alaska has crept a year closer with recent drops in the price of North Slope crude oil. The state will exhaust its budget reserve fund in July 2004, Deputy Revenue Commissioner Larry Persily announced this morning.

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