Exotic locales make up the many new non-fiction books at the library
There's lots of new non-fiction on the shelves at the Juneau Public Libraries. Here are a few of our newest titles.

All for naught
On Nov. 15, day two of the latest special session, Anchorage Representative Les Gara summed it up before it was over. He called it "$25,000 a day to spin your wheels."

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.

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.

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.

Fighting to save net neutrality
The Internet, since its beginning, has leveled the playing field for everyday people, allowing their voices to be heard by millions of others. This is " Net Neutrality" - everyone is equal.

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

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

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

New governor Palin to be welcomed to Juneau tonight
New governor Sarah Palin arrives tonight in Juneau, where citizens will welcome their new governor on the steps of the Capitol.

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

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

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.

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

Turning up the volume
Dramatic changes are coming to the Juneau radio scene: good ones, for fans of public radio station KTOO-FM.

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

Photo: Fine touches
David Boxley works on a painting of a seal catching a salmon during an Native Arts and Crafts fair in the Lake Room at UAS on Thursday.

Photo: Lights up
Roz Cruise, who works for the state, hangs holiday lights Thursday on the Governor's Mansion.


Volunteer of the year award nominee: Iris Kemp
Volunteer of the year award nominee

Photos: Crossing Borders
Border Cross: Mullett, Rivera and other soldiers from Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry were visiting the station to introduce themselves and become familiar with Kuwaiti boarder operations.

Neighbors mailbox

The persimmon, an inviting yet beguiling fruit
Persimmons should come with a warning label. They are an inviting fruit, acorn-shaped, vaguely resembling a tomato with a cheerful orange color. They look like they should taste wonderful.

Student artist in the Spotlight: Tara Taguchi
"I've been painting since I was three years old. My mom and dad like art and they like my art."

Marriage licenses & Courts

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.

Alaska editorial: State takes a chance on getting better deal on Point Thompson
The Murkowski administration did something in its final week that maybe should have been done a while ago. Or maybe not at all. Whatever, Alaskans hope it turns out well.

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.

My turn: Majority endorsed oppression isn't OK
The laws of the United States have always had a dynamic tension between the desire of the majority to have their rights and the desire to force others to emulate them.

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.

Sports in Juneau

Mariners need to blow it up
The winter meetings are a special time for any baseball fan, especially in today's world where players sign preposterous contracts.

Juneau Adult Hockey Association in full swing

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.

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.

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.

Fight over halibut heats up
The fight between commercial halibut fishermen and charter boat operators is heating up again with commercial fishermen pushing for limits on charter boat catches.

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

Young accepts new leadership role
Alaska Rep. Don Young lost his bid to be ranking minority member on the U.S. House Transportation Committee but was elected to that post on the Resources Committee.

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.

UA president's contract is extended
University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton's contract has been extended three years and includes incentives to stay in the job.

Legislator arrested in FBI probe
An Alaska state lawmaker was arrested Thursday on a federal bribery warrant.

Permanent fund flush
Last year the Alaska Permanent Fund earned as much every two hours as was originally deposited into the fund, a fund executive told Soldotna business leaders this week.

Alaska Digest
Three rescued after abandoning boat, City warns of flooding; requests cooperation, Senior's dinner care of Coast Guard group, Bonus for Kootznoowoo shareholders inbound & State settles case with AOL, Time Warner

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