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.

State must address three issues
There are three old issues covered with moss that should be addressed by the state of Alaska:

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.)

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

UAS faculty upset about dean's firing
The sudden dismissal of a popular dean at the University of Alaska Southeast has led to some faculty members circulating a petition calling for the school's chancellor and provost to be replaced.

Juneau replays its role in national defense tests
A powerful radar located at Juneau's Lena Point helped the Missile Defense Agency intercept a test missile fired from the state's Kodiak Launch Complex on Friday, and hit it with a "kill vehicle" shot from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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.

Photo: Saluting Juneau soldiers
Sgt. Edward Bautista Antonio receives a hug from his mother, Eduviges B. Antonio, on Sunday during a Freedom Salute Ceremony at the National Guard Armory. The ceremony honored seven National Guard soldiers who completed their deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan. The seven are Antonio, Ssg. Jason Baker, Ssg. Jesse Budke, Spc. Young Nguyen, Sgt. Paul Demmert, Spc. Joshua Reierson and Ssg. James Zuelow. Budke, Demmert and Zuelow also were recognized for finishing their second deployment. Antonio served as a medic in Balad, Iraq.

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: Measuring up
Kerry Lear helps his son, Jared, 11, find skis Sunday that he can use for classic skiing lessons during the 4-H sign-up and equipment rental at Riverbend Elementary School. Starting Jan. 11, the 4-H Nordic Ski Club will offer 10 weeks of ski lessons for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. The first lesson will be on ski waxing at Riverbend.

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.

Photo: Floyd Dryden goes on the air
Floyd Dryden Middle School student Ashlynn Kay shoots video Friday during a basketball game at the school's gym. More than 40 Floyd Dryden students took turns shooting video of basketball games Friday during the Fast Break Tournament. The school received a donation of analog video equipment from KTOO when the station switched to digital equipment. The school used the equipment to create a television studio, according Alan Degener, a technology teacher at Floyd Dryden.

Around Town

Around Town

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

Police & Fire
The Juneau police blotter was not available by the Empire's Sunday deadline. Juneau fire officials and state troopers did not report any incidents in the Juneau area.

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: Answers sought for high fuel costs
In Ketchikan, throughout Southeast and all over Alaska, residents wonder why we pay so much for gasoline.

Outside editorial: A brighter bailout?
The prospect of a hanging for the U.S. auto industry has at last concentrated some minds on Capitol Hill. For weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been insisting that a bailout come from the Treasury Department's Troubled Assets Relief Program, not a $25 billion fund earmarked for fuel-efficiency improvements as President Bush insisted. Now, though, she has relented, apparently recognizing that Detroit can't build a new generation of cars if it's out of business. As a result, congressional leaders and the White House have agreed in principle to use roughly $15 billion of the fuel-efficiency money to keep General Motors and Chrysler alive until March 31 - by which time a new Congress and a new president can fashion a permanent solution.

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.

Children of the Holocaust must learn to live with truth
She says the only Jew she knew was Jesus. There were no Jews around her in Bad Toetz, the West German village where she was born. No one talked about them. No one spoke about where they had gone or the war in which they disappeared, the war in which, she was told, her father died.

A pre-nup for the West Wing
To judge by the moans coming from Democratic lobbyists eager to serve in the next administration, Barack Obama's transition has struck a nerve with its new rules regarding conflicts of interest. But if the next president really wants to transform the culture of Washington, he'll go further and close down another revolving door: the ability of top aides to cash in by peddling tales of what they saw.

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.

Winter storm watch issued in Juneau
JUNEAU - The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch on Sunday for this evening through Tuesday afternoon, saying up to a foot of snow could fall on the city.

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

Blasting for parking garage to begin
JUNEAU - Southeast Earthmovers will begin blasting at the downtown parking garage and transit center site on or about Tuesday. There will be workers with flags, temporary road closures, detour and blasting signs.

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

Sitka hosts events on Safe Routes To School
SITKA - Steve Soenksen, the Alaska Safe Routes To School coordinator, will be in Sitka for two informational meetings Thursday and 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.

Man to go on trial for toddler death
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man charged with second-degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend's toddler son is opting for a trial instead of entering a plea.

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

FCC officials will address digital TV
JUNEAU - Two top officials of the Federal Communications Commission will be in Juneau Thursday to answer questions about the upcoming digital television transition. KTOO-TV will host a brown bag lunch for viewers who have questions at 12:15 p.m. Thursday at KTOO Studio, 360 Egan Drive.

Man charged with murder in shooting
ANCHORAGE - A 40-year-old Anchorage man died after being shot several times.

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.

Three dogs killed in Anchorage home fire
ANCHORAGE - A fire at an east Anchorage home injured one person and killed three dogs.

'Mutes down Bears 7-1
There was a big difference between the Crimson Bears' 7-1 loss against the Lathrop Malemutes Sunday afternoon and their 8-0 shutout loss Saturday night. That's right, the Juneau boys scored their first goal as full-fledged members of the 4A Mid-Alaska Conference.

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.

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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.

Alaska issues on radar of new administration
With President-elect Barack Obama soon to be sworn in, lobbying is under way in the nation's capital on numerous Alaska issues, including Arctic oil and gas exploration, funding for rural development and the environment.

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.

Despite record lows, Alaska gas prices still up
A national survey of gasoline prices in cities nationwide has found that Anchorage has the highest average price.

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.

Military launches building boom
Fairbanks is experiencing a building boom of sorts.

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

Fairbanks residents upset about cell tower
FAIRBANKS - A group of Fairbanks residents is fighting a plan to build a cell phone tower in their neighborhood.

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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