New picture books at the pubic library
Here's a sampling of new picture books for toddlers and elementary school kids at the Juneau Public Libraries.

Staff reports from local businesses.

Other transportation ideas from Ketchikan
There appears to be growing opposition locally to spending $300 million-plus for a bridge to Gravina Island.

Shameless waste of lives
Our Constitution unambiguously instructs Congress to provide a military that will aggressively defend the borders of these United States.

Time to build a second crossing
How much rain will it take to cause a landslide that not only blocks old Glacier Highway but Egan Drive as well?

Environmentalists can be pro-development
In Andrew Green's Dec. 5 letter of appreciation for Gov. Frank Murkowski's policies, which according to recent gubernatorial approval ratings places him in a small minority, you can cut the irony with a knife.

Tell the whole story about Israel
After reading Richard Rose's letter about Rev. Dan Wanders' column, which asked "What if we all communicated as persons beloved of God" (Living and Growing, Nov. 23), I hurried to read it again.

Group calls for troop withdrawal
Local peace activists delivered a petition to the congressional office on Wednesday calling for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Holiday horn
Frank Williams Sr. plays his flugelhorn for the Salvation Army during the lunch hour on Thursday outside the First National Bank on Front Street.

AK Airlines capt. retires
After his last landing as an Alaska Airlines pilot Wednesday morning, Capt. Dennis Nolder hugged his 87-year-old mother, making her first visit to Juneau.

In search of Baranov
Not many Russians have heard of the town of Kargopol, the birthplace of Alexander Baranov, who was chief manager of the Russian American Co. from 1790 to 1818.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Auditorium in limbo as school costs creep up
Rising construction costs have raised questions about when and how the Juneau School District can build an auditorium for its new high school.

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

Building rarity: Fisheries center right on schedule
The new $51 million Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute under construction in Juneau has a peculiarity - it's right on schedule, federal officials said Thursday.

Images from another time: Hands across the channel, May 25, 1986
Juneau residents hold hands across the Douglas Bridge during the Hands Across America event in 1986.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Photos: Holidays at the Mansion
Over 2,000 Alaska residents attended the holiday open house on Tuesday at the Governor's Mansion.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from residents of Juneau

Student artist in the spotlight: April Toland
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Neighbors helping neighbors
Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a new weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the United Way of Southeast Alaska.

News about the people you know

Mary Lou Knickerbocker
Former Juneau resident Mary Lou Knickerbocker, 84, died Oct. 29, 2005, in her retirement home in Boonville, Mo.

Sione Matakaiongo Tupou
Juneau resident Sione Matakaiongo Tupou died Dec. 6, 2005, at his home.

Margaret Branson
Seward resident Margaret Branson, 78, died Nov. 29, 2005, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Alaska Editorial: Use budget surplus for a long-term fix
Alaska's Legislature heads back into session next month with communities statewide pressing for a return to revenue sharing of some type - particularly for winters of high energy costs, such as this one.

My Turn: Regulation ensures water quality at mine site
The Kensington Mine is a good project. However, there is no doubt that a project of this magnitude and importance to the people of Juneau and the state of Alaska must be done right, and that involves a great deal of necessary regulation.

My Turn: A turning point in the health of world's oceansTurn
Alaska depends on its oceans - and what is happening to them is truly alarming.

My Turn: Public lands proposals jeopardize Alaska's treasures
One of the true treasures of the state of Alaska is its largesse of magnificent public lands.

Photo: Picture of concentration
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School basketball player Austin Shoemaker, 12, takes a shot in his game against Haines Middle School on Thursday. Shoemaker had 10 points in his team's 43-18 win.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Second-half surge gives Floyd Dryden girls a win
Scores from around the league

Time to finally drop the puck
They practice when most people sleep. While the vast majority of Alaskans cozy up in warm beds at 6 a.m., the Juneau-Douglas High School ice hockey team is on the ice.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Ordway Basketball League Standings
as of Dec 5

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Class 1-2-3A State Wrestling Qualifiers
today in Wasilla

Developer plans tallest building in downtown Anchorage
A San Francisco-based developer plans to build a 24-story tower in downtown Anchorage combining luxury condominiums, offices, shops and parking.

Eagle River man believed to be held by Iraqi insurgents
A man believed taken hostage in Iraq was considered the new neighbor by the mostly lifelong residents of this birch- and spruce-covered hill overlooking downtown.

Governor set to push anti-marijuana legislation again
The Murkowski administration will "hit the ground running" next session on a bill proposed last year to overturn a court decision on marijuana use, said Alaska Department of Law spokesman Mark Morones.

LeConte sent south for repairs
The state ferry LeConte has been sent to Seattle with a propulsion shaft problem and will likely be out of service at least through the end of December.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Friends hang on to hope for hostage
Family and friends of a civilian contractor believed to be held hostage in Iraq remained hopeful Thursday as U.S. officials and Islamic militants issued conflicting reports about his death.

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

AFN picks Anchorage for 2006 convention
The Alaska Federation of Natives convention will return to Fairbanks, but not next year.

Scientists thank villagers for role in flu study
Two white wooden crosses stand unwavering in this wind-scrubbed village at the edge of the Bering Sea, marking a mass grave that holds the remains of dozens of people who died in the pandemic nearly 90 years ago, all but wiping out the community.

Group: More must be done to prevent Aleutian wrecks
A shipping safety group that formed after the wreck of a freighter off Unalaska Island last year says not enough has been done to prevent a similar episode.

Plans to help cities headed to Legislature
Dozens of Alaska towns fighting for their existence will watch closely as the state Legislature allocates its oil wealth in 2006.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Handel's "Messiah" is resurrected
George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" has become somewhat of an Advent tradition in Juneau, and all over the world.

35 years of Alaska Photography
When Fairbanks photographer and curator Barry McWayne moved to Alaska from San Francisco in 1968, photography was starting to generate some buzz nationally in the art world but the medium was not yet widely collected.

Cinema Guide
What's playing at the box office

Learning from classics
Juneau Dance Unlimited ballet master Philip Krauter has been a professional dancer since 1976 and has performed in more than 15 versions of "The Nutcracker."

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news of local entertainment events

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