Misleading opinion
Rep. Richard Pombo's piece (Empire, Dec. 8), "Energy plan will tap Alaskan reserves" is all marketing spin.

A few steps further on Celebration proposal
Regarding a new venue for Celebration: Hooray!

Critical thinking is the thing
When I was a high school student, somewhere back in the Middle Ages, I found history to be the most boring of all subjects.

Prepare for future
You printed an opinion piece written by Congressman Richard Pombo of California ( Dec. 8) where he discusses the American "can-do" attitude and what he says to his kids when they say "I can't."

Undemocratic America
Heroism is trampled under the complications of truth that our society has wrought in these days.

Dress it up, boys
I'm writing regarding the photo titled "Music at the Mansion" (Empire, Dec. 8).

Disgusted with criminal rights
I just want to know what is wrong with this world when we give someone less jail time because someone pleads guilty to something as disgusting as abusing a minor.

A welcome sight
After spending many years in Juneau I had the misfortune a few winters back of breaking the handle on my snowshovel.

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

Due to an editor's error, a caption to a Thursday photo of participants in the annual Singing Christmas Tree program at the Juneau Christian Center listed the incorrect start date. The event runs tonight through Sunday.

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

Gates grant could provide new type of school in Alaska
A grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will allow Antioch University Seattle to explore establishing Native-oriented high schools in Alaska that include college courses.

Getting hooked on the Bard through acting
When someone admits they're ugly, what do they do, teaching artist Ishmael Hope asked student actor Ami McRae.

Coogan Construction patriarch dies
Jack Coogan, patriarch of a longtime Juneau construction family, died Tuesday at Bartlett Regional Hospital after suffering a work-site heart attack, his family said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters marks 25 years
Instead of going out to mark his 24th birthday tonight, Juneau resident Cody Bennett plans to celebrate being a former "little."

Photo: Aiding Mother Nature
Nathan Abbott knocks ice off of one of the two snowmaking machines, as Eaglecrest Mountain Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Brown checks the quality of the fresh snow Wednesday.

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

Jurors review capitol designers
Nine architectural jurors are in Juneau poring over portfolios to choose among the applicants to design a new capitol for Alaska.

Travel: Back to Banff
It's a bit odd watching many of the world's most active people gather in a breathtaking mountain playground so they can turn into couch potatoes.

Planners reject joint library at new school
Planners of the Dimond Park high school decided Thursday not to combine a public library with the school library.

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

Photo: Sweet and sour
Fudge-maker Zack Mayberry looks out of the Alaskan Fudge Company's steamed-up windows at a passerby Thursday, on a sour, wet Juneau afternoon.

More ferry trips planned to Glacier Bay
Ferry traffic between Juneau and Glacier Bay's Bartlett Cove will increase to six days per week for the park's upcoming 2005 summer visitor season.

Opera performs Mozart's version of Handel's 'Messiah' for the first time
The Juneau Lyric Opera's traditional holiday performance of "Messiah" will include a fuller sound this year, as the 29-piece Amalga Chamber Orchestra joins in for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's re-orchestration of the Georg Fridrich Handel baroque oratorio.

Photo: A star performance
ReBecca Troutt, 15, practices singing, "Here I Am To Worship," a song she will perform with Adrian Slater during the 32nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree.

Photo: Concessions with a purpose
Justine Kim, Clay Wertheimer and Amber Johnson practice Thursday evening for their opening act in the Juneau-Douglas High School talent show.

Photo: South Franklin Street, 1930s
Juneau's South Franklin Street is shown here in the 1930s, with the Nugget Shop on the right in the former Cheney building and the Baranof Hotel in the distance.

Nonprofit's goal derives from group's Native roots
Grandma's Inc. is a new nonprofit group organized this year by the family of Maureen Brown. The organization started because they believed in their family and wished that they could interact with each other more often.

The Holiday Seen
Photos from this year's Gallery Walk

Student recognition
Outstanding actions of current and former Juneau students.

McMullen and Hagan to wed
Christa L. McMullen of Anchorage and Matthew S. Hagan of Bellingham, Wash., will marry at 6 p.m. Feb. 19, 2005, at Birchwood Presbyterian Church in Bellingham, with a reception to follow at the Majestic.

Statistics of Juneau

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

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

Hanlon and Coleman wed
Helen Hanlon of Juneau, and Brandon Coleman of Derby, Kan., were married at 3:45 p.m., Nov. 17, 2004, at Arkansas River, Little Rock, Ark.


Mary Louise (Thompson) McClinton
Longtime Juneau resident Mary Louise (Thompson) McClinton died Nov. 30, 2004, in Seattle.

Fenton Dennis Jr.
Former Juneau resident Fenton Henry Dennis Jr., 69, died Dec. 1, 2004.

Trust in your capital or no one else will
I've always marveled at Juneau's self-esteem.

My Turn: Alaska's hunters need to step forward
Most hunters are proud to proclaim that "hunters pay for conservation." Although there is certainly a great deal of truth in the statement, it's not the whole story, especially in Alaska.

Jazz sing the blues after loss to Magic
Cuttino Mobley and Steve Francis have been playing basketball with each other long enough to know how to put away a team.

Photo: The ice is nice
Ben Peyton leads the way through a drill during a peewee youth hockey practice Thursday night at Treadwell Arena.

Tompkins takes off
Juneau mono-skier Joe Tompkins is ready to take off as the U.S. Disabled Alpine Ski Team opens the 2004-05 season.

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.

Alaska state volleyball champions
The Alaska state high school girls volleyball champions since 1976-77.

Southeast class 1A-2A-3A state wrestling tournament qualifiers
Wrestlers from Southeast schools who qualified for this weekend's Class 1A-2A-3A state tournament in Seward

Hoonah spikers draw on heritage
When Hoonah High School volleyball players open state tournament competition today in Anchorage, they're going to make the court their home.

State high school wrestling rankings
The state high school wrestling rankings for the Class 1A-2A-3A and Class 4A levels

Local Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Dinnan twins earn top-10 finishes at Foot Locker West Regional meet
Juneau-Douglas High School junior twins Tyler and Wesley Dinnan both recorded top-10 finishes in their races at the Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championships held Dec. 4 at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.

State wrestling team champions
The Alaska state high school wrestling team champions since the 1974-75 school year.

Southeast class 2A volleyball awards
Awards from the Southeast Class 2A volleyball tournament, held last Friday and Saturday at Klawock:

Perseverance pays off
Wrangell wrestler Jake Mork doesn't get shaken by early setbacks. He knows first-hand that success comes to those who stay strong from start to finish.

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.

Cayce leads Glacier Swim Club to fourth at Alaska Age Group Championships
Seth Cayce of Juneau's Glacier Swim Club won the individual points title for his age 12 boys division, helping the club claim fourth place in the 2004 Speedo/Alaska Swimming Age Group Championships held last weekend in Fairbanks.

Alaskans fight for seafood label
Mark Vinsel usually buys Alaskan when he picks up canned pink salmon from Juneau grocery stores.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state

Oil income to keep state coffers full
Oil prices are likely to stay high for the next year and a half, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars for the state, according to predictions by the state Department of Revenue.

Alaska Digest
Alaska's natural gas line may need more incentives to be feasible, energy experts say in a new report.

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

Snowy morning triggers nine traffic accidents
Thursday morning's snowy commute didn't seriously injure anyone, but it kept police busy.

Organizers request U.S. Senate recount
It was down to the wire Wednesday for voters requesting a recount in the Alaska U.S. Senate race.

what's happening
Entertainment events in Juneau.

Film about Alaska's patron saint plays Juneau
Saint Therese of Lisieux, the patroness of Alaska and the namesake of the shrine at Mile 23 of Glacier Highway, comes to Glacier Cinemas this week in "Therese," a major motion picture funded entirely by private donations.

News of local arts

Six questions you should always ask a potential date
I was on a first date with a boy we'll call Wayne. We had a lovely evening. Great dinner. Great conversation.

For director, theater and cast, the woods are magic
Michael Penn/Juneau Empire

It's all collective
Juneau's Plein Rein, the outdoor-painting collective that's traveled through Italy and beyond, has returned to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery for its second show in six months.

As a photographer, I have long been a fan of another local photographer, Rob-ert H. Armstrong.

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