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.

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.

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?

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

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.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

News about the people you know

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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