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

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

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."

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Student recognition
Outstanding actions of current and former Juneau students.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports of the residents of Juneau

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.

Statistics of Juneau

The Holiday Seen
Photos from this year's Gallery Walk

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Local Briefs
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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