Sunday, December 12, 2004

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

School district wants more personalized high school
The Juneau School District has begun to ask the public how to break up Juneau-Douglas High School into smaller learning communities.

Sonar search has found no trace of two missing men
An Idaho man using sonar equipment to look for two missing men whose boat capsized Nov. 20 near Horse Island said recent rough seas have made the search difficult.

A transplant anniversary
Keri Barham is always there for her little sister, Vicki Tomal.

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

Accused teen gains Internet notoriety
Juneau's most internationally famous resident may be a teenage girl from Craig lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Christmas tree outing
Tom Schwartz and Gretchen Anne Harrington, with their 1-year-old daughter, Annika, walk back to their North Douglas home Saturday after cutting a 4-foot jack pine for Christmas on their property.

School report challenges stereotypes
Traditionally, because of students' test scores, educators and the public have associated poverty and certain ethnic minorities with poor school performance. It's called the achievement gap.

Jack Coogan
Longtime Juneau resident Jack Coogan, 81, died unexpectedly on Dec. 7, 2004, while inspecting a construction project in Juneau.

Empire editorial: Who was doing Renkes' job while he was brokering deals?
Many questions remain about Attorney General Gregg Renkes' involvement in a billion-dollar coal deal between Alaska and Taiwan.

Renkes, Murkowski are victims
The Anchorage Daily News (and The Associated Press) implies that state Attorney General Gregg Renkes violated ethics rules during recent negotiations between the state and Taiwan on marketing Alaska resources.

Cartoon by toe:
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Vantage Point: Airport parking space decision misses mark
The Juneau International Airport administration's decision to charge $35 for monthly parking spaces rather than the same amount for individuals may have been well intended, but it still misses the mark relative to providing real relief for many airport employees and tenants.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in the Juneau area.

Marked Mammals
About 75 Steller sea lions were crowded on the rocks at the haulout on Benjamin Island near Juneau, bellowing and roaring as they jockeyed for space.

Web links
Web links for the outdoor enthusiast.

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.

CIFC wants Juneau to cough up more money
The Juneau-Douglas High School football team and its sponsor, the Juneau Youth Football League, will have to carry more of the financial burden for travel if the Crimson Bears are to remain part of the Cook Inlet Football Conference.

Three Southeast wrestlers claim state crowns
One year ago, after Kake wrestler Matthew Ashenfelter finished sixth at state, he promised his coach, Rick Mills, that he would return to win a title.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Weather stymies oil spill cleanup
With 24-foot seas and 50-knot winds continuing to pound the Aleutian island where a soybean freighter cracked in half, officials Saturday could take only a few small steps toward cleaning up the massive oil spill left behind.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state/the Northwest.

Palin, Croft call for expanded ethics investigation in case involving Renkes
A Republican former mayor and a Democratic state lawmaker have called for a formal state ethics investigation of both the governor and his attorney general.

New fast ferry christened
Catherine Stevens, wife of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, breaks a bottle of champagne over the bow of the fast ferry Chenega on Saturday at the Derecktor shipyard in Bridgeport, Conn.

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