Joining the club
The debate over gay marriage and state-sponsored health-care benefits is just the tip of the iceberg of a bigger problem.

Palin should focus on ferry system
I feel that Sarah Palin should be focusing more on the ferries and less on the road north of Juneau.

We need to protect ANWR from drilling
Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as Sarah Palin says she'd like to do, would doom the lives of animals and our chances of creating an alternative fuel source.

Houses don't grow over the septic tank
The Juneau Assembly has an opportunity to achieve progress on an issue crucial to Juneau's future - affordable housing.

Sealaska shareholders, vote no to new-borns
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and the Sealaska Corp. board have designed and developed a method to devalue my share value of Sealaska by asking me to bring in another 12,000 or "new-born" shareholders...

Vocational program looks to rebuild
When you ask how much value Juneau-Douglas High School and the district places on vocational education, Craig Mapes, a veteran shop teacher at JDHS will say $17 - that's how much the high school spends per student in his woodworking class.

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

City gives final word: No fluoride
After two years of debate, the Juneau Assembly finally decided Monday to stop adding fluoride to the city's water.

Photo: Still groovy after 50 years
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh and his wife, Margaret, get down on the dance floor Saturday night during UAS' 50th Anniversary Reunion and Holiday Party.

Photo: The holiday haul
Cindy Bowhay, left, carries a tree Sunday for Norm Snyder, center, and his daughter, Jennifer, at the Glacier Gardens.

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

Hoonah woman perishes in fire
A 26-year-old Hoonah woman died over the weekend in a mobile home fire, which officials believe was caused by a faulty furnace.

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

Photo: UAS given new set of wheels
Tony Martin, head of the University of Alaska Southeast automotive technology department, speaks Monday with UAS Chancellor John Pugh about the program's new 2006 Honda Accord and 2005 Dodge Magnum R/T at the university's Technical Education Center.

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

Palin greets guests at mansion
Alaskans turned out Monday to get a look at the Governor's Mansion, but the top attraction was its new resident, Gov. Sarah Palin.

Julia Ann Wigg
Juneau resident Julia Ann Wigg, 71, died at 6:22 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2006, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

Tessie Isabelle Williams-Stevenson
Hoonah resident Tessie Isabelle Williams-Stevenson, 26, died Dec. 9, 2006, in Hoonah.

Steven Knickerbocker
Juneau resident Steven Edward Knickerbocker, 54, died Nov. 28, 2006, in Juneau.

Jason Casto
Former Juneau resident Jason Mathew Casto of Lucedale, Miss., died Nov. 2, 2006, in Memphis, Tenn. He was 29.

John Adrien O'Brien
Juneau resident John Adrien O'Brien Sr., 77, died Dec. 4, 2006, in his home after several years of declining health. Juneau was his home since 1963.

My Turn: The inevitability of the road
The sad thing about the Juneau road bids coming in higher than expected is that if the project was built years ago it could have been done much cheaper.

Roughhouse gets into the season's spirit
Roughhouse boxing at Marlintini's was filled with the spirit of holiday giving Friday night.

Sports in Juneau

JDHS Hockey splits weekend series with Tri-Valley
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team hosted the Tri-Valley Warriors this past weekend, losing one game and winning the next.

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.

Divers say job dangers bind them together
When the tide started to turn, Owen Boyle headed topside. Getting caught under more than 100 feet of water is no place to be when the big tides of Cook Inlet move. Underwater divers must make these ascents in stages, to stave off the physical problems associated with decompression.

Letters to Santa flood North Pole
It's a name that needs no address. Everyone knows Santa Claus lives at the North Pole.

Back from 16 months in Iraq, Srykers go shopping
After 16 months in Iraq - four of those on a grueling assignment in Baghdad - members of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team are buying clothes, cars, electronics and liquor, frequenting night clubs and providing a much-anticipated rousing to the local economy.

Alaska Digest
UAS dean earns spot at science foundation, Military identifies killed paratroopers & Alaska Native charter school gets go-ahead

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

Fishing businesses decry mine project
A large mine in the heart of some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the world is a fly fisherman's worst nightmare, says the head of a major sport fishing trade association.

Salmon group subpoenaed in investigation
Federal corruption investigations involving a few of Alaska's most prominent politicians appear to be advancing.

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

Alaska Digest
Jury finds Soldotna man guilty of murder & Instability often the cause of ship sinkings

All Strykers will return by Friday
More members of Fort Wainwright's 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team were returning Monday from their extended tour in Iraq with the remaining brigade members expected back by Friday.

Officials track moose, caribou in Kenai traffic safety program
A traffic safety program to reduce collisions with large animals on the Kenai Peninsula is under way, with more than 30 moose and a handful of caribou fitted with global positioning systems.

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