New tax preparation oversight should benefit taxpayers Letter to the editor
The Internal Revenue Service recently launched an unprecedented effort to provide some oversight over the tax preparation industry, including Alaska's 1,600 tax preparers.

Photos: When the snow and ice are good, Juneauites drop everything else

Bridge Park concepts get direction
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly has tamed the polite battle royal between Docks and Harbors and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee over Bridge Park.

Photo: 'Yarn snob'
RuthAnn Bowman, an employee of the Forget Me Knots Yarn Shop, works on a sweater while waiting for customers Monday at the Mendenhall Mall. The shop has been open since September. "I'm a yarn snob," say Bowman. "I work to keep me in yarn in the manner to which I have become accustomed."

USCG Chiefs treat senior citizens to holiday feast
"I think it is wonderful to get all the elders together like this," said Tlingit elder Rosa Miller, 84, as she straightened her homemade Santa hat.

LWV gifts suffrage book to public libraries
Women securing the right to vote was the outcome of decades of struggle, and the Juneau League of Women Voters wants to make sure people have access to that piece of history.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Triple dog day
Alli Rosen walks a trifecta of canine spirit with Foster, Maggie Mayhem and Oso during the weekend snow at Mendenhall Visitor's Center.

Photo: Tree tiedown
Bob, Dinah, Gypsy and Jamison Paul lash the family Christmas tree to the top of their vehicle during Saturday's snow fall.

Photo: Making the right adjustments
Alan Salsman takes a light meter reading while photographing with his 8x10 view camera Monday at the West Glacier trailhead.

Police & Fire
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Angoon leader concludes Sealaska lecture series with historical bombardment account
As Native American Heritage Month has come to a close, Sealaska Heritage Institute concluded its lecture series Monday with a lecture on the importance of Tlingit communications and understanding.

Photos: 'Nutcracker' features local, outside talent
Juneau Dance Unlimited held performances of the "Nutcracker" this weekend at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

George Cantillon
George "Bud" Cantillon, longtime Juneau resident, died at his home in Auke Bay on Nov. 23, 2010.

Outside editorial: What to do about WikiLeaks
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Outside editorial: Keeping it clean
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We can't always be lucky
The Yemen-based al-Qaeda offshoot that attempted to ship two cargo bombs to the United States in late October plans more attacks.

Obama gets tough, with liberals
For months, anxious Democrats have been asking why President Barack Obama couldn't be more like Bill Clinton, their last successful president. Now Obama has gone and done something Clintonian by striking a compromise with Republicans to extend high-income tax cuts, and his own party's liberals are furiously accusing him of betraying their ideals.

The McVictim syndrome could kill us
Call it the McVictim syndrome. Too many pundits, public health experts and politicians are working overtime to find scapegoats for America's obesity epidemic.

Afghan women face abuse for fleeing forced marriages
Zaiba, 18, didn't need to see the cover of Time magazine to know what happens to women who flee an arranged marriage or an abusive husband.

State explores expanding airport hours in Bethel
BETHEL - The state Department of Transportation is exploring the option of expanding the operational hours at the Bethel airport to all-hours.

Coast Guard rescues overdue hunter near Juneau
The Coast Guard rescued an overdue hunter off Lincoln Island while assisting in a search with Alaska State Troopers 15 miles northwest of Juneau at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a release from the Coast Guard.

State fines company for Chena River crane collapse
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Law has proposed a $2,250 fine for the company operating a crane that fell into the Chena River in June.

Asphalt fire sends plume of smoke over Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - The massive plume of smoke over Anchorage Thursday evening was caused by a fire in an asphalt mix.

City library's oldest branch closes
ANCHORAGE - The oldest branch in the Anchorage library system has closed.

2nd new fire station this month in Wasilla
WASILLA - The Central Mat-Su Fire Department has opened its second new station this month in Wasilla.

HS seniors may apply for National Youth Science Camp
Two Alaska high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds in the National Youth Science Camp.

Barton appointed to Mental Health Trust Board
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Mike Barton of Juneau to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority Board of Trustees.

Alaska librarians offer scholarships for graduate studies
Applications for Alaska Library Association scholarships for graduate library studies, both master's and school media endorsement programs, are due Jan. 15, 2011. Details are available at or by contacting Aja Razumny at the Alaska State Library in Juneau by calling (888) 820-452 or 465-2458, or by e-mail aja.razumny@

Alaska 4-H operates youth exchange with Japan
Youths aged 13-18 who are interested in Japan and its culture may request an application to participate in an Alaska 4-H exchange trip to Japan.

JAHC accepting nominations for the mayor's Awards for the Arts
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is accepting nominations for the mayor's Awards for the Arts, according to a press release from the council.

Alaska plans garden alert for tainted water
FAIRBANKS - Tainted water from wells contaminated with an industrial solvent may have affected gardens in the Fairbanks area.

Native scholarship available for law enforcement academy
The Doyon Foundation announced a scholarship opportunity available to all Alaska Native students wishing to attend the Spring 2011 Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College (formerly Tanana Valley Campus). The scholarship is funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program.

Alaska musk ox deaths blamed on mineral deficiency
FAIRBANKS - Musk oxen deaths among the herd researchers keep at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have been blamed on a trace mineral deficiency.

Judge refuses to block abortion notification law
ANCHORAGE - A judge has denied a request to block a new state law requiring parents be notified before a girl younger than 18 can get an abortion.

Department seeks student interns for tech forums
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development is seeking student interns for spring 2011. It is looking for student voices in education decisions, especially related to how Alaska provides technology tools in the classroom.

Anchorage water, sewer rates likely going up
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage water and sewer utility is asking state regulators to approve a rate increase next month that would raise bills for single-family homes by nearly $8.

Former Fish and Game chief seeks consulting job
KODIAK - Denby Lloyd, the former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, is seeking a fisheries consulting job with the Kodiak Island Borough.

Repairs completed on vessel that threatened island
ANCHORAGE - A cargo ship that was towed to Dutch Harbor after breaking down in the Aleutian Islands has been repaired and is back at sea.

Roughed up at Roughhouse
The only Christmas spirit inside Marlintini's ropes Friday night were the red blinking Santa Claus outfits of ring girls Stephanie Cave and Ciara Meek; when they left the canvas, all that remained was stand up, knock down brawls on a card that was hailed as one of Roughhouse Boxing's best.

Former Crimson Bears collide
Juneau-Douglas loyalties will take a back seat tonight as former Crimson Bears Mahlet Tingley and Annette Highley go head-to-head as collegians for the first time.

JDHS' Tarver named to All-America soccer team
Local prep athlete Sarah Tarver has been named to the NSCAA Girls High School All-America Team for her role as a junior on the Crimson Bears girls' soccer team that reached the state playoffs in 2010.

Lehnhart appreciates the dirty work in net, science field
Juneau-Douglas senior right defenseman Taylor Lehnhart is a key component of the Crimson Bears' back line of defense, but is probably best known for his job as the goalkeeper for the reigning state champion boys' soccer team.

Falcons girls show progress in two losses
It might not have recorded that first program victory yet, but the Thunder Mountain girls' basketball team is undoubtedly playing its best basketball ever at this early point in the season.

Miller appeals decision in Senate race
JUNEAU - Republican Joe Miller is taking his challenge to Alaska's U.S. Senate race to the state Supreme Court.

Ringed seals face uncertain future
ANCHORAGE - When a female ringed seal gives birth in a cave scratched out of snow that has drifted over a breathing hole on sea ice, the clock starts ticking for her pup's survival.

Parents being fined if children skip school
ANCHORAGE - School districts in western Alaska have found a new way to crack down on truancy - or rather, an old way: They're getting police to enforce a years-old state law that lets them fine parents whose children skip school.

State gets low rates on new bond sale
The state of Alaska has sold $200 million in voter-approved general obligation bonds, using the state's strong financial position and federal subsidies to get a low 2.78 percent interest rate, state officials said.

Murkowski to pursue Bill Allen inquiry
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Lisa Murkowski intends to continue her effort to hold top Justice Department officials accountable for dropping the teen sexual exploitation prosecution of former Veco Corp. chairman Bill Allen.

Man files lawsuit over mining claim trail
FAIRBANKS - A man has filed a lawsuit over access to a trail that leads to his mining claim south of Eagle.

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