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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

Boost in ferry service for Pelican
On behalf of the Pelican Visitors Association I would like to acknowledge the Alaska Marine Highway System for many improvements of service. Some that we have noticed in our community are:

Not just the facts
Ya' gotta laugh. Every day someone writes a letter about how someone else did not know what he or she was talking about when that someone else wrote his or her letter.

Heating by household
I see that Sen. Gene Therriault plans to introduce legislation to give "a rebate of $250 for every citizen who qualified for the 2005 permanent fund dividend."

Head examination for traffic engineers
As much as I hate to interject a new topic into the steady stream of letters against President Bush and the war in Iraq, there is another important issue that makes my blood boil.

There is danger in pollution proposal
I must voice my opposition to Department of Environmental Conservation's proposed mixing zone regulations.

Eaglecrest waits for winter temps
The snow now frosting the peaks of Douglas Island may be enough to get people thinking about fun on the slopes, but it's not enough to open Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Commission recommends cottage housing
Juneau could be a step closer to promoting neighborhoods where more people can live in small single-family homes.

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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

Photo: Diploma that opens doors
University of Alaska Southeast Chancellor John Pugh, left, shakes Aaron Donnelly's hand during a graduation ceremony Tuesday at the UAS Technical Education Center.

Images from another time: Cold storage catches fire
May 24, 1987: Juneau volunteer fire department personnel battle a blaze at the Juneau Cold Storage building on South Franklin Street.

Man jailed after police chase stolen car on Douglas
A man police believe fled officers early Wednesday, first in a stolen car and then on foot after leaping from the moving car, faces two felony charges and $15,000 bail.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Student Enrollment:School District numbers lower than projected
The Juneau School District has fewer students enrolled this year than anticipated, leaving a $78,642 budget shortfall for fiscal year 2006.

Juneau delegation split on how to spend budget surplus
Two pairs of eyes from Juneau will look at next year's state budgets on the House Finance Committee - Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch's and Rep. Beth Kerttula's.

Photo: Decked out for the holidays
Ginger Blaisdell exits the Capitol on Wednesday.

Photo: Downtown cleanup
Bill Lockhart, a subcontractor for Carver Construction, removes debris Wednesday from the demolished bus stop on Main Street.

Student recognition
Recognizing Juneau's outstanding scholastic achievements

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

Living and Growing: The glint and twinkle in our eyes
Peter, my son, who turned three this year, is learning to count and say his As and his Bs and even his Cs.

Photo: It's all about safety
Juneau firefighters were the special guests at KTOO's Family Night. More than 50 kids attended and each child received a free children's book to take home.

Recognition
Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska announces that tribal citizen, Christine Jenkins, was selected as the recipient of the Alaska Federation of Natives Eileen Panigeo MacLean Education President's Award.

Mary Johnson
Juneau resident Mary Elizabeth Johnson died Dec. 12, 2005, at her home.

Barbara Bathony
Former Juneau resident Barbara Reuter Bathony, 66, died Oct. 17, 2005, in Kindred Hospital in Seattle.

Alaska editorial: Impending surplus
When Gov. Frank Murkowski presents his proposed fiscal 2006 budget, which he is required by law to present by Dec. 15, he will spell out his ideas for what to do with a budget surplus that is expected to range from $1 billion to $1.5 billion for the current fiscal year. It may be even higher.

Alaska editorial: Eagle parts ban is a dumb federal law
When statutes turn harmless actions by citizens into federal crimes, it hurts respect for the law and supplies anti-government ideologues with easy ammunition to fight more justifiable measures.

My Turn: Ferries prove their worth
On Thanksgiving Day I rode on the Alaska Marine Highway System vessel Fairweather from Juneau to Haines and Skagway.

Photo: Getting ready for the season
Juneau-Douglas High School junior Talisa Rhea brings the ball down the court during the girls basketball teams Red and Black Intrasquad Scrimmage on Tuesday.

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.

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.

JDHS boys fall to Colony in hoops opener
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team dropped its season-opener 59-57 to host Colony on Wednesday.

JBC looking for bowlers for upcoming state tourney
The Juneau Bowling Center and Juneau chapter of the United States Bowling Congress is looking for female bowlers to attend the Alaska USBC Women's Bowling Association Championship Tournamentd held Mar. 15-19 in Kenai.

ConocoPhillips' bid to buy company won't affect pipeline
A ConocoPhillips Co. plan to acquire oil and gas producer Burlington Resources Inc. should not affect the petroleum giant's interest in building a natural gas pipeline from the North Slope, according to industry analysts.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Man facing homicide charge had violent past
A man charged with killing his girlfriend and dumping her body on a remote Kenai Peninsula shoreline had three restraining orders issued against him when he was arrested.

Ketchikan Republican battles critics, cancer
Rep. Jim Elkins will battle two foes in the next legislative session - critics of a proposed bridge for his district's airport and cancer.

Plan gives break on winter fuel bills
Doris St. Clair started seeing her energy bills increase in September.

Augustine shows signs of erupting
A sulfurous steam plume, hundreds of miniature earthquakes and a new swath of ash on snowy Augustine Volcano have scientists alerted to a possible eruption in the next few months.

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

State embarks on third year of aerial wolf control
Despite howls of protest from Outside animal-rights groups, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is going ahead this winter with aerial wolf control.

Fishing association opposes proposed Pebble mine
A Bristol Bay commercial fishermen's association wants Gov. Frank Murkowski to oppose development of the Pebble mine project.

Prudhoe decline highlights U.S. oil dependence
Alaska North Slope crude oil production, once heralded as a domestic mother lode, has hit a new output low - embodying the precarious balance confronting the United States as it struggles for energy security in an era of volatility in the international oil market.

Hip Hop O Rama
Gerry "Naturalman" Bigelow, Giovanni "The Genius" Davis and Sunshine Mat-thews call themselves Three Dread Productions, but the Juneau trio has a lot more in common than its distinct, knotted locks.

briefly
news of local arts

California ballet dancer to make Alaska debut
California Ballet Co. principal dancer Jennifer Curry has been performing in versions of the "Nutcracker" for 27 years, 15 as the Sugarplum Fairy.

'You Can't Blame a Girl For Trying'
Almost six years ago, Juneau performer and breakfast maven Collette Costa looked around at all her friends struggling to finish compact discs.

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Rory Stitt says latest album's confidence came from playing 'Hedwig'
Rory Stitt's first two albums, "Narcissist" and "Harlequin," were filled with over-the-top, carnival-like arrangements and what he calls "happy accidents" - short hooks that sprang out of the layers.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

A Juneau tradition
The "Grumpsicle," that wicked Christmas spoil for 27 Juneau holidays and counting, returns to the Juneau-Douglas High School stage this weekend with yet another diabolical series of machinations to ruin Santa Claus' reindeer pilgrimage.

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