Youth deserve thanks for community work
I appreciates the Empire article with pictures of the Thunder Mountain High School basketball team and Girl Scout Troop working on projects to help those in need.

Thank you to Smith for Holiday Pops
Holiday Pops had it all. There was the Grinch, in his ugly green mask, slithering down the aisle of the Chapel by the Lake, as Guy Warren sang, "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, and the rest of us laughed at John Clough's new role.

Wings of Alaska case meritless
It is unfortunate that the Juneau Empire has allowed Bob Jacobsen a front-page forum for trying his meritless legal case in the court of public opinion. In so doing, he has misstated the facts and law, something we are confident will be demonstrated in a court of law in the fullness of time.

All we need to do is keep the golden rule
I recently looked at the Empire online poll regarding Juneau's homeless. Sixty-four percent said they supported the city funding solutions for the homeless.

Road extension has many public benefits
The shareholders, employees and directors of Goldbelt Inc., appreciate the decision and vision of the state to complete the Cascade Point Road extension. The extension will result in several significant public benefits.

Making hats to make a difference
Students at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School have made, grown and gathered hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, potatoes and mugs. This week, they plan to donate them to Juneau's homeless.

Powell gets 8 years for police chase
Victor Powell's attempt to elude Juneau Police on Sept. 25, 2008, which resulted in a spectacular crash through a Vanderbilt intersection guardrail onto the Mendenhall Wetlands, was just his most recent bump down a long road of criminal activity.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 15

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Stringing up the lights
Mark Murphy of University of Alaska Southeast facility services untangles a string of lights Monday as he decorates the corner of the campus along Egan Drive.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

A story in Sunday's Empire on page A1 incorrectly described Rep. Cathy Muñoz, R-Juneau, as a member of a legislative committee that conducted a hearing on the 90-day legislative session issue. Muñoz participated in the meeting but was not a formal member of the committee.

Juneau visitors bureau elects new board members
JUNEAU - The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau announced new board members at its annual meeting Thursday at the Baranof Hotel.

Eaglecrest Ski Area announces Lindh scholarship winners
JUNEAU - The Eaglecrest Board of Directors announced the winners of the Hilary Lindh Scholarships. Winners of the season passes are as follows: Floyd Dryden Middle School eighth-grader Natalie Wade, Juneau-Douglas High School ninth-grader Paul Phillips, Mendenhall River Elementary third-grader Sophia McLaughlin and Glacier Valley Elementary third-grader Zachary Martin.

Juneau Assembly appoints new city board members
JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly appointed new members to three city boards last week during a meeting of the Human Resources committee.

Police return second escapee to youth detention center
JUNEAU - A teenage boy was returned to Johnson Youth Center over the weekend, according to Juneau police.

Experts: Skate at your own risk
Twin Lakes saw a lot of action last weekend - but those in charge of the ponds and lakes skaters love to frequent this time of year are still urging caution.

Commercial fishermen face 26% decrease in halibut limit
Commercial halibut fishermen facing a 26 percent cut in their catch limit next season are calling on the agency that manages the fishery to stop overharvest by another group.

Photos: Bringing the Nativity to Life

Photos: Winter Ball
Colorful decorations light up the ball at Centennial Hall at Saturday's Winter Ball at Centennial Hall.

Photos: Coast Guard organizations honor seniors
Chief Petty Officers Brent Reynolds, Michelle Jones and Jeffrey Schoknecht prepare to serve a meal to guests Sunday at the 2009 Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner sponsored by the Chief Warrant Officer's Association, Juneau Area Chief's Mess and Juneau Coast Guard Military Family Association. The event was held at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Photos: Skating into Christmas
The Juneau Skating Club's Holiday Ice Extravaganza at the Treadwell Arena. Twenty-one coaches and students performed during the event.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 14

Outside editorial: Bipartisan action can curb debt panic
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

My turn: Let's focus less on development, more on responsible consumption
I'm writing this column in response to Nick Henderson's Dec. 10 letter to the editor, the gist of which is that Juneau needs to grow to survive. I just have a few questions, and maybe he or someone else can help me out with them.

Face to face with a shelf of Zhu Zhu Hamsters
What am I: visionary or sucker? I'll get my answer on Christmas morning, I'm sure. But in the meantime, I'm in a deep moral struggle over my impulse buy last weekend.

My turn: Alaska must face scenario of 'climate change refugees'
In two recent international news articles about climate change ("How much more proof is needed for people to act" and "Ignoring the future - the psychology of denial"), the importance of facing major issues that will confront the future of the human species were emphasized.

There's no such thing as shame anymore
Early in my column-writing career I took note of comments by the singer Madonna. A skin magazine had published nude photos of her, taken when she was a teenager. An interviewer asked if she was ashamed about having posed for them. She threw the question back, saying something like, "What have I got to be ashamed of?"

It's time to close this 'Climategate'
It wasn't very long ago that a dinner party guest who wanted to spare the hostess any embarrassing contention simply avoided discussing religion or politics and stuck to the weather. Not anymore. In fact, it says something unutterably depressing about the state of the nation that we've finally managed to politicize even the climate.

Japan Airlines cuts flights to Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Japan's largest air carrier has cut half of its flights to Fairbanks this winter.

Police killing suspect pleads not guilty
SEATTLE - Paralyzed by a detective's bullet, a man accused of killing a Seattle police officer on Halloween was wheeled into a courtroom on Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges that could bring the death penalty.

Hooper Bay police charge man with assault, DUI
BETHEL - Police arrested a 51-year-old Hooper Bay man accused of attacking a relative with a rifle after driving home drunk on a snowmachine.

Teen killed on Richardson Highway
COPPER CENTER - A 17-year-old girl was killed in a crash on the Richardson Highway near Copper Center.

Man gets 5 years for marijuana operation
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after he was convicted of running a large-scale marijuana growing operation reportedly worth $2 million a year.

Tests show more wells tainted near Alaska refinery
FAIRBANKS - Tests have shown more wells have been tainted with an industrial chemical from a refinery near Fairbanks.

Aurora science station shuts down
FAIRBANKS - An aurora science station outside Fairbanks has been shut down.

Bethel rape suspect surrenders to police
BETHEL - A rape suspect who eluded Alaska State Troopers for several days by snowmachining between villages in Northwest Alaska has surrendered.

All of Denali open to snowmachines
ANCHORAGE - Recent snowfalls have allowed the opening Friday of the entire area of Denali State Park to the use of snowmachines.

Alaska Air offers legislative fare
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Airlines is offering a discounted "constituent fare" to state residents for travel to Juneau during the 2010 legislative session.

Fort Wainwright MPs heading to Iraq
FAIRBANKS - The 140 soldiers of a military police company at Fort Wainwright are heading to Iraq next month for a yearlong mission to support local security forces.

Motorist charged in death of cyclist
ANCHORAGE - A driver who struck and killed a bicyclist at a downtown Anchorage intersection has been indicted on accusations of manslaughter and driving under the influence.

Five hockey players in car crash
The Crimson Bears hockey team came from behind against Lathrop Saturday to take its first victory of the season, 2-1, but it was the events leading up to the game that the players will remember for a long time.

No holds barred
Fans at Roughhouse boxing at Marlintini's Lounge were chanting "Hoonah" after the main event, which featured Hoonah's Elijah Sheakley, 31.

The future is now
Thunder Mountain wrestling finished their season Saturday at the state meet in Anchorage, completing the first step in building a program to be reckoned with in Southeast Alaska.

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Alleged cover-up cuts into witness Allen's credibility
ANCHORAGE -Anchorage resident Lisa Moore says she traded sex with then-VECO boss Bill Allen in 1996 for an apartment, money and jewelry. He was 59; she was 19.

Parnell budget limits spending
Gov. Sean Parnell presented a budget for next year that he said would both rein in spending and put money aside for the future.

Fish and Game asks for an extension on subsistence inquiry
The state Department of Fish and Game asked the agency running a review of the Federal Subsistence Management Program in Alaska for two additional months for public comment.

NOAA tests free 'BookletCharts'
KETCHIKAN - They're detailed, free, and much better than a road map for recreational boaters wanting to determine their location while underway.

Palin stops in Alaska to sign books
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin returned to Alaska to begin wrapping up her national "Going Rogue" book tour, signing copies of her memoir Sunday for adoring fans in her home state.

Fairbanks musician makes his own guitars
FAIRBANKS - Karl Monetti is a modern-day renaissance man. He has built things from gunstocks to dog sleds to cabins and, most recently, has taken his passion for working with his hands and wood to create one of his greatest loves - a guitar.

Bristol Bay Native Corp. opposes Pebble Mine
ANCHORAGE - The Bristol Bay Native Corp. is opposing the development of the Pebble copper and gold prospect in Southwest Alaska.

Parnell proposes $1.3M for salmon research
FAIRBANKS - Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed an extra $1.3 million in funding to help figure out why Yukon River salmon runs have been declining.

One killed in hotel robbery in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - One man was killed and another wounded during an early Monday robbery at a downtown Anchorage hotel, police said.

'Heavy oil' may be future for North Slope
FAIRBANKS - Heavy oil is thick as honey and hard to pump out of the ground. That's where most of it has stayed while lighter crude is available.

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