Pocket guide could be much better
Since the average children's book now costs $15, "My First Pocket Guide: Alaska" by Carole Marsh is a full-color bargain at $6.95. Packed with lots of facts and figures about the Last Frontier, it would make an excellent stocking stuffer for elementary students.

In the Stacks: Holiday books
These are holiday books (mostly undiscovered gems) that we at the library particularly enjoy pointing out to readers to share with their families.

Delectables at the Governor's
Thousands of people flock to the Governors Mansion every December to meet the first couple and celebrate the annual holiday open house.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

After 6 decades, family is granted deed to homesite
When the U.S. Army took Pete Duncan's Excursion Inlet homesite for a prisoner of war camp in World War II, it built his family a house, a boat and outbuildings a few miles away. "What was missing was a thing called a deed," said Al Duncan, one of Pete Duncan's sons.

Liveaboards face fee hikes
Gwen Place, who lives on the 50-foot Ginger in Aurora Harbor, worries a liveaboard fee increase before Juneau's Docks and Harbors board is too much at once.

Church runs mental health outreach for all
The holidays can be a "mixed bag of emotions," with depression rattling around at the bottom, and Seasonal Affective Disorder skating on top, says Stephen Leader Peg Warren of the Community Christian Counseling Center.

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

Assembly strikes accord on flightseeing
The Juneau Assembly deserves praise for taking a position on the issue of helicopter landing tours.

Around here, the winter solstice is a subtle holiday kick-off
The sun has just about reached its southernmost point in the celestial sphere, our winter solstice, and not a minute too soon. It's pretty dark around here. No wonder we've awarded ourselves a couple of holidays, well-earned, to distract us until we are on the upswing, so to speak, and getting a few more minutes out of the sun each day.

My Turn: America needs to be fair in Mideast
First, I would like to say that I am as outraged as any American about the Sept. 11 attacks and I support cleaning out the rat's nest of terrorists in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

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My Turn: Palestinians don't trust U.S. to broker justice
I apologize to anyone who may be offended by my being critical of Israel, but no person and no country is beyond reproach and when we act like we are, we lose our way. I base my criticism on reports from people who have been to Israel and seen how the Palestinians are being abused by the Israeli government and by the Jewish settlers who are encroaching on Palestinian land with the government's approval.

Juneau girls claim title in Nikiski Tip-Off
Anna Capacci came off the bench to score all 10 of her points in the second half, helping the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team clinch the championship of the Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday with a 49-36 victory over the Soldotna Stars at Nikiski High School.

Bears take third at state
Heading into the final two rounds at the fall season state wrestling tournament at Kenai Central High School, Juneau held a slim three-point lead over Ketchikan for third place.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Fall Season State Wrestling Tournament
Here are the team results and results of the fifth, third and championship matches at the Fall Season State Wrestling Championships held at Kenai Central High School in Kenai.

Ketchikan School District has surplus
The Ketchikan School District has about $350,000 more in its budget than anticipated, primarily due to unexpectedly low expenses.

State Briefs
Students collect clothes for Glory Hole; Parent charged with attacking teacher; Man charged with attempted murder; Murkowski calls for gas line meeting

Ketchikan Council OKs hydro purchase
The Ketchikan City Council on Dec. 12 unanimously approved the purchase of state-owned hydroelectric facilities, moving a step closer toward the construction of the Swan Lake-Lake Tyee Intertie.

Flightseeing board reps chosen
Former Haines Borough Assembly member and unsuccessful state Senate candidate Tim June got the most votes in the Dec. 4 balloting for a commercial flightseeing helicopter service area board.

New fisheries tech program at Ketchikan
A new University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus program hopes to hatch some graduates in the next few years who are ready to start work in Southeast hatcheries and fisheries.

USA Today eagle listing ignores Haines
The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, home to the largest concentration of bald eagles in North America, was left out of a recent listing of 10 great places to keep an eye on bald eagles published in the Nov. 30 edition of USA Today.

Sitka company builds ferries for NY
The Sept. 11 terror attacks on New York have kicked the Allen Marine Inc. boatbuilding shop into high gear to finish four high-speed ferries for a New Jersey-based commuter ferry company.

Oil spill dug up
A post-Thanksgiving fuel oil spill at Skagway's Recreation Center resulted in about 84 gallons spilled, said Grant Lawson, director of the city's Public Works Department.

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