Friendly Planet moves to local-friendly site
What was once a natural food grocery store has been transformed to a "mellow" place to drink coffee, listen to music, look at art and buy international products in downtown Juneau.

Disputing claims about homosexuality
Ms. Woolf makes a number of erroneous statements, to put it charitably. Exactly what "benefits" is she alluding to regarding marriage? Is spousal abuse one such benefit? What about incest? Also, where is the evidence regarding pedophilia more clearly documented than recently among members of Christian organizations?

U.S. needs more friends
In the Dec. 15 issue of Newsweek, John Barry and Evan Thomas quote Newt Gingrich as saying, "The real key here is not how many enemy do I kill. The real key is how many allies do I grow.

Nobody forced into smoking establishments
In regards to the current proposal by the Juneau Clean Air Coalition (JCAC) to ban smoking in bars, let me remind everyone this is not really an issue about rights.

That's some way to treat friends
I'm writing this letter in regards to Ione Ackerman's letter titled "Yes, gay marriage is a threat." The letter states that "in order to maintain a healthy, organized society we need to draw the line on many issues and gay marriage is one of them." I beg to differ.

Fuming over Assembly's concept of parity
The issue of parity has been brought up by our Assembly members as a reason to support smoke-free bars in Juneau.

Social change doesn't alter true marriage
Concerning the letter "Gay lifestyle undermines fabric of society" (Dec. 12) by Jackie Woolf: I agree with this writer that there is simply no evidence that the primary purpose of marriage has evolved to include gays and lesbians.

Base marriage on law, no religion
Reading Jackie Woolf's letter on Dec. 12, "Gay lifestyle undermines fabric of society," made me wonder if she knows what country it is that she's living in.

Majority not always right
One piece of the argument to control smoking in Juneau's bars is that it is the will of the majority. That may be true, but that doesn't make it the right decision.

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

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

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

Looking for patterns, finding a balance
Odette Foster could talk for hours about her life in dancing. From ballet dancing in her childhood to her current passion for English Country Dance, she can associate a type of dance with most years of her life.

Photo: You otter be in pictures
A family of otters anxiously waits Sunday morning for their parent, who was stuck in a culvert between the Juneau Airport floatplane pond and the Mendenhall River. The adult otter apparently freed itself from the culvert, as the family could not be found later in the day.

Photo: Celebrating the capture with coffee
Misti Hogberg, right, owner of Jordan Creek Coffee, pours free coffee for Roger Porto on Monday. An anonymous donor paid for customers' coffee Monday in celebration of the capture of Saddam Hussein by U.S. forces over the weekend.

Kensington mine EIS draft nears completion
Residents concerned about the environmental impact of the Kensington Mine as well as those pleased at the prospect of more high-paying jobs for Juneau will have an opportunity to comment on the project.

Budget plan: New taxes, 402 fewer jobs
Gov. Frank Murkowski laid out his 2005 budget Monday, calling for new taxes on tourism, smoking and pulltabs, and the elimination of 402 state jobs.

Photo: City of slush
Dan Teske of the city's Street Division clears slush Monday from Marine Way. Rain and up to two more inches of snow were expected to fall by today.

Due to a reporter error, Friday's story about Alaska State Employees Association business manager Jim Duncan incorrectly stated that Donn Liston was a business manager of ASEA. Liston was a business agent.

Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Panel creates subcommittees to take on city dog problems
Creating three subcommittees would be a better way to address dog-related problems in Juneau than a survey of the community, the city's dog task force decided Monday.

Offices celebrate the season by giving
Food will be shared and Christmas music will chime in the background, but staff at public radio station KTOO will be wrapping gifts instead of opening them.

Photos: The busiest mail day of the year
Monday was expected to be the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service, according to postal officials. The local post office received 35,858 pounds of incoming mail over the weekend and shipped out 30,401 pounds of mail.

Thomas Young Sr.
Thomas Young Sr., 97, died Dec. 12 at SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

What it took to get the scoop on Saddam out to our readers
Before taking a last look at a printed copy of Sunday's newspaper and going home early that morning, Empire sportswriter Andrew Krueger made one last check of the top stories on the Associated Press wire to see if anything interesting was there. It was, and what he saw allowed us to "scoop" most of the newspapers in America by including the story in an "Extra" edition into which yesterday's paper was inserted.

My Turn: Schools wrong if they opt to ban 'Merry Christmas'
Last year during our school system's "winter holiday" (once known as Christmas break), we were approached by a young mom asking if we would look into a problem that had upset her son at his elementary school just before the break. Asking him what the problem was, we were shocked at this response: "I was sent out of the room because I said 'Merry Christmas' to kids in my class."

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.

Icing the season
Bob Stone scored three goals to lead Pat's Douglas Inn to a 4-1 victory over the Yellow Jackets in Sunday's Tier I championship game of the Juneau Adult Hockey Association's fall-season tournament at Treadwell Arena.

Class 1A-2A-3A state wrestling
The final results from the Class 1A-2A-3A state wrestling tournament held Friday and Saturday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

Local Standings
Adult Ordway Basketball Standings

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.

34 and counting
he Cleveland Cavaliers made a big trade Monday in hopes of turning around their losing ways on the road. The new additions didn't arrive soon enough. Jermaine O'Neal had 24 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to help the Indiana Pacers send LeBron James and the short-handed Cavaliers to their 34th consecutive road loss, 95-85 Monday night.

Hartley bowls a perfect game
Blain Hartley bowled a perfect game, and almost had two, during Wednesday Men's League play Nov. 26 at Channel Bowl.

Stories from around the state.

FBI: Alaskans being targeted by con artists
That money-promising man from Nigeria still isn't your friend. FBI Special Agent Eric Gonzalez, working in Anchorage, said he continues to hear from Alaskans who have received unsolicited e-mail or faxes from people claiming to be of Nigerian decent and asking for personal financial information in schemes to recover family fortunes.

Papers have been publishing for a century in Nome and Wrangell
When it comes to beating deadlines and keeping a business going, two Alaska companies share indisputable bragging rights.

Federal funds to provide job retraining for fishermen
The state is receiving up to $8 million in federal funds to provide job retraining for fishermen and seafood industry employees affected by the salmon price decline, the state's labor commissioner said Monday.

State accepting bids on oyster, clam and geoduck farm sites
Shellfish farmers have until Jan. 16 to submit bids to lease any of 158 farm sites available through the state Department of Natural Resources.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

This Day in History
In Alaska; In the nation; In the world.

Alaska employers prepare for 20 percent rise in insurance rates
Employers in Alaska are bracing for the biggest hike in workers' compensation insurance rates since 1988. The changes effective Jan. 1 could mean higher costs for goods and services for consumers.

2003 coho run on Yukon River breaks record
Yukon River salmon are back. The river recorded its best fall chum run in five years and a record-breaking coho run.

State to retool school exams
Alaska students can expect to see a new set of statewide tests - including the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam - beginning next fall. Officials with the state Department of Education say the change is one way to bring the state into compliance with federal education law.

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