Book briefs
Books of interest to the Alaskan

Glory Hole remembers the dead
One by one, candles were lit at the Glory Hole on Saturday as the names were read of homeless people who have died in recent years in Juneau.

Bartlett hospital, employees still apart on contract
The union can appeal the board's decision. Our hope is that the folks will accept our offer.

More trouble for fast ferry
Alaska's fast ferry Fairweather is out of commission again after high seas damaged the ship Thursday while it was returning to Juneau from Haines.

Correspondence school lays off nine of its Juneau staff
Alyeska Central School, the correspondence school that was transferred from the state to a school district in July, laid off its entire support staff Friday.

USFS gives Kensington green light
The Tongass National Forest has approved Coeur Alaska's plan to develop the Kensington gold mine, dispose its tailings in a lake, and ferry mine workers and materials across Berners Bay.

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

Photo: Seasonal spirit
Under the direction of Lisa Miles, Forest Kobayashi, 6, left, and Ethan Seid, 9, part of the violin group "Heart Strings," perform Saturday at the Nugget Mall.

Cruise ship tax headed for '06 ballot
A citizen's initiative to tax the cruise ship industry and enforce stricter environmental standards has been approved by Lt. Gov. Loren Leman for the August 2006 primary.

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

Blanche (Bonnie) E. Bernier
Lifelong Alaskan and past resident of Juneau, Blanche (Bonnie) E. Bernier, 75, died peacefully in her sleep in Seward on Dec. 15, 2004, after a short battle with cancer.

Empire editorial: School needs worthy performance hall
Juneau school planners have a big job ahead of them, and perilous ground to tread.

Heated language may have overshadowed column's merits
What the Hell! Who are you but a white man?" When I got this email I was a bit shocked, though not really surprised, if you know what I mean.

Empire editorial: A parakeet for the governor
Gov. Frank Murkowski said in a news release Friday that he may get a pet bird so that he can find some use for the state's largest newspaper.

Budget surplus should lower blood pressures
One of the best parts of the state's 2006 budget, as outlined by Gov. Frank Murkowski last week, is the $127 million in additional funding for education over the next two years, along with the $82 million increase that the Legislature provided for education last year.

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Cartoon by Toe

A listing of outdoor events in the Juneau area.

Expanding the classroom
Ariel Engelman was looking for a break from city life and professional theater work in Providence, R.I. Zack Huckstep, a former Marine, wants to become a state wildlife enforcement trooper.

Snow Report
Eaglecrest Ski Area is not ready to open.

Web links
Web sites of interest for the local outdoor enthusiast.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

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.

Crimson Bears claim title in Xmas Classic
The Juneau-Douglas High School wrestling team gave itself a Christmas trophy, just in time for the holidays.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Governor creates ocean-policy position
Gov. Frank Murkowski created a new position in state government Friday - an ocean policy coordinator - to protect Alaska's interests when Congress attempts to hash out a new U.S. ocean policy in 2005.

Photo: Passenger walkway disconnects
A crane and forklift raise a passenger walkway Friday afternoon in Skagway so workers can fix the ramp, which broke off Thursday evening from a stanchion that held it to shore.

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