Keep the fast ferries going next year
The Department of Transportation apparently will not provide fast ferry service between Juneau, Haines and Skagway next spring and summer.

Respect parking spaces for disabled
I would like to remind all drivers to be especially vigilant about where they park their cars and to take notice of spaces reserved for the disabled.

Democracy requires tolerance, not blame
David Fremming wonders how we have a system which allows an organization such as Southeast Alaska Conservation Council to "assume power" (Dec. 17), and blames our system for "allowing it."

City shouldn't allow indiscriminate dumping
At about 8:15 p.m. Sunday, as I was leaving my shift at the Department of Health & Social Services, I saw a van of people offloading all their stuff at the Salvation Army.

SEACC's objective is to stop Kensington
Now that the fox is in the henhouse, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council is going after all those that support the Kensington Mine. SEACC doesn't care who they step on to shut down Kensington.

Web reveals Granny All-Star League
For all the women over 50 who are excluded from the Gold Medal games but still want to play basketball, there is some hope - the Granny All-Star League.

Cascade Point was promised to Natives
I am compelled to respond to Russell Heath's My Turn article of Dec. 16.

Around Town

121-year-old sea act could cause trouble for Alaska cruise industry
A building fight in the Hawaii cruise industry has spurred a possible addition of new criteria to a 121-year-old law, commonly known as the Jones Act, that has local cruise industry folks, the Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the city worried.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

The Juneau Empire incorrectly described the "Jones Act" in an article on page A-1 in Tuesday's paper. The "Jones Act" is the common name of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920.

Photo: Snow business
Roz Cruise, an employee with the state Department of Administration, shovels snow Monday from a sidewalk in front of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services building on Main Street. Snow-clearing work will likely continue, with more snow showers expected in the next few days.

Public weighs in on plans for high schools
The public's first chance to comment on the final transition plan for opening a second high school and reforming high school education in Juneau brought students and parents to the microphone.

Photo: Open space in downtown Juneau, 1940 Images from another time
A photograph of Juneau in 1940 shows the tidelands before the landfill project. The open area is the site is where Centennial Hall is now located. Several buildings in the photo still exist today, including the Malaspina Apartments, far left.

Sanford steps aside as deputy mayor
Merrill Sanford resigned as Juneau's deputy mayor Tuesday morning following a Monday night Juneau Assembly debate on his resolution to place a one-year moratorium on city capital improvement projects. The resolution failed with a 4-to-4 Assembly vote. One member was missing.

Around Town

Photo: There's a car under here somewhere
Bianca Carpeneti scrapes snow from her car Tuesday on Seventh Street. "I'm getting soft," Carpeneti, a Stanford University student visiting her family for the holidays, said about dealing with the snow. Today's forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of snow.

Photo: Holiday glow
The Governor's Mansion is adorned Monday with Christmas lights.

City's urban avalanche forecast canceled
Juneau's residents will not be provided avalanche warnings this winter since the Juneau Assembly could not reach an agreement with a forecaster to fund the service.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported no major incidents Tuesday.

University of Alaska Southeast and Bartlett Regional Hospital held a pinning ceremony Sunday for graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing Program; The Juneau Economic Development Council added two new technology managers, Sue Chasen and Steve Eason, to its SpringBoard program.

Weed, Juhl wed
Jessica Rae Weed, of Juneau, and Eric Juhl, of Prescott Valley, Ariz., were married Sept. 17, 2007, in Prescott Valley.

Coast Guard in the community
Many people don't realize the extent of responsibility taken on when signing up for the United States Coast Guard. New recruits are welcomed with heavy qualification manuals, perpetually replaced upon completion.

Living and Growing: Let's all say the word
A Nony Mous has written many exceptional items over the years. This one, it seems to me, is so good it's crying out to be used right now. (I confess I should like very much to be able to say I wrote it!)

Baines celebrate 20 years
Roger and Kelly Baines celebrated their 20th anniversary on Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii. They were married in Juneau on Dec. 10, 1987. They continue to reside in Juneau with their two sons, Daniel and Kyler.

Photo: Ringing the bells
Juneau Lions Club members from left, Ross Soboleff, Dr. Walter Soboleff, 99, and Sasha Soboleff ring the bell for the Salvation Army last Saturday at Alaskan and Proud market.

Neighbors Digest
Church council hosts Advent lunch; China Joe to speak at City Museum Feb. 2

Photo: Food bank donation
Mitch and Monique Mitchell, at right and left, owners of the Super 8 Motel in Juneau, donate more than 95 pounds of nonperishable food items, in the amount of $440, Dec. 12 to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

Buster, Lindoff wed
Danielle Buster and Kamal Lindoff were married in a private outdoor ceremony on Oct. 13, 2007, in Las Vegas. A celebration of their wedding will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tlingit and Haida Community Center, 3225 Hospital Drive.

Neighbors mailbox
Thanks for donating to Glacier Valley

Metcalfes celebrate 30 years
Mac and Ann Metcalfe, of Juneau, will celebrate 30 years of marriage on Dec. 30, 2007. A party in their honor will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 the home of Kim Metcalfe, 730 Gold St. Friends are invited to attend.

How two lumps of coal can be prized possessions
Two lumps of coal sit on a curio shelf in our house, resting among our finest trinkets and collectibles. There is nothing visibly remarkable about them, no special features that make them unique, nothing outwardly portrayed that set them apart from any other specimens of coal.

Charlie D. Hansen
Former Juneau resident Charlie D. Hansen died Dec. 16, 2007, due to cancer. He was 65.

My Turn: Murkowski's permitting changes put Taku River salmon at risk
Frank Murkowski's legacy is putting Southeast Alaska's best salmon producing river, the Taku, at risk.

Outside editorial: Federal Reserve may be dancing in the dark
Wall Street is a fickle audience, but rarely does it jeer and cheer the same fellow within 24 hours. It gave just that treatment last week to Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Tongass timber: Bad decisions, big money
In the midst of corruption trials, fair oil taxes and Iraq, the Tongass National Forest looms again in the unending battle to cut or not to cut. While some of the more controversial issues can now be resolved through good science and the facts, a long-standing flawed calculation still persists to "justify" the Tongass timber program.

Outside editorial: Darfur peacekeeping stalls before it starts
When the United Nations Security Council approved an expanded peacekeeping force for the Darfur region of Sudan last summer, some Western politicians may have concluded - prematurely - that one of the world's worst humanitarian crises was at last going to be relieved.

Alaska's ferries need some bond attention
Gov. Sarah Palin's proposed capital budget provides little for Alaska's 3,737-mile marine highway, sailed by 11 ships. It serves more than 30 communities along the North Pacific coast from Bellingham, Wash., to Dutch Harbor.

Sports Digest
Juneau's Svensson to play hockey in Arctic Winter Games; Rhea scores five points off bench to boost Oregon State; JDHS grad Will Egolf lifts Bradley past Wright State in OT; M's closing in on deal with free-agent pitcher Carlos Silva; O'Neill to take over at Arizona whenLute Olson retires

Petersburg ready to take on JDHS
One of the more intriguing games of the young basketball season will take place Friday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

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.

Alaskan Dames win Women's B championship
Val Martinez made 16 saves as Alaskan Dames claimed the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's B championship Sunday with a 3-0 win over the Green.

Photo: A Dame good team
Alaskan Dames goaltender Val Martinez squirts water on her teammates after her squad defeated the Grey team 2-0 for the Juneau Adult Hockey Association Women's B title on Sunday at Treadwell Arena.

N.Y. lawyers could win big in state suit
If the state of Alaska wins big in its lawsuit against a company it says shares the blame for its retirement system travails, a New York law firm may win big as well.

Lawyers prepare clients for handling any Exxon payout
Lawyers are meeting with their clients in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case to ready them for any decision from the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the award of punitive damages.

Alaska Digest
Two-car accident sends one to hospital; Oil spill reportedat Kuparuk field; Man enters not guilty plea in plane threat; Nine indicted in mortgage fraud; UAF student wins Miss Alaska USA; Soldier makes plaque for fallen comrades

Alaska Digest
Juneau men walk out of Kelsall Valley; BP donates nearly $850,000 to libraries; Two injured in plane crash in Bethel; Kuparuk spill blamed on pipeline corrosion; North Pole man hit by truck, killed; Enstar pays total of $700,000 in refunds; No link seen between two bank robberies

Sweet Adelines spread Christmas cheer to troops
"Hello?" The soldier on the line had the sound in his voice of someone awake at 1:30 a.m. in Iraq in the week before Christmas.

Japan Airlines increases Alaska flights for aurora-gazing tourists
More Japanese tourists than ever are expected to visit Alaska's Interior this winter to take in the aurora borealis.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Lawmakers: Finishing in 90 days won't be easy
Ninety days may not be long enough.

White House tree puts spotlight on national parks
Fairbanks painter Kesler Woodward was thrilled when first asked to adorn a Christmas tree ornament for the White House.

Feds to pay millions for neglecting Native health
The U.S. Indian Health Service will pay nearly $50 million in a settlement with Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages that didn't get the federal funds they were due to cover health care costs.

Helicopter crew, patient remembered at service
The crew of a medical helicopter that crashed in Prince William Sound was remembered during a service at Central Peninsula Hospital, their base of operations.

Looking to Alaska: State starts to matter, just a little, in presidential scene
Barack Obama is opening a campaign office in Anchorage. Ron Paul's national campaign manager is planning a trip to Alaska.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

One more dead after Ketchikan house fire
A third member of a Ketchikan family has died from smoke inhalation from a weekend house fire.

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