Ball chairs, wiggly kids a good fit
Students in Jane Canaday's kindergarten class bounce, wiggle and fidget all day long. But that's OK, it's all part of the plan.

Photo: Almost there
Southeast Remodel employees Rich Clarke, left, and Matt Chaney set up the pews Thursday in the new sanctuary of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The sanctuary will be used by the public for the first time Friday and Saturday evenings with the presentation of "Shepherds, Wise Men and Angels," a joint project between Theatre in the Rough and the church. The first worship services are to be held Sunday. The church is being rebuilt after a 2006 fire.

Photo: Spirit of the season
Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School art teacher Miah Lager, left, watches her student, seventh-grader Adriana Pintang, 12, hand a ceramic cup to Jeri Kissner, program director for LOVE, INC, at the ANB Hall Thursday. About a dozen nonprofit organizations received handiwork made by the students for people in need this winter. Along with cups, hats, gloves and scarves, gift stockings and money was distributed.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Around Town
Today, Dec. 18

Warren Thomas "Tom" Bates
Juneau resident Warren Thomas "Tom" Bates died Dec. 10, 2009, in Juneau. He was 55.

Frances Louise Parker
Juneau resident Frances Louise Parker died peacefully Dec. 12, 2009, while surrounded by family at the Juneau Pioneer Home. She was 93.

Wendy Jeanne Natkong
Former Sitka and Juneau resident Wendy Jeanne Natkong died Dec. 14, 2009, in Ivanhoe, N.C., after a full and interesting life. She was 61.

James E. Douglas
Juneau resident James E. Douglas died Dec. 14, 2009, at home.

Alaska editorial: Stop the pain, once and for all
There are few acts more reprehensible or cowardly than when a person kicks, hits, punches or slaps another person who can't defend him or herself. Darker still is when the violence happens within what was supposed to be a secure, respectful and loving relationship.

Pro: Prosperity lies in the huge oil and gas deposits
WASHINGTON - The United States relies on foreign oil for nearly 65 percent of the oil we use - and the level of imports is rising. Energy independence, it is not.

Con: Roosevelt would be shocked by the stampede to despoil the environment
WASHINGTON - It's too bad that Theodore Roosevelt is not alive today to witness the grotesque policies of the Republican Party toward the environment and the sloganeering of GOP pin-up girl Sarah Palin in howling "Drill, baby, drill!" The conservationist and environmentalist Roosevelt would be comforted that he eventually ditched the greedy and corporatist Republican Party to run for president as the candidate of the progressive Bull Moose Party.

Bring the outdoors in
The roast is in, the pies are cooling and there's finally time to de-clutter, de-grease and de-grime the bathroom, living room and kitchen.

'Try Nordic' classes begin Saturday
JUNEAU - As part of the new nordic workshops being offered by the Eaglecrest Snowsports School, "Try Nordic" classes will begin at the area Saturday, Dec. 19.

Eaglecrest adds a bonus day today
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest will be open today, Dec. 18 with three of the four lifts operating. The Platter and Hooter Lifts will operate from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Ptarmigan Lift will operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sports for Youth Foundation accepting player applications
BELLEVUE, Wash. - The Sports for Youth Foundation is currently accepting player applications from American and Canadian youth ages 15 to 20 who are accomplished high school or club volleyball players to participate in the 2010 Goodwill Ambassadors Volleyball Exchange.

Kids archery shoot happening today
JUNEAU - The Juneau Archery Club has organized a night archery shoot for local youth at the Juneau Hunter Education Shooting Complex/Juneau Archery Indoor Range tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

Trail Mix to hold annual meeting and board election
JUNEAU - Trail Mix Inc. will hold its annual business meeting at 6:30 p.m. today, Dec. 18, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Denali National Park open to snowmachines
DENALI NATIONAL PARK - The area of Denali State Park in now open to the use of snowmachines.

Draft management plan up for public review in Sitka area
SITKA - The first draft of the Fort Rousseau Causeway State Historical Park (SHP) Management Plan, compiled by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, is now ready for public review.

Take a break to see more wildlife
It was blustery day on North Douglas. The wind moaned as it tossed the branches of the trees. Down on the ground, sheltered by the tree trunks, the air was almost still. Although the wind masked some of the noise, even walking on moss crackled with hidden twigs.

SAD? Winter joy all a matter of how you look at it
The extended week of Dec. 4 to Dec. 12 was perhaps one of the sunniest I have ever experienced in Juneau.

Running with my 'dawgs'
One of my runner friends is sick. After pushing me up Perseverance Trail and back along the Flume Trail on a 4-mile trek, then out-sprinting me along a half-mile of traffic-congested streets, he went home, licked the spaces between his toes and fell ill. Some of my runner friends do that ... lick between their toes. But they're dogs. And dogs do that.

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Photo: First chair
Local skiers react as they ride the Black Bear lift at Eaglecrest Ski Area for the first time.

Nordic Grooming report
As of Dec. 17 the following nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate and classic skiing:

Sitka woman loses $3,000 in wire scam
SITKA - Sitka police say a local woman lost more than $3,000 in a scam.

Sebelius announces Alaska bonus
ANCHORAGE - Alaska is among nine states being rewarded by the federal government for enrolling more uninsured children in Medicaid.

Frontier to start Denver-to-Fairbanks air service
FAIRBANKS - Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced Thursday it is starting seasonal summer service to Fairbanks International Airport.

Bill on Arctic gets committee approval
ANCHORAGE - A bill sponsored by Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to improve scientific research in the Arctic is advancing in the U.S. Senate.

Chorus frogs invade Christmas trees
JUNEAU - Reports of Pacific Chorus frogs being found in holiday trees purchased in the Anchorage area surfaced over the last two weeks, the state Department of Fish and Game reports.

Young girl hurt in snowmachine crash
BIG LAKE - Alaska State Troopers say an 8-year-old girl had to be flown to the hospital after two snowmachines crashed almost head-on at Big Lake.

Battle-tested Bears
When it comes to experience, balance, size, defensive prowess, speed and quickness, few teams will be able match the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears girls' basketball team this season.

Falcons dominate defending 1A state champs Kalskag, 70-13
The Thunder Mountain Falcons continued their early-season surge in teh Powerade/Al Howard Tip-Off Tournament on Thursday, crushing Kalskag 70-13 in the opening round behind 19 points from Reese Saviers.

Sitka herring fishery ups the ante for 2010
One thing fishermen love almost as much as a high market price for fish is having more fish to catch.

State seeks PR firm to fight endangered listings
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Legislature is seeking a public relations firm to help the state persuade Congress to limit the Endangered Species Act.

Natural gas plant fire destroys building
ANCHORAGE - Two large explosions and a fire leveled a maintenance building Thursday morning adjacent to a natural gas plant north of Anchorage.

Forest Service rewriting Bush-era logging rule
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - After striking out the last three times, the U.S. Forest Service is embarking on another rewrite of the basic planning rule that balances logging against fish and wildlife and clean water in national forests.

Biden unveils federal broadband stimulus projects
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. - Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday announced the first $182 million in federal stimulus money for 18 projects to expand high-speed Internet networks in rural areas and other underserved communities.

State coal exports up in 2009
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's coal exports have increased following a two-year slump, and the state's sole producer is optimistic they will remain strong despite international efforts to regulate fossil fuel use.

Coast Guard senior commander on trial for sexual improprieties
FORT RICHARDSON - A young Coast Guard petty officer was the second lover to take the stand in the military hearing on the conduct of a senior commander who is accused of sexual improprieties including 31 violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

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