State OKs permits for Pogo gold mine
State regulators have issued all the permits needed for operators to begin work on the Pogo Mine near Delta Junction. Once federal permits are issued early next year, the consortium of companies proposing the $250 million mine would then decide whether to move forward.

Canada can't be trusted on mine
If Governor Murkowski really expects the British Columbia government and mining company Redfern Resources to ensure that the Tulsequah Chief mine doesn't harm the clean water and healthy salmon runs that pump at least $12 million in direct revenues to the Juneau fishermen, then I expect a bearded, chubby guy in a red suit to come down my chimney in a couple of weeks and leave gifts all around my living room.

Hunting policy makes beautiful state ugly
I do not understand your policy of "hunting" wolves from the air or anything else from the air. That is not hunting. It is killing, no ifs ands or buts about it.

Cartoon promotes irresponsible behavior
"The Wizard of ID" frequently features drunkenness. In a state with so many alcoholism problems you shouldn't promote humor about drinking. Dump the cartoon and move "Dilbert" to the comics page where it belongs.

Homosexuality not exclusive to humans
In response to Jackie Woolf's letter to the editor on Dec. 12 ("Gay lifestyle undermines fabric of society"), I feel the need to provide some accurate scientific information to Ms. Woolf and the public.

Quotes to ponder
Within the hallways of Juneau-Douglas High School and elsewhere many people will be hearing and seeing quotes brought to them by the CDC class (Conflict, Diversity and Communication). The class teaches the importance of understanding, analyzing and helping to solve problems through these methods.

Kennel club to encourage responsible dog walkers
Capital Kennel Club of Juneau wants to teach dog walkers how to be good citizens. The "good dog walkers," as the club calls them, will focus on community service and education.

Births, judgments and other legal matters.

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

Movies to be shown at glacier to help Glory Hole
The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will show two short movies this weekend to raise money for the Glory Hole, the downtown homeless shelter. "Lassie's Litter Bit" and "How Alaska Was Discovered," both 16 mm films, will be shown at 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday at the visitor center. Entrance fees to the event are a $1 per-person or $3 per-family donation to the shelter, and a nonperishable food item.

Photo: Assembling food baskets
Nikki Richert stacks 5-pound bags of potatoes Thursday at the Glacier Marine warehouse on Industrial Boulevard. REACH, a group that assists the disabled, decorated Christmas boxes and Home Builders Association collected funds to buy the food. The two groups and other volunteers prepared about 300 baskets to be delivered to the Salvation Army, Glory Hole and St. Vincent de Paul charities.

School Board ratifies raises
The Juneau School Board ratified this school year's contract for teachers on a 5-1 vote Thursday night, giving closure to nearly a year of contentious negotiations.

Feds award city grant to protect cruise ships
The city is receiving a $94,000 federal grant to prevent terrorist attacks on cruise ships, Port Director John Stone said.

Teen lands 9 years for rape
Less than four months after turning 18, Scott Ellis was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

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

Corrections to previous stories.

Photos: Mothballed Ferry
Battered and forlorn, the hulk of the ferry-turned-fish processor-turned-potential museum Kalakala sits on the north shore of Lake Union in Seattle earlier this month.

Woodrow and Weedman to marry
Larissa Weedman and Clint Woodrow of Juneau will be married in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Hangar Ballroom.

Student recognitions
News about local students.

Neighbors Digest
Community news in brief

... for contributing to fund-raiser
We would like to thank the following businesses for their contributions to our successful fund-raiser.

... for helping out on Thanksgiving Day
On behalf of the 371 individuals who enjoyed a great Thanksgiving Day dinner, we of the Salvation Army Juneau would like to say thank you to the following families, groups and individuals who helped cook, carve turkeys, serve in the food line, cut and serve pie, set up and clean off tables, wash dishes, sweep floors and a myriad of other duties not mentioned.

My Turn: Modern system of long-term imprisonment costly to society
Four years ago the United States moved ahead of Russia as the nation most inclined to lock up her citizens. Our imprisonment rate is the highest on Earth, five times that of Canada, six times that of the United Kingdom and far higher that any of the so-called undeveloped countries of the world - all of which have much lower crime rates.

Juneau JV girls start the season with a win
Lexi Garvey scored 13 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, as the Juneau-Douglas High School girls junior varsity basketball team routed the Yakutat varsity 45-21 at the Mount St. Elias Classic in Yakutat.

Holiday Cup soccer tourney expands to include adult players
It's not just for kids anymore. A record 35 indoor soccer teams - including seven adult squads in a new masters division - will compete over the next two weeks in the 11th annual Holiday Cup tournament.

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.

Class 3A Barrow buries Bear boys
It was a tale of two halves for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team on Thursday. But Juneau's good second half couldn't help the Crimson Bears overcome their 21-point deficit from a bad first half as Juneau lost its second game of the season, 64-60 to the Class 3A Barrow Whalers in the first round of the Service Cougar Tip-Off Classic at Anchorage's Service High School.

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

Stevens' way
He wielded extraordinary power in Washington for more than three decades, eventually holding sway over nearly $800 billion a year in federal spending. But outside the halls of the U.S. Senate, which is a world of personal wealth so rarified some call it "the Millionaires' Club," Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican, had struggled financially. Then, in 1997, he got serious about making money. And in almost no time, he too was a millionaire - thanks to investments with businessmen who received government contracts or other benefits with his help.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

New report suggests spill effects can last for decades
Toxic disasters such as the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska have a far greater and longer-lasting effect on the environment than isolated studies might suggest, according to a review of hundreds of research papers.

Eight seniors sue for reinstatement of Longevity Bonus
Eight Alaskans are suing the state, contending it broke a promise to them by canceling the Longevity Bonus Program for elderly residents.

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