Book briefs
Books of interest to the Alaskan

Shift change effects are far-reaching
I read with great interest the latest move by Juneau city officials to change your police department's shifts.

Police management should listen to officers
In his Dec. 17 guest column, Juneau Police Department Chief Gummow states, "We value and support all JPD employees.

Alaskans show respect for wolves
I held a howl-in outside the Capitol on Thursday. It was hard to tell what was howling harder - the wolf recording or the wind.

Stick with local businesses
I would like to encourage the Juneau Assembly to vote against Home Depot coming to Juneau. If they decide to consider accepting HD's offer, at least insist on an economic impact study first. It is important to know long-term goals.

Salmon bycatch still a problem
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) placed an ad in the paper last week reporting that the Bering Sea trawl fleet intercepted 487,500 salmon in 2004.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

Photo: Eaglecrest teaser
Mikael Shilling, 9, takes a turn sledding down the tubing hill during a family outing Sunday at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

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.

Permafund bonds would fund projects
Federal money would cover more than half of Gov. Frank Murkowski's $1.46 billion plan for capital improvements in 2006 and almost a quarter would come from a $343 million bond package.

Gyms, auditorium compete
Supporters of performing arts and athletics are concerned about some of the tradeoffs designers are thinking of for the Dimond Park high school.

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.

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.

Police, city cannot agree on shift change
Juneau Police Chief Richard Gummow has faced opposition from patrol officers after he proposed changing their shift from 12 hours to eight.

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.

Photo: Open house at the fire station
Captain George Reifenstein reads "Carl's Christmas" to Nathan Kiefer, 2, center, Taylor Reifenstein, 4, standing left, Noelani Tillson-Diorec, 2, and Jordan Flory, 9, during the Children's Christmas Open House on Saturday at the Auke Bay Fire Station.

Photo: Coats of many uses
Joe Geldhof, left, Ben Goldrich, center, and Chris "Tiny" Olson, all of the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association, pose with a van full of donated coats and other warm clothing that will be driven to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and given to the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe.

New school faces more cuts
The Dimond Park high school will have less usable space than planners previously believed, Juneau School District officials said late last week.

Business Digest
Reports from Juneau's local businesses.

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.

Cartoon by Toe:
Cartoon by Toe

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Crawford busts a move as Knicks win
Not since Michael Jordan broke Bryon Russell's ankles in the 1998 NBA Finals has a member of the Utah Jazz been so thoroughly faked out by a crossover dribble.

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.

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.

North 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.

Self-taught engineer designs Bush plane
Bill Montagne has swagger. It comes with the territory. He's a self-taught aerodynamics engineer and test pilot who designed a plane for the Alaska Bush that he says can fly circles around the competition.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

State officials concerned spill will affect fisheries
State conservation officials plan to monitor the water quality off Unalaska Island to find out whether fuel spilled from a grounded freighter will affect Bering Sea fisheries scheduled to open next month.

Alaska improves, but still ranks high for fire deaths
Alaska shows significant improvement in the past two years, but a look at the preceding decade shows that the state consistently ran well ahead of the national average in fire deaths.

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