Army, police dispose of old grenades
This week, the U.S. Army retrieved explosives from downtown's Calhoun Avenue neighborhood, with the help of the Juneau Police Department's bomb robot.

Could blasting work on Mt. Juneau?
Preemptive avalanche blasting could be in Mount Juneau's future, but only if the community wants it, the slope conditions are right, and money is available, the city's newly hired avalanche forecaster told avalanche area residents Wednesday.

Photo: Strength and respect
Liz James, left, who teaches Tlingit culture and language at Harborview Elementary School, and her students Rose Haube and Lijo Wilson watch a student-teacher basketball game Thursday at the Marie Drake gym. The students are holding signs with Tlingit words they used to cheer with as a language learning aid. "Latseen" means "strength" and "at yaa awunéi" means respect.

Images from another time: Sheffield's oath of office
Gov. Bill Sheffield takes the oath of office from Alaska Supreme Court Justice Edmond W. Burke on Dec. 6, 1982, during his swearing-in ceremony in the State Office Building.

Around Town

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

Local shares unique cream cheese party ball recipe
Are you looking for a holiday recipe? Ask Auntie Emo is where we share recipes. Send in your holiday recipes and requests.

JDHS drama and debate team: Haley Nelson, Lucas Webber and Lydia Kline
The Juneau-Douglas High School drama and debate team will preform "Reduced Shakespeare" for their Readers Theatre.

Museum gets fresh art part II
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum recently acquired new art by five local artists - Dan DeRoux, Rie Muñoz, Salty Hanes, Trevor Gong and Ella Bentley - through the Rasmuson Art Acquision Fund. These pieces will be on exhibit Jan. 2-31 in the museum's Recent Acquisitions Exhibit.

Thanks for making our 'Tea for Hospice and Home Care' a success
Thanks to all the individuals and businesses who helped make the Epsilon Sigma Alpha "Tea for Hospice and Home Care" a success again this year. Skeins Fine Yarns, Raintree Quilting, Glacier Smoothie, Nerissa's Studio, Curves, JoAnn's Advanced Skin Care, Custom Teddys, Tap Roots Yoga, Tip Tosz, Shawn Ayers, Foodland Super Drug, Carolyn Reddekopp were generous donors of door prizes and auction items. Thanks to the various members of the community who shared their talents with us for the fashion show. Special recognition to Venus Zink who orchestrated the whole event. Thanks to Marion Dau, members of our sister sororities (Alpha Gamma and Alpha Theta) and others for their help and support. Last and mostly, thanks to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau.

John Radzilowski wins Mieczyslaw Haiman research award
KETCHIKAN - University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan assistant professor of history John Radzilowski has been chosen as the 2008 recipient of the prestigious Mieczyslaw Haiman Award by the Polish American Historical Association. The annual award recognizes an American scholar who has made sustained contributions to the study of Polish immigrants and their descendants in the United States.

Congratulations for completing Personal Care Assistant training
Cornerstone Home Health would like to congratulate the following for completion of Personal Care Assistant training: Laura Thate, Emily Andel, Stephanie Moses, Brittany Gorba and Jewel Stevens.

Thanks for helping the Academic Decathlon Southeast Tournament
On Dec. 5 and 6, Juneau-Douglas High School hosted the Academic Decathlon Southeast Regional Tournament. During these two days, students from Southeast Alaska high schools competed in math, social studies, language and literature, economics, music, art, essay writing and this year's superquiz topic, evolutionary biology. Students also subjected themselves to interviews and presented their prepared as well as impromptu speeches.

Holy Trinity to hold Winter Solstice tea and mini bazaar
JUNEAU - Holy Trinity Episcopal Church will host a Winter Solstice Tea and Mini Bazaar from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, at St. Ann's Parish Hall near Fifth and Gold streets.

Boessers celebrate 60 years
Mark and Mildred Boesser will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Monday, Dec. 22. Friends are invited to stop by and join the Boesser family at a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Fireweed Place, 415 Willoughby Ave., second floor. Come as you are, and no gifts, please.

Alaska State Museum announces holiday closures, winter hours
JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum will be closed to the public on Christmas and New Year's. The museum will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for these state and federal holidays.

Thanks for contributing to the Juneau Special Olympics fundraiser
The fourth annual spaghetti feed fundraiser for the Juneau Special Olympics was held Nov. 16 at the Juneau Moose Lodge. The dessert auctions and fundraiser was a great success, and the Juneau Special Olympics would like to thank the following for their contributions and donations in making this event successful: Alaska Litho, Juneau Moose Lodge, Carol Hand, Kym Mauseth, Calvin and Kim Oglesbee, Jen Wilwert, Chris and Michelle Umbs, Regan Tweedy, Nolan and Ryan Harvey, Gail Fenumiai, Este Marin, Annette Untalasco, Rai and Sue Behnert, Matt Jones, Elizabeth Bochynski, Dolores Larson, Laurie Larson, Charley and Lana Larson, Judy Urquhart's friends and the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team.

University announces facts about Emma Marks Memorial Fund
JUNEAU - Nora and Richard Dauenhauer created the Emma Marks Memorial for Alaska Native Languages Fund in 2007, with initial donations that were matched by the University of Alaska Southeast. The purpose of the fund is to support the growing Alaska Native Language program, with emphasis on emergency needs. High on the list is support for students close to graduation.

Guidance Association to mark King holiday with community drive
JUNEAU - To make Martin Luther King Day a "day on, not a day off," the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association will mark the holiday leading a Community Needs Drive throughout Juneau beginning Dec. 26 and until Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Student Symphony to hold winter auditions
JUNEAU - Members of the Juneau Student Symphony are seeking instrumental musicians of all ages to play with them for their winter concert, at 7:30 and 4 p.m. on March 14 and 15 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. There also will be an outreach concert at 7 p.m. on March 16 at a location to be announced.

Humanities Council to hold CD, art meet
JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council is sponsoring "Three Nights Before Christmas," a Juneau CD and art meet, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Alex Botelho earns Eagle Scout
Bruce Botelho, left, and Lupita Alvarez Botelho, third from left, proudly award their son, Alex Botelho, center, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, his Eagle Scout rank at a court of honor held in November. Troop 11 Scoutmaster Keith Pahlke, far right, assists. The Eagle rank is the highest youth achievement in the Boy Scouts of America. A member of Troop 11, which is sponsored by Resurrection Lutheran Church, Alex Botelho has held a variety of offices in his troop, including that of senior patrol leader. He is currently the troop scribe. Inaddition to his Scouting activities, he is class vice president, a member of the National Honor Society and the Alpine Club. He is an avid snowboarder. Botelho's Eagle project was the construction of a wood bridge across a creek on the Bonnie Brae access trail to the Treadwell Ditch Trail. The project included placing and leveling sills, fortifying the bank, modifying the immediate access to the bridge and laying of the bridge itself.

Eaglecrest announces Hilary Lindh Scholarship winners
The Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors recently announced the recipients of the 2008 Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarship.

Richard M. Smiley, a 2001 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School, was awarded a Bachelor of Science in business administration on Dec. 13 from Concordia University in Portland, Ore.

Margaret 'Dinksey' Totland
Juneau resident Margaret "Dinksey" Totland died Dec. 11, 2008, at her home. She was 47.

William B. Lampe
Juneau resident William B. Lampe died Dec. 18, 2008, in Juneau. He was 79.

My Turn: The DNA of University of Alaska Southeast
In their book, "The Leadership Challenge," James Kouzes and Barry Posner write: "by looking over the history of their organization, members begin to see the organizational strengths and weaknesses, the patterns and themes that have carried them to the present."

Outside editorial: The SEC's $50 billion lesson in Madoff case
The alleged $50 billion swindle by broker-dealer Bernard L. Madoff has rocked investors like nothing since the epic Enron securities fraud. But while the Enron debacle pointed out holes in the regulatory fabric, the Madoff case appears to have been a failure to enforce the laws already on the books. We look forward to an investigation into why the Securities and Exchange Commission whiffed on at least two swings at Madoff's operation, which he reportedly has acknowledged was a Ponzi scheme in the guise of a sophisticated trading strategy. But more than that, we hope the Obama administration will bring a more workable approach to securities law - one that relies on simpler, clearer rules that are better enforced.

Outside column: Bush is still selling a flawed war
WASHINGTON - For the third time in recent days, President Bush was back out on his farewell "victory" tour Wednesday, this time to the friendly confines of the Army War College at Carlisle, Pa., where nary a shoe was thrown at him.

Outside column: Iraqis wary of security pact with Washington
BAGHDAD - When a journalist hurled his shoes at President Bush during a recent news conference here, he was only reflecting the attitude many Iraqis have toward the United States and the security agreement recently finalized between Washington and the government of Prime Minster Nouri al-Maliki.

Developer interested in Polaris Building
FAIRBANKS - An Anchorage developer says he wants to try resurrecting an 11-story building in Fairbanks that has been empty for nearly a decade.

Anchorage departure seats in short supply
ANCHORAGE - Leaving Anchorage for the Lower 48 will be a challenge this week for anyone who doesn't hold a ticket.

Longtime burglar gets maximum sentence
ANCHORAGE - A longtime burglar has received a maximum 11-year sentence.

Ketchikan reviewing cruise ship fund usage
KETCHIKAN - Borough officials approved just one project with money collected from a cruise ship commercial passenger fund, leaving others on the table for a January meeting.

Two charged in stadium shooting acquitted
ANCHORAGE - Two men charged in the June 2006 shooting at the Anchorage Football Stadium have been acquitted.

Girls' weapons loaded
Run. Trap. Run. Steal. Run. Layup. Run.

Boys just need the room to run
There's a big hole in the middle as the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team returns to the court tonight and Saturday against Palmer. That's what losing a 6-foot-2, 300-pound center will do for you.

Bears hockey hosts 3A Tok
Juneau-Douglas High School hockey coach Dave McKenna doesn't know much about the 3A team from Tok High School. That is, except his team regarded the smaller school lightly last season and took an embarrassing loss.

16th annual Holiday Cup soccer tourney kicks off
The teeth-rattling hits against the bleachers, unpredictable passes off the wall and even nasty floor burns are gone, but the spirit of the Holiday Cup Soccer Tournament lives on this weekend in the much softer - and safer - confines of the Dimond Park Field House.

Sports in Juneau

Commission defends pay raise proposal
Members of a commission recommending pay raises for legislators and other top state officials defended the raises at a public hearing Thursday.

Palin proposes new effort for rural Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin appointed members of her Cabinet on Thursday to a new group charged with finding ways to make Alaska's rural areas better places to live.

Game officials take steps to chase off bold coyotes
ANCHORAGE - A bold coyote snatched a pair of ski goggles dropped by a boy at the Hilltop Ski Area and state game officials will take steps to discourage the animals from contact with humans.

Environmentalists are critical of ESA change
JACKSON, Wyo. - A Bush administration rule change that gives federal agencies more leeway with the Endangered Species Act could imperil sage grouse, wolverines and Canada lynx, according to environmentalists.

Shell cancels 2009 off-shore drilling program
ANCHORAGE - Shell Oil has canceled its exploratory drilling program for next year in Alaska's Beaufort Sea while it focuses on court challenges to its offshore plan.

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