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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Training gives youth a good reason not to leave town
Congratulations to the 11 students receiving certificates from University of Alaska Southeast for completing the industrial construction course.

Ketchikan bridge pulls focus, funding from other projects
The recent letter in the Ketchikan Daily News from Walt Bolling has motivated me to express my reservations about the bridge to Gravina.

Judge Weeks issues arrest warrants for jury no-shows
A civics lesson was waiting for seven people summoned to appear Tuesday afternoon before Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks.

School Board looks at coming year's priorities
The Juneau School Board accepted almost $1.5 million in grants on Tuesday at its final regular meeting of the year.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Winter wherry
Bethany Bereman rows her wherry Monday into Aurora Basin Boat Harbor.

Community grants helping Juneau charities to expand
Community grants are bringing two local charities closer to launching projects several years in the making.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Photo: Santa's helper
Mendenhall post office employee Liza Lowry scans mail Monday at the customer service counter at the post office.

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

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

Tour passengers enjoy the sights but hate weather
Cruise ship passengers last summer overwhelmingly said they enjoyed their trips to Juneau but were less satisfied with the weather and the friendliness of its people, according to a McDowell Group study.

Photo: Stocking salmon?
Willie Larsen looks at artwork by Juneau artist Karen Beason while Christmas shopping Tuesday at Annie Kaill's.

Now showing - movies in towns
"Jaws," released in 1975, was the last picture show Wrangell residents saw in a theater in town.

Many of city's homeless invisible
If the number of homeless people is on the rise, why don't Juneau residents see more of them in the gutters downtown, a member of the Juneau Chamber of Commerce recently asked Jodi Kilcup, executive director of United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Photo: Snowzilla entertains
A giant snowman dwarfs its maker, Billy Powers, center, as well as passing cars last week in Anchorage.

Photo: Chilly dip
Grace Brooks reacts after wading into Sitka Sound last week during the annual Polar Dip in Sitka.

Thank you for helping Alexander
Thanks to all those that helped with the bone marrow drives, fund raisers, airline miles and care providers.

Thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community

Homelessness can be invisible
It's that time of year again. Christmas is said to be a time for giving and caring, but there are lots of families with children who don't have a place to stay.

Neighbors Digest
Staff reports from the residents of Juneau

Part of city goes with String Shop
When I was growing up in New Jersey in the '50s, I bought all my comic books at a dingy little coffee shop called Haps & Caps, where milkmen and mailmen and railroad men from the Jersey Central line would sit at the counter smoking stogies and drinking coffee, while the smoke lingered in the space between their hats and an ineffectual ceiling fan.

Paul Weston Misterek
Former Juneau resident Paul Weston Misterek, 64, died Dec. 13, 2005, as the result of an accident while vacationing in Mexico.

Pavia Wald
Former Juneau resident Pavia Wald died Dec. 9, 2005, at her home in California. She was afflicted with the debilitating disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

My Turn: Natural medicine has its value and its limitations
I've bragged for years that the last time I went to the doctor was 1983.

My Turn: Alaska's judiciary system rooted in merit, not politics
Fifty years ago this month, the delegates to Alaska's Constitutional Convention in Fairbanks began debate on one of the first proposals considered for the new constitution: the Judiciary article.

Snowshoe tryouts for AWG take place Wednesday
The 2006 Arctic Winter Games are quickly approaching, and Juneau will be holding tryouts Wednesday for one of the signature events.

Crimson Bears girls basketball schedule
Go Crimson Bears!

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

JDHS ready to defend title
Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball coach Lesslie Knight doesn't need to be reminded that the Crimson Bears are the defending state champs.

H.S. Round Robin Wrestling Results
from Dec 17

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.

Juneau Bowling Center Weekly League Standings
week 6

For Sen. Stevens, drilling in AK is personal payback
The Incredible Hulk appeared Tuesday on the Senate floor, adorning the necktie of Sen. Ted Stevens - a familiar sign that the veteran from Alaska is pumped for the fight to open part of an arctic wildlife refuge to oil drilling.

House paves the way for ANWR drilling
House lawmakers opened the way for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and approved $29 billion for hurricane relief during an all-night session Monday bringing their legislative year to a close.

Video purportedly shows killing of U.S. hostage
A video posted by an extremist group on a Web site Monday showed a man it said was an American hostage being shot in the back of the head and claimed the victim was U.S. contractor Ronald Allen Schulz.

Gravina property owners ask for road, ferry money
Some Gravina Island property owners are asking the state Department of Transportation for $20 million worth of roads and ferry developments.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Halibut catch will decline in 2006
Alaska's total commercial halibut catch could dip 5 percent in 2006, but Southeast Alaska longliners probably won't feel the pinch.

Court allows prosecution for crimes on state ferries
Alaska courts can prosecute alleged crimes on the Alaska Marine Highway even when the crimes alleged are off the coast of Canada, the state Supreme Court ruled last week.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

How much oil? Nobody really knows
President Bush calls it the most promising source of untapped oil in America and the key to greater energy independence. But how much oil is there in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

Former legislatorBinkley to run for governor
Fairbanks businessman John Binkley announced Monday he wants to be Alaska's next governor.

This Day in History
In Alaska, the nation, and the world

Antitrust suit filed against BP, Exxon
An antitrust lawsuit filed Monday against Exxon Mobil and BP claims the two oil giants are restricting the nation's supply of natural gas and keeping prices at record highs.

Dems vow to obstruct ANWR drilling
A group of Senate Democrats led by Maria Cantwell of Washington state has threatened to filibuster a defense spending bill that would authorize oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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