Thursday, December 22, 2005

Pipeline to Valdez benefits Alaskans
I see that the Anchorage Daily News has jumped on the oil bandwagon and is advising against a gas pipeline to Valdez.

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.

ANWR shouldn't have been in defense bill
I am really disgusted at this tactic of getting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling amendment attached to the defense bill.

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.

Not too late to limit cruise ships
I lived in Juneau for 26 years. I moved to Australia seven years ago and started an eco travel company in Australia.

Photo: Open house dance
The Children of All Nations dance group performs Wednesday at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Foundation's new office at 3200 Hospital Drive.

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.

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.

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

An eye to banking's future
It's not too often you see a banker cashing checks and accepting deposits in the middle of a construction site.

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

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

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

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 local nonprofit events.

Students learn ropes of mine safety
Twenty-two aspiring miners in Juneau had their first whiff of the underground on Wednesday afternoon.

A white Christmas may have to wait as winter starts more like spring
People dreaming of a white Christmas in Alaska's capital may have to continue dreaming.

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

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.

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: IFQs a bad idea for sports anglers, worse for charters
The recent IFQ editorial is way off-base. I'll try to simplify this complex issue.

Juneau Bowling Center Weekly League Standings
week 6

Crimson Bears girls basketball schedule
Go Crimson Bears!

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Cases overwhelm justice system in Mat-Su
A crush of cases in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough has meant that some misdemeanor arrests are not being prosecuted.

Senate rejects attempt to open ANWR
The Senate blocked opening the nation's largest untapped oil reserve in an Alaska wildlife refuge Wednesday, denying President Bush his top energy priority and delivering a victory to environmentalists who said drilling would threaten wildlife.

Sen. Seekins to back off on run for governor
Sen. Ralph Seekins, R-Fairbanks, said Wednesday he will no longer focus his efforts on running for governor this year unless Gov. Frank Murkowski decides not to run for re-election.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bill to prohibit mixing zones in freshwater
Four Republican state legislators are sponsoring a bill for next session that would prohibit pollution mixing zones in freshwater spawning areas, but allow dumping in man-made bodies of water where fish may lay eggs.

Photo: Damp holidays in Ketchikan
The community Christmas tree shines through the rain Tuesday in downtown Ketchikan's Whale Park, after it was decorated by Ketchikan Public Utilities employees.

Woman files sex abuse suit
A woman is suing the Archdiocese of Anchorage, claiming she was sexually abused by a priest in Kenai between 1974 and 1988.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

CINEMA GUIDE
what's playing at the box office

WOMEN WHO ROCK
T his year, Mariah Carey resuscitated her career with a return to the upper reaches of the Billboard charts.

'Hedwig' for the holidays
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" has all the makings of a true holiday classic - rich characters, a plot arcing from despair to redemption, a concept steeped deeply in European creation myth.

Former Juneau resident to hold jewelry show
Leah Sturgis and her husband, Frank Solivan, left Juneau for the wide expanses of suburban Washington, D.C., more than two years ago, but the holiday will bring them back for a special show at Costa's Diner in Merchants Wharf.

Historic Trier is definitely a must-see
Trier, one of four Roman capitals, is Germany's oldest city. However before Trier became a Roman city, it was inhabited by the Celts 1,300 years before Rome even existed. After we purchased our PFD special fare tickets in 2004 and read Rick Steves' Germany, we knew that Trier was a must-see city.

A visit with Father Frost
Alaska has its North Pole while Russia has Veliki Ustug, the traditional home of Father Frost and his granddaughter, Snegurochka, the Snow Maiden.

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