Audiobooks for kids on CD and tape
We've got lots of new audiobooks for kids, some on compact disc, some on tape, several available in both formats.

Business Digest
Staff reports from local businesses

The genocide in Darfur: a call for Alaskan action
As a returning college student about to graduate with a bachelor's degree in international studies and who has a specific interest in Africa, I was excited to see an article in my home newspaper about the crisis in Darfur.

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.

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.

National security interests tied to oil
Sen. Stevens is right. Our national security interests are closely linked to our demand for imported oil, and we spend lots of money protecting those interests.

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.

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

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.

City scrutinizes bars over smoking
A Juneau Assembly member is questioning if three businesses that serve alcohol and food are breaking the city's smoking law.

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.

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.

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

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

New center will allow disturbed kids to be treated closer to home
A residential psychiatric treatment facility is being built in Juneau to help reduce the number of Alaska youths being sent out of state to receive mental health treatment.

The joy of Christmas wrapping
After wrapping packages that other people will give as gifts Thursday, Makayla Clements counted off the people she still needed to shop for.

'Give me a G'
Mateo Salado has his picture taken by Kelli Wood on Thursday during a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier.

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

Christmas Services

In the glow of the service station lights, I saw him
After spending my first summer in Alaska working in a cannery up north, I made my way back to Maine and bought my first car, an old Volkswagen bug.

Recognition and thank you
Messages of thanks to the community, from the community.

Student artist in the spotlight
Heidi doesn't have a single art form. She likes to make three-dimensional things. She has worked in a variety of mediums and has done many projects


Highest honor
Jessie Beck, Amanda Seider, Britani Page and Anna Branch of Girl Scout Troop 8 in Juneau, receive their Gold Award, an honor earned by less than 3 percent of Senior Girl Scouts nationwide.

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Gastineau Humane Society

Mildred "Millie" Wagner Monson
Mildred "Millie" Wagner MonsonLongtime Alaska resident Mildred "Millie" Wagner Monson, 85, died Nov. 30, 2005, at her daughter's home in Anchorage.

My Turn: Commercial use versus personal use in question
I read Tom Dawson's My Turn in the Dec. 22 issue of the Empire with a certain amount of incredulity. Mr. Dawson has defined "commercial" fishermen as those who harvest massive quantities of the halibut resource with longlines.

My Turn: IFQ plan for charter boats needs to be shot down
Regardless of one's position on Individual Fishing Quota halibut limitations on sportfish charters, it seems most of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council viewed the IFQ proposal as severely flawed since it was voted down by a margin of nearly 3-1 (8-3).

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.

Capital City Classic Schedule

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.

Crimson Bears' girls J.V. team opens with three victories
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team's junior varsity opened its season with three wins at the Petersburg Tournament on Dec. 15-17.

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

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.

Drug charges dropped against Barrow teachers
Prosecutors dismissed drug charges against two former Barrow school teachers after a judge ruled that a warrant used to search their home was tainted.

Wilken proposes dividends for city governments
The state would create a sustainable community dividend program to share revenue with local governments, under a plan state Sen. Gary Wilken plans to propose.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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.

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.

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.

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.

what's happening
news of local entertainment events

what's playing at the box office

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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