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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Southeast's biggest export: children
Southeast Alaska Conservation Council has been successful in stopping the logging and mining. What's next?

Helicopters offer bird's-eye view of lights
Juneau has an affinity for twinkling Christmas lights. What better way for 5-year-old Jaz Zuiderduin to see them than from the air?

Photo: Learning to ski
Josh Burger takes his 21-month-old son, David, out on the slopes Saturday at the Eaglecrest Ski Area.

Photo: On the double
Alicia Leamer, right, and Maggie Meiners, both 14, of the Juneau Jumpers, perform Friday during halftime of the boys basketball game at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Ron Paul supporters host campaign manager today
Juneau sees its first presidential political activity tonight as Ron Paul's campaign manager speaks at an event hosted by a local Ron Paul Meetup group.

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

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

New navigator on watch when ship hit rock
A riverboat-style cruise ship that ran aground last spring did so under the watch of a 22-year-old navigator fresh out of a maritime academy with no training and no formal knowledge of the Alaska waters being plied, according to federal investigators.

Sonny Enloe
Former Excursion Inlet resident and longtime Sitka resident Sonny Enloe died unexpectedly Dec. 14, 2007, at his Sitka home. He was 59.

Thomas Byrd Stewart
Longtime Juneau resident Thomas Byrd Stewart died Dec. 12, 2007, in Juneau. He was 98.

My turn: Redfern wants to keep the Taku River intact
Rob Cadmus's Dec. 19 My Turn "Murkowski's permitting changes put Taku River salmon at risk" contained many statements and innuendoes that require a response from Redfern Resources.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Empire editorial: Secrecy is at the heart of Goldbelt-SEACC dispute
The war over the Kensington Mine appeared to be dying down, with Coeur Alaska and environmental groups tentatively agreeing to an alternative method of tailings disposal last month, until a recent flare-up over a dock at Cascade Point renewed antagonism.

My turn: Who wasn't surprised by the Cascade Point Issue?
I question the veracity of Mayor Bruce Botelho's recent press release regarding the secret negotiations over Cascade Point. He insists that no one should be surprised that Goldbelt's facility at Cascade Point was sacrificed at the demand of the environmental organizations.

Turning the tides
D ixie Belcher (DB), the founder of Turning the Tides, recently was interviewed by NoNurdles (NN) staff to discuss her work. Nurdles are pre-production plastic pellets. For more information visit NoNurdles.com.

Winter birds prove entertaining in Juneau
On Mary Willsona cold winter day, the Parks and Rec hikers went out to Crow Point from the Boy Scout camp trailhead. As usual, we ate lunch on the beach near the point and offered the visiting raven leftover fragments of our sandwiches.

Looking back to Chiloé, where Darwin roamed
C harles Darwin visited Chiloé Island in 1834 and 1835 on his now-famous voyage around the world in the Beagle. I don't think he liked the island very much. About the climate he said: "In winter the climate is detestable, and in summer it is only a little better."

An ounce of prevention
According to the Forest Service National Avalanche Center Web site, three people across the United States have already lost their lives to avalanches this winter.

Out & About
Out & About is a listing of recreational activities.

Crimson Bears see improvement after Tok split
The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team failed to secure a weekend sweep of Tok High School on Saturday at Treadwell Arena. The Crimson Bears (6-6) won 7-1 on Friday but fell 4-3 on Saturday.

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.

Bears split weekend series
The Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team split a weekend series with two different teams over the weekend.

Ethics committee finds evidence that Harris broke law
A legislative ethics committee has determined there was "probable cause" that House Speaker John Harris broke state ethics law when his office issued a news release calling on Ben Stevens to resign from the Republican National Committee.

State sets up hot line for wolf information
The Department of Fish and Game now has a wolf phone.

Bold wolves in Anchorage attack dogs, frighten joggers
A wolf pack surrounded three joggers and attacked one of their dogs in the latest of a series of bold attacks near Alaska's largest city.

Construction holds steady in 2007
With an estimated $7 billion in total spending for 2007, it was a banner year for the construction industry in Alaska.

Judge agrees state system in '04 election was flawed
The Alaska Democratic Party has concluded it is impossible to tell whether the state correctly counted votes in the 2004 general election.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Alaska Digest
Astronomers prepare for moon-Mars event; Ferry Stikine outuntil at least Jan. 7; 5.9 and 6.1 quakes hit Aleutian Islands; House burns after attempt to thaw pipes

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