Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Art should depict statewide theme
Juneau is facing a unique opportunity to tell the entire state that we are a gracious, welcoming and involved capital city. Art concepts have been solicited for the new parking garage at the base of Telephone Hill and the future Capitol complex.

Zero tolerance on drugs needed
This is in response to the recent article in the Empire about the drug usage and the recent arrest of several students at both high schools. Having worked at the high school for several years and also as an adolescent substance abuse counselor, I can attest first hand that the drug problem has been going on for years at the high school. Alcohol is the gateway drug, but others soon follow. The problem of abuse is starting in middle school, and the students are coming into the high school already using.

Southeast guides face one-halibut limit, again
Southeast's charter fishing guides successfully fought off a one-fish daily bag limit for their clients this past summer with a lawsuit in a Washington, D.C., court. Now it's back.

Juneau enforces first Valley burn bans in years
With Tuesday morning's snow, the Mendenhall Valley was released from the curse of clear weather: potentially unhealthy air. By that time, about 100 Mendenhall Valley residents had gotten warnings for illegally using their wood stoves.

Photo: Return to snow
Jodie Pessolano makes use of the fresh snow Tuesday to ski along Glacier Highway.

Photo: Burning the midnight oil on solstice
Juneau residents celebrate the winter solstice Sunday night with a bonfire on a North Douglas beach. Sunday was the shortest day of the year, with six hours and 23 minutes of daylight. Today, the sun will rise at 8:46 a.m. and set at 3:09 p.m.

Photo: Food Bank readies Christmas feasts
Southeast Alaska Food Bank Manager Darren Adams and volunteer Judy Brown push their carts full of frozen hams and turkeys worth nearly $500 to the cash register Monday evening at Wal-Mart.

Photo: Wrapping up fundraiser
Helen Idzik picks out bows while wrapping gifts Sunday for the Senior Center Gift Wrap fundraiser at the Nugget Mall. The donations help fund the Juneau Senior Nutrition and Meals on Wheels programs.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
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Around Town
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Around Town
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Sigurd T. Olson
Longtime Alaska and Juneau resident Sigurd T. Olson died of natural causes Dec. 21, 2008. He was 85.

Sean Conley Rector
Former Juneau resident Sean Conley Rector, of Satellite Beach, Fla., died Dec. 19, 2008. He was 22.

Susan K. Hosford
Longtime Alaska resident Susan Karen Hosford died Dec. 18, 2008, in Seattle with her husband by her side. She was 57.

My turn: Receiving a fair return for Alaska's resources
Frank Bergstrom's My Turn says a lot of good things about mining. Among other things, he talks about their good environmental record.

My turn: Help for addiction is available
Recently I participated in a Continuing Legal Education workshop for attorneys titled "Substance Abuse in Law Practice-Problems and Solutions" and it was such an eye-opener I wanted to pass on some useful and perhaps new information.

Outside editorial: A real rival in South Africa?
Two months ago, a group of disgruntled officials from South Africa's ruling African National Congress announced that they were serving "divorce papers" on the ANC and splitting off to form their own political party. Last week, the Congress of the People was formally launched, and delegates selected former Defense Minister Mosiuoa Lekota as its president. It's not clear what exactly the new party stands for, but its emergence is a positive development in South Africa's still young democracy.

Iraq's year of choices
A journalist hurling shoes at the president of the United States may be one lasting, if twisted, image of freedom from Iraq, but the multiple elections scheduled for the year ahead are sure to offer others - and to demonstrate definitively whether Iraq's democratic experiment will be consolidated or will implode. If the incoming Obama administration wants better images than flying shoes in December 2009, it had better be paying attention.

Outside editorial: Bailout falls short on oversight, results
It's been 80 long days since Congress authorized the Wall Street bailout, and it's time for taxpayers to assess what they have to show for their $700 billion investment.

Beware the gift of money
The economic crisis has given Barack Obama an unexpected gift: spending money. The president-elect is drafting a stimulus plan that will reach $775 billion or more, enough to fund almost every project he mentioned during the campaign. But like many gifts, this one comes with dangers.

Giving the gift of faith
Examples of faith abound at this time of year. There is the faith children put in Santa Claus to bring them stuff that magically no one seems to have paid for. Call it a "bailout" for kids.

Insurance hassles are killing off family medical specialists
I love being a family physician. I love the history rooted in the country doc who did his best to help comfort and heal his neighbors. I love the broad scope of practice where I am always seeing something different and something challenging. But most of all, I love the long-term relationships with my patients. So it is with a heavy heart I admit my specialty is dying.

Eaglecrest to host Christmas Eve event
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area will host its annual Christmas Eve activities starting at 3:30 p.m. today.

Airline resumes flights out of the Northwest
JUNEAU - Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced Monday evening that flights resumed with limited schedules out of Portland, Ore., and Seattle, hubs for flights between Juneau and the Lower 48.

Anchorage stops collecting glass
ANCHORAGE - The city of Anchorage is blaming the market for a decision to stop accepting glass for recycling.

Church's baby Jesus figurine is taken
KETCHIKAN - A baby Jesus was stolen, leaving the Clover Pass Community Church without the figurine for its holiday nativity scene.

Kenai to form task force on salmon
KENAI - The city of Kenai is forming a salmon task force.

Police respond to bomb threat
JUNEAU - Juneau police responded to a report of a bomb threat at Wal-Mart late Monday.

Soldier dies in Tok Cutoff crash
ANCHORAGE - A 19-year-old California soldier assigned to Fort Richardson in Anchorage died in a car crash on the Tok Cutoff.

Decorative bricks breaking down
ANCHORAGE - For many, it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Unemployment rate increases in Alaska
JUNEAU - Alaska's unemployment rate increased slightly in November.

Holiday cup keeps rolling
With 32 teams and nearly 400 participants buzzing in and out of the Dimond Park Field House this week, the 16th annual Holiday Cup soccer tournament has shown that the old Juneau tradition still has the juice to pack any venue in town.

Alaska Club hosting 3-on-3
Are you looking to burn off some of those cookies and cups of eggnog after the annual Christmas feast? Do you have a house full of kids supercharged by candy canes and chocolate Santas, but soccer's not their sport?

Eagles shooting for state
Go ahead, call it a comeback.

Crimson Bears box scores
JDHS girls varsity basketball

2008-09 Parks & Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League
Standings as of Dec. 21

Seattle airport begins to thaw
SEATTLE - Alaskans normally shrug off the heaviest of snowstorms, but now they're suffering unusual inconvenience because of a few inches that fell more than 1,400 miles to the south.

Stevens asks for dismissal of conviction
WASHINGTON - Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens on Monday called for his conviction on corruption charges to be thrown out after an FBI agent bitterly complained about some Justice Department tactics during the trial, including not turning over evidence and an "inappropriate relationship" between a government representative and the prosecutor's star witness.

Witness in Stevens' trial regrets testifying
WASHINGTON - A witness in convicted Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' corruption trial has told the judge he never would have testified if he'd known he did not have immunity from prosecution.

Alaska Bar urges court to reject Stevens' plea to keep law license
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Bar Association says that U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens' plea to keep his law license is based on a faulty reading of the rules and a mischaracterization of the seriousness of his conviction for lying on his Senate disclosure forms.

City code officer slays Snowzilla in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's famous giant snow man, Snowzilla, finally met its match.

Government agency delays use of recreational fishing registry
WASHINGTON - Recreational saltwater anglers who were supposed to register with the federal government by January are off the hook for a year.

States mull value of tourism advertising in budget crunch
SALT LAKE CITY - A struggling economy has state governments considering whether advertising is a luxury or a necessity.

Police charge three with operating fraud ring
ANCHORAGE - Three people stole checks, credit cards and identities and used them to bilk southcentral Alaska residents out of thousands of dollars during a four-month crime spree, according to Anchorage police.

This Day in History
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Fairbanks police find body of missing man
FAIRBANKS - The body of a Fairbanks businessman missing since Friday was found in a wooded area on the southern outskirts of the city.

Conservationists vow to keep pushing for ribbon seal listing
ANCHORAGE - The conservation group that petitioned to list ribbon seals as threatened or endangered vowed to keep trying despite rejection by federal wildlife managers.

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