Over holidays, use designated drivers
As the snow begins to fall, and the festivities of the holiday season are well under way, we begin to think more about the people in our lives.

Federal grant at UAS prepares Alaska Natives to be teachers
Michelle Martin and Ron Guthrie, Natives from Southeast villages, saw teachers from Outside come and go but they never expected to take their place.

Guardsmen sacrifice holidays for public safety
On Christmas Day, Sgt. Fritz Brown would like to be home in the village of Kipnuk, chowing down on dry fish dipped in seal oil. Instead, he'll be spending a 10-hour shift in uniform at the Juneau Airport, keeping travelers safe from terrorists.

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

Owners depart but the bread stops here
Fans of from-scratch corned beef hash and homemade hamburger buns need not despair. Barry and Carlene Shaw are leaving BaCar's restaurant after eight years at the favorite downtown eatery, but they are teaching the new cook, Tracy Harmon, how to make everything on the old menu.

Police and Fire
Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Mother charged with drunken driving in crash injuring children
Two young children remain hospitalized in Seattle today, one in serious condition, following a vehicle crash Saturday night that injured six family members. Police arrested the mother for drunken driving.

Photo: Christmas toy drive
National Guardsmen Staff Sgt. Terry Anderson, playing Santa, and Spc. Daniel Morris pick up a box filled with toys at Jensen's Home Furnishings store in the Nugget Mall for the annual toy drive that brings a brighter Christmas to local families in need.

State governments: Canaries in the depths of the economic mine
In the economic stimulus debate between the parties, one of the most important issues was unfortunately among the least discussed. The question was the fiscal health of the states and its effect on the services they provide, particularly to lower-income people, who tend to be among the principal victims of recessions. Medicaid, the costliest of those services, is at the center of the issue.

Sports In Juneau
Information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

November jobless rate holds steady in Alaska
Alaska's unemployment rate held steady at 5.6 percent in November, the same as October, state economists report. The November rate is lower than the 6.1 percent for the same month in 2000.

State Briefs
Man killed in avalanche near Hope; Man dies in crash with stolen truck; Man robs Anchorage bank; Troopers stop well-stocked teen

Adak mail has been slow to arrive since airline collapsed
ANCHORAGE - Since the demise of Reeve Aleutian Airways, people in remote Adak have experienced delays in getting mail, with priority mail occasionally taking two or three weeks to arrive and nonpriority packages a month or more, according to Mayor Agafon Krukoff.

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