Sunday, December 26, 2004

Nice photos
I just wanted to give some compliments for photography.

Juneau is its people; keep the spirit going
I'm responding to Jeff Hill's letter about Juneau being a fake town (Empire, Dec. 23).

Forge win-win solution for Alaska's schoolls
Recently the state Board of Education passed resolution 01-2005 calling for extra funding for three districts that operate boarding schools in Alaska.

Blame Knowles
While I agree with Ms. Nelson about the fast ferry (letters to the editor, Dec. 23), I feel it is imperative to point out that the ill-conceived mode of transportation was the brainchild of Tony Knowles and his erstwhile sidekick, Fran Ulmer.

Photo: An eye on the holiday parade
Warren Sheakley, left, and Robert Cole watch Christmas shoppers along Front Street from Cole's apartment window Thursday above the Imperial Billiard & Bar.

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Helping local foster kids get to Point B
For the hundreds of foster care children in Alaska, the transition from one home to the next can be an abrupt and frightening experience.

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

The state's most expensive city
If he had a choice, Jason Morrow said he would pack and leave Juneau in a heartbeat.

A job to do
With his first child due in June, Randy Catterson said he is "proud and happy" to be on his way to Iraq with the first Alaska National Guard unit activated for foreign deployment since World War II.

There are two sides to the big-box coin
Should Juneau find itself with two new big-box retailers in its midst within a year or so, the retail landscape could change dramatically for both good and bad.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by Toe

Empire editorial: It's important to ensure votes count, but there's no call for recall expense
The standard for financial accountability in Alaska's election recounts needs a little tightening.

Snow report
Eaglecrest Ski Area is not ready to open. As of Friday, Dec. 24, there was 2 inch of snow at the base and 74 inches at the top.

Sunrises, sunsets vary with location, time of year
As you approach the Arctic Circle during winter, the sun's angle to the surface of the Earth decreases until it disappears.

Web links
Web links for the local outdoors enthusiast.

Out&About
A listing of outdoor events in the Juneau area.

Summer is on its way
I was driving to my afternoon shift at the newspaper one day earlier this month, and the sun was already well on its way to bed. "Fall has officially ended," I thought.

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.

Hoops and hopping planes
As Mary Rehfeld criss-crossed the country last summer with a select team of Alaska high school basketball players, the Juneau-Douglas High School senior relished the routine of hoops and hopping planes.

Juneau boys see new season as a fresh start
It's been like a bad taste in the mouth, the way the season ended last year for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

Boys and Girls Club is managing popular hangout
John Blackwell, 15, usually hangs out at the Warehouse Boys and Girls Club in Ketchikan about five days a week.

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

Battle of the wits rages on the North Slope
Wildlife researcher Stacia Backensto uses guile and concealment when monitoring her avian subjects - common ravens - on Alaska's North Slope.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Divers fail to find Coast Guard rescue helicopter's black box
Divers on Friday failed to turn up the black box of a Coast Guard helicopter that crashed into the Bering Sea during a rescue attempt of a grounded freighter's crew.

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