Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Hooligan article was right on the money
The Holiday Juneau wish list was seriously dead on! I'm honestly sick of bluegrass. And if I say anything about it, I'm going to get killed by every man, woman and child of Juneau.

PFD should be doled out in lump sum
It is a time for giving and a time to spread the blessings of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend. Now that we have more than $70 billion in the permanent fund, we should take it aside and give $25,000 to each Alaskan.

The Salvation Army dump-zone dilemma
It seems to me that there have been several letters to the editor in recent months about the "dumping" of "stuff" at the Salvation Army and the cost to the organization for the disposal of useless donations.

Diversified media needed for democracy
The public needs more information and less propaganda in order to make rational decisions in a democracy. The more consolidated the media becomes, the more danger there is that it will become mainly a propaganda device for those in power to manipulate public opinion, as in the media lead-up to the Iraq War.

Think about costs of school academies
Has anyone seriously thought about the Juneau School Board's new academy concept? At 15, most young adults are concerned about their social lives - whom is wearing what, who is seeing who and hanging out with friends.

2007: Year in Photos Part II
Looking back: Every day, the Empire's photographers have an opportunity to capture unique images in Juneau. Here are some of their favorite shots from 2007.

2007: Year in Photos Part I
Looking back: Every day, the Empire's photographers have an opportunity to capture unique images in Juneau. Here are some of their favorite shots from 2007.

Photo: Christmas stroll
Brittany Rohm and her father, Barry Rohm, walk their dogs, Katoomba and Zoey, on Sunday along Glacier Highway. They were taking the dogs on a four-mile walk before Christmas dinner.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Juneau shoppers crowd stores for last-minute gifts
On the afternoon of Christmas Eve, cars backed up for 400 yards on Egan Drive in-bound waiting to make the turn into Fred Meyer as last-minute shoppers flooded into the parking lot.

AroundTown

Photo: Hint of sun
A group of people walking along the boat harbor breakwater enjoy a few minutes of sunshine as the clouds parted over Auke Bay. The forecast today calls for scattered snow and rain showers.

Around Town

Photo: Drawing faithful together
Bishop Michael Warfel celebrates Christmas Midnight Mass early Tuesday in the Cathedral of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary. Around the world, religious leaders marked the holiday by urging peace and reconciliation.

Coming home for soccer
Many college students come home for Christmas break looking forward to mom's cookies or clean laundry, but for a group of avid soccer players, the holiday season in Juneau also brings a chance to play ball with old friends.

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

Thirty boxes can bring blessings this Christmas
I am pleased to offer my second installment to the Living and Growing column; it is a special honor to contribute a few words during the blessed week of Christmas.

Rabbats celebrate 11 years
Carlos and Ida Rabbat will celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary on Thursday. They were married Dec. 27, 1996, during a "Nutcracker" performance on stage at the Pacific North West Ballet in Seattle, Wash.

Jordan, White wed
B.J. Jordan and Steve White, both of Juneau, were married Nov. 24, 2007, in Saddlebrooke, Ariz. The couple will have a Juneau reception next summer.

Photo: Fil-Am Christmas dinner
The Filipino American Association of Juneau held its annual Christmas party fundraiser on Dec. 15 at Centennial Hall.

Photo: Dancers give to toy drive
Juneau-Douglas Dance Team members hold toys they donated to the Great Alaskan Toy Drive during a recent Christmas party. The toy drive was sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Neighbors mailbox: Thanks for playing at our ballroom dance
On behalf of all the students and families at Auke Bay Elementary School, I would like to thank Ron Maas and the Thunder Mountain Big Band for playing at our second annual Ballroom Dance Extravaganza on Dec. 13.

Solstice means the longest night of year for homeless
For many of us, the winter solstice is the day when we can say that every day after this will be brighter. But for the 3,500 Alaskans who are homeless on any given night, the winter solstice brings only the cold darkness of the longest night of the year.

Miriam Lois Lowe
Former Juneau resident Miriam Lowe died Dec. 17, 2007, in Vancouver, Wash. She was 90.

Outside editorial: The generals need to get out of the way in Thailand
The generals who overthrew a democratically elected government and took power in Thailand in September 2006 have performed two useful functions.

My turn: Use facts in justifying actions of Juneau's electric utility
This letter is in response to the My Turn column by Tim McLeod on Nov 26. McLeod stated, "Juneau's firm loads have grown and our hydro projects are now at full capacity with average annual precipitation."

Outside editorial: Right start on air congestion
"They know that Santa's on his way, he's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh, and ev'ry mother's child is gonna spy, to see if reindeer really know how to fly ... "

Does Denzel always have to represent?
For most of his career, Denzel Washington has been the epitome of a "race man" - a well-mannered, well-intentioned role model thoroughly committed to black uplift. He's maintaining that tradition in "The Great Debaters," a new film in which he plays a champion debate coach in the segregated South.

My turn: Support avalanche forecasting
I am passionate about ice skating and skiing on frozen ice. I constantly observe the weather and ice conditions around Juneau so that I can take advantage of any safe outdoor ice opportunity. I take note as the ice develops.

My turn: Please help protect the black wolf
The recent Juneau Empire article entitled "The Black Wolf Returns For its Winter Visit" (by Riley Woodford on Dec. 2), is a timely reminder of the vulnerability of this magnificent animal.

Outside editorial: The ins and outs of U.S. politics
What do the Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign and comedian Michael Richards have in common? When feeling insecure, both appeal to social prejudices to de-legitimize their adversaries.

Sports in Juneau

No shortage of local sports options
The Christmas holiday break may be a time for family, food and enjoying the company of friends and loved ones.

Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League
Juneau Parks and Recreation Adult Ordway Basketball League

Senate president drops her objection to dairy farmer relief
State Senate President Lyda Green said she would support using part of a $600,000 state grant to assist dairy farmers affected by the closure of state-owned Matanuska Maid.

Photo: Spider expert
Brandi Fleshman holds her pet tarantula, Bob, on Thursday at the entomology lab in the University of Alaska Museum of the North in Fairbanks.

Alaska Digest
District to start classes later in '08; Driver accused of nipping vodka; Borough studies recreation options; Juries convict three for sexual assault

Alaska Digest
Officials investigate sewage discharge; Cold likely killed man found in Anchorage; Lost records delay sale of fireworks stand; Earthquake occurs near Anchorage; Lack of snow works to moose advantage; Woman charged with DUI regrets behavior; First responders go high tech in Kenai

Firefighters pick man, son for Christmas help
It was just one thing after another for Gabriel Wilburn.

Couple plays king, queen of Christmas
Since coronation ceremonies in early December, Willy and Francie Cork, the new king and queen of North Pole, have enthusiastically been fulfilling their royal duties with wit and flair.

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

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

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