'Santa house' shines with holiday cheer
The North Pole isn't at Jeff and Terri Campbell's house on West 11th Street, but perhaps it should be. With an unimaginable amount of Christmas-lighted cheer adorning the residence, even Ol' Saint Nick could mistake it as his own. The home is fondly known by locals as "The Santa House."
Warm coats, warm food and warm, fuzzy feelings
The economy may be down, but that hasn't stopped people from giving this holiday season, say many Juneau nonprofits.
Images of the season
A simple decorative angel reminds Santa that there is mail to be gathered at a good little boy or girl's house on Sunset Street.
Black Bear Chairlift out for a week
Eaglecrest's new Black Bear Chairlift has a broken part and will be out of commission at least until Jan. 2, General Manager Kirk Duncan said Thursday.
Photo: Tuba Christmas
Juneau-Douglas High School band director Ken Guiher conducts JDHS graduates and students and local musicians during a "Tuba Christmas" performance on Tuesday in the State Office Building atrium. Players include Peter Anderegg, TJHovst, Jaime Young, Anja Axton, Maralee Guiher and Allan Young. Not visible are Kyle Savikko, Stephen Young and Gallen Heffern. "Tuba Christmas" is an annual, nationwide event coordinated by the Harvey Phillips Foundation of Bloomington, Ind., and was first held in 1974 in New York City.
Photo: Giving twice
Ward Lamb, Senior Center Advisory Board president and Meals on Wheels volunteer, helps a customer with gift wrapping Tuesday at the Nugget Mall. The Gastineau Channel Senior Center Advisory Board sponsored the gift wrapping service as a fundraiser for the Meals on Wheels program.
Today, Dec. 25
Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:
Empire editorial: Juneau's true holiday spirit in abundance
Some say Christmas has become too commercialized, that it's become a marketing ploy. Such sentiments, however, distract from the magic of the season.
Magic of Christmas never grows old
Christmas is a fascinating holiday, so central to our culture and so imbued with power that it's a little hard to write about. Nevertheless, there's something about Christmas that I deeply love, something that is really important to me - even though I am unsure exactly what it is.
The real message of E-Cards
OK, people, what is it with the electronic greeting cards this holiday? Why are you sending me jpegs of the Himalayas accompanied by phrases I recognize from yoga class ("Peace to you and all living things ...")? Why am I being asked to download elaborate animation videos featuring singing snowmen or a Nativity scene with a manger that looks alarmingly like a tiki cabana? Why have my otherwise intelligent and dignified friends Photoshopped their faces onto the bodies of dancing Santas? Why, if I don't open these cards right away, do I have to endure auto-generated reminders that I am a thoughtless and terrible person who does not care about my friend enough to sit through 60 seconds of flash animation sugarplum fairies?
Finding the cross country in Southeast
When thick crust in the high alpine drives even the most hardcore speed-hounds down from the slopes, the Nordic skiers come out to play. This is when groomed cross country trails reach perfection - clean corduroy and perfect parallel tracks meet with just the right amount of ice and glide.
Frankincense and myrrh more than just historic scents
Remember the three wise men who came from the east, bearing gifts for an infant lying in a manger in Bethlehem? The gifts were gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Not too late for local hunters to fill freezers
With the end of the year drawing nearer by the day, time is dwindling for game hunters to go out and get their fill for the season.
Team Golden good, and getting better
I just finished my first 50 - years that is. That was a long haul, waaaaayyy longer than a regular marathon. I didn't train too hard, it just kind of happened. Like any run though, once it's over you look back and think "That wasn't too bad. I could do better, though. I wish I could do it again. I would do it all differently." Yes, on Dec. 24, I joined Team Golden.
On the hook
Show us your big fish
Officials: Check avalanche conditions before backcountry outings
ANCHORAGE - Officials are reminding outdoor enthusiasts to be wary of avalanche conditions in the backcountry, especially with the arrival of new snow.
Mendenhall Glacier Campground area:
Out & About
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Tug grounded on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound
VALDEZ - A 136-foot tug doing an ice survey in Prince William Sound grounded on Bligh Reef and two of its fuel tanks were damaged. The Coast Guard is responding.
Feds award $3M for Alaska homeless programs
ANCHORAGE - The federal government has renewed grant funding to keep 22 homeless assistance programs in Alaska in operation.
Security forces return from Southwest Asia tour
ANCHORAGE - Members of a security forces team are returning Christmas Day from a Southwest Asia deployment.
Kenai firefighter saves a family's Christmas
KENAI - Kenai firefighter Tommy Carver was off on Monday, but he ended up going to work anyway.
Nasal spray swine flu vaccine recalled
ANCHORAGE, - About 10,400 doses of nasal spray vaccine for swine flu that were distributed in Alaska have been recalled by the manufacturer. The state Department of Health and Social Services says the vaccine went out to about 100 medical providers around the state in October.
Fairbanks woman gets 3 years for robbery set up
FAIRBANKS - A 22-year-old woman has been sentenced to three years in prison for setting up a June drug deal that ended in a gunpoint robbery.
Cell phone service comes to Port Lions
PORT LIONS - Cellular telephone service is coming to Port Lions.
Judge says no more delays for shootout suspect
FAIRBANKS - A reputed member of the Crips street gang is scheduled to go on trial early next year on charges of attempted murder.
Christmas and hoops in downtown Juneau
If there's one thing that goes with the holidays almost as well as family, friends, presents and egg nog, it's basketball.
Christmas delivery stolen from Anchorage driveway
ANCHORAGE - Someone stole the Christmas presents Grandma and Grandpa Spencer sent their three granddaughters in Eagle River. The boxes of gifts from Pennsylvania were sitting in front of their house for a short time before someone drove past and picked them up.
Farmers, hunters in 'statemate' over Delta bison
FAIRBANKS - Hunters and farmers in Delta Junction are at odds over Alaska's largest bison herd.
Judge keeps driver charged in fatal crash in jail
ANCHORAGE - A driver accused of driving under the influence in a fatal crash won't be going home for Christmas. A judge has ruled Lori Phillips will remain jailed despite her mother's and brother's offer to stand as third-party custodians.