Patriot Flag spends Christmas Eve in State Capital breeze
Siara Kelly was 10 years old and in third grade when the events of Sept. 11, 2001 began to unfold. Franklin Peters, 70, was on a Holland American Cruise going into Glacier Bay.

Photo: Pug protection
A couple walk with their pug along the Nuggett Falls Trail on Christmas Day. Over 100 people visited the Mendenhall Glacier on Saturday for various outdoor activities.

Police & Fire
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Photo: 30,000 quills of protection
A porcupine moves through the snow Saturday along Glacier Spur Road. During winter months porcupines exist entirely on twigs and bark. The fall and winter seasons are their prime mating times. The second largest rodent in North America, porcupines possess upwards of 30,000 quills for protection from predators.

Nielsen, Castle wed
Amy Nielsen of Calgary, Alberta, and Aaron Castle were married at 2 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2010, at the Hycroft Manor in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Photo: Crafty sisters
Big Sister Miranda Dumont, right, and Little Sister Alyssa display crafts made Dec. 18 at The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery. Big Brothers Big Sisters members made felt balls, printed cards and wove on the studio's loom.

Photo: Three generations
From left, Bella Bugayong, her mother Melinda Bugayong and her grandmother Janice D. Holst pose Dec. 18 after a Christmas production performed by Holst's students at the Nugget Mall.

Carlsons celebrate 40 years
Al and Sue Carlson will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31. They were married Dec. 31, 1970, at the Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church in Oregon.

Marvin, Mayeda Jr. wed
Charlotte Marie Marvin and Gerald Mayeda Jr. were married at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2010, at the Riverbend Apartments Community Room. A reception followed.

10 hands, one family never too many instruments
The first time I saw the Zahasky family, I was outside a friend's house watching our three young children fight over two tricycles.

Photos: Season of giving
Members of Juneau's Downtown Business Association pose with the winners of the annual Trees for Christmas Walk for Charity. Pictured from left are Paul Thomas, Leann Thomas, Larry Spencer, Darby Abel and Curtis Christensen. A tree from Annie Kaill's was this year's winner of the $1,000 donation, dedicated to the Gastineau Humane Society.

Assassination Threat
It was a typical, quiet Sunday morning in Juneau in March of 1965 when Bill Bagron received a phone call from someone with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The caller told Bagron, then the acting chief of the Juneau Police Department, of an FBI report out of Colorado. According to the report, two men were in Juneau with a plan to shoot and kill Robert Kennedy, brother of recently assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

Juneau Community Foundation awards youth grants
The Juneau Community Foundation has made the following grant awards from its new Youth and Activities Field of Interest Fund:

Hot, nutritious meals available for seniors
The Juneau Senior Nutrition Program provides hot, nutritious meals to all seniors 60 years and older at one of the three senior center sites (downtown Juneau, Douglas and the Valley) and to homes for those who qualify for home-delivered meals through the Meals on Wheels Program.

Douglas Indian Association declares four seats open
Four Douglas Indian Association Council seats are up for election. Enrolled DIA tribal members ages 21 years and older are eligible to vote. DIA's voters list is available at the DIA office, and absentee ballots are available upon written request. To submit your request for an absentee ballot, please call 364-2916. Candidates are Leo Jacobs, Clarence (Butch) Laiti, Frank Miyasato and Charles Williams. There will also be a space on the ballot for write-in candidates.

Planetarium to present 'Mercury and Hermes'
The Marie Drake Planetarium will present a multimedia presentation, "Mercury and Hermes," at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The program will contrast the Greek mythology behind the planet Mercury with current scientific knowledge. The program will also feature "The Night Sky Tonight," in which the Spitz projector will be used to display the current visible planets and constellations visible from Juneau.

Bridge Adult Day Program gets new video games
The Bridge Adult Day Program recently received a Nintendo Wii Sports console system from the Alaska Commission on Aging. The Commission held a drawing at its December meeting for two Wii systems, and the Bridge Program was one of the lucky winners.

Volunteers needed for Airport Ambassador program
The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to serve as Airport Ambassadors. Ambassadors will volunteer at the new airport visitor center for the winter months and will welcome legislators, staff, constituents and other winter visitors to Juneau.

REACH Inc. staff member Cassandra Bulard completed the Federal Department of Labor Direct Support Specialist Apprenticeship (DSSA) program in November. Bulard is the first Alaskan to complete this apprenticeship.

Door-to-door transportation available
As a community service, the Juneau Care-A-Van program provided rides to seniors to attend the Coast Guard sponsored 37th Annual Holiday Dinner held Dec. 12 in the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Thanks to the drivers, dispatchers and supervisor Dale Morris, it was possible for many of Juneau's elders to be a part of this wonderful celebration.

Thanks for supporting the homeless awareness
On Nov. 5, the annual Homeless Awareness Sleep Out Event, hosted by the Juneau-Douglas High School Interact Club, was a huge success. We slept out in cardboard boxes from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., an eye-opening experience that benefited the Interact students as well as the Juneau School District's 194 known homeless students. Thanks to our generous community, we raised $3,800 in pledges. $1,800 was donated to The Glory Hole's Holiday Family Food Boxes and $1,800 is available to JDHS homeless students for clothing and necessities of school life.

Thanks from CHOICE
The Choosing Healthy Options In Cooperative Education program at Juneau-Douglas High School would like to recognize several organizations and people that have been involved with our unique programs throughout the semester.

John Howard Clauson
John Howard Clauson died Dec. 23, 2010, in Pelican - his home for more than 60 of his 89 years.

Outside editorial: Don't panic, but ...
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

New START signing makes for one less worry
As 2010 comes to an end, I am grateful for many things that transpired in the past year. The election season was unlike anything in Alaska's history, and Lisa Murkowski pulled off what most people thought was an impossibility. She won a write-in campaign by a significant margin, and reversed what seemed like the inevitable march of history after her loss in August's Primary Election.

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The US needs to get tough with Israel
When diplomatic sources revealed that the United States was abandoning efforts for an Israeli settlement freeze, many surely did not know whether to laugh or cry. The first two years of U.S.-Israeli relations under the Obama administration has been a debacle. For the next two, what is learned from that failure, and how it's applied, will be of utmost importance.

Photo: 30,000 quills of protection
A porcupine moves through the snow Saturday along Glacier Spur Road. During winter months porcupines exist entirely on twigs and bark. The fall and winter seasons are their prime mating times. The second largest rodent in North America, porcupines possess upwards of 30,000 quills for protection from predators.

State takes lead in limiting Fairbanks pollution
FAIRBANKS - Since North Star Borough voters eliminated fines for pollution-causing heating devices, the state's Department of Environmental Conservation has taken up the responsibility.

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