Monday, December 27, 2004

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).

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

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.

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

AroundTown
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

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

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

City police report man attacked two women downtown
A 24-year-old Juneau man was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly sexually assaulting a woman, and shooting a dry-chemical fire extinguisher into the face of her female friend, in the kitchen of a downtown business sometime around closing time.

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

Photo: Tryout for new gear
Ann Gifford watches her son, Bridger Vance, 11, play at Twin Lakes on Sunday with an electric remote-controlled vehicle given to him by his father for Christmas.

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.

Photo: A view of 1941 Juneau
The "Indian Village" area of Juneau in January 1941. This view shows Indian Village homes on pilings before the tidelands were filled with tailings from the AJ Mine.

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.

Rena Baty
Former Juneau resident Rena Baty, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 23, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

My Turn: More personal connections, accountability in government
For years I watched the program "Questions to the Prime Minister" in England. Then, my friend, and former "whip" of the minority party in England, Ken Eastham, explained to me the secret of these "questions."

My Turn: A vision of Bush's future America
As the Bush administration gears up for the next phase of its agenda, here's what to expect:

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.

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.

Cartoon by Toe
Cartoon by Toe

Web links
Web links for the local outdoors enthusiast.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Looking for a dozen
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team hasn't been the most hospitable of hosts since the creation of the Princess Cruises Capital City Classic.

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.

Local Sports
Staff reports of Juneau sports events.

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.

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.

Gas line will put heat on session
The Alaska Legislature may make one of its most far-reaching decisions in decades in the coming session.

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.

Alaska Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

Retail choices grow outside Anchorage
In 2004, big box retailers turned their attention away from Anchorage to Alaska's other large communities, bringing huge buildings and hundreds of new jobs to Fairbanks and the Matanuska Valley.

SE broadcaster gets Afghans tuned in to radio
Radio news in Afghanistan under the Taliban instructed women how to dress to show no skin. It was news you'd better use.

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.

Elderly Koyukuk man safe after night outside
An elderly Koyukuk man spent a night in zero-degree weather after losing his way on a snowmachine trip.

Prep for Natives' convention in full swing
Preparations for the 2005 Alaska Federation of Natives convention are well under way, according to organizers in Fairbanks.

Northwest Digest
Staff and Wire reports from around the state.

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

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