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.

Charter operator feels long-liners' pain
In response to Mike Saunders' lament ("Halibut conservation should be spread across the range" on Dec. 20) over the loss of 20 percent of his allowable catch last year and another 27 percent reduction this year:

Request to slow down spending applauded
I am writing to applaud former Juneau Deputy Mayor Merrill Sanford's request that the Juneau Assembly consider a slow-down on construction projects.

Do environmentalists keep their PFDs?
I would like to know how many resident environmentalists who maintain the opinion that we should not drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the North Slope returned their portion of the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend they received?

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.

U.S. should build friendship, not a wall
I am writing in response to an article I read in the San Diego Union Tribune, "El Salvador's rescue of Hungarian Jews," dated Dec. 20. The article was about the government of El Salvador saving the lives of more than 40,000 Hungarian Jews from been killed by Hitler's evil forces in 1944.

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

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

Around Town

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.

Wildlife group gets chance to discuss runway project with feds
The newly appointed Wild Life Hazards Work Group will get a chance to ask the Federal Aviation Administration questions about a push to expand the safety corridor at the ends of the Juneau International Airport runways at a pending meeting.

Photo: Last indoor puffs
Red Geil, left, and bartender Sandy Krook light up cigarettes Wednesday at the Triangle Club Bar. In the background, a window painting by bartender Jewels Barmoy depicts a police officer issuing Santa Claus a smoking violation ticket.

Photo: Ready to rumble
Dennis Edwards, center, the girls basketball coach at Washington's Redmond High School, watches his team practice Wednesday at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Sealaska receives ancient stone artifacts
Sealaska Heritage Institute got an early and important Christmas present this year when a Juneau man donated four ancient stone objects unearthed in Auke Bay back in the 1930s.

Around Town

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: 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.

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.

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.

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


Alf Andres Skaflestad
Hoonah resident Alf Andres Skaflestad died Dec. 20, 2007, at the home of his son, Windy Skaflestad. He was 99.

Gilbert Ray Bonnett
Former Douglas resident Gilbert Ray Bonnett died Dec. 19, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital, while visiting family and friends from his residency at the Sitka Pioneers Home.

Alaska editorial: Legality of McGuire's consulting contract doesn't make it right
Did Lesil McGuire break the law in working as a consultant for Providence Health Systems in 2003?

Alaska editorial: Part of surplus could go to funding local governments
Gov. Sarah Palin made local governments happy with her proposal to give them $75 million worth of aid in next year's budget. Her generous proposal, doubling the current amount of aid, is made possible by a big state surplus that's driven by high oil prices and Alaska's recent oil tax hike.

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.

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.

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 ... "

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.

Too bad the Blue Dogs didn't win
Let's hear it for the Blue Dogs. That's the moniker for a fiscally responsible group of Democrats who led the charge Wednesday against a measure that would escalate the federal budget deficit by an additional $50 billion.

Capital City Classic Team Previews

JDHS girls in midst of youth movement
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will definitely have a different look this season.

JDHS boys look to start strong at home
There were no smiling faces immediately after Saturday's 44-40 defeat to Fullerton, Calif., High School from the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team.

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

Sports in Juneau

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

Investigation launched into Alaska weight scale fraud
An investigation has been launched into weight scale fraud, which one state official says has become a serious problem in Alaska.

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

Alaska Digest
State summer tourism passes $1 billion mark; Man charged in Fairbanks beating; Wife of past Iditarod champ killed in crash; Applicants seek seat on Fairbanks Assembly; Quake rattles FoxIslands in Aleutians; Architects honored for design of school; Officials warn drivers about Kenai moose

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

Palin basks in national spotlight
In her first year as governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has plunged ahead with the fearlessness of a polar explorer.

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.

Alaska authorities beef up patrols for New Year's Eve
Authorities in Alaska are preparing for the last big party night of the year.

Kenai River may build up ice jams
Emergency personnel are keeping a close eye on the Kenai River because cold temperatures are causing a build up of slushy ice, threatening to form ice jams.

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