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.

Photos: Holiday sights around town
A major Christmas attraction is Jeff and Terri Campbell's house on West Eleventh and B Streets. More than 9,000 lights, about 20 Santas, more than 70 100-amp characters and seven dedicated circuits triple their electric bill during the holidays. Car and foot traffic often cause street jams around the block. "I aspire to be like the Griswolds," Campbell said with a grin, referring to the Griswold's home from the Chevy Chase holiday comedy "Christmas Vacation."

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.

Photos: Christmas Day on Mendenhall Lake
Cross-country skiers enjoy a hike with their dog Saturday on Mendenhall Lake.

Police & Fire
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Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

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.

Photo: Glacier frolicking
Frolickers enjoy a successful climb on top of an iceberg frozen Saturday on Mendenhall Lake.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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:

Outside editorial: Doubts about the death penalty emerging in Texas
The following editorial first appeared in The Dallas Morning News:

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.

Love, politics in a cynical age
Ask an American about the connection between love and politics, and he'll probably conjure up heartbreaking images of Elizabeth Edwards, of embarrassed philanderers from both sides of the aisle or of the parade of long-suffering, dutiful political wives who, in the famous words of Hillary Rodham Clinton, "stand by their men."

Knowing religion only takes us so far
On the Texas Faith blog that I help moderate (, panelists this year have been discussing the depth of Americans' religious knowledge.

TOE Cartoon

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.

Fire destroys Washington Boys and Girls Club building
SULTAN, Wash. - No one was injured in the fire that destroyed the Boys and Girls Club in Sultan.

Feds: Couple arrested with 400 pounds of cocaine
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Federal prosecutors have charged two Canadian nationals with drug possession after being arrested with about 400 pounds of cocaine.

Oregon maintenance man arrested for sex abuse
PORTLAND, Ore. - The Washington County sheriff's office says they have arrested an apartment complex maintenance man for suspicion of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy.

Patrol car stolen by fleeing man in Washington
VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Clark County Sheriff's office says one of its patrol cars was stolen by a man fleeing from police. The cruiser was later recovered.

Fugitive arrested after foot chase
KENNEWICK, Wash. - Police have arrested a man wanted on felony warrants following a foot chase in Kennewick.

McGrath gets new medical center
FAIRBANKS - A new, $4 million medical center has opened in McGrath.

Hours-long Spokane standoff ends with arrest
SPOKANE, Wash. - Police say they arrested a Spokane man after a standoff that lasted several hours and involved SWAT officers using chemical agents to subdue the man.

Series of quakes strike off Aleutian Islands
ANCHORAGE - A series of temblors has struck near an earthquake prone region in the Aleutian Islands.

Bears revamped, reloaded
Speed thrills, post power kills. Depth and versatility seal the deal.

Falcons' Correa passionate about digital arts
Thunder Mountain senior guard John Correa provides a spark off the bench for the Falcons and their five-guard front. Correa, in his second season playing basketball at TMHS, says he values the "easy-to-fit-in" atmosphere and the fairness of the way the program is run.

AP interview: Lawmaker preaches self-sufficiency
ANCHORAGE - Alan Dick heard the same words repeated over and over by Alaska Natives as he campaigned across a sprawling state House district heavily dependent on federal funding.

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.

ANB against Parnell's ADF&G choice
Newly appointed Alaska Department of Fish & Game Commissioner Cora Campbell has weathered many stormy seas since she graced the deck of her father's fishing boat at one year of age, going on to take a full crew position by age 11, pay her way through college with the sweat and toil of the sea's harvest, and then working behind the scenes to further Alaskan's subsistence and fishing rights, so this week's press release by the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp rejecting her experience came as a shock.

Agency seeks OK to fire rockets near sea lions
ANCHORAGE - The state's aerospace agency is seeking to renew its permit to fire rockets near havens for sea lions and seals for another five years.

Coal racking up record shipments
ANCHORAGE - One of Alaska's major exports - coal - has been racking up record shipments over the past couple of years.

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