In the Stacks: Library's film collection offers cinema classics to recent hits
School is nearly back in session. Have you just remembered your English assignment? The Juneau Public Libraries carry many movies based on classics you may be studying. Newly purchased DVD classics for desperate high school students include "The Cherry Orchard," "Lord of the Flies," "The Scarlet Letter," "Fahrenheit 451" and "1984." The early bird gets the worm.

Did anyone see accident?
Regarding Wendall Bishop's letter, thank you. It's nice to know some people still think of Skyler and remember him. Personally, I don't want anyone to forget him, which is why I put up the bear and basket to hold flowers. Some people even thought of installing a bench there, but the idea was shot down.

A nasty holiday surprise
If 100 million old-growth trees fall in the Alaskan forest and no one is there to see them, did they really fall? Like most Americans, I have never seen the Tongass National Forest in person. But I know it is real, I know it is beautiful and I know it gives me a deep feeling of peace knowing there are some wild places that yet go untouched by the hand of mankind.

Energy bill is bad legislation
We are concerned about the implied intent of SB 1854 authored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski. We understand that it has been sent to the Energy Committee for possible inclusion as a rider attached to the Energy Bill.

A holiday greeting
It's two days before Christmas and the holidays are in full swing. Everyone is out spending money and hopefully having a really good time. This year I am incarcerated and won't be spending Christmas with my daughter.

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

Photo: Skiers' moon
Riders on the Eaglecrest Ski Area Ptarmigan chairlift are treated to a view of the rising quarter-moon on Saturday afternoon. Perfect weather made for a busy weekend at the ski area.

60 moorage stalls slated for Douglas Harbor
The city is having 60 new moorage stalls - the largest city harbor project in years - installed at Douglas Harbor that will improve commercial fishing conditions and attract more out-of-town boaters, Port Director John Stone said.

Bountiful holiday for charities
Joe Oliver and Sebastian Lilienthal, aid administrators at the St. Vincent de Paul Society, were given a very specific job on Christmas Eve.

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

Developer appeals hotel-permit decision
A local developer is appealing a conditional-use permit to construct a 12-unit hotel near downtown. Don Madsen, owner of Juneau Hotel Properties, is appealing three of seven conditions in the permit, which the Juneau Planning Commission issued Nov. 19.

Kim Marie Gibson
Former Juneau resident Kim Marie Gibson, 47, died from multiple sclerosis Dec. 14, 2003, in her home in Battle Ground, Wash.

Toe cartoon
Cartoon by local artist Toe

Commerce clause means tribes must be treated as sovereign states
I have always wondered about that "commerce clause" in the U.S. Constitution. It finally became clear to me when tribes in Alaska were troubled about Sen. Ted Stevens' rider in next year's appropriations bill.

My Turn: With timber in decline, now's the time to diversify Southeast Alaska's economy
As a lifelong Southeast Alaskan, I have become increasingly concerned about a gap between the Southeast Conference's goals for our economy and the true needs of our region. The group recently announced that it is looking to hire a chief for its new Timber Industry Economic Revitalization Program.

Snow report
Conditions at Eaglecrest and other local ski trails.

Riding in a winter wonderland
Dennis Travis could spend his winter nights riding a stationary bike in his garage or at a local fitness center. He'd stay fit and ready for the summer racing season, and he probably wouldn't suffer as many scrapes and bruises as he does out on the trail. But if he stayed indoors, he'd miss out on a "whole new world" of trails that appears when the snow and ice cover Juneau's footpaths.

Trappers donate furs to beaver-trapping scouts
Kenai trappers are donating some pelts to Girl Scout Troop 34, whose beaver-trapping project angered animal rights activists last month. The Kenai Peninsula Trapper's Association said it wanted to show support for the Fairbanks troop following criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. PETA was upset after learning that about 10 members of the troop and their families helped catch two beavers using snare and lethal traps last spring.

Out & About
Upcoming local outdoor events.

'King of Fish:' A new look at fish that have been around millions of years
Fossils reveal Pacific salmon have been around about 6 million years, surviving volcanoes and ice ages. But in the past 150 years they have disappeared from a third of their range in California and the Pacific Northwest and continue to be sold down the river, David R. Montgomery writes in "King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon."

Fish facts from a new book on salmon
A few salmonoid factoids from "King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon," by David R. Montgomery:

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.

Bears freeze North Pole to open Classic
After struggling to an uncharacteristic 1-3 record on its season-opening Anchorage road trip, the Juneau-Douglas High School basketball team needed to open the Princess Cruises-Capital City Classic on a strong note.

Captial City Classic past champions
The past champions of the annual Princess Cruises-Capital City Classic basketball tournament hosted by Juneau-Douglas High School.

Juneau girls open season with big victory
In the 2002-03 season, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team had an standing goal of scoring 50 points a game. The Crimson Bears opened the 2003-04 season Saturday with a 60-point showing - and left the game feeling they could have scored even more.

Alaska Digest
News in brief from around the state.

Officer shot to death
A Kenai man was charged Friday with first-degree murder and first-degree assault in the shooting of a police officer here, Alaska State Troopers said. Officer John Watson, 43, was shot in the head with his own gun Thursday night while responding to a request from troopers for assistance in finding a sport utility vehicle driven by David Forster, a 33-year-old Kenai fishing guide.

Photo: Call of the riled
Priscilla Feral, president of the animal rights group Friends of Animals, leads a protest of Alaska's state-sponsored aerial wolf-shooting program Saturday at the entrance to New York's Rockefeller Plaza. Alaska's predator control program allows pilots and hunters to shoot wolves from airplanes.

Whales go by Oregon on their way south from Alaska waters
Thousands of gray whales are passing by Oregon on their annual migration from their Alaska feeding grounds to Baja, Calif., and about 200 trained volunteers will be stationed along the coast to help people spot them.

This Day in History
In Alaska; in the nation; in the world.

Sen. Stevens' sled dogs getting an education from Iditarod champion
U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens has sent his pair of 6-month-old husky pups to Alaska from their Washington, D.C., home for a little education. The pups - named Taz and Keely - are learning about sled dog racing from four-time Iditarod winner Susan Butcher and her husband, Dave Monson, a Yukon Quest champion.

Meat from infected cow reached Alaska
Investigators disclosed today that they have found meat cut from a Holstein sick with mad cow disease was sent to four more states - including Alaska - and one territory.

Photo: A little off the top
Matt Tyrrell shovels snow from the roof of his family's home on Christmas Eve in Kenai. Ashley Thornton watches from the comfort of the living room below. The rooftop accumulation was part of several inches of snowfall Kenai received last week.

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