Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Along for the ride
Freezing temperatures and snowy winter nights are enough to make most people want to stay indoors this holiday season, but for a mighty few, the weather is one of many obstacles in a day's work.

Success in 2006
With 2006 just around the corner, it's time to start making your annual New Year's resolutions. And for those in the hunt for a job, looking to change careers or seeking growth in their current position, making the right resolution could be the key to a happy new year.

Better to build bridge to somewhere
On Annette Island the military are building a road to Metlakatla from Race Point just across the channel from Mountain Point in Ketchikan.

Time to educate America on ANWR
The U.S. Congress failed, after almost three decades, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.

Let's get spending priorities straight
I have been homeless in Juneau in the winter with snow up to my knees and even considered suicide because I could hardly bear it.

No cause to celebrate
Silent night, unholy night, how can we be calm while so many die?

Is anyone paying attention?
I remember walking by the Brotherhood Bridge and looking at all the in memoriam offerings, but I did not know to whom they had been left.

Senator puts citizens in bad light
Sen. Stevens has acted in a way that is an embarrassment to the people of Alaska. I suppose that is his style, but it puts Alaskans in a bad light.

New foundation hopes to increase Juneau students' access to technology
A group of Juneau-Douglas High School graduates have started a foundation to ensure the city's youth have the same access to technology in school they had.

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

Recycle center expands
Don't throw away your Christmas catalogs quite yet. The City and Borough of Juneau and Waste Management are expanding the recycling capabilities at the Recycling Center at 5600 Tonsgard Court in Lemon Creek.

Road work progresses
Work remains on a stretch of Glacier Highway between Tee and Amalga harbors, but the 6.2 miles of road is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2006.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Hurt soldier receives Purple Heart
A critically injured soldier with roots in Southeast Alaska was awarded a Purple Heart by the U.S. Army, family members announced this week.

Photo: Capital City Classic begins
Carson City, Nev., Senators high school basketball player Nicole Scott practices Monday at Juneau-Douglas High School gym.

Juneau shoppers waited, bought much
Juneau retailers report that shoppers were late to buy gifts but purchased enough goods to make this season more profitable than others.

Photo: Christmas cleanup
Guy Gleason feeds a bonfire driftwood Sunday at Sandy Beach. Gleason spent a balmy Christmas Day burning driftwood and cleaning up garbage that had built up on the Douglas beach.

Sons of Norway donates to Juneau Soccer Club
The Sons of Norway, Svalbard Lodge of Juneau, recently gave a $1,000 donation to the Juneau Soccer Club U-16 team, Juneau Reign.

Photo: GCI aids Red Cross
Director of Operations for GCI Warren Russell, left, presents a $500 check to Southeast Director of the American Red Cross George Briggs for local disaster response efforts and ongoing community health and safety training.

Photo: Unions benefit United Way
Central Labor Council President Max Mielke, left, and Juneau Building Trades President Mike Notar smile as they present United Way of Southeast Alaska campaign director Kristin Mahle with two checks totaling $2,500.

Thank you
... for helping InterAct

Dems help Glory Hole
Members of the Juneau Democratic Party rally to contribute to the Glory Hole during the Christmas and holiday season.

Clum and Flanders marry
Nickie Clum of Juneau and Will Flanders of Fairbanks were married in a ceremony Dec. 3, 2005, at the home of Heidi and Gary Stears in Juneau. A reception followed at the same place.

Melvin McDougal
Former Juneau resident Melvin McDougal, 72, died Dec. 22, 2005, in Corvallis, Ore.

Kyla Rea Nordgren
Kyla Rea Nordgren, 21 days, died Dec. 6, 2005, at Providence Children's Hospital in Anchorage.

Walter Duane Reyes
Former Juneau resident Walter Duane Reyes, 43, died Dec. 23, 2005, in Paul, Idaho.

Alaska editorial: Heed expert - all-Alaska gas pipeline line is bad idea
Alaska's elected officials, appointed officials, corporate officials and others with a personal or financial interest have long argued the merits of the so-called all-Alaska gas line.

My Turn: Public won when council pulled back charter IFQs
Gov. Frank Murkowski and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner McKie Campbell are due real plaudits from all of us for their firm stand against the charter boat individual fishing quotas at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting on Dec. 8. Their firm leadership led a watershed vote to rescind those predatory IFQs.

The national (yawn)debt - so what's the big deal?
Sometime this spring our national debt is expected to reach the debt ceiling Congress once set in a futile effort to limit deficit spending.

Capital City Classic Box Scores
Tuesday at Juneau-Douglas High School

Egolf's shot lifts JDHS to overtime win
Will Egolf's basket, with 2.3 seconds left in overtime, lifted the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team to a 62-60 win over Wasilla on Tuesday at the 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.

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.

JDHS girls open the season with a victory
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team utilized a suffocating second-half defense to open the season with a win.

Northwest Digest
Staff reports from around the state/the Northwest

State ponders ban on feeding of eagles
The eagles are returning to the Homer Spit, as the "Eagle Lady" has resumed her winter feeding program. The professional photographers and expensive "photo safaris" will follow soon.

Alaska - Will that be cash or credit?
A satirical Washington Post article sparked a flurry of media interest this month with its proposal that the United States trade Alaska back to Russia for $1 trillion.

State says new tundra travel guidelines working
A state report says new guidelines allowing earlier travel by heavy equipment across sensitive North Slope tundra appear to be accurately predicting that the terrain will not be damaged.

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

Bird counters note increase in starlings
An unwelcome visitor showed up in growing numbers during the 2005 Anchorage Christmas Bird Count.

Sponsors cover the state as initiative deadline nears
Signature gatherers scattered across Alaska are now finding out just how tough the state's new requirements are to place citizen initiatives on the ballot.

Arctic Power ponders new ANWR strategy
The nonprofit group that lobbies for the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to petroleum drilling is regrouping after the latest rejection by Congress.

Hole in fuselage forces Alaska Airlines jet to return to Sea-Tac

Bears kills in Anchorage tie record in 2005
A record-tying number of bears were killed this year in Anchorage.

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