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."

Police and fire
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Photos: Cleaning up after Mother Nature
Snowblower: A man known as Rosie clears snow out of his and his neighbor's driveway Monday on Back Loop Road. "This is picture postcard weather," Rosie said.

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

Photo: Let the games begin
Juneau-Douglas' Karli Brakes, left, steals the ball from South Anchorage's Heidi Pichler in their opening game in the 20th Annual Princess Capital City Classic basketball tournament Monday at the JDHS gym. The Crimson Bears won 76-17. For more photos and game stories, check today's Sports section. The tournament runs through Wednesday.

Police & Fire
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Land use fee increase to be implemented
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly approved land use fee increases that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2011.

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

Photo: Energy Star
Curtis Blackwell, Juneau School District lead mechanic, installs an Energy Star Award next to the front doors of Juneau-Douglas High School. JDHS was one of four schools in the district to receive the award this year. Floyd Dryden Middle School, Auke Bay Elementary School and Gastineau Elementary also received the award, given by the Environmental Protection Agency for energy efficiency.

Photo: Exercise break
Jill Sandleben takes her 10-year-old border collie and Australian shepherd mix, Cassie, out for a lunchtime exercise break Monday at Twin Lakes.

Rudolph (Rudy) William Maier
Rudolph (Rudy) William Maier died at his Juneau home on Aug. 17, 2010, among family and friends. He spent most of his years in Juneau, the city he loved his entire life.

Outside editorial: Doubts about the death penalty emerging in Texas
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Worthy data-collecting requires diligent oversight
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Borders, security remain roadblocks to Mideast peace
Having spent 20 months chasing an elusive Israeli settlement freeze, the Obama administration has now launched a new effort on borders and security whose chances of success are almost as dubious.

Spanish classes thriving in US colleges
Good news for those of us who want increasingly closer U.S. ties with Spanish-speaking countries: a new study shows that more U.S. college students are enrolling in Spanish classes than in any other foreign language.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

University of Missouri dropping 16 degree offerings
COLUMBIA, Mo. - A state-mandated review of academic programs has led to a University of Missouri plan to eliminate 16 degree options in coming years.

N. Idaho tech high school hoping for faster start
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Supporters of a planned professional technical high school in northern Idaho hope a bill slated for the 2011 Idaho Legislature will expedite the project.

Alaska Travel Industry Association Foundation seeks applicants for tourism scholarships
The Alaska Travel Industry Association Foundation is taking applications for scholarships through Jan. 14. ATIA scholarship application forms are available at

Fewer senior citizens take free classes at U of A
FAIRBANKS- Fewer senior citizens are taking advantage of a free-tuition program at the University of Alaska.

McCarthy to get Internet, wired phone access
VALDEZ - The tiny town of McCarthy in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve will finally get broadband Internet and wired telephone service if a proposal is approved by the National Parks Service.

Alaska attorney general begins work
JUNEAU - Alaska's new attorney general is now officially on the job.

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

Tour de force
It was a show of force Monday evening in the Juneau-Douglas High School gym, and the defending 4A girls' state champion Crimson Bears flexed some serious muscle.

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.

Photo: Young and old
Juneau-Douglas' Trevor Held, left, passes off the puck as he is hit by Alumni Logan Miller in Monday's JDHS Hockey Alumni game at Treadwell Arena.

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.

Miller lifts certification opposition, fights on
JUNEAU- Republican Joe Miller is making a last-ditch effort to invalidate the results of Alaska's U.S. Senate race following two stinging defeats in state courts.

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.

Ocean power projects raise concern about salmon
TACOMA, Wash. - The quest for green energy is increasingly focused on ocean power such as tidal and wave generators. But some scientists are raising concerns about whether those projects could interfere with salmon and other species with sensitive internal compasses.

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.

Court rejects man's appeal in death of physicist
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Court of Appeals has rejected an Alaska man's request for a new sentence on a manslaughter conviction in the traffic death of a world-renowned physicist.

Natural Gas Authority audit prompts rebuttal from board chair
A state legislative audit that suggested the voter-created Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority may be on the cusp of outliving its usefulness and has "stretched the bounds of its statutory authority" drew a sharp rebuttal from its chairperson. The Division of Legislative Audit study recommended that the Legislature study whether the time is coming to end the public corporation's mission.

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