Business Digest
Staff reports of local businesses

Reject one-man rule
President Bush should be censured by Congress for acting on the belief that he has the authority to set aside federal statutes passed by Congress.

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.

Fallout from illiteracy
Wasn't that U.S. Department of Education adult literacy study interesting (Empire, Dec. 16)?

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.

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.

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.

Filling orders with a vacuum
Black Feather Boats aims to copy an 8-year-old catamaran charter boat from Seattle that sits on the Juneau start-up company's property.

Photo: Dazzling dancing light display
The Juneau-Douglas High School Dance team performs its "Light March" on Wednesday during the 15th annual Capital City Classic basketball tournament at the JDHS gym.

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.

Images from another time: Sinking of the Prinsendam, 1980
A lifeboat hangs from the luxury liner Prinsendam as it drifts abandoned in the Gulf of Alaska in October 1980.

Police seeking answers on crash
Friends of Jody Watson who haven't forgotten the 25-year-old woman who died Aug. 31 on Brotherhood Bridge are wondering if Juneau police have.

Around Town
Around town is a listing of nonprofit local events

Businesses offer free rides home on New Year's Eve
A new program is in the works this New Year's Eve to ensure that all the people who celebrate with libations will make it home safely.

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

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: 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.

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.

Thank you
... for helping InterAct

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.

Barry William Notestine
Juneau resident Barry William Notestine, 53, died Dec. 25, 2005, in Juneau.

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

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

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

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.

Alaska editorial: ANWR facts get lost
You've got to give Uncle Ted points for tenacity, but even the Incredible Hulk couldn't win this one.

Alaska editorial: Another gov't handout
As the Dec. 30 dates nears for the official release of bills prefiled for the coming legislative session, there's at least one idea that should be stopped at the starting line.

Crimson Bears boys defeat Kilsyth
Clutch second-half shooting and a deep bench propelled the Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team to a 63-55 win over Club Kilsyth of Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday.

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.

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

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.

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.

Capital City Classic box scores
Wednesday at Juneau-Douglas High School

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.

Crimson Bears top Kilsyth to stay unbeaten
The Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 51-34 win over Club Kilsyth of Victoria, Australia, on Wednesday.

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

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

Ketchikan precipitation nears record
Ketchikan is famous for liquid sunshine and rubber boots, but this year's rainfall is inching toward the record books.

Alaska Digest
Staff reports from around the state

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.

Fish and Game could get 10% boost
Some spending items tucked into the governor's recent state budget proposal are getting cheers from commercial fishermen.

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.

Ice carving festival could host 'Ice Age 2' premiere
A festival that attracts the world's elite ice sculptors to Alaska's frigid interior each year may feature another draw in the next event: the star-studded premiere of "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown."

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

Cinema Guide
what's playing at the box office

Ring in the New Year
People looking for one last party in 2005, as well as the first party of 2006, will have plenty of choices Saturday, Dec. 31.

Juneau's Young Punks
Devin Damitio leans into the microphone, one foot forward, one foot back, his blonde locks peeking out of his black stocking cap as he belts out the words to Green Day's "Holiday."

Killer obsession
Actress Gina Spartz and director Terry Cramer's latest collaboration on Perseverance Theatre's second stage, "Frozen," has a lot in common with their previous project, Tony Kushner's "Homebody."

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