Artists who died in 2007 include authors Mailer, Vonnegut
World War II service shaped the lives and careers of authors Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut, and in turn their works were profoundly influential in the Vietnam era.

New young adult fiction includes 'Killing Miss Kitty and Other Sins'
There's new young adult fiction on the shelves at all the public libraries. You can spot them easily by looking for the green label above the spine label.

Skeptical over Alaska housing market claim
As they say in bowling, bowlers lie but their averages don't. This is why I'm very skeptical of Alaska Housing Finance Corp.'s claim that the Alaska housing market is "steady overall."

Who is really a dropout?
Our community and our high school, like the rest of our country, has an issue with any of our high school students who drop out of school and fail to complete their diploma. I've heard many people reference Juneau's "high dropout rate."

In a Dec. 27 front-page article, the Juneau Empire incorrectly reported when Edith Trambitas died. She died in November 2006.

Photo: In for a short visit
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Rush sits tied up Thursday at the Coast Guard Dock. The ship, which is based in Honolulu, is tentatively scheduled to depart Juneau today.

District gets poor grades for lunch program
A recent state review of the Juneau School District food service program's compliance to National School Lunch Program standards left the district with a failing grade and funds withheld until corrections are made.

Around Town

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported

Business Digest
Brian Prellwitz joins Brown & Associates; Alaskan Brewing honored for safety; Black Feather Boats debuts new cruiser; GCI store to relocate in spring 2008

Photo: Seen worse winters
Longtime Juneau resident Alojzy (Al) Kuchta, 85, walks Thursday along a blustery Calhoun Avenue during his daily stroll though town. "The winter is too warm," said the retired fisherman, prospector, world-champion gold panner and former Polish citizen who survived six years of brutal Nazi forced labor during World War II.

Sweden, Norway Part VI
Long before my husband, Don, and I left Juneau for Sweden and Norway, we knew that Visby, Gotland, was a must see.

Photo: Heroes for the homeless
From left, Juneau-Douglas High School Interact Club officers Koko Urata and Paige Pahlke present Glory Hole Director George Briggs with a $1,043.70 check to the 160 homeless students in the Juneau School District.

Student artist in the spotlight: Brayden Massey-Jones
Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program.

Photo: Employees of the months
The four employees were nominated by their co-workers, and the selections were made by the SEARHC VISION Team (the medical center's leadership team). Each employee was honored during a staff meeting on Dec. 12.

Middle and high schools should start later in day
It's 6:50 in the morning, and I'm wrapped up in my big down blanket, sleeping peacefully until - beep, beep. My stupid alarm clock goes off.


Photo: Fred Meyer donates
From left, Cindy Hudson and Kathleen Case, of Fred Meyer, present George Briggs, executive director of the Glory Hole, with a $3,680 donation on Dec. 7 to be used for the purchase of new kitchen equipment.

Wilder, Harrison to wed
Alice Wilder and Danny Harrison, both of Juneau, will marry in a private service on Dec. 31, 2007, at the Chapel by the Lake.

Heidi Jo Koski, a lifelong Juneau resident, graduated from the University of Alaska 2007 Nursing Program on Dec. 16.; REACH Inc. recognized Judith Larochelle with the 2007 Employee of the Year award for the Assisted Living Home Program.

Start the year with prosperous food choices
In this country, New Year's is a holiday without the universal food traditions of a Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, there are a variety of regional and ethnic customs relating to foods eaten at New Year's.


Empire editorial: Fresh air for Juneau
Everyone should know the costs of smoking by now: health problems, addiction, pricey packs, cancer.

Pakistanis blame government, U.S.
I was supposed to interview Benazir Bhutto on Thursday night.

Outside editorial: Obey an order, or go to the rescue?
With 21 years' service as a D.C. firefighter, Lt. Gerald Burton is not exactly a novice when it comes to knowing how to respond to a call for help. He is also more than a little knowledgeable about the department's rules.

Big second half lifts Bears past Cobras
The Juneau-Douglas High School boys basketball team overcame a game Club Kilsyth team from Australia to win its Capital City Classic opener Thursday.

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.

Stepping in for Kodiak, JDHS girls lose
With the Kodiak girls basketball team unable to make it to Juneau for its 2 p.m. game against Redmond, Wash., High School, Juneau-Douglas stepped in to fill the void.

Crimson Bears overwhelm Lady Wolves
The Juneau-Douglas High School Lady Crimson Bears overwhelmed the Wrangell Lady Wolves 64-40 in their 2007 Capital City Classic basketball tournament opener Thursday evening.

Amber Alert led to arrest of fugitive mom
A woman with two boys on the lam from Texas was apprehended in a small southeast Alaska village after crew members on a regional ferry recognized them from photos issued by the Amber Alert system.

Reefs constructed in Lynn Canal
Two artificial reefs have been completed as part of an experimental project in Lynn Canal through a multi-agency partnership designed to enhance marine habitat.

Fires killed 24 across Alaska this year
Fires in Alaska have killed 24 people this year and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

Alaska Digest
Online applications for PFD open Jan. 1; 300 customers advised to boil water; Wagoner calls for an energy credit; Anchorage scoff laws face seizure of vehicles; The Tanana Chiefs Conference gets grant

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

BP reviews its spending plan for Alaska in 2008
BP is reviewing its 2008 spending plan for Alaska in response to a recent oil production tax increase.

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