Palin family did respond to threat made in Juneau
One of the events discussed in former Gov. Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue, " was a disturbing occurrence that affected the family: a vile threat made against Palin's daughter, Willow, while she was attending school in Juneau.

Photo: Shimmering new trend
Gina Markovich, left, looks at silk "hair-shimmerze" in her daughter, Maranda's, hair as Gema Thomas, right, knots more colors into individual hair strands on the back of Miranda's head Sunday in Exclusively Yours. The silk strands last as long as a year. "It's a new fad here," Thomas said. "It's been going on down South for a while."

Around Town
Today, Dec. 28

Juneau shoppers spend a little more this season
Holiday shoppers spent a little more in Juneau this season compared to last year, local retailers said.

Around Town
Today, Dec. 29

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

City cushions some projects against cuts
A $2 million infusion from Juneau's sustainability fund will likely soften the impact of a projected sales tax shortfall for several city projects.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

City ramps up search for new snow storage site
A plan to pave a tour bus parking lot at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center has intensified the city's search for new places to store snow.

Photo: Capital City Classic
Juneau's Hannah Swofford, right, and East's Ashleigh Owens go for a rebound Monday during the opening night of the Capital City Classic basketball tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School. The JDHS girls' team turned the visiting East Anchorage Thunderbirds' first five possessions into turnovers, rolling to a 75-29 win on opening night of the tournament. For more coverage of this and the boy's game, see page B1 of today's Empire. To view more photos of the event, visit the Web at

Photo: Extended season
Butch Rose waits with hunting companions, Reva, left, and Elle on the Mendenhall Wetlands. Rose shot his first duck here in 1968 and has been hunting ever since. This season closes Dec. 31. "They extended us two weeks this year," Rose said. "It was two more weeks to walk the dogs; they love it out here."

Photo: Settling in

Photo: Winter golf
Jason Shima, left, and Andy Fritz play their way through the miniature golf course Monday at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center. Titled "Around the World in 9 Holes," the event is sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council as a fundraising effort to repay the city for recent renovations at the JACC. Wednesday is the last day the course will be set up.

Sonja Felkl
Former Juneau resident Sonja Felkl died unexpectedly at her home in Eugene, Ore., on July 17, 2009. She was 63.

Leslie Phillips
Juneau resident Leslie Charles Phillips died peacefully Dec. 21, 2009, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was 64.

Unconnected dots
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Outside editorial: Let illegal immigrants buy into health plans
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Malfunctions in security
Had it not been for a malfunctioning detonator, nearly 300 people traveling on a Christmas Day flight might have perished. Only the faulty device, along with some fast-acting passengers, prevented a disaster.

The great sideshow of 2009
In September 2008, as the worst of the financial crisis engulfed Wall Street, George W. Bush issued a warning: "This sucker could go down." Around the same time, as Congress hashed out a bailout bill, New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, the leading Republican negotiator of the bill, warned that "if we do not do this, the trauma, the chaos and the disruption to everyday Americans' lives will be overwhelming, and that's a price we can't afford to risk paying."

Americans are doing well on the happiness meter
Conventional wisdom seems to be that this decade was a somewhat shoddy start to the millennium. We watched multiple unsustainable bubbles deflate before our eyes (tech stocks, home values, Tiger Woods). And, as many commentators have been eager to remind us, we close the year with higher debt, fewer jobs and deep political divisions.

Failing the US system
It's tempting to look at Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's foiled attack on a Detroit-bound airplane as an isolated incident. But the frightening fact is that the Nigerian suspect is far from alone.

U.S. must resist Russia's 'sphere'
As Washington and Moscow zero in on a new strategic arms control treaty, it is time to look at what lies ahead in U.S.-Russian relations. The greatest gap between Western and Russian thinking today may not be on Afghanistan or Iran. It may well be on Europe. The first signs of the unraveling of the European security system built after the Cold War are evident.

Twisting arms in Senate? It's not a big deal
Cash for Cloture! Cornhusker Kickback! Louisiana Purchase!

Parnell adds spring AMHS ferry runs
KODIAK - Gov. Sean Parnell has ordered the Alaska Marine Highway System to schedule more ferry runs between Homer and Dutch Harbor.

Students left in debt after flight school closes its doors
BEND, Ore. - The federal government has indicted the owners of a Bend-based helicopter flight school for allegedly defrauding banks and commercial lenders out of $19 million - leading the men to shutter their flight school and leaving school's students with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, no licenses and legal battles.

Mount Redoubt volcano rumbles again
ANCHORAGE - Alaska's Mount Redoubt volcano is rumbling again.

Man arrested after Anchorage standoff
ANCHORAGE - A 48-year-old man was arrested after an hours-long standoff with Anchorage police.

School District recruiting budget committee members
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District is recruiting five community members interested in serving on a budget committee for the 2011 fiscal year.

Earthquake hits in sea off Kodiak island
ANCHORAGE - A 5.1-magnitude earthquake has struck near Kodiak island, but there have been no reports of injury or damage.

Palin's daughter seeks full custody of baby
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska judge's ruling has revealed a heated legal custody battle between Sarah Palin's daughter and the father of Palin's grandson.

States weigh marijuana reform
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington is one of four states where measures to legalize and regulate marijuana have been introduced, and about two dozen other states are considering bills ranging from medical marijuana to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the herb.

Two Wash. men shot outside Idaho bar
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Police in northern Idaho said two Washington state men were shot in Coeur d'Alene early Sunday morning, and a third man from Idaho who is thought to be the gunman has been taken into custody.

Chase on Christmas ends with 48 charges
BEND, Ore. - Police officers arrested a 58-year-old woman on drunken driving and other charges on Christmas after a wild pursuit in Bend.

Oregon businesses get bogus award
EUGENE, Ore. - Businesses in Lane County received award notices that may be a someone's scheme to get companies to purchase plaques.

Capital City countdown
The 19th year of the Capital City Classic boys' and girls' basketball tournament tips off today, with the host Crimson Bears taking on the East Anchorage girls and Wrangell boys at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Bears send message in first round of tourney
The Crimson Bears sent a message Monday night: This is our house, and our tournament.

Injuries can't keep Bears' Fenumiai down for long
With the high school football season an almost distant memory, it's time for a different Fenumiai to step into the sports limelight.

Boys earn first win of season, 63-49
Juneau-Douglas made seven 3-pointers and got 33 points off the bench for a complete team effort on the way to its first boys' basketball win of the season Monday, 63-49 over 3A Wrangell in the opening round of the Capital City Classic at JDHS.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail

Palmer girls edge Service 44-38
The Palmer Moose escaped with a win over the Service Cougars Monday afternoon 44-38 in the teams' first Capital City Classic matchups.

High-speed Internet project begins in Southwest
ANCHORAGE - Work on a high-speed Internet project for 53 villages in Southwest Alaska will begin this spring, thanks to a $25.3 million federal economic stimulus grant awarded to Sea Lion International, a subsidiary of the Hooper Bay village Native corporation.

Rachel Yould: Victim or schemer?
ANCHORAGE - Who is Rachel Yould?

Geoduck clam prices a boost for divers in Southeast
KETCHIKAN - Homely as they may seem, geoduck clams are fetching a pretty penny for commercial harvest divers in Southeast Alaska this season.

People magazine shines spotlight on Alaska artist
HOMER - When Karin Marks, owner of Art Shop Gallery in Homer, got a call from People magazine in July, she thought the person on the other end of the phone wanted to sell her a subscription. When the long-distance caller told Marks People was looking for handmade ornaments from each of the 50 states, had Googled galleries around the country and narrowed their Alaska search down to hers, Marks was skeptical.

Alaska mayor heading home in rescue truck
HOUSTON - Houston Mayor Roger Purcell is heading home in a rescue truck, but he's not a patient.

Tug that ran into reef towed to port
VALDEZ - A crippled tugboat that spilled fuel into Alaska's Prince William Sound after hitting the same reef that caused the Exxon Valdez oil disaster 20 years ago reached port early Sunday morning, a spokesman for the tug's owner said.

Fuel off-loaded from tug
ANCHORAGE - Crews continued Monday to remove fuel from a damaged tugboat that went aground on Bligh Reef - the same reef encountered by the Exxon Valdez oil tanker in the nation's worst oil spill.

Alaska Santa letter effort boosted by USPS controversy
FAIRBANKS - Volunteers in Alaska's interior have reaped unexpected benefits from the brief cancellation of a popular program where "elves" answered children's letters to Santa Claus.

Dentist wants to help bald eagle get beak back
ANCHORAGE - Dr. Kirk Johnson has convinced hundreds of young people to let him take an impression of their teeth. The process is similar, but a lot trickier, when the impression is being taken of the beak of a bald eagle.

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