Sunday, December 30, 2007

Taku salmon will not be put at risk
Last week, Rod Cadmus of Southeast Alaska Conservation Council wrote to express his opinion that former Gov. Murkowski's permitting changes will put the Taku River at risk from the proposed Tulsequah Chief Mine.

Men cut each other in fight downtown
Two men fighting Thursday night shortly before 10:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Fourth Street cut each other with knives, according to police.

Year in Review
From legislative corruption to overwhelming snow, from court showdowns over mining to Bong Hits 4 Jesus, Juneau residents had plenty of news to ponder in 2007.

Correction
The Neighbors photo on Dec. 26 titled "Dancer gives to toy drive" incorrectly stated that the U.S. Coast Guard sponsored the Great Alaskan Toy Drive. It was sponsored by the Alaska Army National Guard.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

Photo: Still in good spirits
Ashley Troutt maintains her sense of humor Saturday as she waits for a tow truck after her truck slid into a ditch on Fish Creek Road.

Photo: Clearing a path
Amanda Jones shovels the sidewalk in front of her house Saturday at Tenth Street and Glacier Avenue.

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

Pamela Carol Dunker
Longtime Juneau resident Pamela Carol Dunker died Dec. 23, 2007. She was 52.

Empire editorial: A look back at 2007, hope for the future
As we take stock of the past year and count the good with the bad, we can't help but be hopeful for the new year, because even past challenges offer newopportunities.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Emissions ruling shows the GOP's 'small government' talk is just that
One durable Republican staple is the alleged commitment to "small government." I've heard this repeatedly during the GOP presidential debates.

My Turn: State supervisors deserve pay raises
Supervisors employed by the state of Alaska have been without a labor contract since July 1. These nonexempt supervisors, many of whom work as program managers, are the "backbone" of state government.

Still time to train for Tour of Anchorage
More than 1,000 feet above Anchorage on the slopes of the Chugach Front Range, skiers serious about the Tour of Anchorage have for the past month been grinding themselves into shape along the route of a World War II-era gas line that hauled fuel from Whittier to the military bases in Anchorage.

Looking both ways and going forward
Our Turning The Tides column has been coming out every Sunday for the past three months. So far, we've discussed the importance of oceans for all things living, and to us personally.

Ten thousand Juneau birds
If you think there are a lot of ravens in Juneau, you're right.

Photos: Strange Ice
Professional photographer David Job visited the Herbert River this month and found unusual ice formations.

Outdoor Digest
Hunter Education Facility to offer course

The Denali Highway goes to the dog mushers in the winter
In the summer, the Denali Highway is a popular tourist destination.

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.

Fourth-quarter surge gives Redmond girls Capital City Classic title
The Redmond High School girls basketball team from Redmond, Wash., showed poise in the fourth quarter to down Juneau-Douglas 63-53 to win the Capital City Classic on Saturday.

Photo: Holiday hockey tournament
Billy Holbrook, right, celebrates getting a shot past goalie Garrett Cheeseman, left, during a Juneau Douglas Ice Association holiday tournament Division 1 game Thursday at Treadwell Arena.

JDHS boys fall in Classic final
For a fourth straight year, the Capital City Classic boys basketball title will reside Outside.

DOT head braces for busy year
Leo von Scheben got a free pass from lawmakers in his first year as Department of Transportation commissioner. But 2008 will be different, and he knows it.

Soldiers falsify fishing, hunting licenses
Of those who falsify information on their hunting or fishing licenses, members of the military are the easiest to catch, according to wildlife troopers.

Biologists predict an average sockeye year for Cook Inlet
State biologists predict both commercial fishermen and anglers seeking Upper Cook Inlet sockeye salmon next year will have good years.

Galvin: Oil companies bluffing about tax
The three major oil companies that operate on Alaska's North Slope say they are reviewing their investments in Alaska now that they'll have to pay more taxes, but state Revenue Commissioner Pat Galvin on Friday treated the statements as a bluff.

Mat-Su animal shelter property under contention
A former Iditarod musher said he wants satisfaction from the Matanuska-Susitna Borough for seizing his malnourished dogs three years ago and curtailing his mushing career.

This Day in History
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Alaska Digest
Christmas treedisposal offered; Police seek suspect in knife threat; One killed in crash on Tongass Highway; Tiger dies at Alaska Zoo in Anchorage; Police officers foundjustified in shooting; Man dragged by truck was drunk

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