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On the Trails: Trailside scrapbook

Here are some assorted observations from several winter walks, small things that stirred friends and my interest.A common sight in our forests is a "nurse log" that supports a row of small hemlocks and maybe a currant or blueberry bush...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-19/trails-trailside-scrapbook
Outdoors
Off the Beaten Path: 'Kayak Horizon'

...splashing the water for hours with a paddle, while not appearing to get any closer. If you know someone who has expressed interest in kayaking, consider staging an intervention. I only wish someone had set me straight before I crossed the "kayak horizon...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-19/beaten-path-kayak-horizon
Outdoors
Juneau Road not priority for Senate majority

...not come up during the retreat, Meyer said."It's not in the governor's budget; I don't think there's that much interest in bringing that up again this session," he said. "Now, under our current financial situation, it probably isn't going...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-19/juneau-road-not-priority-senate-majorit
Local
American Indian, Alaska Native organizations back transboundary protections

...it is that that would happen I really can't speculate. It comes down to whether the two countries see it in their mutual interest to resolve an issue that's of concern."ANB and ANS this fall resolved to support the United Tribal Transboundary Mining...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-19/american-indian-alaska-native-organi
Outdoors
Alaska ferry project caught in flap over US steel

...would be inconsistent with the public interest."In a letter to Alaska Gov. Bill...policies run counter to the economic interests of both the U.S. and Canada, as they...to resolve the issue would be a public interest waiver, Doer said.Walker responded...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-18/alaska-ferry-project-caught-flap-over-u
State
Husband and wife named Alaska State Writer Laureate and Individual Artist for 2015

...are talking about how the writer duties are going to play out and how we can participate together in that," she said. "My interest is in the book arts and so my hope is that it might provide some opportunity for me to spread the news about book arts and...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2014-12-18/husband-and-wife-soos-and-klass-both-hono
Art
Empire Editorial: Defend the Coast Guard

...and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, will be its focus. That puts the Coast Guard in the crossfire.Alaska's interests are best served by a strong and stable Coast Guard. The Department of Homeland Security can't provide that security.Where...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-16/empire-editorial-defend-coast-guard
Opinion
Obama withdraws Bristol Bay from offshore drilling

...look forward to working cooperatively, in Alaska's clear interest, with the federal government to safely and economically develop...president's decision at this time, given the industry's lack of interest in the area and a public divide over allowing oil and gas exploration...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-17/obama-withdraws-bristol-bay-offshore-dr
State
Is pro hockey headed to Vegas?

...have come to these games."Foley said that after two days of an initial website launch that 1,500 people had expressed interest in buying season tickets."I think what the ownership group is looking for, and ultimately what I think what would be important...

http://juneauempire.com/not-web/2014-12-16/pro-hockey-headed-vegas
Not For Web
Local Sports Calendar for Dec. 10

...December 11NORDIC SKIINGHome, 6 p.m., The Juneau Nordic Ski Club invites those in the community with even a passing interest in Nordic skiing to a festive event at the Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School commons area. Have a meal with friends, look for...

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2014-12-10/local-sports-calendar-dec-10
Sports

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