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Photo: Christmas tree on display

Larry O'Keefe, left, and John Wright of the city's parks maintenance division set up a Christmas tree display at Marine Park on Tuesday.

A comeback story: Front Street Clinic fundraises for a stable future

It’s hard to believe the Front Street Clinic was once in danger of closing.

On Wednesday, two Filipino patients waited in the clinic’s lobby and chit-chatted in Tagalog as they waited to be seen. Office workers ran back and forth, looking at charts. The nurse practitioner treated several patients.

“It cracked so bad that I had to pull it out, but it won’t crack back in,” Michael John Townsend, one of the clinic’s patients, said of the bruised thumb on his right hand in one of the clinic’s examination rooms.

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Coast Guard blanket, coat drive underway

The annual Coast Guard blanket and coat drive is underway in Juneau, and so far, the donation bins have been overflowing.

Decorated bins, with signs asking for new or gently used items, were placed at seven different locations across the capital city last Wednesday.

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Photo: Sandy Beach pilings in the fog

Old pilings south of Sandy Beach are reflected in the calm waters of Gastineau Channel on Wednesday.

Around town for Friday, Nov. 27

Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176.

Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267.

Native Artist Market, 11 a.m., 320 W Willoughby Ave. A three-day Alaska Native Weekend Market.

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. T.J. Duffy to play variety of music.

Juneau Public Market, noon - 7 p.m., Centennial Hall and Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Details: JuneauPublicMarket.com.

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Alaska, British Columbia sign transboundary MOU

Gov. Bill Walker and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark signed a Memorandum of Understanding Wednesday morning committing to cooperation on transboundary issues, particularly related to concerns about mines on the Canadian side of the border that share waterways with near Southeast Alaska.

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City, state offices closed for holiday

All city and state government offices will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday. State offices will reopen Friday for “normal hours,” according to the State Department of Administration. City offices will remain closed through the weekend and will reopen on Monday, the city clerk said. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a variety of events during the weekend, however. Check online for an up-to-date list of events at www.juneau.org/parkrec/.

Police & Fire for Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Fire and medical

• On Tuesday, Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to six EMS calls, a transport call to a take a paitent from Bartlett Regional Hospital to Juneau International Airport, a fire alarm on Shaune Drive that was activated for unknown reasons, and a burn complaint on Glacier Highway.

Around town for Thursday, Nov. 26

Thanksgiving Day.


JEDC burglarized, computer stolen

The Juneau Police Department is asking for the public’s help involving a burglary earlier this week.

According to JPD, someone broke into the Juneau Economic Development Council building on Willoughby Avenue around 7:30 a.m. Monday. A Lenovo laptop computer valued at $500 was the only item reported stolen, said police, which spotlighted the burglary as their Crime of the Week.

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Red Cross Thanksgiving safety tips

On Nov. 25, The American Red Cross released a list of tips for a safe Thanksgiving.

“The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest times of the year for travelers and we want to make sure everyone remains safe on their trip,” said Beth Bennett, regional communications officer, Red Cross of Alaska. “Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we also have information cooks can follow to avoid a fire.”

For travel safety, they recommended obeying the rules of the road, not following other drivers too closely and ensuring vehicles are properly maintained.

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Photo: Sandy Beach sunrise

The rising sun peaks through the fog above Sandy Beach on Wednesday.

Empire office closed Thursday

The Juneau Empire and Capital City Weekly offices will be closed today so employees can spend Thanksgiving Day with friends and families. Our offices will open again at 8 a.m. Friday.

Black Friday buys at big-box stores

Juneau’s commercial scene is hardly dominated by big chain stores, but their annual day in the sun has come. The city’s big-box stores are preparing once again to draw Juneauites out of their turkey-induced comas with Black Friday deals on everything from the latest Star Wars merchandise to socks. After all, there’s nothing like big discounts on big-ticket items to encourage people to brave what will likely be a cold, rainy Friday morning.

Fred Meyer’s

Doors open: 5 a.m. Friday

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Shopping local to support a community

Maybe it’s 50 percent discounted electronics that inspire midnight shoppers on Black Friday, but for fans of sleeping in who still want a deal this weekend, local businesses have a few things planned with a charitable twist.

Several downtown shopkeepers will still open their doors Friday morning to showcase holiday sales (see full list below), but it’s Saturday when owners hope Juneauites opt to do the majority of their holiday shopping.

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There's going to be 57 fewer classroom teachers in the Anchorage School District if the school board moves forward with budget adjustments announced Friday by Superintendent Ed Graff.

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Kicking off Native Youth Olympics

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Spring cleanup is dirty work

Workers kick up a cloud of dust, illuminated by the setting sun, while cleaning a parking lot south of 15th Avenue. The weather is moving into a cloudier pattern, but…

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Conference committee set to resolve education bill versions

The Senate finally passed the education bill Monday afternoon, little changed from the version on its agenda since last week.

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Photos: Seahawks Super Bowl MVP visits College Gate school

Seattle Seahawk linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith does warmup exercises with sixth-graders at College Gate Elementary School on Friday.

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Wayne and Wanda

Unlucky in love? Wayne and Wanda offer their advice in matters of the heart.

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US soldier buried with Germans at end of WWII may finally be coming home

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Alaska National Guard members face accusations of sexual misconduct

A dozen members of the Alaska National Guard face charges of sexual misconduct in what members of the guard call a severe problem in the ranks.

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Conway Seavey nabs another Junior Iditarod crown

Following in his family's paw prints, Conway Seavey of Sterling claimed his second Junior Iditarod championship Sunday, outdueling Ben Harper for a two-minute victory in the 132-mile sled dog race.

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Reynolds repeats as Fur Rondy sled dog race victor

Accepting his trophy with his lead dog, Guts, Arleigh Reynolds told the crowd that this would be his last Rondy race.

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Blues Central owner looks back at shift in Anchorage nightlife

As he prepares for Blues Central's last jam session, this weekend, Frank Dahl reflects on a career in restaurants and bars across Alaska, and how the nightlife scene has changed…

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Health insurer that refused federal HIV/AIDS payments sued by advocates

An advocacy group has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to force insurance companies in Louisiana to take payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients.

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Lawmaker warns of legalized marijuana's social costs

House majority members on Thursday were asked about the potential tax revenues for the state should voters approve an initiative this summer legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

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Feds: No more false starts on Alaska gas pipeline

Federal agencies are ready to work on an Alaska liquefied natural gas project but don't want another false start, state lawmakers were told Wednesday.

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Buccaneer seeks state rebates after Homer gas well comes up dry

Buccaneer Alaska LLC plans to plug and abandon a closely watched natural gas exploration well near Homer that came up dry despite a $9 million drilling program. Now Buccaneer wants…

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What Alaska's top state officials were paid in 2013

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Market Fresh: Ninilchik smoked salmon takes top prizes in seafood contest

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Minimum wage initiative makes August ballot

An initiative letting voters decide whether to raise the minimum wage in Alaska has met the minimum signatory requirements to be on the Aug. 19 ballot.

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Student debt may hurt housing recovery by hampering first-time buyers

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Lawmaker challenges Parnell administration on commitment to renewable energy

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