Saturday, January 2, 2010

3G service arrives for AT&T customers
Surfing the Internet while on the go got faster for some people in Juneau this week as AT&T expanded its 3G network.

Journey through space
About 7 p.m. Dec. 29, around 40 Juneauites took a journey through space and time - to New Zealand, on Dec. 19.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 1

Local man arrested on assault charges
Police arrested a 20-year-old man Wednesday night on felony domestic violence assault and resisting arrest charges after allegedly attempting to strangle a 41-year-old man in a Lemon Creek apartment.

Police seek felon allegedly involved in shooting
Police are seeking help from the public to locate a convicted felon allegedly involved in a shooting inside a Lemon Creek apartment Wednesday night. Nobody was injured.

Juneau residents express hope for new year
Peace and health; wilderness and exercise; promotions and capital-staying power.

Photo: Whale song
Holiday lights interpret whale song at the Noyes Outdoor Pavilion at the University of Alaska, Southeast on Tuesday.

Empire editorial: Resolutions for Juneau in 2010
It's that time of year again - saying good-bye to the old, ushering in the new, and setting goals for the upcoming year. Here are a few resolutions that should help get Juneau off to a good start in 2010:

Despite cracks, crystal ball sees all in new year
A year ago, we predicted Sarah Palin's resignation as Alaska's governor. Unfortunately, we missed almost everything else, including overly optimistic forecasts of Kay Bailey Hutchison's gubernatorial prospects and congressional approval ratings. Undaunted, we're back to try again in predicting 2010.

Ought Lang Syne
A turn of the calendar page and the ringing in of a new year is usually meaningless to me; my least favorite holiday. This year I'm making an exception. The decade of the "oughts" has been for naught, the most depressing in my lifetime, and it won't be over soon enough for me. I'm ready to celebrate almost anything but what we've had since 2000.

Don't mess with success in new year
Have you made your New Year's resolutions yet? No? I haven't either, because I have come to realize that if you live long enough you pretty well become accustomed to the way you are and find it tedious to try remaking your body, behavior and mind.

Rare moon a treat for infant 2010
Juneau residents may have missed the partial eclipse of the moon Thursday morning due to an untimely sunrise and moonset, but it's unlikely they missed the brilliant fullness that graced clear skies New Year's Eve.

Local otters make recent tracking trip a family affair
Just before Christmas, I returned from a sojourn in Chile. I left on one of the longest days of their year and returned to one of Juneau's shortest days. To help myself get back into winter mode and shake off the staleness of airplanes and airports, I went animal tracking in the fresh snow.

Eaglecrest promotes 'Learn-A-Snow Sport Month' for January
Gov. Sean Parnell is urging Alaskans this winter to get off the couch and into the outdoors.

Resolving to improve fruitcake, training habits and resolutions
No fruitcake was harmed in the making of this column. At this time next year, however, there will be serious damage to fruitcakes as I am resolving this year to make a more edible fruitcake.

On the hook
Show us your big fish

Unit 4 closures announced for brown bear, mountain goat
JUNEAU - Hunters are reminded that all of Unit 4 is now closed for the hunting of brown bears (registration hunt RB077) beginning Thursday, Dec. 31. Additionally, the registration hunt (RG150) for mountain goats on Baranof Island is now also closed.

Wild shots

Bohrer named AP's Juneau correspondent
JUNEAU - Becky Bohrer, a reporter for The Associated Press in New Orleans, has been named correspondent in Juneau.

Husband finds body of missing wife
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say the body of a woman has been found, four days after her husband reported her missing.

Permanent Fund donation campaign begins today
ANCHORAGE - Alaskans are encouraged to start the New Year off by donating all or part of their Permanent Fund Dividend. Jan. 1 was the first day Alaskans can go online to apply for their PFD, and it's the second year they'll have the option to Pick. Click. Give. to qualifying nonprofit organizations, community foundations or campuses of the University of Alaska.

Black Bear chairlift back in new year
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area's new Black Bear Chairlift will start the year off right by returning to operation today, one day earlier than expected.

Interim Alaska forester appointed
JUNEAU - U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced Thursday the appointment of Ruth Monahan as acting regional forester in Alaska.

Troopers recover stolen hockey gear
FAIRBANKS - Troopers have recovered hockey equipment stolen in November from Delta Junction.

Parnell issues storm disaster declaration
JUNEAU - Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has issued a state disaster declaration for the city of Seward and the Kenai Peninsula Borough for damage caused by a sea storm.

Skate park closing through February
JUNEAU - Pipeline Skate Park will be closed for repair and maintenance starting Monday and lasting through Feb. 27.

Recycling Christmas trees begins Monday
JUNEAU - Your Christmas tree may not be getting any greener, but it can help you be.

Tainted North Pole water wells under investigation
FAIRBANKS - Public health officials say they're about a month away from determining the safety of water near the Flint Hills refinery in North Pole after numerous wells have been found tainted by chemicals.

Captain, second mate of grounded tug relieved of duties
ANCHORAGE - A tugboat captain and second mate have been relieved of duty after their vessel ran aground on the same reef as the Exxon Valdez 20 years ago.

Anchorage hires attorney for pending beluga negotiations
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan has hired a former federal fisheries official to help negotiate through pending federal designation of critical habitat for Cook Inlet's beluga whales.

Defense does it
The girls' basketball season is barely five games old for Juneau-Douglas, but the last team of the past decade and the first team of the new decade already has the look of something special in the making.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning today, Jan. 1, Sports In Juneau information must be submitted online at http://calendar.juneauempire.com. Submissions via e-mail, phone, fax or other will no longer be accepted. For more information e-mail webteam@juneauempire.com

Minimum wage to increase today
Minimum pay for hourly work today goes to $7.75 an hour, up from $7.25.

Palin led strange year in politics
ANCHORAGE - Sarah Palin stepped down as Alaska governor and became larger than life. Former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens saw corruption charges dropped but not forgiven. And two convicted state lawmakers were freed pending reviews of their bribery cases.

Senator wants gas price regulation
ANCHORAGE - A state senator from Anchorage is calling for gas prices to be regulated, saying oil refineries have been gouging Alaskans at the pump

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