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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

AJ Mine, Second Crossing to be vetted in Assembly goals
The AJ Mine and a second crossing to Douglas are arguably the two most contentious issues on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly’s top 10 list for 2011.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

IRS changes deadlines for coming filing season
New Year’s Day has passed, which means tax season is coming up fast. In preparation, the Internal Revenue Service has announced some changes to look out for.

Medal of Honor recipients visit Juneau
Looking out at a sea of young United States Coast Guardsmen, 67-year-old retired U.S. Army Maj. Drew Dix, a Medal of Honor recipient said, “The faces don’t change, the uniforms do.”

Photo: Breaking the ice to clear the path
Ethan Knuthson breaks up ice in front of the Alaskan Hotel on Monday on South Franklin Street. Warmer temperatures are to prevail for the next couple of days.

Police and fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

'President Madison' visits Auke Bay
Students at Auke Bay Elementary were treated to a presidential visit Tuesday when the fourth United States president spoke at several classes.

AML: Proposed changes by APOC unclear
The Alaska Public Offices Commission, or APOC, has proposed a lengthy set of new regulations regarding financial disclosure. However, the Alaska Municipal League contends APOC’s methods for explaining these new rules are inadequate.

Juneau man gets reduced domestic violence sentence
A change of plea agreement between defense attorney Julie Willoughby and Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp resulted in a felony domestic violence charge being reduced to a misdemeanor for 25-year-old Irl Fredrickson in Juneau Superior Court on Monday.

Second 'Romeo' assailant sentenced for game violations
Jeffrey Peacock of Lebanon, Pa, the hunter who was guided by Juneau resident Park Myers during a series of big game hunting violations that included the shooting of a black wolf widely believed to be one called “Romeo,” was sentenced at a change of plea hearing in Juneau District Court on Tuesday.

Residents: Don’t move the ‘Zac’ center
Residents seem to be supportive of the long-range Willoughby District Land Use plan except for one thing: Don’t touch the Zac Gordon Youth Center.

Photo: Sprucing up Egan Drive overpass
About 50 stuffed animals decorate the metal wetlands artwork along the Egan Drive overpass Monday at Sunny Point.

Photo: Remnants of New Year’s Eve
The remnants of fireworks from a New Year’s Eve celebration were left in a Mendenhall Glacier parking lot in the Tongass National Forest Recreation Area

Katherine E. Shaw
Katherine E. Shaw died Dec. 19, 2010, in Juneau. She was 101.

William (Bill) Frank Palmer
William (Bill) Frank Palmer died Jan. 2, 2011, at his Juneau home following a long fight with cancer. He was 42.

Karl H. Greenewald
Lifelong Hoonah resident Karl H. Greenewald Sr. died Jan. 1, 2011, surrounded by his loved ones at the Alaska Native Medical Center. He was born in 1928 in Hoonah of the Tákdeintaan Clan, Tax’ Hit (Snail House). His Tlingit names were Quaats and Too Heek Naa Haa.

Russia's twisted 'rule of law'
When Dmitry Medvedev became president of Russia two years ago he pledged to combat “legal nihilism,” the disrespect for law that feeds corruption and backwardness in his country.

Outside editorial: The pragmatic president
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My Turn: Thanks from United Way
It’s the end of 2010 and as we head into 2011 with renewed commitment to make the world and our lives better for our families, friends and community, I want to say, “Thank You” to all the donors and volunteers that have given this past year to or through United Way of Southeast Alaska.

My Turn: Insights on a developing China
A few weeks ago I completed a business trip to China, a journey I’ve made nearly 20 times since 1991. I offer my observations for the new political season.

Down the nuclear rabbit hole
Seven years after the U.S. government proclaimed victory over the rogue Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan, the seeds of catastrophe he sowed are still sprouting worldwide. Iran’s march toward an atomic bomb? We have Khan’s nuclear trafficking network to thank. North Korea’s continuing development of nuclear weapons? Again, Khan’s doing.

Containing Comcast
Federal regulators appear poised to bless Comcast’s proposed $30 billion takeover of NBC Universal, with conditions aimed at limiting Comcast’s ability to harm competitors. Those conditions would not speed innovation in the market for TV services, but at least they would blunt Comcast’s ability to impede online entrepreneurs and hinder rival networks.

Wash. company initiates clover recall
Sprouters Northwest of Kent, Wash. is recalling its clover and clover mix products because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed the recalled products have been distributed in Alaska.

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's Fireside lectures begin Jan. 7
The free Fireside Chat lecture series hosted by the U.S. Forest Service at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center begins Friday. Twelve programs will feature a variety of speakers on topics related to natural and human history. Presentations occur each Friday at 6:30 p.m. and repeat at 8 p.m. during January, February and March. The series kicks off this Friday with photographer John Hyde remembering Romeo, the Mendenhall black wolf.

Christmas tree recycling continues through Saturday
Christmas trees can be recycled for free through Saturday. All tinsel and ornaments need to be removed before trees are brought to the Lemon Creek landfill, 5600 Tongass Court at the city recycling center. Landfill hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Fresh wood chips also are available. Call 780-6009 for more information.

Savoonga seeks disaster help
ANCHORAGE — Savoonga is seeking disaster help from the state.

Resentencing trial set for SD murder suspect
RAPID CITY, S.D. — A resentencing trial has been scheduled to begin July 5 for an Alaska man who pleaded guilty to murdering a South Dakota man about 11 years ago.

Elderly bald eagle dies at National Zoo in DC
WASHINGTON — An elderly bald eagle has been euthanized at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo after falling ill.

Free downtown parking extended
Free parking in the downtown garages has been extended through Jan. 31. Parking in the new Downtown Transit Center garage is free. Parking at Marine Park Plaza also will continue this month. The Marine Park Garage will still offer four hours of hourly parking for free, and there is still a charge for permitted parking.

Mat-Su hires firm to help find new city manager
ANCHORAGE — The Mat-Su Borough is hiring an outside firm to find more candidates for city manager.

Voters to decide property tax break in 2012
FAIRBANKS — Alaska voters will decide in 2012 whether local governments can give homeowners a bigger tax break by increasing property tax exemptions.

Anchorage police say man died in apparent fall
ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police have identified a man who was found dead on an outdoor stairway on New Year’s Eve.

Anchorage teacher charged with sex abuse
ANCHORAGE — An Alaska high school music teacher is facing sex abuse charges.

Alaska jail inmate jumps to death from balcony
ANCHORAGE — An inmate jumped to his death from a balcony at an Alaska jail last weekend.

Reps. to push bills against genetically-modified fish
Two state representatives opposed to any federal government approval of the sale and consumption of genetically-modified salmon plan bills aimed at banning cultivation of genetically-modified fish in Alaskan waters and demanding strict labeling practices for farmed or genetically-modified fish.

Slushy course hampers Anchorage triathlon
ANCHORAGE — They ran like ducks through slush, leaped over a downed tree, and skied on scary glare ice. But when they finished Alaska’s first attempt at a winter triathlon, most of the racers said they had a blast.

EPA board stops Shell's Arctic clean air permits
ANCHORAGE — Alaska Native and conservation groups have succeeded in challenging clean air permits granted to Shell Oil to drill exploration wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas.

Music teacher charged with sex abuse
ANCHORAGE — An Alaska high school music teacher who is facing sex abuse charges told police he was in a “very dark place” when he crossed the line with the first choral student.

Palin's retweet on 'don't ask' raises questions
ANCHORAGE — Online pundits are trying to interpret Sarah Palin’s stance on “don’t ask, don’t tell” after she echoed an Internet post by a conservative lesbian commentator who slammed the opposition to the policy’s repeal.

Village power restored but problems persist
ANCHORAGE — Power was restored Monday to the village of Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island, but pipes that had frozen and burst during the outage were causing serious plumbing problems.

Cancer claims Crawford
ANCHORAGE — Larry Crawford, who held top posts for an Alaska governor and four Anchorage mayors, has died at age 73.

Anchorage skier wins her 1st national championship
ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage cross country skier has won her first national championship.

New Anchorage fireworks law may be modified
ANCHORAGE — Some Anchorage Assembly members say they want to repeal or modify a new law that allowed fireworks on private property over New Year’s Eve.

Natural gas plan ready for financing
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Gasline Port Authority and its partners say a plan to expand natural gas supplies should be ready for financing this spring and could be delivering gas before 2013.

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