Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Use caution while enjoying the snow
The recent weather has set up conditions that are very conducive to avalanches. Heavy snow events followed by wind forms layers of snow and cornices (overhangs) which can easily break loose.

Remembering former publisher
I was saddened to have to read about Jeff Wilson's retirement in the Anchorage Daily News and not the Juneau Empire. Jeff was publisher of the Empire for 20 years and a great guy to work for.

Lottery had licensing lapse
The days leading up to a lottery organizer's visit to Juneau to sell tickets may be the subject of a state gaming investigation, though it shouldn't affect ticket holders or the $500,000 drawing scheduled for Friday.

Juneau grapples with winter weather
The New Year has seen above-average snowfall in its first several days after a snowier-than-average end to 2008.

Bartlett Regional Hospital delivers first baby of 2009
Juneau's first baby of 2009 was delivered Saturday at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

StoryCorps captures voices of Juneau history
It's difficult to condense decades of stories and memories into 40 minutes, but Juneau resident Alan Munro said it's worth a try.

Woman to lead city's volunteer firefighters
Moments after Beth Weldon got a new shield pinned on and a white helmet signifying her promotion to division chief of volunteer firefighters Monday night, radios sounded an electronic bloop because a call had just come in.

Photo: Hitting the slopes
Kaipo Tseu snowboards off a jump Monday near Sandy Beach, while his friends enjoy sledding. Juneau received 17.1 inches of snow through Monday. More snow is expected today.

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

Photo: Reflecting the sun
A late afternoon swath of sunlight highlights the snow-covered trees Sunday along the Mendenhall River. After several days of snow, bitter cold weather is forecasted to return today, with highs around 6 and a 30 mph east wind, creating wind chills to 25 below zero.

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

Around Town
Today

Correction
A story in Monday's edition on Redfern Resources Ltd.'s proposed year-round barging on the Taku River incorrectly stated that whether to designate the Lower Taku as "important habitat" would be Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd's call. The designation, which would add a layer of required scrutiny to the barging project's permitting, is up to Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin.

Around Town
Today

Edna M. Barger
Former Juneau resident Edna M. Barger, of Issaquah, Wash., died Jan. 3, 2009, in Kirkland, Wash. She was 76.

Carlotta Francisco
Former Juneau resident Carlotta Marucia Francisco died Dec. 28, 2008, in Mount Vernon, Wash. She was 74.

Roger Loren Hulse
Longtime Alaska and Juneau resident Roger Loren Hulse died of natural causes on Dec. 29, 2008. He was 49.

Ruth Ilene Ross
Former Juneau resident Ruth Ilene Ross died Jan. 4, 2009, in Pocatello, Idaho. She was 89.

Martin Pardes
Juneau resident Martin Pardes died peacefully on Jan. 5, 2009, at his daughter and son-in-law's home after an extended illness. He was 82.

Outside Editorial: Terms of the trade
Many forces helped propel Barack Obama to victory in the presidential election in 2008: the financial crisis, an unpopular war in Iraq, dissatisfaction with President Bush - not to mention his own considerable merits.

Outside editorial: A mammoth tale
A few weeks ago came news that scientists may one day try to resurrect a woolly mammoth, a long-extinct relative of today's elephants. But that's just the beginning, according to some scientists. Advances in genetic engineering are raising hopes that researchers may someday be able to recreate animals from shards of DNA extracted from the hair, horns, hooves, fur or feathers of extinct species.

Time to reduce the landfill stench
While driving from downtown Juneau to the Mendenhall Valley recently, I went slower than usual in deference to the road conditions, and I couldn't help but notice how strikingly beautiful Gastineau Channel looks covered in ice and snow. The frosty white trees and the wisps of clouds were an amazingly beautiful sight. Unfortunately, as I neared Lemon Creek Valley, I was beleaguered by something I am sure many Juneau residents have encountered with alarming regularity over the past few months: the menacing stench of the landfill.

Governors like pigs at the trough
Like pigs waiting in line to get their snouts in the feeding trough, come many of the nation's governors - on the heels of the mayors - asking Washington for bailout money.

The law is on Blagojevich's side
Like it or not, Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich has the legal authority to appoint Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, and Burris, the state's former attorney general, should be allowed to take the seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Senate Democrats are on weak constitutional ground in denying a seat to a properly selected individual. Their claim to the power to exclude a lawfully chosen senator could create a dangerous precedent.

Immunity complicates plans for Iraq withdrawal
The Iraqi Parliament recently approved an agreement with the United States that sets a much-heralded timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. But another part of that so-called Status of Forces Agreement may ultimately make withdrawing those troops difficult.

SAGA holds donation drive through Jan. 19
JUNEAU - SAGA, a Juneau-based nonprofit that works with youth service projects, is running a donation drive through Jan. 19 in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Lottery tickets sold in Juneau today
JUNEAU - Weather permitting, a co-owner of the Anchorage business that organized a $500,000 lottery will be flying into town today with 30,000 tickets to give Juneau a chance to participate before a winner is drawn Friday.

StoryCorps Alaska records Juneau voices
JUNEAU - Just as the 50th anniversary celebration of Alaska statehood commences, StoryCorps, a project to create an oral history of America, arrives in Juneau. StoryCorps Alaska kicked off in October and has since been recording throughout the state.

McKay named head of BP's U.S. division
HOUSTON - BP PLC on Tuesday named Lamar McKay as chairman and president of its U.S. arm, replacing Bob Malone, who's retiring after guiding BP's American operations through two and a half turbulent years.

Coast Guard answers vessel's distress call
JUNEAU - The U.S. Coast Guard was looking for a crew member reported to be overboard from a crab vessel Tuesday in the Bering Sea.

Cold weather cancels third day of races
ANCHORAGE - Subzero temperatures Tuesday canceled another day of competition at the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships.

Knight hired to lead gillnetters' group
JUNEAU - Southeast gillnetters chose fisherman-lobbyist Chris Knight as their organization's executive director last month.

Plea deal delayed for Alaska woman
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Attorneys for an Alaska woman accused in the death of her newborn have one week to finalize a plea agreement with prosecutors or the case may be scheduled for trial.

Juneau embarks on road trip
The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity boys basketball team will be tested this week as they embark on a four-game road trip in Anchorage.

Lady Bears head for Lady T-Birds Classic tourney
The Juneau Douglas-High School varsity girls basketball team will travel to Anchorage this week to shake up the Lady T-Birds Classic Basketball Tournament with its Southeast-style of play.

Sports in Juneau
UPCOMING EVENTS

Venezuela suspends heating oil aid
BOSTON - Citgo, the Venezuelan government's Texas-based oil subsidiary, has suspended shipments of heating oil for poor families in the United States, citing falling oil prices and the world economic crisis, the nonprofit organization that distributes the fuel said Monday.

Troopers union backs off political allegations
ANCHORAGE - The union representing state troopers has backed off allegations that a drug investigation of Sherry Johnston was slowed down last fall to shield the national candidacy of Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sen. Begich secures spot on commerce, military committees
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Mark Begich said Tuesday he has secured positions on two Senate committees important to Alaska - Commerce and Armed Services.

U.S. skiers hit trails as bitter cold concedes
The gap between minus 10 and 2 degrees above zero may not seem like a lot, but it was enough to get skiers moving in the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships on Monday in Anchorage.

Johnston pleads not guilty to drug charges
ANCHORAGE - A woman whose son is engaged to marry Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter has pleaded not guilty to felony drug charges for allegedly selling a powerful prescription painkiller.

Climber carved his prodigious reputation in Alaska mountains
ANCHORAGE - Conquering forbidding Alaska summits helped Fred Beckey establish his reputation, and the name still reverberates powerfully among climbers here today.

State works to avoid shutdown at refinery
ANCHORAGE - State officials are hoping to avoid a shutdown of the Flint Hills Resources refinery in North Pole.

Traffic deaths decline in 2008
FAIRBANKS - The number of people killed on Alaska's roads last year declined to its lowest level in more than a decade, in part officials say because of the high price of gasoline.

Alaska publisher dies of pancreatic cancer
ANCHORAGE - A longtime Alaska publisher has died after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. Vern McCorkle was 73.

Conference of Young Alaskans under way
GIRDWOOD - More than 50 young people are meeting in Girdwood for the Conference of Young Alaskans.

Permanent Fund sells interest in Ketchikan mall
The Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has sold its interest in the Plaza Port West shopping mall in Ketchikan, its only real estate investment property in the state.

Researcher goes to Alaska sled dogs to find secret of athletic endurance
STILLWATER, Okla. - An Oklahoma State University veterinary professor is on his annual research trip to Alaska, where he studies sled dogs for physiological clues that could improve understanding of human medical conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

Photo: Frosted over
A frost-covered totem pole is seen Tuesday outside of the Alaska Railroad depot in Anchorage, during the third longest cold snap in Alaska's history. Temperatures in Anchorage have been in the minus double digits and temperatures in the interior have dipped to 65 below zero in some areas, including the O'Brien Creek area along the Taylor Highway.

This Day in History
In Alaska, in the Nation and the World

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