Saturday, January 8, 2011

Rebuild and expand DeHart's Marina
The Juneau Docks and Harbors Board is planning to tear out DeHart’s Marina to make room for a seasonal passenger loading dock for whale watching boats and a four acre parking lot with bus turn around. The plan does not solve the major problems in Auke Bay and will make the existing problems worse.

Hiker rescued after a long night
It was a long night for a lone, injured hiker on Mt. Ripinsky, but one that led to a happy ending the next day.

Fireside Lectures resume tonight
Photographer and author John Hyde will show Juneau residents an intimate portrait of its beloved wolf, Romeo, this evening as the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center kicks off its historic Fireside Lecture series tonight.

Forest Service to restore river near Sitka
A new partnership in the Tongass National Forest between government and non-government entities will attempt restoration of the Sitkoh River. The effort hopes to help return the river to its original condition, channel it back to its natural path and restore salmon growth. The work area is around 70 miles from Sitka near the confluence of Peril and Chatham Straits.

Fireside lectures for 2011
Friday, Jan. 7 - 6:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. Romeo: Mendenhall’s Famous Black Wolf. Juneau’s well-known black wolf is the subject of photographer John Hyde’s new book ROMEO. Join John as he illustrates his stories with superb photos of Romeo set against the dramatic backdrop of the black wolf’s home territory of Mendenhall Glacier and lake.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Helping Helping Hands
Betty Kaplor of the nonprofit Helping Hands, center, receives a $1,000 check from Shannon Wright, left, and Lynn Bartlett on behalf of the employees of Waste Management Thursday. Bartlett said, “Instead of a Christmas party for the employees we gave the money to Helping Hands, and we know they will put it to good use.”

Photo: Staircase shelter
Under rainy skies, a woman walks to the Downtown Library parking garage staircase Thursday evening.

Ambrosia Rose Phillips
Ambrosia Rose Phillips died on Jan. 2, 2011, in Juneau.

Korean trade pact is a welcome shot in the arm for U.S. economy
WASHINGTON — A funny thing happened in the wake of the midterm elections: Washington entered into an era of bipartisanship, and trade is the unlikely topic of agreement.

Outside editorial: A weapon against drug cartels
Mexico has some of the strictest gun laws in the hemisphere. Citizens are permitted to buy low-caliber firearms for self-protection or hunting, but only after a background check and approval by the defense ministry; they must also purchase the guns directly from the ministry. The goal of this parsimonious approach to allotting firearms is a society free from gun violence. Unfortunately for Mexico, however, its weapons management strategy is sabotaged by an accident of location — its residence next door to the gun capital of the world.

Korean trade pact retains many one-sided barriers against American products
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s pursuit of free trade with South Korea evidently assumes that, if at first you don’t succeed, try the same failed approach again and again.

Oil tax structure must be competitive
I recently wrote an article describing why ACES, Alaska’s oil tax system, needs to be adjusted sufficiently to cause the Producers to again invest in Alaska’s North Slope fields and to promote an aggressive exploration program. Oil taxes now supply 90% of our state revenue – the highest ever. The rate of decline in oil flow through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) is increasing. Producer investment in Alaska is decreasing – and no wonder.

Wintertime hide and seek
With its extreme winter climate and often treacherous terrain, Alaska’s scenic beauty has, unfortunately, also claimed the lives of many back-country enthusiasts over the years.

To the headwaters of Switzer
At the eastern reach of the Switzer Loop Trail, there is an old logging road that goes straight up the hill to end near a long-abandoned beaver pond. On a recent exploratory prowl there, I was accompanied by a two-footed friend and a four-footed friend - although it might be more accurate to say that I accompanied these two, quicker and more agile, hikers.

The stories tracks leave behind
When we speak about tracks at Discovery Southeast we say everything leaves a sign and all signs tell a story. Stories about the natural history of our dynamic temperate rainforest reveal themselves throughout Juneau. One of the best stories I ever read was at Fish Creek with a class of third graders during our mammals unit.

Tips on Tracks: Snowshoe hare
Name of animal: Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus).

Safety training for commercial fishermen offered in Juneau
JUNEAU - Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Bill Ray Center in Juneau.

Fireside lecture on Hyde's new book about Romeo
JUNEAU - Local photographer John Hyde will share his new book ROMEO at tonight's Fireside lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Avalanche danger raises eyebrows of local forecasters
JUNEAU - Juneau's avalanche specialists are cautioning the public about increased avalanche danger in mountainous areas.

Wild shots
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Snow & Grooming report for Jan. 6
• Base: 4 inches

Tides
Today, Jan. 7

Alaska teens blame boredom for burglary charge
FAIRBANKS — Two Alaska teens charged with burglary say they blame boredom and TV.

DOT officials: Computer problems hamper websites
JUNEAU — Alaska transportation officials are reporting computer server problems.

Alaska theft suspect leaves behind wallet
FAIRBANKS — A suspect in the theft of an all-terrain vehicle trailer left Alaska State Troopers with a big clue to his identity - his wallet.

More prize money in Iron Dog snowmachine race
ANCHORAGE — There’s a record purse this year for those willing to make the 2,000-mile trek in the grueling Iron Dog snowmachine race.

Alaska antlerless moose hunts open Monday
FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is aiming for a cow moose harvest of about 200 during a two-month winter season for antlerless moose on the Tanana Flats and in the Alaska Range foothills.

JSD board will meet in retreat Saturday
The Juneau School District Board of Education will meet in retreat from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday in the Gastineau Suite at the Westmark Baranof Hotel.

Church computer seizure will bring no charges
SITKA — Sitka police say an investigation of computers seized from St. Gregory’s Catholic Church will result in no charges against a former priest.

Bad day for local preps as all 4 teams fall
The Juneau-Douglas boys’ basketball team dropped its first game of the season Thursday, 47-42 to Mt. Edgecumbe on the opening day of the 44th Annual Joe Floyd/Era Aviation Winter Classic Basketball Tournament at Kodiak High School.

Driver dies on Sterling Highway
ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a driver killed Wednesday in a Sterling Highway crash was an Anchor Point woman.

Village residents maintain vigil for missing man
FAIRBANKS — The hardest part of the day for Grayling resident Martha Maillelle is dinner time.

New report suggests energy savings for Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS — It can be cheaper for Fairbanks to invest in energy savings than in new energy sources, according to a new report commissioned by the nonprofit Alaska Conservation Alliance.

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