Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Charters could make use of bycatch
On Jan. 5, the Juneau Empire carried an article on limits that are being put on the halibut charter fleet. In 2009, its allowable catch was 788,000 pounds but it caught 1.3 million.

After robbery, business owner decries decline of downtown
A downtown business owner whose shop was robbed Sunday said the incident could tip the scales toward closing the business.

Coast Guard cutter marks anniversary
The captain and crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty marked the patrol boat's 20th year in service recently with a small ceremony and tours in downtown at Station Juneau.

City police investigate attempted arson at TMHS
Authorities are investigating two incidents at local high schools that occurred on the same day but appear unrelated, police said.

Bills would put muzzle on state ethics complaints
Two legislators, one Democratic and one Republican, are proposing bills to make ethics complaints confidential. The push comes after former Gov. Sarah Palin said the state's ethics process was used to hound her from offices last year.

Two women arrested after armed robbery
Two women were arrested on felony charges Sunday night in connection with an armed robbery in a parking lot near the Mendenhall Valley.

Man's fatal wounds may have been self-inflicted
Police reported Sunday that fatal wounds in Saturday's stabbing death in the Mendenhall Valley may have been self-inflicted.

Grind turns out fine for Sitka
SITKA - The idea and the name were borrowed from Ketchikan, but the Monthly Grind has become a Sitka institution.

Photos: Ski school
The Snow Sports School at Eaglecrest Ski Area helps children learn how to ski and snowboard, slope etiquette, and, if so inclined, work toward moving into the upper level racing with the Juneau Ski Club. Programs start at Wee Ski for 3- to 5-year-olds, and progress to Mighty Mites, Race Rats and Mountain Explorers.

Photo: New abilities
Jessica Gilbert, front, glides toward the Hooter chair lift as Orca Ski and Snowboard Program staff member Lindsey Hallvik follows Saturday afternoon at Eaglecrest Ski Area. The program, sponsored through Southeast Alaska Independent Living, teaches people various disabilities to enjoy skiing at Eaglecrest. "We are trying to get the word out and give more people the opportunity to learn," Hallvik said. "They really have a great time. A lot of our skiers go on Hooter and Ptarmigan. They ski for years with us and love it." Gilbert said, "I like skiing. I like that I can practice for the Special Olympics."

Photo: String rehearsal
Tyrel Kramp, 17, right, and Tatsu Monkman, 16, play their cellos while practicing with Ursa Major, the advance chamber music group of the Juneau Strings Ensembles conducted by Gou Hua Xia, Sunday evening at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. About 70 music students ranging from age 5 to 18 will hold their annual performance on Jan. 23 at Northern Light United Church.

Mentor Appreciation Month: Big Sister Amy McCormick, Big Brother Bob McCormick and Little Brother Malcolm
Amy, Big Sister

Photo: Arm in arm
Frank Cashen, 85, and his wife, Irene, 81, walk together up Second Street after leaving the Baranof Hotel on their weekly after-church breakfast date. Frank said he first spotted Irene when he was in seventh grade at Douglas School and she was in third. "I had an inspiration," Frank Cashen said. "I don't know how or why but I knew that was the girl I was going to marry." They wed in 1948.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Around Town
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Police & Fire
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Howard "Howie" Knudson
Hoonah resident Howard "Howie" Harold Knudson died Jan. 5, 2010, in Hoonah. He was 52.

Lewis Patrick Brooks
Juneau resident Lewis Patrick Brooks died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 8, 2010, at Wildflower Court. Family and friends were at his side through his last days. He was 57.

Outside editorial: Jobs first, then talk about health care
The following editorial appeared in The Seattle Times:

State Constitution not right place for dividend
This past week, two Anchorage legislators announced their plans to introduce legislation asking Alaskans to place the Permanent Fund Dividend program into the Alaska Constitution.

Stopping sexual abuse of youths in detention
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post:

Was Underbomber al-Qaida's best shot?
Go ahead. It's okay to laugh at al-Qaida. It's okay to call Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab the Underbomber, or even the Tighty-Whitey Terrorist. It's okay to call his explosive-bearing undergarment the Jihad Jockeys or the Frighty Whities or Fruit of the Boom. It's okay to laugh about the "wardrobe malfunction" that kept the bomb in his pants from going off in a plane over Detroit, and about the likelihood that even if the underpants bomb had exploded, there would be "72 very disappointed virgins" when the martyr got to heaven.

Telling the sun's story
"I think of all my adventures

It wasn't poor tradecraft
The horrible news Dec. 30 that a suicide bomber had taken seven American lives in Afghanistan may have been for some a stark reminder that we are at war. But the men and women of the CIA, whose colleagues these seven were, needed no reminder.

A gun is not a joke
The astonishing thing is that he did it even after. Even after news broke that he had brandished guns in the locker room of the NBA's Washington Wizards at a Dec. 21 practice.

History of local energy system should inform biomass debate
The ongoing biomass discussion could lead to wise decisions and practices within a sustainability approach if we understand all the component parts, understand how these parts fit together, and plan for the long-term, with history as a guide.

New travel directive is a step in wrong direction
The new travel directive from the Transportation Security Administration won't make us safer. And it may make tracking down criminals more complicated than ever.

Ex-Soldotna player sought in robbery
SOLDOTNA - Police said a former Soldotna High School football star is wanted on five felony charges alleging he faked a knifepoint robbery involving a drug deal in which he posed as a victim.

Period for beluga comments extended
ANCHORAGE - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has extended the public comments period for a federal proposal to designate more than 3,000 square miles of Cook Inlet as critical habitat for the area's beluga whale population.

Ex-NANA official sentenced for fraud
SEATTLE - A former chief financial officer with an Alaska native corporation has been sentenced in Seattle to 21 months in prison for mail fraud in an embezzlement scheme.

New high school opens in Sunshine
SUNSHINE - Students and teachers at Su Valley Junior-Senior High School in Sunshine are delighted by all the space they found this week when they moved into their new building.

Biologists recovering from helicopter crash
LEWISTON, Idaho - An official with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game said two biologists and a pilot injured in a helicopter crash in northern Idaho on Friday are being treated at a Missoula, Mont., hospital.

Federal trial over Calif. gay-marriage measure set to begin
LOS ANGELES - Scholars, gay and lesbian partners and opponents of same-sex marriage are expected to testify about the nature of marriage and homosexuality itself during an unprecedented federal trial Monday to determine whether gays and lesbians may marry.

911 tapes detail shooting of officers
TACOMA, Wash. - Newly released 911 tapes reveal the horrifying minutes after a shootout in Washington state that killed a Pierce County sheriff's officer and the gunman, and wounded another deputy.

Fort Richardson soldier killed in combat in Afghanistan
ANCHORAGE - The U.S. Department of Defense announced that a soldier assigned to Fort Richardson has been killed in Afghanistan.

Alcohol involved in death of Upper Kalskag man
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers said there was no sign of a crime in the death of a 65-year-old Upper Kalskag man whose body was found Sunday outdoors.

Man sought in shooting arrested on warrant
JUNEAU - A 39-year-old man sought in connection with a Dec. 30 shooting in Lemon Creek was arrested early Monday morning on an outstanding warrant.

Alaska agencies to discuss suicide prevention
ANCHORAGE - State agencies are convening in Anchorage this week for three-day summit on suicide prevention.

Crimson Bears return victorious
The Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball team used strong defensive play to bring home the championship from the Golden Heart tournament at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks.

Running recognition
Geoff Roes of Douglas has been voted the 2009 UltraRunning Magazine North American ultra-marathoner of the year.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning 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

Juneau-Douglas senior DeRocher discusses halibut, hardwood
If you attend a Juneau-Douglas boys' basketball game, chances are you will notice Alex DeRocher, whose play earned him MVP honors at the Golden Heart basketball tournament in Fairbanks over the weekend.

Sports in Juneau
• Beginning 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

Shooters still at large in officer ambush
ANCHORAGE - Nearly two days after a car carrying more than two men opened fire on an Anchorage police officer, authorities in Alaska's largest city continued to search for the unknown attackers.

Sarah Palin takes Fox News commentator job
NEW YORK - When Sarah Palin abruptly stepped down as Alaska governor in July before the end of her first term, many questioned how she could maintain a national presence without the platform of elected office.

McCain aide: Palin believed candidacy to be 'God's plan'
WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in 2008 because of "God's plan," according to a top political strategist in the Arizona Republican's campaign.

Kenai biologists watch for eagle in trap
KENAI - Biologists from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are keeping an eagle-eye out for a possibly injured raptor that has been spotted several times in the Soldotna and Sterling areas with a trap dangling from one talon, and local residents are assisting with their observational efforts.

Police get help with officer shooting investigation
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Police Department is getting help with its investigation into the shooting of a police officer.

Low snow hampers wolf control
FAIRBANKS - The state's aerial predator control program has gotten off to a slow start this winter because of the lack of snow in the Interior.

Broadcasters mull consolidation
FAIRBANKS - Representatives of Alaska's three largest public broadcasters are continuing to discuss entering into a formal partnership.

Fairbanks guardsman keeps Sherpas flying
FAIRBANKS - It was a war in Iraq that first drew Staff Sgt. William Powell to the Army National Guard.

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