State recommends mining complaint dismissal
The Alaska Public Offices Commission (APOC) was told Wednesday that the mining advocates didn't do anything wrong when they funnelled money from one group to another to fight an anti-mining ballot measure in 2008.

School calendar, on 7th draft, doesn't include 'Early Release'
The 2011-2012 Juneau School District calendar is on its seventh draft, and Early Release Mondays are not included. The district is unsure if and how that teacher collaborative planning time will reappear.

Scholes sentenced in 2008 kidnapping and rape case
Editor's note: The following story contains a description of an alleged crime of a sexual nature. Readers are encouraged to use their own discretion when reading.

Police & Fire
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Photo: Out with the old, in with the new
Tim Miller, a legislative supply employee, spent Tuesday moving new computers into the Capitol and moving old computer boxes out. “It is a fun busy day,” Miller, a second-year aide, said. “I am becoming more interested in politics as I get older. Everyone here in this building seems to be pretty nice right now.”

Robert W. Rose
Robert W. Rose (Bob) died in December of 2010. He was 58.

Sandra Lee Noack-Revis
Sandra (Sandy) Lee Noack-Revis died Dec. 31, 2010, after a short battle with lung cancer.

Roseileen Marie Hoffman
Roseileen Marie Hoffman (Sugie) age 74, of Oak Harbor, Wash. passed away Jan. 3, 2011.

Slow Pentagon budget growth
The following editorial first appeared in the Seattle Times:

Believing GOP's promises is like Charlie Brown trusting Lucy
The unfounded, yet enduring confidence of the American people in conservative budget dogma reminds me of Charlie Brown’s equally misplaced trust that Lucy will someday hold the football for him to kick instead of yanking it away.

GOP finally understands it's time to curb spending
Republicans’ initial steps to trim the deficit have been dismissed as mere symbolic gestures, but they are based on a time-tested debt reduction model.

Rockin' and rollin': Rollergirls hosting meet-and-greet
Rock out with the Juneau Rollergirls tonight at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center as they host a meet-and-greet event for the public beginning at 7 p.m.

On the Hook
The Juneau Empire’s Outdoors page is looking for photographs of big fish you’ve caught this year in the waters of the northern Panhandle and beyond. Send your photos to: Abby Lowell, Include the name of the photographer, the name of the person who caught the fish, its size and weight, and where and when it was caught.

Trail upgrades continue near glacier
JUNEAU — On a clear day near the Mendenhall Glacier, parking lots are packed, dogs run with tongues flapping and crowds of cross country skiers, snowshoers, hikers and bikers can be seen exploring the area trails.

Females, and the reasons they're choosy
When a female wood frog, ready to mate, arrives at a small pond full of singing males, she is jumped upon by the nearest male, who grabs her around the neck and locks his thumbs together, so he cannot be dislodged. She apparently has little or no choice in the matter.

JGC trap shooting results
On a cold, clear and sunny winter day in Juneau, the local Juneau Gun Club held its monthly registered Pacific International Trap Association shoot with Amateur Trap Association cross registration. The temperature rose from 14 F to 26 F during the match. The sun, although great for morale, caused multiple shadows due to the forest and rock background and foreground. As a result, only the singles event winner, Pete Hudson (98/100) and our doubles winner, Jay Davis (90/100) shot at or near their averages with the remaining shooters generally follow below their average or “normal” scores.

Recent rescue @ the Juneau Raptor Center: Golden eagle

SCA to host Sword Fighting Coronet Tournament
JUNEAU — The Society for Creative Anachronism will host a Medieval Sword Fighting Coronet Tournament at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Medieval costumes are required.

Skating lessons starting up at Treadwell Arena
JUNEAU — Juneau Skating Club Basic Skills skating lessons began again on Jan. 10 at Treadwell Arena for youth and adults ages 4 and up.

This week's Fireside Chat: 'Sailing to the Edge of the World'
JUNEAU —The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will host photographer Laurent Dick at this week’s Fireside Chat lecture. Dick’s presentation, “Sailing to the Edge of the World: In the Wake of the First Scientific Journey to Antarctica,” will include images he gathered while part of an international sailing expedition to re-enact explorers Roald Amundsen and Dr. Frederick Cook’s scientific journey to Antarctica in 1897 and 1898.

JDAC to hold elections, talk on Taku River habitat
JUNEAU — The Juneau-Douglas Fish and Game Advisory Committee is having a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Wednesday, Jan 26, to hold elections for committee positions and to discuss critical habitat in the Taku River area.

Refrigeration workshop offered for fishermen
PETERSBURG — The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is teaming up with Integrated Marine Systems, Inc., to offer a one-day workshop beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1 in Petersburg, at the PFI Cookhouse.

Tie 'thieving' flies at monthly meeting of local fishing club
JUNEAU — The Raincountry Flyfishers will hold their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan.19 at Thunder Mountain High School in the school’s library. This month’s program will feature a fly-tying demonstration by Luke Brockman.

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Snow and grooming report for the Juneau area

Today, Jan. 14

Juneau man gets energy appointment
Gov. Sean Parnell has appointed Erik Eriksen of Juneau to the state’s Emerging Energy Technology Fund Task Force. The task force was created by the Alaska Legislature to make grants from the fund for demonstration projects that have a reasonable expectation to be commercially viable within five years and  are designed to test emerging technologies of conserving energy or improving existing technologies.  

Coast Guard inquest of death near Annette Island
JUNEAU – Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan are working with the Annette Island Department of Fish and Game and the Metlakatla Police Department in the investigation of a commercial diving death that occurred on the 68-foot fishing tender Island Dancer near Annette Island Wednesday.

Alaska glaciers help drive rise in sea level
Geophysical Institute researcher Regine Hock and her colleague Valentina Radic have calculated that the rate of sea-level rise due to the meltwater from glaciers in Alaska and elsewhere will increase by as much as 60 percent by the year 2100. Half of the world’s smallest glaciers may not survive that long.

New DNR directors announced
Commissioner Dan Sullivan has announced two new appointments in the Department of Natural Resources. Tom Crafford has been appointed as director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting. Ben Ellis will be the new director of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

Crimson Bears overpower Wolves
The Wolves wanted to run and gun on the bigs of Juneau-Douglas, but the Crimson Bears’ size down low proved too much in the end.

Big Bears favored in SE
The Southeast Conference boys’ basketball season gets underway tonight with a crosstown showdown between Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas at 6 p.m. at TMHS.

Droughts doom Falcons
Two 10-0 runs to close the first and open the third quarters doomed Thunder Mountain on Thursday, as the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves blew past the Falcons 74-47 in Juneau.

Fairbanks seeks Arctic games committee approval
FAIRBANKS — The president of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee says he has been impressed by Fairbanks officials and their bid for the 2014 games.

Groups say they will sue over polar bear habitat
ANCHORAGE — An environmental group on Thursday gave formal notice that it intends to sue the federal government for what conservationists consider a failure to protect critical habitat for polar bears from harmful oil and gas development.

White House: No comment on Palin's remark
WASHINGTON — With her video accusing critics of “blood libel,” Sarah Palin again showed an unprecedented and daring political command of social networking to maintain a high profile in speculation about the Republican Party and the 2012 presidential race.

Judge moves Waterman trial to Anchorage
KETCHIKAN — A second trial for a woman accused of conspiring to kill her mother in 2004 is scheduled to begin next week in Anchorage.

Despite cancer battle, Hawker in Juneau for session
JUNEAU — An Alaska lawmaker says his prostate cancer could be in remission this spring.

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