Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fire training center to get $1M upgrade
Fire fighters have a dangerous enough job as it is, so the city decided it was time to make its fire training center safer with a $1 million renovation.

Charter school burglarized
Who steals lunch money from children?

First ever AARP Day in Juneau to be held Saturday
Centennial Hall will host Juneau's first ever AARP Day this weekend. The Saturday event was made possible thanks to local AARP volunteers.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Photo: Spell check
Seventh-grader Brayden Wrightson, left, is congratulated by seventh-grader Quinn White, right, and sixth-grader Forest Kobayaski, center, after Wrightson won the spelling beecontest at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School on Thursday. Both Wrightson and second-place White will compete in the district-wide spelling bee next month.

Glen Earl Lewis
Former longtime Juneau resident Glen Earl Lewis died Dec. 20, 2009, at the Veteran's Hospital in Prescott, Ariz. He was 71. His family was at his side.

Outside editorial: Tragedy strikes Haiti ... again
The following editorial appeared in the Dallas Morning News:

Sometimes, the earth is cruel
Sometimes, the earth is cruel. That is ultimately the fundamental lesson here, as children wail, families sleep out of doors, and the dead lie unclaimed in the rubble that once was Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Forcing high school students into college isn't just wrong, it's dumb
One repeated theme in President Obama's education agenda is that he wants the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. As he put it in an address to a joint session of Congress, "We expect all our children not only to graduate from high school but to graduate from college and get a good-paying job."

Cactus fly
Look closely, these are no ordinary flies.

Out & About
• Beginning Jan. 1, Out & About 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.

Learn to skate with the local skating club
JUNEAU - Keep your New Year's resolution.

Pipeline Skate Park closed through month of February
JUNEAU - The Pipeline Skate Park at Jackie Renninger Park will be closed for repair and maintenance work through February 27, 2010. For more information, call 364-3388.

SnowTRAC inviting new members for Fairbanks region
ANCHORAGE - The Division of Parks and Outdoors Recreation is inviting interested parties to apply for a vacancy on the Snowmobile Trail Advisory Council (SnowTRAC). The current vacancy available is for the Interior/Fairbanks Region.

Glaciologist to lecture on glacial loss, rebound in Southeast
JUNEAU - Roman Motyka, a world renowned glaciologist and professor, will present a lecture on "The Glaciers of Southeast Alaska: Ice Loss, Glacier Rebound, and Sea Level Rise" on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium.

Coast Guard sponsors 2010 Iditarod racer
VALDEZ - The Coast Guard will sponsor an Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veteran during the 2010 Iditarod race.

Firewood sales in state parks on Kenai Peninsula out for bid
SOLDOTNA - The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation in the Kenai area is currently soliciting bids from vendors to provide firewood sales in several State Park campgrounds on the Kenai Peninsula.

Coast Guard releases quarterly publication
ANCHORAGE - The Coast Guard Seventeenth District external affairs office has announced the release of the Winter 2009 edition of its quarterly online publication, the Alaska Bear.

Biologist to lecture on historic Arctic, then versus now
Ted Merrell, a local retired fish biologist, will host a lecture Saturday on what he calls the "early days" - days before statehood, before oil drilling in the Arctic and before snowmobiles were the norm in native Alaskan villages.

Know before you go and be aware, avalanche ready
I wanted to snowshoe Perseverance Trail in questionable conditions. So, because it's the right thing to do, I called my significant outdoor other to leave behind my itinerary.

Winter excursion in the Grandchild Peaks
Saturday morning dawned clear and cold on the first day of 2010. The view of the full moon on the drive to the Valley was glorious, and seemed a sign of good things to come. The four of us parked at the end of the Montana Creek Road and made final preparations for the hike to Grandchild Peaks, a group of mountains named for the grandchildren of Kim and Barb Turley, founders of the Juneau Alpine Club.

Local photographs battle between tooth and beak
On a late December morning walk past the North Douglas boat launch, long-time Juneau resident Staci Augustus spotted something in the water.

Audubon Christmas bird count reveals new and repeat visitors
Thirty-six birders participated in this year's Christmas bird count held in December in the Juneau area. Given the cold weather leading up to the count, the tallied report shows a "respectable" 72 species of birds counted during the day and more than 10,000 birds overall.

Beach ravens make for first-class entertainment near Crow Point
So far, it's been a strange winter, with cold snaps alternating between rain and sleet, but very little snow, except at the higher elevations. This makes it hard for Parks and Recreation hikers (who are not extremists) to choose a reasonable Wednesday or Saturday expedition. One hike had us hobbling over ice-crusted, deep boot tracks, where previous walkers had left their mark. Another found us slithering over ice in four inches of water for altogether too long. High winds forced hikers to change their route and even to go home early one day.

Wild shots
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Grooming report
As of Jan. 14 the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Arts patron Betti Cuddy dead at 85
ANCHORAGE - Arts patron and education leader Betti Cuddy has died at age 85.

US commerce secretary visiting Anchorage
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke plans to discuss trade and rural development opportunities when he visits Anchorage this week.

Woman taken into custody after Anchorage standoff
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a woman who threatened to hurt herself and her 4-year-old daughter has been taken into custody after holding authorities at bay for more than two hours.

Bomb donated to Kodiak museum goes out with a bang
KODIAK - A World War II relic which was displayed outside a Kodiak bar for years turned out not to be a dud at all.

Fairbanks reaches 40-below benchmark first time this winter
FAIRBANKS - The city of Fairbanks recorded its first 40-degree below zero temperature of the winter.

North Slope oil spill cleanup completed
ANCHORAGE - The Department of Environmental Conservation says crews have completed the cleanup of a North Slope oil spill.

State title contenders set to square off
Undefeated Juneau-Douglas hasn't played in a tight game yet this season, a trend that's not expected to continue as Southeast Region archrival Ketchikan treks to Juneau for a showdown between two of Alaska's premier girls' basketball programs.

Bears slip past Bartlett, 5-3
The Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears extended their winning streak to six games with a hotly contested 5-3 win over the visiting Bartlett Golden Bears Thursday night at Treadwell Arena.

Photo: Middle school mat time
Floyd Dryden Middle School's Jestoni Ramirez attempts a pin on Dzantik'I Heeni's Conner Hosier during a meet at DZ Thursday.

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

Economic rebound predicted this year
Alaska's economy should begin to see improvement later this year, top economic watchers told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.

Parnell pushes changes to energy tax
Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday that he wants to give oil and gas companies greater incentives to do business in the state, a plan he says will boost production and create potentially hundreds of new jobs for Alaskans.

Alaskan survives Haiti quake
MIAMI - It took Christa Brelsford's brother and their friends nearly an hour and a half to dig her from the debris after Haiti's powerful quake, her legs trapped by rubble when a building collapsed. But Brelsford is glad to be alive, even though her right leg had to be amputated below the knee.

Feds search Chevron's Alaska facilities
ANCHORAGE - The Environmental Protection Agency has served search warrants on Chevron Corp. properties in Alaska, investigating air emission compliance.

Fiber optic line could connect parts of Alaska, bring Internet to villages
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Native corporations and a multinational company plan to build a fiber optic cable from Tokyo to London through the Arctic Ocean that promises to bring high-speed Internet to remote villages.

Fairbanks school to study invasive sweet clover
FAIRBANKS - Scientists in Alaska want to discover if bees are paying a little too much attention to a stranger.

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