Monday, January 17, 2011

Egan, recovering from surgery, readies for session
During last November’s election campaign, candidates across the state were fighting for their political lives.

'AMBER' an important new face on Facebook
Amber wants you to add her as a friend on your Facebook site. This Amber, however, is America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response.

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Photo: Tiny bubbles in my ice
Frosted air bubbles frozen over a foot down in the ice of Twin Lakes show how the lake has thawed and refrozen during the winter chills. Some areas of ice are over two-feet thick. Caution should be observed where the stream flows into Twin Lakes and the edges of the lake.

Photo: Stuck in the ice
Gastineau Channel waters freeze near a Northland barge docked Saturday at Northland Services on Channel Drive. Temperatures were hovering near zero Saturday morning.

Photo: Ready to play
Seemingly waiting for the chance to get out of his front yard, an Irish setter/golden Labrador mix sits in the falling snow on Saturday near the Juneau Federal Building.

Kidnapper and rapist sentenced to 70 years
Christopher Scholes of Juneau was sentenced to 70 years in jail with 30 years suspended, 40 to serve, and 25 on probation for the December 2008 kidnapping and rape of a 15-year-old girl.

APOC plans workshops to explain proposed changes
The Alaska Public Offices Commission is taking measures to help the public understand proposed changes for regulations on select financial disclosure.

KTOO, UAS reach agreement for students to get hands-on experience
It’s not uncommon to hear University of Alaska Southeast students on the radio Sunday nights, or to see them putting their shows together at that station. Now the university has entered into a formal agreement with KTOO that will allow students to experience hands-on learning in radio and television.

Photo: Along for the ride
KLAS STOLPE / JUNEAU EMPIRE

Police & Fire
This report contains information provided to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Your time is now
After the rush of the holiday season, January is an optimistic time when many people set New Year’s resolutions for self-improvement. An increasing number of these resolutions involve lifestyle changes to improve one’s health and overall well-being. Though making resolutions for change may be an easy thing to do, the challenge lies in how to continue working towards those goals without getting discouraged when it becomes difficult.

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Mondich, Leder to wed
Lindsey Mondich and Daniel Leder will marry June 18, 2011, at Eaglecrest Ski Resort. A reception will follow.

Pets of the week
MYA

Laugh it off
Lila was the kind of lady who laughed when she got a thong on her 90th birthday. Everyone laughed. She was a glimpse of aging gracefully. She recently died at the age of 96 after a tough and joyful life.

Thanks for the coverage
Many thanks to Klas Stolpe for coming to join over 100 Polar Bear Dippers and being one of the nearly as many observers at the 19th Annual Polar Bear Dip at Auke Recreation Area on New Year’s Day. Thanks also to Sam Bertoni, Mike Pagano and Irl Palmer for both warm fires and for everyone for their terrific spirit and love for the great outdoors.

Protect pipes from freezing during cold snaps
Due to frigid weather conditions, the City and Borough of Juneau Public Works Water Utility offers the following preventative measures to protect water service lines from freezing.

Homeless Coalition to hold 2nd annual Project Homeless Connect
Following its highly successful introduction in Juneau last year, Project Homeless Connect is returning to Centennial Hall once again on Jan. 24.

Thanks for sending our team to Seward
The Juneau-Douglas High School National Ocean Sciences Bowl Teams would like to thank some of our sponsors for helping us fund our travel to the regional NOSB competition in Seward. Marine Conservation Alliance, Taku Fisheries and Oceana have all continually supported our NOSB teams, allowing the dedicated student participants to travel and compete. Travel to competition would not be possible without their contributions, and for that we are eternally grateful.

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week
Organization: Southeast Alaska Guidance Association (SAGA) and the Southeast Alaska Food Bank

Recognitions
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announced he is welcoming a group of spring interns to his offices in Washington, D.C., Anchorage, Juneau and Fairbanks. Nine Alaskans started their internships this week and will work in Sen. Begich’s offices until May.

Mall Valentine's Day project begins
The Nugget Mall will be running a Valentine’s Day promotion called “Send Some Love Overseas.”

CELEBRATING SUCCESS AT UAS
Whalesong editor Randi Spray received a plaque of appreciation from Chancellor John Pugh at the annual Chancellor’s Holiday Reception on Dec. 14. Spray was the editor and key force behind the production of 20 Whalesong issues over the past 18 months. She also spent time as an intern at the Juneau Empire. Randi will work as a legislative intern next semester and will study abroad in Egypt in the fall.

Foundation establishes Paul Whitehead Memorial Fund
On Jan. 7, the Juneau Community Foundation received an endowment from Keith Whitehead and Mun Chin Killeen to establish the Paul Whitehead Memorial Fund in memory of their son.

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER OF THE MONTH
Name: Travis Wolfe

Gracious generosity
A heartfelt thank you to the anonymous angel who paid for the funeral service of William Frank Palmer. Your kindness will never be forgotten.

FYI
• On Dec. 21, 2010, a daughter, Bela Jace, weighing 8 lbs. 5 oz., to Karin McCoy and Sanjay Pyare and sibling Surin.

Wilfred D. Hillaire Sr.
Wilfred D. Hillaire Sr., “Papa” age 66, of Bellingham, Wash., formerly of Juneau, died on Jan. 8, 2011.

Jeffrey Scott Thomas
Former Juneau resident Jeffrey Scott Thomas died Dec. 26, 2010 at his home in Bend, Ore. Jeff was 58 years old.

Empire Editorial: Legislature should lay aside idea of an Alaska law school
Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, has proposed adding law and medical schools to the University of Alaska system. While the merits of the latter would-be college deserve serious debate and study — particularly given the difficulties of obtaining quality health care in rural Alaska — the idea of creating Alaska’s own JD factory should be quickly dismissed.

Toe Toon
Cartoon by local artist Toe.

Abuse hurts and so does the truth
As a relative newcomer to Alaska, I have been impressed by the priority that Governor Parnell has given to addressing domestic violence and sexual abuse in our state. The subject of physical and sexual abuse, especially of children and young people can, at times, be shrouded behind silence and denial.

The final BP cleanup
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Arizona shootings pose questions: What do we stand for? What will we stand for?
Who’s to blame for the act of domestic terrorism at a Tucson shopping center Saturday that killed six people and wounded 14 others, shaking the nation because of its undertones of political assassination?

Government's obesity crisis
The question that will haunt America for the next several months is whether the new 112th Congress has the will to trim back the unsustainable excesses to which Washington has become accustomed or will fall back into old, unhealthy habits.

Alaska governors and the call for civility in our politics
Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik set the conversation for many of us when, amidst the need to make sense of the heinous shooting in Tucson, he couldn’t help but note the hateful tone of our nation’s rhetoric. This, in turn, has put in motion a national discussion on the role and responsibility of leaders, parties and the media. However, along with this societal soul searching, there is also finger pointing going on and who should wind up in some crosshairs of her own making … our former Governor.

PFD filers are more generous than ever
More people have donated to the state’s Pick. Click. Give. program during the first two weeks of January than donated during the program’s first year.

Reverse 911 call didn't go as planned
FAIRBANKS — A reverse 911 call didn’t go the way Alaska State Troopers planned.

AMHS cancels Aurora sailing
The Alaska Marine Highway Service has canceled the Sunday sailing of the ferry Aurora from Juneau to Haines and Skagway due to forecast storm force winds, high seas and heavy freezing spray. For more information, contact the ferry terminals at the following numbers: Juneau 465-3940, Haines 766-2113 and Skagway (907) 983-2229.

Woman survives having throat cut in Kotzebue
KOTZEBUE — Kotzebue police say 38-year-old woman survived having her throat slit, and her boyfriend has been charged with attempted murder.

Buccaneer wants to drill gas wells
KENAI — Buccaneer Alaska has plans to drill for gas near the city of Kenai.

Doc Warner's sentenced for selling sport fish
A Juneau judge ordered Doc Warner’s Lodge to pay a $10,000 fine for illegally selling fish that had been sport caught by clients and/or employees, the Alaska Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.

Alarm clears Juneau airport terminal
JUNEAU — Officials say the Juneau Airport terminal was temporarily evacuated after a false fire alarm went off.

Parnell declares disaster for town hit by storm
ANCHORAGE — Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell has issued a state disaster declaration to help the tiny town of Savoonga after a storm caused prolonged power outages for most residents. Friday’s declaration authorizes the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to activate the state’s public and individual disaster assistance grant programs.

JDHS smothers Ketchikan in SE opener
Juneau-Douglas didn’t give up a field goal until the first minute of the second half in cruising to a second blowout in as many nights of archrival Ketchikan in the form of a 59-19 romp on Saturday at JDHS.

Crimson Bears stuff Falcons
Friday night’s matchup between the Crimson Bears and Falcons might have been closer than anticipated but on Saturday, Juneau-Douglas showed why many consider it the gold standard of Southeast Conference hoops in 2011.

TMHS makes history at home
Perhaps the Thunder Mountain girls’ basketball team should play morning games more often.

Juneau-Douglas sharp-shooter talks life off the court
Juneau-Douglas senior shooting guard Nani Ostrom has always been able to shoot. Ostrom leads the Crimson Bears in 3-pointers this season, and has won multiple free throw competitions throughout her prep career. The Craig native said she plans to pursue a career in the health field and has aspirations of becoming a physical therapist someday.

Steelers rally, beat Ravens 31-24
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers stood around as the Baltimore Ravens scored an inexplicable first-half touchdown. Then it was the error-prone Ravens who watched helplessly as the team they love to beat most came back to beat them when it mattered most.

Miller would back election law shift
JUNEAU — Joe Miller said he would support a voter intent standard in Alaska election law so long as the state no longer has discretion to determine which votes should count.

Bill would do away with closed party primary
JUNEAU — An Alaska lawmaker is seeking to do away with closed party primaries and plans to take his proposal directly to voters if the Legislature doesn’t sign off on it.

Port of Anchorage: A billion-dollar mess?
ANCHORAGE — The largest economic development project under way in Anchorage has stalled under a cloud of construction troubles and ballooning costs.

Aerial wolf killing limited by lack of snow
FAIRBANKS — Lack of snow and daylight has combined to limit the number of wolves killed as part of the Alaska aerial predator control program.

Energy to be at the fore of session
JUNEAU — A big question this legislative session will be whether to overhaul a signature of former Gov. Sarah Palin’s administration as a way to boost oil production and make Alaska more attractive to industry.

New rules may separate ships, seals
ANCHORAGE — Federal scientists are recommending rules that could restrict cruise ship visits to Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier, the longest tidewater glacier in North America, because of the threat they pose to harbor seals, a marine mammal important to Native Alaskan subsistence hunters in nearby Yakutat.

Instructor builds all-electric shuttle bus
FAIRBANKS — The final touches are being put on an all-electric shuttle bus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Retirement costs loom
Alaska is sitting pretty financially, with oil revenue flowing in and billions of dollars in ready cash available.

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