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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

'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.

Study reveals nearly $1B annual impact of fishing in Southeast
Trout Unlimited has just announced the results of a study it commissioned to generate numbers on the economic impact of Southeast Alaska's salmon and trout fisheries. Those numbers add up, reaching toward the billion mark in local dollars and 10 percent of jobs.

Climate change may affect arctic biodiversity
Three local scientists merged their studies to provide a look at how the changing arctic environment can affect species through hybridization. Their work led to a commentary article published last month in Nature, an international science journal.

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.

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.

Waterman retrial to begin jury selection Wednesday
Rachelle Waterman seemed distracted during the November 2004 Alaska High School State Volleyball Championships against the Monroe Rams. The then-16-year-old’s spikes were going wide, her serves were short and she didn’t celebrate with her Craig Panther teammates after points.

Photo: Clearing a path
Kevin Milton of the General Services Administration plows snow off the sidewalk Monday along Third Street on his way around the Dimond Court House block.

Photo: Too much sledding
Nate Soboleff tows his sleeping sledding partner Riley to their car after a day of snow fun Monday at Eaglecrest.

Photo: Gearing up for the session
Two legislative aides hurry through the State Capitol building on Monday as they prepare for the 27th Legislature opening today.

Police & Fire
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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.

Outside editorial: Tampering with citizenship
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

My Turn: Online anonymity breeds false courage to speak
I was pleased to see the Juneau Empire’s Jan. 12 news coverage of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70’s efforts to call to task the Juneau School District on its decision to utilize federal funds for purposes other than what the federal government approved the grant funds for. The need for this coverage however, may not have come, had the Juneau School District simply answered ANS Camp 70’s original question: “Who, from the U.S. Department of Education – Indian Sector, granted you approval to make that change? Can you provide to us a copy of that approval document?” Instead of providing a simple answer, the actions of the JSD have caused the issue to linger for over a year.

Tucson tragedy will only temporarily halt the language of derision and hate
We are not, nor have we ever been, immune from the disease of senseless violence in this country.

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?

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

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.

Hydaburg Health Center to host open house on Wednesday
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, the city of Hydaburg and the Hydaburg Cooperative Association will host an open house for the newly renovated and expanded Hydaburg Health Center at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the clinic.

SEARHC hires Brenda Parnell as Chief Financial Officer
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has hired Brenda Parnell as its new Chief Financial Officer after a national search. Parnell will start work Jan. 31 in SEARHC’s Juneau office.

Palin says Democrats used target maps
WASHINGTON — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says Democrats have used maps using targets to identify congressional districts they wanted to win.

Alaska troopers arrest 3 in Crooked Creek burglary
CROOKED CREEK — Alaska State Troopers say an investigation has led to the arrest of three people accused of breaking into the school and two residences in Crooked Creek, a village about 300 miles west of Anchorage.

Police arrest 45 in Anchorage, Mat-Su sweep
ANCHORAGE — In addition to arresting 45 people wanted on outstanding warrants in “operation gangbusters” police in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough made some discoveries.

2 men accused of setting fire in Palmer
ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say two men set fire to an abandoned building in Palmer.

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

Inversion forms tall or flat Alaska Range mirage
FAIRBANKS — A temperature inversion provided some different views of the Alaska Range last week, making the mountains look a little taller or flatter with an illusion named after a legendary sorceress.

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

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.

Parnell proposes oil, gas tax changes
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell is proposing sweeping changes to Alaska’s oil and gas production tax, an effort that he says is aimed at boosting oil production and creating more jobs for Alaskans.

Native groups to sue over polar bear protection
ANCHORAGE — Native groups are intending to sue over Endangered Species Act protections for polar bears.

Oil is flowing with restart of pipeline
ANCHORAGE — Oil is once again flowing through the trans-Alaska pipeline after a weekend shutdown to repair a leak at a North Slope pump station.

Proposals could limit Alaska Yukon salmon fishing
FAIRBANKS — After several years of poor runs, frustrated Yukon River salmon fishermen will be watching closely as a federal board that oversees subsistence fishing in Alaska meets this week to discuss management strategies.

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.

Johansen seeking to mend GOP fences
JUNEAU — State Rep. Kyle Johansen said Monday he’ll work to repair relationships, with the goal of being allowed back into the Republican majority caucus this session.

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.

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.

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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