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.

Flooding knocks KATH off the air
Flooding at KATH-TV has forced the local NBC affiliate to evacuate the building. Programming is still on the air, but with a few changes.

Staff cuts, larger class sizes part of deficit solution
The first draft of proposed changes to the Juneau School District’s budget to address a $4 million to $6 million deficit cuts staffing by the equivalent of 43 full-time employees and slightly increases class sizes, among other changes.

Fast food with a Latin flair
Bus travelers waiting for their rides at the new Downtown Transportation Center now have a place to get in out of the cold, not to mention grab a snack for the road.

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.

Many familiar faces return to offices of Juneau legislators
There are new faces in each of the offices of the Juneau legislative delegation for the new legislative session, but most of the names will be familiar to those who have dealt with the delegation in the past.

ASHNHA talks with Bartlett about legislative priorities
The head of an association of Alaska hospitals and nursing homes Tuesday told Bartlett Regional Hospital’s planning committee the group’s top concerns this legislative season are Medicaid funding and health care reform laws.

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: Starting the session
The Alaska Youth Choir, led by artisitc director Missouri Smyth, sings the state song during the first day of the 2011 Legislative session Tuesday in the Senate at the State Capitol Building.

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: Almost there …
Storm, a mixed breed, waits for a little help over a concrete wall Saturday during a walk with owner Victoria Beagle.

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.

Virgil L. Klinkhammer
Virgil L. Klinkhammer passed away Jan. 5, 2011 in Bellingham, Wash. He was 79 years old.

Kenneth C. Moore
Kenneth C. Moore, 97, former Director of Insurance for the state of Alaska, passed away Jan. 10, 2010, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie and his sons Bruce and Kelly. He is survived by his sister Virginia Hall, his son Casey Moore, and his daughters Leslie Jadin and Kristy Krahl.

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

Outside editorial: Phony research must not deter needed vaccinations
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Bridging the trust deficit with China
China’s President Hu Jintao will make a historic trip to Washington next week, appearing alongside President Barack Obama on a stage likely to be dominated by two issues: righting the vast U.S.-China trade deficit and avoiding a catastrophic war on the Korean Peninsula. Both subjects matter. Both are manageable, if we work together.

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.

Now's the time to debate health care like adults
The U.S. House of Representatives honored wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords last week by postponing what promises to be a rancorous debate on repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

4 finalists named for UMaine presidency
BANGOR — The University of Maine System has narrowed its list of finalists for president of the flagship campus to four.

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.

Cheney dodges 2012 GOP presidential speculation
WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney is declining to say who’s out front in the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes, but says he’ll be happy to participate in the process.

AAA: Gasoline prices rising in Alaska
ANCHORAGE — Drivers in Alaska are paying an average of $3.57 a gallon for gasoline at the pump.

Doogan back at work after brain surgery
JUNEAU — An Anchorage lawmaker says he feels great, roughly six months after having a brain tumor removed.

Johansen, Millett get committee posts
JUNEAU — Two House Republicans on the outs with their caucus have been given committee assignments for this legislative session.

SEARHC hosts dental health fair for young children
In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Juneau Dental Clinic is hosting a children’s dental health fair Feb. 22.

Begich requests pipeline hearing
ANCHORAGE — Sen. Mark Begich is requesting the Senate Commerce Committee hold a hearing in Anchorage on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System.

Alaska roadhouse reopens before Yukon Quest begins
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska roadhouse has reopened under new ownership in time to stand as a traditional checkpoint in the upcoming Yukon Quest dog sled race.

Trial set April 5 for Alaska park arrest dispute
FAIRBANKS — A trial has been set for April for a 70-year-old Alaska man arrested by National Park Service rangers during a dispute over a boat safety check on the Yukon River last September.

Man charged with attempted murder in spitting
ANCHORAGE — Alaska authorities say a 29-year old man is charged with attempted murder after he spit a dangerous bodily fluid on a hospital worker.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Road trip leaves Bears in must-win situation
The Crimson Bears hoped this weekend’s senior night would be a relaxed celebration for those hockey players who are playing on home ice for the final time.

Bears fly by Falcons
Juneau-Douglas got off to a slow start but Thunder Mountain wilted under the Crimson Bears’ relentless pressure defense as JDHS rolled to a 76-21 Southeast Conference win Tuesday night over the visiting Falcons.

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.

Rep: State may need to play bigger role on gasline
JUNEAU — An Anchorage lawmaker believes the state may need to invest more money in a major natural gas pipeline if efforts to bring it to fruition falter.

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.

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

No shippers for new natural gas line
ANCHORAGE — TransCanada Corp. is moving forward with plans for a pipeline to carry North Slope natural gas to the North American pipeline network in Alberta, although it missed a goal of having signed agreements from shippers by Christmas, the Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday.

Report: Hard to tell effect of oil tax on industry
JUNEAU — Repeated changes to Alaska’s oil and gas tax the last few years have made it difficult to tell whether the tax is helping or hurting industry, according to a report released Tuesday, as the Legislature gears up to debate yet another change.

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.

Dems push back on oil tax cut proposals
Democratic legislators told the press just before the start of the 27th Alaska Legislature they’ll oppose calls by Gov. Sean Parnell and others to lower the state’s oil tax rates.

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