Saturday, January 23, 2010

Where art thou, Romeo?
Plenty of catastrophes can befall a wolf: icy stream crossings, a nasty spat with a bear, a fall in a crevasse, even other wolves.

Juneau, Maine swap fish tales
"As you'll maybe find out when you leave here, there's no place like this on earth," commercial fisherman Chris Place told 25 Glacier Valley students interviewing him on board his 42-foot combination vessel, Mara, last Friday.

JDHS senior heads to D.C.
Juneau-Douglas High School senior Haley Nelson helped to form a philanthropic organization for youth and raised money for a child with leukemia through elementary school art projects. She even brought rain to a Hopi community in Arizona - through fortuitous possession of the necessary feathers for a rain ceremony.

Photo: Battle of the bibliophiles
Marina McDowell, left, Booklin Jensen, center, and Beckey Erickson of Floyd Dryden Middle School celebrate their win in the Battle of the Books at the seventh/eighth grade level. The team will participate in a state-wide competition by phone in February. Battle of the Books is an Alaskan reading motivational and comprehension program sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. The three-student teams are tested on their knowledge from 12 books chosen the previous year by librarians from around the state.

Mentor Appreciation Month: Big Brother Jeff Sloss and Little Brother Joe
Matched in the school program since December 2004; matched in the community program since August 2009.

Around Town
Today, Jan. 22

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Clarifications
An A2 brief in Thursday's Empire reported that Chuck Kopp, who briefly served as former Gov. Sarah Palin's public safety commissioner and is now a legislative aide to Sen. Fred Dyson, R-Eagle River, resigned from commissioner days into the job after an undisclosed reprimand stemming from a sexual harassment claim against him came to light. Kopp said he disclosed the incident to Palin and the reprimand was later removed from his file by the city of Kenai following an appeal.

Beatrice Amelia Buchanan
Longtime Juneau resident Beatrice Amelia Buchanan died peacefully on Jan. 19, 2010, at the Juneau Pioneers' Home, where she lived for the last 15 years. She was 99, five months short of being 100.

Sylvia M. Fleek
Longtime Douglas resident Sylvia M. Fleek died Jan. 18, 2010, at home in Douglas. She was 93.

William G. Demmert
Former Juneau resident William G. Demmert died Jan. 19, 2010, in Bellingham, Wash. He was 75.

Alaska editorial: Tale of two gas lines
Some recent gas pipeline news from Canada has Alaskans wondering whether our big North Slope project faces renewed competition from elsewhere in the Arctic. Canada's Mackenzie Valley project has now cleared a half-decade-long review of its environmental and social impacts. The $16 billion project had been stalled by the intensive review. At 1.2 billion cubic feet a day, Mackenzie would be a little more than a quarter the size of Alaska's project, and its gas is scheduled to hit North American markets sooner. Some key companies in Alaska's natural gas scene - Exxon, Conoco Phillips and TransCanada - are also involved in the Mackenzie project.

PRO: ACORN can play key role fighting global warming
WASHINGTON - It's hardly amazing that ACORN, the embattled community organizer that has done so much good in the nation's inner cities, is considered a latter-day embodiment of the anti-Christ by the nation's right-wing fringe.

CON: Taxpayers should demand a ban on funding to ACORN
WASHINGTON - If you think Congress stripped all federal funding from ACORN, think again.

Feels like home on this ice
Tom McKenzie is not a fan of summer; he prefers the cold winter months that breed chilling temperatures, snow-covered mountains and, most importantly, ice.

ADF&G to hold sablefish meeting on Feb. 2 in Egan Room
JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be hosting a meeting regarding the Northern Southeast Inside Sablefish Fishery in Juneau at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 in the Egan Room at Centennial Hall.

Tracks and Signs meeting Saturday at wetlands
JUNEAU - Kevin O'Malley will lead another Tracks and Signs Saturday Wild beginning at 10 a.m. at the Mendenhall Wetlands parking lot.

Alaska wildlife troopers join the Medallion Foundation
ANCHORAGE - The Division of Alaska Wildlife Troopers is undertaking a new endeavor in the name of aviation safety.

For local owls, spring starts at night
Now that we've turned the corner of winter and the days are lengthening, it won't be long before the first birds of spring start calling. But these are not the usual suspects, like the robin, as you may expect.

Winter for birds means adapting, getting fat
The thermometer on my front deck read 4 degrees Fahrenheit one morning. As daylight slowly crept over Thunder Mountain, juncos and chickadees began to come to the feeders. The chickadees whisked in and out in the blink of an eye, carrying off a sunflower seed to eat or store in the shelter of a nearby spruce. Juncos, gobbling millet seeds on the flat feeders, behaved very differently. They puffed out their feathers until they looked quite round, and crouched low to cover their bare legs, so much so that they seemed to have no legs at all.

Master gardener gives guidance on new, inventive seeds
It's this time of year that David Lendrum, co-president of the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners Association, said the seed catalogs come rolling in.

Snowshoeing can be fitness for body, mind and soul
My lungs are burning. My legs are fried. My sports clothing is soaked with perspiration. All this after just 10 minutes on the trail.

Learn to Ski event applications available at Eaglecrest, schools
JUNEAU - The 29th Annual Learn to Ski Weekend at Eaglecrest will be held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31.

Grooming report
As of Jan. 21 the following Nordic trails are groomed and tracked for both skate andclassic skiing:

Wild shots
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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.

Denali's Curry Ridge closes to winter recreational vehicles
DENALI NAT. PARK - The Mat-Su Area Office, Alaska State Parks, announces that Curry Ridge on the east side of the Parks Highway in Denali State Park, is now closed to the use of snowmachines.

State: Anchorage, Fairbanks to get more flights
ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage and Fairbanks airports will see both new and expanded service this year.

Probation officer makes first court appearance
ANCHORAGE- A state probation officer plans to fight charges he accepted cash and sexual favors in exchange for ignoring positive drug test results.

Missing Wasilla girl found safe in Anchorage
WASILLA - A Wasilla girl who went missing two weeks ago has been found safe in Anchorage and returned home.

Reward to help catch Anchorage cop shooter goes up to $25,000
ANCHORAGE - The reward for information about the shooting of an Anchorage police officer is now up to $25,000.

Taco toss puts Fairbanks man in jail
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska man who hit a Taco Bell manager in the face with a double-decker taco has been sentenced to one day in jail and one year probation.

State says North Pole water is safe to drink
FAIRBANKS - North Pole's water has been deemed OK to drink.

What jet lag? Bear girls beat Columbine
The Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team beat Columbine 47-38 on Thursday in the first matchup of a three-game road trip to Colorado for the Crimson Bears.

Decade of training primes skier for Olympics
ANCHORAGE - There's a rhythm to Kikkan Randall when she steps onto her cross country skis and churns across a start line.

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

TMHS Falcons girls' JV hoops team picks up first-ever win
Girls' Results:

Legislature takes action a year after Cowdery guilty plea
The Legislature's Select Committee on Legislative Ethics has found probable cause that former Anchorage Sen. John Cowdery violated legislative ethics rules, but the finding comes more than a year after Cowdery pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to commit bribery.

Sheldon Fisher to run against US Rep. Don Young
ANCHORAGE - Former telecommunications executive Sheldon Fisher announced Thursday that he will challenge Rep. Don Young in the 2010 primary election.

Southeast, rural energy issues considered by Legislature
Millions in funding for rural and Southeast energy projects was discussed Thursday by the Legislature, among them in conjunction with Southcentral and Railbelt projects that could cost billions.

Global warming opens up Arctic for undersea cable
ANCHORAGE - Global warming has melted so much Arctic ice that a telecommunication group is moving forward with a project that was unthinkable just a few years ago: laying underwater fiber optic cable between Tokyo and London by way of the Northwest Passage.

Haines man sentenced to 25 years for abuse
A Haines man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor over a period of 7 years.

Bethel residents wanted 'wet' city, but not drenched
BETHEL - Less than four months after deciding to lift a ban on liquor sales, Bethel sent a stronger message that residents don't want bars or liquor stores.

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