Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Juneau's schools can lead the nation with graduation standards
In Monday’s Empire, I read with great hope and encouragement, “JSD may change graduation requirements” - Jan. 24, 2011.

JSD may change graduation requirements
The Juneau School District’s Graduation Readiness Task Force has finished a list of graduation requirement changes which, if adopted, will align Juneau with college entrance requirements in the rest of Alaska, Washington state and many other places. The changes are also aimed at ensuring students have career readiness skills and do not need to take remedial courses in math and English just to qualify for a college.

Helping hands, all in one hall
Centennial Hall seemed like a good, welcoming spot for Michael Johnson on Monday afternoon. He walked in, met with several friends and found some information he said he wouldn’t have gotten otherwise.

Photo: Salt for safe sidewalks
City and Borough of Juneau streets and sidewalk crewman Dan Schwab sprinkles a rock salt mixture Wednesday on the icy Main Street sidewalk. “As long as something is covering the sidewalks we are out here trying to get it down to brick or concrete,” Schwab said.

JSD nutrition program to improve, breakfast initiatives lacking
Nutrition in meals served at Juneau schools could be improving under a proposal by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, meanwhile other initiatives, like the School Breakfast Program, are slow to gain a following.

Avalanche dangers continue today
High precipitation totals and high temperatures are combining to cause continued high avalanche dangers in the Juneau area through at least 7 a.m. today, according to a notice on the City and Borough of Juneau’s website.

AJ Mine Advisory Committee created
Research on whether the AJ Mine could be developed will move forward as seven people have been appointed to the newly formed AJ Mine Advisory Committee.

Photo: Performing at 'Tuxes to Xtratufs'
Members of the Thunder Mountain Big Band perform at the Inaugural Gala on Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Federal Subsistence Board OKs year-round sockeye fishing in Klawock River
The Federal Subsistence Board met over four days in Anchorage last week to take action on proposed changes to federal subsistence fishing programs, some of which applied to Southeast Alaska.

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.

James Russell Osborne Jr.
James Russell Osborne Jr. died Jan. 14, 2011, at his home in Hoonah.

Lucrecia Margarita Eldemar
Services for Lucrecia Margarita Eldemar will be held 5 p.m. Thursday at the Tlingit and Haida Community Hall, 3235 Hospital Dr. in Juneau.

Elaine Mae Barbra Goenett
Former Juneau residents Frances and George Goenett lost their infant daughter, Elaine Mae Barbra Goenett, Jan. 12 at 10:03 a.m. at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Though she never spent any time with us, she touched many of our lives. She is survived by her parents Frances and George Goenett; sister Stephanie See; brothers Nathan See of Angoon, Stephen See, John Goenett and Isaiah Mazon of Seattle, Wash. Any donations can be sent Julie Mazon. 425 S. 156h St. Apt 211A, Seattle, WA 98148.

Outside editorial: For lack of Lieberman
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Outside editorial: The union's slow recovery
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Obama, pragmatic liberal or Democratic modernizer?
When President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the U.S. House on Tuesday, he will do more than report on the state of the union. He also will signal the type of Democrat he will be for the rest of his term.

US universities unprepared to meet the challenges of 21st century
From the halls of state legislatures to the streets of Europe, higher education is in crisis. For years, American colleges and universities have been the envy of the world, but in the past four decades, this situation has deteriorated significantly and is quickly approaching the tipping point. Radical changes are needed, but, unfortunately, many administrators and most faculty members refuse to acknowledge the magnitude of the problems and are unwilling to consider constructive alternatives.

Overdoing it on corporate rights
If a corporation is a “person” under the law, does it get the kinds of “personal privacy” protections real people enjoy — just because the adjective personal derives from the noun person?

The gulf gap
Twenty years ago this week, despite fears of “another Vietnam,” the House and Senate voted to authorize the use of force against Iraqi troops occupying Kuwait.

Wear Red Day reminds women of heart disease risk
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer for women in Alaska and the United States. To help women take better care of their hearts, the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium WISEWOMAN Women’s Health, Diabetes and Lifestyle Balance programs are joining millions of Americans in the celebration of National Wear Red Day on Feb. 4.

Dick appointed employment security director
Paul Dick of Juneau has been named director of the Employment Security Division by Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Click Bishop.

Prosecutor says Waterman knew of murder plot
ANCHORAGE — Prosecutor Stephen West claims he has evidence that Rachelle Waterman knew a plan was in place to kill her mother.

Murkowski, Begich legislative addresses set
JUNEAU — The dates have been set for Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski to give their annual addresses to Alaska lawmakers.

House leaders cast doubt on gas tax suspension
JUNEAU — House Republican leaders are casting doubt on the prospects for the state motor fuels tax being suspended, as the governor has requested.

Ad-waving worker likes job — even at 40 below
FAIRBANKS — Even in temperatures hovering near 40 below, Deshaun Wilson dances on Fairbanks’ sidewalks, both to earn some money and to keep warm.

Fire destroys shop building
ANCHORAGE — A fire destroyed a two-story shop at the school in Galena.

Avalanche danger reduced, may move higher today
The City and Borough of Juneau reduced the avalanche danger faced by the city from “high” to “considerable” Monday morning, but that decrease may be short lived.

Woman's body found near Long Run Drive
A woman’s body was found in the snow along Long Run Drive Saturday morning, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

4 UMaine finalists to visit campus
ORONO — Four finalists for the top job at the University of Maine will begin paying visits to the campus starting this week.

Fairbanks co-op market moves forward
FAIRBANKS — Plans for a co-op grocery store are moving forward.

Close finish in the Kuskokwim 300 at Bethel
BETHEL — The winning margin in the Kuskokwim 300 was just one minute.

Statewide test of EAS system set for Wednesday
A statewide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to a release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

Man killed, wife wounded at Trapper Creek
TRAPPER CREEK — A man described by neighbors as a troublemaker is accused of shooting a couple — killing the man and wounding the woman — at Trapper Creek, a community near Talkeetna, about 80 miles north of Anchorage.

Photos: Senior night blowout
The Juneau-Douglas hockey team finished the 2010-11 season on Saturday with a 6-2 win over visiting Houston on senior night. Graduating this year are seniors Peyton Millay, Ben Peyton, Garret Cheeseman, Trever Held, Matthew Whistler, Cole Carnahan, Eric Verrelli and Taylor Lehnhart.

Falcons' Seymour takes pride in defensive prowess
Thunder Mountain’s Matt Seymour has played quality minutes this season for the Falcons’ boys’ basketball squad, despite being just a freshman. The 6-foot-1 ninth-grader stressed the importance of team defense, as well as communicating on the court. Seymour is interested in a possible career in sports medicine, likes to coach middle schoolers in his free time and is an avid Georgetown Hoyas fan.

Deadline nears for decision on walrus listing
ANCHORAGE — The federal Marine Mammal Commission has recommended Pacific walrus be listed as threatened or endangered, citing threats to the marine mammal from the loss of sea ice they rely on for foraging and giving birth.

Fire destroys Galena school shop building
GALENA — The entire village of Galena pitched in to help fight a fire that destroyed a school shop, even as temperatures plunged to 50 degrees below zero.

Surprise trade leads to longtime home in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS — Call it a coincidence, or call it the log cabin Phyllis and Lloyd Welty have lived in for over 50 years.

Poll finds baseline stats for domestic violence in Alaska
JUNEAU — A survey intended to provide a baseline for domestic violence and sexual assault rates in Alaska has found nearly 48 percent of women have been threatened or physically harmed by a partner during their lifetime.

Capital move fears stoked by bill, story
Juneau legislators are disputing an Anchorage Daily News story that states members of the city’s delegation have successfully killed a capital move effort.

Johansen says he'll fight recall
Rep. Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, said Monday he’ll fight a recall campaign announced by a Ketchikan political leader last week.

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