Saturday, January 29, 2011

Airman from Juneau dies in Afghanistan
Tech. Sgt. Leslie D. Williams, 36, of Juneau was killed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan Tuesday “due to a non-combat related incident,” the Department of Defense announced Thursday.

Photo: Watching and learning
Assistant Principal Carol Warbelow, left, and Principal Bridget Lewis, center, both of North Pole High School, and Kim Bergey, right, Superintendent for the Denali Borough School District watch as first-grade students at Glacier Valley Elementary School are taught how to play the violin by instructor Xia Guohua Thursday during a visit to the school by administrators from across the state participating in a three-day Administrators Art Retreat in Juneau.

Correction
Juneau District Court Judge Thomas Nave was incorrectly identified in a story yesterday. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Greenhouse gas panel seeks action plan
The new Greenhouse Gas Subcommittee has begun its long trek toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Juneau. Step one is to build a climate action plan to set out actions different entities within the community can take to achieve this.

Two arrested in connection with robbery
Two people were arrested Wednesday night on the 6500-block of Glacier Highway in connection with a reported robbery at a nearby business.

Andrew's Marina/Fisherman's Bend issue may need public input
Docks and Harbors is stumped on what direction to go with the offer to purchase Andrew’s Marina/Fisherman’s Bend.

Photo: Spectacular speller
Thane Reishus-O’Brien, right, receives applause from the audience and Floyd Dryden Middle School classmate and second place finisher Henry Cummins, left, after winning the Juneau School District Spelling Bee held in the Thunder Mountain High School auditorium Wednesday evening. Both are eighth-graders. Reishus-O’Brien will have his expenses paid to attend the state-level competition in Anchorage on March 3. The winner of the Alaska Spelling Bee advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. the first week in June. Reishus-O’Brien won by spelling the word “phalanx” (a group or body in close formation).

Police hunt for arsonist who targeted local fire truck
Juneau Police are on the hunt for a firebug who tried to torch a ladder truck responding to a downtown fire alarm Wednesday evening.

Affordable Housing panel meets
The Juneau Affordable Housing Commission Subcommittee will hold a meeting on Monday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m. in the Gruening Park Community Room. For more information, contact Scott Ciambor at 523-2338

State Board Clarifies Scholarship Regulations
JUNEAU — The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting by teleconference Jan. 24, re-adopted regulations for the Alaska Performance Scholarship, and sent out for public comment proposed regulations related to school districts’ accounting of fund balances. The board also endorsed the Department of Education & Early Development’s Family Engagement Plan and Early Literacy Plan.

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.

Pay to park in downtown garages after Jan. 31
Beginning Monday, Jan. 31, all users of the Downtown Transportation Center and Marine Parking Garage must pay to park.

Fish & Game Advisory Committee elects new officers, discusses critical habitat area
The Juneau-Douglas Fish & Game Advisory Committee met in a packed Juneau Arts & Cultural Center on Wednesday night, during which the public elected new officers and heard what a new critical habitat area designation on the Taku River could mean.

Myrna Gloria Garza
Myrna Gloria Garza passed away Jan. 17, 2011 in Seattle. She was 80.

Arsalan J. Sadighi
Juneau resident Arsalan J. Sadighi died Jan. 27, 2010 in Tampa, Fla., while attending Stetson University School of Law.

Sylvia Carlsson
Former Juneau resident Sylvia Carlsson died Jan. 23, 2011 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.

Patrick Gilbert Mills
Lifelong Hoonah resident Patrick Gilbert Mills died Jan. 24, 2011.

The Institute for War&Peace Reporting
TEHRAN -- When a Turkish reporter recently asked President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad what impact international sanctions were having on his country, the Iranian leader replied, “What sanctions are you talking about? If you come to Iran today, people will tell you that sanctions have had no impact on their lives or on their country’s development.”

Intrusive screenings are necessary for our overall safety
Just like children forced to take castor oil hated the experience, millions of Americans loathed the intrusive body-scan and pat-down security measures imposed at U.S. airports last fall.

Outside editorial: A worm to blame for Iran's nuclear setbacks?
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Monday, Jan. 24:

X-rays and pat-downs are dangerous to passengers and democracy alike
The Transportation Security Administration provoked a nationwide furor late last year when it instituted a new security protocol of whole body X-rays and intrusive pat-downs of many airline passengers.

Meet Marmota
Since 2009, Alaskans have celebrated a common furry resident of the state each Feb. 2 — the marmot.

Ascending apparitions of ice
Nugget Falls dumps frigid water through the thin ice on Mendenhall Lake all winter long. Most people keep a comfortable distance from the area of instability around the falls, but recently a few residents were much closer than one would expect.

Colors of confrontation
I once worked in an office in which a co-worker announced that the color red was aggressive, so red clothing should be disallowed in the workplace — or anywhere else!

Juneau area trail and grooming conditions as of Jan. 27
• Base: 1 inches

Juneau's Winter Heat hosts Burning Man Challenge
JUNEAU — Juneauites are challenged to build their own burning man.

Breath, practice yoga under the stars for free
JUNEAU — The public is invited to a night of yoga under the stars from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the Marie Drake Planetarium.

Board of Forestry to hold meeting and teleconference
ANCHORAGE — The Board of Forestry will meet by teleconference from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 31. The agenda will include reports and discussion on 2011 legislation regarding:

JWP hosts annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival
JUNEAU — After last year’s success, the Juneau Watershed Partnership is bringing the Wild and Scenic Film Festival back to Juneau from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Centennial Hall.

TSI to hold annual meeting
JUNEAU — Members of the Territorial Sportsmen Inc. have organized the group’s annual meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

Women's Climbing class aims for fun
JUNEAU — Women are invited to learning the basics of rock climbing or refine existing climbing techniques and training, while having fun each Wednesday at the Rock Dump.

Eaglecrest Ski Area announces Learn to Ski winners
JUNEAU — Officials at Eaglecrest have posted the winners of the 30th annual Learn to Ski Weekend on their website: www.skijuneau.com.

Drill Conductor Training offered for commercial fisherman
JUNEAU — The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Bill Ray Center.

Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition extends survey
The Sitka Outdoor Recreation Coalition (Get Out, Sitka!) is extending its survey to local organizations about their outdoor programming. The new deadline for comments is Tuesday, Feb. 1, so the organization can process the results before the next meeting from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Wild shot
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via e-mail to: Abby Lowell, Outdoors editor, abby.lowell@juneauempire.com. For all photos include the name of the photographer, a description of what is shown in the picture, when it was taken and any other pertinent information. Images will run as space allows.

Tides: Jan. 28 - Feb. 3
Today, Jan. 28

2 men accused of Alaska gold mine investment scam
ANCHORAGE — Two Washington state men have been accused of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud in seeking investors for a gold mine involving placer mining beach sand at Sitkinak Island, which is near Kodiak Island.

Kodiak fisherman sentenced for threatening an observer
ANCHORAGE — A commercial fisherman based in Kodiak was sentenced in federal court in Anchorage for violating the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act by threatening a fisheries observer, U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said.

Schick, Clark named captains
Glacier Swim Club announced Auri Clark and Cody Schick as the 2010-2011 team captains. Clark and Schick join age group captains Dakota Isaak and Kenny Fox as team leaders this season.

Bears hold off Braves
Juneau-Douglas avenged its first loss of the season Thursday with a 50-46 win over visiting Mt. Edgecumbe at JDHS.

GSC competes in Haines
The Glacier Swim Club took 47 swimmers to Haines to compete in the Winter Games Invitational Meet, which included about 100 swimmers from Juneau, Haines and Whitehorse and took place the weekend of the weekend of Jan. 21-23

Legislature ponders overturning 90-day session limit
Senate President Gary Stevens Thursday said that the shorter 90-day legislative sessions adopted by voters in 2006 are not working.

Lawyer: Waterman's killer is a fast-talking liar
ANCHORAGE — One of two men who killed Rachelle Waterman’s mother is a fast-talking liar who changed his story to prevent spending his life in prison — even if it meant implicating his then-16-year-old girlfriend in her mother’s death, a lawyer said in recorded testimony played Thursday.

Juneau's delegation talks of common efforts, divisions
Juneau’s three-member legislative delegation met with constituents Thursday evening, talking more about issues on which they agree than disagree.

Murkowski keeps seat on energy committee
JUNEAU — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski will serve on the same committees she did during the last session. The other half of the Alaska Senate delegation, Sen. Mark Begich serves on four committees, adding an appointment to a Senate committee on homeland security.

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