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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Avoiding the 'one-hour' shuffle
Juneau drivers could end up paying more for downtown on-street parking than a spot in one of the city's parking garages, given the direction of parking management planning talks.

Documentarians encourage climate of debate
Irish documentary film makers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer are battling Malaria, DDT, polar bears, climate change, Green Peace and Al Gore, just to name a few references in their latest film "Not Evil Just Wrong."

Crew causes power outage while trimming trees to prevent one
A crew cutting trees around AEL&P's power lines to help prevent tree-caused outages inadvertently caused one around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, AEL&P spokeswoman Gayle Wood said.

Craig officials comment on Sealaska lands bill
Craig city officials voted unanimously this week to voice concerns over the Sealaska lands bill, despite accusations that Sen. Albert Kookesh attempted to bully the council into supporting the legislation.

Empire expanding local content
The Juneau Empire will launch several new themed pages Monday as part of its effort to expand local content.

Photo: Visiting writer
Visiting writer Susan Power, Lakota, left, and local author Ernestine Hayes, Tlingit, speak during a free brown-bag lecture at the Alaska State Museum on Thursday. Power, who is a poet, writer, and storyteller, has published two books, "The Grass Dancer," which won a PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction, and "Roofwalker." Hayes is a University of Alaska Southeast professor and author of "Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir," published by the University of Arizona Press, which was an American Book Award Winner in 2007.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials reported:

Corrections
In an A1 story in Thursday's Empire about halibut fishing quotas, the residence and organizational affiliation of Kathy Hansen was incorrect. She is a Juneau fisherman who is the executive director of the Southeast Alaska Fisherman's Alliance and a spokeswoman for the Halibut Coalition.

Opal I. Taylor
Former Juneau resident Opal I. Taylor died Jan. 25, 2010, in Wenatchee, Wash. She was 84.

Gary Allen Perkins
Former Juneau resident Gary Allen Perkins died Jan. 24, 2010. He was 54.

Too soon to judge
H ouse speaker Mike Chenault is jumping the gun on two different fronts with his proposal to ask voters about using Permanent Fund earnings to build a pipeline that brings natural gas to the Railbelt. His idea presumes that a bullet line from the North Slope is the best way to ease the Railbelt's energy supply crunch. It also presumes the bullet line is the first and best of the many ways Alaskans might be asked to spend surplus earnings from the Permanent Fund. Both are controversial questions that deserve much wider discussion before Alaskans could make an intelligent decision at the ballot box.

Railroad purchase proves worth the money and more
T wenty-five years ago, the state of Alaska bought the Alaska Railroad from the federal government. The price was a deal then, and time has only made it a better deal.

Breaking the ice
Imagine yourself climbing a waterfall that has completely frozen over. It's cold, wet and slippery, yet you have confidence that neither the toe-hold nor the ice axes holding you up will break away from the ice that stretches upward in front of you and cascades downward below you.

Cross-training on the run
"What happened to you?" my hoops-playing friend asked. "You used to be, um, bigger. Are you sick?"

January junkets
If you start at Crow Hill and go up the CBJ trail to the Treadwell Ditch, you then have three choices: sharp right on the ditch trail to Lawson Creek, which may be hard to cross in the absence of a bridge; left on the ditch trail, across some deep gullies, and then up to Gastineau Meadows, or angle-right and out into Lawson meadows.

Wild shots
A group of sea lions lounge on a rock outcropping near Glacier Bay in spring of 2009.

City asks for help with 2010 census
JUNEAU - The city is asking for Juneau residents' help making sure every Juneau resident is counted in the 2010 census.

College Goal Sunday to be held this weekend
JUNEAU - Across Alaska, students planning to attend college in the fall are gearing up for the fifth annual Alaska College Goal Sunday on Jan. 31. In Juneau, the 2010 Alaska College Goal Sunday will be held at Thunder Mountain High School, from 2 to 4 p.m. Parents and students are encouraged to bring their 2008 tax returns, their 2009 tax documents, and their laptop computers and come prepared to clear this daunting hurdle to college financing. Students will receive help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

21-year-old Arizona man arrested for sexual assault
JUNEAU - A 21-year-old Arizona man was arrested Thursday and charged with sexual assault in the first degree, an unclassified felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Begich announces 2010 Service Academy Nominations
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has nominated 31 of Alaska's "finest young men and women" for admission to at least one of the U.S. military service academies.

Final tuneup for Bears before conference tourney
With a Fairbanks playoff trip in sight, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears hockey team will take on Delta Junction in what will be their final two home games of the season.

West Valley presents homecoming hurdle
Juneau-Douglas is hosting West Valley this weekend in a boys' and girls' basketball doubleheader on Friday and Saturday during homecoming festivities, though both teams' coaches don't think the festivities will be much of a distraction this year.

Falcons battle foul trouble, fall to Angoon
After a late schedule addition, the Falcons girls' basketball team fell 45-31 to visiting Angoon on Wednesday at Thunder Mountain High School.

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

Legislators question Parnell's scholarship test requirements
Gov. Parnell is making his proposed scholarship plan tougher to qualify for, which may also make it harder to pass through the Legislature.

Royal Caribbean earns $3.4 million in 4Q
CHICAGO - Royal Caribbean's passengers spent more than expected during the fourth quarter and the cruise company carefully controlled its expenses, helping it more than double its fourth-quarter profit compared with a year earlier.

Eroding Alaska village appeals lawsuit's dismissal
ANCHORAGE - One of Alaska's most eroded villages wants to revive a lawsuit that claims greenhouse gasses from oil, power and coal companies are to blame for the climate change endangering the tiny community.

Board to consider expanding predator control
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game is meeting this week to consider more than 50 proposals, including expanding the state's predator control program, under which more than 1,000 wolves and nearly as many bears have been killed since 2003.

Alaska reaches settlement with firm on lost data
A major accounting firm has agreed to provide credit protection for more than 77,000 current and former public employees whose personal information it lost, Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan said Thursday.

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