Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Extension of 90 day session not needed
I read in the news media lately about extending the legislative session. I would disagree with the need for longer sessions. Remember this is a public mandate. So is ANGDA (Alaska Natural Gas Development Authority). These are two laws the people wanted and are authorized to do so by our Constitution.

Critiquing L'attitude
If I may, I’d like to make a brief critique of the Juneau Empire’s monthly insert — L’attitude:

'Awesome to be back'
The seas that faced United States Coast Guard Cmdr. James Robertson in a year’s deployment with Operation Iraqi Freedom were not typical oceans. They were storms of sand, waves of heat, and floods of bottled water, all things atypical for a District 17 Station Juneau member.

Alaska Sens. introduce 'Frankenfish' ban
U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) formally reintroduced legislation to the 112th Congress to ban genetically engineered salmon.

Photo: A cold checkmate
Ari Gross, Rhys Coffee and Dylan Williams play chess Sunday in the Bishop Michael H. Kenny Memorial Peace Park at Third and Seward Streets.

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.

Hot Salsa dances into 10th year
It’s time to put on your dancing shoes and salsa the night away with Juneau Montessori School.

Airport Shopping Center gets a facelift
The Mendenhall Valley’s Airport Shopping Center has a history of staying in the family, a signature facet for many Juneau establishments. The owners strive to keep that locality in both the buildings and their stores, even in the midst of updates.

IPHC proposes slashing quotas in Area 2C
The International Pacific Halibut Commission has proposed lowering the overall U.S. and Canadian commercial halibut quotas. These cuts would be the most severe in Area 2C where the majority of Southeast Alaska fishermen bring in their stocks.

Photo: Out for a family power walk
Out for a mom’s power walk along North Douglas Highway, Tiny Carranza pushes her daughters, Julianna, 2, and Monica, 4, and carries Jasmine Tapp, 2, as friend Angel Tapp carries her other twin daughter, Izabelle. Carranza explained they really had five children with them because she is expecting.

Photo: All things Scottish at the Celtic Music Festival
Highland Dancers perform at Friday’s Celtic Music Festival in the Juneau Arts & Cultural Center. The City of Juneau Pipe Band also played at the event.

Photos: Second Annual Alaska Women's Expo
Centennial Hall hosted the Second Annual Alaska Women’s Expo on Saturday. Models were organized, outfitted and made up by Boheme, Choco Boutique, Shoefly and Rejuvenation.

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.

Norman C. Edwards Jr.
Norman C. Edwards Jr. died peacefully in his home in Amagansett, N.Y., surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren Jan. 19, 2011, after a two-year fight with stage-four brain cancer (gioblastoma). He is son to the late Capt. Norman C. Edwards Sr. and Elsie Johnson Edwards of Amagansett, N.Y. He is great-grandson to

Wilma Louise Bennett
Wilma Louise Bennett, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in Douglas on Jan. 29, 2011 surrounded by her loving family and friends after a long battle with cancer.

My Turn: A promise that must be kept
Sealaska is seeking congressional help in obtaining that last 85,000 acres promised to it in the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA).

Outside editorial: Not so fast, nosy government
The following editorial first appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

An old order finally ending
For years, many Middle Easterners have operated on the premise that things could continue as in the past. Arab autocrats assumed they could rule forever, and many Israelis thought they could occupy forever.

Outside editorial: Crisis avoidable
The following editorial first appeared in the Miami Herald:

Hints of past presidents
Barack Obama’s re-election recipe combines a heap of Clinton centrism with a dash of Reagan optimism.

Aide: Miller not raising money any more
JUNEAU — An aide to Joe Miller says a solicitation for donations at the bottom of a Sunday news release was inadvertent and that the former U.S. Senate candidate is no longer raising funds.

Alaska woman charged with birthday party shooting
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska woman has been charged with shooting at her sister and endangering three children at a birthday party.

Man charged with domestic violence after causing traffic accident
A Juneau man grabbed the steering wheel of his girlfriend’s car Saturday night, causing a crash on Egan Drive, according to a release from the Juneau Police Department.

Fire damages home in Kodzoff Acres II
Capital City Fire and Rescue fought a residential fire Saturday night at 2895 Mendenhall Loop Road, according to a release from CCFR.

Search does not find missing Oregon boy
PORTLAND, Ore. — A search has ended for a missing Oregon boy who disappeared from his Portland school seven months ago.

Decision coming soon on federal listing for walrus
ANCHORAGE — A spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the agency is waiting for a publication date from the Federal Register before announcing whether it will recommend listing the Pacific walrus as a threatened or endangered species because of global warming.

Former business dean picked as next UAA chancellor
ANCHORAGE — University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has picked the president and chief operating officer of the Alaska Aerospace Corp. to be the next chancellor of UA Anchorage.

Earthquake felt in Anchorage
ANCHORAGE — A light earthquake has been felt in Anchorage.

Man charged with indecent exposure in Juneau
A Juneau man who had previously been convicted of a sex offense was arrested Sunday afternoon on one count of second-degree indecent exposure, according to records from the Juneau Police Department.

Lawyers want SD murder resentencing moved
DEADWOOD, S.D. — Lawyers for an Alaska man set to be sentenced a second time for murdering a South Dakota man about 11 years ago want the trial moved.

Anchorage officials to race for charity
ANCHORAGE — Five Anchorage officials, including Mayor Dan Sullivan, are going to hop on their dog sleds behind three-dog teams and compete for charity.

North Slope Borough holds election Tuesday
BARROW — The North Slope Borough will ask voters Tuesday to approve $35 million in general obligation bonds to finance capital projects, specifically to re-drill the Barrow gas fields.

Man killed in snowmachine crash at Deering
DEERING — Alaska State Troopers say alcohol and speed were factors when a man crashed a stolen snowmachine into a trailer in the village of Deering, 57 miles southwest of Kotzebue.

Photo: Parks & rec postseason
The Juneau Parks & Rec Adult Ordway Basketball Tournament began Jan. 20 and culminates with championship games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (if necessary) this week at the Dzantik’I Heeni gym and, if necessary, the UAS recreation center.

Swim season never ends for JDHS's Clark
Even with the high school swim and dive season over since November, Juneau-Douglas junior swimmer Auri Clark continues to train and work hard in the pool.

Thibodeau calls it a career after 35 years
Guy Thibodeau sat in his office at Juneau-Douglas High School on Monday surrounded by memories of the past.

Schools facing a 'no' in money quest
In the rarefied atmosphere of the staid Senate Finance Committee room, high school senior Brandon Boyer dropped an “F-bomb.”

House acts quickly to extend Senior Benefits
The House of Representatives Monday passed its first bill of the year, giving unanimous endorsement to an extension of the state’s popular Senior Benefits Program for another four years.

Probe of missing Miller e-mails ends
JUNEAU — Former U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller has turned about 30,000 e-mails over to Fairbanks North Star Borough, effectively ending his former employer’s investigation into e-mails that were gone from his inbox when he resigned in 2009.

Rare western gray whale tracked off Canada
ANCHORAGE — A highly endangered whale that spends summers off Russia has moved into water off British Columbia after crossing the Bering Sea and passing the Aleutian Islands.

Ex implicates Waterman in murder plot
ANCHORAGE — Jurors heard a recorded interview Monday in which a Craig police officer described Rachelle Waterman as “an up and coming black widow” who played two men to do her bidding and murder her mother.

North Slope-to-Fairbanks natural gas line promoted
ANCHORAGE — So, you don’t believe TransCanada will ever get enough customers to build a gas line to the Lower 48 or Valdez? And you think it even more likely that Conoco Phillips and BP’s Denali gas project is doomed, since it has neither the state license nor the half-billion-dollar subsidy that TransCanada has?

Commission faults agency, industry in Gulf spill
ANCHORAGE — President Barack Obama in June tapped University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Fran Ulmer for the presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, and as crude oil continued to spew from the Macondo well 40 miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska’s former lieutenant governor found herself in a helicopter sizing up the spill.

Alaska soldiers deploy for Afghanistan
FAIRBANKS — The first wave of soldiers from Fort Wainwright scheduled to deploy this week has left for Afghanistan, where Maj. Shane Mendenhall says the men and women will be based mainly in the mountains of the country’s southern region.

Don Young: Last of a breed on Capitol Hill
WASHINGTON — There he was, sitting in the House of Representatives, grinning ear to ear, attending his first State of the Union speech since 1974.

Jonrowe pushes through to claim Tustumena 200 title
KASILOF — Shortly before 3 p.m., veteran musher Deedee Jonrowe arrived at Mile 112 of the Sterling Highway to an anxiously awaiting crowd.

Eagle River racing team having a snow-ball with vintage sleds
EAGLE RIVER — Starting a racing team isn’t usually cheap. At the highest levels, team owners like Richard Childress or Roger Penske spend millions of dollars on parts and labor just to get their multi-million dollar automobiles to the track.

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