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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Plea to owners: Clean up after your dogs
The smell and sight of a toddler with dog poop all over his pants, and of his mother trying to wipe it off, would have made even the most careless dog owner wince.

Regarding Point Baker and Murkowski
We know that Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to hold hearings on Prince of Wales Island for her bill, S881, that would turn more than 80,000 acres of federal land near Point Baker in the Tongass to the private Sealaska Corp.

Chambers' My Turn disrespects various environmental groups
Sara Chambers' My Turn that appeared in the Jan. 31 Juneau Empire jumps on a political bandwagon that is totally crowded with ultraconservatives. Like a well-heeled producer, she champions the film "Not Evil Just Wrong," a film made with real-estate money by an Irish filmmaking couple. It was shown at a weekly Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon recently.

Juneau to make bid for Arctic Winter Games
Mayor Bruce Botelho believes Juneau is the ideal location for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games.

Something to celebrate
The more than 400 Juneau-Douglas High School students invited to the schools inaugural Academic Achievement Celebration Tuesday evening are all high achievers. But event speaker and Alaska Commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development Larry LeDoux had a question for them.

Photo: Juneau stands with Haiti
Gov. Sean Parnell, far left, and his wife, Sandy, visit KTOO studios with radio manager Cheryl Levitt Snyder, center, KTOO President and General Manager Bill Legere and KXLL ProgramDirector Andy Kline, far right, Monday morning during the Juneau Stands with Haiti fundraiserorganized by the station. Along with $3500 from the KXLL Reggae Sunsplash on Saturday night and the on-air fundraiser brought in close to $21,000. The money is going to Partners In Health which has been established for nearly 25 years in Haiti. Gavel to Gavel TV broadcast the radio fundraiser on 360 North for a Statewide audience. The on-air fundraiser was unusual, as the FCC has a regulation barring public stations from raising money for any other entities but themselves.

Photos: Getting a jump on financial aid
Top: James Beedle and daughter Tessa go over forms Sunday at the fifth annual AlaskaCollege Goal in the Thunder Mountain High School commons. The free application forfederal student aid, or FAFSA form, is the first part of the financial aid application for almost every school in the country. By doing it at this time of year, students meet early filingdeadlines. Said James Beedle, "When I went to college, I lucked out and won the Golden North Salmon Derby which got me the money to go to school... that shows you how cheap it was to go to school back then."

Sandwich franchise expands to Lemon Creek
Franchise owner Wade Bryson could join a small list of local business owners finding success with multiple expansions when he opens a third Subway next month.

Kantola completes NorthWind internship
JUNEAU - NorthWind Architects, LLC, announced last week that Erik K. Kantola has successfully completed his architectural internship and passed his Architectural Registration Board exams to become licensed to practice architecture in the state of Alaska.

Photos: JDHS homecoming
The Juneau-Douglas High School dance team performs during homecoming games Friday at the JDHS gym.

Photo: Air time
Mallard ducks take to flight Sunday along the Egan Drive.

Police & Fire
Juneau police and fire officials and state police reported:

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Wednesday, Feb. 3

Correction
An A4 story in Monday's Empire about Marmot Day incorrectly stated that no groundhogs live in Alaska. According to Fairbanks marmot expert Aren Gunderson, groundhogs "can be found in and around Fairbanks and elsewhere in the interior." Also, marmots and ground squirrels are not related in any way.

Harry Romine
Longtime Ketchikan resident Harry Romine died Jan. 23, 2010. He was 85.

Francis Eddy
Juneau and former longtime Sitka resident Francis Edward Eddy, 84, died peacefully, surrounded by family at his daughter's home in Juneau. He was 84.

What Americans think about Muslims
T he American people and their openness to Muslim communities will in many ways determine the success of President Barack Obama's global engagement initiative, which he launched on his inauguration day a year ago by calling for a "new way forward" with Muslims. Change will depend in large part on how Americans think, and it is therefore crucial to understand American perceptions of Muslims and Islam.

My Turn: Film not productive, just noisy
Last week's showing of the film "Not Evil, Just Wrong" was not productive, just noisy. The film and its supporters seem to have little interest in bringing us closer together, encouraging healthy debate, or presenting any kind of meaningful solutions to climate change.

Salinger's greatest trick: To disappear
W hen someone told me J.D. Salinger had died, I jokingly asked, "How do they know?"

In Haiti, reforestation should be part of rebuilding process
P residents, rock stars and business leaders from around the world are pledging hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild Haiti, which is great.

The unfinished agenda: jobs
The following editorialappeared in the Miami Heraldon Friday:

My Turn: Seek out leaders who will work in your best interests
There have been a lot of stories in (and noticeably absent from) the news recently about elected politicians who are also board members of their Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act corporations. At times, their position in state and local governments is in direct opposition to their duties to the corporations. This needs to change!

New debate is about bringing Taliban to table
The new buzz on Afghanistan is all about talking to the Taliban.

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G B-E-E
The Juneau School District Spelling Bee will be held this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Glacier Valley Elementary School commons. The winners of the event will be eligible to attend the state spelling bee in Anchorage on Feb. 26.

UAS accreditation reaffirmed
The University of Alaska Southeast has been reaccredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The NWCCU reaffirmed UAS' accreditation status after a Comprehensive Evaluation in the Fall of 2009.

School board budget meetings continue
The Juneau School Board Budget Committee, composed of the board and several community members, will have this week's Wednesday meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Juneau-Douglas High School library. This week's agenda includes a presentation on the instructional services budget from Assistant Superintendent Laury Scandling.

Alaska Head Start to meet in Juneau
The Alaska Head Start Association will hold this year's conference February 9 to 11 at Centennial Hall. The theme is "Telling Our Stories to Inspire." Scheduled presenters include Jerry Tello and, from Juneau, David Katzeek. The conference provides Head Start families, staff and friends an opportunity to receive current information, share stories of successes, challenges, and opportunities, and advocate for the program within Alaska.

JDHS holds academic achievement celebration
Juneau-Douglas High School will be holding its inaugural Academic Achievement Celebration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Business Expo takes place Wednesday
JUNEAU - A trade show for small businesses and entrepreneurs will take place Wednesday from 1-6 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Interfering man tasered, arrested on Parks Highway
FAIRBANKS - An Alaska state trooper Tasered a Fairbanks man who threw snow at a trooper and interfered with a field sobriety test on the man's girlfriend on the Parks Highway.

Microsoft gives Native program $1M software grant
ANCHORAGE - The UAA Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program announced Friday that Microsoft contributed a Large Strategic Software grant valued at just over $1 million. The Microsoft contribution will provide Windows 7 and Microsoft Office software for ANSEP's pre-college component, benefiting high school students across nine states: Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Arizona.

Gelbrich speaker at Thursday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon
JUNEAU - Juneau Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich will be the guest speaker at Thursday's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Driver acquitted in fatal crash
ANCHORAGE - A woman accused of manslaughter in a crash on the Seward Highway in which two people were killed has been acquitted of all charges.

Man gets 16 years in death of 2-year-old
ANCHORAGE - A 27-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the beating death of his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, and has been sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Game Board shoots down predator control provision
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Board of Game has shot down a provision that would have prevented nonresidents from hunting in predator control areas where subsistence needs aren't being met.

Heritage pledges coffee money to earthquake relief
JUNEAU - Alaska's Heritage Coffee Co. announced Jan. 15 it would donate $7-per-bag from every sale of a super-premium Haitian coffee to earthquake relief in the Caribbean, following a 7.0 quake in January.

House passes protective orders bill
JUNEAU - The state House has passed a bill adding sexual assault to the cases in which judges can issue protective orders in Alaska.

Building of former Ketchikan Gateway Borough offices sold
KETCHIKAN - The Reid Building, the former offices of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough, has sold for $350,000.

Alaska congressman raises $130,000 during quarter
ANCHORAGE - An Alaska congressman under federal investigation reported no legal fees in the last quarter of 2009.

Mekoryuk man killed in snowmachine crash on Nunivak Island
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers say a man driving a snowmachine in whiteout conditions went over a cliff, crashed through river ice and drowned.

Sen. Begich reports $44,000 in net contributions
JUNEAU - He doesn't stand for re-election until 2014, but U.S. Sen. Mark Begich still reported $44,000 in net contributions during the last three months of 2009.

U.S. Marshals catch Anchorage man wanted in the Philippines
ANCHORAGE - U.S. marshals arrested an Anchorage man accused of a killing 15 years ago in the Philippines.

Fred Meyer Stores raises $63,000 for Haiti relief
PORTLAND, Ore. - Fred Meyer Stores raised nearly $63,000 for the American Red Cross Haiti disaster Relief Fund, the store announced on Wednesday.

Outsider could become Fairbanks superintendent
FAIRBANKS - The school board will consider nontraditional candidates for superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Officials warn Sitka to leave sea lions alone
SITKA - Marine mammal officials in Sitka are warning residents not to harass Steller sea lions.

Nenana Ice Classic tickets on sale
FAIRBANKS - Tickets go on sale Monday for the Nenana Ice Classic.

Lawmakers to shoot for March 1 for maintenance
JUNEAU - A co-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee said lawmakers will try to get the governor's deferred maintenance proposal passed by March 1. But Republican Sen. Bert Stedman said that will be difficult, and he made no guarantees.

Fairbanks survey to gauge gang problem
FAIRBANKS - Officials in Fairbanks plan to conduct a survey later this month to determine the extent of gang activity.

Crossing the line
When Juneau-Douglas tips off against Thunder Mountain at JDHS for the first time ever in boys' basketball on Friday, there will be a lot of familiar faces down the benches, starting with the men leading each program.

Not just one of the guys
Juneau-Douglas freshman hockey player Riley Leary got her first varsity action of the season Saturday night in front of her home crowd, but her accomplishments on the ice do not stop there.

Bears sweep
After a closely contested 3-2 victory Friday night, the Crimson Bears picked up the pace Saturday in a 6-2 win at Treadwell Arena.

Crimson Bears to be tested at Dimond
Juneau-Douglas will find out exactly where it fits into the greater scheme of Alaska girls' basketball this week after competing in the 2010 Dimond Lynx Prep Shootout basketball tournament in Anchorage.

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

State to skip raises for top leaders
Gov. Sean Parnell and other top state officers won't be getting pay raises next year.

Dems fire back at oil industry ads
Democrats in the Alaska House of Representatives are criticizing the oil industry's "Faces of Aces" ads as misleading, but the oil industry group that sponsored them say it's the state's politicians who are out of touch.

TransCanada begins 'open season' process
TransCanada Co. began appearances before legislative committees Monday, after having filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday to begin the "open season" process for building a natural gas pipeline.

Bill calls for expanding Legislature
JUNEAU - State Rep. Carl Gatto says it's a perfect time to talk about moving Alaska's capital out of Juneau.

Palin PAC reports $1.4M raised in 2nd half of 2009
ANCHORAGE - A new report filed with the Federal Elections Commission shows Sarah Palin's political action committee raised about $1.4 million in the second half of 2009, most of it following her resignation as Alaska's governor.

Fisheries board limits Yukon salmon gillnet mesh
FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Board of Fisheries took a step Sunday toward rebuilding the king salmon run on the Yukon river by voting to prohibit subsistence and commercial fishermen from using gillnets with a mesh larger than 7.5 inches.

Fairbanks veterinarian plans services to Interior villages
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks veterinarian plans to offer low-cost services to Interior villages.

Estimates grow for Alaska's Pebble Mine deposits
ANCHORAGE - The potential for riches keeps growing at Pebble Mine, a huge minerals deposit in southwest Alaska near Bristol Bay and the world's most productive wild salmon streams.

Ellis proposes change to state public records
JUNEAU - Senate Majority Leader Johnny Ellis has proposed a measure that would require public employee e-mails related to state business be sent on state-run systems.

Snow is scarce in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - There wasn't much snow last month in Fairbanks, and now there's a little less.

Gun bill seen as states' rights issue
JUNEAU - Alaska lawmakers are fighting federal gun regulations with a proposed law of their own: the Alaska Firearms Freedom Act.

Photos: Showing some soul
Ethan Chang, 7, smiles behind a large cut-out of speedskater Apolo Ohno as he waits with his family before traveling Tuesday from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Wash.

Tickets on sale for Ice Classic
FAIRBANKS - It's that time of year, when Alaskans can profit from their extensive knowledge of ice.

UAA student builds library for Tongans
ANCHORAGE - For Kato Ha'unga, too many books is not enough. The woman's a little obsessed.

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