Saturday, February 6, 2010

Houses for Haiti
About $200 here, $1,311 there and add another $3,000 from there.

Hoonah police chief focusing on teamwork, community
Hoonah's new Chief of Police John Millan hit the ground running when he took the job in November to help build a positive relationship between the police department and the community.

Sitka named one of this year's Dozen Distinctive Destinations
ST. LOUIS - St. Louis, the city of red-brick, 19th century architectural jewels and diverse neighborhoods, has been named one of this year's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Photo: Dog days of winter
Nicola Trainor takes advantage of a sunny day at Auke Village Recreation Area to exercise dogs Wallaby, Luna and Anna.

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

Around Town
Today, Feb. 5

Fred Zhong Chu
Longtime Juneau resident Dr. Fred Chu died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2010, at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He was 56. He came to Juneau in 1988 and practiced medicine at the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium until he became ill in 2005.

Alaska editorial: How long for good law?
S ome lawmakers want to go back to the 120-day legislative session, repealing the voters' 2006 order to cut to 90 days. They make a rational case. Another month would give them more time to master complex issues, talk with constituents, vet budget requests and proposals for new laws. And they could do it with more sleep.

Should terror suspects face tribunals or civilian courts?
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Republican senators sent President Obama a letter criticizing his decision to try Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a civilian court. They said it was "a missed opportunity to collect timely intelligence" from Abdulmutallab, arrested for trying to blow up a plane as it approached Detroit. They think we should try Abdulmutallab in a military commission, as set up by President Bush in 2001, and as cleaned up a bit since then.

20 years later, Southeast elk population maintaining
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

Photo: Vandor can't be beat
The snow at Eaglecrest was great for skiing the weekend of Jan. 23-24, and Juneau Ski Club athletes took advantage of the conditions in the Shirt Company Giant Slalom and Don Abel Slalom races. These were the first races of the season held at Eaglecrest and were put on by the Juneau Ski Club.

Despite obstacles, Alaska weasels thrive
The body plan of weasels and many of their relatives in the family Mustelidae is basically a long, slender cylinder with four short legs. Their body sizes vary, and some are more chunkily built than others, but the basic plan remains. And that body plan is not well suited to cold climates. The long, narrow body has a high surface area to volume ratio: a relatively large surface area from which body heat can be lost but a relatively small volume of tissue (muscle and organs) that generates heat. The differential between surface area and volume is especially marked in animals whose total body size is small.

Super Bowl can be exercise for you, too
Couch potatoes, it is time for the yearly event that marks the end of the professional football season, one that makes viewers cringe with hard-hitting, fast-moving, over-paid athletes consuming our time in between the life-blood of America - advertising. Sunday marks the 44th (XLIV for those who actually passed Latin) annual Commercial Bowl!!!

Rookie will be first to start at Yukon Quest
FAIRBANKS - Abbie West looked a little bit embarrassed when she saw the number in her hand.

Wild shots
The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life.

Good season for Ore. coast whale watching
DEPOE BAY, Ore. - Whale watchers on the Oregon coast spotted more whales this winter season than in any of the past five, and the massive mammals are still passing by.

Coast Guard hoists stricken man off fishing boat
KODIAK - A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted a 40-year-old man complaining of chest pains from a fishing boat in the Bering Sea.

Anchorage police officer leaves hospital
ANCHORAGE - The police officer who was shot in a drive-by shooting will be recovering at home.

Cooperative Extension Service surveys Alaskans
FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is looking for opinions from state residents to aid in long-range planning of programs and services.

Ketchikan utility workers find body
KETCHIKAN - Utility workers in Ketchikan have discovered the body of a young man.

Sitka man faces sentencing Friday in stabbing deaths
SITKA - A 20-year-old Sitka man is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for the March 2008 stabbings that left four people dead.

Girdwood man dies nearly a week after accident
ANCHORAGE - A 43-year-old Girdwood man has died, nearly a week after being involved in an accident on the Seward Highway.

Chuitna residents petition against coal mine plan
ANCHORAGE - A group opposing a proposed coal mine on the west side of Cook Inlet delivered a petition to Gov. Sean Parnell.

Injured off the ice
Unfortunately, injuries are a major part of sports.

Battle of the city/borough begins
The date has been circled on the calendar for quite some time now, and it's finally here.

Bears face West Valley
It all comes down to this for the Juneau-Douglas hockey team.

Bears find the range and roll over Chugiak
It doesn't get much better behind the arc.

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

Parnell: 'Our timber jobs are at stake'
Gov. Sean Parnell said he would help Southeast's timber industry by fighting environmental groups and others who brought two court cases on the Tongass National Forest.

Salary commission ponders future raises
The state's salary commission intends to raise the salary of the state's governor and top department heads sometime in the future, and may even do away with most of its own job of setting salaries.

Errors could weaken trust in Amber alerts
ANCHORAGE - It was only a test.

Photo: Salmonids in the Classroom
Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science students Devin Every, left, Calvin Mitzel, center, and Bridger Cox take a rainbow trout off Cox's line during a Jan. 28 ice-fishing trip to Sport Lake in Soldotna. The experience is part of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Salmonids in the Classroom curriculum project.

Kenai gets its own piece of the capitol
Even as the state Legislature meets 600 miles away in Juneau, Scott Hamann of Kenai makes sure he's heard on the issues that matter to him.

Records: Palin cabins not noted in tax assessment
ANCHORAGE - Records show that Sarah Palin hasn't paid any property taxes on cabins that have been built on two backcountry plots partially owned by the former Alaska governor.

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