Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Photo: Teaching dad to dance
Jason Kohlhase dances with daughter Kayla at Hot Salsa Cool Ballroom in Centennial Hall Saturday night. Attendees danced to the music of the Thunder Mountain Big Band and a Latin DJ. The 10th Annual fundraiser for the Juneau Montessori School in Douglas is the largest fundraising event of the year for the school. The school caters to ages 15 months through six years.

Cultural objects returning to Hoonah after 80 years
Eight Native cultural objects are returning home after a long struggle following an even longer absence.

McCain targets cash for Essential Air Service for rural communities
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., addressed the Senate on Monday on a bill that would amend the Essential Air Service program, essentially cutting a large chunk in subsidies from the program. Many Alaskan air services and rural communities are taking this proposal hard, hoping it doesn’t pass.

Assembly to hear LAMP update, award Auke Bay Elementary contract
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly will have two meetings today — the first to hear an update on the Library Archives Museum Project, and the second to attend to regular business, including awarding the construction contract for the Auke Bay Elementary renovation.

Photo: Dwindling shadows
A pedestrian casts a long shadow on the downtown harbor dock Monday. Those shadows will be shortening quickly as the daylight hours are now increasing by nearly five minutes a day.

School board to consider offering retirement incentive
With the equivalent of 43 full-time positions facing cutbacks, the Juneau School District Board of Education tonight will consider offering a retirement incentive in order to encourage attrition instead of layoffs.

LAMP building design taking shape
The way the land next to the Gastineau Channel forked out and solidified is part of the inspiration for the design of the new state Library Archives Museum Project.

Photo: Rescuing an injured climber
Two members of Juneau Mountain Rescue work a rope system to lower an injured climber and three other members of JMR on Saturday at the base of Blackerby Ridge. JMR and the Alaska State Troopers teamed up to find and rescue the climber, Donovan Neal, who had fallen from a frozen waterfall known as Knuckle Buster. Neal injured his back and ankle and was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.

Photos: Hot Salsa Cool Ballroom
Photos from the annual fundraiser for the Juneau Montessori School.

Wards Cove fishery has new owners
There’s been a change of hands for one of the oldest commercial seafood businesses around these parts.

Police & Fire
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Contractor wants bid rules changed
A contractor who provides service to Juneau wants to see the city change who can bid on projects.

Police and Fire
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A bankrupt idea
The following editorial first appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

A reverse population bomb
When the subject of this column really blows up in about two months, I’ll be among those noting that no one heard the alarm bells going off because we were too busy talking about recycling and climate change.

Home of the brave
The following editorial first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Health care reform offers room for compromise
The time has come to find out whether all the talk of good will and bipartisanship in Washington is for real or just that ... talk.

Idolatry of Ronald Reagan doesn't square with his history
Ronald Reagan, one of America’s least-known liberals.

'Zero tolerance' part of the nation's overcriminalization trend
“Zero tolerance” policies continue to result in injustices to our nation’s public school students. In one of the latest examples, a North Carolina school district’s application of zero tolerance may cause 17-year-old senior Ashley Smithwick, described by local media as a standout student-athlete, to miss the rest of her senior year.

New board would oversee Alaska fishing guides
ANCHORAGE — State Sen. Lesil McGuire of Anchorage is introducing a bill that would establish a board to oversee the sport fishing industry in Alaska, issue licenses and regulate guide services.

Skiers wear costumes for Anchorage fundraiser
ANCHORAGE — It was more of a costume party than a race Sunday for about 1,400 skiers in Anchorage at the 15th annual Alaska Ski for Women.

Rare western gray whale reaches Oregon coast
ANCHORAGE — A highly endangered whale that spends summers off Russia has moved into waters off the Oregon coast.

Few details on Colo. group that nixed Palin visit
DENVER — A Colorado group says it canceled a fundraising appearance by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin because of safety concerns, but specifics about the event and the sponsor are elusive.

Murkowski thanks Fairbanks supporters
FAIRBANKS — Sen. Lisa Murkowski held an overdue victory celebration in Fairbanks.

Oregon considers shooting barred owls
PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal wildlife officials are looking for ways to protect spotted owls from larger, more aggressive barred owls.

Catholic church safety investigator visits Alaska
FAIRBANKS — A child safety investigator for the Roman Catholic church is visiting Alaska to make sure churches are in compliance with safety policies and procedure designed to prevent sex abuse.

Hugh Neff takes early Quest lead
FAIRBANKS — Musher Hugh Neff has taken the early lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.

New law aims to protect children from stalkers
JUNEAU — Alaska state House lawmakers scrutinized an omnibus crime bill that would protect minors from online stalking.

Alaska weatherization cuts energy costs by third
FAIRBANKS — An Alaska home weatherization program has cut energy costs by about a third for participants.

More than 400,000 pounds of marine debris removed
ANCHORAGE — The big cleanup continues with over 400,000 pounds of marine debris removed from Alaska’s beaches in 2010.

Committee begins hearings on Parnell oil tax plan
JUNEAU — Estimates put remaining oil reserves on Alaska’s North Slope at between 5 billion and 7 billion barrels.

Permanent Fund shows good return
JUNEAU — The Alaska Permanent Fund did well in the first half of fiscal year 2011.

Bears' Baldwin an outdoorsman at heart
Six-foot-6, 275-pound senior post Ryan Baldwin doesn’t get pushed around down low. Also a left tackle on the offensive line and nose tackle on the defense line for the Crimson Bears football team, Baldwin possesses great size and strength for JDHS, and was a welcome addition to this year’s squad. The Crimson Bear senior grew up in Juneau but moved to New Wilmington, Penn., as a freshman before returning to Juneau for his senior year. He was named to the Alaska State All-Star football team in December as an offensive tackle, and is one of the Crimson Bears’ top rebounders on the hardwood. But his main passion is for the outdoors, where he prides himself as an avid hunter and fisherman.

TransCanada opponents say they're not trying to kill gasline project
Sponsors of a bill which would change the terms of the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act’s attempt to develop a natural gas pipeline denied Monday they were trying to undermine the state’s multi-year, $500 million attempt to get approval for a natural gas pipeline.

Alaska's gas pipeline plan comes under fire in Legislature
Opponents of Gov. Sean Parnell’s natural gas pipeline plans moved Friday to gut the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act, under which TransCanada Corp. is developing a pipeline to bring the North Slope’s huge gas reserves to market.

Fairbanks grapples with air pollution enforcement
FAIRBANKS — Even though the state of Alaska is tasked with trying to convince federal officials that it’s tackling air pollution problems in Fairbanks, the state says it hasn’t sought more money to help enforce standards.

Polar bear swim covers 426 miles
ANCHORAGE — On a summer day two years ago, polar bear 20741 decided to leave a remote Beaufort Sea beach. The 7-year-old, nearly 500-pound bear walked north into frigid Arctic Ocean water east of Barrow in search of sea ice.

Muñoz' cell phone driving bill likely to advance
Juneau Rep. Cathy Muñoz’ bill cracking down on use of cell phones while driving is likely to become the vehicle through which the Legislature addresses the issue, House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. Peggy Wilson, R-Wrangell, said Monday.

Testimony about witness lying causes delay
ANCHORAGE — The jury was sent home Monday in the Rachelle Waterman trial as the judge considered testimony claiming a witness lied in the woman’s first murder conspiracy trial.

EPA to study impacts on Bristol Bay watershed
JUNEAU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to study how a world-class copper and gold prospect could affect the Bristol Bay watershed and that region’s premier commercial sockeye salmon fishery.

Bond rating groups take new look at pensions
One of the nation’s top bond rating firms says it will begin considering unfunded pension liabilities of states when it sets ratings, but Alaska officials say that shouldn’t affect the state’s hard-won triple-A rating.

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