Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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.

Young crewman receives high honor
One of the youngest crewmen on the Coast Guard’s oldest active ship received a high honor in a surprise presentation from the commanding officer of the 17th Coast Guard District, Rear Adm. Christopher C. Colvin, on board the cutter Acushnet on Tuesday.

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

Photo: Young lobbyists
Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, received a lobbying visit from kindergarten students in the Juneau Montessori School and Joy Lyons, executive director for the Association for the Education of Young Children-Southeast Alaska, on Tuesday at his Capitol office. Students from the school are visiting every legislator this week to advocate funding for early care and learning.

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.

Photo: Posted for duty
Two-year-old Evan Warr stands out of the wind behind a mooring post Saturday at the United States Coast Guard Station Juneau dock. Warr, whose father is 17th District Deputy Public Affairs Officer Dana Warr, was watching the Coast Guard cutter Hamilton leave port.

JSD: Early retirement incentive met with hesitation
A proposal to offer an early retirement incentive to save the Juneau School District some money was met with hesitation.

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.

Motion to suppress evidence in Lloyd DUI case is common action
The attorney defending former Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Denby Lloyd against a drunken driving charge filed a motion to suppress evidence expected to be used by the state against him.

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.

ATIA announces 2011 marketing committee
The Alaska Travel Industry Association has announced its 2010-2011 marketing committee.

Police & Fire
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New specialists for the Hearing Center
The Hearing Center is adding two new specialists to its staff.

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.

Toner remanufacturer staying green, local after 20 years
BEP Company is pushing forward with its motives to keep business green — and local.

Dermatology clinic to open this spring
A pair of medical professionals are teaming up to bring a medical specialty to Juneau. Kris Miller of Haines and Troy Richey of Springfield, Ore. are opening a new dermatology practice this spring.

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

Verbiage of business shouldn't define length of legislative session
It shouldn’t surprise anyone the Legislature is considering repeal of the 90-day session. The fact is the majority of the state’s legislators never supported it. Instead, the people decided shorter sessions were in the public’s best interest. So we could ask “what right do legislators have to ignore the voters?” But the better question might focus on whether the Legislature should be constrained by the narrow lines of an accountant’s ledger.

Cairo is not Tehran
Doomsayers are already warning that we’re seeing a remake of Iran’s Islamic revolution in Cairo. And on the surface, there are certainly parallels.

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.

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

Outside editorial: An attack on women
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Home of the brave
The following editorial first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Health and wellness expert to make presentation today
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Lifestyle Balance Program will host health and wellness expert Darryl Tonemah for a free presentation and light dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Tlingít and Haida Regional Housing Authority conference room, 5446 Jenkins Dr.

Grad Taskforce to present updated proposal
The Juneau School District will hold a public information and feedback meeting on a proposal from the Graduation Task Force to raise graduation requirements at the high school level. The taskforce has revised its original proposal. This meeting will be held at the Vocational Resources Training Center today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The VTRC is located at 3239 Hospital Dr. For more information contact the Assistant Superintendent’s office at 523-1704, or see the proposal online at www.juneauschools.org.

Waterman trial will soon be in jury's hands
ANCHORAGE — The jury will soon begin its deliberations in the Rachelle Waterman murder conspiracy trial.

Agency extends comment period for ice seal listing
ANCHORAGE — Alaska will use the next 45 days to make its case that two species of ice-dependent seals should not be listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because of climate warming.

Alaska teen faces charges in Kodiak bomb threat
KODIAK — Police in Kodiak say a 17-year-old Alaska boy is facing charges after a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Kodiak High School.

Tickets for Nenana Ice Classic on sale in Alaska
FAIRBANKS — Tickets for Alaska’s richest guessing game are on sale as the Nenana Ice Classic marks its 95th year.

Alaska Senate honors Reagan, servicemembers
JUNEAU — The Alaska Senate has unanimously passed a resolution honoring Ronald Reagan.

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.

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.

2 Alaska village teachers move into school
KODIAK — Two teachers in a rural Kodiak Island village have moved into their school because of health and heating concerns in the house provided by the Kodiak Island Borough.

Bristol Palin memoir? It's a mystery, for now
NEW YORK (AP) — Bristol Palin may or may not have a memoir out this summer. For now, it’s a mystery.

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.

SEARHC clinics to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will honor the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich by observing Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Feb. 16.

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.

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

Activists target dog sled rides after dog deaths
LOS ANGELES — The slaughter of 100 sled dogs in Canada has re-energized efforts by some animal activists to ban or boycott dog sled rides, a popular activity among tourists in many winter vacation spots, from New England to Minnesota to Alaska.

New architect for Jensen Yorba Lott
Juneau’s new architect, Aaron MacDonald, LEED AP, has joined the firm of Jensen Yorba Lott. MacDonald is a registered architect in California and currently working on registration by comity in Alaska. He brings 16 years of architectural design experience and is a graduate of the University of California. He recently served as a planning commissioner for Arlington, Wash.

Fishing vessel goes aground on Unalaska Island
ANCHORAGE — The Coast Guard says one of its helicopter crews rescued five fishermen from their disabled vessel in stormy seas before the long-liner went aground on an Alaska island.

New hires and promotion at PND Engineers
PND Engineers has some new additions to its staff.

Former Anchorage resident blogging from Cairo
ANCHORAGE — After two years blogging about life in Egypt, Anchorage native Matt Ellis’s reports have shifted to covering the protests and unrest that have made life difficult for Westerners, the Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday.

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.

4 new shelter cabins on Iditarod Trail
ANCHORAGE — Iditarod mushers regularly endure bone-chilling temperatures, piercing winds and blowing snow during their 1,000-mile trip to Nome.

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.

Surging JDHS doubles up Thunder Mountain
Juneau-Douglas big man Ryan Baldwin said earlier in the week he and his team hope to finish conference play undefeated.

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.

Congressional delegation rips Parnell's gas tax suspension
Gov. Sean Parnell wants to give Alaskans a break at the gas pump, but Alaska’s U.S. congressional delegation and some legislators are blasting the plan as bad for Alaska and likely to be expensive for Alaskans.

Legislator says UAS fundraising inadequate
A top state legislator is criticizing Alaska’s universities, especially the University of Alaska Southeast, for doing little to tap corporate and alumni giving, but university representatives are calling the attack unfair.

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.

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.

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.

Plan would use oil royalty funds for scholarships
JUNEAU — The state would tap an oil royalty settlement fund to pay for Alaska student scholarships under a proposal being crafted by the Senate Education Committee.

State lawmakers raise budget concerns
JUNEAU — Alaska Senate and House leaders on Tuesday expressed concerns with the level of spending Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed for the next fiscal year.

New law aims to protect children from stalkers
JUNEAU — Gov. Sean Parnell has proposed legislation that would criminalize “sexting” and expand the definition of stalking.

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