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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The is no consensus on climate change
The Empire article reporting on the Centennial Hall meeting with the makers of the film "Not Evil Just Wrong" states that a representative of the environmental group Oceana encourages an open debate on the issue of global warming. If that is true, it is certainly a change from the usual approach on the part of proponents of man-caused global warming who routinely make pre-emptive strikes against debate by claiming that the issue of global warming is settled science and, therefore, beyond debate.

School schedules just aren't working
As a peer of Esra Siddeek and a sophomore at Juneau- Douglas High School, I completely agree that the new high school start and end times of 9:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. are not functioning well for students and have caused more problems then they have fixed.

Trials in Cuba send message of fear
I disagree with Kevin Nye that holding terrorism trials on the foreign soil of Cuba will make children in New York or anywhere else feel safer.

Don't drop ball on health care reform
I implore our legislators to not lose momentum in the battle for health care reform. It is time to put aside bipartisan posturing, put forward constructive ideas, participate in substantive dialogue and put the American public first: an American public that is long overdue for health care reform.

Wal-Mart debunks rumors of closing
Wal-Mart denounced wide-circulating rumors Monday that it would be closing its Juneau store next month.

Pie In The Sky a sweet spot on Seward Street
Checkerboard cake: Three layers tall, chocolate-vanilla-chocolate, chocolate frosting on the side, vanilla on top, each slice a visual and tasty treat. No, you are not in heaven, just Pie In The Sky on Seward Street.

Senate majority wants more capital spending
While higher-than-expected oil prices have fattened state coffers, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell said Tuesday he's imposing spending restraint in the Capitol. It's a concept lawmakers say they buy into, but there's debate over how the pennies should fall.

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

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

KTOO's Legere to speak at Chamber luncheon
JUNEAU - The Juneau Chamber of Commerce Luncheon will host Bill Legere of KTOO at its Thursday luncheon. His presentation will include an update on Gavel-to-Gavel.

Computerized pilot assessment on track
JUNEAU - Alaska school districts can participate in a pilot computerized assessment this spring. The EED Assessment Unit, in coordination with Data Recognition Corporation, will conduct a pilot computerized Standards Based Assessment in the spring for grades 4 and 8.

Scholarship offered for justice studies
JUNEAU - The National Center for Juvenile Justice has invited high school juniors and seniors to apply for the newly-launched Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., Young Investigator Award, a college scholarship opportunity for students interested in law and justice issues affecting juveniles.

Dealer ready to handle Toyota recalls
The local Toyota dealership owner said the service center is ready to handle Juneau's portion of a massive manufacturer recall announced last week.

Hecla appoints general counsel
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Hecla Mining Company, owner of Greens Creek Mine near Juneau, appointed David C. Sienko as general counsel vice president late last month.

Training available for Alaska Career Ready
JUNEAU - The Alaska Career Ready assessments for grades 6, 8, and 11 will be required beginning with the 2010-2011 school year. All sixth- and eighth-grade students will be required to take three informal placement tests that are part of the WIN Career Readiness online courseware.

Board to approve drug testing policy, legislative priorities
JUNEAU - The Juneau School Board will meet at 6:15 p.m. this evening in the Central Office Board Room, 1208 Glacier Avenue.

Police seek person who bit off nose
The Juneau Police Department is sniffing out clues for a person who bit off part of a 40-year-old man's nose in Marine Park early Tuesday morning.

Deadline for teen art contest is Feb. 19
JUNEAU - The Youth Alliance for Healthier Alaska is holding an art contest in video/radio and photography/graphic art to promote healthy teen relationships.

Market rally boosts permanent fund in second quarter
JUNEAU - The Alaska Permanent Fund's investments returned 3.3 percent for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2010, according to reports issued Monday.

Kensington mine hits safety milestone of 1,000 days
JUNEAU - Kensington employees in January surpassed a safety milestone of 1,000 days with no lost-time accidents, mine owner Couer Alaska recently announced.

Murkowski accepting intern applications
JUNEAU - Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is accepting applications for the 2010 High School Intern Program.

School Board approves voluntary drug testing
The Juneau School Board approved a voluntary drug testing policy for high school students at its meeting Tuesday evening.

Waste incinerator needs $3 million
The gray wall of the Juneau-Douglas Treatment Plant's incinerator is speckled with numbers. The wall reads ".198," ".159," ".082," ".096," ".203."

Alaskan Brewing expands to downtown
Alaskan Brewing Co. will position itself to better serve Juneau's visitors when it opens a store in downtown this spring.

Photos: Sparking creativity

Samuels campaigns in Juneau
Ralph Samuels wants to be governor to boost the state's economy, including the oil and gas industries he championed in four terms in the Alaska Legislature, the cruise ship industry for which he now works, as well as the locally important mining and fishing industries.

UAS lands new provost
The University of Alaska Southeast has hired a new provost, and he'll be moving south to become the Juneau-based school's chief academic officer this spring.

Photo: Just another day at the office
Two bald eagles sit on uprooted tree saplings Sunday near the city landfill.

Photos: Singin' in the Rain
Jazzpianist Barney McClureperformed asaccompanist for more than 30 singers Saturday during the"Singin' in the Rain CabaretPerformance"presented by Juneau Jazz & Classics at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

University student pleads not guilty to rape
JUNEAU - A 21-year-old man accused of raping a female roommate in their co-ed University of Alaska Southeast campus apartment last month pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five counts of felony sexual assault.

Photo: Clearing the road
Miller Construction crews clear cut trees off the highway near the Eagle Beach Recreation Area on Monday as part of road improvements north of Amalga Harbor.

Photo: Feeding on the go
Ravens and gulls follow Robert Franquiz down Franklin Street on Tuesday as he tosses crumbs from his bicycle.

John Joseph Conley Jr.
Ketchikan resident John Joseph "JC" Conley Jr. died Jan. 31, 2010, in Juneau. He was 55.

Miles Murphy Jr.
Longtime Hoonah resident Miles Nicholas Murphy Jr. died Feb. 7, 2010, in Anchorage. He was 76.

Economy's appeal to more for less defies individuality
In the past few weeks, we've heard President Obama and Gov. Sean Parnell make new proposals that would assist students' pursuit of a college degree. Yet despite sounding like noble objectives for the sake of society and our children's future, they both subjugated education to the master we call the economy.

Southeast communities have much to lose from Sealaska's land bill
Recent events in Craig have made the Sealaska Corps. lands bill a front-page story, prompting Sen. Lisa Murkowski to announce she will hold, "a field hearing on Prince of Wales Island."

Outside editorial: Vaccination vindication
The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times:

Fishermen can join in environmental efforts
The Alaska fishing industry has, at times, come into conflict with the oil industry regarding the health of the marine environment. Cocerns include offshore oil and gas development in Bristol Bay, development in the Bering, Beaufort and Chukchi seas, contaminated discharges from oil platforms into Cook Inlet, oil storage facilities under the shadow of an active volcano, the Pathfinder wrecking on the infamous Bligh Reef -and these are just a few of the problems that have arisen over the years.

Labeling 'Avatar' anti-(fill in the blank)
Success breeds contempt. No surprise, then, that when James Cameron's "Avatar" broke through the $1.8 billion box-office record set by his earlier "Titanic," public and critical adoration would be countered by naysayers.

Executives in UA system receive bloated salaries
As a life-long Alaskan and a graduate of the University of Alaska system, I am want to express my great concern at the salaries of the university president and its three chancellors.

Hearing on cigarette pricing bill set
JUNEAU - Should the state of Alaska set a minimum price for cigarettes? A Senate committee is expected to take up the question Tuesday.

School district holds session for parents
JUNEAU - The Juneau School District is holding a parent information session tonight from 5:30 to 7 at Thunder Mountain High School on the referral process for chemical dependencies, and Juneau's resources for treatment.

Fish and Game: More than $1 million available for salmon research
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking for proposals for salmon research.

House passes Purple Heart Day bill
JUNEAU - Alaska would set aside a day each year to honor Purple Heart recipients under a measure that passed the state House on Monday.

Should lawmakers get Facebook?
JUNEAU - Alaska legislators don't have access to the social networking Web site Facebook in their Capitol offices. And that may not change any time soon.

Coast Guard cutter reaches disabled fishing vessel
HONOLULU - Two crew members from a disabled Taiwanese fishing vessel 900 miles southwest of Honolulu are being treated by corpsmen aboard a U.S. Coast Guard cutter.

World's largest aircraft to land in Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - The world's largest commercial cargo aircraft will make a stop Tuesday in Fairbanks.

Alaska Air resumes serving Coca-Cola on flights
SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air will resume serving Coca-Cola beverages on flights starting March 1.

First car heads to antique museum
FAIRBANKS - Alaska's first car is being loaned out to the Antique Auto Museum in Fairbanks.

UAF study: Girls' plans more realistic
FAIRBANKS - A survey by a University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher has found that Alaska high school girls appear to be more realistic about their future than their male counterparts.

Palin likens global warming studies to 'snake oil'
REDDING, Calif. - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in a rare California appearance, called studies supporting global climate change a "bunch of snake oil science."

Committee to hear initiative reform bill
JUNEAU - House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen is renewing his push to reform Alaska's initiative process.

Fairbanks woman charged with attempted murder
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks woman has been indicted for attempted murder in the stabbing of a neighbor.

Samuels campaign questions Parnell ads
ANCHORAGE - The campaign manager for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Ralph Samuels says a nonprofit organization's advertisements featuring Gov. Sean Parnell are helping the incumbent's election campaign and should be stopped.

Anchorage man gets 12 years for robbery
ANCHORAGE - A 34-year-old Anchorage man will serve 12 years in federal prison for robbing a credit union.

Tax proposal would reward in-state hiring
JUNEAU - A House committee has agreed to consider a revamped oil and gas measure that would create tax breaks for companies whose work forces are comprised of at least 80 percent Alaskans.

Kenai to withhold tourism grant
KENAI - Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey is withholding a grant to a tourism group until it comes into compliance with its contract.

Executive branch ethics proposal clears hurdle
JUNEAU - State legislators Monday made no formal objection to proposed ethics regulation changes.

Crime decreasing at UA Fairbanks
FAIRBANKS - Crime has been declining at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the campus police chief says he doesn't know why. But maybe, Chief Sean McGee says, they are more good kids.

Murkowski open to Palin appearance
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski doesn't expect Sarah Palin to stump for her this year, but a campaign official says the Republican would be open to that.

Death penalty bill in Alaska Legislature
JUNEAU - House Speaker Mike Chenault has introduced a death penalty bill in the Alaska Legislature.

Former JDHS soccer player honored
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Former Juneau-Douglas and current Gonzaga University soccer player Colin Flynn was named last week honorable mention for the 2009 West Coast Conference All-Academic Men's Soccer Team.

Mow first JDHS hockey player named to All-Conference team
The Crimson Bears' hockey season did not end the way the team had hoped, but there is a silver lining.

Houston mayor accused of misusing police car
ANCHORAGE - The mayor of a tiny Alaska city denied Monday that he drove recklessly in a city police vehicle and impersonated an officer on a highway to Fairbanks.

Houston city council votes to keep officer
ANCHORAGE - The City Council in the tiny Alaska town of Houston voted 4-3 Monday night to allow a police officer to keep his job after he tangled with the mayor on two issues.

Developer wants fee refunds for vacant building
FAIRBANKS - A developer who wants to fix up the vacant Polaris building is asking the Fairbanks City Council to consider refunding the $142,000 in plan review and building permit fees he expects to pay.

Senators hope to restore Denali Commission earmark
ANCHORAGE - Sen. Mark Begich says he'll work with Sen. Lisa Murkowski to try to restore $10 million in federal funding for health care facility construction that President Barack Obama has proposed to cut from a Denali Commission program.

Bill demands game department protect people
ANCHORAGE - A state lawmaker from Anchorage has proposed a bill that would force the Department of Fish and Game to make protecting people its top priority in the city.

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