Saturday, February 13, 2010

Police to auction abandoned vehicles
People looking to buy a car in this cash-strapped economy will have the opportunity to get one at rock-bottom prices Saturday during the Juneau Police Department vehicle auction.

Proposed Whitehorse flights nixed due to lack of interest
None of the three proposed winter flights between Whitehorse and Juneau backed by the Juneau Assembly will happen because of lack of sufficient interest and backing in Whitehorse.

Photo: Dog runner
Guy Thibodeau runs this week with his dogs in Juneau.

Photo: Early sign of spring
Charlie Wilber stands behind a blossoming cherry tree in his yard Tuesday in Sitka. The unusually warm weather in Sitka this winter has gardens around town blooming.

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

Photo: Seating arrangement
Political staffers move chairs from the House of Representatives to another venue Wednesday at the Capitol.

Correction
A photo package on A4 in Tuesday's Empire referred to the Art for Kids Celebration as a fundraiser. Money from the event goes toward visual art scholarships for Juneau high school seniors, but the event itself is not a fundraiser. The scholarships can be applied for in March, and application forms are available at the high schools.

Pro: Legislature must seek real science on issue of global warming
The Climate Gate scandal is a textbook case of professional malfeasance that should give Congress reason to pause before agreeing to a binding international agreement that would hamstring the world economy in order to prevent the climate from changing.

Con: Establishing carbon caps is the first job for U.S. lawmakers
Congress should refrain from linking the results of the Massachusetts Senate election and the fiasco of the Copenhagen climate summit to the real issue: the steady destruction of the environment from the unceasing spewing of environmentally destructive carbon-dioxide gases into the atmosphere.

Outside editorial: Creating jobs
Last week the government reported that the national unemployment rate declined in January. Good news? Not good enough to dispel the pall of gloom that has accompanied economic reports for too long.

... and killing jobs
So, things are getting better on the job front, but slowly. What's a politician to do about that?

Climb time: Women's climbing class offers instruction for the body, soul
At 4-foot-11, Jess Brown finds that she rock climbs differently than most.

Youth Center to be closed for staff training
JUNEAU - The Zach Gordon Youth Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18-19 for staff training.

Eaglecrest celebrates the 2010 Winter Olympics
JUNEAU - Eaglecrest Ski Area is hosting a Winter Fireworks Spectacular Saturday in honor of this year's Winter Olympics being held in Vancouver.

Cave man of Tenakee shares secrets of karst
The guy in the neighboring cabin was skeptical:

An appeal to the marmot for more snow
Dear Mr. Marmot,

Forests sit silent as residents prep for spring arrival
What a strange winter! There is almost no snow at low elevations, but it's not warm enough to melt the sheet of ice that purports to be my driveway. And there's not what I'd call a lot of snow at Eaglecrest, either, although there is enough to ski. In fact, there seems to be so little snow up there, that I worry about having enough spring snowmelt to keep the streams running adequately for fish and dippers.

Registration now open for 2010 Buckwheat Ski classic
SKAGWAY - Registration is now open for the annual Buckwheat Ski Classic race scheduled for Saturday, March 27.

Tides
Today, Feb. 12

Territorial Sportsmen elects new board
JUNEAU - The Territorial Sportsman of Juneau has elected new Board of Directors and Officers.

Fly fishers meeting to cover resident fish populations
JUNEAU - The local fly fishing group, the Raincountry Flyfishers, will meet Feb. 17 in the Floyd Dryden Middle School library at 7 p.m. to hear a presentation from Kevin Dugan on resident fish populations.

Valentine's Day ski, snowshoe race at Eaglecrest
JUNEAU - A skate, classic and snowshoe race is being held at noon, Sunday, Feb. 14 on the Meadow Loop trail for participants of all ages.

Armstrong to present 'Photographing Nature'
JUNEAU - Bob Armstrong will present "Photographing Nature in Alaska" at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center tonight as part of this week's Fireside Lectures.

'Discovery Days' back for President's Day holiday
JUNEAU - Discovery Southeast will hold another Eaglecrest Adventure "Discovery Day" Monday, Feb. 15.

UAF professor Gerald Mohatt dies
FAIRBANKS - Friends and family are remembering Gerald Mohatt as a great teacher who was passionate about his family and work as director of the Center for Alaska Native Health Research.

No recording allowed at Palin speech
LITTLE ROCK - Want to record Sarah Palin's speech when the former Republican vice presidential nominee comes to Arkansas next week? Thanks, but no thanks, organizers say.

Duty station bill moves on in Senate
JUNEAU - A Senate committee has advanced a measure that would make clear the governor's place is in Juneau.

Homeless man lured into vehicle, beaten
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police said a homeless man was lured into a car, beaten and robbed of his jacket and shoes.

SEARHC hosts Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic in Kake
KAKE - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Kake Health Center will host a special Denali KidCare pediatric dental clinic on March 8-12.

Police respond to assault in Sleetmute
ANCHORAGE - Alaska state troopers said a man attacked another man with a knife or hatchet in Sleetmute, which is about 150 miles northeast of Bethel.

Alaskan dies in fall while smoking
FAIRBANKS - A woman found dead in her yard at Fairbanks apparently went outside for a smoke and fell in the snow.

Man gets 6 years in Soldotna drug death
KENAI - A 24-year-old man who supplied the heroin that killed another man in Soldotna will serve six years in prison.

Pilgrim Hot Springs to be auctioned off
ANCHORAGE - The historic Pilgrim Hot Springs is going to be auctioned off in federal bankruptcy court next month.

Alaska squadron trains in Puerto Rico
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Air National Guard members are in Puerto Rico for a two-week training deployment.

Crimson Bear girls hitting their stride
Fresh off winning the top regular season tournament in Alaska this year, the 2010 Lady Lynx Prep Shootout, the Juneau-Douglas girls' basketball team is returning to action tonight at home against a young - but talented - Colony squad.

More than just a softball player
Former Juneau-Douglas and current University of Oregon softball player Hannah Barril is embarking on her final season for a Ducks team looking to get back to its winning ways after missing the NCAA tournament last year.

Legislators denounce DOT as defiant
Top Alaska legislators have reached a broad, bipartisan agreement that the state's Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is unaccountable and does not do what the Legislature tells it to.

Experts say political landscape in Alaska tilting to favor industry
In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on corporate campaigning, observers say Alaska's political landscape will become even more malleable to industries' designs, while state lawmakers are trying to update, and possibly shore up, campaign laws before elections later this year.

Advocacy group says doctors over-prescribe psychiatric medication
ANCHORAGE - More than two dozen Alaska child psychiatrists, agencies and companies have been sued by a mental health advocacy group that contends doctors over-prescribed medication for children and committed Medicaid fraud.

State to send out notices over lost employee data
A lawyer for the state said letters should begin going out this week to the more than 77,000 current and former public employees whose personal information was lost by an accounting firm.

Some North Pole wells exceed toxin standards
FAIRBANKS - Some North Pole private wells have sulfolane levels higher than new standards recommended by the federal government, but state officials say the guidelines were set low as a precaution.

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