The Marine Highway is safe and reliable
Ferries are the only safe, reliable access to Juneau and elsewhere in Southeast Alaska, particularly in the winter. Access to the Juneau airport and medical care facilities is a necessity - not a luxury - to those of us who live in Southeast communities outside of Juneau.

Where do lawmakers stand on Pebble Mine?
A question to Alaska's Legislators: Where do you stand on the Pebble Mine issue?

Road ruling leaves uncertainties
Juneau Legislators are saying Friday's court ruling against the Juneau Road may set the project back for years, if it goes forward at all.

School Board mulls tougher hazing policies
Students caught hazing or letting their classmates get away with it in their presence would be barred from all extracurricular school activities for a minimum of 30 days and banned from the particular sport or activity in which the incident occurred for an entire season, under a proposed policy the Juneau School Board is considering Tuesday.

Local governments criticize state coastal management program
State and local districts continue their fight this year over the power to influence local development in coastal areas.

Bill could ban young drivers' cell phone use
A bill likely to be taken up in the Legislature next month aims to ban anyone under age 18 from using cell phones while driving.

Girl dies from injuries sustained in crash
A 5-year-old girl died Saturday from injuries sustained during a car accident earlier this month on North Douglas Highway.

Hundreds honor civil rights leader
While many in the capital observed President's Day on Monday by taking the day off of work, a standing-room only crowd packed the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall to honor Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich with songs, dances and speeches.

Photos: Art in fashion
Micaela Fowler Croteau models "Lady of the Wood," a wooden dress created by David Walker, on Sunday during the Wearable Art Show at Centennial Hall. The piece won first place on Saturday and second place Sunday.

Photo: Board meeting
Maren Brantner snowboards back to the chair lift Monday as she gets ready to head up the mountain one last time at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Eaglecrest was busier than normal because students and many state and federal employees had a day off for Presidents Day.

Photo: Not quite a lunker
Lyman Austin pulls a small king salmon out of a hole in the ice Sunday as his father, Brad, watches at Twin Lakes. The two fished for half an hour before they caught the salmon, which they said they planned to fry up for dinner.

Photos: Orcas cruise Gastineau Channel
A pod of orcas leaves the downtown waterfront Sunday after swimming to the shallow water at the Mendenhall wetlands. Witnesses reported seeing about two dozen whales in the pod.

Photo: Slick moves
Cierra Duncan zooms down a snowy hill on a sled Sunday afternoon next to the old Capitol High School building. Duncan stayed out longer than any of the other children on the hill, and said she would have stayed longer if her dad didn't tell her it was time to go.

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

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

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In Monday's photo of Teresa Busch's "Pieces of Peace" dress at the Wearable Art Show on Sunday, the model was Kendra Lien, not Courtney Wendell.

Alice Mae (Brown) D'Cafango
Longtime Juneau resident Alice Mae (Brown) D'Cafango died the morning of Feb. 12, 2009, at home. She was 69.

Outside Editorial: U.S. needs foreign support to solve its 'Af-Pak' problem
Just in case he had any doubts about the challenges ahead, U.S. envoy Richard C. Holbrooke was welcomed to South Asia last week with a bomb in the Pakistani border city of Peshawar and coordinated attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul that left 26 dead.

Alaska Editorial: Arctic fishing ban is prudent, for now
The ban on industrial fishing in the Arctic, as recommended by federal advisers last week, is a prudent measure for the moment, but no one should expect that it will be easy to lift sometime in the future, even if the evidence supports such action.

Outside Editorial: Clearing the air with China
As President Obama pursues green infrastructure projects and other programs aimed at fighting climate change, he is eventually going to have to confront an unpleasant truth: None of it will matter unless the developing world, particularly China, does the same. With China having passed the U.S. as the country with the highest greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and with its per-capita emissions rising four to six times faster than ours, any carbon reductions here will be more than canceled out by increases there.

Spend, baby, spend
Most reporters covering the Capitol in Juneau avoid budget subcommittees. Listening to bureaucrats explain why they need more money is not the raw material of stories that advance a reporter's career. But every year at this time it's my beat, and this year the beat has been, as Alaska Budget Report editor and fellow subcommittee denizen Rebecca Braun observes, "subtly enlightening."

Got to hand it to the man who tells it like he sees it
It is considered dangerous in the mainstream media ever to reference Congressman Ron Paul of Texas as anything but a political anomaly. Well, here I go about Paul, just as I did in my new book, "Paranoid Nation," in which I discussed the impact he had on the 2008 GOP presidential contest. (And no, I'm not calling Rep. Paul paranoid).

Our need for heroes, flaws and all
Michael Phelps smokes pot. A-Rod took steroids. What's next? Will U.S. Airways Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger get busted too?

Wealth should be a means, not an end
One benefit of living in a rich country is that we can pay psychologists and professors to explain why wealth doesn't make us very happy.

Quake shakes up Alaska region
ANCHORAGE - Several communities report feeling a 4.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Alaska's Prince William Sound region.

Biography about Palin to be released today
JUNEAU - A new biography about Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be released today. The book, "Trailblazer: An Intimate Biography of Sarah Palin," was written by People magazine assistant editor Lorenzo Benet.

Stabbing suspect arraigned in Ketchikan
KETCHIKAN - Bail has been set at $100,000 for a 47-year-old Ketchikan man accused of stabbing a woman in an apartment.

Alaska polar bear sent to New York zoo
MADISON, Wis. - A popular polar bear from Alaska is being sent from a Madison zoo to one in Buffalo, N.Y., to mate.

Palin speaks at Fairbanks dinner
FAIRBANKS - In keeping with the Lincoln Bicentennial theme, Gov. Sarah Palin was introduced with a revised, Alaska version of the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by Fairbanks Republican Women.

Boy charged with bringing gun to school
FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police say a 14-year-old boy brought a gun to his middle school and was arrested.

Payments expected in Exxon Valdez case
ANCHORAGE - Plaintiffs in the Exxon Valdez oil spill case should be seeing additional money soon.

Minor earthquake felt in Talkeetna
FAIRBANKS - An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7 was felt in the Talkeetna area, about 113 miles north of Anchorage.

Anchorage man gets 99 years for murder
ANCHORAGE - A 48-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for killing a friend without warning.

Troopers review sex offender registry
ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers say they found 12 people out of compliance with the state's sexual offender registration laws.

Snowmobiler charged in doctor's death
ANCHORAGE - A 20-year-old Ambler man was charged with second-degree murder in the collision death of an Anchorage doctor whose dog sled was rammed by the man's snowmobile in November.

Board of Regents to meet in Juneau
JUNEAU - The University of Alaska's Board of Regents are slated to meet for two days this week in Juneau.

Murkowski begins weeklong state tour
JUNEAU - U.S. Sen Lisa Murkowski kicks off a weeklong visit throughout Alaska.

Stimulus bill expected to restart mine cleanup
WASHINGTON - When the Beal Mountain mine opened in 1988 near Butte, Mont., its owner promoted open-pit cyanide leaching for extracting gold from ore as modern and environmentally friendly.

Fund managers seek more transparency with state's money
The state of Alaska's top money managers are moving toward more openness with their hedge fund and other secret investments.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear Alaska man's DNA appeal
Even the defense says it was a brutal crime. On a cold night in March 1993, a prostitute got into a red Nissan with two men and agreed to oral sex at a spot nearby. Instead, she was taken to a park, where she was raped, beaten, shot, buried in the snow and left for dead.

Amid crisis, coal remains a bright spot in exporting
Even amid a global recession, one Alaska resource commodity is doing well in export markets. Surprisingly, it is coal.

Judge drops contempt charge against Justice attorney in Stevens case
WASHINGTON - A federal judge dropped contempt charges Saturday against a Justice Department attorney after concluding he was not responsible for the government's failure to deliver documents to former Sen. Ted Stevens' legal team.

TSA security plan worries aircraft owners in Alaska
A new Transportation Security Administration proposal has Alaska pilots and aircraft owners concerned that their aircraft will be overregulated, and may force them to quit flying and scrap their planes.

Group to plead guilty for alleged role in scam
ANCHORAGE - The biggest loan fraud scheme ever to be prosecuted in Alaska may never see the courtroom.

Aid arriving for villages
Winter dealt a brutal hand to villages in Western Alaska this year.

Begich pays back taxes on city car
ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is one of seven senators who has paid back taxes after reporting mistakes to the IRS, according to a survey by political Web site and newspaper Politico.

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